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Purple haze
Purple haze

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Challenge: Purple II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC for Canon
Location: Willard, MO
Date: Sep 24, 2006
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Landscape, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2006


Place: 260 out of 290
Avg (all users): 4.1073
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 3.6526
Avg (non-participants): 4.3675
Views since voting: 738
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 261
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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10/04/2006 02:13:43 PM
I see several problems that would have contributed to the poor score.

Foremost is the poor focus. Being a tightly cropped image doesn't help. A macro lens is really the way to go if you want to take pictures like this.

Pictures that don't make full use of the 640 pixel maximum dimension as a rule don't score well.

Very subjective, but I don't really like the composition. Putting the bee in the frame makes it more interesting, but detracts from the theme. But being only part of the bee is annoying.
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10/04/2006 01:29:12 PM
Thanks to all who commented. This was tightly cropped from the following image:

10/04/2006 10:24:10 AM
To me it doesn't seem very sharp, focus wise. i like the composition but maybe some more light. for me I like to use a flash with a lightsphere when getting that close to the subject. I didn't get to this one during voting but I would have given it a 5 most likely.
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10/04/2006 09:19:39 AM
Hi Noella,


I like the position of subject in the frame but the image is quite small so I am assuming you cropped to get closer? The bee seems to take more of my attention than the purple flower and this could be why the image did not score well. I would have cropped a little more off the right as there is a distracting piece of 'purple' in the corner.


I like the slight 'bokeh' look to the background but IMHO the whole image is slightly out of focus. I am not sure where your camera is metering from but the top of the flower appears a little blown out whilst the bee is quite dark and has lost a lot of detail because of this.

My personal thought:

I too took a flower shot for this challenge and knew that there would be many others that did so, so I wasn't expecting to do very well. For a flower shot to grab the viewers attention here at DPC it needs to be something unusual / out of the ordinary and for me this shot is neither of those things.

If you've got any questions please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

- Natalya :o)
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10/04/2006 09:10:20 AM
I gave it a 6. Good colors and nicely done. Things I'd suggest to improve this image IMHO is it feels unbalanced to me. I'd play with the crop/composition of it more.
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