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OED (2ed, 1999): 3rd entry, def'n A.2. (partial)
OED (2ed, 1999): 3rd entry, def'n A.2. (partial)

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Challenge: Shallow DOF II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: my bedroom, my apartment, Seattle, WA, USA, Earth
Date: Dec 20, 2005
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125"
Galleries: Black and White, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2005

I had various ideas for this challenge... In the end, I went with this one, if only because I thought it was a fun idea (though perhaps others have done the same? We shall soon see, I guess).

It is a photograph of the text of what I decided seemed like the most appropriate definition for the word "shallow" in my copy of the Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, Compact Edition, published 1999. (This entry is in the middle column of the middle sub-page (page 157 of whatever volume) of page 1732 of the Compact Edition.)

It was taken with a Canon EOS 10D, with the 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens (at f2.8, and 1/125th of a second), with the aid of the MT-24EX Twin-Lite macro flash, set to manual mode, 1/64 exposure on each side, and aimed about 45 degrees up from the page, because otherwise it was just too much light for the narrow depth of field.

Post-processed using free tools (dcraw, NetPBM suite, and the GIMP) to crop slightly, scale, tweak the Value-mode "curves" slightly, and finally lose chroma. (Well, and then add EXIF data from the camera's thumbnail save, and a copyright notice.)

I gave a bit more effort to this challenge... hopefully it'll do better than the last one. (Still, its impact is limited, so I don't expect it to do wonderfully.)

Place: 182 out of 346
Avg (all users): 5.2557
Avg (commenters): 4.9231
Avg (participants): 4.9358
Avg (non-participants): 5.4837
Views since voting: 753
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 262
Comments: 14
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/27/2005 07:28:18 PM
I am not a fan of this genre of photo. It is well enough executed But it fails to hold my interest or give me something to look twice at.
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12/27/2005 03:17:18 PM
doesn't look llike it was legal pic.
12/27/2005 11:40:31 AM
now that's some depth of field control right there, wow...great job :)
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12/27/2005 05:57:24 AM
Great idea, like it :-)
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12/23/2005 08:51:22 PM
There's a very similar entry and it's slightly ahead in terms of composition - I don't like the horizontal banding of the image into three...
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12/22/2005 07:53:52 PM
Cute trick!
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12/22/2005 06:01:34 PM
must be cg dof.
12/22/2005 04:04:06 PM
Very shallow DOF, subject isn't too interesting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/22/2005 08:12:38 AM
I think this could be a great picture. It needs some real profound words and, for me, a portrait orientation.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/21/2005 06:35:23 PM
There is such a thing as too little Depth of Field. This is one such case.

Pencils, books, and money seem to be a DOF theme...
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12/21/2005 06:34:41 PM
nice intepretation
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12/21/2005 06:11:41 PM
6 - Good. Criticism; looks like it needs a slight nudge rotation up on the left, but apologies if wrong, may just be the perspective. A little sharper, while difficult, would also have made this even better in my opinion. Like the 'composition', but perhaps even more height (top/depth) may have also have given this something extra.
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12/21/2005 09:12:04 AM
Is this photoshopped? If not, then 7. If so then shame on you. (Either way a pm on how you did it would be appreciated as i'd like to try it myself.)
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12/21/2005 07:50:47 AM
Clever, and definately suits the challenge...............
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