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Challenge: Bokeh VIII (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 50mm f/2.0 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Uden, The Netherlands
Date: Aug 11, 2013
Aperture: f2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4000s
Date Uploaded: Aug 11, 2013

Well I'll be danged, still finished on the front page but many people commented about the flower that they feel is too centered and therefore they gave less score for that.
But please do tell how I could have off-centered the flower without cutting of part of the lovely leaves on either the left or the right side. That my friends is quite impossible. Had it been just the flower without any leaves I would have off centered it. This is the way I photographed the image and I left no room for any cropping on either side nor top or bottom as I photographed from very close-up to get maximum detail. That is why I always say...the rules are there to be broken in some cases such as this one. Our minds have unfortunately been conditioned to observe the rules without questioning, not only in photography but also in many other areas of life.

Place: 8 out of 88
Avg (all users): 6.3820
Avg (commenters): 6.8571
Avg (participants): 6.0244
Avg (non-participants): 6.6875
Views since voting: 809
Views during voting: 219
Votes: 89
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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08/19/2013 10:32:19 AM
Love the processing Fred; good finish.
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08/19/2013 01:40:45 AM
well what do you know it went up see!!

I gave you a 7, would of been higher if it wasn't so centered

Message edited by author 2013-08-19 01:41:10.
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08/19/2013 01:19:00 AM
WD on the TT. I know you often don't care for rules and that they should be broken but I felt that it could have done with a slight off centre composition (explanation at end). Still a beautiful image well photographed and PP. Congrats.
For me the central composition works best for florals in portrait orientation. In this challenge the bokeh was the primary theme, and for me an off centre flower had NOTHING to do with rules of thirds and scripted formulae photography but more to do with the fact that the challenge was ABOUT the bokeh. The central composition took away from that theme, the central flower overpowered the bokeh. If this was how you composed the image in camera and it is uncropped then you had little room for crop, but you could have composed the image such that there was more bokeh (ROT) or equal bokeh/equal subject matter. Even if you left the flower central but had more bokeh, the challenge topic, then I would have been less likely to give you the 6 I did, and given you at least a 7, with maybe a bump to 8 as I often do for images I really liked.

Message edited by author 2013-08-20 07:54:51.
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08/19/2013 12:23:08 AM
Congrats on the tt, Fred!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/18/2013 10:41:51 PM
quite pleasing.
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08/18/2013 07:37:46 PM
clear as a bell.. wonderful bg.
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08/17/2013 02:24:12 AM
Great light, great BG, sharp, even exposure, too central in frame.
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08/13/2013 09:55:38 PM
It's difficult to not like a good picture of a sunflower.
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08/12/2013 03:55:18 PM
Nice pic. Would like the flower to the left a little.
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08/12/2013 02:24:51 PM
The flower really pops of that nice beige boken.
Well done.
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08/12/2013 06:17:09 AM
The high level of sharpness against the bokeh is just terrific and gives this a multi dimensional feel. Well done very pretty. Trust this is doing well for you?
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08/12/2013 01:18:23 AM
The vaguely greenish tinge in the yellow is a bit offputing in this otherwise, beautiful capture
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