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Arms open*
01-JUN-2006 Jamdiver

Arms open*

Hope Gardens, Jamaica

Canon PowerShot A610
1/640s f/4.1 at 29.2mm full exif

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Jamdiver 06-Jun-2006 08:51
Interesting, thank you for the mini-tutorial Techno..
Anyway for all it's faults and problems, I steal prefer the original..
Perhaps because it's truly my 'own'? :)
Rod 03-Jun-2006 23:40
Techo's rework does look very good but I seem to like the tension of the dark area & I also get a better feeling for seeing the light for this topic in the original.
For a print I think I would go with Techo's rework.
ctfchallenge03-Jun-2006 17:18
Hi Jamdiver! this is my favorite of the trio. Splendid coloring and composition. About the dark part over the hedge, can easily paint it over (will remove the imaged liked to below whenever you like, no questions asked)...

Using the gradient tool... sample a green spot from the photo then paint it on in a new layer. Apply some Gaussian Blur to really smooth it out. You can then erase any overlapping color in that extra layer.

-Techo :)
ctfchallenge03-Jun-2006 04:44
Thanks for the comments all.
Actually most of what you've all noted wasn't even noticeable to me when I took the pic.
My only thoughts really is that the flowers looks a little soft to me..
But i'll leave it as is though, despite the faults I like it as is :D

As for the dark area, I seem to recall it being a hedge? Hmmmm..

Rod 03-Jun-2006 04:06
I'm not so sure about altering this picy as it looks like one of them shots that's got things wrong with it, but all the wrongs seem to come together in such a way as to make the shot a bit special. I like it as is.
aam1234 03-Jun-2006 03:21
Oh, and I agree with RK that a little contrast on the flower would be nice, but not terribly necessary.
aam1234 03-Jun-2006 03:19
I'm with J, I think without the dark area it might look ordinary.

I like the spider web (?) it adds tension to the photo. Good photo JamD.
janewigginsphotography03-Jun-2006 02:26
Actually, i think the dark portion brings the eye to the focal point? Still debating. jano
janewigginsphotography03-Jun-2006 02:13
I wondered about that dark portion at the top RK, but i think would look "ordinary" without it. Ummmmmm jano
Photogenix03-Jun-2006 02:01
Almost like it...following is just my suggestion...
- would crop out the top dark portion.
- feel the flower lacks some can add contrast in PS.
- RK
Christina Conroy03-Jun-2006 00:57
I like how isolated the flower is because of the background. It really pops. excellent!
janewigginsphotography03-Jun-2006 00:49
Love the color... the similar colors in the background. Different for a flower shot so I like it. jano
Rod 02-Jun-2006 22:26
Almost surreal looking, I really like the look of this shot Jammy. It works really well. Excellent mate:-)