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a flower has power, remember the sixties... it's all about love, just ask the pixies...
a flower has power, remember the sixties... it's all about love, just ask the pixies...
JeniY


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro
Location: Central Illinois
Date: Apr 9, 2008
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80 Sec.
Galleries: Black and White, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 9, 2009

A Flower...

A flower has power, remember the sixties,
its all about love, just ask the pixies,
a flower is strength, and beauty too,
with such pure colour, fragrance and hue,
yet stands up to all the elements, just like you,
and a flower reminds me of love,
with grace and purity, like a dove,
a flower is power, to stand alone,
or be with many and still feel at home,
it sweetens any garden, whether old or new
and everyday God waters it with the morning dew,
so remember a flower is Gods way of smiling,
of telling you everything’s fine,
to let you know you are shining,
and that everything is in line.

nik new


I did this shot for the illustrated word side challenge back in April.

It probably isn't my best ever....but it is one of my personal favorites and I think it is very representative of me and my photography.



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Avg (all users): 6.0580
Avg (commenters): 7.3919
Avg (participants): 6.0638
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Votes: 517
Comments: 82
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03/18/2009 03:15:14 PM
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per my comment below....
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03/18/2009 01:53:04 PM
title really hurt this one
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 08:09:55 PM
Black and white works very good here, well done :)
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03/17/2009 06:21:29 PM
I enjoyed the framing and simplicity of the subject
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03/17/2009 04:01:07 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1113 images, I gave 90 of them an 8. Your image was one of those 90, placing you well within the top 10% for this challenge.

Lots of flower close-ups in this challenge, but this is one of my favourites. The black and white finish really helps the viewer focus on the form of the image, and personally I love the wispy ethereal feal to the image. Lovely shot!

Good luck for a strong finish in this challenge.
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03/17/2009 03:52:53 PM
Wonderful texture and detail in this closeup. Excellent framing. 7
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03/17/2009 03:38:02 PM
Nice title!
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03/17/2009 03:15:58 PM
like the processing here, brings out a lot of details
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03/17/2009 09:30:16 AM
Lovely textures and nice simple composition. Peace.
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03/17/2009 04:43:59 AM
doesnt hold much interest and B&W takes away from the color in this .. mind you that is just my opinion
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03/17/2009 02:41:29 AM
Nice shot. Nice colors and detail.
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03/16/2009 10:11:52 PM
Interesting B&W
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03/16/2009 06:17:13 PM
just simply beautiful that is all...
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03/16/2009 01:21:02 PM
Awesome sharpness on this... you revealed detail in the petals like few others have.
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03/16/2009 12:50:43 PM
beautiful! great title too:) the detail is incredible, and the dof is amazing! very unique. 10!
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03/16/2009 09:56:42 AM
Very nice photo; I love the title!
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03/16/2009 02:37:32 AM
If Ansel Adams did still life or flowers, this is what he would have shot. Well done.
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03/15/2009 07:36:38 PM
The shot is amazing, the title kills me though. Back to the photo, well ..... I love it!! Good luck.
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03/15/2009 04:45:57 PM
Very interesting editing. The texture here is curiously juxtaposed with the soft parts of the image. Wonderful contrast, as well.
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03/15/2009 04:40:39 PM
Great tones, nice crop, excellent shallow dof, and gorgeous subject. I'd be interested to know why you chose b&w over colour though. Not that it's a bad thing, I'm just curious about reasons behind artistic decisions :) Will come back after the challenge ends to see if you've left notes.
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03/15/2009 03:45:23 PM
I like the shallow dof and the sense of depth or dimension that it gives this shot. Also, I like bw conversion and the range of tones that it gives.
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03/15/2009 03:43:55 PM
Luminous, textured, fine but not overwhelming detail, superb composition, beautiful conversion. 10
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03/15/2009 12:38:07 PM
Wow great effect. Nice use of black and white.
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03/15/2009 11:58:33 AM
Toning really works here to draw out the details
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03/15/2009 10:40:37 AM
Fascinating...... 6
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03/15/2009 10:18:40 AM
Beautiful detail in the dying flower, I like the dramatic B&W.
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03/15/2009 09:38:41 AM
I like what black and white did for this. Nice job.
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03/15/2009 05:11:22 AM
wow interesting approach to macro photography
very unusual yet beautiful
I appreciate the creativity


