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Smooth as Grass
Smooth as Grass

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Texture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Casio QV-8000SX
Location: Stanley, Virginia
Date: Jul 20, 2002
Aperture: F3.6
Shutter: 1/416
Galleries: Animals, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 20, 2002


Place: 181 out of 218
Avg (all users): 4.3166
Avg (commenters): 4.9630
Avg (participants): 4.2293
Avg (non-participants): 4.4510
Views since voting: 1151
Votes: 259
Comments: 29
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/27/2003 12:35:27 PM
Hello, just came across this shot, it is different and daring and affective. The only problem I see is that it looks pixelated, I am surprised no one else saw this, it is most obvious on the tips of the cats ears and the very tops of the grass.
09/25/2002 01:13:00 AM
You know, the more I look at this shot the more I like it. I can hardly believe it fared as poorly as it did during the challenge... it's a far better photo than the score would indicate ' - )
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2002 09:14:00 PM
i like the oof of this shot. the sepia adds a wonderland surreal dreamy quality that gets me in the mind of the kitten.
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07/27/2002 03:13:00 PM
Wonderful shot! The composition is great and the point of view really enhance this photo. One thing - it appears the focused grass area was a bit too sharpened/contrasted creating a somewhat distracting line - I think I would prefer it all slightly blurred. 8
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07/27/2002 01:37:00 PM
Is that a cat. I dont like the lighting in this shot.
07/26/2002 12:45:00 PM
If only you had been able to show me the mouse :-) 7 nards656
07/25/2002 11:25:00 PM
Your picture is an excellent example of the role depth of field plays in a picture, and I'm not trying to be sarcastic:) You can see a narrow area in the grass that's sharp and the rest is more or less blury. If your camera allows you to adjust DOF, you might try some experiments and see the difference. I like your idea very much, and if the grass and the cat were sharp it would have been one of my favorites.
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07/25/2002 01:04:00 PM
this is a quaint image. i really like the composition and the mood it evokes, and the use of the razor thin depth of field is interesting. i cannot offer improvement for this because it is too nice as it is. it doesn't work well for texture though, in my opinion. ~mcmurma
Meets Challenge...5
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07/25/2002 04:16:00 AM
Grass looks overexposed to me...
07/24/2002 02:38:00 PM
this is a case where I don't like the narrow depth of field. I think the picture would be better if ALL of it were blurry. But that is my opinion, and I suspect I am in a vast minority. I like the colors. It has kinda a dreamy quality to it. karmat

I'm back. I just noticed something else I liked about this picture (subsequently moving it up a vote). The position the cat is in automatically makes me look into the distance to see what it sees. I just really like this picture.
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07/24/2002 01:14:00 PM
This picture looks out of focus, and could be a little sharper. The red tint also takes away from the picture. (4) AquaGoddess12880
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07/24/2002 11:55:00 AM
i've already seen your comments in the forum (or your webpage?) so i know the shallow DOF is kind of accidental, but if i hadn't known that, i would've probably commented as follows: the coloring is kind of unique for this kind of shot and i like it. cat and grass make good subjects for texture, but i would increase the DOF (preferably) or at least change the focus so the DOF is where the cat is. also, if it was possible to position the cat more in the picture (ROT) i would like that, too. i wonder what it's looking at? -- gr8photos (3)
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07/24/2002 11:52:00 AM
I see texture, but the sepia tones work against you in this one - in my opinion
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07/24/2002 07:10:00 AM
blurry, intentional?
07/24/2002 06:56:00 AM
The DOF in this photo is very interesting. I did not "get" it the first couple of times I looked at it, but I kept coming back and finally I do see what you were trying to achieve. Good job of taking a risk and submitting something that forced me to think.
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07/23/2002 02:38:00 PM
Technical Aspects4,
Meets Challenge6,
Average Score5,
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07/23/2002 09:46:00 AM
I know some will say they do not like this picture, but I find it very creative. Not sure it has enough texture for this assignment, but I do like the photograph.
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07/23/2002 09:38:00 AM
I must confess to dismissing this image prematurely in my first viewing... I said "another dang soft focus of texture"... I admit, I was wrong... This is the one photo this week tht made a shallow dof work FOR you instead of against. I think I would have liked it even more if the dof included that small patch at the very bottom... Kind of a 'sharp up to the cat' thing. Also, did you consider moving the cat (easier said then done, I know) to the 'third' point? This may or may not have been an improvement, just wondering if you considered it... Bumping you 3 points to a 7... Hope everyone takes a second look
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07/23/2002 09:30:00 AM
this is a really nice concept... I love the overall image, but if the cat had been in focus here along with the foreground grass, the visual impact would have been much greater... = 5 - jmsetzler
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07/23/2002 08:21:00 AM
if this is really the effect you wanted for this shot, it's just not working for me. the very soft focus on about 95% of the pic don't help for the texture assignment, IMHO. 3 beegee
07/22/2002 10:32:00 PM
Needs more DOF - try smaller aperture.
07/22/2002 07:46:00 PM
Perhaps everything is deliberately out of focus but I don't care for it. Ditto on the over-sepia toning.
07/22/2002 05:44:00 PM
Interesting use of sepia, but there is sooo much out of focus....is this one of those soft focus shots I keep hearing about? If the cat were a nude, she'd be upset! Ha
4 Swash
07/22/2002 02:32:00 PM
would have been better with more of the picture in focus
07/22/2002 12:29:00 PM
The very shallow depth of field with blur in the foreground hurts this shot a bit.
07/22/2002 09:53:00 AM
Too much out of focus here,very distracting.
07/22/2002 08:16:00 AM
The lifestyle magazines are full of shots like this, and I'm none to keen on them. But it seems to be as good as any of its type, so have an 8.
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07/22/2002 06:45:00 AM
i like this daring composition
07/22/2002 01:43:00 AM
lets see more of the feline!

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