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Challenge: Leading Lines III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: redmond community garden
Date: Sep 14, 2006
Date Uploaded: Sep 19, 2006

just a flower. I sure wish we could spot edit in basic

Place: 133 out of 294
Avg (all users): 5.3333
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2368
Avg (non-participants): 5.4019
Views since voting: 571
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 183
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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09/28/2006 02:24:10 PM
I'm not surprised this is at the top of my comment range. I actually think this shot should be higher. I like it and would probably have given it a 6.

The technicals: Focus is well done. Composition is just a bit off. We preach not being centered and here I think the preaching holds true. You may have done better with pushing that yellow even more off to one side. The lighting is well done and you did a good job managing to keep detail in those whites. Certainly has leading lines.

The feel: Perhaps lacks a little "wow". The centeredness probably doesn't help make it feel dynamic.

The game: Flower, right? We have a love/hate relationship with them on DPC. Flowers can definitely win, but they have to be done perfectly. If voters sense weakness, they go for the kill.

I think this shot shows me at least that you have made definite strides since you have been here. The score, I think, for this shot is low.

You didn't include the camera settings for this shot. Sharpness comes from quality glass (you have that), a tripod, knowing where your focus is, and knowing how to sharpen in PS. If you shoot RAW, start with an immediate 300/0.3/2 USM filter. Then do your PP, then sharpen again at 100-200/0.3/2 depending on the feel after you have resized. If you shoot JPG, I would skip the first USM. Faster shutter speeds and smaller apertures can help, but are not necessary.
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09/28/2006 01:49:23 PM
Hello, just jumping in on the Doc's bandwagon here.

First to address your question about sharpness(if you include your aperture & shutter speed that would be more helpful). Seeing that your lens is an f2.8 that could be part of the problem. If you were shooting at that aperture any slight movement forward or backwards could throw you slightly out of focus because of the thin depth of focus. Just taking a breath is enough to do that. Another possibilities could include possible movement while the shutter was open. Tripod would definately help with most possibilities.

With a flat-on view the positioning becomes much more important. A square crop might of helped if you wanted a centered composition, or with the rectangular crop a rule of thirds composition might of been of been a little more dynamic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/26/2006 06:44:15 AM
nice lines
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09/23/2006 11:29:06 PM
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09/22/2006 08:58:27 AM
the picture would be better if you had composed it with the yellow spot off-center
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