;D thanks!
brano
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03/14/2009 11:20:26 PM
Powerful contrasts and interesting textures.
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03/14/2009 10:54:09 PM
At first glance this looks very good with strong detail. not sure whats happenning with the blurry sections in the petals and around the edge of the centre.
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03/14/2009 09:05:06 PM
excellent b&w treatment here , nice textures. 7
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03/14/2009 07:49:07 PM
strange but great macro - like the bw stile
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03/14/2009 07:10:21 PM
nice image, but i feel that it has been done before
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03/14/2009 04:41:25 PM
Coming back to comment...

Stunning work! Looks like a little fractulias in there!
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03/14/2009 03:45:28 PM
Awesome macro - love the way it's processed.
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03/14/2009 01:35:43 PM
Everything is great about this except for the hippie title lol
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03/14/2009 07:21:35 AM
So powerful photography!
The details, the textures are simply wonderful.
Oh yes, I like it a lot! It's true, it's real, we seldom take time to see the beauty in the details, it's a pity.
A well deserved 10.
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03/14/2009 05:46:45 AM
yeah...'67 SF put some wonderul flowers in my heart too!
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03/14/2009 04:26:59 AM
brilliant peice of fine art photography, such nice tones and depth. Would look great as a big print on a wall
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03/14/2009 12:16:10 AM
good use of high contrast in B&W
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03/13/2009 11:41:54 PM
Cool effect - Fractalius?
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03/13/2009 11:06:01 PM
ha, your title is very creative. I'm left wondering how this would have looked in color. But, i like it the way it is too.
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03/13/2009 10:53:54 PM
It was the happiest day of her life. He'd just asked her the ultimate question, of marriage, and would she? He'd treated her to the most wonderful dinner, and they had spent the rest of the evening making love, like they had never made before. Earlier in the day, she had found out that she'd won the job of her dreams.

To top it off, as a small gift to go with her beautiful ring, he had presented her with an exotic flower. Something, he said, he had found in a curious little floral shop that he'd never noticed before, but the flower had been in the window and it had caught his eye and he knew he had to have it for her. It was gorgeous, with an electric blue sheen to the white of its petals, and a deep yellow center. Its scent was like that of the ocean breeze and when smelled, almost brought a sense of renewal and energy.

And so, after their love making, as they drifted off to sleep, she smiled warmly as she gazed upon that flower on her stand, and as she drifted off, the flower, well, the flower began to glow, but she saw none of it, she was already in the land of happy dreams.

The flower however, was not asleep. It sat in the vase in which she had put it, and it was awash in a soft and glowing light. Little slivers of what looked like electricity shot across its petals and its center was like a maelstrom of activity. The sparks and tendrils of energy expanded, and began to shoot out from the petals, and the flower shook and toppled the vase off the stand. It tumbled to the ground and shattered, loosing the flower onto the marbled tile where it lay, pulsing and shooting energy out from every petal.

She sat bolt upright, woken by the shattering vase, and stared. Now, shocks of energy and electricity were shooting through the room, lighting it like day, and as she stared with complete shock, a bolt reached out and encompassed her fully, and her back arched, and she was struck rigid with a silent scream.

Later, when the sun peeked above the horizon, her fiancee finally awoke, having heard nothing from the night, and turned over to greet his love with a kiss, but his lips fell on empty air. Confused, and now fully awake, he looked at the spot where she should have lain, and stumbled backward with a scream of his own. There, on the sheet, was only a pile of ash.

And peeking over the edge of the bed, a feral grin on the rudimentary version of a face that it had, was a giant flower.

