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My favourite shot-The (Fl)Eye Catcher..

My favourite shot-The (Fl)Eye Catcher..
Information sur la photo
Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Lieux
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2007-06-10
Catégories: Nature
Appareil photographique: Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS DX VR, UV
Exposition: f/8, 1/200 secondes
Versions: version originale
Thème(s): Tropicana Award 2, 100 points or more, Friday theme 2007/12/28 "My favourite shot", My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2007-06-13 6:44
Vue: 3498
Favoris: 9 [voir]
Points: 192
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
For any photographer, its hard to select which one is his/her favorite...as all are their own creations.

I've selected my this photo as my 2007 favorite.
Why? I think I tried my best to put the skills I knew with creativity to get this result. The few warm colors reminds me the wonderful summer, and makes me feel warm and smile :-)

TrekLens here we are in my town Bloomington, Miller Park Zoo. Tempereatures 33C, and walking around, winking to the Sea Lions and waving to the Ottors this flower caught my eye. As you look close, I was not the only one ...........

TrekLens, Summer...the season of colors.....

Technical talk: Used shallow DOF and low POV. Shooted in RAW, little curve adjustment in CS2, and resized for TL.

Happy summer here again. Vandana
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. -- Pablo Picasso

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Enchaînement de réflexionsInitiateur de la discussion Messages Modifié
A JohnTulip: We need a < /b > !!!Shoot_Score 1 07-29 14:56
A Josine: Hello Joosvandana2923 1 06-17 08:29
A coquelicot79: You are right dearvandana2923 1 06-15 22:20
A tjutjut: Name of flowervandana2923 1 06-14 09:14
A GreenBaron: Look at this sitevandana2923 1 06-14 08:33
A AMKA: Thank youvandana2923 1 06-13 18:51
A jityna: Hello !vandana2923 1 06-13 17:11
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Critiques [Translate]

Nice compo; very good exposure and focus!

Wow, excellent! Great DOF, POV and colours!:)

good work.
best wishes

A Vandana:
You did it again:)
spleding color and sharpness, and your exposures did magic!

hi Vandana..
Very great capture,interesting and beautiful view..nice feeling..
I like it..

really beutyfull..
nice composition well framed..
lovely repetition on backgourds..
colors are perfect, wonderfull photographic idea!

a very good capture and a very nice title.
thank you !

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-06-13 6:53]

Wonderful photo, vandana !


Absoloutly stunning image Vandana.
Composition, DOF, detail, colour, pin sharp where needed, all spot on.

New Zealand

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-06-13 7:04]

Delightful colours and perfect framing

Very nice picture, Vandana. Good composition and great colours. The give a nice mood at the picture. Good sharpness too. Fits well with the hazy background.

best regards,


I like the colours captured, the yellow looks great. Good framing and details.
Best wishes,

:-) great shot girl!
A wonderful DOF and a great composition.
Very nice colors and a good compo.

What more can I say??


Excellent photo,very good composition .
Thanks for sharing.


Very beautiful Great dof, light & color.

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  • AMKA Gold Star Critiquer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-13 8:12]
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Hi Vandana :)
My first visit to your gallery..oohhh its excellent.You really a pro photographer..
For this one absalutely fantastic...good composition,POV and DOF...
Two thumbs up..

Aplausse, to a great photographer with a great job, beautiful photo, good POV DOF and colors, really is an impresive photo. Bravo



Bonjour Vandana!

Certainly a very eyecatching shot. Pretty and effective DOF, POV giving the focus on the small visitor and pretty flower.
Well seen and very well presented.

Ahhhh, YES!!! The Flye Catcher. What a good and funny play of words on a more that pleasant photo to look at.
What I kike Vandana that after your course PS your work takes a 'boost' and now lately every sout hits bulls eye

John T P

Hi Vandana,

Lovely picture. I like the composition. I haven't seen this flower, is it sun-flower?
You captured it with great detail.


