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For RonnieAG and all the other brave souls who dare to break the rules!

I’m really rather fond of imperfection,
Rusty stuff and things beyond their prime,
Stuff that’s gone way past the point of perfect
Showing evidence of life and use and time.

That flake of rust, that curled up, drying petal,
That wrinkled face, that figure past it’s best,
That dog with the soft eye and greying muzzle,
All of them pass the ‘been around here’ test.

There’s charm and history within a ruin,
The antique dresser’s dents all testify
To lives and loves well lived within its lifespan,
Beneath the old cracked mirror’s seeing eye.

Perfection is a mite intimidating,
An aspiration very few achieve,
That leaves us with an awful sense of failure,
Perfection’s quite destructive I believe.

So let’s stop striving to achieve perfection,
And make imperfect quite respectable,
Lets celebrate the worn out and the damaged,
That way we’ll make the norm acceptable.

© Lynne Joyce 26.01.2013

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:various canon lenses
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:1 Jun 2013 - 2:39 PM
Title:Perfect Imperfection
Username:LynneJoyce LynneJoyce
Uploaded:11 Jun 2013 - 8:39 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Pets / captive animals
Votes:78
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 8:52 PM

No 7 should be uploaded on its own, it is beautiful............but it is lost amongst all the others, quite a few deserve to be on their own...............IMHO........SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 8:54 PM

Lynne -- what a fantastic series. Each of these would be a great solo upload. I'm loving them all.
-=\Walter

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 8:59 PM

I like some of your irregular plants-- sports if you will,

a grand collection of imperfections-- all working together with your title!

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:00 PM

Wow Lynne, what a brilliant series and what beautiful words to go with them. Superb.

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Bufpuf2009
Bufpuf2009 e2 Member 4Bufpuf2009 vcard United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 - 9:07 PM

Lovely set Lynne, great composition on all.
V7 is a favourite

Buffy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:10 PM

There is still beauty there although most are past their prime: I agree with Julia re. V 7 and the other favourites for me are V 5 and 11.
And what a selection to serve up all at once.
Ronnie.

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2013 - 9:13 PM

Absolutely superb collection.. in particular the two buttercup shots... staggering, havn't seen better of this flower....

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:18 PM


Quote: No 7 should be uploaded on its own, it is beautiful............but it is lost amongst all the others, quite a few deserve to be on their own...............IMHO........SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Thought provoking words, yes we all strive for perfection, but to what avail.........great set of images.........

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:35 PM

All are excellently presented and I think all could equally stand alone.

Tish

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:54 PM

Lynne these are all special, this is a fantastic series and obviously took lots of time to do a special presentation like this, absolutely ingenious ..John

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:55 PM

Dam I don't have a UA Lynne sorry. But if I had it would be yours.....John

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PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 9:58 PM

Absolutely beautiful and I love the poem!SmileSmileSmile

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 10:15 PM

This is a stunning series of 'perfect ' Imperfection!!

Tremndous work!! So many could stand alone!! Super!!

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 10:29 PM

Plus perfect, present indicative, Lynne, but I fear it's making you a bit tense GrinGrin

Dave

(ps... love those buttercups Smile)

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jun 2013 - 10:49 PM

First let me congratulate you on your poetry and the truth of your words.
I'll be the first to admit that I'll clone out a non quite perfect part in a flower
or overhanging branch 'spoiling' an image and here you've shown us imperfect flowers
but with perfect presentations nonetheless!
V7 works so well, but I wouldn't have seen that for myself.
I love V8 with that quirky frame. V9 is a good example of not tryin gtoo hard to find a 'suitable' vase
and in V12 I'm still looking for imperfection!!!!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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gwynn56
gwynn56  261 forum posts England
11 Jun 2013 - 10:52 PM

nice series

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GarrathE
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11 Jun 2013 - 10:57 PM

V8 & 10 for me as these are very different borders for you.

Last Modified By GarrathE at 11 Jun 2013 - 10:57 PM

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 12:42 AM

10 and 11 and the first one for me, v8 is also very well presented. Well actually it is the poem that gets the UA Tongue no i just can't decide SmileSmileSmile

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achieverswales
12 Jun 2013 - 1:01 AM

Wonderful set Lynne and all worthy of their own upload but V12 stands out for me.


Regards

Trev.

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jaktis
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12 Jun 2013 - 5:36 AM

The pose in v2 is special, a great set of images

Peter

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 5:49 AM

A stunning set of images, Lynne, and wonderful words, superb work. Carol

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
12 Jun 2013 - 5:57 AM

How can one pick a favourite here Smile Excellent photos Lynn - perfect in every way Smile As far as I know we do not have these buttercup flowers in South Africa - I have never seen them before - just love the white with tinges of yellow Smile

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pks
pks  10 England
12 Jun 2013 - 7:19 AM

lovely i like v1 the best

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:23 AM

Hi Lynne sorry I did not have a UA yesterday. I could not sleep until I made this right, I hope you dont mind. Your set was outstanding, Regards...John

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:43 AM

How very true your words are, a superb collection Lynne and thanks for sharing.

