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Challenge: Shallow DOF in Red (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Suffolk, VA
Date: Jan 8, 2012
Aperture: 1.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2012

Hand-held with on-camera flash filtered by white paper, adjusted brightness and contrast in RAW, converted to JPEG, selective color correction, burned highlights.

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01/19/2012 12:55:45 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First impression: As noted in my original comment, the darkness of this image makes oit difficult to see details.

Artisitic: I do like the inside of the coffee cups being red and you trying to catch and emphasize the curved redness, but it needs a bit more.

Technical: You shot wide open, which is rarely a lens' best aperture; arguably it gave you too shallow a dof as the handle of the closest mug is oof and looks disconnected from the rest of the mug. Yet the leading edge of the one on the left is also in focus so the effect is a little puzzling. I think for a shot like this your ISO is far too low; 200 would probably have been fine. Your shutter speed is fine, though a tripod comes in handy when shooting slow. At this stage you don't need anything fancy, just enough to keep your camera stable. Glad you diffused the flash to help take down highlights.

Overall: Not a bad shot and I imagine this setup would be easy enough to replicate. Grab an inexpensive tripod, possibly a shutter release too, and learn to love the manual focus button. Then shoot and experiment, it's the only surefire way to learn.

Feel free to PM me,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2012 10:58:09 PM
love it
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01/11/2012 11:04:09 PM
Too dark on my monitor.
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01/10/2012 05:46:36 PM
A bit diffulculf for me to make out the full image. Damn Calibration!
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01/10/2012 10:50:46 AM
a little to dark for me
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01/09/2012 10:55:11 AM
its very dark, a bit too dark for me
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01/09/2012 10:19:21 AM
image is very dark, difficult to see details.
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