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Jyri Vissak level-classic 9/22/2009 12:34:54 AM

Cool find! Beautiful macro. #1183228

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 9/22/2009 12:40:52 AM

Beautifully captured, Melissa! #7969593

Natasa Mikuz level-classic 9/22/2009 1:01:12 AM

Beautiful! #7969633

Ray & Audrey Clarke 9/22/2009 1:37:33 AM

Great capture and ps work Melissa.!!!(R) #7969677

Michelle Alton level-classic 9/22/2009 2:14:18 AM

Fascinating, Melissa. I thought they were some sort of wasp larvae. I'm serious! #7969727

Jeff W. Robinson level-classic 9/22/2009 3:51:39 AM

Terrific comp and detail - Great job with this Melissa! Jeff #7969966

Carol Sawyer level-classic 9/22/2009 4:21:52 AM

Excellent capture, details and work, Melissa!! #7970099

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 9/22/2009 4:46:53 AM

Excellent colors and clarity... nicely done, Melissa! #7970171

Linda D. Lester level-classic 9/22/2009 5:56:53 AM

Excellent detail!!! #7970381

Bobby Ray Goodman level-classic 9/22/2009 6:05:35 AM

Hi Melissa,Beautiful adjustments.Stunning capture!!!! #7970419

Joy Rector level-classic 9/22/2009 6:15:22 AM

great shot #7970451

Val Feldman level-classic 9/22/2009 7:05:38 AM

Beautiful color - both on the lotus pod and the background, Melissa - great work bringing out that wonderful color saturation and of course, wonderful detail!!!! #7970578

ROLAN NARMAN 9/22/2009 7:23:06 AM

Fantastic work Melissa! #7970643

Jodi Zimmer 9/22/2009 7:38:28 AM

cool design and details #7970726

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/22/2009 7:44:21 AM

Thanks so much for taking a look and leaving these wonderful comments!!! #7970760

Tess L. Yee level-classic 9/22/2009 8:27:27 AM

Wonderful image with great enhancement, Melissa! Gorgeous color & detail!
(exhausted lotus? exhausted Tess, trying to follow some of the post processing techniques that I read about on BP!) #7970948

a2o aini level-classic 9/22/2009 8:57:28 AM

wonderful perspective Melissa! love it! #7971063

Monnie Ryan level-classic 9/22/2009 9:07:35 AM

Cool, Melissa! It looks very other-worldly done in these shades! #7971117

Margaret R. Barry level-classic 9/22/2009 9:14:01 AM

Beautiful colors, details and composition, Melissa! #7971146

Tiia Vissak level-classic 9/22/2009 9:16:51 AM

great colors, details, framing & dof! #7971158

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/22/2009 9:38:26 AM

Thanks so much Tess, a2o, Monnie, Margaret and Tiia!! #7971226

Melissa Olsen level-classic 9/22/2009 10:20:06 AM

Great color and like your edit on this interesting pod. Well done Melissa #7971374

Sirsendu Gayen level-classic 9/22/2009 11:35:08 AM

Excellent macro. #7971514

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/22/2009 12:07:05 PM

Thanks so much Melissa and Sirsendu for your wonderful comments!!! #7971580

Marcel J. Fernandez level-classic 9/22/2009 12:46:01 PM

A very eye-catching image with wonderful detail and DOF. Splendid work Melissa!

Marcel #7971675

Heidi Knight level-classic 9/22/2009 1:12:33 PM

Beautiful composed with striking colors ;) #7971721

John Connolly level-classic 9/22/2009 1:23:16 PM

A remarkable effect and color range Melissa! Your DD work is exceptional! #7971745

Karen Engelbreth level-classic 9/22/2009 1:34:39 PM

Fantastic flower and capture, Melissa.. #7971777

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 9/22/2009 1:41:44 PM

Great capture, Melissa, and you had fun in the DD! Looks pretty! #7971804

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 9/22/2009 3:36:31 PM

Melissa- I have yet to see these amazing pods that look like something from outer space. I find them so fasinating in shape and in colors. Love the angle of your shot and the way you let us look down into the the holes to see the seeds it holds.
Beautiful and fasinating work here my friend.
Have a wonderful day, do enjoy. #7972095

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/22/2009 4:09:58 PM

Thanks so much, Marcel, Heidi, John, Karen, Courtenay and Frank for your wonderful comments!! #7972181

