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Solitary Beauty

Solitary Beauty
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Copyright: Sandy Garfinkel (messenger1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 730 W: 39 N: 1513] (7055)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-25 4:29
Viewed: 1753
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I seem to return over and over to one of my favorite photo spots - Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, a large Victorian greenhouse with room after room of themed flower and plant displays, many of which are changed seasonally. This water lily was flourishing in an artificial indoor pond with a small waterfall. The light was relatively soft. I used my telephoto to get close to the subject. I used the paintbrush tools to selectively sharpen, lighten and define the front petals. Other than that, not much PP here.

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I do prefer softness for flowers! sometimes I see photos that are just WAY too oversharpened. We know real life isn't that way! this is beautiful Sandy! We have gardens like this here, but to tell you the truth, I've thought to go at least 20 times and everytime the HEAT reminds me to stay home! haha!... we are in 100F temps with 108-110 heat indexs.... eh.....waiting for cooler temps! Wish I could go in the mornings, but every single morning is tied up! Love to see your work!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-07-25 7:26]

Hi Sandy,
A beautiful solitaire in the perfect posture in the frame with a nice contrasting BG. Nice soft subtle lighting which fits this violet beauty.
Well done.

Francis Xavier

Hi Sandy
good close up of a pretty waterlily. nicely composed. splendid clarity of petals and stamens. pleasant soft light on the beautiful purple.

Bonjour Sandy,

Beauté solitaire en effet, quel port altier!!!
Bon contraste en BG, lumière douce sur les pétales.
Couleurs violette splendide. La netteté est un peu juste.
TFS. Cordialement.


Excellent and wonderful flower shot with wonderful composition,Done of focused and excellent back ground too.
First Class shot indeed..

Awesome capture of this water lily. Love the colors and nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2011-07-25 11:08]

Hola Sandy
Bella y solitaria flor , muy acertado el fondo negro que resalta labellexa de los colores

Un saludo

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  • Nokin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 109 W: 0 N: 110] (1385)
  • [2011-07-25 11:58]

Hi Sandy,

sehr schöne Aufnahme mit einer perfekten Schärfe ,tolle Farben und guter POV

Gruß Detlef

Hi Sandy,

Love the mood you have caught in this floral capture!
Great details and nicely positioned waterlily in a natural frame.
The sharpness and DOF are well done, and colors are natural.
Well done!

Thanks and regards,

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-07-25 16:23]
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Hi Sandy,
you have captured the fragility & the softness of this colourful flower. The clarity & sharpness of details are perfect.so natural.I like your choice of a tight crop,makes the shape & colors really stand out. I'm not aware of what software you used, as I'm not familiar with the paintbrush tools to sharpen,lighten & define a subject?Could you explain
Best Regards

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-07-25 23:53]

Hi Sandy...
Nice shot with so nice presentation...
Nice composition...

Hi Sandy...excellent color for the flower as well as the background...nicely composed shot.


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