Sharp Reaction

© Melissa Gurdus

Sharp Reaction

Melissa Gurdus Student 1/31/2007 7:23:06 AM

This is the original version. #597513

Karen Bacon 1/31/2007 7:34:23 AM

What a fantastic macro shot Melissa!Those colors vibrate right off the screen. #3895687

Girish Vaghela 1/31/2007 7:37:30 AM

Lovey lines radiating from top, and horizontal lines of thorns breaking those vertical lines; and great effects, Melissa! #3895710

Shelly A. Van Camp 1/31/2007 7:40:11 AM

Very "sharp" image!! Great macro and details! #3895726

Remi Trepanier 1/31/2007 7:47:44 AM

Great shot. It looks painful to touch!!! #3895771

Melissa Gurdus 1/31/2007 7:53:13 AM

Thanks Karen, Girish, Shelly and Remi for your great comments!!! #3895802

Colleen Farrell 1/31/2007 7:58:36 AM

Terrific graphic design--and it looks like it's glowing with sunlight! #3895833

Nadine A. Lewis 1/31/2007 8:10:58 AM

BEAUTIFUL, Melissa!!! LOVE your focus and GREAT enhancements!!! <>< #3895889

Rakesh Syal 1/31/2007 8:11:06 AM

Great POV on this image and editing, Melissa! #3895891

Melissa Gurdus 1/31/2007 8:15:21 AM

Thanks Coleen, Nadine and Rakesh for commenting on this image. Really appreciated!! #3895903

Joy Rector 1/31/2007 8:32:51 AM

awsome #3895974

John Caruso 1/31/2007 8:36:54 AM

Melissa--

Nice use of design to make an interesting photo. Your color experiments, too, paid off. (I have really enjoyed using Lightroom. I can't wait until it's out of Beta.)

Nice job! #3895993

Janine Russell 1/31/2007 8:39:34 AM

Melissa, excellent colors, detail, lighting, DOF, textures and PS work. #3896008

Kathleen Brennan 1/31/2007 8:40:41 AM

Beautiful color and lighting, Melissa! #3896017

Les Rhoades 1/31/2007 8:43:22 AM

It almost looks translucent.

I downloaded the program a few days ago, but have not played with it yet.

#3896037

Paula Dwyer 1/31/2007 8:51:46 AM

The colors, lighting and details are so beautiful!!! You did an excellent job on this Melissa!!! :) #3896095

Beverly A. Wright 1/31/2007 8:54:25 AM

WOW Melissa I have never been this up
close and personal to a cactus!!
The detail is great. The colors are
incredible! Amazing image!
Wonderful work Melissa!!!! #3896119

Melissa Gurdus 1/31/2007 9:29:17 AM

Thanks Joy, John, Janine, Kathleen, Les, Paula and Beverly for your terrific comments!!! #3896277

Jim Huffield 1/31/2007 9:34:58 AM

Very beautiful colors and clarity, Melissa. Jim #3896300

Katarina Mansson 1/31/2007 9:53:56 AM

Great colors and comp. Excellent detail and sharpness! #3896348

Melissa Gurdus 1/31/2007 9:58:44 AM

Thanks Jim and Katarina for commenting on this image!!! #3896371

Colette M. Metcalf 1/31/2007 10:48:09 AM

Wonderful colors and detail, Melissa!! #3896552

Paul Michko 1/31/2007 11:00:10 AM

Wonderfully done, Melissa. #3896628

Nadya Johnson 1/31/2007 11:01:39 AM

A great close up, Melissa! And Lightroom really punches up the image! I have been deciding whether I should try it: now I think I'll have to! #3896638

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 1/31/2007 11:03:49 AM

WOW!!!! SUPER macro, Melissa!!!! The enhancements really bring out the details and colors of this wonderful image!!!!! ^.^ #3896653

Jessica Jenney 1/31/2007 11:27:42 AM

Incredible cactus macro, details and design, Melissa! #3896710

Cathy M. Gromball 1/31/2007 11:31:35 AM

Wonderful photo and effects, Melissa!

