First Drops

Uploaded: April 15, 2007 06:54:03


EF 100mm Macro, f/5.6, 1/200th Second, ISO100, -2/3ev, remote + mirror lockup, RAW.
These small flowers were the edging along a patio. The skies kept threatening rain with little bursts
of sprinkles off and on. The result was wonderful little droplets on the petals, everywhere I looked!
(Shot with Canon 400XTi/Rebel, not Sony DSCH1, as I mistakenly indicated at upload)
06/07 Finalist; Flowers


Joy Rector April 15, 2007

great job #638249

Sherry L. Davis April 15, 2007

Pretty image, Christopher. Great clarity in the drops. #4169023

Bob Cournoyer level-classic April 15, 2007

Love the comp/light/selective focus!!

Bob #4169130

Katarina Mansson April 15, 2007

Lovely colors, composition, lighting, title and selective focus! #4169194

Susie Peek-Swint April 15, 2007

This is beautiful Chris ~ I love the sharpness of the water drop against the soft-focus flowers .. great shot! #4169438

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict April 15, 2007

Great capture here Christopher...Dominick #4171495

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 16, 2007

Thank you, Joy, Sherry, Bob, Katarina, Susie & Dominick, for your encouraging feedback! Using this new lens effectively is definitely a learning experience for me! #4173174

Mick Burkey April 16, 2007

Excellent work, Chris!! The focus on the water drop is stunning. The colors of the flower and overall tone are wonderful. And, hey, I see you got your DSLR. Congrats? Or did I miss it and you've had it for awhile? In any case, you're certainly putting it to good use. ;-) #4174072

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 16, 2007

Thanks so much, Mick! No, you're not too far behind... I've only had the SLR for about 2 weeks now; haven't even clicked off 300 images with it yet! #4174323

Don Johnson level-deluxe April 17, 2007

Another wonderful shot. I love the sharpness of the water drop, but I, personally, would have liked the center of the flower to be a little sharper. I suspect, however, I am in the minority. In any event, it is still a beautiful shot.

If you start shooting flowers like you do the Cathedral, we are all in trouble. #4178206

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 17, 2007

Thank you very much, Don! I have another shot of these flowers (no droplet) where the center is the focus. But I don't know that I have any with the whole flower in focus, given the super shallow DOF of that lens! An excuse to go back! #4178852

John Caruso April 17, 2007

Stellar work, Chris. The color, the light, the detail, the DOF: they are all super! #4179066

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 18, 2007

Thanks so much, John! #4181830

Laura Bailey April 18, 2007

Beautiful, beautiful image, Christopher. Color, comp, pov... all are wonderful! #4184396

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 19, 2007

Thank you very much, Laura! #4185828

Datha Y. Thompson April 23, 2007

So Very Beautiful!! Love the lighting and selective focus Christopher!! :0) #4200859

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 23, 2007

Thank you Datha; easily one of my top favorites since getting the new camera! #4201543

Graeme yew Chow April 26, 2007

Wow, wonderful image, like the droplets the main subjects on it, Chris. I think we shall seee this again. #4216071

Chris Budny level-deluxe April 26, 2007

Thanks so much, Graeme! #4217114

Nikki McDonald level-classic May 18, 2007

Great work here, Chris. I see what Don means, but I found it refreshingly different to have the focus on the three drops rather than the flower's center. Either way, we all agree that this is a beauty. #4296358

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 20, 2007

Thanks, Nikki! Still remains one of my early favorites with the new camera gear! #4302795

Susan M. Hembree May 22, 2007

Wow, Chris, I really like this! The details with the water droplets and the softness of the image is just outstanding. And the color all around is gorgeous. Nice job and I do hope to see this in the winner's list for April. Sue #4313452

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 23, 2007

Thanks, Sue, so much! Alas, no dice for April; I will definitely put this in my re-submit pile! #4319657

Susan M. Hembree May 23, 2007

Yes, I am surprised, Chris. But it is still a favorite of mine! :) #4319711

Donna La Mattino Pagakis June 23, 2007

Magical colors and clarity, great image!!

