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An In Depth View of Pecos Wilderness
An In Depth View of Pecos Wilderness

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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
Location: Houston
Date: Feb 2, 2004
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/2 sec.
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2004

View of the topographic map of Truchas Peaks in the Pecos Wilderness, Carson National Forest, New Mexico.

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Place: 128 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.0919
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0734
Avg (non-participants): 5.1184
Views since voting: 768
Votes: 185
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/26/2004 08:58:12 AM
Originally posted by brett2004:

BTW, the compass is not the subject. The topographic "Truchas Peak" is the subject...

That is exactly what I meant by my comment on the "heading"... That is an excellent shallow DOF. Too bad my entry was late... although most of mine are lost on the masses as well.
02/16/2004 05:34:59 PM
I did rate this fairly low for several reasons:
1. The compass is not in focus (I thought it was included as an intended subject), has a distracting cast shadow, and is partially cropped with the very dark area of the compass case leading the eye right out of the frame.
2. A topographical map means nothing to me, other than that I know what one is, and the way I "read" your photograph was that the compass was the subject and you were using the map as sort of background reference material to show that you would use a compass to find your way through the Pecos Wilderness.
3. The extremely shallow dof at the foreground made my eyes feel like they were going blurry!

I really do like your concept, but would like to have seen it shot at a slightly different angle perhaps.

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02/16/2004 02:17:06 PM
Hi I am new here , so i hope you mind my comments.
I will give my views on photographs instead of why you got low scores in this challenge.

Shadow of compass is quiet distracting in foreground also cropping of compass cover is not really a good idea.

Whole idea of shooting this snaps was shallow depth of field, well the idea you had when planning this shot some how doesnot blend together i mean , you yourself say compass was not your subject but it dominates
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02/16/2004 09:09:54 AM
BTW, the compass is not the subject. The topographic "Truchas Peak" is the subject. My only issue is I took this fast and left the shadow over it. I guess most people misunderstood. Oh well, it seems to be a usual thing.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2004 11:51:19 AM
This is not far from home for me! I live just about 20 miles away...oh and I do like your set up and subject matter. Good luck! 9
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02/12/2004 09:51:15 PM
I like it. Perhaps a very slight varation on the composure of the shot may have made even better. (Ha easy for me to say) The reflection in the mirror (you taking the picture?) the heading on the compas with a shallow depthy of field works well for me.
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02/10/2004 09:31:30 PM
The compass is not quite in focus, I would expect this to be the focus. Good photo though.
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