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Dragon Fire
Dragon Fire

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Challenge: Bokeh (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: St. Louis MO - At Home
Date: Jan 9, 2005
Aperture: 5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Animals, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2005

This is one of our Gargoyle Gecko “Winter” with dyed Gypsophylia in the foreground and background. It was shot with a single diffused manual flash. Adjustments in CS included curves, saturation, and slight sharpening.

This is my first challenge submission...

Place: 6 out of 241
Avg (all users): 6.7797
Avg (commenters): 8.1364
Avg (participants): 6.6410
Avg (non-participants): 6.9160
Views since voting: 3340
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 236
Comments: 32
Favorites: 6 (view)

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01/23/2005 01:36:10 PM
Thanks for everyone who voted for this image. I had only about 2 hours to put it together with materials I already had, shoot, edit, and submit it before the deadline.

I wasn't 100% happy with the DOF, but in the end, I think it all worked well enough.

01/18/2005 04:48:18 AM
this is really wonderful!!
i'd like to put it as my wallpaper :-)

Imho the real winner!
01/17/2005 08:36:48 PM
Great Shot!! Congrats on a top ten!
01/17/2005 05:55:17 PM
Congrats on your first submission! Great Job!
01/17/2005 11:32:29 AM
great shot. and congratulations on placing so well on your first entry!
01/17/2005 08:49:54 AM
Really nice and sharp! Great use of boket. Glad to see you in the top ten.
01/17/2005 01:02:41 AM
Nice start! Welcome do DPC, and go on like this!
01/17/2005 12:12:54 AM
Congratulations on your 6th placing with this endearing player. A very good capture.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2005 11:31:45 PM
Cool! (and a bit freaky). Nice focus on the eye.
01/16/2005 10:41:13 PM
Ah! Cool!
01/16/2005 10:33:04 PM
wo! what an eye. Great macro subject. nice sharpness and light
01/16/2005 06:22:29 PM
beautiful ... great detail around the eye and the red bkg blur fits very well
01/15/2005 03:40:09 PM
very wild image! this is one of the most memorable images i've seen, just because of the colors. great detail. not thrilled about how centered the eye is (and that looks like something that could be strengthened by some judicious cropping). all in all, i'll be surprised if this doesn't wind up on the front page! good luck!
01/15/2005 07:09:36 AM
Wow that eye - the background coulours add to the image fits the challenge well
01/15/2005 03:36:11 AM
The background adds so much to this sharp appealing image.
01/14/2005 04:39:44 AM
Nice one. The colours are amazing and the detail is superb. Just wondering why the background looks dissolved.
01/13/2005 09:57:43 PM
cool image GL
01/12/2005 08:02:02 AM
You have executed this one perfectly. Focus is deadcenter on the eye and the colorful out of focus backround beautifully accents the subject. One of my favorites.
01/11/2005 11:08:06 PM
Excellent shot,
01/11/2005 05:21:22 PM
Eyes are very distinctive with the veins in sharp detail and with an interesting catch light. I like how you edited this to make this reptile appear to meld into the background. 9
01/11/2005 02:10:35 PM
Nice contrast. This should go far.
01/11/2005 11:40:59 AM
Awesome (10)
01/11/2005 11:19:28 AM
Love his eyes!
01/11/2005 10:48:18 AM
to me the orange doesn't work on such a nice subject
01/11/2005 06:36:53 AM
Wow, this is a nice photograph. It's nitpicking though, but I'd wish the whole head would be in focus. Maybe a tad deeper DOF would help, but that again might ruin other things in this shot.Also, one of my more golden rules of composition is "leave the empty space where the subject goes" - so I'd have the head more to the right as he's pointing and looking in a leftwards direction.
01/10/2005 12:44:12 PM
definitely a favorite of the challenge - excellent detail surronding the eye region and wonderful bokeh.. quite wonderfully done - 10.
01/10/2005 12:16:49 PM
01/10/2005 09:52:26 AM
Stunnin DOF. What lens is that? I would crop it just a bit though, too much space behind the head.
01/10/2005 03:29:30 AM
Great detail in the eye. I think this will win. The eyes should be a little less centered and the nose should be in better focus, but it is still a great image. Best in this chalenge.
01/10/2005 02:52:56 AM
That's one HELLof an eyeball... Very appealing picture, at least as far as subject goes. I feel like the oranges are at war with the subject though.
01/10/2005 01:24:00 AM
Pastels are wonderful and the sharpness of the eye is outstanding. Very interesting subject matter I also like the very narrow DOF and the way the body blends in seemslessly with the background. Very uniiqe photo.
01/10/2005 12:21:54 AM
OMG! This is amazing!

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