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merry christmas

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Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: conservatory
Date: Dec 14, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Interior
Date Uploaded: Dec 17, 2005


Place: 287 out of 346
Avg (all users): 4.6738
Avg (commenters): 5.5556
Avg (participants): 4.3478
Avg (non-participants): 4.9024
Views since voting: 706
Views during voting: 353
Votes: 279
Comments: 11
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01/02/2006 10:51:31 PM
** Greetings from the Critique Club **

Your have definitely used shallow DOF in your image. Great bokeh on the background. I love the glittery blue ornament in the shallow focus. As others have menntioned however, the harsh lighting - obviously from camera flash - is much too harsh and distracts greatly from the subject. Nice effort though. Good composition.

- Linda
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 03:44:16 PM
nice image
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12/27/2005 03:04:11 PM
this stands out alot.
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12/26/2005 02:03:31 PM
On camera flash seems to harsh.
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12/24/2005 01:41:47 PM
Flash is a little harsh in this picture. Also, I think the focus should've been moved back to the ornament, which is more interesting than the tree tip. So, I think the depth of field is right, I just feel that it's on the wrong subject.
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12/22/2005 07:43:59 PM
One of my favourites of the Christmas decoration genre. Not too much to say. Perhaps would be a bit better if none of the pine-needles were over exporsed. And perhaps a bit closer cropped on the sides.
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12/21/2005 10:13:07 PM
Nice comp and colors
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12/21/2005 06:55:16 PM
3 - Seemingly good potential. Criticism; the lighting is too harsh (looks like direct flash) in my opinion. The potential for the green and blue together looks good, but again the lighting detracts, or rather doesn't 'enhance' that. To see the greens and blues nice and 'vivid', would have made this a much better shot in my opinion. Perhaps also a slightly different angle, paying more attention to what is in the background on the left and right (using or losing it) - and sharper on the end of the pine(?) branch/stem/needles, would also have likely made this better in my opinion. The unusual 'bokeh' effect on the 'ball' (which I presume is some type of glitter), is good, but again, a variation in the lighting (contrast too perhaps), may have brought out more potential. Possibly even a little more 'height', top and bottom too may also have helped, especially at this size. Up to 3 from 2, mainly for the potential.
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12/21/2005 01:51:26 PM
Lighting seems a little harsh to me, but I love the composition.
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12/21/2005 06:30:00 AM
Shame it's flash-lit.
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12/21/2005 02:46:20 AM
I really love the bokeh :)
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