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Re-visiting Monet ... in a dream
Re-visiting Monet ... in a dream
elee3009


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Versailles
Date: Jun 18, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/125s
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

A somewhat new discovery, I find bokeh a fascinating dimension of photography and would like to learn more. Here I've tried to make bokeh as much the main subject of my photo as the in-focus subject, used more to enhance the contrast with the bokeh. Perhaps voters may find it strays from the challenge or doesn't have enough "dancing lights or orbs" but I like it a lot and had a lot of fun exploring the concept since it's also my first challenge attempt with my new camera and lens. So would just be happy to get useful comments altho having a score to push up my average would be most welcomed too. :)

Post-challenge: Wow - new personal best, most comments and most favourites in any challenge. Couldn't ask for more at this point. Thank you to all who voted high and marked it as a favourite. And thanks so much for all the great comments, even those who didn't really like it but who took the time to let me know :) Wow! (still rolling eyes in disbelief ...)

Statistics
Place: 48 out of 432
Avg (all users): 6.1045
Avg (commenters): 7.0769
Avg (participants): 6.0231
Avg (non-participants): 6.1812
Views since voting: 1308
Views during voting: 417
Votes: 268
Comments: 33
Favorites: 11 (view)


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08/10/2006 04:01:35 PM
Like a real painting, so pastelly. Good work!
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07/11/2006 02:07:02 AM
Wow, 10 favs! Nice work.

YOu definitely made the bokeh either a primary or strong secondary subject. I feel as if the foreground flowers are framing the OOF floowers in the BG. NOt sure how you achieved this effect but it is very paint-like. Great finish in a challenge with ovre 400 entries.
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06/30/2006 12:05:30 AM
......soft pastels to vivid - interesting and very good.
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06/28/2006 08:35:46 AM
love this!

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06/28/2006 01:10:11 AM
You wuz robbed! I had you as my top pick in this challenge, with a "9". Keep up the great work.
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06/28/2006 12:20:11 AM
Congrats on a new personal best, but this so deserved to do better! I can't believe you didn't tell me I faved your photo, you little sneak!!!

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 00:21:07.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 05:46:40 PM
Here's to the painter...nice effect - bokeh consistent with theme (as it were)...
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06/27/2006 04:43:07 PM
Nice colours and composition. Perhaps a little more brightness would bring more life to this image.
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06/27/2006 02:46:33 PM
too much photoshop and saturation.
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06/25/2006 01:55:42 AM
Just gorgeous!!Very well done bokeh!
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06/25/2006 01:15:15 AM
Very pretty. Just like a painting. I like it.
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06/24/2006 10:38:38 PM
Wow! Excellent!
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06/24/2006 09:08:34 PM
Very nice. I love the artistry of this one. Very good title for the composition, too.
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06/24/2006 02:40:37 AM
Had to be honest...waited to vote until validated.... Revisited....10
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06/24/2006 02:06:43 AM
Too much contrast in the image.
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06/24/2006 12:48:41 AM
I can't wait to hear how you captured this. nice shot.
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06/23/2006 09:16:03 PM
Oh my - it really does look like Monet. Wonderful.
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06/23/2006 06:04:38 PM
This entry has very over-processed look. The oof areas look pretty ugly and does not enhance the picture in any way. A below average entry.
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06/23/2006 02:44:13 PM
This is great. Incredible how nothing is really sharp nor should anything be in this very artistic photo. Excellent!
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06/23/2006 02:36:31 PM
Awesome use of colors to create a complementary bokeh background!
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06/23/2006 10:09:29 AM
Yes, good title.

Highly impressionistic, great comp, excellent color,great light, excellent movement, barely got your focal plane on the red flower, whites a bit blown but nt disturbingly, blacks ok,
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06/22/2006 11:14:36 PM
looks a bit oversharpened nice catch tho
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06/22/2006 04:17:06 PM
I love this. This would be a perfect framed photo for a wall. Very calm and peaceful, I really like the focus on the RED flower, with almost everything else farther behind and blurred. Beautiful1!
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06/22/2006 09:16:32 AM
I already voted, now back for comments. I gave you a 10 on this shot. Wow what a dreamy feel. This is my favorite from this challenge. Lovely vibrant colors, crisp detail on the red flower alone, excellent subject and bokeh. Love the border too.
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06/22/2006 09:06:03 AM
I really like the hyper saturated color and the shift to a cooler/bluish range...the longer I look at this the more I like it...very nice.
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06/22/2006 06:57:39 AM
I like this idea, but just a tad to busy, re the composition...
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06/21/2006 08:52:10 PM
Bumping up, I really like this one.
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06/21/2006 02:02:59 PM
Monet-esque. Very beautiful composition and rendition. Has to be one of my favourites of the challenge. 10.
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06/21/2006 09:50:08 AM
The extreme vivid colores are a bit disturbing but I can see where you were going with this. Just like a dream......
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06/21/2006 09:14:57 AM
Creative, that's nice!
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06/21/2006 08:59:55 AM
That touch of red really sends it over the top for me. It truly does look like a painting, but I'm looking for one object to be in sharp focus, and I'm not finding it. Still, a beautiful image.
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06/21/2006 05:29:15 AM
it looks like a monet
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06/21/2006 01:02:09 AM
Lovely colors, and the bokeh is sweet. I'm undecided about the frame. I think I'll give this an 8.
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