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Honeysuckle in Autumn
Honeysuckle in Autumn

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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Olympus C-5000Z
Location: Along a railroad track close to campus.
Date: Oct 23, 2006
Aperture: f 4.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: ?
Galleries: Nature, Rural
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2006

This photograph was taken on a cloudy fall day while taking pictures of a railroad track and trestle.

Post processing in PS: Slight adjustments in levels, curves, saturation, cropped, slightly sharpened, border, and saved for web.

Place: 301 out of 440
Avg (all users): 4.8164
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.7176
Avg (non-participants): 4.9200
Views since voting: 621
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 256
Comments: 7
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11/07/2006 06:39:58 PM
Critique Club Review:

Technical: Color, saturation, and hue are good. Focus is nice and sharp. However, a shallower depth of field would have helped isolate the subject from the background.

Reaction: I really like the red berries and the amount of detail in each. The leaves look a little wilted. Was the branch cut earlier and placed there? The leaves just look a little sickly. The sky looks a little grainy, especially for an ISO of 80. The big thing is too much detail in the background. A shallower depth of field would help a lot here to create the soft backgrounds normally associated with bokeh. A larger f-stop would have helped here. Not sure how wide the C-5000Z can go, but I would like to see this picture again, with a softer background.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2006 11:55:45 PM
Lovely "Bokeh" in this one.....
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10/27/2006 06:37:58 PM
I like the perspective of below.
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10/27/2006 09:14:03 AM
I like the idea of this and vivid berries really jump from the page. What hurts it is the same thing that more than half of these images have: they are too busy. In nature, there is alot going on, and unless you pluck, cut, remove, etc, you are stuck with alot of clutter and when shooting up close, it just all becomes a mass of this and that, instead of something to focus on. Then you add in the pattern of the bokeh (which is good by the way) and it just becomes confusing to the eye. If it were me, I would have either cut a piece of the bush off and hand held it away from the background, at a distance, to create the bokeh effect, OR strip the stem around just a few berries and a leaf or two, and do more of a macro. I hope this is helpful. :~D 5
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10/25/2006 11:47:41 PM
Not what I would consider boken, to much detail in background to me.
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10/25/2006 11:03:47 PM
I really like the lighting in this photo. The color of the sky looks fantastic! Nice work!
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10/25/2006 12:19:16 AM
I think the background still distracts from the image.
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