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 This image was disqualified from the Shallow DOF IV challenge.

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Shallow DOF IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A470
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: Bettendorf IA
Date: Sep 6, 2008
Galleries: Nature, Floral
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2008

Taken in my friends backyard in mid afternoon, near her garden.
Disqualification Details
You must retain your original, unedited file (exactly as recorded by your camera), and provide it to the Site Council along with a list of your editing steps within 48 hours of any validation request. Files that have been saved or altered with any editing or transfer software are NOT originals.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/15/2008 03:46:49 PM
Lovely colors, I like that one can see the same flower in the background, but for some reason this seems rather plain to me. All the visual interest is in the very center of the shot and the blossoms are pretty, but not extraordinary. Try jazzing it up a bit with a different angle or different framing.
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09/13/2008 11:36:32 PM
just missed the focus by a tad to me 4
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09/13/2008 11:29:38 PM
The flowers seem to have an odd artifact around the edges along the top.
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09/11/2008 01:04:29 PM
Very cheerful. I love the colors, and the bokeh is a very nice feature of the image.
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09/11/2008 02:00:07 AM
My first thought was that this was over-sharpened, but on closer examination, I see it's selection marks around the petals where you've masked out the background. Unfortunately, selections of any kind are not legal within the Basic Editing rule set and you may be disqualified from this challenge. Don't take it to heart though, keep entering!

By the way, if you're a paid member, this type of editing IS allowed but ONLY in challenges where Advanced Editing is used.

In any event, should you want to re-edit this for yourself, try using the magnetic lasso and set feathering to at least 10 to 20px to make the transition look smoother :)
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09/10/2008 06:57:06 PM
I like how it standsout against the background but the flowers dont lok clear and the picture is rather dull.
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09/10/2008 12:30:47 PM
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