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Smartie Abstract In Blue Minor II
Smartie Abstract In Blue Minor II

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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: On the sideboard
Date: Oct 24, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

Yeah. This will probably suck in a major way, but I have to enter it to find out.

Here's the editing steps -

Raw import



Levels - Adjust white point.
Shadows, lighten, 6%
Resize 1280
Resize bicubic sharper 640
Noise - reduce
Noise - Despeckle
Auto levels
USM 75,3,45

Post-challenge :

Yep, the two smarties were low on focus. I really didn't notice it, because of how the smarties are fairly smooth. They are definitely smarties, at least over here in the UK. They are not the same colours as they used to be, though. I agree I should probably have had a band of colour to the left for more impact.

Place: 279 out of 440
Avg (all users): 4.8855
Avg (commenters): 4.8462
Avg (participants): 4.8507
Avg (non-participants): 4.9219
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 262
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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11/10/2006 07:01:14 AM
This was a really good idea. The only thing I can add to all the comments made during the challenge, is that I'd like to see how it would look with the position of two candies in the front reversed. I think that might balance the composition more, and give it a little more punch.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 03:52:24 PM
not enough focus on the main subjects to make the bokeh really work well in the background. 5
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10/29/2006 09:53:55 AM
I'd like it better with the candies in the front in sharp focus.
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10/28/2006 09:04:09 AM
very nice idea composition-wise, but the foreground items aren't sharp enough to quite carry it off.
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10/27/2006 02:43:48 PM
doesn't look like any part of this is in focus to me ... sorry
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10/26/2006 10:46:45 PM
Those arent Smarties. At least not in America. Nice lines and patterns inthe background that really pull this image. The two up front seem a bit soft and the shadows arent the greatest. The colors dont feel as vibrant as they might have been which could have offered more bang. Ditching that far left line and replacing it with the red from the right may have been nice as well. A shame to hide that color off to the side.
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10/26/2006 09:35:32 PM
I like the composition, but the foreground looks slightly out of focus.
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10/26/2006 04:47:59 PM
I wish the 2 smarties in the front were in better focus.
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10/26/2006 03:50:07 PM
love the concept, love the back ground, just wish the two up front were a little more focused.
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10/25/2006 06:37:25 PM
very nice job!
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10/25/2006 04:02:28 PM
A sharper focus on the two front beans would have a great impact. Colors are great.
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10/25/2006 01:06:11 PM
I actually consider this more to be a good shallow DOF than bokeh enhancement. The light source is a bit strong and produces multiple shaddows on the two subjects. Good composition.
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10/25/2006 09:13:04 AM
Clever title. I think technically it could be a little better - the front candies are not perfectly in focus, and the lighting seems to be both blue and yellow (tungsten and natural mixed?) which makes it tough to get a good white balance.

Still, good idea, good title, and a good shot!
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10/25/2006 04:26:33 AM
Sharper focus on the two in front would have made it better. Great concept though.
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