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Challenge: Shapes II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Nepean, Canada
Date: Dec 28, 2005
Aperture: 1.6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Still Life, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Dec 31, 2005

Shot at a friend's house. Applied auto balance and cropped.

Place: 307 out of 366
Avg (all users): 4.6029
Avg (commenters): 4.2727
Avg (participants): 4.3730
Avg (non-participants): 4.8014
Views since voting: 556
Views during voting: 343
Votes: 272
Comments: 12
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01/13/2006 12:56:31 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Congratulations on getting through your first Challenge. It's all downhill from here.

You met the Challenge nicely with these elongated shapes but, as was pointed out by your commentors, the focus is quite soft. It is important to have something - preferably the foreground - good and sharp to give the viewer a frame of reference. I would suggest that 1/60th of a second is at the edge of being able to handhold your camera.

But, in any event, an aperture of, say 5.6, would have given you some depth of field (and according to your settings, would have slowed down your shutter speed even more). Your chimes may well have been in a dark corner of your friend's house. That's usually what the ISO800 and higher is reserved for: dark corners and stop action.

Am I making any sense to you? I hope so.

Keep playing with that very good camera of yours, learn it's quirks and foibles, and you're going to do very well at DPChallenge. I think you've got a good eye.

Welcome aboard.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/10/2006 11:48:40 PM
Nice focus and compo...
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01/09/2006 10:06:48 PM
Not a bad idea overall. For me personally, I would have preferred the chimes in the front be in focus.
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01/09/2006 01:34:35 PM
the shape isnt that interesting
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01/07/2006 11:05:09 PM
Nice angle and interesting interpretation of the challenge. Unfortunately, most of the image is out of focus. Try shooting with a smaller aperture (f16 or f22) to get a greater depth of field to get more of the object in focus.

*edited to correct error*

Message edited by author 2006-01-12 06:58:32.
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01/07/2006 03:18:02 PM
Average shot. Inspire me.
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01/05/2006 11:39:51 PM
Nice idea and color - wish for better focus and more DOF.
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01/05/2006 04:25:06 PM
I like the composition and the original idea. I think I would have like it better if the depth of field wasn't so shallow.
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01/05/2006 01:44:53 PM
Those circles (ovals at this angle, to be precise, but whatever ;) at the bottom just jump right out at me. Good job. I like your focus decision here, with the shallow depth of field.
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01/05/2006 10:44:12 AM
I like the shallow depth of field, but the bottoms of the chimes really need to be tack sharp for this to work and they are not. I am also bothered by the yellow cast.
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01/04/2006 11:47:27 AM
Nice entry for Shallow DOF
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01/04/2006 01:32:28 AM
A little more DoF would have done?
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