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First leaf of spring
First leaf of spring

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Challenge: Pattern IV (Minimal Editing I)
Collection: challenges 2011
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Gauteng, South Africa
Date: Jul 21, 2011
Aperture: F22.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 21, 2011

First time using my extension tubes. This leaf was less than 1cm long.

I really wish this challenge had been basic editing - I would really have liked to crop off the grey at the bottom (the pot in which the little tree is growing).

[Jul. 26th, 2011 01:18:37 PM]

Okay ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' giantmike, you caught my error there. It was only after I went to bed on the final night for submitting that I realised that the title could cause confusion. Officially it's still very much winter here, but some of my more sheltered plants have been fooled by some unseasonal warm weather and think that spring has come early.

I was half expecting a request for validation because of the title, but so far I haven't had one.

Place: 79 out of 105
Avg (all users): 5.1700
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0588
Avg (non-participants): 5.2857
Views since voting: 346
Views during voting: 174
Votes: 100
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/29/2011 01:51:11 PM
Thanks ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Jon_H. If you think that's tough, most of the week I wasn't sure this would even finish above 5. After 19 votes it was at 4.68.
07/29/2011 01:41:13 PM
Wow tough crowd, this was a 9 from me and I was truly amazed at the final score this received, it would have been a full 10 if it had been cropped like you suggested but for minimal editing I can't see how many people could give such low scores.
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07/29/2011 07:57:36 AM
Thanks for the explanation :)

By the way, nice job using extension tubes for a first try, especially in minimal editing. I don't know that I would have been so brave considering the extreme shallow depth of field and normally I need a bit of sharpening to really make it pop.
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07/26/2011 01:08:28 PM
I'm curious, where in this world is July considered spring?
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