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Challenge: Headwear (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 AF
Location: Playground, Jacksonville Fl
Date: Nov 11, 2006
Aperture: f1.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Nov 11, 2006

Thanks to everyone for their votes and comments.

This is my youngest daughter, taken at a playground while waiting for my other daughter's swim practice to end. I had taken the hat with us hoping to get a shot for this contest, and was thrilled to find that there had been a fall carnival the night before at the school, hence the hay bales.

A lot of people commented about the white areas in the background. They are actually buildings. There was no good angle to avoid them, so I set the fstop to the max (1.4) and blurred them out. You have to love a fast lens.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 244
Avg (all users): 6.6213
Avg (commenters): 7.8182
Avg (participants): 6.1724
Avg (non-participants): 6.8851
Views since voting: 2593
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 235
Comments: 38
Favorites: 4 (view)


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12/16/2006 11:24:13 PM
What a cutie! Great capture and congratulations on your top 10.
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11/22/2006 08:08:09 PM
Congrats on top ten
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11/22/2006 04:56:16 PM
Yeah... nice to see another Pentax user in the top 10 ;) Those fast 50s are great, aren't they? Awesome work on the DoF and huge congrats for the great finish!
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11/22/2006 04:43:14 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Beautiful shot!
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11/22/2006 03:59:23 PM
Nice job Sam. Congrats on your top 10 finish... :)
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11/22/2006 10:26:53 AM
Interesting to see so many "nice bokeh" comments, whereas the bokeh here is third-rate - the circular highlights are rendered as well defined circles with hard edges.
11/22/2006 08:33:31 AM
Top 10, congrats!
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11/22/2006 05:22:09 AM
i know that hat! nice work, sam!!
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11/22/2006 03:14:26 AM
Congratulation, I love the tack sharp focus and shallow depth of field really made this shot IMO, congrats on your 8th place.
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11/22/2006 01:53:59 AM
Way to go on the top 10, man! Go Team DNMC! :D
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11/22/2006 01:23:09 AM
A wonderful ebullient smile to showcase the hat. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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11/22/2006 12:30:00 AM
Great job! Congrats on the top ten finish!
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11/22/2006 12:24:39 AM
so glad to see this one in the top 10! congrats!
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11/22/2006 12:22:51 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish...WTG
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2006 08:32:55 PM
At this point I have voted on a 152 photos and have seen a ton of kids with hats one. I am so glad to see a good one at this point, lol.

Great smile, focus and colors.

If this was a photo of my kid I would put it on my wall for everyone to see.

Very nice, love it.

Good luck.
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11/21/2006 02:32:46 PM
Nice crisp, vibrant colors. The DOF really enhances the photo!
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11/21/2006 12:14:05 PM
The subject is captured beautifully such clear focus, soft hues and a wonderful smile. It is such a shame that there is a large bleached squar right next to her sweet head. It is really distracting = 8
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11/21/2006 11:42:44 AM
Great lighting and composition. The bokeh is distracting though and the huge area of bright on her right and to a lesser degree left are distracting. I would love to see the eyes brightened but I know this is basic editing only. I can't wait to see what lense was used. I've gone back and forth between 8 and 9...and I think I'll stick with 9 because of the emotion it stirs...
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11/21/2006 12:19:44 AM
Wow! Gotta bump up if only for the Bokeh! Oh yeah....hat too and precious little grin but the Bokeh is awsome. Oh well...7.
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11/20/2006 12:22:45 PM
nice bokeh background and good lighting
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11/19/2006 07:55:50 PM
very sweet.
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11/19/2006 07:40:10 AM
the girl resting her arms on, what looks like a bale of hay, is fantastic, sharp well positiond, but the big splash of washed out white, to the left is just too distracting
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11/18/2006 02:25:11 AM
Excellent work ! 10
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11/17/2006 06:20:47 PM
I normally hate kid photos but this is a really nice shot. The DOF is perfect.
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11/17/2006 12:47:52 AM
Sweet! Great Bokeh!
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11/17/2006 12:14:53 AM
she's just a cutie!!! great DOF&color. i love this more everytime i come back to it! 10
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11/16/2006 02:54:25 PM
zoom in or get closer
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11/16/2006 02:01:13 PM
Great picture. The eye tends to wander to the bright areas in the background.
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11/16/2006 07:20:37 AM
wonderful bokeh, really awesome...perhaps the composition isn't quite right and the shadow on the face is strong and I wish you had a couple of catchlights in the eyes, but apart from that she's gorgeous and really beautifully captured in a great setting 8
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11/16/2006 04:10:09 AM
This is such a sweet photo: it's warm and well set up with lovely colour tones. I like it a lot, and I hope others think the same.
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11/15/2006 11:13:36 PM
Beautifully done with tons of charm. Beautiful girl with a great personality. Well done!
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11/15/2006 10:55:42 PM
beautiful shot...great focus, gorgeous wee subject, brilliant bokeh!
Just lovely!!
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11/15/2006 04:36:08 PM
beautiful bokeh! Really makes the cute girl and her hat stand out would have otherwise been a busy background.
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11/15/2006 03:35:57 PM
Beautiful! Lovely smile.

The only thing is the large white square of light is a bit distracting.
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11/15/2006 03:25:38 PM
What a beautiful expression! 9
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11/15/2006 01:17:51 PM
nice bokeh
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11/15/2006 10:43:27 AM
Great shot. I'm wondering if this is Scalverts. Regardless of whose it is, it is a wonderful shot, nice bokeh, cute model (I'm not one of those DPC child haters) and pretty good lighting. Score: 10. I have this as the Yellow Ribbon right now.
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11/15/2006 05:07:50 AM
what a bokeh!!!!!!!!!!!
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