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Rubber Leather Polyester
Rubber Leather Polyester

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Challenge: Texture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: 110 Freeway Southbound
Date: Jul 15, 2002
Aperture: f2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50 (sec)
Date Uploaded: Jul 21, 2002


Place: 185 out of 218
Avg (all users): 4.2745
Avg (commenters): 3.9474
Avg (participants): 4.1871
Avg (non-participants): 4.4100
Views since voting: 631
Votes: 255
Comments: 19
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/28/2002 01:50:00 PM
nothing is clearly the focus here and too much is out of focus.
07/27/2002 09:59:00 AM
While interesting textures, the low DOF doesn't appeal to me here. I also wish the rubber subject on the left didn't have a piece missing.
07/26/2002 02:42:00 PM
I think it's interesting how the shoelace seems to be "looking" at the camera. I like the colors, and the variety of the textures shown. I think cropping it so the bright right hand corner was cut out would improve overall quality. karmat
07/26/2002 09:34:00 AM
This is a nice macro shot but the shallow depth-of-field really hurts this picture. If you have a camera that allows you to change the aperture, a smaller f-stop (f8-f11) would have increased the DOF. If your camera does not have this feature, using more light might force the camera to pick a smaller aperture. This picture does,however, represent a great effort and a good idea for an entry. *4* -balynch
07/26/2002 12:50:00 AM
Personally I'd like a greater DOF to get the foreground in focus and bring out more detail in the darker stitched area.
07/25/2002 02:42:00 PM
great idea, something that's not just nature, but man made. i initially didn't like your shallow DOF, but i'm starting to like it. there is one place where it bugs me, and that's the shoe lace. if that was in focus (maybe if you pulled it up higher so the end would've been where the focus is, not easy, i know), this would have been great. also, the bottom right corner is a little too dark and your top right background a tad blown out. still a good idea. -- gr8photos (5)
07/25/2002 09:18:00 AM
There's a lot of potential texture here, but the vast majority is out of focus. If you intended this, it didn't work for me... The angle and perspective are interesting. You definitely have a different way of looking at things and that is refreshing here (it's a talent I wish I had)... But you might want to try this exact shot again with greater dof and see if you like it better. But that's just me :)
07/24/2002 07:45:00 PM
I get the texture, yes, lots of it, but the extremely limited focal range of this shot takes so much away from the shot overall. Let's just say you cropped off the top 1/2 and the bottom 1/8, you'd have something easily viewable. I don't know the correct settings to widen the depth of field, but a flatter view does help limit the range of the shot. I like this side view, but if it doesn't all look good..............
5 Swash
07/24/2002 01:30:00 PM
To shallow DOF
07/24/2002 09:08:00 AM

Technical Aspects5
Meets Challenge8
Total Score6

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07/23/2002 10:31:00 PM
take a look at this image... as you can see, there is a sharply focused segment that extends from left to right just slightly below the center of the frame. The foreground in front of this strip and the background behind this strip are out of focus. This area that is IN focus is within your depth of field. This indicates a low F number (wide aperture) setting on your camera. I don't know what kind of camera was used here, but a larger F number (smaller aperture) in the aperture priority mode (or manual mode) would extend this plane of focus through a larger portion of your image. It also appears that the camera lens may be resting close to the surface. If this is the case, raising the camera up a few inches and pointing it down at a slightly lower angle would allow the foreground to be in better focus as well. Your camera has a minimum distance from the lens in which it can focus effectively, regardless of the aperture settings. = 5 - jmsetzler
07/23/2002 09:39:00 PM
There is almost no depth of field here and only the odd patch in focus.
07/23/2002 05:21:00 PM
My eye is not landing on anything. I think maybe the tip of the shoe string should be in focus, leading my eye down the string into the picture.
07/23/2002 11:20:00 AM
I find the shoelace a bit distracting.
07/23/2002 06:09:00 AM
Object in the center is out of focus - very distracting.
07/22/2002 10:28:00 PM
Needs more DOF - try smaller aperture
07/22/2002 07:07:00 PM
There isn't much thats in focus to get a feel for the texture here.
07/22/2002 08:31:00 AM
I don't care for the way the picture fades in and out of focus; I also find that while I can definitely see texture, the picture doesn't "do" anything for me.
07/22/2002 06:35:00 AM
poor focus spoils this image

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