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Against All Odds
Against All Odds

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Challenge: Something New III (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ4
Location: My front yard
Date: Apr 17, 2006
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/640s
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 17, 2006

I took this in my front yard at about 5pm, so I could use as much sunlight as possible. I actually picked a growing leaf off of a bush and put it in some rocks. After that, I just shot from different angles and hoped for the best. This is not artificial DOF, it is natural from the lens. I was surprised that I could get such a shallow DOF from my P&S camera.

Editing was as follows:
- Levels
- Saturation adjustment
- Neat Image
- Cloned out a weird looking rock
- Raised brightness on leaf

Hope this does well and I'm sorry in advance to team FZ. I don't think that this will top out the Icelanders in color portrait, but we'll see.

Place: 131 out of 247
Avg (all users): 5.2114
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 5.1304
Avg (non-participants): 5.2429
Views since voting: 755
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 246
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/25/2006 06:42:07 PM
Great DOF. I think i want to see a little more at the bottom edge.
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04/25/2006 08:48:36 AM
Interesting image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/22/2006 02:47:21 PM
A bit stark, which is what I'm sure you intended. I'd have preferred the seedling less centered, though.
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04/20/2006 10:05:40 AM
GOOD title! I'd have liked to see the rest of the shadow, so perhaps would have reconsidered the isolation that comes by putting it "smack-in-the-middle"... but I like it a lot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2006 04:22:55 PM
It lacks interest, mainly, I think, because of its centering. Cropping more from the left would encourage the eye to follow the sweep of the leaves toward the right. I'd try cropping about where that dark zigzag runs. Maybe a little fiddling with colour to reduce the yellows in the plant some and let the green pop more?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2006 04:03:43 PM
Nice... A bit too bright for me, but nice none-the-less.
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04/19/2006 03:53:29 AM
composition too centered, would work better in portrait format
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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