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How To
2nd Place Win
6/20/06
Special Effects


This is dedicated to beginners who want to know
how to accomplish abstract flower photography.
This shot was taken hand held while I selectively
focused on a thistle flower. I purposely allowed
movement of subject (due to breeze) to achieve a
more abstract feeling. Camera settings were:
1/500th of a second at f/5.6. Taken with a 105mm
macro lens. To get really close I attached a
50mm prime lens reversed onto the front of my
macro using a lens reversing ring.


© Sharon  Day
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Melissa Gurdus
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    Wonderful intention, Sharon...and stunning result. Love the painterly look with some sharp detail remaining, reminding us that this is a flower. Great job, Sharon. Hope you do more instructional images!!!

6/20/2006 6:40:06 AM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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Great job, thanks for the info as well..Maybe someday I'll figure this out.. lol

6/20/2006 6:49:24 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Thank you, Melissa and Tonya! Tonya, all I did was screw an old Canon 50mm prime lens I have to the front of my macro lens. Both lenses have a 52mm thread size. At Adorama you can purchase lens reversing rings just for this combination. The DOF is very shallow. Almost any image taken with the aperture open wide will accomplish an abstract flower image. The only problem with the Canon FD lenses is the aperture will not stay open all the way unless you cut out the back of a rear lens cap and leave it on the back of the lens. It works fine with the lens cap attached. It looks a bit like a tiny lens hood.

6/20/2006 6:55:28 AM

 
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  Macro setup #1
Macro setup #1
Finalist

© Sharon  Day
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  Macro setup #2
Macro setup #2
Finalist
A closeup of the lenses coupled together with the lens reversing ring.

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Here are a couple of photos to show the setup used.

6/20/2006 7:16:03 AM

 
Deb Holmes
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Very cool technique Sharon, I really like the color of this!

6/20/2006 7:21:31 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Really? I didn't know you could do that! Reverse a lens!! Ha ha how cool is that, I guess it's like reversing binoculars, well... not exactly but in a way. Anyways, thanks for sharing, I learned something new today. Oh and beautiful results Sharon! :)

6/20/2006 7:32:38 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Well aren't you just the best teacher! Cool!

6/20/2006 7:36:17 AM

 
Irene M. Biery
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I am glad that I checked the message board today... thanks for the lesson.

Irene

6/20/2006 7:36:19 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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before long you'll be teaching classes at BP! LOVE your thoughtfulness in helping others. Super shot and instruction.

6/20/2006 7:45:16 AM

 
Aldwin L. Ong

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What a calming work of art! and I didn't know either reversing your lens was possible hehe... I really appreciate your selflessness Sharon... God bless u! c",)

6/20/2006 7:56:40 AM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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Gorgeous, Sharon...I just really like the softness of this shot! Wow, a real beauty!

6/20/2006 7:59:33 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Amazing creation, Sharon.

6/20/2006 8:01:52 AM

 
Rachel F. Oliver Mullen
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Stunning, Sharon. A very nice example of abstract creativity with a camera.

6/20/2006 9:09:29 AM

 
Paula L. Mackey
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Your image is a blessing to my eye, and your in depth instructions are a blessing to my perception. Thank you so much, Sharon!

6/20/2006 9:40:23 AM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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What a beautiful image and I just love the color too....thanks for sharing your method of achieving this! :)

6/20/2006 10:56:20 AM

 
Susan T. Parady
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Gorgeous colors; this is a really beautiful image, Sharon. Thank you for the instructions!

6/20/2006 12:47:10 PM

 
Dr Silly
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If you do not have a reversing ring, ducktape works. :O)

6/20/2006 1:35:28 PM

 
Sharon  Day
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Thank you all for such nice compliments! LOL Doc! Ducktape works for just about everything!

6/20/2006 5:06:16 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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This is a very cool image and your helpful tips are fantastic, Sharon!!! Just Excellent!!!

6/20/2006 9:57:07 PM

 
Jaclyn Klassen
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Wow, very cool! That's awesome that you took the time to explain all that! Great job!

6/26/2006 6:20:05 PM

 
Michael Khoury
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very well done indeed!

6/27/2006 2:58:36 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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I told you that you were a great teacher! It was very thoughtful of you to think of us beginners! I'd like to see more. And, the instructional photos you took of your setup are great images in themselves!

6/29/2006 11:22:00 AM

 
Graeme Chow
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Sharon, congrats !!

7/24/2006 8:55:17 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Congratulations Sharon on this beautiful finalist, loved it the first time I saw it!!

