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As Ramona Dies
As Ramona Dies

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-09 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-30
Lens: Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Home
Date: Sep 15, 2009
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 16, 2009

Actually, Clematis Ramona, and since I cut the vine that fed her, she IS dying in the photo. Unusual to have a bloom on this particular plant so late in the year.

Shot for the fun of it, with no particular challenge in mind. Only a few hours later the HIGH DOF challenge started. By the time I realized this the next morning, Ramona was dead, and I had no more blooms to work with. So I took to advanced editing and entered this challenge.

I suspended the flower by its vine in front of a black background. Of course the vine's been cloned out, as have a couple minor blemishes on the petals. Illuminated it from roughly the 7:00 and 10:00 positions from your perspective.

PP: WB, clarity, vib, sat, crop, hue, lvls, topaz detail, minor cloning & burning, sharpen & format for DPC.

Thanks for looking.

Place: 23 out of 400
Avg (all users): 6.5235
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.5897
Views since voting: 1279
Views during voting: 263
Votes: 149
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2009 01:46:10 PM
Whoa! Perfect!.....10.....Lighting, color, detail, background, border....just a magnificent offering!
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10/04/2009 04:12:46 PM
Dont get the title, but that is just me. Its a photography contest so in that sense, it does notmatter.
A crisp, clean, great capture of the flower. The compositon of this is really very good, and I think something that took a little thought and arranging................It works really well.
Maybe the green in the leaves is a touch overdone, but the purple of the flower is brilliant and right.........just nudging the green sat down a touch might have removed the slight fake look on some areas of the leaves, but thats a minor thing.
The border, honestly, its a bit of nothing. Looks more to me like you wanted a little extra black space, so went with a purple 1pxline to be the least obtrusive. I think a thinker line (2px) and them being a little closer to the flower, giving wider black bands, would have finished it off a little better..
But, minor things. A really good image...........
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/04/2009 07:37:56 AM
I have that very same clematis blooming right now. Nice. I hope Ramona went peacefully.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/04/2009 12:21:16 AM
I like this photo.
It's clean, it's simple, it's in excellent focus and it looks very nice.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/03/2009 06:30:21 PM
(No vote, just a comment)

Nice colors and details!
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10/03/2009 12:46:01 AM
The contrast really makes this shot pop, Simple in composition but this helps IMO, 7
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10/01/2009 02:49:04 PM
Great details on the flower.
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