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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-S85
Location: home
Date: Feb 3, 2004
Aperture: 1:2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Feb 4, 2004


Place: 103 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.3676
Avg (commenters): 7.1111
Avg (participants): 5.2569
Avg (non-participants): 5.5263
Views since voting: 800
Votes: 185
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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02/17/2004 11:56:23 AM
Hi Anne;

I do have to admit that I didn't vote your image very high: I'm not so much a flower fan. But that's my personal view and not important when discussing an image with respect to composition and technique.

What I really like here is how you worked with the light, the colors and the background: the variation of blues is great and putting the yellow flowers in the back adds a nice contra-point (I hope this term makes sense in English). I like the reddish-brown parts of the background too. Only the bright part at the very upper left disturb me a bit: the light does come from the right side (at least for the foreground) and thus one gets surprised when seeing a bright region on the left.
I think that the exposure is OK, although it might appear a little dark. But I tried to adjust the levels and then the colours do not turn out as good as they are right now. I do think that some commenter saw it as being too dark was because the left part of the flower with the orange portion (which is somehow the focal point) is a bit too dark. However, the right part of the flower is on the bright side already. Maybe the flower should have been turned a bit.
Regarding the composition of the foreground I have to say that I do not like the crop at the top: that part of the bottom leaf of the flower is cropped away is fine and do not disturb me, but the cutting of the upper leafs makes the image unbalanced.
I do not know if this always holds, but I would say that one should avoid to crop the main object of an image on two opposite sides. If it is cut at two adjacent sides it's not so problematic.
Technically, i.e. regarding the noise, the image is a lot better than others we discussed. However, the file size is still rather small: 35 kB is a bit more than 20% of the allowed file size.
The sharpness is fine, although one could sharpen the image more without loss in quality (i.e. production of noise, too bright edges). However, more sharpening would reduce the softness produced by the subtle variation of the foreground colours.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/15/2004 11:17:06 PM
Very nice colors, beautiful photo.
02/14/2004 02:01:30 PM
Lovely light and I like it.
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02/14/2004 12:19:24 PM
absolutely gorgeous
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02/13/2004 01:31:10 AM
If the photo had something with a soft focus in the foreground to indicate a 'Shallow Depth of Field' I would have given it another point.
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02/12/2004 02:52:28 AM
Another gorgeous floral shot, I never get tired of the well executed floral pictures, and this is certainly one of them, I love the color choice her, your lighting is great, the subtle lighting adds a sense of softness to this shot, congrats on a beautiful shot. 10
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02/10/2004 12:12:18 PM
Beautiful color and detail in the flowers, and a nicely out of focus background.
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02/10/2004 11:14:10 AM
Nice colors, would have like to see a littme more light on the purple to bring out the color (7)
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02/09/2004 10:52:40 PM
Nice shot, funny I almost entered a very similar shot
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02/09/2004 04:39:40 AM
A little more light on the primary subject might improve; the bright yellow distracts and fights the focus.
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02/09/2004 02:46:35 AM
Great color and camer work.
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