POLL: The “Cup of Flowers” decision

Here’s my problem.  I’m trying my best to create this awesome “Cup of Flowers” photo for competition season.  I’ve swapped out mugs, I’ve swapped out flowers, I’ve tried different alignments and exposures.

And I can’t decide which one to keep.  I can’t enter all of them in competition, I have to narrow down my field.

So I need your help in this, loyal blog readers.  No, I’m not going to ask you who should be President, or who will win the World Series this year.  This is a tougher choice.

Here are my three “Cup of Flowers” photos that I feel are strong enough to enter Competition Season 2016.  I want to hear from you.  Which one would you vote for if you were a judge?  Which one would be the best to submit in competition?

Let’s start with the first one.

AN EARTHEN CUP OF FLOWERS

A Cup of Flower 8x10
An Earthen Cup of Flowers. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1:35 macro lens, ISO 100, 1 minute exposure. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Second one.

A SALTY CUP OF FLOWERS

A Salty Cup of Flower. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1:35 macro lens, ISO 100, 1 minute exposure. Photo by Chuck Miller.
A Salty Cup of Flowers. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm f/1:35 macro lens, ISO 100, 1 minute exposure. Photo by Chuck Miller.

And now my third endeavor, which involved another trip to Hewitt’s and some more pansies who gave their lives for photographic immortality…

A STRIPED CUP OF FLOWERS

A Striped Cup of Flowers. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor micro 55mm lens. Photo by Chuck Miller.
A Striped Cup of Flowers. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor micro 55mm lens, three images combined in HDR capture. Photo by Chuck Miller.

Now here’s my issue.  I have limited availability, I can’t enter all three pictures in the same competition.  I could enter all of these in different shows, though… but I think that my creative eye needs some outside advice.

Okay, my blogging readers, this is where I ask for your help.  If you had the choice, which one of these “cup of flowers” pictures do you think would have the best results in competition?   And after you pick, let me know in the comments section why you chose that specific image and why you thought, of the three available, that it was the best choice.

Trust me.  I can’t have every photo be a cross-processed flip-loaded expired splitfilm shot…

Sometimes I have to explore the natural side.

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