Hello Vandana,
This is fabulous! It just looks like a natural ra ra skirt! Sharp, lovely colours and sensitively framed! Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-06-13 11:44]

Hi Vandana,
Beautiful close-up! Very eyecatching, indeed!
These superb flowers pop up against the dark background. Very elegant presentation! Bravo! Annie

hi vandana!
this is so excellent, wonderful composition, colors, sharpness and DOF.
i like it.

Wonderful capture. Excellent sharpness, details, DOF and composition.
And a fine flower on top of that

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-06-13 12:47]

Hi Vandana,
this composition is wonderful, the flower looks like its filled with light and warmth nowonder it attracts the (fl) eyes.
Gorgeous lighting, the POV is fabulous and the shallow DOF works very well.
Sharpness, details and presentation are great.

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-06-13 13:14]

Beautiful composition and perfect presentation.
I also like the economy of colour in terms of using only the warm range of the spectrum.

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2007-06-13 13:21]

poetry of the flowers...so lovely to look at and colors are pleasing. TFS

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-06-13 14:26]

Hello Vandana
What a wonderful comp on this photo.. I really love the BG... as well as the very detailed flower and bee..


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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-06-13 14:37]

Beautiful work Vandana:) one flower sharp, one bug, frame - great picture:)

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  • HaBeMa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 33 N: 619] (3072)
  • [2007-06-13 16:09]

Hi dear Lady Vandana;this very nice and quality a macro,very hot color balance....

Hello Vandana,
amazing capture, composition, colours and still better presentation!
Just one question, did you blur the flowers on the background, or it is only due to shallow DOF?

ciao vandana,
great colors in this shot, well framed..
the detail of fly is perfect!
i like also the background,
well done!

Wow! That is one beautiful flower, Vandana! It's simply amazing...like a cake, or a button...impressive. Lovely colors, fabulous.
Kind regards,

most stunning photo here Vandana!

lovely composition, and great tones. splendid DOF, framing, and front colours.

Great detail.
Well done.
Shubh din!

Ha - these look like incoming flying saucers from fairy-land! Nice compo, great colors and details!

hi there, awesome point of view, wonderful looking flower and great depth of field and colors
well done
thanks scott

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2007-06-13 23:05]

Very nice pov! Love the colors and great buggy pic. TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2007-06-13 23:13]

Hello Vandana, very good macro very artistically done. A great piece of work, thanks !


Hello Vandana.
Congratulation with this perfect picture. Great jog.!
Spendid presentation too.
thanks, Jan

Hello Vandana,
A narrow catch... very well done!
And Nikon never let you down colour wise...
Beauty composition, anmazing details!
Pablo -

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-06-14 6:18]

Hi Vandana...
Excellent shot and compo, color and sharpness, well dan...
Rgd. George

Hi Vandana,
This doesn't only catch flies; also Green Barons :-) What a wonderful photo my dear, the lighting is perfect, the dark BG makes it an superb picture, with very warm colours. Razor sharp too! Great stuff the Nikon gear isn't it ;-)

Hi Vandana
First I thought a self portait ( looking at the lovely fly, hehehe) but its a fantastic flowershow again. You gat better and better Great and take care

Superb image Vandana! I really like it. You have a great idea on making one very sharp and the others very blured.

I love the contrasting colours with the bg.
cute litle bug on the petals.

Take care, Yan :)
ps: many thx of your critic on "Mother" :)

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2007-06-14 11:30]

hi Vandana..
Very great capture,interesting and beautiful view..nice feeling..
I like it..

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6117 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2007-06-14 14:37]

Hello Vandana

Beautiful visual, enchanting with such beauty and visual of his shot.
spleding color and sharpness.


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-06-14 16:25]

EXCELLENT....Very beautiful atmosphere in the picture Vandana, The formation is outstanding here, perfect details and an effect wonderful of the picture.
Best wishes.

Hello Vandana!
Great great great!!!
Really lovely composition!
Beautiful colours, focus, blur background and frame!
Looks perfect from my point of view!
Excellent done!

