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Copyright: Sandy Garfinkel (messenger1) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 730 W: 39 N: 1513] (7055)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-21
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-07-22 4:02
Viewed: 1506
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, there are two outdoor pools which have been named the "Aquatic Garden." They feature water plants, including water lilies of many colors and types.

Per Wikipedia: "Water lilies are rooted in soil in bodies of water, with leaves and flowers floating on the water surface. The leaves are round, with a radial notch in Nymphaea and Nuphar, but fully circular in Victoria. Water lilies are divided into two main categories: hardy and tropical. Hardy water lilies bloom only during the day, but tropical water lilies can bloom either during the day or at night, and are the only group to contain blue-flowered plants."

I cropped, sharpened, selectively sharpened and added saturation to the blossoms using the tool brush, added a subtle vignette.

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Bom dia Sandy,
Adequate title, really it seems. Very good pic here. Excellent exposure, natural colors, good details, good lightness and beautiful flowers.
Very good work,
Have a good day,

Hi Sandy,

The Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens must be a good place to visit for photo ops. I love the pp work. The featured lily blossoms with their round foliage are sharp. A dragonfly or some insects atop the blossoms would have complete the scene (but that is just some wish). Regards.


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-07-22 4:28]

Hi Sandy,
Wonderful pink water lilies floating on the limpid water of this "Aquatic Garden".
Marvellous lighting and sharp focusing.
A nice V-shaped composition with these five flowers.
Well seen and neatly presented.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-07-22 4:39]

Hi Sandy,
I love your title-- well composed photo. Good lighting, colors and nice clarity. TFS Julie

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2010-07-22 4:44]

It is really a smile, beautiful group of lilies, beautiful colours and details

Hi Sandy:
Most beautiful colors that I have not seen before on these water lilies:)
I like your excellent composition & good details on the flowers:)

Hello Sandy,

Grande image florale aquatique.
Excellente composition, les couleurs sont extras.
Splendides détails, belle présentation. J'aime beaucoup. Mes compliments.
Amicalement. Yolande

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-07-22 9:53]


sueprbe image, quel captage de ce fleurs quel rosé avec tout le graphsiem de fueille qui les entourent, elle sont toutes nette et bien captée, spelndide.

bravo et amitié


The original photograph must have been quite good for this enhanced version is a good candidate for a very public wall mount!!

Hi Sandy,
A lovely shot of these water lilies captured with superb sharpness and details under the diffused lighting.

Best Wishes

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-07-22 21:31]

dear Sandy,
beautiful pale pink water lilies,
five flowers surely show us smile against very cool water and leaves,
this tone of pink is very tender, like shining crystal in dark layer,
and graceful shapes are like stars or fire works in summer night,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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