Nancy L. Green level-classic 9/22/2009 4:34:39 PM

Love the vibrance of the colors here Melissa, the lighting and textures are absolute perfection my frined!! <>< #7972241

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 9/22/2009 6:29:08 PM

Wow! Fantastic work, Melissa! Gorgeous! #7972582

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/22/2009 6:40:26 PM

Thanks so much Nancy and Kelly for looking and leaving these great comments!!! #7972636

Nadya Johnson level-classic 9/22/2009 7:15:03 PM

Veeeery fascinating shot, Melissa! I do love these lotus pods although of course they're usually brown and this one is rather "psychedelic!" The form is so captivating. Love these colors and the clarity and detail are amazing too! #7972756

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 9/22/2009 8:01:38 PM

Cool and creative, out of this world photo, Melissa! Nice detail and composition. These seed pods always remind me of an episode of Star Trek! LOL! #7972815

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/22/2009 8:17:16 PM

Thanks so much, Nadya and Sabrina for taking a look and leaving these great comments!!! #7972828

Howard B. Cheek level-classic 9/22/2009 8:38:21 PM

Interesting and creative, one must be willing to try new things hey :)
Well done Melissa. #7972849

Doug Pignet level-classic 9/23/2009 4:34:56 AM

Very interesting capture, I would never have guessed what this was, great capture with wonderful colors. #7973673

Ellen Hodges level-classic 9/23/2009 4:51:32 AM

Awesome detail and color, Melissa! Fantastic capture!! #7973729

Ron McEwan level-classic 9/23/2009 7:14:34 AM

I can see a button showing up under this one Melissa, it is one terrific image, well done. #7974222

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/23/2009 7:22:22 AM

Thanks Howard, Douglas, Ellen and Ron for taking a look and leaving these great comments!!! #7974266

Betsy Labuschagne level-classic 9/23/2009 12:31:17 PM

Gorgeous capture and striking color, so very well done Melissa!! #7975455

Eugenio Diaz level-classic 9/23/2009 1:34:06 PM

What stunning colour
Super capture!!!
Well presented Melissa!
Fantastic work! #7975686

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/23/2009 2:17:42 PM

Thanks so much Betsy and Eugenio for your wonderful comments!! #7976018

Allen O. Howard 9/23/2009 6:48:13 PM

It is beautiful!!! Amazing image, Melissa!!! #7977406

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/23/2009 8:55:48 PM

Thanks so much, Allen for this wonderful comment!! #7977783

Leslie McLain level-classic 9/24/2009 4:41:27 AM

Very cool image with great colors and DOF, Melissa. #7978684

M.Christine Duncan 9/24/2009 6:27:01 AM

A remarkable image Melissa, really!!! Love how you worked with the coloring, it accentuates your details wonderfullly... bravo! We'll see this again, mark my word! #7979058

Janet Daniel 9/24/2009 10:27:02 AM

Excellent color & dof, Melissa! Sensational macro! #7979812

Murry Grigsby 9/24/2009 4:25:00 PM

Wonderful colors that abstract this seed head Melissa! It reminds me of a pound-a-peg game that kids use to have (pre-electronics) :0) I love your results here!! #7980762

Nikki McDonald level-classic 9/24/2009 6:53:43 PM

The resultant colors are gorgeous, Melissa. Nicely done. #7981148

Lorna Shutter 9/28/2009 8:01:28 PM

Wow! What a cool image, Melissa! Very unique and beautiful! Love the colours and your amazing clarity, detail and DOF! Your minor adjustments have made this picture perfect and a definite WINNER in my book!!! :) #7992367

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/28/2009 8:20:42 PM

Thanks very much to Leslie, Christine, Janet, Murry, Nikki and Lorna for taking a look and leaving these great comment!!

A special thanks to Christine and Lorna for your predictions!! #7992412

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic 9/29/2009 7:22:44 AM

Very lovely work! #7994219

Melanie D. Fuelling level-classic 9/29/2009 9:29:59 AM

This is awesome Melissa - love the colors and the detail. I don't think i've ever seen one of these before . Really, really nice macro!!


Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/29/2009 10:34:13 AM

Thanks so much, Melinda and Melanie for taking a look and leaving these great comments!! #7994828

Joannie M. Bertucci level-classic 9/30/2009 7:07:15 AM

Stellar composition Melissa and you've popped the colors perfectly! Congrats on your "colorful" EP! #7997339

Janice Mezzacappa level-classic 9/30/2009 8:29:23 AM

Awesome macro shot Melissa such sharpness, focus and lighting!! The colours are beautiful, great work!! #7997481

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 9/30/2009 7:46:18 PM

Thanks Joannie and Janice for your wonderful comments!!! #7999093

Debbie E. Payne level-classic 10/15/2009 4:45:21 AM

Love what you've done with this "exhausted" lotus seed pod. Now, I finally know for sure what this is as I have a few pics of some at the Denver Botanical Gardens. The colors really set it off! #8038901

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/15/2009 8:02:37 AM

Thanks so much, Debbie for looking at this, discovering what a lotus seed pod looks like. #8039449

Ruth Grimm level-classic 10/22/2009 4:42:07 PM

Congratulations on this fabulous finalist, Melissa ! #8059442

Kelly S. Cavanaugh 10/22/2009 4:49:53 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Melissa! #8059504

Janice Mezzacappa level-classic 10/22/2009 4:53:36 PM

WTG Melissa!!! Huge congrats on your stunning finalist!!! #8059525

Nikki McDonald level-classic 10/22/2009 5:05:53 PM

I just love the colors here, Melissa. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round. #8059622

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 10/22/2009 5:20:49 PM

Congratulations Melissa on this wonderful finalist. Good luck to you in the next round. #8059719

Bobby Ray Goodman level-classic 10/22/2009 5:21:39 PM

Congratulations,Melissa!!!! #8059726

Nancyj Hovey level-classic 10/22/2009 5:22:46 PM

on your well deserving FINALIST!!! 8o) #8059731

Sharon 10/22/2009 5:46:11 PM


Debbie E. Payne level-classic 10/22/2009 5:51:20 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, MELISSA! And good luck in the next round. This is gorgeous. #8059990

Amy M. Wilson level-classic 10/22/2009 6:00:19 PM

Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist and best of luck in the next round, Melissa! #8060054

Tommy E. Burgess 10/22/2009 6:12:35 PM

Huge congratulations on this beautiful finalist Melissa!! Best of luck in the next round! #8060149

Val Feldman level-classic 10/22/2009 7:26:20 PM

Congratulations, Melissa! A beautiful capture and a much-deserved Finalist! Best of luck in the upcoming rounds! ~ Val #8060827

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 10/22/2009 7:30:31 PM

A gorgeous finalist Melissa...congrats! #8060874

Cesar J. La Rosa 10/22/2009 7:47:00 PM

A very well-deserved Finalist, Melissa!!!
Cesar #8061037

Carol L. Fowler level-classic 10/22/2009 7:54:13 PM

Congrats #8061117

Ellen Hodges level-classic 10/22/2009 8:10:40 PM

Congrats on a fantastic capture, Melissa! Best luck!! #8061267

ROLAN NARMAN 10/22/2009 8:16:29 PM

Congrats on your gorgeous finalist Melissa! #8061325

Lorna Shutter 10/22/2009 8:19:50 PM

Guess this wasn't just a winner in my book, but in the judges books too!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved Finalist Award, Melissa!!!!! Awesome! :) Photobucket #8061359

Alison Krylowski level-classic 10/22/2009 8:41:15 PM

Congratulations, Melissa! This is a gorgeous image. Such incredible colors! #8061526

Nadya Johnson level-classic 10/22/2009 8:59:11 PM

YES!! I KNEW IT!! (Well, I can say that now. LOL!) FABULOUS finalist, Melissa!One of my many Faves, so I'm glad to see it wearing silver! A STUNNING capture and I hope very soon it's wearing gold! #8061688

a2o aini level-classic 10/22/2009 10:04:23 PM

Congrats on your well deserved finalist, Melissa! #8061908

Carrie M. Groseclose level-classic 10/22/2009 10:43:43 PM

CONGRATULATIONS Melissa on your beautiful, well deserved Finalist! YAY!! #8061968

