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A Cold Day at the Park
A Cold Day at the Park

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Oz Park, Chicago, IL
Date: Oct 22, 2006
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Candid, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

I think I got pretty lucky with how the colors in the background frame the picture. It would have been nice to get his mouth in the shot, but this was practically a candid, and this boy is a ham if I try to make corrections at the scene.

Place: 108 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.6778
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.6835
Avg (non-participants): 5.6718
Views since voting: 789
Views during voting: 362
Votes: 270
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/17/2007 04:49:38 PM
wonderful portrait and a very very cute child!:)
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11/02/2006 03:03:43 PM
Cute guy! Good bokeh, subject stands out from the background, color mix is good. Had I voted it would have been a 7, only because the focus is somewhat soft on subject.
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11/02/2006 01:55:38 PM
First, Ursula approved and that's pretty much better than any higher score you might have achieved. She's the Queen of Bokeh. I don't limit "bokeh" to "circles of light" either. It's pretty much the way an OOF or soft background can highlight a subject - and you've done it well here. The arch of the trees and the light space beneath them frame the young man quite nicely. I don't know about having to see his mouth or his smile - his eyes pass along an impishness that might not be seen as clearly otherwise. And I do like the way the scarf seems way too big for him yet fails to contain his spirit.

My only nit is a grayish horizontal line near the base of the picture - perhaps from a fence. It does ever so slightly pull at the eye a bit.

I took this into Photoshop and a bit more sharpening can be used to bring out the boy if you wish, but the softness doesn't detract in my mind.
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11/01/2006 09:10:49 AM
For all of the bokeh bashing in some of the threads this week, I'm surprised my picture's score placed as high as it did. Apparently I committed two DPC sins: a picture of a child and no circles in my bokeh.

I think it's a good picture though, and I think the darker shapes in the blurred background frame the boy nicely. It would have been better to get his smile in the shot.

I may need my eyes checked, but the boy looks plenty sharp here.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2006 09:27:24 PM
nice use of bokeh.. pity the foreground subject isnt that sharp..
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/27/2006 01:04:14 AM
This is another image where the bokeh really helps to tell the story. Good stuff. ~9
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10/25/2006 07:05:02 PM

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