Cathy :) #3896723

Melissa Gurdus 1/31/2007 12:20:46 PM

Thanks Colette, Paul, Nadya, Kitty, Jessica and Cathy for commenting on this image!! #3896904

Manuel Barrera 1/31/2007 1:58:13 PM

Have to look at that filter or software as the saturation is much different then what I have seen, well composed and gorgeous colors #3897150

Patricia Ronan 1/31/2007 2:14:07 PM

Great close up of the cactus Melissa and like everyone says the filter really adds to the lighting and colour.
Love the title also :) #3897233

Vladan D. Djordjevic 1/31/2007 2:24:59 PM

Great effects! Love the composition, lighting, detail, color! #3897273

Melissa Gurdus 1/31/2007 2:32:51 PM

Thanks Manuel, Patricia and Vladan for your great comments!! #3897286

Carol Sawyer 1/31/2007 2:52:10 PM

Fantastic details and color in this capture, Melissa!! very well done!! #3897333

Judy A. Lawhon 1/31/2007 3:14:41 PM

I really like the look of this new software, Melissa...it gives so much defination!! #3897401

Ronald F. Fischer 1/31/2007 4:37:22 PM

All I can think of to say, Melissa, is OUCH!! That is one sharp capture!! #3897644

Claudia Kuhn 1/31/2007 6:01:23 PM

Vibrant colors in this one, great details and textures Melissa! #3897882

Ken Jarvis 1/31/2007 6:51:08 PM

Great colour and detail, Melissa! #3898069

Charlene Taylor 1/31/2007 7:54:10 PM

This is so delightful Melissa! The best shot of pricklies I've ever seen. #3898160

Arnie Horwitz 1/31/2007 7:58:14 PM

Great composition with beautiful color and clarity, Melissa! #3898173

Nancy L. Green 1/31/2007 7:59:30 PM

Superb clarity and lighting Melissa!! Beautifully done!! <>< #3898175

Raymond Pauly 1/31/2007 10:17:22 PM

Very nice POV in this shot, Melissa! I like the original version, too! #3898422

Su Sana E. P 1/31/2007 10:33:13 PM

Melissa, this is totally Awesome!! Sharpness of the image, layers of pattern, warm colors… everything looks fantastic here. #3898454

Dominick M. Dimacale 2/1/2007 3:12:04 AM

Very lovely image and great with the effects too...Dominick #3898840

Glenn E. Urquhart 2/1/2007 3:46:27 AM

WOW.... Like the lines, color, pov, lighting... Beautiful Macro, Melissa!!! VERY Well Done! Cheers, Glenn. #3898967

Sharon K. King 2/1/2007 4:52:59 AM

Terrific detail, nice effects, thanks for sharing the before and after. #3899198

Ray Thoms 2/1/2007 5:34:13 AM

Nice detail and colour Melissa....sounds like you're enjoy the new software! #3899387

Bill Wyatt 2/1/2007 5:48:30 AM

Terrific results with the new program. Nice sharp image love the colors and lighting. #3899455

Chastity Abbott 2/1/2007 7:15:20 AM

WOW!!!!! Awesome work!!! #3899786

Melissa Gurdus 2/1/2007 10:53:28 AM

Thanks Carol, Judy, Ronald, Claudia, Ken, Charlene, Arnie, Nancy, Raymond, Susana, Dominick, Glenn, Sharon, Ray, Bill and Chastity for commenting on this image.

This software is most useful when converting a RAW image, improving the exposure, white balance, heightening the vibrance of colors and all sorts of other things to individually edit color and light. #3900666

Emile Abbott 2/1/2007 3:26:49 PM

Amazing clarity and detail and excellent use of the new software, Melissa. #3901479

Sam Britt 2/1/2007 5:10:01 PM

Great detail, color & enhancements on this macro, Melissa. #3901741

Graeme Chow 2/1/2007 5:52:06 PM

Wonderful transformation and great captured, Melissa. I got one shot of this won the 2nd place winner and I hope your make it too. #3901858

