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Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Taiwan touliou
Date: Dec 19, 2005
Aperture: f 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.6 s
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2005


Place: 185 out of 346
Avg (all users): 5.2406
Avg (commenters): 5.1667
Avg (participants): 4.8482
Avg (non-participants): 5.5260
Views since voting: 619
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 266
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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01/02/2006 05:54:34 AM
Greetings from the Critique club...

Every now and then there's an image on this website that defies the normal run of the mill, and proves that users here do know what a good photo looks like..

You've entered an almost abstract image into a technical challenge, and come out with a very respectable score. I think that's simply cool...

The commenters during the challenge have almost all said that they can't see where the focus point is, and although the challenge didn't say you absolutely had to have something in focus, it would probably improved your score.

Outside the context of the challenge itself this is a very strong abstract image. The center is on a thirds line, and you have leading lines from every area of the image into that center focus point.

Often people will complain that leading lines in a photo should actualy lead somewhere. In this case you have nothing, an empty space that dosn't hold the attention of the viewer. I think in this case it's great! Because my eyes don't 'stick' at the dark center I can get back out and follow another one of the lines back into the center.. Your eyes literally explore the photo.

The subtle rim of the glass holding the straws re-enforces the center point, and links the photo back to a real world object that we can all understand.

The only distraction I find is the small highlights on the rim of the glass. Otherwise this is a wonderful photo.

Cheers, Chris H.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 03:40:19 PM
nice image
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12/23/2005 08:02:19 PM
Mmmm... Isn't it a bit too shallow DOF? I mean, I can't even make out what is it, none of the image areas is defined well enough. It's a very good abstract, but does it correspond to the theme?
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12/22/2005 02:29:08 PM
This is so shallow, I don't see anything in focus. It is an interesting shot, though.
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12/22/2005 10:39:05 AM
Hard to find a focus !
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12/21/2005 10:18:49 PM
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12/21/2005 01:27:59 PM
Is there anything in focus in this picture? Maybe a little bit of the straw in the upper right? A nice idea, but would have been eye-popping if you'd had a really clear focal point.
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12/21/2005 01:42:25 AM
Nice colors but I'm not sure where the focus is? As I look around the image, the challenge states that there should be at least one focus. I find none. 5
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