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Challenge: Complementary Colors IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Konica Minolta 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 MZ
Location: Living room, studio set-up
Date: Nov 24, 2007
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2007

So this is a portrait of one of my favorite flowers I found around my area. Took it into the "studio" if you will. Basic set-up was two strobe lights with an external flash off my camera. Set up with a black background (obviously). I adjusted the saturation/contrast in the camera, then went off to take some odd number of photos of this flower. With different lighting control and angles, I ended up with this shot. I like the shot, gives a nice vibe to me. Anyhoo; off to the editing:

Editing wasn't too significant. Just adjusted the contrast a bit more, and adjusted the Red and Green curves, trying to distinguish a true red/true green. And I burned small areas, but other than that just saved as .Jpeg

Thanks for checking this out!

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12/04/2007 09:15:27 PM
some things I think may have helped this. I feel the flower is too far away to enjoy the details, I would have gotten closer and pick out some details of red and green instead of showing the whole plant. This would have also helped with making a more interesting composition as this is very centered my eye doesn't really want to move around the photo. I would have gotten rid of the border, IMO it doesn't help too much. Since you shot this on all black I would have tried to play with the lighting some more, maybe putting it on the side to add some more depth, you could even use that gold foil on the bottom of the pot as a reflector and put it on the opposite side of the light to fill in the shadows. Lastly, try to get you file size up to 150 kb, your image used only 81 kb. This means you could have had twice as much smoothness in your finer details. If you use photoshop try using the Save for Web function instead of Save. Here is a little tutorial on DPC that may help you get your images ready for challenges. I hope this helps, I am not trying to be hard on you just make some suggestions. :)
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12/03/2007 03:11:14 AM
The top is seemingly a bit underlit IMO. I do think the composition is wonderful.
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11/30/2007 01:40:36 PM
Nice still work
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11/29/2007 04:40:35 PM
nice simple photo. i'd hang this on a wall.
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11/28/2007 07:56:06 PM
Nice shot! The foil on the bottom is a little distracting but this is well lit and everything. Good luck!
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11/28/2007 12:33:28 PM
incredible lighting.
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11/28/2007 12:07:55 PM
frame it overdone in my opinion
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11/28/2007 09:56:29 AM
Painted with light? Great photo. Not crazy about the tinfoil on the pot, but that's just a preference thing.
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11/28/2007 05:49:48 AM
nice colors. border is a bit too much imo.
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