Alexis Yobbagy 2/1/2007 6:35:23 PM

INCREDIBLE detail!!! So well done!!! #3901944

eileen bedford 2/1/2007 6:45:46 PM

That is beautiful Melissa, I like the way this software worked for you. So well done... #3901966

Kenneth Mucke 2/1/2007 7:53:19 PM

Both colorful and painful at the same time....Great full framed image with beautiful colors #3902244

Z. Banu 2/2/2007 12:52:42 AM

Fantastic capture wonderful macro nicely done!AWESOME Melissa #3902714

Melissa Gurdus 2/2/2007 7:49:11 AM

Thanks Emile, Sam, Graeme, Alexis, Eileen, Kenneth and Zaanat for your great comments!! #3903976

Allen O. Howard 2/2/2007 7:09:12 PM

Wonderful full frame cactus, Melissa! Not sure what the "Lightroom" is, but it added terrific enhancement! #3905854

Melissa Gurdus 2/2/2007 8:39:12 PM

Thanks Allen for you comment on this image. It is much appreciated!! #3906014

Michael Khoury 2/3/2007 2:17:19 PM

so beautifully composed and rendered; well-done Melissa !...
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Melissa Gurdus 2/5/2007 10:37:39 AM

Thanks Michael for your great comment!! #3914511

Al Ward 2/5/2007 1:36:46 PM

I love it! Beautifully done. #3915205

Melissa Gurdus 2/5/2007 1:40:55 PM

Thanks Al for the most flattering comment coming from you...an instructor!!! #3915220

Morteza Safataj 2/5/2007 5:14:29 PM

Nice work Melissa!!well colored. #3915817

Dr. Harmeet Singh 2/5/2007 8:32:28 PM

Excellent captureand beautiful colour setting.Nice work. #3916501

Richard Lynch 2/6/2007 9:32:22 AM

Melissa,

Nice image.

I took a whack at the original (from a screen shot) because I was curious and applied some simple techniques I use in my courses for Photoshop and Elements (actually all of these techniques are in my PS101 course). It looks to me like the Vibrance tool in Lightwave balances tone while enhancing color. I think you'll see a similar result in what I did--and I did it in Elements mostly with a simple levels adjustment and a few additional layer-based enhancements. I think this would have been better working from the original with the original resolution.

I'd give more credit to your eye and the capture than the editing software! Really all I did was adjust exposure and the color/tone fell into place. #3918445

Melissa Gurdus 2/6/2007 12:01:01 PM

Richard, you did a great job getting the same colorful effect that I got. #3918824

Janine Russell 2/15/2007 8:27:22 AM

Melissa, congratulations on your feature in Digital Darkroom. #3950637

Melissa Gurdus 2/15/2007 9:17:05 AM

Thanks Janine for your congratulations...it came as a surprise for me, as well!! #3950844

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 2/15/2007 9:56:53 AM

Amazing work on this featured image. Such great colors and contrasts! Congratulations! #3951008

Melissa Gurdus 2/15/2007 11:54:16 AM

Thanks so much, Donna, for your great comment!! #3951436

Sharon K. King 2/15/2007 4:11:48 PM

Congratulations on your feature in Digital darkroom! You go Girl! #3952118

Melissa Gurdus 2/15/2007 6:24:15 PM

Thanks Sharon for commenting!! #3952421

Sheryl A. Hudson 2/15/2007 7:00:32 PM

Congratulation on your feature in the newsletter Melissa! Beautiful work!!!! #3952495

Melissa Gurdus 2/15/2007 8:05:57 PM

Thanks, Sheryl. If I recall, you are in the same newsletter. Congratulations!! #3952706

Frank Zipperer 2/20/2007 6:13:42 PM

Melissa, your barrel cactus image is great. Congratulations on your recognition in the Digital Darkroom.

