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Challenge: Flowers II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 35-80mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: At Vargviken on Fårön in Piteå, Sweden
Date: Jul 6, 2009
Aperture: f16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Floral, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jul 8, 2009

One of our white Peonies, photographed against a black background (I put the stalk in a hole in a black paper).
The photo is taken outside with heavy overcast.
HDR in "Dynamic HDR" using 3 RAW exposures and a lot of layers, levels and curves in PS.

Place: 30 out of 255
Avg (all users): 6.2555
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.2841
Avg (non-participants): 6.2041
Views since voting: 1199
Views during voting: 229
Votes: 137
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/23/2009 11:36:28 PM
** Hello from the Critique Club **

Wow! That is my first impression when I saw this.

The fact that the flower has been isolated from any background is a very important aspect to the overall composition of this photo. The flower is centered but the break in the petals on the lower right is enough to add a sense of tension to the photo. One very nice aspect is the very subtle use of color against a neutral color flower. The overall purity in color is gently offset by yellow and then red.

Impressive use of light and HDR. The contrast really makes this photo appear to extend beyond the plane of the screen. I can feel the depth in the photo. Focus is key and overall this shot is nicely in focus. The lower petal is noticeably different in terms of focus, which tends to show after a longer view. I really like how the soft lighting brings out the water droplets without a "hot spot", attributed to the fact you did this on a heavily overcast day. It would be interesting to see which layers you used as this is a great example to teach HDR with. Perhaps an entry in "How did they do that" would be a nice supplement to this fantastic shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2009 11:47:44 PM
This is very pretty. It looks almost like a painting.
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07/17/2009 04:51:18 AM
Fantastic detail and lighting. Lovely image.
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07/16/2009 04:16:16 PM
Impressive detail makes us more aware of the parts than the whole.
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07/16/2009 02:29:11 PM
Very interesting texture....great!
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07/14/2009 08:02:46 PM
Nice capture of a tough color. One of my faves for the challenge.
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07/14/2009 02:02:29 AM
Wow. You've captured a true 3D effect in your photo. It looks like an oil painting by some master painter. The light is so soft and yet you captured the details and sharpness so well. The stark black background makes the flower pop towards you. So very very beautiful! 10.
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07/13/2009 10:13:39 PM
Incredible clarity. Love it!
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07/13/2009 04:27:34 PM
The peony is a lovely flower and your shot highlights its beauty.
Th exposure in this shot is spot on, no noticable blown out areas at all, great work
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07/13/2009 02:58:57 PM
Wonderful processing on this, great detail.
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07/13/2009 08:25:59 AM
Now this is unusual. I like the contrasting whites in this shot with the flashes of red against the dark background
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