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Challenge: Bokeh V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Backyard
Date: Dec 15, 2008
Aperture: 16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.8
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Dec 15, 2008

Different take (I think!!!) on the dandelion. I wanted something simple but interesting to blend with, and complement, the bokeh. Plucking dandelions is a bit tedious. My only disappointment is the black section. I should have recognized that during the set up.

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 216
Avg (all users): 6.3495
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.1795
Avg (non-participants): 6.4531
Views since voting: 1954
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 206
Comments: 22
Favorites: 1 (view)


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12/27/2008 12:12:08 PM
I like the way you framed the dandelion head at the extreme lower edge of the photo. The seeds which look like spears with parachutes attached are made very apparent by using the dark and light areas in the background.

I too like the clarity and the extreme shallow depth of field in the background. I actually think the dark area is a positive and not a negative.

I use a focusing rail with many of my images, but you need to realize that when you start using a rail depending on the model, it will add a lot more weight to your overall camera setup and you will need a heavier duty tripod and head to go with it.
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12/25/2008 02:48:45 AM
Extremely nice! I really don't have an issue with the dark section.....the florets stand out, so the change in background merely adds an extra level of depth IMO.
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12/24/2008 06:04:07 PM
Critique Club Review:

Color Saturation and Hue: Colors are vivid, nothing is over saturated, hues are natural.

Brightness and contrast are very good. I like it that you were able use exposure and lighting angle to keep so much texture in the head of the dandelion.

Focus and depth of field: Focus is nice and sharp, depth of field is well used to create a pleasing bokeh that adds to the composition.

As you've already noted, the dark area distracts a bit. There also appears to be a bit of processing artifact around the tops of the florets.

The image really works with just the two florets remaining. Sort a humorous, space alien/my favorite Martian effect.
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12/24/2008 02:43:32 AM
Yippee for Top Ten! Congrats, Ben!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/23/2008 01:42:34 AM
That's pretty cool
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12/22/2008 09:11:58 PM
Beautiful.
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12/22/2008 09:08:03 PM
superb! 10
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12/20/2008 06:31:40 PM
Very nice!
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12/19/2008 06:01:14 PM
nice shot love it
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12/19/2008 05:27:46 PM
lovely composition and rich and velvet like bokeh
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12/19/2008 10:10:10 AM
Cool shot! Interesting - nice color - sharp!
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12/19/2008 08:50:55 AM
So much details! Great bokeh! Better colors would be nice!
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12/18/2008 09:50:29 AM
Lovely. Should do well.
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12/18/2008 04:20:08 AM
Wow, this is amazing, so clear, great capture.
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12/18/2008 02:56:50 AM
I like the composition
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12/17/2008 07:16:27 PM
interesting indeed
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12/17/2008 04:06:35 PM
good picture. I always like it when natural colors are used to great effect.
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12/17/2008 01:21:43 PM
One of the best in the challenge (and I hate dandelion photos in general!).
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12/17/2008 12:14:48 PM
This is the best dandelion shot I've ever seen. Great work. 8
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12/17/2008 09:51:54 AM
Like little ballerinas poised on tiptoe :-)
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12/17/2008 08:25:47 AM
This is awesome. It reminds me of two dancing people... Could have done well in personification too! Good shot.
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12/17/2008 01:19:31 AM
Nice sharp photo. Good exposure & great bokeh. I like the composition.
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