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Breath Of Fire
Breath Of Fire

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Challenge: Macro IV (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro AF for Canon
Location: Hickory, North Carolina
Date: Jul 27, 2004
Aperture: f/8
ISO: ISO 200
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jul 31, 2004

I found this day lily in a local park. I enjoyed the curves and the flow of this composition. The natural background was green, but it was rather bland, so I positioned myself behind the flower for the photo and let the leg of my blue jeans become the background for the shot. I think the blue complements the red and orange better than the bland green that was present in the scene.

Lens: Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 Macro

Post Processing: Slight crop to remove some of the leftover bland green background that was still visible, minor level adjustments, unsharp mask, and resize to 640 pixels on the long side. I also removed a few specs of pollen from the burgandy area of this blossom.


File: CRW_7726.tif
File size: 18.3MB
Image Serial Number: 177-7726
Camera Model: Canon EOS 10D
Camera serial number: 1020300016
Firmware: Firmware Version 2.0.0
Date/Time: 2004:07:27 15:11:48
Copyright: Unspecified
Shutter speed: 1/45 sec
Aperture: 8
Exposure mode: Manual
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Partial
Drive mode: Continuous
ISO: 200
Lens: 105mm
Focal length: 105mm
Focal length: 168mm (in 35mm film)
AF mode: Manual Focus
Image size: 2052 x 3076
Image quality: Raw
White balance: Auto
Saturation: Normal
Sharpness: Normal
Contrast: Normal
Tone: Normal
Color profile: Adobe RGB (1998)
Custom Functions:
Default settings

Place: 6 out of 248
Avg (all users): 6.7234
Avg (commenters): 8.8000
Avg (participants): 6.6260
Avg (non-participants): 6.9077
Views since voting: 3159
Views during voting: 275
Votes: 188
Comments: 28
Favorites: 18 (view)

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10/25/2004 08:28:40 PM
Flowers are usually so beautiful that sometimes photos don't reflect all the beauty , but this is not the case with yours.The blue color of the jeans contrasts with the rich and warm color of the flower.
It seems that the light come from the inside , a touch of magic !
I feel good looking at it .
08/11/2004 10:46:55 PM
Now that's photography! An excellent choice for the background; I love it. Beautiful capture.
08/11/2004 06:48:11 PM
Originally posted by BradP:

Hmm..... seems we have something in common besides our goods looks!

Good looks are all that matters anyway ;)
08/10/2004 07:09:44 PM
Well Done John!
The blue background brought this one out.

Maybe I picked the wrong submission?
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Hmm..... seems we have something in common besides our goods looks!

Message edited by author 2004-08-10 19:10:25.
08/09/2004 08:47:19 PM
well done.
08/09/2004 05:48:14 PM
this is gorgeous john...the rich colors and clarity are astounding. wonderful.
08/09/2004 10:01:38 AM
Wow... great finish John! It's a beautiful shot...
08/09/2004 09:19:52 AM
Great color balance John, a good simple subject captured well.
08/09/2004 04:06:17 AM
beautiful =)
08/09/2004 12:32:50 AM
Congratulations, excellent colours and movement.
08/09/2004 12:09:47 AM
Congratulations on your 6th placing with this dramatic floral study. It is highly moving with magical coloring.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2004 08:16:51 PM
Beauuutiful colour and satisfyingly crisp subject. Any opponents of flower shots should be silnced by this one! Love it and no reason not to award top marks - aprat from the slight criticism of crop (positioning) - less top and more bottom would be good, so [9]
08/08/2004 06:23:06 PM
very pleasing colors and good composition
08/08/2004 04:56:20 PM
wonderful lighting
one of my fav for this challenge
08/07/2004 12:45:45 AM
Exceptionally artistic! Perfect composition and superb lighting. The range and value of colors is stunning. If this doesn't win a ribbon, consider yourself robbed.
08/06/2004 03:32:21 PM

Gorgeous colours and good, sharp focus!
08/05/2004 07:39:14 PM
great focus, background, colors. i just love these flowers. great job, hope you do well.
08/05/2004 12:35:23 PM
Great color combination, it flows nicely. Excellent detail.
08/05/2004 12:45:09 AM
very beautiful
08/03/2004 06:20:42 PM
I LOVE this shot
08/03/2004 05:50:17 PM
Flamboyant and striking. Good composition and great colors. Maybe a little more DOF would bring out those back leaves.
08/03/2004 04:00:30 PM
One of the best flowers so far...
08/03/2004 04:13:55 AM
The composition and color are striking.
08/02/2004 11:14:28 PM
Wow... breathtaking... 10
08/02/2004 04:55:43 PM
Yet another flower, but beautiful. Lovely composition, colors, DOF and focus.
08/02/2004 04:28:04 PM
One of the better flower macros, the glow from the base is nice. I probably would of croped a bit tigher, might be a tad to much room at top and right side 8
08/02/2004 02:23:07 PM
Wow! I love this picture. The tentacles look like they are lights. Great job.
08/02/2004 01:19:37 PM
Stunning colors, great composition...

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