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Challenge: Bokeh (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Lost Lagoon, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date: Jan 5, 2005
Aperture: f 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2005


Place: 103 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.5179
Avg (commenters): 6.7500
Avg (participants): 5.2941
Avg (non-participants): 5.7714
Views since voting: 1130
Views during voting: 360
Votes: 224
Comments: 18
Favorites: 3 (view)

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01/17/2005 09:54:03 AM
boy - i didn't think this would win, but thought it would place much higher. i mean it's very close up, unless it has been majorly cropped.
the subtle blues in the BG are very nice. the exposure must have been a tough one to figure - so much dark area. add to that a fleeting subject - and you have a difficult scene to capture.
i disagee with skiprow - in that in this case - being a raven - the looking out of the frame goes right along with the stereotypical feelings ravens evoke. framing it in this way makes the viewer uneasy - as does the subject. i voted a 9...

curious the lens, and distance to subject for this.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2005 10:21:57 PM
Excellent bokeh, but the raven is a little hot. I'm looking forward to seeing what was behind the raven when I read your notes. 8
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01/16/2005 10:01:31 PM
I like the risque composition of this shot, obviously deliberate. Background certainly adds a degree of ominous-ness (i know not a word) to this already dark and brooding creature. Your rendering captures the darkness of the crow and his reputation for being a kind of 'bad guy'.
I also like the texture on his beak and light in his eye. By the way how can you tell the male from female crow?
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01/16/2005 06:09:19 PM
catchlight would have made it incredible.
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01/16/2005 05:25:43 AM
this had all the potential in the world, but i don't think this entry is going to fare to well. compositionally, there the subject is looking away from the negative space, which draws the eye away from all that space, which makes it basically useless. so, to start with, you could crop off the left 40% of the image and it would be stronger. the lighting is just a tad too strong, which is giving the image an artificial feel, almost as if this was a stuffed bird. the dof is a bit too shallow, making the transition from the brightly lit feathers into the oof ones a bit disconcerting. and, to top it off, even though you have achieved bokeh (in that you have a background that does enhance and compliment your subject), i imagine that it is not the type of bokeh most voters are looking for. at this point, let me say that i hope this helps, and i wish you good luck!
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01/15/2005 10:21:54 PM
great use of rule-of-thirds! nice title, too
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01/14/2005 03:43:35 AM
I don't think this meets the challenge. 3.
Back for second thoughts; maybe it does? The background's apparently not in focus, but does it add anyting at all to the image (anything that a blank sheet of blackish paper wouldn't have?).
Hell, who knows? Better make it a 5.
01/14/2005 01:45:05 AM
quite dark, but still discernible background. sets the dark mood associated with poe nicely. great composition as well.
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01/14/2005 12:59:05 AM
The bokeh is obscure at best. Too bland. Bird looks cool.
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01/13/2005 10:12:24 AM
Reminds me of Edgar Allan Poe. Black subjects are very hard to capture well - there is a fine line between getting enough contrast in the image without blowing out any highlights. I think you have done this efectively, although I find your focus a touch soft. The bokeh you have produced is sufficient to isolate the subject from the BG, even though there are no tell-tale artifacts to suggest that this bokeh isn't just a solid BG, slightly OOF. Still I really like it and is one of my top picks.
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01/13/2005 01:54:15 AM
Great title. My husband would go ape over this because he loves ravens. I like the contrast between the sharp focus bright feathered bird and the blurred background.
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01/12/2005 05:48:49 PM
your background is really more of a negative space rather than a bokeh. for me this does not meet the challenge.
01/11/2005 10:48:41 AM
01/11/2005 03:40:12 AM
i think the backgrond is too blurred to be interesting.Very nice foreground, though...
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01/11/2005 02:09:06 AM
When the challenge is over this should be a print. Good bokeh, brilliant shot of the raven! I *love* the look it's giving you!
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01/10/2005 03:12:12 PM
i would not have gotten this if it werent for the fact I was reading the raven in class right now.

the black bird on the dark background doesnt make it "pop" out as much as it should for tis challenge.
01/10/2005 09:30:33 AM
This is really wonderful!
I hadn't been voting up to this point, but this inspired me to vote.
Although you might lose points for not fitting the challenge rules to a tee... I really like it!
I love the title and the image is just plain eerie.
I gave you a 10.
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01/10/2005 12:16:51 AM
Beautiful picture, but the background is so dark, it is difficult to see
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