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Challenge: Zippers (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Rubbish stuff
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Date: Sep 7, 2014
Aperture: f/1.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2014

A surprising ribbon!

There were a couple of comments about the blur - this is kind of straight out of the lens blur. This lens at minimum focus distance has a DOF of 6mm. I purposefully selected it to do that job.

I could've decided to get the eye in focus, but if it was it would have dominated and I needed the zip tag to hold centre stage.

I did add some structure to the image which I think add to the perception of rapid fall off of focus - i.e. the in focus areas are super-crisp which emphasises the adjacent blur. No software blur was added but I did remove some structure from the periphery to get rid of the banding you get when you add lots of structure to an image.

Thanks for the votes and comments.

Place: 3 out of 48
Avg (all users): 6.4177
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.2188
Avg (non-participants): 6.5532
Views since voting: 1562
Views during voting: 152
Votes: 79
Comments: 16
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/15/2014 07:40:33 PM
Congratulations. Love the fade out to deep shadows.
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09/15/2014 07:10:29 AM
Exquisite in its softness.
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09/15/2014 04:09:57 AM
Nice to see great art making the front page.
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09/15/2014 03:17:10 AM
Congratulations, my winner all the way.
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09/15/2014 12:55:30 AM
Congratulations ...I like your photo very much!
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09/15/2014 12:27:11 AM
I love that her eye is on the same plane as the zipper. Very nice Congrats!!
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09/15/2014 12:09:04 AM
There you go Paul!!! Another shiny new one...
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09/15/2014 12:08:53 AM
Gotta love that 1.2 :-) Congrats, your first ribbon as SC. Remember, you can't validate your own entry :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2014 09:49:58 PM
the blur is made too crudely, but the eye makes the shot - and yes, it's in a zipper challenge!
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09/14/2014 12:16:53 PM
Charmed by this excellent image. Any color ribbon please.
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09/13/2014 04:34:27 PM
I like the fact that you wanted to use selective focus on the zipper whilst keeping the rest out of focus, but can't help but feel like the blurring was overdone and could be smoother. The contrast is really nice, though and I enjoy her expression.
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09/12/2014 01:46:11 PM
Very nice. This photo has style and artistic appeal while displaying the theme.
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09/10/2014 10:51:31 PM
I wish you'd managed it that the zipper pull AND just the eye were in focus. That would have been... brilliant!

Love the choice of BW.
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09/10/2014 11:16:00 AM
Top 3
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09/08/2014 07:14:41 PM
Top 2 for me. Lovely composition and posing. Very subtle and appealing!
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09/08/2014 02:58:38 PM
Very good tones and the way the focus falls off looks great. Rarely does a close-up photo of a face look good without the eyes in focus, but this works well.
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