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  Mini#29 Best of 2015, So Far...
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Water Lily       ©2015 ysal
Panasonic DMC-GX7       4th place, 165 points
1/500s, f5, ISO 200, 200mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Adjusted exposure, increased color saturation, enhanced midtones, de-noised, sharpened, cropped, resized.       Extra Info: This water lily had dark burgundy colored leaves. I thought the reflection of the neighboring flagstone wall also added interesting texture and color to the water, complementing the bright pink flower.
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Jul 9, 2015
    I submit that your composition would suffer if you had been able to include the reflection. Much better the way you took it.

Jul 7, 2015
    Thank you very much for all your kind comments and votes! I appreciate it very much.

When I saw the single pink flower among the purple leaves, I wanted to photograph it. But it took a while to find the right angle. I wish the reflection of the flower was there, but a leaf was in the way.

Jul 7, 2015
    Absolutely beautiful. reminds me of the simplicity of Ikebana. Congratulations

Jul 6, 2015
    Agree with Mepo, love your art.

Jul 6, 2015
    I just love your work!

Jul 6, 2015
    Congrats Yuki! This was my #1 favorite!

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Jul 6, 2015
    Well executed! in my favs.

Jul 6, 2015
    Very well isolated, well composed too.

Jul 6, 2015
    high in my favorites. this is the kind of shot i look for in these challenges.... one that has a future outside of the challenge. well composed and executed. would print well or at least look great as desktop background. nice going.

Jul 5, 2015
    You've managed to capture a feeling of tranquility in this photo. The detail in the leaves is beautiful against the soft blur of the reflected flagstones, and the single bright flower is perfectly positioned. Great job.

Old Finn
Jul 5, 2015
    Excellent picture. Well composed, the color contrast between the flower and the background works here.

Jul 5, 2015
    Very attractive shot. I like it even more when I crop more off the top. The reflections and the dark leaves work very well.

Jul 5, 2015
    Nice sharp isolation of the subject, with just enough background detail to establish a sense of place.

Jul 5, 2015
    This is both beautiful and challenging. I am really enjoying the contest between softness and sharp focus.

Jul 4, 2015
    A lovely painterly image.

Jul 4, 2015
    Beautiful colors, great composition. We'd rather you didn't reshoot it for "Pastels," as it would probably win. :-)

Jul 4, 2015
    Striking colour of the water lily complements the leaves but I think a more aggressive cropping of the background flagstone wall put put a greater emphasis on the lily. In my favourities.

Jul 3, 2015
    Very simple and striking. I might have cropped a little tighter on top and left.

Jul 3, 2015
    beautiful shot. Cubist looking with the inclusion of the reflected wall and the illusion that some of the leaves are floating in air

Jul 3, 2015
    this is a very nice capture . I think that the background with the black marks is distracting. i would crop the top off with the crop across down to the junction where the black line then veers and runs to the lily this would give a panorama effect as well.
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