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Challenge: Bokeh IX (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Brazos Bend State Park, Texas
Date: Sep 26, 2015
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2015

An American Bullfrog (Rana Catesbeiana) cautiously watches me while hiding in the swampy water of Brazos Bend State Park, Texas, USA.

I am really happy with how well my ZD 150mm 2.0 is performing with a 2x teleconverter. This was shot using the 2x TC and I actually had to back up some because I was to close for the lens to focus. There is a slight crop for a bit better composition.

Thank you everyone for votes and comments. It was a tough week to watch as it started in the 6.9 range and was above 7 and below 7 for a few days until its rise to 7.2xxx. The last day I watched it drop slowly until voting ended. I was hoping for a number 2 spot for camera used but watched it slip away to 5th on that last day. Did hang on to the number 1 spot for lens, but there is not much competition for this lens (actually do not think there are any active members using the ZD 150mm 2.0).

Having a score above 7 is terrible during voting because even a score of 7 will lower it...........

Place: 1 out of 76
Avg (all users): 7.0920
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 6.9211
Avg (non-participants): 7.2245
Views since voting: 1797
Views during voting: 176
Votes: 87
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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10/07/2015 02:30:05 PM
*Hello from Sid and the Critique Club*

An appealing image that is deemed to meet the challenge.

First of all, congratulations on winning this challenge. My own perception of bokeh has always been much more clearly identified with specular highlights as opposed to soft or OOF areas which is where I would place your entry. The challenge brief would also seem to veer more towards the soft focus rendering than my own interpretation. I love everything about this lovely image it is very well executed, however, I would probably have scored it lower than an image with clearly defined bokeh in respect of my definition than has obviously been the case here at DPC.

The image itself is gorgeous, I love the sharp focus on the eye and the shallow DOF both obviously essential regardless of the challenge brief. Its always a classic to photograph a frog emerging with this lovely duckweed on and around it, perfect. I particularly love the eye and the reflections, superb. There's no doubt about it, this really is a lovely image but I still long for 'true' bokeh in it.

Well done Ronnie, an excellent image, Sid
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10/07/2015 10:23:54 AM
well, Not Lydia at all! Congrats on the blue Kobba!
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10/07/2015 09:52:18 AM
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' P-A-U-L It was a great day in the swamp......got some really amazing photos that day.
10/07/2015 09:20:36 AM
Great shot. Have to smile every time I look at it. Congrats on the blue, Ronnie.
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10/07/2015 08:07:05 AM
Stunning shot. Congrats. Must have been fun in that swamp
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10/07/2015 12:14:01 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2015 10:34:56 AM
Great shot
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10/05/2015 11:33:15 PM
Such perfect focus, WOW!
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10/04/2015 07:55:57 PM
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10/04/2015 12:50:25 PM
Fabulous colours and great for challenge.
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10/02/2015 09:19:17 AM
Dang that's good. In my top several. 8 for now. -- OK bumping to a 9.
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10/01/2015 06:01:33 PM
If I weren't me, I'd think this was mine! Ha!

I love it! It's wonderfully done... better than mine would be. 10
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09/30/2015 09:28:19 PM
oh i Wonder whose this is?? ;P
I see another front page finish for lovely Lydia and her fabulous frogs! (or terrific toads...whatever they are)
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