August 25, 2006: After Dusk

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Have to see this one large.

This was supposed to just be a simple shot of a dandelion, but the sun was down, the sky was getting darker blue, and when I started shooting with the flash on ... this happened. Never expected something like this. :-)

BTW, the large version makes a cool desktop wallpaper. I'm using it now. You can still even see a hint of the sky and trees in the background.

Part of my 1/365 project: 1 photo per day for 365 days.

mbettik, anonymoust, kris_v, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Liveview [deleted] 93 months ago | reply

    Incredible! It's wonderful!

  2. Leviathor 93 months ago | reply

    Stunning lighting. Fantastically simple and well done.

    The interestingness archives. (?)

  3. sm3287 93 months ago | reply

    Looks really cool, nice capture

  4. skergjhusbdkgfuhsbdflkgj [deleted] 93 months ago | reply

    superbe !!! thank's for description !

  5. Bogaugon 93 months ago | reply

    This is a fantastic shot!
    Love it!

  6. Sergio Lubezky 90 months ago | reply

    Thank you for rating and posting in the group!

  7. David Prior 90 months ago | reply

    The Snow Covered Hedgehog... :) I love this photo, when I first saw it from the thumbnail I thought what is that? Lovely subtle blue colours that work with the silver pollen'. The only negative is the topright hand corner when I think the plain blue background is a tad distracting from the darker other corners.

    One to print large!

    Rating #1:

    Rated 9 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  8. stingu (Stefán Ingvar Photography) [deleted] 90 months ago | reply

    Rating #2:

    Rated 9 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

    Great the composition........

  9. Matthew G. Johnson 90 months ago | reply

    Rating #3

    Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.
    I cannot really add much intelligent commentary on this image other than to say that I enjoyed it at increasingly larger sizes: the detail and lighting is really impressive.

  10. iEiEi 90 months ago | reply

    Sorry, but this shot is neither interesting nor well done to me. I saw much more beautiful "dandelion shots in the sunset".
    The composition is not exiting because the subject is too centered and there is no leading of the eyes through the image. Also in technical way it have some lacks. Because of the close shot, the flash couldn't illuminate the subject completly and the DoF is not adequate in case of the wide open aperture. To get something out of that shot I would do a very tight crop.
    To be honest, I found a lot very good images in your stream and I can't imagine what the hell came over you to choose this one for the posting... ;-)

    Rating #4:

    Rated 4 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  11. Matt McGee 90 months ago | reply

    Thx for your comments, Syntaxys. Much appreciated. To answer your question at the end there -- when posting in 100 points, I try to choose images that I'm not sure about so I can gauge what others like and dislike and where there's room for improvement. I don't see much benefit in choosing images that I'm sure will be rated highly. :-)

  12. JimReeves 90 months ago | reply

    And you have produced excellent results.
    Rating #Y:

    Rated 07 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  13. iEiEi 90 months ago | reply

    Hey Matt,
    I'm doing it the same way. Some images get much feedback without posting them in groups and I know I did it right. Some others, from which I think they're not my best work, surprisingly get faves and good comments from people surfing the stream. But anyway these I wouldn't post here, I think they're not in the state to talk about. Usually I post images in 100 points from which i think they're overseen in my stream but worth to talk about - maybe I can find out why they're overseen.

    But I often found and had to talk about images here where I felt a kind of kidded, especially when I see the other much better images in the members stream. In that way I'm a bit more honest and direct in my speech, it's never meant as a personal offence! I don't want to be snotty, I'm a autodidact like I guess the most of the members here and I always like to improve my skills too.

    I think a visual work should show at least one of 3 things to impress someone else: Expression or Atmosphere - a Story - Proficiency

    If someone is new in photography I can understand that he/she will find out how is one of these 3 things to be catched by posting any photo. This group is really great to find this out because of the more detailed feedback.
    But an adepted photographer should be able to make a preliminary decision before he is posting his photos. Maybe I'm wrong or I just see it a bit too serious but I felt kidded in this case....

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your work and thoughts here too! I'll also appreciate your honest and professional feedback.


  14. Lucy in London 90 months ago | reply

    I really like the lighting in this shot and the choice of subject. I just think that it could be framed a little better ... either with the subject a little off centre or a much tighter crop.

    Rating #6:

    Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  15. -Luong- 90 months ago | reply

    I like the composition and the lightning of this one. However I think there is a bit too much black surrounding the subject. I don't agree with the crop: simply I prefer a gently crop that mantain the shape of the photo.

    Rating #7:

    Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  16. Asad K 90 months ago | reply

    at first glance i really liked it, however once seen in large size it seems either it missed focus, motion blur, or there isnt enought depth of field. also the presence of the black area on the left but not on the right makes it wierd since it seems you were going for symmetry... also the perspective seems a little odd, down to up was it?

    Rating #9:

    Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  17. Sergio Lubezky 90 months ago | reply

    @ 100 Point members : Next Rating is #9.

  18. BryanShooter 90 months ago | reply

    This is more than just another dandelion photo because the mysterious background the frames the dandelion nicely and adds interesting mood and tension. The light works quite well in the sense that it makes the dandelion stand out, but the too dark bottom half is a bit disturbing - a second light source or side lighting may be better, perhaps? The very central placement also doesn't really add IMHO. Thanks for sharing - a nice perspective.

    Rating #9:

    Rated 7 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  19. Ashenzil 90 months ago | reply

    What makes this picture for me is the centered composition wich suits the subject very well, and the subtle cold tones. This is a classy thing to shoot, but you did it with skills and grace. The black background gives the subject all the attention it deserves. The light is amazing, starting from the center of the flower to its edges. Very detailed and clean. A beautiful, although classic, shot. I would see this on a calendar, that's what I mean by classic. For a general audience, it is very appealing and sexy image.
    Rating #10:

    Rated 8 out of 10 in the 100 Points group.

  20. Sergio Lubezky 90 months ago | reply

    Final rating in the 100 Points group is 74 Points.

    Well done!

    Please request entry and publish this photograph in the 70-79 Points group and thank you very much for participating in the 100 Points group.

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