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Color A On Topic

Dripping Fire - Adam L Berry
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Brilliant detail. Luscious color. Great movement. The red color is delicious and sultry with that bit of yellow. The water droplets make it sparkle. The solid black background creates a lot of drama. The photo is so abstracted it doesn't immediately read as a flower--but that is ok.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color A On Topic

Sun dappled water lilies - Bill Down
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 98
Technique: 32 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Interesting use of light against dark background. The white lilies are stark and gorgeous against the nicely textured green lily pads and black background. The Rule of Thirds makes this composition work well.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color A On Topic

Gerbera - Julie S Johnson
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 97
Technique: 33 Impact: 31 Composition: 33
I love the texture. I love it even though it's not the pretty side of the Gerbera. Maybe that's why I love it. I love the contrast between the petals and stem. It has great color. Interesting composition. There is a lovely balance between the yellow, orange and green. The only critique would be to add a bit more flower at the bottom equal to the top.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color A On Topic

Nectar treat - Bill Down
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 96
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 30
The motion of the bee and wings is a very impactful element. Simple composition is really strong in this shot. Nice detail and light. Might add a bit of space at the top and crop some of the left to make the shot stronger. It's a bold statement.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color B On Topic

NEW LIFE - Steven Burgess
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Beautiful use of monotone with waterlily a small but impactful focal point thanks to the tree branch frame. All eyes move to it and the elements near it. Zen-like, wonderful composition. The contrast of calm water, tree bark textures and lily pads makes the image. Mystery lies under the water.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color B On Topic

Blood Lily with Sunset Bokeh - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 97
Technique: 32 Impact: 33 Composition: 32
Great texture of bloom against background. Appealing composition, though centered there is balance with the sunset and nestled nicely in the leaves. Left hand green textures balance right hand lack of texture and darkness. A tiny bit of the left could be cropped, but not much. Overall, a very pleasing shot.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color B On Topic

REACHING OUT - Steven Burgess
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 95
Technique: 32 Impact: 30 Composition: 33
Great movement in the stamen and petals. I wish there was separation in color to make the filaments lighter against the yellow petals instating of matching. That would lead the eye deeper into the flower center. The macro image gives interest with the small black background shapes enough for contrast and depth.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color B On Topic

Midnight Light - G Daniels
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 92
Technique: 29 Impact: 33 Composition: 30
Nice composition with subtle green leaves supporting the bloom. My design teachers would say to guard against being too "bitty" with those, but I like how they come out of the darkness and support the title and the focal point. They are like whispers in the night. The light on the flower is dramatic. Even the color of the stem is pleasing and provides a contrast to the flower texture. Flower does need to be crisper (sharper) with more depth of field.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Color B On Topic

Blue and Yellow - Tom Murray
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 93
Technique: 31 Impact: 31 Composition: 31
Pretty flower with nice light on petals. Background colors in water accent the focal point well. the stems on either side subtly add movement through the shot from left to right. Water reflections are a soft addition adding interest In this case, the background is interesting enough to be important yet not overpower the flower.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono A On Topic

LIGHT, LINES, AND SHADOWS - Kathy Buckard
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 97
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
Light on the bloom is interesting and is a strong contrast to the background. There is enough interest in the flower so that the solid black background does not overpower it. Could be sharper filaments at the center and it is cropped just a bit too much on the right side. Otherwise, an intriguing photo.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono A On Topic

Pristine - Bill Down
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 96
Technique: 32 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
Dramatic Image with good shadows. Nice balance of black and white. Very starkly simple. I wouldn't mind a little more detail in petals. And always crop dead on if you put something in the center.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono A On Topic

Plumbago my Moonlight - Thomas E Hughes
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 95
Technique: 30 Impact: 33 Composition: 32
Nice use of monotone that still captures actual flower color. Background has enough interest in subtle leaves and black areas to not overpower image. The light on the plumbago is well done. Maybe a little tighter crop would be my only suggestion.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono A On Topic

Tulips for My Girl - Thomas E Hughes
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 94
Technique: 32 Impact: 29 Composition: 33
Nicely composed with image surrounded by textural background. The vase, leaves and stems draw the eye up to the sharply defined tulips. A very professional-looking image.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono B On Topic

