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"Summer" by Ursula
3rd Place"Summer" by Ursula
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Challenge: Deja Vu III (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
Location: Redmond, WA
Date: Sep 15, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2007

This challenge is about the technicals of trying to get a shot as much like another as possible. In a way I don't like that because while Ursula's picture reflects something personal and intimate, mine is an impersonal study in mimicry.

Still, it was fun to try. The first step was finding these crazy flowers. I found a few at home, was forced to take my first attempt in 20 minutes before driving up to Seattle and wound up getting the lighting all wrong. Hoping to find more, I drove the streets around my parent's for 30 minutes and finally located another clump. Over a few hours I adjusted and honed and adjusted again and think the final result is quite nice. Interstingly, while Ursula used f/2.8, I felt the closest rendition was at f/8.0. I couldn't get the veins of the pedals to show up at lower apertures. The flower is simply shot with ambient light from a window.

I still want to give full credit to Ursula, and while I'd love to win a ribbon, somehow I'll feel odd if this winds up on my profile page.

PP is extensive:
S/H 10/10
Burn the stem and lower background
Levels to shift the right background from green to blue.
Hue/Sat to shift the oranges to yellows on the edges of the petals.
Big boost in contrast
Cloning of some tiny blemishes on the petals, cloned part of the lower petal out. Cloned an artifact ring around the upper petal from the color shifts.
gaussian blur on the upper right corner to blend some cloning
resize, sharpen. No border (weird, I always use a border, but Ursula didn't so there you go).

Here's Ursula's original masterpiece:
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I only now realized that this is ribbon number two-oh, which is exactly as many as Ursula has. Go figure. I'm tickled about that.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 111
Avg (all users): 7.3416
Avg (commenters): 8.2593
Avg (participants): 7.2222
Avg (non-participants): 7.4019
Views since voting: 8517
Views during voting: 429
Votes: 161
Comments: 67
Favorites: 13 (view)


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10/15/2007 10:19:37 AM
perfect execution, great photo ... thanks to Ursula :-)
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09/29/2007 05:39:02 PM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!
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09/29/2007 07:06:14 AM
Congrats buddy, very nicely copied.
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09/27/2007 11:01:07 AM
Nicely done rendition Doc...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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09/26/2007 01:42:24 PM
Wow...the color, light and composition of the original really carries the weight of genius through your rendition as well. Two photographs (and two photographers) well matched! Congrats on earning yet another ribbon!
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09/26/2007 12:23:28 PM
Very nice, but I think I prefer Ursula's because of the added contrast caused by the dark strips from overlapping petals. Nevertheless, good work and congrats on the ribbon.
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09/25/2007 06:59:38 PM
Congratulations on your finish and the beautiful image created in the likeness of the original.
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09/25/2007 10:17:15 AM
After viewing the original, I like this one better. The two are very similar and I applaud you for making almost and exact copy. I love that this flower is a little more open. Over all it it a very well executed photo.
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09/24/2007 05:14:22 PM
Congratulations! Well done! Love the colors!
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09/24/2007 12:56:44 PM
There's a couple of things I like about the original a bit more, but this is a great copy. The strong blue triangle in the original keeps the composition flowing more, along with the overall better sharpness and selective focus that again keeps my eye moving around.

I think you did a great job recreating the general style and feel of the shot though.
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09/24/2007 11:40:43 AM
stunning colour,well done /congrats
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09/24/2007 11:27:48 AM
I found out this week how hard it is to mimic someone else's work, and finished it a week too late to even enter. You did a fantastic job emulating one of my favorite images on this site. Congrats on number 20!
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09/24/2007 10:57:15 AM
wow. are you sure ursula didnt capture this.. by my favs you can tell I love her stuff, I saw this and before I even read the title thought "Ursula".... very very beautiful!
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09/24/2007 09:26:03 AM
Beautiful! Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/24/2007 09:03:17 AM
Congrats on a gorgeous image!
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09/24/2007 08:49:50 AM
very good job jason, the colors pop, everything...great tribute to ursula here...gorgeous
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09/24/2007 07:36:18 AM
congrats jason, a very nice shot, great job recreating ursulas work, and congratulations on the ribbon, well deserved
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09/24/2007 07:13:45 AM
The initial one by Ursula was outstanding and this is an excellent recreation - really nice work
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09/24/2007 06:29:20 AM
We all know you got the original from DPC Prints, photographed it and submitted... how could you?.... BAH!

