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Betty Boop Rose
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Betty Boop Rose
Betty Boop Rose
Exposure time: 1/80 F-stop: 4.8
ISO speed: 160

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Sam Britt
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    Beautiful color & composition, looks great against the white background, Dale.

12/21/2009 7:10:53 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Sam. This is an interesting Rose in that it becomes different colors as it ages on the bush.

12/21/2009 7:53:09 PM

 
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Here's a version for those of you that like a stroke.

12/22/2009 10:16:31 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Beautiful colors Dale!

Did you remove the background? I am seeing some pretty dark lines around some of the petals. Might just be a BP issue.

12/22/2009 11:41:39 AM

 
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No Jeff, this was shot against the light. The lines were added using the find edges filter and blended using the multiply blend to give the petals definition.

12/22/2009 1:34:46 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Dale, beautiful photo. I love the white background. I see the lines Jeff mentioned too. I'd try and remove them if you can. The are distracting. :)

Also, personally I wouldn't mind seeing a little more pop in color. But that's probably just a personal preference.

12/22/2009 1:55:35 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Love the color of this rose Dale and it works very well against the white bg...what do you think about blurring out the two buds directly behind the main flower a little bit...I don't see the lines jeff and teresa are refferring to..

12/22/2009 2:49:54 PM

 
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For Teresa and Tony, here's the Phellos fix. A little simpler, a little brighter, and a tighter crop.

12/22/2009 4:40:10 PM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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I really like the color on it now. Though I don't think it needs the stroke. :)

Not sure how I feel about the missing rose buds in the back. . . . Have to think on that for a bit. :)

12/22/2009 5:03:20 PM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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Ok, going against the grain - I totally love the first one without the stroke. I know this rose (we had one until last winter when an ice storm killed it) and the color of the first one is almost dead-on.
I don't like the rose buds missing out of the back. It actually looks like somethings missing to me. Not even sure that it would need the blur that Tony suggested, though it would be interesting to see.
I think this is beautiful as is, Dale. It is a lovely image!

12/22/2009 5:50:04 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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After posting these changes, I must admit I much prefer the first image with the buds. But I like the one with the stroke best even though I ended up posting the one without it in the contest.

12/22/2009 11:56:02 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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I actually like the new post better, I think it shows off the elegant shape of the rose better with the distractions of the other buds gone...

12/23/2009 5:02:35 AM

 
Rita K. Connell
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I am going with Tony on this one I really like the last post. this is a very nice picture Dale. Dale Dale.... when are you going to learn to not jumb the gun with picture you are having us critique.

12/23/2009 5:37:43 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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I'm going to go with Teresa and Tony on this one, Dale. It is a beautiful image as is, but the "star" of the shot is the full blown rose and she needs the spotlight all to herself! I don't like it nearly as much with the stroke. I'd leave it off. Very striking!

12/23/2009 6:58:14 AM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Sorry Dale, the "find edges" results is not working for me. I'm not sure what it is, it just doesn't feel right.

As for the other changes, I like the tighter crop with the buds removed and my vote is for no stroke on this one.

12/23/2009 7:06:42 AM

 
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You're right Rita, when will I ever learn? Thanks guys, for the honest assessment. It's too late to change my choice but next month I'll re-enter this version and see what happens.

Let me explain my reasons for selecting the first version over the last. I think it was Peter that told me, in effect, it's what's in the photographer's head that makes the shot what it is.

When I took this shot, it appealed to me because this particular bloom was just about on it's way out while in the midst of a new generation. The trick is to confer that thought to the viewer and in this case it didn't work.

Your preferred version still maintains that dual generation type image but I am biased by my previous thoughts. Does any of this make sense?

12/23/2009 9:05:43 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Yes Dale it makes sense. I too find it hard to remove myself from my pictures when I'm evaluating them.

However I think (now that I've thought about it) that I like the orginal post best. I don't think it needs the stroke and it seems to be missing something without the buds behind the rose. However I do like it with the color a bit more intense. :)

12/23/2009 11:09:20 AM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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Dale - for me, the title conveys exactly what you were after. The Betty Boop rose is unique and mimics our life by seemingly having a bloom fade away while at the same time, a new one is born. Having grown this rose and witnessed it's growing pattern, I think your 1st version conveys the "life" of this rose. The 1 without the buds is just another rose image - albeit a very lovely one - with none of the charm and story (or character) that is so very prevalent with this particular rose. But then, I'm a goof when it comes to roses! :)

12/23/2009 12:14:41 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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It's so interesting to hear that others have heard of this rose. It was a gift and it grows like mad here in this climate. Is there another name for it? I've never seen any except the bush we have.

12/23/2009 4:41:16 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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For no particular reason... this is one of the very few shots of yours, that I am just not feeling Dale. Can't quite define why, however I will try. Your shots are rarely "still"... they are full of people, places, and interest. This is one of MY shots.... stagnant, and not of any interest. Hope you understand what I am saying because certainly not wanting to offend!