Beauty and The Beast - Joan V Smith
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Its interesting because of the texture, the line-up of blooms, the composition. The center bloom has a perfect support from the spiny leaf behind it. There's great contrast. The wiggly movement of all the stems (or peduncles) makes this image. I'm missing some darker contrast that could be added just by having a little more black in the shadows. Might make it even more provocative. Great shot.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono B On Topic

My Lily of Pickford - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Including three blooms creates a pleasing composition. The background does not overpower the main image and causes curvy movement, drawing the eye through the image. The balance of the flower placement is interesting. Imagine if the flower was just placed in the center. Static! There needs to be one tiny adjustment at the top--either crop a bit more or show more petal. Just a bit too tense as is.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono B On Topic

Backlit - G Daniels
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 98
Technique: 33 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
Great contrast and use of light. The stamen is a neat center of interest and the flowers textures and shadows lead the eye right there. The background is interesting with solid areas and patterned areas--supporting the main image nicely. Right corner could be a bit darker for more tonal separation between the flower and background--but not much.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono B On Topic

Imagine That - Joan V Smith
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 97
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
Here is a "wow" photo. It has interest in its unusualness, texture, great contrast, and balance. The minimal black background gives this magnificent bloom the attention it deserves.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono B On Topic

STRANGE ONE - Steven Burgess
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 95
Technique: 31 Impact: 33 Composition: 31
It is aptly named a "Strange One." There's nice movement in the different parts of the flower, in the stamen, the shape of the leaves, the angle. The textures are appealing against the background. The light hits the bloom in ways that add strange shadows--causing more interest. Nice.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Mono B On Topic

Peony Bliss - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 96
Technique: 31 Impact: 32 Composition: 33
The image is strong enough to be framed large on a wall. The flowers point in 2 directions, providing movement. There are obviously other flowers hanging around in the background, but just there doing the job of supporting the two main elements. Its cropped perfectly and the range of tones are appealing. While any composition with only two elements usually has poor balance--look at this photo and see what you think. I think its composed beautifully.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Novice On Topic

Cindy's Purple Passion - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 94
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 28
The passionflower looks like an alien. I love the textures, the colors, the light. Nice use of leaves in the background as they share space with darker shadows. I'd crop a bit on the right or better yet, move the left over to add more space there so its truly centered.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Novice On Topic

Water Lily - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 93
Technique: 33 Impact: 30 Composition: 30
Lovely light on the lily makes interesting shadows. The background has enough activity with leaves and shadows to make an average shot above average.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Novice On Topic

Sunflowers and friends - Judy A Vaughn
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 91
Technique: 29 Impact: 33 Composition: 29
The light highlights the beautiful color of the flower as well as the green bud at bottom. Nice texture surrounding the main focal point. Other flowers add interest. In this case the underside of the background flowers add interest because they are not the focal point and add texture. The off-center crop helps the shot but I might like to see the bees highlighted with more light or sharpness.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Open Topic

DEADWOOD - Steven Burgess
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 99
Technique: 33 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Dramatic composition. Nice use of tonal range adds to drama with dark reflections framing the downed tree. A great image.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Open Topic

The Adventure Begins - Jerry Wieland
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 97
Technique: 31 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Lovely concept. The kayakers are a good focal point with the ramp and the fence drawing the eye to them and beyond onto the river. The water is nicely framed by the surrounding greenery. Even the reflections on the water move the viewer forward. A bit less ramp might make it perfect.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Open Topic

Shadows Cast - Joan V Smith
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 96
Technique: 32 Impact: 31 Composition: 33
Strong composition draws the eye forward to the doorway at the end of the colonnade. The shadows add interest and texture. The repeating patterns of trees and arches make the shot. The red bench is a great visual focal point to start the trip down the walkway. I wish it could be redder.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Open Topic

Balloon Rally - Tom Murray
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 95
Technique: 32 Impact: 32 Composition: 31
Very captivating and great design. The black negative space is a strong part of the image and quite a contrast from the colors of the balloon. The subtle dark grid leads directly to the circular focal point as do the colorful stripes.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103

Open Topic

Just Practice - Joan C Dias
Judge: pam gardener Total Score: 94
Technique: 28 Impact: 33 Composition: 33
Intriguing positive and negative space because of the size and placement of the image. The background supports the horse and rider. The tonal range is impactful and makes the horse and rider a strong focus.

September 2019 - Flowers - 9/6/2019- CID:103