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:48 AM

But whose rules????????
A great set yet again....
No favourites

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 7:48 AM

There is a wealth of philosophy here, Lynne, and it has a strong appeal.
If you want me to choose a favourite I'll go for V5, which has other connotations of course.
W.S. Gilbert dealt with the subject in a lighter vein, in the duet between Ko-Ko and Katisha in The Mikado and elsewhere: people take some convincing but they cotton on in the end.
Lots to think about; superbly done.
Regards
Bill

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AnnChown
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12 Jun 2013 - 8:02 AM

Oh how I agree Lynne but I could never put it so eloquently, let alone in poetry. I love to photograph botanical grot - your words once to one of mine I think! Superb work and if I had to choose, I'd go for v7.
Ann

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12 Jun 2013 - 8:48 AM

Well written words of wisdom, Lynne!
A veritable feast of photographic images, all thoughtfully arranged and well taken.
They are to be looked at, enjoyed and learnt from.

Richard

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JohnChambersPhotography

It's a Wow, or should I say all those are wows, Lynne you have outdone yourself today what a brilliant set of shots and what beautiful words to go with them, I have only one to say. SUPERB. Congrats on the awards with many more to come I feel.

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 11:42 AM

A wonderful set, I'm not going to pick any one, because they are all equally beautiful! Great work.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 11:55 AM

I agree with your sentiments entirely Lynne.We live in a far from perfect world so why should we strive for perfection in our pics ?
I have a little theory that after spending most of my working life in the steel engineering industry,everything had to be PERFECT and with no tolerance for error.Now that I am retired,perhaps I am rebelling with my liking for all things rusty,grotty and imperfect !! And as for rules ?Well,--I certainly think they are made to be broken !!
Long live the revolution !!
Mick.

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digital_boi
12 Jun 2013 - 11:56 AM

fine work Lynne and a lots of it V7 stands out for me

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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12 Jun 2013 - 12:30 PM

I think some of the words in that poem could relate to me! Wink A superb set, Lynne, and I'm with the above, and really like V7. But the whole collection deserves my UA...Smile
Trev Smile

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12 Jun 2013 - 4:21 PM

You do spoil us with all these wonderful images, thank you Lynne.
Brian

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12 Jun 2013 - 5:56 PM

What a great find and title for V1 Lynne, heading up this fine set, well done.

John Smile

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12 Jun 2013 - 7:02 PM

Amazing stuff !!!!

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2013 - 8:02 PM

V3 is my choice, I enjoyed reading your prose and have enjoyed viewing the set

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13 Jun 2013 - 4:21 AM

Brilliant set of images Lynn!!!! I love all of them! And I quite agree with you .... we too often overlook the exquisite beauty in things from "the test of time" I wish I could give a UA for each image! suberb job!
Brenda Smile

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RajaSidambaram
13 Jun 2013 - 6:16 AM

Astounding floral presentation, Lynne. No one can ask for better clarity. I feel they are right on my desk top. - Raja.

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14 Jun 2013 - 1:37 PM

I love this collection. And beginning and ending with those beautiful buttercup shots too Smile

I too love what's often looked at as imperfection and Joline told me of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi which I fully embrace.

Andrew

PS Ooo...not just the shot but I LOVE the frame you used in V8!

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17 Jun 2013 - 12:48 PM

Brilliant set of images lynne - like them all very well taken and presented -very well done.....GrinGrinGrin

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bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2013 - 5:27 AM

Brilliant set Lynne and who decides what is perfection ???SmileSmileSmile Keep up the good work.
Rob

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18 Jun 2013 - 5:00 PM

Wonderful set of images, so well presented + great imperfection poem to bootGrin
Regards Brian

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22 Jun 2013 - 10:07 AM

15 votes from me. Sad

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gallero
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24 Jun 2013 - 2:58 PM

Un trabajo maravilloso. me gusta el titulo.

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25 Jun 2013 - 1:21 PM

A brilliant set, yet again. Love V1. Ann.

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28 Jun 2013 - 11:22 PM

Fifteen fabulous images Lynne and a fine poem to accompany them, worth a vote for that alone

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
10 Jul 2013 - 12:16 PM

Today, I have carefully reviewed your gallery ... I'll be brief: Bravo! ...and thanks for sharingSmile
Regards Valery

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eagle1955
eagle1955  1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2013 - 1:10 PM

a very nice piture of flowers great lighting and love the framing perfect

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Chinga
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17 Jul 2013 - 1:41 AM

Wonderful images, great title!
Favorites: V1, V3, V7, V15 Grin
IB

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stephens55
19 Jul 2013 - 9:19 AM

Only just looked at this collection. Great title and images, super presentation. Nice work

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powderpuff
30 Jul 2013 - 10:06 AM

Hello, I see some people only take birds or butter flies but you take lots of things, hope I can be like that! this is very nice and I agree with what you say! hope to learn, Camellia.Grin

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18 Aug 2013 - 2:58 AM

You are wonderful in composition with great processing and all fifteen are excellent. It's very hard to make a choice. Excellent work well done Lynne.
WesternRed.

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