And it was alive.
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03/13/2009 08:59:08 PM
One of the best in the challenge - love the b&w transition and the feeling to this picture... good luck!!
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03/13/2009 05:56:42 PM
great textures
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03/13/2009 04:07:11 PM
Gorgeous tones, clarity, fine composiiton. Well done.
PS: Back to bump this up.
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03/13/2009 03:59:44 PM
cool dude
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03/13/2009 03:32:53 PM
I think I've bumped this at least once already, and here I'm going to do it again. :) The more I look the more I like. The tones are superb, and it's just such a gloriously detailed flower (which you've brought out so skillfully). Who knows, I may bump you again later (you are only at a 9 now).
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03/13/2009 03:27:08 PM
I really like your compostion and tones
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03/13/2009 03:12:11 PM
I love this. 10
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03/13/2009 03:02:39 PM
amazing details captured here ... adding to faves, good luck!
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03/13/2009 02:47:15 PM
Such a lovely piece of art..
Temper excitement least I fart..
Errr, I guess that doesn't work. Adding a +1 for better poetry than mine :)
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03/13/2009 02:04:42 PM
Don't care for the title at all. But I think the tones and the textures work so well to enhance the subject that the title is irrelevent. excellent work! 9
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03/13/2009 01:12:58 PM
Spectacular details in this image. Great DOF and a strong simple composition.
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03/13/2009 09:22:59 AM
WOW! It takes guts to enter a flower in this type of challege but this image is so amazing!! 9
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03/13/2009 08:46:15 AM
Love it. Great detail and in black and white it really works. Background fits well to. 9
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03/13/2009 05:38:18 AM
The texture of those petals is freaking awesome!
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03/13/2009 12:07:51 AM
Fabulous detail. This is a perfect entry for the Color in B/W challenge. Love the center, and the veins in the petals. Great work.
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03/12/2009 10:34:47 PM
the shallow DOF really hilights the details
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03/12/2009 10:19:45 PM
Great textures and tones
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03/12/2009 03:37:39 PM
Divine B&W.
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03/12/2009 02:27:19 PM
Wow, this seems electric. Great composition, I like the use of sharpness and blur together, this is a lot of fun.
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03/12/2009 10:45:48 AM
Nice textures.
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03/12/2009 10:07:12 AM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments now. Black & White was an EXCELLENT choice for this floral shot. Why? Because it focuses our attention on all those lovely details of the texture on this flower from the veins on the petals to the center core of the flower. Contrasts and the B&W tones are very dynamic - this flower pops off the page visually. Not keen on the long title but I am not judging this lovely image on that. The details, the details in the textures make me stop, study, and appreciate this all the more. You know this would look good hanging on a wall somewhere or even as a calendar shot. Bumping up the score now that I have had time to *really* look at it.
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03/12/2009 08:16:25 AM
What a stunning photo, I love the crop and the textures you have captured here. Best of luck. 9
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03/12/2009 06:35:44 AM
great title, love the processing on this image, this would look good framed and on a wall 9
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03/11/2009 08:21:35 PM
Fine detail is well captured here. Nice shot.
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03/11/2009 08:21:09 PM
Wonderful textures, I can almost feel the pedals with my eyes.
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03/11/2009 07:19:21 PM
Cool abstract of a flower.
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03/11/2009 04:51:43 PM
neat, would prefer color 7
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03/11/2009 04:18:45 PM
the blurred glowing edges give the picture a very whimsical feel and the pattern on the petals background and flower center really add so much to the image. good job
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03/11/2009 03:34:18 PM
Wonderful shot. Love this.
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03/11/2009 01:36:17 PM
did you place a gaussian blur on the flower then erase?, would rather see sharp focus on the center of the flower fading to the edges of the petals...really like your tones...the blur at the base of the pod is distracting...it is like "waves" of sharp/blur...
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03/11/2009 11:19:27 AM
amazing composition. Love this crop! Your textures here are amazing. The detail and focus is impressive. Can't find anything that doesn't seem to work. Beautiful photo. 9
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03/11/2009 10:08:04 AM
Nice textures and bright whites.
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03/11/2009 09:15:03 AM
DOF is too shallow for my taste. composition is unbalanced, image seems to tilt to the left
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03/11/2009 08:44:25 AM
The brittle dryness really comes across.
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03/11/2009 03:34:30 AM
The sixties are overrated. but this photo will probably be the opposite. nice. :)
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03/11/2009 01:16:11 AM
wonderful shot. great detail, great composition.
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03/11/2009 01:13:21 AM
Amazing textures, definitely something different!
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03/11/2009 12:52:08 AM
B&W really brings out the details in this
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03/11/2009 12:24:59 AM
WOW! What a floral shot! I have never seen a flower photographed like this. Incredible textures and detail.
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