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Challenge: Orange II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2010
Camera: Sony DSLR-A700
Lens: Sony SAL-50F14 Normal 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens for the Sony
Location: Home driveway
Date: Mar 28, 2010
Aperture: F2.4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Children
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2010

Set up in driveway using orange cones we use for various sports. Wanted a shallow DOF to make the bike in the background part of the story, but not the main element. I liked the bokeh at F1.4 & 1.7, but the bike wasn't defined quite well enough.

Sony IDC - RAW -> TIFF

- rotate left .40
- crop
- levels (2,115,232)
- remove dog hair from front cone
- darken edges
- HSL (red saturation down -10)
- resize
- resize
- USM (.35,100,10) +luminance
- save as JPG

Place: 115 out of 175
Avg (all users): 5.0634
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
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Avg (non-participants): 5.2609
Views since voting: 469
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 142
Comments: 8
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04/07/2010 10:20:00 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

I have to agree with the peanut gallery on this one. The foremost cone isn't the one holding the most interest, it's the ones farther back where the crash/fall occurred. Frankly I'd like to see a few of the bg cones knocked over too. The bike is down, so seems likely that there is a cone or two knocked down as well, no?

Otherwise, the composition is quite decent with both thirds and lines leading back to the downed bike. But the very shallow dof means you have excellent focus where nothing is happening, and oof where all the interesting stuff is taking place.

Hope this helps, feel free to PM me with any questions,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/03/2010 07:56:54 PM
A good one: idea + execution.
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04/03/2010 12:07:21 PM
great color...love the tones
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04/01/2010 12:49:31 PM
Pretty cool shot. Like the DoF - but I wish the bike was a bit more in focus. Overall good image. Well done.
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03/30/2010 12:50:39 PM
When I look at this image, I find myself wanting to see more of it. The fallen bike in the background is interesting, but we don't get to see much of it. I think a slightly wider shot would have been more effective. The orange in this picture is so obvious that it does not need to be zoomed in so closely.
I love the DoF you used, especially with the effect on the road. The orange color is also very nice.
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03/29/2010 05:12:23 PM
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03/29/2010 02:46:03 PM
Did you try having the second cone in focus? Just a thought.
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03/29/2010 12:04:35 PM
Nice concept and title.

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