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Challenge: Bokeh VI (Basic Editing)
Collection: Critters
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Springfield, VA
Date: May 14, 2010
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 360
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2010

Don't usually like foreground bokeh but this guy posed so nicely in a gap in the branches I couldn't resist him.

PP - straightened, cropped, white balance, levels, increased contrast and saturation, reduced noise, resized, sharpened with more noise reduction, added border.

Place: 17 out of 347
Avg (all users): 6.3432
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1084
Avg (non-participants): 6.5698
Views since voting: 1303
Views during voting: 287
Votes: 169
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/30/2010 10:58:31 AM
Congrats on the great finish. Top20's excellent. Especially so, with so many 300+ entries.
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05/26/2010 07:37:02 AM
Great job -- congrats on top 20!
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05/26/2010 02:25:03 AM
Excellent showing Mary well done
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05/26/2010 12:07:59 AM
Mary, congrats on top 20!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2010 11:54:10 PM
catching these little buggers are a challenge in and of themselves!!!...excellent detail and lighting IMO
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05/23/2010 10:47:14 PM
It's too bad about the big dark patch. The squirrel in nice and sharp and has an interesting pose.
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05/23/2010 09:07:15 PM
Love the way the color arcs around and frames the squirrel.
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05/22/2010 10:50:05 AM
Superb catch. Handbook photography. Cross my fingers for a win.
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05/21/2010 10:37:29 AM
Love the contrasting black just behind the squirrel...Makes it pop
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05/20/2010 01:08:57 PM
Great capture. One of the few examples I have seen where the bokeh creates drama rather than a peaceful addition of color, and does so in a way that adds to the image. I do think that the title is necessary for this one. I might find that the bokeh takes away from the image, if it wasn't perfectly clear that the dramatic effect was intentional. Fortunately, the intention is made perfectly clear. Your squirrel is "surrounded" indeed.
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05/20/2010 02:53:20 AM
A well deserved 10 -the image has so much impact!
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05/19/2010 11:17:21 AM
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05/19/2010 10:22:57 AM
Good placement of the squirrel in the frame and nice bokeh (framing the squirrel). The squirrel seems a bit over sharpened though.
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