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An Insect's Journey, a Flower's Twilight, and the Tombstones of Departed Brave
An Insect's Journey, a Flower's Twilight, and the Tombstones of Departed Brave

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Date: Oct 23, 2006
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Floral
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2006

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Taken in the Veteran's Cemetery using natural light.

Place: 242 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.0489
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 5.0072
Avg (non-participants): 5.0938
Views since voting: 691
Views during voting: 347
Votes: 266
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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11/10/2006 11:42:43 PM
a memorable, unique photograph. I gave it a 7. you are on the right path. stay on it. there are two rules for staying on the path: do not think you are going the wrong way and do not think you are already home.
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11/02/2006 10:49:40 PM
great photo... i like the flower, the bokeh, and love the bug!
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11/01/2006 06:12:04 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club: I have been assigned your photo to critique and here are my thoughts:

Personal Reaction: When I vote a challenge, I give each image about 3-4 seconds to make an impression and then I categorize each image as 4, 5, or 6. The 6ís get a second look and I bump the best ones all the way to 10 if I really like them. Some of the 4ís get bumped down. And the 5ís disappear into obscurity. I didnít vote this challenge, but if I had, I would have given the photo an initial 5.

Composition: Composition is fine. No real complaints there. You have reserved enough of the image to demonstrate bokeh. The off center blossom seems to work. Crop feels a little tight to me.

Technicals: Shallow DoF is very good. It is shallow enough to blur the background almost beyond recognition and it leaves a pleasing pattern. The focus on the subject, the contrast, and the saturation are just okay. I think the enemy here was lighting. It feels like a heavily overcast day which creates minimal soft shadows which in turn robs the photo of texture and depth. Perhaps if you had brought some extra light to the flower, it would have had more depth.

Conclusions: at the heart of my luke warm reaction is a weak (IMHO) subject. I donít really want to look at a dead (or dying) flower. And youíve brought nothing further to make me want to care. I see many photos at DPC where the photographer clearly has mastered her camera, but applies her skills to a weak subject. My suggestion is to look for stronger and more appealing subjects. (BTW, I have the same problem when it comes to choosing great subjects.)

Inconsequentials: I am generally not fond of long titles. In this case, the title didnít help me like the photo, but gave me 3 unrelated subjects to ponder.

I am sorry if this sounded harsh. As always, it is my personal opinion. Feel free to disagree, or to PM me if youíd like further dialog.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/30/2006 01:22:39 AM
I may have cropped a little tighter with the camera, and dropped the line of crosses lower. I like the bug and rose
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10/27/2006 09:04:01 PM
very, very, very nice shot - great colors - beautiful picture - fantastic capture 9
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10/27/2006 05:23:57 AM
9 for me!
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10/26/2006 05:27:55 AM
Good idea and composition. I would have liked the flower and insect brighter and more easilly visible.
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10/25/2006 10:05:07 PM
hey, nice title - and photo for that matter! I like realtionship of the three elements in the photo and the way the tombstones are actually part of the photo, not just a random blur.
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