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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Good - Average
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Oct 22, 2006
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/350
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

I spent long hours seeking out cool bokeh shots over the weekend, with many promising ones... and then I snapped this one almost by accident. :-/

I had one daughter looking at me while the other one tossed a pile of leaves in the air over her head (just to see what would happen). I got lucky on the eye, but sure wish I could get rid of that annoying spot on her cheek! I don't think it's a typical DPC-ish shot, but let's see what happens...

Nothing fancy on the processing: Crop, Levels, Channel Mixer, HSL and USM.

Ugh... never in a million years would I have guessed a below-6 score on this one. It's fairly dripping in bokeh! While there is foreground bokeh too, most of the bokeh in this shot is in the background. :-(

Statistics
Place: 53 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.9925
Avg (commenters): 7.2778
Avg (participants): 6.0355
Avg (non-participants): 5.9444
Views since voting: 1434
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 267
Comments: 28
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/08/2007 05:44:19 PM
I'm new around here, but I have to say that I agree with you. This is a beautiful shot... technically and for the shear art value. It's interesting to see what shots get scored higher... or well.
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11/05/2006 10:34:17 PM
Beautiful
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11/05/2006 10:24:41 PM
Originally posted by levyj413:

Very brave of you to go with foreground bokeh.

You got nailed, probably, by the literals who think if:
a) you can tell what the out of focus stuff is or
b) there aren't little circles or
c) you didn't meet their own private little definition
then there is no bokeh.


I missed this photo in the challenge but had I voted on it I probably would have given it a 6 just because it's different but overall it has little appeal to me. The sense of movement is interesting but it doesn't go well with the stationary subject who to me seems a bit disinterested.

Anyway, just my opinion.

P.S. Sorry Scalvert, I'm just looking around trying out my harsher critiques. :)
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11/02/2006 07:36:48 AM
Gotta agree with the comment about this one scoring a below 6, I would have given it a 9, only leaving out the 10 because I would have wanted to see a stronger focus on her eye, it seems a little bit out of focus (at least I assume that is the problem as motion blur seems out of the question at 1/350) Really dig this shot and the coloring, composition and moment are ACE. Went to my favorites.
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11/01/2006 05:57:55 PM
I'm pretty well disappointed in the voting crowd, for many reasons lately, least of which is this much under-rated shot here. This deserved top-10 at the very lowest, top five in all honesty. If you want to switch places, let me know, because this shot totally blows mine out of the water.
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11/01/2006 05:12:53 PM
Very brave of you to go with foreground bokeh.

You got nailed, probably, by the literals who think if:
a) you can tell what the out of focus stuff is or
b) there aren't little circles or
c) you didn't meet their own private little definition
then there is no bokeh.
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11/01/2006 11:00:22 AM
I figured it would be above a 6. I gave it a 6. Very nice colors and the bokeh is really good. The picture was just a bit too busy for my tastes. I found my eye traveling all over the place on it. Very respectable score, but I understand we all have our bars/expectations set in different places.

Mine got a reality check this morning in one of the new challenges.

Keep up the creativity. You are a very talented photographer.
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11/01/2006 08:17:20 AM
Oh how COOL! What anamazing photo!
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11/01/2006 12:19:45 AM
Your photo deserved a much higher placing. I keep marking your photos amoung my "10's" so I am just going to mark you as a fav photographer.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/31/2006 10:54:43 PM
Good combination of foreground and background bokeh. Good Luck
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10/31/2006 11:37:40 AM
wonderful forground bokeh (whatever that is). just enough is revealed and just enough is hidden. 10
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10/31/2006 09:29:34 AM
Interesting take on the challenge theme. Nicely executed and well composed. Would have been nice to see both eyes but that was probably difficult enough to capture as is. :)
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10/30/2006 05:08:46 AM
wow ........
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10/29/2006 12:06:04 AM
So so sweet.....
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10/28/2006 09:24:42 PM
Love the way you used the bokeh in the foreground..
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10/27/2006 09:16:35 PM
very nice
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10/27/2006 02:29:44 PM
This shot is my favorite in the whole set of bokeh photos. I wish I could take a photo this good. 10.
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10/27/2006 07:59:43 AM
An interesting use of front bokeh. I'm sure this unconventional approch isn't getting the votes that it deserves, so I'll give you a bonus point. 7
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10/26/2006 03:25:07 PM
Nice subject focus! Love the colors...
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10/26/2006 11:38:59 AM
Nice - excellent use of foreground bokeh. I really like the varying degrees of blur thorugh out the picture that lead right back to the girl. Great timing.
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10/26/2006 11:04:15 AM
Very well done.
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10/26/2006 08:21:07 AM
I like the idea and the colours here. Just wish that the little girls eye was more in focus.
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10/26/2006 04:37:00 AM
Very fun and playful. Love the colors.
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10/26/2006 03:20:03 AM
The only images I have seen that uses foreground bokeh well. Gorgeous colours and excellent composition.
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10/25/2006 10:48:14 PM
Very beautiful bokeh, cleverly used! Nice job.
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10/25/2006 04:18:14 PM
different and nice..
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10/25/2006 02:44:10 PM
This works surprisingly well but the red hat is a bit of a distraction to the subject. Otherwise a great shot.
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10/25/2006 08:32:27 AM
this is gorgeous! I love the idea and the final result...excellent
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