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Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Location: Albert Park, Auckland
Date: Dec 20, 2005
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005


Place: 212 out of 346
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01/03/2006 10:14:23 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

You have a nice image that does fit the Shallow DOF Challenge quite well. To have a shallow depth of field, it's important to also have a portion of the image that is tack-sharp. While this bird comes close, the feathers could stand to be lots sharper.

Now, the bird seems to be sitting quietly, so, given that circumstance, you might consider varying your composition a bit. The rather static arrangement you have now with the bird in the center really lacks interest for the viewer. If you had him head-on, for example, and perhaps on a diagonal, the composition would be more exciting.

Finally, the blurred background - and foreground - do meet Challenge requirements, but are just a little boring. A more interesting blurred background would make this composition really pop.

I understand that you can't do that with 'this' bird, but go bother some more pigeons and see what you can come up with. I'll bet you have a good time!

I wish you the best of luck in DPChallenge and look forward to seeing more of your work.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/25/2005 09:01:18 PM
the composition of this shot is boring to me
12/22/2005 01:47:58 PM
Good DOF, unattractive subject.
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12/22/2005 12:14:54 AM
this has nice tones..just simple and clean..very well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 05:51:22 PM
That is one ugly bird!
12/21/2005 01:46:01 PM
Good shot of a much derided commonplace subject. Not much else to say really - other than it's not exactly art but it fits the the challenge!
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