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07/19/2010 02:59:03 AM · #1
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I love shallow DOF, so I'm definitely entering this one.
07/19/2010 03:03:59 AM · #2
Originally posted by odriew:

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I love shallow DOF, so I'm definitely entering this one.


i love it too, my last entry in the Spheres challenge maybe here would be in better position! ;-)

i'm in!
07/19/2010 04:41:06 AM · #3
One thing I've noticed before, and it's kind of frustrating, is that over the years there's been a progression to the point where there's basically nothing but macros at the top of the challenge results for this topic. And that's too bad, because creative or arresting use of shallow DOF is about much more than close-up shots.

Maybe this year the trend will reverse. Ironically, I'll probably do a macro myself, since I have 24 hours to get one on before I leave for the Caribbean, and I have a brand-new macro lens that's semi-permanently glued to my camera :-) But I promise it won't be a bug...

R.
07/19/2010 08:30:17 AM · #4
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

One thing I've noticed before, and it's kind of frustrating, is that over the years there's been a progression to the point where there's basically nothing but macros at the top of the challenge results for this topic. And that's too bad, because creative or arresting use of shallow DOF is about much more than close-up shots.

Maybe this year the trend will reverse. Ironically, I'll probably do a macro myself, since I have 24 hours to get one on before I leave for the Caribbean, and I have a brand-new macro lens that's semi-permanently glued to my camera :-) But I promise it won't be a bug...

R.


I don't disagree with your observation, but I still may shoot a bug. I like shooting bugs ;-)
07/19/2010 08:38:48 AM · #5
Originally posted by GiorgioBaruffi:



i love it too, my last entry in the Spheres challenge maybe here would be in better position! ;-)

i'm in!


same here.

Message edited by author 2010-07-19 08:39:51.
07/19/2010 08:44:44 AM · #6
hope we dont see tooo many bugs this time lol :-)
07/19/2010 10:08:55 AM · #7
i am assuming that using photoshop to create a shallow DOF is prohibited?

i can never tell what is allowed, becuase the way i would go about altering a photo someone else else may be able to do within the rules...
07/19/2010 10:47:47 AM · #8
Originally posted by mike_311:

i am assuming that using photoshop to create a shallow DOF is prohibited?


Yep. You can enhance blur you've already got but you can't create it solely in post processing.
07/19/2010 11:15:39 PM · #9
Originally posted by mike_311:

i am assuming that using photoshop to create a shallow DOF is prohibited?

i can never tell what is allowed, becuase the way i would go about altering a photo someone else else may be able to do within the rules...


You can but only up to a certain point, which isnt too much, so not much point.
07/19/2010 11:28:52 PM · #10
Oh, I'm seeing lots of bugs!
07/20/2010 12:39:42 AM · #11
Originally posted by bergiekat:

Oh, I'm seeing lots of bugs!


May I suggest an Exterminator?
07/20/2010 12:51:43 AM · #12
Originally posted by mike_311:

i am assuming that using photoshop to create a shallow DOF is prohibited?

Not entirely sure why you would even want to do that? It's not exactly difficult to get shallow depth of field in camera.
07/20/2010 01:22:39 PM · #13
I will try to get in. I will not shoot any bugs.
07/20/2010 01:49:32 PM · #14
I know exactly what to enter for this challenge. :)
07/20/2010 01:52:38 PM · #15
so do i, I just need to get outside to shoot it, but the weather hasn't been playing nice.
07/21/2010 06:33:48 PM · #16
So much time whithout an entry, do you think my camera can produce a (at least) "nice" Shallow DOF?
07/21/2010 06:40:51 PM · #17
Quick question.
What's the distinction between shallow DOF and bukeh? Or are they kinda the same thing? Or does shallow DOF have to have the focus window visable somehow?
07/21/2010 06:54:37 PM · #18
Im guessing there will be a lot of bugs, flowers and water drops on this one. Im hoping to stay out of that realm just for the sake of the voters.

07/23/2010 06:15:30 AM · #19
i have two completely different pics and im not sure which one to submit, if anyone cares to offer a suggestion pm me.

thanks.
07/23/2010 08:09:59 AM · #20
Originally posted by pedrobop:

So much time whithout an entry, do you think my camera can produce a (at least) "nice" Shallow DOF?


It sure can. A quick look at your profile reveals this photo, which definitely fits the concept.
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07/23/2010 08:33:30 AM · #21
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Maybe this year the trend will reverse. Ironically, I'll probably do a macro myself, since I have 24 hours to get one on before I leave for the Caribbean, and I have a brand-new macro lens that's semi-permanently glued to my camera :-) But I promise it won't be a bug...


Promise kept. It's not a bug :-)

R.
07/23/2010 08:42:10 AM · #22
Originally posted by pedrobop:

So much time whithout an entry, do you think my camera can produce a (at least) "nice" Shallow DOF?

With a small sensor compact, you should use maximum focal lenght and get fairly close to your subject. If you have control over aperture on it, also choose a reasonably wide aperture. That should get you a decent blur.

I really tried to get something different, but all my best shots are bugs. They actually sat still for me. At least it's not wine glasses filled with colored water.
07/23/2010 09:02:54 AM · #23
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

One thing I've noticed before, and it's kind of frustrating, is that over the years there's been a progression to the point where there's basically nothing but macros at the top of the challenge results for this topic. And that's too bad, because creative or arresting use of shallow DOF is about much more than close-up shots.

R.


That's probably because people post the previous Challenge results as a guideline and then members copy the the previous winning entries or top placers. Things kinda revolve in that small world and you get the "sameness" or "lack of variety" thing mentioned in another thread.

eta: you're in the tropics(or somewhere exiting?) and all you can post is an image of a Brussels Sprout? C'mon...

Message edited by author 2010-07-23 09:04:23.
07/23/2010 09:08:03 AM · #24
im gong for different in my shot, no bugs or flowers. Hopefully the voters like the concept.
07/23/2010 09:13:11 AM · #25
Originally posted by pawdrix:

eta: you're in the tropics(or somewhere exiting?) and all you can post is an image of a Brussels Sprout? C'mon...


You need some remedial counting help, Steve? That one went up for voting long before we left the Cape :-) We'll be trying to do some Summertime Meals while we're out on the boat, but whether we can get 'em submitted is up in the air. Nothing industrial down here, of course. As it happens, my Shallow DOF isn't tropical in theme, but we have been stuck up in this Villa in a howling series of storms, so... That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it...

The part that's gonna kill me is, all the pictures from the boat will be July, except for 2 days at the end which will be August. This means going tropical for July FS is problematical...

R.

Message edited by author 2010-07-23 09:17:37.
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