carbon copy *SALUTE* muchos congratulate
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09/24/2007 03:06:40 AM
You've done a fantastic job! Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/24/2007 02:51:32 AM
Congrats, Jason, hard shot to emulate, but you came quite close!
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09/24/2007 02:27:49 AM
Man, I gotta come back and say that everytime I see the thumbnail, it takes me back to when Usrula ribboned with this image...it is Ursula through and through...Great job Jase
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09/24/2007 02:26:11 AM
Excellent shot Congratulations on your deserved Ribbon
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09/24/2007 02:04:30 AM
This is a perfect reproduction Doc...goes to show how amazing Ursula is...you have done a fantastic job. That 180mm L Lens comes in handy for you! Congrats on the yellow...you need to buy Ursula a gift now :-)
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09/24/2007 01:38:22 AM
Congrats Jason, this is a superb replica of a lovely shot!
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09/24/2007 01:35:16 AM
That's a hell of a replica. Great work! Where you fall a little short of hers is in that green fringing on the petals top right. I like the light on the stem on yours, though, I think :-)
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09/24/2007 12:47:29 AM
Congrats Jason on your stunning replica! I was getting worried about you...I hadn't seen one of your photos in ribbon land in the past week or two :)
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09/24/2007 12:37:53 AM
Seeing this in voting was a real Deja Vu. It's unbelievably like Ursulas original, really amazing. Great work and congrats on 3rd place.
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09/24/2007 12:31:39 AM
Congrats. I thought this was about as close to the original as any in the challenge. Not my highest scorer but maybe the best copy.
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09/24/2007 12:27:42 AM
Good job, Jason. You got one of my 10s. :)
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09/24/2007 12:20:27 AM
Wonderfu; CONGRATS on a great image, especially to do such a great job with this one to look like it does. You did really well, re this rendition of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Ursula who I believe is one of the "Masters of Macros & Flowers".....
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09/24/2007 12:15:11 AM
This was my second highest vote. Congrats Mista!!
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09/24/2007 12:14:44 AM
wow...great job on emulation! i can tell it must have taken a lot of patience
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09/24/2007 12:09:04 AM
Wow, you avoided the 4th place bermuda triangle! :P Congrats.
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09/24/2007 12:06:03 AM
i KNEW this was gonna ribbon, you did a great job at depicting her image!
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09/24/2007 12:03:50 AM
Big congrats! This is so awesome!
Edit: I knew I shouldn't have given this a 10! :P

Message edited by author 2007-09-24 00:40:14.
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09/24/2007 12:03:10 AM
This was another 10 of mine, congrats!
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09/24/2007 12:01:05 AM
YEAH!!!!! Many congratulations, you did good!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/23/2007 11:09:07 PM
Ahhh, very nice tribute. This resembles her image so closely. Lovely.
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09/23/2007 05:24:57 PM
OK, thank you! Beautiful image.
I hope you win.
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09/22/2007 11:51:53 AM
Lovely, I just love the orginal and this is just as beautiful!
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09/21/2007 08:30:11 PM
nicely done - 8
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09/21/2007 01:06:06 AM
Very well done homage to the master. 8
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09/20/2007 09:12:17 PM
Well done! I wanted to do this one, but couldn't find a poppy this time of year.
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09/20/2007 08:55:21 PM
great color
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09/20/2007 03:35:52 PM
Wow. From what I can remember, this looks quite similar. Good job.
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09/19/2007 09:38:28 PM
Eerily accurate rendition of Ursula's image. Maybe a little brighter and lighter. So close... I wonder if this is Achoo's image. heheheheh Excellent image.
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09/19/2007 09:47:09 AM
I absolutely love the colors captured here. The hues on that poppy really do pop off the page. You did a great job emulating Ursula's piece. The hues of orange and yellow are bold & vibrant yet I can almost 'feel" the petal softness as I gaze upon this composition. The bit of blue and green the peek through is the perfect complimentry background for this flower.
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09/19/2007 02:44:20 AM
Nice work.
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09/18/2007 06:36:35 PM
man that is close to the original - no vote
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09/18/2007 12:22:09 AM
Very pretty.
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09/17/2007 10:03:35 PM
Perfect duplicate!
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09/17/2007 08:13:13 PM
Amazing how close you came. You must be very pleased with the outcome.
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09/17/2007 06:42:05 PM
Wow! Almost an exact replication of the original - very nice!
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09/17/2007 06:28:31 PM
Wow! So close to the original. I really like these colors. 10
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09/17/2007 05:11:10 PM
Soft & beautiful...an excellent tribute to Ursula's original! Bravo to you! *8*
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09/17/2007 11:57:13 AM
Uncanny. The colors are spot on, the DOF is spot on. Nicely done.
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09/17/2007 10:41:04 AM
This is a little scary it looks so much like the original. The stem is angled slightly differently, but you did a very good job.
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09/17/2007 10:13:36 AM
Excellent!
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09/17/2007 10:11:23 AM
good reproduction although not quite as sharp 6
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09/17/2007 08:01:05 AM
WOW factor here, and it isn't an Ursula, but gee, close to it.....
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09/17/2007 06:50:30 AM
very good deja vu. I wish the green on the bottome wasn't so yellow, but still one of the best replications i've seen.
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09/17/2007 05:36:36 AM
That's pretty damn close well done
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09/17/2007 04:33:35 AM
WOW! That's almost identical.
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09/17/2007 04:24:50 AM
quite close! original is just a tad darker and shows more drawing in the petal. you aso have too much light from the left. still very good work.
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09/17/2007 12:37:01 AM
oh great job with the colors! lovely job
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09/17/2007 12:13:14 AM
wow...I was going to try this one, glad I didn't...a great copy of the original 8
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