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Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2006

-opened in raw
-crop
-levels,curves and selective color
-usm
-resize,border

this was set up on a table in my study. I hung a piece of blue paper from a pvc frame (about 10 ft from camera), poked 5 holes in the paper with a pin for the "sun" and single holes below that for the "reflection" then shined gold flood lights from the back through the pin holes. There was a black "mountain range" hung about 6 inches in front of the blue paper and another gold light shining on the left uper corner of the blue paper. I placed a piece of glass with ripples about 2 feet in front of the lower 2/3s of the paper so the lower bokeh lights appeared like a reflection. I shined a flashlight on the glass to get sparkles in the glass to make the smaller white bokeh in the front lower section. The out of focus cattail leaves were a few inches in front of the glass and the in-focus cattail was about 2 feet in front of the glass. Again, tha nk you for all of the kind comments and special thanks to my brother Steve, (pointandshoot) who has taught me almost everything I know about photography and thanks to my sister Marjory (aberration) for all of her encouragment and support in this hobby.
Here is a a picture of the setup although it is so busy I hope it can still be of interest.

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 432
Avg (all users): 7.1213
Avg (commenters): 8.1613
Avg (participants): 7.1716
Avg (non-participants): 7.0725
Views since voting: 10823
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 272
Comments: 88
Favorites: 38 (view)


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11/30/2010 11:00:31 PM
looks so convincing. wow.
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10/06/2006 10:52:50 PM
Wow! This is soo cool! Great shot!
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07/28/2006 05:02:13 AM
Great shot... clarity is beautiful.... the edit is because I thought it was a real scene as well... take that Pixar, Disney and LucasFilm - this puts them all to shame!

Message edited by author 2006-07-28 05:03:39.
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07/05/2006 10:21:03 PM
WOOOOWWW I totally thought it was a real scene! Absolutly amazing!

Message edited by author 2006-07-05 22:21:18.
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07/04/2006 05:43:21 PM
Wow! You sure had me fooled. I thought it was a natural nature scene! Good job!
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07/02/2006 06:08:31 PM
Great picture! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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06/30/2006 07:52:27 PM
Congratulations on your second ribbon. Incredible set up! I love getting totally fooled.
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06/30/2006 02:34:38 PM
Wow Amazing setup! I believed this was a real landscape!
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06/29/2006 03:11:03 PM
You had some stiff opposition here, so a worthy ribbon.
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06/29/2006 09:25:14 AM
congrats on the red!
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06/29/2006 05:24:12 AM
Great work! Congratulations!
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06/29/2006 04:34:32 AM
So beautiful...looks so real...takes a bit of the magic away knowing the secret...wish I didn't know...but well done all the same...a good photo is a good photo
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06/28/2006 11:05:44 PM
Most clever setup I've ever read about... outstanding. Not many could pull off a landscape on their desk.
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06/28/2006 08:03:53 PM
wow...thanks for sharing how you did this as it looks like you shot it on a balmy night near the Nile River!!! you put a great deal of effort into the shot and deserve the ribbon
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06/28/2006 06:34:36 PM
I think this is absolutely beautiful!!!!
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06/28/2006 06:28:42 PM
great idea and execution.
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06/28/2006 06:27:16 PM
wow. i loved this image before i knew how it was done, but after reading the set-up i'm simply amazed. didn't see that coming at all! congrats on your ribon...beautiful image!!
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06/28/2006 06:02:54 PM
no offense to the winner but I like yours better...congrats...
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06/28/2006 05:57:48 PM
Enjoyable to view, well done!
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06/28/2006 04:09:59 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon with this beautifully executed shot! Fantastic Work!
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06/28/2006 03:52:32 PM
ahaha
thats awesome
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06/28/2006 03:49:16 PM
Very creative, well deserved ribon! Congrats!
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06/28/2006 03:06:20 PM
Beautifully done... congrats on a great image!
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06/28/2006 02:25:49 PM
Wow, amazing setup. Very clever, demonstrates great know-how of techniques. I completely didn't expect to see that. Thanks for sharing the setup.
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06/28/2006 02:16:56 PM
Wow! congrats on a great shot!
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06/28/2006 02:09:32 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Great setup!
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06/28/2006 01:27:01 PM
This truly deserved to ribbon! You were very creative with the setup :)
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06/28/2006 01:02:15 PM
Great job with the setup! very creative. My favorite non bird/bug shot of the challenge.
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06/28/2006 01:02:04 PM
Oh, fantastic. This was one of my top-scorers anyway, and now that I see the setup and all, I'm just amazed! Congrats on ribbon!
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06/28/2006 10:50:11 AM
fantastic illusion and work ... congratulations !
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06/28/2006 10:28:15 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon!

My first thought when this photo came up during voting was, "This is going to win." My second thought was, "I wish I had taken this."

