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Rising of the Phoenix
Rising of the Phoenix

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Challenge: Flowers II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro for Canon
Location: Foster Botanical Gardens, Honolulu, Hawaii
Date: Jul 10, 2009
Aperture: f 7,1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2009

Close up of a Bird of Paradise. Here's a shot of the whole flower.
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cropped, dodge and burn some of the background and the petals, levels, curves, contrast, layer mask on the stamen to brighten it up a bit and correct the color to match the blue it should be, saturation, color balance, resize, noise ninja, USM, border, SFW.

post challenge:
thanks for the votes and comments. disappointed in where it ended, maybe i should've spritzed it with water first.

Place: 103 out of 255
Avg (all users): 5.7986
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 5.9022
Avg (non-participants): 5.6154
Views since voting: 613
Views during voting: 240
Votes: 144
Comments: 5
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/22/2009 03:11:06 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

The first thing that strikes me with this image is the vibrant colors. Rich and inviting without feeling overdone. The lighting seem to be pretty direct from overhead, robbing us of some of the minute details. Had the sun been low on the horizon you may have captured more interesting shadows and perhaps more details. Aside from that, I like the image. I like the softness of this flower. I can almost feel the silkiness of the petals.
As for being disappointed in where this image placed, you shouldn't be. You received a respectable score from the voters. There was some very tough competition.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/17/2009 04:49:37 AM
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07/14/2009 04:34:21 PM
beautiful color and clarity
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07/13/2009 02:56:43 PM
Very interesting, good abstract photo. Bird of paradise?
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07/13/2009 04:26:08 AM
Lovely vibrant colours
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