Uploaded: October 24, 2006 07:45:52


lotus flower, ap-4.2, 60 ISO, shutter 1/50


David F. Dornberg October 24, 2006


You've captured a very beautiful tropical waterlily. I have one similar, but the color of the petals are purple and not the extreme blue that you have captured above. I like your placement and the fact that there are no distracting elements in the background. When you shot this, do you know if you manually set your WB or left it on AWB. I believe this blue is how the camera caught the lily, but it may not be the natural color. This color change happens to me a lot when I shoot certain flowers in different lighting with my DSLR.

If you can shoot this flower again, I would change the aperture to between F8 and/or F11, since this seems to be the best aperture on many lenses to give your flower the best DOF and best clarity too. F4.2 is a bit shallow for shooting close-ups. The closer you shoot to your subject the less DOF you will have.

Dave #545355

Shelly L. Rauscher October 24, 2006

Laura, this is stunning! It jumped off the screen and grabbed me! #3493357

Christina C. Moore October 24, 2006

This is lovely. The colour is gorgeous. #3493463

Laura M. Galloway October 24, 2006

thanks so much for the comments and helpful advice! It is very much appreciated! #3493494

Cary Rogers October 24, 2006

Stunningly beautiful image, Laura! Rich, vibrant colors...wonderful detail...great lighting. KUDOS! #3493593

Paul G Slate October 24, 2006

Great lighting and DOF contrast amazing this is just woderfuly done bravo!Laura #3494092

Tarun Bose October 24, 2006

Awsome capture. Excellent colours and details. Outstanding lighting. Great work Laura. Looks a winner to me. #3494161

Janine Russell level-deluxe October 24, 2006

Laura, excellent colors, detail, clarity and lighting. #3495330

Shawn Benson October 25, 2006

Laura. What a brilliant blue. This is a really beautiful capture. The comment above was correct when they said that it reallly grabs your attention. I didn't agree with the aperture being bumped over to an f8 at first, but then I thought of it a little more and have come to agree with that one as well. Although I must say that hardly anyone would notice the difference. My advice would be to clone out that brown spot on the bottom right hand side. It detracts from an otherwise perfect background. If I was being really picky I might even say to play around with the green that is under the left bottom leaf. The upper green is a compliment, but this is a little weak. Thanks for posting. It is beautiful. #3496978

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic November 23, 2006

Congratulations on your finalist. Good luck in the next round. #3621317

eileen bedford November 23, 2006

Congratulations on your finalist, well deserved Laura... #3621984

Sherry S. Boles November 25, 2006

Congratulations on a beautiful finalist, Laura!! #3631236

Susan M. Campbell March 23, 2008

Congrats on this beautiful finalist! #5682893

Elida Gutierrez March 24, 2008


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Tarun Bose March 25, 2008

Big congrats Laura for your second prize winner. #5695939

Corinne M. Thompson March 25, 2008

Fabulous capture, love the colors! Congrats on your win! #5698355

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict March 27, 2008

Congratulations Laura on your Win.

Dominick #5704797

Colette M. Metcalf March 27, 2008

Congratulations!!!! #5706617

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