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Subject:Do you like this picture?
Time:09:08 pm
I promise I'm not fishing for compliments here. Really. And I'm not going to be offended if you say no, though if you could refrain from the worst of the namecalling that would be appreciated. Do you like this picture? My reason for asking is after the cut.

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The other night I brought home some irises and started fooling around with the camera. At the end of the night, I posted a note on Twitter: "Photos taken tonight: 250. Keepers: 0. Sigh." However, I pulled this one and one other one out of the pile and put them on Flickr. I considered those two to be the least-hated out of a pile of mediocrity.

This afternoon one of my coworkers was going through my flower porn set on Flickr and commenting on them. She got to this one and said, "This is my favorite!" I was aghast. The only reason it ever saw the light of day was that I liked the concept, although I thought I'd completely failed in the execution. She's asked for a print.

Speaking of prints... Mickdog, I haven't forgotten you. I've had a six-month war with the green flower and my incredible inability to get a passable print of it. I finally solved that problem this week, so your photos should be in the mail Very Soon!
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catness
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Time:2008-02-16 05:36 am (UTC)
Well, it's vivid, and graphic. Is that entirely bad?
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rahaeli
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Time:2008-02-16 05:58 am (UTC)
It's not my cuppa. I had a lot of trouble figuring out what I was looking at.
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burr86
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Time:2008-02-16 08:24 am (UTC)
Ditto. I had a moment of "wait, is this really a photograph, or is this digital?"
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dmorr
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Time:2008-02-16 06:03 am (UTC)
Not really a fan. I like the idea, but I don't think it quite worked out.
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jnala
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Time:2008-02-16 06:44 am (UTC)
Not especially.
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gramina
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Time:2008-02-16 07:03 am (UTC)
I like the white-grey-black shape-echoes; and I love irises. I think in this case maybe the "problem" is that the splash of (gorgeous, vivid!) yellow distracts the eye from the receding echoes in grey and black?
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mickdog
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Time:2008-02-16 07:15 am (UTC)
I very much liked the innermost shadow - it gives it a very "arty" look, and I mean that in a good way. My wife thought it was very nice as well.

re: the winning photos - no worries, I look forward to seeing them!
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thorfinn
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Time:2008-02-16 07:50 am (UTC)
Mmm, I think I like the unevenness of it, actually. You're right, the execution isn't great, but the concept itself is good. If you can avoid getting hung up on execution details, or you're just not the sort of person who cares about perfect execution, and care more about concepts, then it's a fabulous picture.
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phoenix14159
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Time:2008-02-16 10:33 am (UTC)
I like this one, though not hugely.

The second one, however, is just stunning. My jaw literally dropped. What on earth do you think is wrong with it?
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pokarpokarpokar
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Time:2008-02-16 10:39 am (UTC)
first initial response was toilet seat
my 2nd response was PEE

then i logged into a recursive nightmare of PEE TOILET PEE

now i want 2 pee
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slfisher
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Time:2008-02-16 02:36 pm (UTC)
I kept wanting to parse it as a swan.
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wild_irises
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Time:2008-02-16 03:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's a little too obvious; the same kind of shot with a subtler framing could be absolutely stunning.
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tigerknight
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Time:2008-02-16 04:18 pm (UTC)
Yes I like it :] It flirts very suggestively with the 'porn' aspect of 'flower porn'. That aside, I love the fact that the textures, colors, and patterns on the flower are so prominent without being obnoxious or overbearing to the entire composition - it compliments it rather than taking it over. Very nicely done!
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crayonbeam
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Time:2008-02-16 04:38 pm (UTC)
Not my type of thing, but given what sells in stores, it doesn't surprise me that someone wants to buy it. Congrats!
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hlmt
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Time:2008-02-16 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think the problem with the photo is that the shapes are too strong to be ignored, yet the cropping (or the frame) doesn't allow enough clues to visually interpret the image as a flower right off, so that there's some dissonance going on. Further, the strong vertical rectangles are reminiscent of arms, or legs, and of course that throws things off further. Now technically it's entirely another matter--the photography itself is gorgeous. IMO, anyway. =)
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barts185
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Time:2008-02-16 05:46 pm (UTC)
Doesn't do it for me.

Not sure why - but if you're just asking for opinions from the unwashed masses, I don't like the picture.

And, while I'm not sure I've commented a lot, I do like your flower porn in general, so it isn't like I have anything against the concept.

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abostick59
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Time:2008-02-16 05:55 pm (UTC)
Meh. You've done much better.
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trcabbage
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Time:2008-02-16 06:51 pm (UTC)
I loved it.
It has depth and a feeling of long lasting keyhole'ness
there was a fast thought of ballgowns and formal waltz...without men.
Then egg yolk and more and more
Willowy bed dressing

I just like it bunches
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freelikebeer
Subject:Interesting that it comes in as flower porn
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Time:2008-02-16 06:58 pm (UTC)
The edge of the lower petal is very strong and very smooth. In conjunction with the vertical-ish veins of the petal it has the look of the bow of a futureship. This is especially so, to me, because that yellow evokes the feeling of the sunshine reflecting off of it. That is the part of the picture that draws my eye immediately.

With that initial impression, when I look at the petals in the background, I don't think, "Vagina." (or pussy, or whatever is the intended response). The corners on the left side of the right petal in the background are angular, and more Tin Man than Dorothy. The flower just doesn't evoke the flesh, to me. But, again, the strength of the white on those petals, and the clear striations of the veins evoke the feeling of flow, especially airflow.

Through the hole, I can see that there are more petals, but the contrast between the whitest and blackest parts isn't strong enough to distinguish the features visually. It gives me the feel of the less clear, but not necessarily negative, future.

If I were going to caption this picture it would be, "Relish the now, as the sun shines down on you, [flying|sailing] through clear present."
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whitebird
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Time:2008-02-16 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've tried to come up with a good articulation of why it doesn't do anything for me, even ona subject matter or execution basis, but, it just doesn't do anything for me.
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greeklady
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Time:2008-02-16 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ok there are a lot of things I like about this picture. Unfortunately I just don't like this one. I also second the comment about thinking you were trying to capture something sexual or some sexual reference.
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sfgabe
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Time:2008-02-17 07:59 am (UTC)
I like the colors and the graphic quality it has. However I'm so over the Flower= Vag idea that I clock it on the same scale as photos of toddlers dressed as sunflowers sitting in enormous flower pots. Maybe its all the time spent in lesbian bookstores in my youth.

It brought up an interesting issue for me though, and that is thats I wasn't sure how much of it was digital photography and how much was digital 'styling.' Coming from you, I suspect its just a good nano-lens shot. I think back in the precomputer days shots like this were much more highly regarded,and became what computer art aspired to. But now its kind of flipped over. In order for me to think highly of a photo, it needs to convince me that it may not have passed through photoshop at all.
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whipartist
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Time:2008-02-17 08:19 am (UTC)
It made a brief stop in photoshop for sharpening and minor color/exposure correction, but that's it. Sharpening is a necessary part of the process when shooting raw, and the way I shoot macro makes it nearly impossible for the captured image have perfect exposure.

It's not uncommon for me to do minor cleanup work like getting rid of dust spots, and I occasionally do some dodging and burning or other minor tidying, but I don't do the heavily-processed look of something like this.
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drj0402
Subject:Interesting, but can't say I love it.
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Time:2008-02-18 05:19 pm (UTC)
I think it looks like a thumb and forefinger trying to pull a splinter out of some flesh.
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