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Pipe Dreams
Pipe Dreams

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Challenge: Bokeh (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: woods
Date: Jan 5, 2005
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2005


Place: 158 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.1267
Avg (commenters): 5.2000
Avg (participants): 5.0342
Avg (non-participants): 5.2308
Views since voting: 1218
Views during voting: 370
Votes: 221
Comments: 6
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/26/2005 07:07:53 PM
I think you could improve this with a little more light and more DOF. Bring the ice in foreground into focus so I know its ice. Portrait style crop would eliminate some of the negative space.

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01/16/2005 04:52:19 AM
ok, first, you have achieved a bokeh effect, and consequently, have proven that you are capable of doing it. now what you have to do is to harness it to put it to work for you. here, it is a good backdrop for your subject. the problem with the image, though, is the subject itself.

the color on the handle is great. it is eye-catching and leads into the gauge. unfortunately, that's where it starts to lose appeal. the focus is a bit soft and the colors are not that engaging. next, your eye hits the water, and it runs the eye right out the bottom of the image, rather than keeping it in the image.

the keys to scoring well are nailing the challenge concept (which you did), paying attention to all the details (which you almost did), composition (needs some work), and appeal (this is a bit less than appealling, sorry). i'd recommend two things: 1) reading and re-reading scalvert's thread on the recipe for ribbonning (it was back around 12/30 or 12/31), and 2) before you submit an entry, ask yourself, "is this something that others would really want to hang on their walls?" or "is this an image that if someone encountered in a magazine, they would actually pause to look at it for more than a blip?" if your honest answer is "no", then you should realistically expect a score between 4 and 5.25.

no matter what, though, don't let the scoring discourage you. take all the comments you get, and, when possible, revisit your challenge shots and try to apply the comments. good luck, and keep on shooting!
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01/13/2005 12:46:30 AM
Subject is different, and bokeh is ok. I don't like the landscape layout for this shot. I also think it would have been better if it were not centered.
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01/11/2005 10:45:04 PM
Dark areas of subject getting lost. I wish the ice were sharper, or the water if that's what it is. Bokeh present but not especially effective to composition, more of a backdrop than an active element. I am scoring higher the ones where bokeh and subject are in an active dialogue with each other.
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01/10/2005 06:16:59 PM
nicely done. colors and backround have made this ordinary object very pleasing to look at.
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01/10/2005 01:50:59 PM
Well thought-out shot, I love the sparse presence of the red and yellow colors. The bokeh is a bit bland, but the shot is nice on it's own.
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