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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Location: Epping Forest, Essex.
Date: Oct 23, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2006

All tweaking (except for file resizing) performed in Canon DPP. The lens used was a Canon 70 - 200 F2.8 L which I rented for the weekend prior to my one being bought when a friend visits the US later this month.

Post challenge comment.

Its been FOUR LONG YEARS since I last had a top ten image. Thanks to everyone who voted & commented on this image. I was walking in the forest with my rented lens working on a project I have been commisioned for by the local hospital. They are openeing a new building and have asked me to supply imagery from the surrounding areas to have up as decor in all the new wards. This image is part of a Tryptych.

Still cant believe I got a ribbon, let alone the blue. The competition was incredibly strong. Well done everyone. Going by current form this means I should expect my next ribbon in 2010 sometime. cant wait!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 440
Avg (all users): 7.0162
Avg (commenters): 8.9667
Avg (participants): 7.1120
Avg (non-participants): 6.9180
Views since voting: 12905
Views during voting: 421
Votes: 247
Comments: 77
Favorites: 41 (view)


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07/16/2007 06:24:16 PM

This is beautiful. I love the DOF and how you filled the frame!
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01/13/2007 02:18:16 PM
What a beautiful image. Congratulations.
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01/13/2007 12:42:49 PM
wow... you very good.
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11/07/2006 04:09:04 PM
Well done! I have very much enjoyed seeing this each and every time I logged into the site this week.
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11/06/2006 12:48:07 PM
What a fantastic image. Congratulations. It has inspired me to get out in the cold!
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11/05/2006 08:32:29 AM
Congratulation on your ribbon. It is well deserved. I have seen a lot of dead braken in my lifetime, but never saw the beauty you captured here.
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11/02/2006 01:17:08 PM
Now that's a 3D look, well done.
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11/02/2006 12:09:17 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/02/2006 08:14:22 AM
Wow! Congratulations on your Blue with this beautiful glowing image!
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11/02/2006 06:21:44 AM
very nice, congratulations on your win !
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11/01/2006 06:17:13 PM
the semi lack of color gives this images its pull if you know what i mean. and the bokeh ain't bad either ;} congrats

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11/01/2006 05:13:55 PM
Which ass**** voted a 1? This is a perfect 10 for amateur photography. Keep up the great work!
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11/01/2006 05:11:45 PM
A warm image which undulates with untold grace lines and then subdued colors to tease the aesthetic senses. Superb! Congratulations on your Blue.
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11/01/2006 04:51:40 PM
Congrats on the Blue. Here is proof that simple elegance can still win.
Looks like October is your month, to bad it is over now. LOL!
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11/01/2006 12:50:01 PM
Very Good. I love the inclusion of more than one frond. At first glance the picture appears very busy, upon further review it becomes very ordered and balanced. Congrats.
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11/01/2006 12:29:19 PM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon!!! This is just stunning!!!
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11/01/2006 12:07:17 PM
Very worthy - a beautiful image.
Excellent - well done.
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11/01/2006 11:41:38 AM
This is a very breathe taking image. I have looked at it during the challenge, but did not comment. I love the softness of that it displays, which says you have a good eye, along with timing. Great work.
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11/01/2006 11:06:04 AM
Congrats! This was my pic for the blue.
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11/01/2006 10:58:53 AM
Lovely! Many Congrats!
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11/01/2006 10:23:55 AM
Congratulations! It's a very moody, beautiful image...
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11/01/2006 09:58:02 AM
Congrats on the blue. Lovely image.
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11/01/2006 09:46:53 AM
Congratulations on a powerful image.
Obviously, you're going to love the lens. Great choice.
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11/01/2006 09:04:19 AM
Congratulations...this was my top pick and for once I was correct! Wonderful composition; you have very discerning eye for beauty...will add a touch of beauty and an empathy for nature in any hospital ward.

Message edited by author 2006-11-01 09:06:02.
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11/01/2006 08:50:43 AM
lovely shot.
the colors are perfect.
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11/01/2006 08:13:03 AM
Congrats on a beautiful shot. Wonderful.
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11/01/2006 07:21:37 AM


