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Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Glendale, AZ
Date: Dec 18, 2005
Aperture: 4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 18, 2005


Place: 50 out of 346
Avg (all users): 5.9739
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7965
Avg (non-participants): 6.1032
Views since voting: 1100
Views during voting: 371
Votes: 268
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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01/02/2006 05:24:31 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club! :)

I love this shot, I've got to admit. I love the progression of the blur, I love the foreground colors, and I love the idea. I don't think you followed any compositional "rules", but the general feel of the image is very nice. The focus of the is very definitely where it belongs.

Camera Work
I honestly think this might have scored a bit higher if your DOF was a bit more forgiving. I see comments about the "softness" (perhaps made by someone misunderstanding "DOF", I don't know) and can only connect that with the A and B having slightly soft edges on the left and right. Focusing just a bit deeper on the letters would POSSIBLY have rendered them completely in focus by using the entire focus plane. As well, a slightly smaller aperture would have still given the same overall effect while imcreasing the sharpness of the letters A and B.

Post Processing
Incredibly well done. Color balance is perfect, contrast is very good, and the overall result is very pleasing. I even personally like the border, but I think it cost you quite a bit of score, as they usually do :)

My Thoughts
I did not vote on this challenge, but I would have probably rated this image an 8. I like the use of red, and I like the overall color. I also like the high key background.

Overall, an excellent image. Thanks for participating. I hope my thoughts have been helpful and informative. Please feel free to contact me by PM if you have any questions or responses.

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12/28/2005 03:19:03 AM
cute! good shallow dof
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 07:10:13 PM
Nice picture but the border is too distracting.
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12/27/2005 06:36:15 PM
the border seems too heavy for the image.. 6
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12/27/2005 06:08:18 AM
Great job. For me this is the best here :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/22/2005 04:25:04 PM
Very nice design. I really dislike the busy red border though.
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12/22/2005 02:25:14 PM
Very simple, but still one of my favorites. 10
12/21/2005 10:25:24 PM
Nice shot
12/21/2005 09:22:23 PM
Good idea and composition, just wish for better sharpness / focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 06:50:00 PM
Good pic, I had a similar one.... Should have dropped the ugly border though....

Another thing that could be better made is to maybe focus on the second item :)

Well just a couple of points, people tend to send only good picture comments.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 12:02:49 PM
great - 9
12/21/2005 08:24:14 AM
love the composition and colours in this photo. the lighting's great!!
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12/21/2005 05:14:07 AM
Nice shot, great colors, I am not sure though about the red frame, a tad too aggressive to my taste (7)
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12/21/2005 02:48:53 AM
Good focus although a bit soft. The colors are fantastic against the white. However, the frame is very distracting. 6 from me. This would have been an easy 8 if not for the frame.
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