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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge
Date: Oct 24, 2006
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Emotive, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

A word or two from an Ammons poem. I am in an Ammons mood at the moment...

I had nothing for Bokeh today so on my way home from work I decided to stop by the wildlife refuge figuring I could capture a bird or two and some great fall color. I arrived at 5:10PM and they close at 5:30. So I race down to the lake and spot a great blue heron but he is too far away for anything good, though I do capture some ducks heading home. I snap a few here and there just for the sake of snapping - I rarely have time anymore just to snap for the sake of snapping. When I got home I found out a relative had died.

These words are from A. R. Ammons poem "Loss." It popped into my head while editing and there it stayed. I went looking through my bookshelf and lo-and-behold found "Selected Poems," a book I purchased in 1996 when majoring in Creative Writing at UM. Go figure it would turn up now. I had marked about 10 poems by folding down the page corners - this was one of them. And I still love it.


When the sun
falls behind the sumac
thicket the
yellow daisies
in diffuse evening shade
lose their rigorous attention
half-wild with loss
any way the wind does
and lift their
petals up
to float
off their stems
and go

Editing notes:
curves, crop, image size, neat image, USM, Curves, Bright/Contrast, resize canvas X3, curves, hue/sat, save for web

Place: 72 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.8352
Avg (commenters): 7.0714
Avg (participants): 5.6950
Avg (non-participants): 5.9848
Views since voting: 770
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 273
Comments: 15
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11/01/2006 08:21:54 AM
What a strangely scored challenge! I gave this one a 10 and was certain it would be on the front page! This is so pretty!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 08:21:56 PM
I don't get the title, but really like this bokeh example! Well done! On my top 10 list!
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10/31/2006 06:14:17 AM
Nice shot - The only thing the bothers me even slightly is the white spot on the bottom of the image. I would have rated it higher if the 'finger' in the bokeh was missing.
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10/30/2006 05:48:51 PM
Probably the most beautiful bokeh of all - and yet with such an unsuspecting subject in the foreground. Masterfully executed. Congrats.
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10/30/2006 03:41:42 PM
nice background colours
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10/29/2006 09:45:18 AM
Lovely color in the background.
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10/28/2006 11:47:09 PM
Very well done, and I love the rich colors in this one.....
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10/28/2006 09:25:19 PM
nice colours in the BG, but the foreground subject doesn't compliment the BG colours very well. good effort though..
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10/26/2006 08:45:48 PM
The colorful background does a great job as an accent. Very well done!
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10/26/2006 02:12:13 PM
the contrasting colours are lovely
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10/25/2006 02:09:23 PM
Very beautyful colours. I believe I would have cropped it closer in the bottom to get rid of the whit part. I looks wrong with all the coloured bokeh. (I would have rated it 1 higher if it hadn't been for the white)
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10/25/2006 12:41:23 PM
Stunning!!!! Clearly one of the top photos in this challenge! 10
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10/25/2006 10:53:31 AM
Love the background but the subject seems a tad oversharpened.
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10/25/2006 07:41:58 AM
great colour...
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10/25/2006 12:50:45 AM
Nice color with color.
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