To show a slightly different take, when I shot one of those plants, I converted it to B&W as shown here and in my gallery. #3969908

Melissa Gurdus 2/20/2007 8:14:18 PM

Thanks Frank for showing me your version of this subject in black and white...it works so well!! I will have to give it a try!! #3970224

Marijana Fajgl 2/24/2007 11:46:36 AM

Warmest congratulations, Melissa! #3982719

Jim Huffield 2/24/2007 12:09:45 PM

Congratulations on this very well deserved finalist, Melissa. Jim #3982901

Nadya Johnson 2/24/2007 12:18:09 PM

Congratulations, Melissa! I had hoped to be first but my internet is not working very well (as usual!) A well deserved finalist and best of luck in the second round! #3983014

Susan Fox 2/24/2007 12:29:01 PM

Congrats Melissa! Wonderful detail shot. #3983110

Colleen Farrell 2/24/2007 12:30:13 PM

Congratulations on this terrific finalist, Melissa! #3983120

Melissa Gurdus 2/24/2007 12:50:18 PM

Thanks Marijana, Jim, Nadya, Susan and Colleen for your best wishes!! #3983371

Colette M. Metcalf 2/24/2007 12:51:55 PM

Congratulations to you, Melissa!!! #3983390

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 2/24/2007 12:57:14 PM

CONGRATULATION on your FINALIST, Melissa!!!!! GREAT JOB!!!!! :-) ^.^ Kitty #3983453

Wendy Stevenson 2/24/2007 1:00:54 PM

Big Congrats on this great finalist Melissa! Love the abstract composition and great detail and colour! #3983490

Ray & Audrey Clarke 2/24/2007 1:05:05 PM

Congrats on this great finalist Melissa (ac) #3983529

Holly Shao 2/24/2007 1:05:57 PM

Congratulations, Melissa, on this excellent Finalist!!

Holly #3983535

Terry L. Ellis 2/24/2007 1:34:27 PM

Melissa, congratulations on your wonderful finalist! #3983837

Melissa A. Mannon 2/24/2007 1:36:13 PM

congratulations Melissa! #3983854

Jen M 2/24/2007 1:36:56 PM

Congratulations Melissa!! #3983863

Karen Bacon 2/24/2007 1:48:00 PM

Congrats on your finalist Melissa! #3984017

Laurie Daily 2/24/2007 1:50:02 PM

Congratulations Melissa on this great finalist! #3984048

Linda L. Ruiz 2/24/2007 1:50:04 PM

WTG!!! Congrats. #3984049

RC Fritz 2/24/2007 2:04:46 PM

Big Congratulations on your Finalist! #3984234

Janine Russell 2/24/2007 2:05:01 PM

Melissa, congratulations on your finalist. #3984235

SaMi Martin 2/24/2007 2:19:16 PM

WTG Congratulations Melissa; Good Luck next round! #3984385

Melissa Gurdus 2/24/2007 2:24:50 PM

Thanks to all who have left their congratulatory comments and best wishes!! #3984446

David Pratt 2/24/2007 2:54:45 PM

Congratulations Melissa! A job well done! Good Luck! #3984685

Mary K. Robison 2/24/2007 2:56:09 PM

Nice work, Melissa ~
Congratulations on this tack-sharp finalist! #3984695

Jessica Jenney 2/24/2007 2:58:43 PM

Congratulations, Melissa on this wonderful finalist image! #3984717

Patricia Ronan 2/24/2007 3:10:33 PM

Congratulations on your finalist Melissa :) #3984835

Jenny Bosmans 2/24/2007 3:34:21 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Melissa! :) #3985043

Carol Sawyer 2/24/2007 4:17:24 PM

Congratulations again, Melissa!! #3985438

Melissa Gurdus 2/24/2007 4:28:30 PM

Thanks David, Mary, Jessica, Patricia, Jenny and Carol for your best wishes!! #3985558

Denise M. Snyder 2/24/2007 4:32:15 PM

Congrats Melissa!!! #3985606

Renee Doyle 2/24/2007 5:27:42 PM

Congratulations Melissa! Great work!
#3986128

Jeff W. Robinson 2/24/2007 5:41:03 PM

Congrats Melissa on your excellent Finalist! Jeff #3986241

Claudia Kuhn 2/24/2007 6:06:43 PM

Congrats Melissa! #3986508

Kristi A. Howson 2/24/2007 6:08:45 PM

Incredible detail and texture captured here Melissa. Congratulations on this and your other outstanding Finalists and Best of Luck in the next round! #3986530

