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Wine and roses
Wine and roses

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Challenge: Partners (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Challenges 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Hochheim, Germany
Date: May 31, 2008
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2008

So, you probably think this is a shoehorn... but really, if you want to woo a woman, what better combination? The final result could indeed be mutually beneficial and/or a relationship.

But seriously, while out riding my bike between thunderstorms an looking for poppies and stuff to shoot in the vineyards, I passed one of my favorite vineyard rosebushes and the ol' "you know this ain't gonna fly" lightbulb went off - Partners! So I parked the bike, climbed up the little steps, and tried to expose for the sky which was a bit on the brightish side compared to the vineyard. Took several. Had the 10-22 on the camera and briefly though of switching to the 24-105 but realized I didn't have it with me. Besides, wide is fun!

Post processing - some different stuff, including a somewhat unusual thing for me - I selected the vineyard and the rose bush using the nifty magic wand thingie and created another layer with those so I could brighten them up a bit without affecting the sky. Was getting some blue banding when I tried just normal shadows/highlights on the whole thing (still has a bit) and really didn't care for all the noise generated when I tried tonemapping it. Oh, and there's a bit of a crop to make it a bit simpler as far as the message I'm trying to convey and to stick to the rule of thirds a tad as far as the sky/ground is concerned.

All this for something that may well not break 5. :-)

Post challenge - Yay! Made 5! And you gotta admit that 22 votes under 4 is pretty impressive!

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Place: 89 out of 155
Avg (all users): 5.3252
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3750
Avg (non-participants): 5.3067
Views since voting: 664
Views during voting: 328
Votes: 206
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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06/11/2008 10:40:11 AM
Aw man, Deb - this is awesome! It reminds me of those fairytale movies - the feel you get when watching Pushing Daisies - sort of surreal and yet real at the same time. I totally loved it during voting and am disappointed it didn't score higher.
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06/11/2008 12:17:29 AM
You know what's funny... I voted on this during the challenge, gave it a 7, and never even read the title lol. What I liked about it most was the perspective from under and behind the camera. I interpreted it as two flowers who were checking out the beautiful scenery together and they just kind of snuck into your photo. The sky looks great too. Well I appreciated it although obviously I did not see the original intention lol.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/10/2008 10:28:38 PM
Nice lighting-could hve been a bit sharper.
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06/09/2008 10:46:05 PM
Nice shot but a bit of a stretch. Oh well, good luck!
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06/07/2008 06:25:45 PM
Nice. I know it was outside of your control, but a really deep blue sky, with those fluffy clouds and the green and red of the subjects would have made for a killer image.!
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06/05/2008 09:48:33 AM
Really good perspective. The red flowers really stand out against the green and blue in the rest of your photo.
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06/05/2008 09:34:51 AM
Nice ideas, the colors of the roses stand out against all the green. Making the colors all a bit brighter would add more to the photograph.
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06/04/2008 02:20:02 PM
I really like this composition. Good perspective and colors
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06/04/2008 01:28:49 PM
nice colors, just beautiful
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06/04/2008 11:57:55 AM
Lovely shot, they definitely do partner nicely when one is in trouble with his girlfriend!
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