Heidi Knight level-classic 10/22/2009 11:39:32 PM

Congratulations on your Fantastic finalist!!! #8062179

Stefania Barbier level-classic 10/22/2009 11:42:41 PM

congratulations on your gorgeous finalist!!! #8062203

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 10/23/2009 2:30:43 AM

Well done - congrats! #8062687

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 10/23/2009 3:33:42 AM

Congratulations on your finalist!! #8063009

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 10/23/2009 3:45:21 AM

Congratulations, very well done, Melissa! #8063080

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-classic 10/23/2009 4:03:29 AM

Congratulations on your finalist Melissa.
JP #8063172

Carolyn Morgan level-classic 10/23/2009 4:31:07 AM

So glad this made finalist Melissa - I love the color and think this is a very creative image. #8063329

Tarun Bose level-classic 10/23/2009 5:28:16 AM

Congrats for your finalist, Melissa. #8063620

Jessica Jenney level-classic 10/23/2009 5:45:45 AM

Congratulations, Melissa on your beautiful finalist! #8063718

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 10/23/2009 6:01:37 AM

Terrific finalist,Melissa! BIG congratulations!! #8063770

Linda M. Walker level-classic 10/23/2009 6:07:47 AM

Awesome details....congrats!! #8063797

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 10/23/2009 6:30:23 AM

Congratulations on your three Awesome finalist photo, Melissa! #8063893

Eugenio Diaz level-classic 10/23/2009 6:32:23 AM

Amazing work and a wonnderful Finalist!!!
Huge Congratulations, Melissa! #8063900

Eugenio Diaz level-classic 10/23/2009 6:32:23 AM

Amazing work and a wonnderful Finalist!!!
Huge Congratulations, Melissa! #8063901

Leslie McLain level-classic 10/23/2009 6:35:10 AM

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Melissa. #8063914

Sheila D. Robertson 10/23/2009 6:51:59 AM

Congratulations Melissa! #8064035

Alan S. Hurite level-classic 10/23/2009 7:05:16 AM

Great capture Melissa. Congrats on being a finalist. #8064146

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/23/2009 7:10:53 AM

A HUGE thank you to all who have sent me these wonderful congratulatory remarks!! I appreciate each and every one!!! #8064187

Nancyj Hovey level-classic 10/23/2009 7:41:47 AM

on your deserving FINALIST!!! 8o) #8064449

Max Aureli level-classic 10/23/2009 8:05:14 AM

Amazing capture and work Melissa!!! Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist!! #8064589

Renata Gusciora level-classic 10/23/2009 8:15:22 AM

Huge congratulations on this stunning finalist,Melissa! #8064662

Gina Cormier level-classic 10/23/2009 8:26:03 AM

WOW....woohooooo!! Congrats on this beauty!!! #8064736

Debra R. Harder level-classic 10/23/2009 8:35:25 AM

This is BEAUTIFUL, Melissa! Congratulations on your outstanding finalist!!! Deb #8064812

Karacan Salkuci (Kalacay) 10/23/2009 9:00:59 AM

Congratulationd on this unusual,special image. #8064985

Christine Czernin level-classic 10/23/2009 10:10:40 AM

Fantastic capture, Melissa, with beautiful color and soft background.
Congratulations on this great finalist. #8065305

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/23/2009 10:52:54 AM

Thanks so much, NancyJ, Max, Renata, Gina, Debra, Karacan and Christine for these fantastic comments!!! #8065464

Susie Peek-Swint level-classic 10/23/2009 12:51:40 PM

Great detail and editing Melissa ~ many congrats on your finalist! #8065725

Bojan Bencic level-classic 10/23/2009 1:12:15 PM

Congratulations on your great finalist, Melissa. #8065803

Janet McNeil level-classic 10/23/2009 1:35:07 PM

Congratulations, Melissa!!! #8065943

Courtenay Vanderbilt level-classic 10/23/2009 1:47:58 PM

Fantastic, Melissa! Congratulations!!! #8066014

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/23/2009 1:48:03 PM

Thanks so much Susie, Bojan and Janet for your great comments!! #8066016

M.Christine Duncan 10/23/2009 1:49:58 PM

Ha ha!!! I KNEW it!!! Congrats m'dear on this amazing finalist... I'm very excited to see this again! Didn't I tell you ;-) LOVE it! #8066025

Carla Metzler 10/23/2009 2:31:35 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa! Great shot! #8066212

