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Challenge: Bokeh (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Macro
Camera: Canon PowerShot G6
Location: San Diego
Date: Jan 6, 2005
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/80s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2005

here is (I hope) an example of both front- and background bokeh - hence the palindromic title, in case you're wondering :-)

rotate 180 deg, selective slight gaussian blur, curves, USM, crop, saved for web.

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.5000
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.6727
Views since voting: 4856
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 224
Comments: 24
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/07/2007 08:11:26 AM
wonderful image.
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06/16/2006 07:10:56 PM
This rocks. Composed well and the string of droplets being out of focus both in fore- and background really singles out the one drop.

That said, I'd have to agree with dr_rick, cropping the left to a square, leaving the very top of the curve would definitely enhance the photo. I've always loved photos that give you the impression that they continue off of the print, and leaving just the top of the curve would do that quite well.

Anyway, well done!



Message edited by author 2006-06-16 19:15:23.
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06/15/2005 05:33:45 PM
That is outstanding!!!! Perfect focus on the droplet. Love the green!
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06/15/2005 03:27:50 PM
Very nice pic, great color and detail.
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01/25/2005 02:02:22 PM
fantastic colors and the reflection in the drops is great!
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01/22/2005 12:43:48 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

A very interesting photo. I like it! It has a beautiful abstract feel, but with an element of reality that I think makes it accessible to a wider audience. Great focus and color. But let me add my vote for cropping off the left side. Yes, the curve is graceful, but really isn't essential. The "just a diagonal line" isn't boring since it isn't really the subject; it's role is just to tie the drops together and provide a context for the rest of the image. By all means, leave in the top of the curve, making a square format that I think fits the subject better than a horizontal one.
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01/19/2005 09:57:25 AM
very sharp image! Great use of thirds. I also tried to get the front and background bokeh. LOL . It worked better for you than for me. The "picture" in the dewdrop makes the photo. Great job.
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01/17/2005 03:02:20 AM
Originally posted by skiprow:

very interesting image. i think you are on the right track, and that this image has a lot of promise. with a subject that small, it really needs to knock the viewer's socks off when the image is this large; unfortunately, there are so many other elements in the image competing for attention that your single droplet starts to lose its strength. with such very strong bokeh all the way through, you could actually crop this image in half and have something that absolutely rocked. try it: hold your left hand up to cover the whole left half of the image and you'll see what i mean. anyways, this is good work. good luck!


Thanks all for great comments! I agree completely with a number of comments here that the white and dark spots in the left part are quite bit distracting. However, regarding cropping the left part out of this shot, - I thought about it, but decided against it because I loved the gentle curve of that stem. After such a cropping, it would've been just a diagonal line which is kind of boring compositionally.

Message edited by author 2005-01-17 03:02:55.
01/17/2005 12:32:40 AM
Congrats on a great entry!!!
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01/17/2005 12:17:02 AM
Congratulations on your top ten. What an eye hook that droplet! What a background!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2005 10:58:16 PM
subtle beauty
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01/16/2005 10:06:42 PM
Beautiful and simple line very nice DOF, lovely color tones. Lovely. Nice diagonal line too
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01/15/2005 11:25:03 PM
This is excellent; nice composition and a great shot. One of my top pics for the challenge. 10 from me!
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01/15/2005 06:47:38 PM
This is a fine example of perfect bokeh
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01/15/2005 02:24:52 PM
very interesting image. i think you are on the right track, and that this image has a lot of promise. with a subject that small, it really needs to knock the viewer's socks off when the image is this large; unfortunately, there are so many other elements in the image competing for attention that your single droplet starts to lose its strength. with such very strong bokeh all the way through, you could actually crop this image in half and have something that absolutely rocked. try it: hold your left hand up to cover the whole left half of the image and you'll see what i mean. anyways, this is good work. good luck!
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01/12/2005 11:42:01 AM
Very good shot, spot on in this challenge. I would have given it a 10 if but not for a couple of details. The dark spot up in the left corner grabs too much attention and the angle of wich you took this photo is too steep for my taste, the raindrop behind the one in focus blends too much together. Anyway, love this shot, gave it a 9.
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01/11/2005 10:36:19 PM
Beautiful
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01/11/2005 10:31:59 AM
This is wonderful! The darkness in the upper left corner pulled my eye at first, but it's one of my top top choices - 10
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01/11/2005 10:28:55 AM
Should do well, good shot.
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01/11/2005 10:03:10 AM
front and back, nice!
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01/10/2005 02:59:32 PM
Now I have to look up "hekobokeh" to figure out what it means. Nice image, too. Great focus. Looks like the drops are frozen. Has this image been rotate 180 degrees?
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01/10/2005 02:05:06 PM
I love this shot...
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01/10/2005 03:00:39 AM
True bokeh. Bright spot lower left is an eyetrap.
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01/10/2005 01:04:32 AM
excellent capture, skillfully done, you nailed the challenge!
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