7/24/2006 8:55:37 PM

 
Susana Heide
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CONGRATULATIONS Sharon on this beautiful abstract finalist! I wish you good luck in the next round!! I also appreciate the detailed explanation of how this shot was achieved. It's people like you that make BP the learning community it is! THANKS!

7/24/2006 9:37:53 PM

 
Cesar J. La Rosa
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Congratulations on this BEAUTIFUL Finalist, Sharon!!!

7/24/2006 9:44:32 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Congratulations on this most excellent image and finalist, Sharon!!!

7/24/2006 9:44:43 PM

 
Phil S
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Very beautiful Sharon and well deserved. Your talent shows and you are not afraid to share it. Thank you for all of your help with my questions and your are a great inspiration to me, and many others I'm sure. Best of luck on round 2!

7/24/2006 9:49:49 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Super congrats, Sharon!

7/24/2006 9:59:54 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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BIG CONGRATS, Sharon!

7/24/2006 10:08:30 PM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Sharon, Congratulations on this fabulous Finalist!

7/24/2006 11:04:46 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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CONGRATULATIONS, Sharon, and best of luck to you in the next judging with all of your Finalists!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

7/25/2006 12:19:57 AM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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Congratulations!

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7/25/2006 12:28:31 AM

 

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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Sharon !

7/25/2006 2:59:06 AM

 
Aldwin L. Ong

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Congratulations Sharon! c",)

7/25/2006 3:38:43 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Congratulations, Sharon!!

7/25/2006 5:09:22 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Wow you really cleaned up this month Sharon - Congratulations on THIS and all your other BEAUTIFUL finalist - best of luck in the next round!!

7/25/2006 5:40:15 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Sharon! :)

7/25/2006 7:22:16 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I missed this... beautiful results! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing the tips!

7/25/2006 7:35:01 AM

 
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Congratulations on your finals Sharon. Love the silky look. :O)

7/25/2006 9:49:43 AM

 
Rakesh Syal
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Great job, Congrats!!

7/25/2006 11:45:16 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Congratulations on your finalist Sharon!

7/25/2006 12:15:58 PM

 
Tamera Phillips
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Just lovely Sharon. Congrats on your finalist.

7/25/2006 4:36:25 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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Fantastic tutorial and finalist, Sharon!

7/25/2006 8:01:39 PM

 
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Congratulations, Sharon! This is an outstanding abstract and very worthy of being a winner. One of those I wish was mine. :)

7/25/2006 9:31:24 PM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Beautiful work, my dear...this should go all the way! It is magnificent!
Congrats an all your finalists! :0)

7/26/2006 6:42:18 AM

 
Ken Smith
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Great job and congrats on your multiple finalists.

7/26/2006 7:12:44 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Thank you all for the congrats on this finalist! I appreciate every one of you for taking the time!

7/26/2006 6:55:34 PM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Congrats on this wonderful finalist... Good luck in the next round!!

7/26/2006 7:54:07 PM

 
Gregg Johnstun
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Thanks for the lesson, but more importantly, thanks for the beautiful image. Congrats. Good luck in the next round. I hope you win.

7/27/2006 2:50:02 PM

 
Sylvia Rossler
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Big congrats on this beautiful winner Sharon :O)

7/27/2006 10:26:53 PM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Congratulations on your Win, Sharon!!

7/27/2006 10:42:07 PM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Sharon, Congratulations on your 2nd place win! WTG!

7/27/2006 10:43:15 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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BIG CONGRATS on the GOLD one, Sharon!

7/27/2006 11:27:03 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Congrats, Sharon!!!

7/27/2006 11:50:47 PM

 
Graeme Chow
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Sharon, big congrats on this awesome work. Cheers!

7/27/2006 11:54:25 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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CONGRATULATIONS on your 2nd Place Win, Sharon!
Much Aloha,
Stan

7/27/2006 11:58:49 PM

 
Gregg Johnstun
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I thought you'd win. Congrats.

7/28/2006 12:20:30 AM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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Hearty congrats on your win, Sharon, WTG!
-Debby

7/28/2006 2:35:00 AM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Congratulations Sharon!

7/28/2006 3:18:56 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this wonderful and informative winner, Sharon!

7/28/2006 3:26:10 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Sharon! :)

7/28/2006 3:31:17 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Congratulations Sharon!!!!!!

7/28/2006 3:56:24 AM

 
Ken Smith
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Sharon, super job!! Congrats!!

