Pond Lily

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Pond Lily

Janet S Weaver 6/14/2004 6:21:27 AM

Pretty Shot John! #137823

John Cullen 6/14/2004 6:23:08 AM

Thank you (wow *that* was a quick comment, I only just finished uploading the picture :-) #593053

C.J. Williamson 6/14/2004 6:38:15 AM

Very nice. Having two different color flowers helps catch the eye. #593091

John Cullen 6/14/2004 6:41:09 AM

Thankyou!

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 :-) #593102

Sharon Crook 6/14/2004 6:54:03 AM

John - Very unique combination. Makes for a great shot. The two different flowers make for a very eye catching photo. Great work! Sharon #593131

John Cullen 6/14/2004 7:04:58 AM

Thankyou! #593166

Bonnie C. Lackey 6/14/2004 8:11:19 AM

Delightful catch, John. The colors are great but the circles and angles hold attention too. #593315

Paul C. Gazzanigo 6/14/2004 8:24:13 AM

Beautiful composition and presentation, John! #593337

John Cullen 6/14/2004 8:28:41 AM

Thankyou both! So many compliments are making me blush :-) #593354

Leonard Pierce 7/17/2004 5:27:53 PM

Congratulations John!!! #654476

Janet S Weaver 7/17/2004 7:16:24 PM

Congrats John! #654832

Michael Brown 7/17/2004 9:55:02 PM

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

Congrats!! #655230

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 7/18/2004 9:33:50 AM

This is wonderful. Love the water drops on the leaves and the contrasting colors. #656003

Kristen McKain 7/19/2004 5:50:46 AM

Congrats!! #657688

Kelly Abernathy 7/19/2004 7:18:50 AM

Congrats on your win! -K #658029

Lori Ditlefsen 7/19/2004 7:57:55 AM

Congrats on the win! #658180

John Cullen 7/20/2004 1:24:32 AM

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. #659671

Kathleen K. Parker 5/27/2007 4:42:33 AM

Lovely composition and exposure, John! Congratulations on your win!
KK #4335132

Tammy Scott 9/21/2009 3:11:48 AM

This is such a beautiful shot! Great coloring! #7965101

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Description

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

Uploaded on 6/14/2004 6:20:43 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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