This was my top pick for the challenge. Quite an awesome image. Love it so much. Great job.
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11/01/2006 06:35:25 AM
Wherein the Battle of Epping Forest took place.... very nice work and I salute you! (I gave your photo a 9).
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11/01/2006 05:49:45 AM
Wonderful shot and well deserved blue ribbon. Congrats!
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11/01/2006 03:48:00 AM
Congratulations, stunning shot, well deserved ribbon.
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11/01/2006 03:13:57 AM
well done mate. fantastic image.
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11/01/2006 03:00:50 AM
Stunning colors, stunning image, and well done on achieveing the "Blue" ribbon.....
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11/01/2006 01:18:10 AM
Absolutely gorgeous - one of my favourites for the blue. Huge congratulations.
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11/01/2006 01:17:42 AM
Congratulations on your blue! Well deserved. Facinating shapes and beautiful lighting.
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11/01/2006 12:44:51 AM
Many congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!
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11/01/2006 12:39:14 AM
This is really, really nice! Congrats on a well-deserved blue.
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11/01/2006 12:28:38 AM
Gorgeous colors and a well deserved blue, congratulations!
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11/01/2006 12:17:47 AM
congrats on the blue Mark...very nicely done
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11/01/2006 12:10:43 AM
very nice, congrats.
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11/01/2006 12:10:33 AM
Congrats on a fabulous image a well-deserved ribbon :)
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11/01/2006 12:10:06 AM
congrats!! Great job deserving of a ribbon
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11/01/2006 12:09:53 AM
Awesome and beautiful... told ya you'd win. :)
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11/01/2006 12:09:04 AM
Congratulations on your blue!!!! Well done!!!
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11/01/2006 12:06:55 AM
Great work congrates on the blue ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 11:53:59 PM
This is a very pleasing to the eye image..... very nice bokeh as well.....
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10/31/2006 06:00:24 PM
the colors on this one are unique - busy yet pleasing composition -- one of my favorites this challenge
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10/31/2006 06:18:19 AM
Excellent photograph - the cropping, contrast and colors are all well done. Great job meeting the challenge.
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10/30/2006 09:42:35 PM
The background coloring does improve the foreground as does the directional sweep
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10/30/2006 09:41:06 PM
Love the warmth of this. lovely.
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10/30/2006 04:28:56 PM
This is a really beautiful composition - lovely!
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10/29/2006 10:50:50 PM
I love the colors on this shot. Very golden. I think you capture the challenge well. A 10 from me.
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10/29/2006 10:04:21 PM
ooh, great monochromatic look! 10
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10/29/2006 07:21:40 AM
wow, what great colors you got on this. Very unreal and abstract looking. 10 from me :)
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10/29/2006 12:13:35 AM
this is one of my top favorites in the challenge...I expect it to finish highly
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10/28/2006 10:04:59 AM
I'm trying to decide where I would hang this one in my house. Definately a wall hanger. I think its the tones, mood, depth, and of course bokeh, that are just simply amazing. Very cool, well done. Way to go with balancing it so perfect. GL.
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10/28/2006 08:52:02 AM
This is very nice. Great tones and composition.
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10/28/2006 02:42:01 AM
Like the way the fronds seem to be lifted off the background, that sure is bokeh! Seems almost 3D
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10/28/2006 01:29:19 AM
9 or 10 - can't make up my mind.
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10/27/2006 11:41:33 PM
nice colors, testure and geometry
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10/27/2006 10:16:05 AM
lovely composition
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10/27/2006 10:10:39 AM
very nice. bumping up.
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10/27/2006 06:40:30 AM
Very beatuiful,congratulations....
Well you deserve it I already wished you..

Message edited by author 2006-11-01 04:58:09.
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10/27/2006 12:28:50 AM
Oh, wow! This is excellent, really really excellent. I'm going out tomorrow morning and finding ferns to practice on something like this. I hope you ribbon. ~10
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10/26/2006 11:40:35 PM
Beautiful composition. Perfect lighting. Nice use of Bokeh. Would make an amazingly beautiful print! I vote a 10.
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10/26/2006 10:54:11 PM
Great colors, nice detail ont he forefront, cool patterns and the varying degrees of blur headed back surely add to the impact of the image. This has a feel of an Elsapo image. Very nice work.
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10/26/2006 05:24:19 PM
very nice
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10/26/2006 03:21:15 AM
Beautiful. True artistic use of bokeh. Gorgeous.
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10/25/2006 10:15:26 PM
My second favorite photo in the challenge. I like the smooth bokeh and the monotone color type. It makes the image. It is like a high quality B&W, but in color. 8.
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10/25/2006 08:28:20 PM
A real work of art. Wouldn't change anything!
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10/25/2006 07:56:57 PM
this is lovely; I like the fern shapes and soft sense of movement...also, the tones are beautiful..well done.
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10/25/2006 02:59:08 PM
Gorgeous, I think I'm in ribbon territory here. Good luck.
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10/25/2006 02:26:05 PM
Awesome pic, one of my favorites so far!
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10/25/2006 10:42:43 AM
Very pretty. One of the few that is artfully done with light and composition. Nice color and DOF.
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10/25/2006 08:37:10 AM
beautiful tones, gorgeous depth of field, fantastic for the challenge 9
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10/25/2006 06:18:15 AM
nice shot! wonderful light and BOKEH (10)
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10/25/2006 06:05:56 AM
Nice colors & composition, a nice lens also to start with. Congrats
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10/25/2006 12:49:06 AM
perfect comp...drop dead gorgeous - the tones/colors arebreathtaking... a contender for a ribbon for sure. 10
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