7/28/2006 4:51:59 AM

 
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Way to go Sharon. :O)

7/28/2006 5:10:43 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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BIG congrats!

7/28/2006 5:51:38 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Way to go, Sharon! Congratulations!

7/28/2006 6:09:05 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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A very big congratulations on this very fine wining image, Sharon!!!!

7/28/2006 6:26:05 AM

 
Cyn D Valentine
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Beautiful image Sharon.. congratulations!!

7/28/2006 6:27:05 AM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Sharon...make that very fine winning image!!! LOL...too early in the am and no coffee yet!

7/28/2006 6:28:40 AM

 
Barbara Helgason
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Congratulations Sharon on this beautiful winner!

7/28/2006 6:39:13 AM

 
Laurence Saliba
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Congratulations on this superb win Sharon!!!

7/28/2006 7:18:23 AM

 
Tamera Phillips
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I'm glad this one was a winner Sharon! Well done.

7/28/2006 7:31:30 AM

 
Casey A. Hanson
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Yahooooooo! Another awesome win, Sharon! You go girl...congrats!! :)0

7/28/2006 7:40:35 AM

 
Phil S
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Great news Sharon. A well deserved win. Congratulations!!! Keep up the great work.

7/28/2006 7:41:40 AM

 
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Congratulations, Sharon on your win for this beautiful work!

7/28/2006 7:51:38 AM

 
Jill Flynn
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Wonderful creativity and work Sharon. Congratulations on your win!

7/28/2006 8:07:15 AM

 
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Congratulations on this beauty, Sharon!!

7/28/2006 9:54:11 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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Excellent technique and beautiful results Sharon! Congratulations on a fine win! Really gorgeous!

7/28/2006 2:21:48 PM

 
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Beautiful color, technique and full frame
Congratulations, Sharon!

Bill

7/28/2006 5:44:19 PM

 
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This is BEYOND BEAUTIFUL Sharon!!! I LOVE this image. Just so soothing in it's rhythm! And your instruction...well amazing! So GLAD This won for you! ( don't see how it couldn't!!!) Congratulations!!

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7/28/2006 7:16:06 PM

 
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I'm thrilled to see this win, Sharon! Congratulations!

7/28/2006 9:11:46 PM

 
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Congratulations on this stunning winner Sharon!!!! This is just such a gorgeous, soft, flowing capture I am so sorry I missed it earlier. Your instructions are awesome and very generous as well - thankyou!! Terrific win!!!!

7/29/2006 12:07:49 AM

 

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Beautiful job Sharon!
Congratulations on your win!

7/29/2006 1:27:10 AM

 
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This is gorgeous! Congratulations on your WIN, Sharon!!

7/29/2006 3:46:52 AM

 
DiAnna F. Paulk
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First, congratulations on your win. Second, this is a fantastic photograph! Third, thanks for the information and demonstration on how it was done. Fourth, I LOVE your comment-debt-free zone! LOL! But I truly like so many of your images it's not hard to leave a comment. Finally, thanks for your kind comment on my Old Wagon Wheels entry!

7/29/2006 5:56:44 AM

 
Piotr M. Organa
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Congrats on this gorgeous flower shot and your win! Keep shootin' Sharon!!

7/29/2006 7:43:24 AM

 
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Stunning. Congratulations

7/29/2006 9:21:57 AM

 
Patty Razonable

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Congratulations, Sharon!! Fabulous flower abstract!!

7/29/2006 10:37:40 PM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Wow, quite the shot - congratulations on your win, Sharon!

7/30/2006 7:18:02 AM

 
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Congratulations on your great win, Sharon!

7/30/2006 6:20:17 PM

 
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Sharon, congratulations on your Second Place win.

7/30/2006 10:37:54 PM

 
Joe Ciccone
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a pity to learn that besides poor judging on this site, there is also censorship of all but 'flowery remarks'
(no pun intended)
just a site to sell over rated and over priced courses...cheers

7/31/2006 10:57:59 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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I reckon when you flat-out insult both the judges and the photographer, plus the rest of the community who enjoys the image, it shouldn't surprise you to find someone asking that your comment be removed. Had you put some thought into it, there were probably a hundred different ways you could have articulated your view and expressed an honest critique, that wouldn't have been as rude and insulting as what you chose.

