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Island of Hope
Island of Hope

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Challenge: Life III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-410
Lens: Olympus 14-42mm f.3.5-5.6 ED Zuiko Digital Zoom
Location: My music room
Date: Jan 11, 2009
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2009

This is my first challenge!
Lay it on me, comments will only help, fo sho.
Thanks in advance...
This branch came off of a random bush at my local florist, which was closed. Feeling defeated, I walked back to my car and there, my eyes met a bush with these red berries on them. I thought they'd look nice against a white posterboard background. 2 lamps, 300w overhead and 150w to camera right.
Captured in RAW
Probably forgetting something, but that's the gist of it, anyway.
Good day!

Place: 136 out of 200
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Votes: 158
Comments: 11
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01/25/2009 05:58:30 PM
This is Kari Ann, greetings from the Critique Club:

composition: the centered composition adds to the image in this case, and the leading pebbles up to the little tree add interest

color:strong, vibrant colors work well against the pale blue backdrop

contrast: contrast in the rocks is a little too dark imo, loosing some of their detail

focus: great focus on the tree, its nice and sharp

depth of field: as ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tygerr said, a deeper DOF would have helped this image. All the pebbles in focus would have pulled the viewer in and made them look for longer

lighting: good lighting, but the small shadows underneath the pebbles are a little distracting

other: I feel this image is extremely zen. I feel at peace when looking at it, and congratulate you in capturing such an inspiring photo. With a few more tweaks here and there, I feel this could have been much higher in the ranks. glad to see you here on DPC, and keep up with the challenges and expanding your horizons. I hope to see you around here more, and see what you can come up with. if you have any more questions, feel free to PM me whenever, anytime.
-Kari Ann
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01/19/2009 09:10:54 AM
Nice zen composition. I like the bright red berries against the pastel background. If there was one thing I'd change, I'd try to get all those pebbles in the front in focus too (i.e. deeper DOF/smaller aperture). Somehow I just find the blurry ones in front a bit distracting.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2009 08:59:53 PM
i love the idea... nice shot...
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01/17/2009 10:38:22 AM
It certainly looks like an 'Island'. It would have been cool if you could have added real water somehow.
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01/15/2009 11:54:23 AM
I think so many rocks take away from the plant.
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01/13/2009 04:13:41 PM
This was a good idea, but I think the flowers should have been the main point of focus and not the stones. Nice simple picture though. Very feng shui.
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01/13/2009 01:29:04 PM
very basic, reduced to the minimum. I feel that in a picture such as this, everything should be tack sharp and in focus
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01/12/2009 09:59:24 PM
Very Zen, well done
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01/12/2009 03:16:43 PM
Except the "plant" is no longer alive...
01/12/2009 02:11:33 AM
good concept but the berries almost look plastic in the lighting
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01/12/2009 12:08:43 AM
Nice and sharp, good colors, it's good, but it doesn't thrill me either. Perhaps the lighting is just too plain. Not totally sure.
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