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Bronzed Tree
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Bokeh V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: 1800 watt tree
Date: Dec 12, 2008
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1.5 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 12, 2008

Photo Set-Up:
Arrangement of Christmas Blubs
No Changes in Natural Room Lighting - sm overhead light and 1800 watts of christmas lights
Added Pinecone to Existing Tree Branch

Editting Steps:
Convert RAW
Applied Curves
Adjustment Levels
Resized

Statistics
Place: 94 out of 216
Avg (all users): 5.3350
Avg (commenters): 4.8571
Avg (participants): 4.8857
Avg (non-participants): 5.5769
Views since voting: 669
Views during voting: 294
Votes: 200
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0


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12/25/2008 02:31:11 AM
Critique Club

Hello Tess. Congrats on your first entry and welcome to DPC. Overall, you did well for your first challenge. This happened to be one of my favorite shots in the challenge due to what I see as a strong composition. You used the tree to provide framing for the ornament, but left room to display the bokeh. However, I scored this a 5. The ornament is the subject based on your composition, and would have benefited by more DOF to increase the crispness of the orb. It appears that you focused on the most anterior portion of the orb, as the remaining portion is quite soft. The downside to more depth of field would be less bokeh, so I think the focus should have been further back on the right side. I hope this is clear! I love the light, white balance, and color, although the orb could be brighter. The bokeh works for me, although the bright portions take the eye away from the orb and dominate the photograph. If the orb was bright and in focus, it would not have taken a back seat to the blown out bokeh. Finally, I like the warmth that you captured. One last thing, in your editing steps you did not mention sharpening...unsharp mask, or it's equivalent, is very important to bring most digitally captured photographs to life.

Cheers, and Happy Holidays,

-BS
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/25/2008 02:31:09 AM
Critique Club

Hello Tess. Congrats on your first entry and welcome to DPC. Overall, you did well for your first challenge. This happened to be one of my favorite shots in the challenge due to what I see as a strong composition. You used the tree to provide framing for the ornament, but left room to display the bokeh. However, I scored this a 5. The ornament is the subject based on your composition, and would have benefited by more DOF to increase the crispness of the orb. It appears that you focused on the most anterior portion of the orb, as the remaining portion is quite soft. The downside to more depth of field would be less bokeh, so I think the focus should have been further back on the right side. I hope this is clear! I love the light, white balance, and color, although the orb could be brighter. The bokeh works for me, although the bright portions take the eye away from the orb and dominate the photograph. If the orb was bright and in focus, it would not have taken a back seat to the blown out bokeh. Finally, I like the warmth that you captured. One last thing, in your editing steps you did not mention sharpening...unsharp mask, or it's equivalent, is very important to bring most digitally captured photographs to life.

Cheers, and Happy Holidays,

-BS
  Photographer found comment helpful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2008 07:53:30 PM
this is either out of focus where it should be or the exposure was to dark and you tried to bring it back.

still a little underexposed for me
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/19/2008 07:00:26 PM
nice one
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/19/2008 08:46:23 AM
Your background seems to be blurry and don't show much bokeh for me..the objectg is OOF too but you got nice colors there.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/19/2008 08:04:34 AM
I like this. Your bukeh adds to the value of the picture - unlike most of the other photos in this competition.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/18/2008 02:42:08 AM
nice emotion
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/17/2008 02:37:15 PM
this ball is oof, but the bokeh is good!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/17/2008 08:34:00 AM
Festive, a bit bright.
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