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  #201 Break the Rules
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Rule of thirds?......Never heard of it!       ©2018 A.N.Other
Fujifilm FinePix S100FS       2nd place, 136 points
1/13s, f4.2, ISO 100, 154mm, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Focus stacked the 3 lots of 13 photos using Zerene Stacker.
Combined the exposures of the 3 photos using Photomatix Essentials.
Cropped slightly.
Nik collection - Color Efex Pro 4 - Contrast Colour Range.
Dodge and burn.
Clone tool.
Saturation tool (up and down).
      Extra Info: Alternative title - The lion roared.

I broke the biggest rule of photography with this photo - The Rule of Thirds (the only one that's actually called a 'rule'!).

Also many people would consider this photo over sharpened and over saturated though it turned out just the way I visualised it before I started and I'm quite pleased with the result :-).

As the dandelion seed head was quite small and I wanted it in focus from front to back, I had to take 13 photos at different focal points due to limited depth of field with the aperture set as large as possible to minimise loss of sharpness due to diffraction.

As the brightness range of the dandelion was quite wide and I was shooting using Jpegs, I took 3 sets of each of the 13 different focal points. One set was taken at the correct exposure, one set a stop over exposed and one set a stop under exposed.

These 39 photos were then combined in different ways to get a base photo ready for normal post processing.
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Jun 5, 2018
    Congratulations. Great result from all your work.

Jun 5, 2018
    Thank you all so much for the congrats :-) . It was quite close in the end. A fun yet challenging challenge.

Jun 5, 2018
    Congratulations. Your use of selective desaturation was very effective and well applied. Great photo.

Jun 5, 2018
    Congrats Neil, You were well rewarded for all your work with a beautiful photo and a high finish.

Jun 5, 2018
    Congratulations Neil - what a fantastic shot!

Jun 4, 2018
    Yay, centring an image placed first and second, well done.
Not really a crime ;)

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Jun 4, 2018
    Incredible shot - a tribute to your patience and skill.

Jun 4, 2018
    Thank you ever so much for the wonderful comments all.

I apologise to those of you who don't consider it breaking the Rule of Thirds. I didn't realise it had a 'corollary'! ;-) . I should look into these things more thoroughly before setting out on these endeavours :-) .
Edited on Jun 4, 2018

Jun 4, 2018
    Very well broken! Amazing detail. The skill and dedication here leeks a good clue to the artist :-) Kudos.

Jun 3, 2018
    if you broke any rule here, it's good that you did. Demonstrates again how rules are often arbitrary and artistically confining

Jun 3, 2018
    Marvelous - who cares about rules? Outstanding sharpness and colors.

Jun 3, 2018
    The broken rule, centering the subject, not only works well but also is almost a "must have" here - really well done. And hats off for the impressive work you did to set this image. Yeah, it's over sharpened, but who cares? looks like microscopic photography, truly impressive :)
Just my top 2 because I loved another pic, but I won't be surprised at all if yours is the #1 after the voting - great job!!

Old Finn
Jun 3, 2018
    Rule of thirds would not have made this picture better.

Jun 3, 2018
    A lot of work, a beautiful result. This is an ideal subject foe a centred composition. High in my faves.

Jun 3, 2018
    I think that square photos and a radiating subject are legitimate and do not break any rules. I appreciate the work you have put into it.

Jun 2, 2018
    The Rule of Thirds should have as a corollary that it does not apply to a mainly symmetrical subject. Hence, there would be no rule broken here. Very nicely done (though I might consider darkening the lower left corner to match the others).

Jun 2, 2018
    Of all rules to break I think centering an image is the least of crimes. Well done, great detail in this image.

Jun 1, 2018
    I think this subject is often placed in the center so I don't really feel that it is breaking the rules, but I have to give it a high score for it's pure quality of the image.

Jun 1, 2018
    Thanks very much :-) . Yeah, that annoyed me too. Maybe I could have stretched it a bit that direction. I'll give it a go.
Edited on Jun 4, 2018

May 31, 2018
    Great image and well conceived. Amazing sharpness. A lot of work I know as I have fiddled a little with focus stacking. A lot of patience and experimentation are required. The near perfect symmetry is slightly affected by the empty lower right corner.
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