Kay E. Mahoney 2/24/2007 6:13:15 PM

Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3986588

Karen Slagle 2/24/2007 6:15:55 PM

Fantastic finalist, Melissa. I love all the details of this cactus. #3986628

Cheryl E. Molennor 2/24/2007 6:16:00 PM

Great image Melissa! Congratulations #3986630

eileen bedford 2/24/2007 7:32:50 PM

Congratulations Melissa.... #3987393

Melissa Gurdus 2/24/2007 8:03:00 PM

My humblest thanks to you all!! #3987631

Jill Flynn 2/24/2007 8:19:36 PM

This really shimmers Melissa. A very cool presentation of this cactus! Congratulations on your finalist! #3987778

Barbara Waldoch 2/24/2007 8:20:05 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Melissa! #3987781

Marlon Ignacio 2/24/2007 8:28:08 PM

Exceptional detail. Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa! #3987863

Dominick M. Dimacale 2/24/2007 8:38:49 PM

Congratulations Melissa on your finalist image...Dominick #3987964

Steve M. Harrington 2/24/2007 8:59:33 PM

Terrific image, Melissa. Congratulations.
Steve #3988121

Melissa Gurdus 2/24/2007 9:01:03 PM

Thanks so much Jill, Barbara, Marlon, Dominick and Steve!!! #3988129

Datha Y. Thompson 2/24/2007 9:27:05 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Melissa!!! WTG!!! :0) #3988324

Don Holland 2/24/2007 9:33:32 PM

Melissa, congratulations on this fantastic image! #3988361

Cesar J. La Rosa 2/24/2007 10:16:53 PM

Melissa, I'm so happy to see this beautiful photograph among the Finalists!!!
Congratulations!!! #3988542

Marilyn K. Lincecum 2/24/2007 10:41:43 PM

CONGRATULATIONS again on a well deserved finalist !!! #3988599

Chua Wee Boo 2/24/2007 10:59:52 PM

Congrats Melissa! #3988629

Ken Jarvis 2/25/2007 3:19:36 AM

Congratulations Melissa! Great macro. #3989017

Paula Dwyer 2/25/2007 4:06:23 AM

Congrtulations Melissa!!! :) #3989144

Linda M. Walker 2/25/2007 4:33:32 AM

Congratulations...excellent clarity #3989326

Cassie L. Woodlee 2/25/2007 5:49:34 AM

Congratulations Melissa!!!! #3989697

Tarun Bose 2/25/2007 6:36:08 AM

Big congrats Melissa on your finalist. #3990061

Ken Smith 2/25/2007 7:03:55 AM

Melissa, congrats on your multiple finalists!! #3990220

Bobby Ray Goodman 2/25/2007 7:36:30 AM

Congratulations Melissa!!!!!! #3990447

Melissa Gurdus 2/25/2007 7:38:03 AM

Thanks you all for your kind thoughs!! #3990457

Arnie Horwitz 2/25/2007 7:54:12 AM

Congratulations on another great finalist, Melissa! #3990561

Graeme Chow 2/25/2007 8:02:41 AM

Congratulation on this outstanding finalist, Melissa. #3990616

Cary Rogers 2/25/2007 8:20:52 AM

Wonderfully composed--and enhanced--image, Melissa! Congratulations on your FinalistS! :-) #3990787

Gail Vitikacs 2/25/2007 8:53:06 AM

Big congratulations Melissa! #3991038

Melissa Gurdus 2/25/2007 8:57:44 AM

Thanks Arnie, Graeme, Cary and Gail for your best wishes!! #3991070

Jennifer Rennison 2/25/2007 9:43:25 AM

Excellent detail and lighting, Melissa! Congratulations on your finalist, best of luck in the next round! #3991377

Z. Banu 2/25/2007 9:45:07 AM

Congratulation!!!!Melissa on wonderful Finalist!!!!Best of luck .. #3991391

Carla Metzler 2/25/2007 10:11:58 AM

Congratulations, Melissa!! #3991678

Melissa Gurdus 2/25/2007 10:17:39 AM

Thank you Jennifer, Zaanat and Carla for commenting! #3991730

Judyann Plante 2/25/2007 11:57:04 AM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist, Melissa!