8/1/2006 4:13:19 AM

 
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Joe, your comments are unbearably rude and uncalled for. You are hateful without excuse. Please do not leave comments on my images at all in the future. I believe we all "get it." If you have issues with BP then why not just leave??? I have NEVER commented on a photo of yours, much less in such a rude manner and after taking the time to browse your entire gallery I found plenty of images worth criticizing. You also have a PSed image of a shell of some kind and you wish to criticize this image? Oh puleeeze! I see no reason for you to be targeting me with your brand of nastiness! I thought to email you this, but since you are determined NOT to get the HINT when your comments were removed then I'm going to spell it out for you here! LEAVE ME ALONE!

Friends, please do not respond to Joe's comments. He's petty beyond belief and not worth bothering with. I wouldn't be bothering if he'd just take a hint and leave. Thanks!

8/1/2006 4:48:44 AM

 
Joe Ciccone
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when did an honest opinion become hateful?
when did censorship become ok
I never critized your 'photo' only the judges and all the 'lollypop; reviews.
I think your set up was interesting for those not know about using a reversing ring....too bad about the judges I know they have a lot to look at and I guess they were just tired and needed another winner before calling it a night.
cheers

8/1/2006 7:58:46 AM

 
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Many CONGRATULATIONS Sharon on this EXCELLENT image!! I loved it as a finalist and was hoping to see it win! WTG Sharon!!

8/1/2006 8:23:13 AM

 
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Joe, the discussion thread of a winner (or POTD) is NOT the place to criticize the judge's decisions. Your opinion is/was hateful and that's all it was...just an opinion. The first post you made was sheer mockery as I'm sure were your intentions. You offered NO "constructive critique" and your entire tone is offensive.

Censorship?? This is a lame accusation. Of course there is censorship. This image is located in MY gallery here at BP and is MY image and I have every right to "censor" what I feel is inappropriate and you have no "rights" to infringe on my rights to do so.

Yesterday I asked Heather to remove your offending comments and your photo (for lack of a better word) because I did not want my win tainted by your brand of critique. Obvisously you have an axe to grind and why you chose my win to target is beyond me. The Special Effects category is full of abstracts every month yet you chose my image to bestow your attention on. I find this odd.

I hope I've made myself clear. Please refrain from further "opinions."

8/1/2006 8:30:41 AM

 
Sharon  Day
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Thank you all for such nice congratulations on this 2nd place win in the Special Effects category. As an explanation this is an abstract form of photography and the type of image ofen found in the SE category. Abstract photography is not understood or appreciated by everyone, but it does take some skill to capture a pleasing abstract regardless of whether it's appreciated or not. I would like to thank the judges as well for noticing this photo!

8/1/2006 8:56:24 AM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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I thought I had commented on this one already...Guess not. Congrats and thanks for the helpful information..

8/1/2006 1:46:19 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
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Sharon,
I came across this thread from your response to my post in the Q&A.

For the record,...I like this photo because it was first thought out and then executed and you explained in the caption exactly how it was created.
The recognition of a win...along with your explaination, is the kind of motivation that might lead others to try new things and to reach goals yet un-achieved.

I think that was what the judges saw too and I applaud you on a deserved win.

Bob

8/1/2006 3:21:05 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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This is truly a well deserved win. I just love it.

8/2/2006 3:02:24 PM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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I am still LOVING it and had to come back and see it, again! Super! Love the abstract.

8/2/2006 3:32:30 PM

 
Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Congrats on your win Sharon! What I think is most special is how you go about explaining exactly how you achieved this effect! That is what BP is all about - sharing with others!

8/2/2006 3:40:39 PM

 
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Wow.. Well, this got quite heated.. So sorry to see your WELL DESERVED win tainted by negative comments... This is a stunning display of abstract talent.. And although not all members enjoy this type of image, it does not take away from it's value.. I am glad the judges saw, and rewarded you for it... Way to go!!

8/3/2006 9:24:14 PM

 
Debra Booth
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Congratulations on this well-deserved win, Sharon. You've used special effects in a superb manner to create a beautiful abstract. Thanks for being so generous in sharing your techniques and knowledge.

8/6/2006 5:39:53 PM

 
Karen Bacon
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Congratulations Sharon on this stunning winner!It takes alot of skill and work to achieve such a beautiful image!Your win is certainly well deserved.

8/9/2006 10:50:06 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Beautiful color ad feel to this great winning image Sharon, congratulations!

7/3/2007 3:01:12 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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I am so happy with you Sharon. Way to go!!!

12/20/2007 12:14:15 PM

 
Anita Bower
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Lovely! I especially appreciate your explanation of how you took the photo, and the photos of your set up. I've never tried reversing my 50mm lens, but, I may just have to try it soon.

7/20/2008 9:06:23 AM

 
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