Beautiful work Marla! You get a standing ovation with whistling from me. :D

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06/28/2006 10:18:36 AM
Holy crud! You did a lot of work to create this image! Congrats on the ribbon! I'm amazed how people come up with these kinds of ideas... Wow.
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06/28/2006 10:12:02 AM
Congratulations on your 2nd place finish! This is a really cool and visually interesting shot. Love the color tones.
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06/28/2006 09:50:00 AM
would love to see set up shots for this, if you have them available.
great image.
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06/28/2006 08:01:02 AM
Etymologically, as I'm sure you know, photography means 'drawing with light'. After reading the description of your set up here, I just have to say that you're a photographer. Congrats.
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06/28/2006 07:52:21 AM
Wow. Amazingly creative setup. Congratulations!
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06/28/2006 07:37:04 AM
Super work, and a creative way of getting there. Keep your family support and you'll succeed time and time again. Nice job!
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06/28/2006 06:38:18 AM
Wow - what effort!! Great job, and congrats on the ribbon! You do fine work - nice to see it recognized on the front page.
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06/28/2006 06:15:32 AM
Great Shot,all of your obvious hard work paid off.
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06/28/2006 05:48:26 AM
congratulations! you achieved bokeh in the true definition of the term.
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06/28/2006 05:30:29 AM
Beautiful..and quite a setup too! Any chance you have a picture of the setup to share with all of us? Congrats on a well deserved ribbon! :)
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06/28/2006 05:18:24 AM
Congrats!
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06/28/2006 02:38:45 AM
congrats
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06/28/2006 02:20:41 AM
I like this one a lot. Great composition, lighting and colours. Great foreground subject and a nice background in the Bokeh. Well done and congrats on the RED.
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06/28/2006 02:07:15 AM
very good, congrats.
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06/28/2006 01:41:22 AM
Even more impressive, knowing what went into creating it. This shows how great a knowledge you have of the technical aspects as well as the aesthetic. Congrats :)
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06/28/2006 01:40:10 AM
Congratulations, love the lighting and bokeh on this one.
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06/28/2006 12:39:23 AM
This is so beautiful! And so deserving of a ribbon! Congratulations on a truly fantastic photo!!
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06/28/2006 12:37:01 AM
My favorite of the challenge. This was an incredible amount of work and skill to get a beautiful shot.
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06/28/2006 12:31:52 AM
Congratulations Marla on an excellent shot...you should do really well in the flower challenge as you do them really well...this really captured the whole BOKEH thing well...from the guy next to you in third place!
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06/28/2006 12:29:32 AM
Congrats on your Red.
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06/28/2006 12:28:12 AM
Congratulations, Marla! Fantastic work of art. My favorite.
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06/28/2006 12:24:46 AM
Wow. Beautiful. Another winner I didn't even see ...
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06/28/2006 12:12:49 AM
Congratulations! I showed this to my wife while voting--gave it a 10. I really like the composition, colors and reflection on the water.

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 00:13:48.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 10:17:00 PM
This made me say...WOW! Beautiful, this will be one of my tops!
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06/27/2006 08:36:59 PM
Incredible composition, and colour. Your use of bokeh to enhance the subject is terrific. One of my favourites of the challenge.
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06/27/2006 07:32:19 PM
Fine art! Best in the challenge so far! (10)
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06/27/2006 02:42:26 AM
VERY NICE!
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06/25/2006 10:29:16 PM
You might have a ribbon with this. I like the composition, the color and the bokeh. Awsome.
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06/25/2006 09:40:00 PM
i really enjoy this photo, it really is beautiful
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06/25/2006 03:18:55 AM
Very beautiful. I hope this one does really well for you.
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06/25/2006 12:58:34 AM
Very well done bokeh.
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06/24/2006 05:47:10 PM
great lighting
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06/24/2006 11:14:22 AM
Wonderful everything - lighting, colors, focus. Great!
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06/24/2006 11:06:46 AM
Beautiful colors
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06/23/2006 02:39:23 PM
Great photo. I like how the bokeh continues from the sun to the reflections on the water. Well done!
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06/23/2006 11:50:50 AM
This image jumps out at you. Nice take on the challenge.
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06/23/2006 10:11:43 AM
Beautiful image. This one really works for me. The focus is tack sharp. The lighting is suberb. The bokeh adds all of the mood to the photo. Great job 10.
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06/23/2006 09:19:12 AM
Intense post-processing, the colours do not look natural at all. Otherwise, the bokeh is good. 5
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06/23/2006 06:38:14 AM
Strong composition
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06/23/2006 03:39:51 AM
Excellent shot!
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06/23/2006 12:13:04 AM
real nice love to know about the lightin on this one
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06/22/2006 04:10:27 PM
beautiful shot - is this for real? it looks so perfect - nice composition you've got going here! Talk about aligning the stars! This is part of what bokeh's all about I think!
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06/22/2006 04:07:52 PM
superb lighting and near perfect bokeh! Great shot!
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06/22/2006 01:56:39 PM
This is really pretty! Has to be one of the tops in this challenge. Striking colors and composition, and that bokeh light and blur are just stunning! Fantastic job!
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06/22/2006 09:29:26 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 9 on this shot. Lovely vibrant colors, crisp detail, nice subject and bokeh.
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06/22/2006 04:25:38 AM
Now this is a greate picture. The bokeh is a bit strange but that is just how lenses are.
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06/21/2006 11:12:36 PM
Ah ha, this is really cool. Love the composition. Great eyes!!!
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06/21/2006 08:57:04 PM
Beautiful and serene. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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06/21/2006 06:01:38 PM
Finally someone who has a plant shot - and its not just DOF !
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06/21/2006 05:46:08 PM
Quite remarkable really. Hope this is not a computer screen behind though. I am giving you the benefit of the doubt. It's so perfect. 8.
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06/21/2006 05:45:12 PM
very very nice , good luck with it
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06/21/2006 01:41:04 PM
Too busy, but colors and light are very interesting.
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06/21/2006 08:30:37 AM
this is nice. interested in your lighting of the foreground. almost looks like two different scenes.
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06/21/2006 07:34:08 AM
I really think this suits the challenge, and love the autumn colortones.....
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06/21/2006 02:18:40 AM
Beautiful! What lighting is used ... look forward to see exposure details
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06/21/2006 12:49:40 AM
This is very nice! I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see this get a ribbon. Well done!
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06/21/2006 12:28:12 AM
Beautiful evening light. Very pleasing photo with strong bokeh. 10.
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