12/23/2009 6:22:46 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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No offense taken Joan. My interest in this rose is because my wife (who's nickname is Booper) collected Betty Boop material long before it became fashionable.

Also I like it because it has beautiful colors and is very soft and not tightly wound like most roses. Also it is very difficult to get a flower image that is not "still". LOL But many are sooooo pretty. :o)

12/23/2009 11:42:01 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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LOL... I have taken many flower pics that weren't Still... dang wind! The rose is lovely I agree! Merry Christmas Eve to you, "Booper" and all your family! Thanks for all your help this past year in BP! I learned a lot!

12/24/2009 5:38:13 AM

 
Ellen H. Robertson
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I like this. I like the first ones composition with the buds, I like the stroke because the bottom has an angle where the leaves are, and I like the the color and lesser find edges on the second.

Merry Christmas!

12/24/2009 6:37:45 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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To Joan, Ellen and all the rest of my Phellos family, thank you and Merry
Christmas to you all! Your company and support have made this a year filled with great memories.

12/24/2009 8:32:27 AM

 
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Just for fun I've decided to include the original shot right out of the camera, uncropped and unprocessed. This is the jpeg my camera produces along with the raw, which I've lost.

12/24/2009 8:38:57 AM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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I like going back after I have made my own assessment to hear the "wrap-up". I think that is why I like the first shot, too, Dale. It is not just another pretty rose but it "tells a story" and has a theme about the stages of life that affect us all. I think that there can be a story in most images we create and showing a bit of that story adds even more life to that image.

And of course it has a bit of Christmas to it. There is an old song that is sung at Christmas called, "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming?" I am currently listening to Charlotte Church's version of that song. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. I look forward to 2010 with my Phellos!

12/24/2009 8:47:09 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Congrats Dale...very cheery! :~)

1/18/2010 2:57:16 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your wonderful FINALIST!!!

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1/18/2010 3:47:58 PM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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WTG Dale... Congrats on your Betty Boop!

1/18/2010 4:19:23 PM

 
Anthony L. Mancuso
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Congrats on the finalist Dale!

1/18/2010 4:55:23 PM

 
Rita K. Connell
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congratulation its beautiful!!!!

1/18/2010 5:05:44 PM

 
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Excellent Dale. congratulations on your finalist! ~Pat

1/18/2010 5:36:52 PM

 
Jeff E Jensen
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Congratulations Dale!

1/18/2010 6:54:50 PM

 
Debbie E. Payne
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A big congratulations, Dale! This is lovely.

1/18/2010 8:30:01 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Congratulations on your finalist, Dale.

1/18/2010 10:49:17 PM

 
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Gorgeous floral and colors, Dale. CONGRATZ on the FINALIST Award!

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1/19/2010 2:36:58 AM

 
Christie R. Bielss
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Congrats on the Finalist Dale!

1/19/2010 5:01:00 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Wow, thanks everyone. This came as a real surprise.

1/19/2010 8:49:49 AM

 
Teresa H. Hunt
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Congrats on your Finalist Dale!! This one is very beautiful!

1/19/2010 9:50:58 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Teresa

1/19/2010 9:57:20 AM

 
Jeanine M. Bailey
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Way to Go Dale!!! This is beautiful!! :)

1/19/2010 10:42:31 AM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Jeanine. Always cool to get one of these and always a surprise also. :o)

1/19/2010 11:59:38 AM

 
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Wonderful clarity! Congratulations on your finalist, Dale!

1/19/2010 12:45:11 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Eivor. I had such a good time going through your gallery. My Dad is from Colorado and I've never had a chance to visit there. Would love to see some of the places you have captured so expertly.

1/19/2010 2:01:35 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS on your incredible finalist, Dale! WTG ,my friend!

1/19/2010 2:27:00 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks Patrick. I implore others reading this thread to check out Patrick's gallery and enjoy the finalists he rec'd plus all the other award winning shots.

1/19/2010 4:26:43 PM

 
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WOW!!! WTG Dale and congratulations on this real beauty!!! Great work!!!! Laura

1/19/2010 10:54:34 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thanks so much Laura. I'm the one that should be saying WOW after seeing that wasp walking on water shot. Excellent capture, and you didn't even get stung. Very cool.

1/20/2010 8:28:53 AM

 
Esther R. Tinz
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Lovely - Congratulations

1/20/2010 1:41:07 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Thank you Esther.

1/20/2010 5:48:33 PM

 
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Thank you Esther.

1/20/2010 5:48:55 PM

 
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ttt

1/20/2010 5:50:01 PM

 
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Dale

Congratulations in this wonderful photo.

Ysa...

2/10/2010 10:56:53 AM

 
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Thanks so much Isabel

2/10/2010 12:53:43 PM

 
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Wonderful shot, well deserved!!!!!!!

2/10/2010 2:30:03 PM

 
Dale Hardin
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Ellen, thank you very much.

2/10/2010 11:18:54 PM

 
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