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five-lined skink
five-lined skink

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Challenge: Bokeh II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ5
Location: near my home
Date: Jun 20, 2006
Aperture: F3.3
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

Using GIMP: Crop; brightness -20; contrast +20; lightness -20; saturation -75, scale, save as jpg.

I desaturated because the very green background was distracting from the skink. I didn't make it grayscale because I liked the hint of color.

I'm asking for the critique because I'm getting a lot of positive comments, and those that state what they'd like to be different are sometimes conflicting. I don't understand why my rating is less than a 5. (hopefully that will improve by Tuesday).

Place: 242 out of 432
Avg (all users): 5.1319
Avg (commenters): 6.3077
Avg (participants): 5.0746
Avg (non-participants): 5.1871
Views since voting: 656
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 273
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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07/05/2006 04:55:26 PM
Since you asked for comments, I'll try to say something helpful. I have not read the comments that have already been made so I may repeat things that have already been said.

I think it is a nice shot of the skink. I get a good sense of what the creature is like and I can almost feel him squirming around between the fingers. I think it would have been much better if you could have shown more of the skink. It would have been great if he could have been on top of or in front of the two fingers in the foreground.

The out-of-focus background is nice--it is certainly not distracting from the animal. But I don't think the bokeh is adding much either.

I wish I could see the original. I have a feeling that the bokeh in green might add a sense of natural plant environment that would enhance the image. I'm also not fond of the partial desaturation. There is just enough color to make me start wondering about the color of the skink. I think I would prefer it in black and white. It is also possible that you could just turn down the green channel to take care of the excess and yet leave the hand and skink looking reasonably natural.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/27/2006 08:58:51 PM
this has great potential but just fell short. 5
06/27/2006 11:52:51 AM
I love the colours. A slight border would complete pic.. but it's still lovely without it.
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06/25/2006 08:01:02 PM
A little sharper and a little better lighting, and do something where the background enhances the foreground, and my vote would've been higher.
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06/24/2006 10:33:44 AM
Nice shot
06/24/2006 06:07:56 AM
Thats Cool 8
06/24/2006 04:26:19 AM
Good bokeh but I would like to see some contrast on the subject.
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06/23/2006 11:51:49 AM
This is a very subtle photo. The colours are understated. But the bokeh is very good. 7.
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06/22/2006 10:28:07 PM
Too much focus on the fingers and not quite enough on the skink.
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06/21/2006 09:44:02 PM
Image appears a little flat but the Bokeh you got down...
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06/21/2006 06:16:12 PM
wow, nice composition and focus, love the pose, 9
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06/21/2006 10:34:04 AM
I like this one, I wished it was more colorful instead of gray.
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06/21/2006 02:40:39 AM
Good close up...
06/21/2006 01:14:29 AM
I loved the desaturation and shallow DoF though I won't ever hold that thing in my hands :) Goodluck.9.
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