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Pond Lily Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
Pond Lily
Pond Lily
"Twin" lilies, captured in the gardens of the Crystal Palace, Porto, Portugal.
Keywords: Pond Lily, Lilies, Nenuphar, Lotus

© John Cullen
Nikon Coolpix 3500...
Janet S  Weaver
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member since: 8/27/2003
    Pretty Shot John!

6/14/2004 6:21:27 AM

John Cullen

member since: 10/31/2003

Thank you (wow *that* was a quick comment, I only just finished uploading the picture :-)

6/14/2004 6:23:08 AM

C.J. Williamson

member since: 5/1/2004

Very nice. Having two different color flowers helps catch the eye.

6/14/2004 6:38:15 AM

John Cullen

member since: 10/31/2003


I was also very lucky to capture them like this for two reasons - the day happened to be relatively grey (unlike today!) and these flowers only stay in bloom for 3-4 days. Right place at the right time I suppose :-)

6/14/2004 6:41:09 AM

Sharon Crook
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member since: 4/18/2004

John - Very unique combination. Makes for a great shot. The two different flowers make for a very eye catching photo. Great work! Sharon

6/14/2004 6:54:03 AM

John Cullen

member since: 10/31/2003


6/14/2004 7:04:58 AM

Bonnie C. Lackey
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Delightful catch, John. The colors are great but the circles and angles hold attention too.

6/14/2004 8:11:19 AM

Paul C. Gazzanigo
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Beautiful composition and presentation, John!

6/14/2004 8:24:13 AM

John Cullen

member since: 10/31/2003

Thankyou both! So many compliments are making me blush :-)

6/14/2004 8:28:41 AM

Leonard Pierce
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member since: 3/31/2001

Congratulations John!!!

7/17/2004 5:27:53 PM

Janet S  Weaver
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member since: 8/27/2003

Congrats John!

7/17/2004 7:16:24 PM

Michael Brown

member since: 4/20/2004

Excellent composition with wonderful depth shown.
The lighting, colors, details, and PS work done to this is simply fantastic.


7/17/2004 9:55:02 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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This is wonderful. Love the water drops on the leaves and the contrasting colors.

7/18/2004 9:33:50 AM

Kristen McKain
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7/19/2004 5:50:46 AM

Kelly Abernathy
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Congrats on your win! -K

7/19/2004 7:18:50 AM

Lori Ditlefsen

member since: 5/21/2003

Congrats on the win!

7/19/2004 7:57:55 AM

John Cullen

member since: 10/31/2003

Thankyou to ALL that left me notes of congratulation! I'm honoured (and humbled when I see the quality of the pictures in your galleries!) to have had one of my photos chosen :-)

Michael, about the edits - I probably shouldn't say this, but I didn't use PS! I use PSP7 :-) And the edits were actually very simple: using a hue/saturation/lightness layer I reduced the overall saturation by about 1/4; this left the colours in the flowers but made everything else more or less grey. I then added a curves layer to tweak the colours back into the flowers (which had turned a little dull) and darken the water (which had gone a murky grey.) And believe it or not, this was actually the first time I experimented adjustment layers!

When I have a moment to create my new (!) member page I'll upload the original to show the differences.

Again, thankyou to everyone!! John.

7/20/2004 1:24:32 AM

Kathleen K. Parker
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member since: 11/30/2000

Lovely composition and exposure, John! Congratulations on your win!

5/27/2007 4:42:33 AM

Tammy Scott
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member since: 11/10/2004

This is such a beautiful shot! Great coloring!

9/21/2009 3:11:48 AM

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