Judyann ><> #3992425

Sheryl A. Hudson 2/25/2007 1:36:59 PM

Congratulations Melissa!!! #3992997

Susie Peek-Swint 2/25/2007 1:54:01 PM

Wonderful colour and detail Melissa ~ looks like a nice feature in lightroom ~ many congrats on your finalist! #3993074

Melissa Gurdus 2/25/2007 2:06:03 PM

Thanks Judyann, Sheryl and Susie for your great comments!! #3993127

Emile Abbott 2/25/2007 2:52:51 PM

My kind of finalist, Melissa and a sticky congrats to you my friend. #3993363

Remi Trepanier 2/25/2007 4:32:40 PM

Beautiful capture! Congratulations! #3993678

Melissa Gurdus 2/25/2007 4:48:13 PM

Thanks Emile and Remi for you good wishes!! #3993756

Tamara K. Walker 2/25/2007 6:29:03 PM

Congratulations. #3994154

Evy Johansen 2/25/2007 7:17:00 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Melissa! #3994481

Deborah Sandidge 2/25/2007 7:43:29 PM

Congratulations on your exceptional finalist Melissa! #3994595

Allen O. Howard 2/25/2007 8:05:59 PM

Another BIG congratulations! #3994658

Melissa Gurdus 2/25/2007 8:19:03 PM

Thanks Tamara, Evy, Deborah and Allen for your best wishes!! #3994695

Raymond Pauly 2/26/2007 8:50:40 AM

Big congratulations, Melissa! #3996931

Laurence Saliba 2/26/2007 9:18:12 AM

I love cactus!! This is a splendid image and beautiful work Melissa! Congratulations!! #3997030

Virginia Leone 2/26/2007 10:06:48 AM

Beautiful finalist, Congrats and good luck! #3997254

Rakesh Syal 2/26/2007 10:29:02 AM

Congratulations again on your beautiful finalist, Melissa! #3997403

JOHN V. ROSCICH 2/26/2007 12:03:03 PM

VERY COOL IMAGE MELISSA
CONGRATS
JOHN #3997813

Hendrik Storme 2/26/2007 12:18:01 PM

Congrats again! SUPER!!! #3997867

Melissa Gurdus 2/26/2007 8:56:52 PM

Thanks everyone on you congratulatory comments. I really appreciate each and every one!! #3999261

Debbie Hartley 2/26/2007 11:39:37 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Melissa! #3999539

Tammy Scott 2/28/2007 3:25:56 AM

Congratulations on a terrific finalist! #4005326

randy dannheim 3/1/2007 3:28:55 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Melissa. #4012341

Melissa Gurdus 3/1/2007 4:23:41 PM

Thanks Debbie, Tammy and Randy for commenting!! #4012477

Ross Throndson 3/1/2007 11:54:28 PM

Congratulations Melissa, on your Fantastic Finalist!! #4013302

Glenn E. Urquhart 3/4/2007 6:29:52 AM

A late Big Congratulations on your award, Melissa!!! Well Deserved! Cheers, Glenn. #4019845

Cheryl E. Molennor 3/23/2007 9:30:02 AM

Congratulations Melissa. Great enhancement work #4087484

Manuel Barrera 3/23/2007 9:41:31 AM

congratulations, well deserved. #4087544

Holly Shao 3/23/2007 10:20:39 AM

Congratulations, Melissa, on this wonderful Finalist!! Beautiful colors and details!

Holly #4087767

Melissa Gurdus 3/23/2007 11:30:15 AM

Thanks for your congratulations!! #4088344

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The colors in this image were greatly enhanced in the beta version of Adobe Lightroom.

The Vibrance feature of this software is very quite different from the Saturation of any editing software.

I am going to try to upload the original image

Uploaded on 1/31/2007 7:21:47 AM

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