  • hay_kes Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4729 W: 555 N: 5696] (65535)
  • [2007-06-15 2:27]

Hi vandana,
What a stunning flower close-up.Good lighting, colours and frame.Well captured.TFS.


:) later

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2007-06-15 7:29]

Wow Vandana... what a neat image ;o). Excellent DoF, sharpness, beautiful colours too. Nice flowers indeed, the insect doesn't attract me but it's not disturbing either.
Well seen, well captured.

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  • lion Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 549 W: 64 N: 24] (5600)
  • [2007-06-15 13:21]

Excellent macro with fantastic ligght and focus.
Great work!!

Hi Vandana, great composition with splendid flowers, wonderful light and colors, elegant presentation, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-06-15 15:39]

Stunning DOF and beautiful colours. Lovely POV and framing as well.



Hello my friend Vandana,
In France, I think the name from this flower is : Helichrysum or Immortelle (Straw flower)in the sunflower family. Their flowers resemble daisies, arrived at the end of their flowering, they are cut and one puts them to dry the head towards the ground. They dry and make it possible to keep them in pretty bouquets for the winter. They have many colors except the blue one.
Is this the same thing for you? because I could mistake about it me while believing to recognize this flower.
Very good work and lovely colors.
my best regards

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  • kitka Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 71 N: 184] (2196)
  • [2007-06-16 2:29]

This is just beautiful! Poor beauty. I love the colour and excellent sharpness. I know this is often possible to read, but it is true! Nice portrait.
Thank you!
Best regards

Hi Vandana,
Excellent exposure and focus.Beautiful composition and colors.Good framing.well done.>TFS.

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-06-16 4:33]

very good macro Vandana. Good colour.
Gr Jos

Oh, I think everything is said before me :)
Simply wonderful, Vandana! Pure perfection! and that bee is the cherry on the cake :))

Nothing to add but perfect in every way!

Regards Mark :))

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  • SILVA Gold Star Critiquer [C: 321 W: 0 N: 0] (3917)
  • [2007-06-16 11:50]

wow..this is fantastic what a shot,,congratssssssss

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-06-16 14:54]

Hiii Vandana ;)
excellent...artistic...wonderful...my COMPLIMENTS...
J ;)

Wow pow wow Vandana, what an super good photo.
Realy something to print and hang in home. All ok there?
Bye and hug,

Hello Vandana

Lovely picture of one of the elements you like the most, flowers. These one reminds me of balerina dancing on a stage. Colours and background are fantastic. Well seen and captured.

Have a nice week, Sylvain

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  • lopa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 239 N: 849] (8975)
  • [2007-06-17 9:03]

Hi Vandana ,
EXCELLENT composition!!! Absolute Masterpiece!!
Excellent lighting, sharpness and great colors.
The composition is very good as well as the DOF.

Hi Vendana
Unusual shot. Congratulations.
Great colors and fantastic subject.
have a nice day
bye Aga

This has to be one of your best Vandana! I love the dark edges, accentuating the one flower with the bug! Very nice shot here!

Hi Vandana,

I don't believe there is much more to say, all previous comments have covered my feelings with this superb shot!

Je ne peux rien rajouter à tout ces commentaires élogieux ....
sauf Magnifique !!!!


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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2007-06-18 16:12]

Excellent composition, colors, details & blur background. Very well done.

Anjhello Scoring System:

Average: 3.00

1 point: Average < 1.99
2 points: Average > 2.00

Scoring System:
1 Good 2 Better 3 Best


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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2007-06-19 16:04]

Hello Vandana,
Excellent quality of the photograph. A very interesting picture.
Well done.

