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Challenge: The Mail (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Eichenau, Germany
Date: Dec 27, 2015
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2015

an impulsively created shot with several christmas letters I got form the U.S., Japan and Germany in front of our christmas tree. I even managed to cut out a bokeh filter in the shape of a stamp - unfortunatebly it didn't work as good as I imagined, not all the four sides are jagged. But I hope voters will recognize it

Place: 30 out of 46
Avg (all users): 5.4412
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1538
Avg (non-participants): 5.6190
Views since voting: 167
Views during voting: 121
Votes: 68
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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01/04/2016 06:56:21 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Let me start off by saying that I like the bokeh filter, must try to make one :-) I like that they aren't jagged all around, the rounded parts give a Christmas-ornament feel to the shot. The focus on the one letter from Japan is very good as that face has so much character to it! Also like being able to see and read enough of the other stampmarks to give an idea as to where they came from and how the stamps define each country.

I think many read the composition as a little on the casual side, and the portrait orientation might have hurt your score a little. I gave a 6 during voting but it honestly didn't catch me enough to warrant voting higher. The blank space in the middle third of the pic disconnects the top part of the tree from the cards, and that may have been just enough to disengage voters. Show us a story!

Hope this helps

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01/04/2016 05:26:41 PM
I really like this image and thought it would place higher. Nicely done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/30/2015 05:09:09 PM
I think your creative bokeh cut out is too large for the aperture opening of your lens. Would have been cooler if the entire bokeh blobs had that serrated edge look. Anyway really cool idea!
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