Carol Sawyer 10/23/2009 2:37:34 PM

Congratulations on all your finalists, Melissa!! #8066241

Allen O. Howard 10/23/2009 2:40:24 PM

This is an excellent finalist, Melissa! Congratulations! #8066254

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/23/2009 4:07:36 PM

Thanks so much Christine, Carla, Carol and Allen for your wonderful comments!! I appreciate them all so much!!! #8066485

Maria Morrow level-classic 10/23/2009 4:08:51 PM

This is an excellent macro,Melissa... congratulations on your Finalist! #8066488

Ken Smith level-classic 10/23/2009 5:53:55 PM

Very alien like! Congrats Melissa! #8066856

Margaret R. Barry level-classic 10/23/2009 6:21:24 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Melissa! #8066935

Nancy L. Green level-classic 10/23/2009 6:38:03 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Melissa, WTG!! <>< #8066961

Joanna Madloch 10/23/2009 7:51:38 PM

Congratulations, Melissa, to you too. this image is breathtaking! #8067085

Kathy Coombs 10/24/2009 12:32:37 AM

Congrats! beautiful! #8067497

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/24/2009 1:00:20 AM

Huge congratulations on all your finalists, Melissa. Each one so well deserved. #8067561

Howard B. Cheek 10/24/2009 4:19:24 AM

Congrats on this most unique image Melissa!
Good luck :) #8067911

Jeff W. Robinson level-classic 10/24/2009 5:41:00 AM

Congrats Melissa on your Fantastic Finalist! Jeff #8068188

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 10/24/2009 6:49:51 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this amazing finalist, Melissa! #8068395

Daniella Puente level-classic 10/24/2009 10:38:11 AM

Congratulations Melissa is a winner to me! #8068934

Janet Daniel level-classic 10/24/2009 1:27:33 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Melissa! #8069205

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 10/24/2009 10:35:37 PM

Congratulations on a great of luck in the next round!! #8070088

Erica Murphy level-classic 10/25/2009 8:17:47 AM

Congratulations on your stunning finalist Melissa!! Well done! #8071186

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/25/2009 11:18:51 AM

Thanks, everyone so much for these fantastic comments!! #8071508

Melissa McCabe 10/25/2009 11:35:26 AM

congrats on your beautiful finalist!! : ) -mm #8071532

Nancy J. Locke 10/26/2009 5:23:45 AM

SUPER CONGRATS on the FINALIST picks, Melissa!!! WOOT!!!

Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8073794

Paul Parent level-classic 10/26/2009 7:21:58 PM

stunning #8076801

Tammy Espino level-classic 10/26/2009 9:44:22 PM

Better late than never, congrats!!! :) #8077194

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 10/27/2009 5:18:44 AM

Such beautiful work my friend. Congratulations on the Finalist. Way to go. #8078332

Luigi Di Serio level-classic 10/27/2009 10:04:55 AM

There is something eerie about this... but it is one excellent photo and a deserved finalist! #8079411

Melissa Gurdus level-classic 10/28/2009 1:18:53 AM

Thanks so much, Nancy, Paul, Tammy, Frank and Luigi for your wonderful comments!! #8081069

Dianna Murphy level-classic 10/29/2009 1:59:42 PM

on your wonderful FINALIST!!! 8o)
Happy Halloween! Dianna

Jennifer L. Alder level-classic 11/18/2009 4:41:11 AM

An amazing image, Melissa! Congrats on your Digital Darkroom Feature :) #8141322

Dianna Murphy level-classic 11/18/2009 9:19:52 AM

Congratulations on being featured Melissa! #8142200

Cesar J. La Rosa level-classic 11/18/2009 6:21:36 PM

I was very happy to see this beautiful photograph featured on the Digital Darkroom Newsletter today.
Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition, Melissa!!!
Cesar #8143208

Leslie McLain level-classic 11/19/2009 4:31:14 AM

Congrats on being featured in the Digital Darkroom Newsletter, Melissa. #8144227

Anne McKinnell level-classic 11/19/2009 11:31:43 AM

Beautiful shot Melissa! Congratulations on your feature in DD! #8145417

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This is the seed pod of an exhausted lotus. I enhanced the color by moving a few sliders around in Adobe RAW 5.4 including the color ones normally used for black and white, saturation and vibrance, with a tad of sharpening.

This was taken with my Canon 100mm Macro Lens.

Entered into DD.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 1/1600 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 100.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Uploaded on 9/22/2009 12:21:25 AM Photo Contest Finalist

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