Excellent choice for Editor's First Picks! #4428891

Nikki McDonald level-classic June 23, 2007

So glad to see this again in EFP, Chris. #4429204

Chris Budny level-deluxe June 23, 2007

Thank you both, for letting me know... still one of my all-time favorite images, shot on my first outing with the new SLR. #4429474

Colleen Farrell July 24, 2007

Truly outstanding floral, Chris! I'm happy to be the first to congratulate you on this beautiful finalist!! #4551976

Susan M. Hembree July 24, 2007

All right, Chris! It had to come about sooner or later! Congratulations on the finalist! #4552008

Nadya Johnson July 24, 2007

So beautiful!! Congratulations, Christopher! #4552085

Cesar J. La Rosa July 24, 2007

I'm so happy to see this BEAUTIFUL photograph among the Finalists. Congratulations, Chris!!!
Cesar #4552098

Nikki McDonald level-classic July 24, 2007

Way to keep the faith, Chris. Congratulations! #4552113

Esther Smith July 24, 2007

Wonderful! Congratulations on your Finalist Christopher! #4552347

Les Rhoades level-classic July 25, 2007

Congratulations on your Finalist!

Good Luck in the next round. #4552704

Pat Gamwell July 25, 2007

Keep 'em comin', Chris! Congrats! #4552712

paul parent level-deluxe July 25, 2007

Great shot !

Congratulations on your Finalist

Don Johnson level-deluxe July 25, 2007

Congratulations Chris. Another well done winner! #4553925

Bob Cournoyer level-classic July 25, 2007

Way to go, Chris!! :-)

Bob #4554207

Tonya R. Boles July 25, 2007

Congrats Chris. #4554500

Marie Fields July 25, 2007

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Chris! #4554507

Thomas A. Statas July 25, 2007

Well done Chris.... I see you finally upgraded to your DSLR....Watch out now...and have fun!

Tom #4555680

Mick Burkey July 25, 2007

And again, Congrats, Chris. Mighty fine work here. One of my favorites. Glad to see it in the finals, looking for gold! #4556218

Sylvia Rossler July 25, 2007

Big congrats on this wonderful finalist Chris :O) #4557191

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 25, 2007

Thank you all very much! This is one of my earliest images made with my new SLR, and has remained among my all-time favorites over the last 20 months of shooting.
Mick, I'm hoping for gold, too! #4557842

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 25, 2007

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round. #4559176

Dr Silly level-classic July 26, 2007

Congratulations Chris on your beautiful finalist. Hope to see it in the next round. :O)

Sherri Gorman July 26, 2007

Gorgeous!!!! Congratulations!!!! #4561285

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 26, 2007

Thanks so much, Sherri, Doc & Kay! #4561371

Cathy M. Gromball July 26, 2007

Congratulations on your wonderful Finalist, Christopher!

Cathy :) #4563143

Chris Budny level-deluxe July 27, 2007

Thank you, Cathy! #4566913

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic August 22, 2007

I love this!! #4682550

Chris Budny level-deluxe August 22, 2007

Thanks so much, Shelly! One of my first-ever macros with my new 100mm lens. #4682850

Nikki McDonald level-classic August 27, 2007

You know we're all cheering for this one, Chris. Way to keep the faith. Congratulations and good luck in the next round. #4706574

Chris Budny level-deluxe August 27, 2007

Thanks, Nikki! This one was a prior Finalist, actually, but it was a resub, to get there! #4707645

Lorri Shane September 21, 2007

wow! This has to be one of my favorite all time flower images on BP, Chris. Simply stunning. #4824695

Chris Budny level-deluxe September 22, 2007

Wow; thank you, Lorri! I was thrilled to capture it. One of the first images I took, the weekend I got my (then-new) 100mm. #4826714

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