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Challenge: Shallow DOF in Red (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Studio
Date: Jan 9, 2012
Aperture: 4.38
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Sports, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2012

Studio shot, done without a stand-in card table. Image edited in lightroom to remove the other color, and enhance the red in the chiops. Focal point placed on the Lower heard in the hand.

Statistics
Place: 58 out of 123
Avg (all users): 5.5827
Avg (commenters): 6.2222
Avg (participants): 5.7368
Avg (non-participants): 5.4571
Views since voting: 500
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 127
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0


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01/21/2012 01:10:40 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First impression: I like this shot, esp the oof poker chips flanking the cards. But would like to have seen it shot from slightly higher up.

Artistic: The red looks a tad on the pinky side (however I am not at my own computer at the moment), but I find the selective desat works well. I don't feel that the deck of cards to the right adds to the shot very much.

Technical: The crop on the left is pretty tight to the cards; I'd've allowed more room for the cards on the left and cropped in on the right. A more diagonal angle, perhaps from a left corner to the opposing right one, would have made a stronger image. Lighting OK for this kind of shot. The red smudge (meant to be part of a chip?) by itself just below the cards, to the left, is a bit distracting. Your pp is fine and not overdone, it enhances the idea nicely without taking away from it.

Overall: A very good attempt, and score, especially as a first entry here! You're on the right track, just keep shooting and entering.

Feel free to PM me,

Susan
01/18/2012 10:34:23 AM
Thanks for all the great comments everyone.. Guess this was a nice first picture to put on DPChallenge.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/14/2012 08:47:10 PM
Sadly, the out of focus red (and white) in the foreground is what my eye gets drawn to, and it becomes a major distraction from anything else going on in the image.
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01/14/2012 08:54:52 AM
Great composition; nice use of desaturation. (voted earlier)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2012 07:24:45 PM
Enjoy the subject and point of focus. One of my favorites in this challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2012 06:31:48 PM
I think you Aced it!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2012 10:47:36 AM
Great idea, but it looks like like you missed spots of red and left things b/w on the far chips
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/10/2012 10:30:16 AM
DOF seems a little too shallow for me. I'd like to see all the cards clearly.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2012 03:42:51 PM
I like the thought and setup for this shot. I'm not a fan of the saturation.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2012 12:40:50 PM
This was the idea that I had so I really like it.
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01/09/2012 12:22:17 PM
cool.. nice focus on the ace
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01/09/2012 12:28:36 AM
Very effective photograph. Love the colour/B&W you used. Personally I like a little more in focus, say all of the cards, or the top of the cards and the stack of chips in tha back, or whatever.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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