Wouaw, Vandana,
Superbe composition, avec de très belles couleurs de fond, et de biens beaux détails sur la fleur.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 435 W: 53 N: 58] (3371)
  • [2007-06-21 10:27]

hello Vandana

you have a very interesting group of pictures
I like this one : the composition is perfect with the flower in the foreground and the same flowers in background

very nice work



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  • LegaL Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 23 W: 2 N: 11] (1336)
  • [2007-06-21 15:55]

what a detail, wonderful. TFS
Best regards,

Wonderful Image... great use of shallow DOF

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-06-24 6:30]

Hi Vandana
I like your composition here. Especially with the sharp flower and the soft BG colours, and your framing..TFS

the composition here is beautiful vandana :)
perfect framing and depth
the position of each flower is just rite
the bee is a wonderful catch and adds a lot of reality to the image
excellent presentation

Tropicana Award


I love this macro!
Splendid constrast of black and yeloow!

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  • AJ786 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 743 W: 57 N: 1045] (6681)
  • [2007-06-26 10:13]

Hi Vandana,

GREAT DOF...........

RESULT: Im just speechless... :-)

ps: my top 3 favourite picture.



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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 11 N: 211] (3730)
  • [2007-06-28 4:23]

hi vandana;
great macro ..net one in front is very sharp and the flu ones made the photo deeper and meaningful..let us not forget about the mini cute be..tfs..

Saludos Vandana

wow simplemente extraordinario te felicito


Wow Vandana, this is so very beautiful!! Love the softness and the beautiful blended colors..TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " A Forsthia Pathway (28) :o)

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  • juta Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 20 N: 103] (1650)
  • [2007-07-06 7:13]

Hi Vandana :)
My first visit to your gallery,
What more can I say??excellent! Great DOF, POV and colours!:)TFS
Best regards,

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  • Ivan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 365 W: 110 N: 268] (3865)
  • [2007-07-09 7:41]

Hi Vandana,
A wonderful composition very well composed with sharp details and soft colours. I love your frame that put the photography in evidence. Very well seen and presented. TFS !
p.s. : Thanks for your comments on my post "Back to sea".

To say little ECCEZZIONALE as it your gallery is all... TFS!

Fantastic shot, Madame. The way it should be. At the same time, I'm a little bit sad, because only clichés came to my mind like wonderful POV, perfect DOF, awesome colours, tasteful frame... Do these help to improve Your skills?

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  • AKF Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 12 N: 62] (421)
  • [2007-07-24 9:10]

Great use of colors here. I like the black and the yellow, very interesting the way they interact with each other. Espeically because of the bee (is it a bee?)...the bee: black and yellow. Funny how it all comes together. All my respect for this photo, it is truly beautiful. That one word says it all, of course your title fits perfectly well too haha.


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1631 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-07-24 9:45]

Hello my dear...

Superb shot... love the colours, softness, sharpness and also the mood here, wonderful captured, very well presented... another great work of yours..:D TFS

Take care,

just here to turn off the BOLD

L8r, ;j.

Excelente desenfoque y muy buena composición. Me gusta los colores... Felicidades !!!!


süperrVery great capture,interesting and beautiful view...best regards from turkey

Fantastic! Very well composed, excellent sharpness and wonderful tones of the picture.
Great job!

Hi Vandana,

Fantastic picture... i shocked...
Now, you are one of my fovorite photographers.
Greetings from Turkey.

Hi Vandana,

Wow, wonderful! The detail is unbelievable, perfect exposure that allows us to see perfectly all the details, nice BG out of focus recalling the main subject.
I would like to give you at least 3 points ;).



Wow! This is so wonderful, Vandana! I like it a lot! Great focus and bokeh. Great colors and details. It is indeed an eye-catcher. Fantastic!
Cheers and happy holidays,
Freddie :)

Only: a perfect dream.
best regards

Hello Vandana

What a beaty, lovely colours and lighting with excellent DOF and framing.

TFS and for joining in the fun

Kind regards Smurfie

I can see why you picked this specialy with the note Vandan, it is a great effort you did here, good contribution to the theme.

Grtz Pim

this is absolutely fantastic
very beautiful and clear image, the colors are very vivid

This one is a master peace. Great macro art work. Excellent pp work. Good exposure control.

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