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spots before my eyes
spots before my eyes

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Challenge: Puzzle Macro (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Office desk at window
Date: Jun 16, 2007
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 16, 2007

This is my first submission and I'm a noob, so go easy on me!

Shot this on a tripod in low light at 1/50th, f5.6, ISO 400 - out of focus.

Place: 296 out of 300
Avg (all users): 3.7717
Avg (commenters): 3.4000
Avg (participants): 3.5294
Avg (non-participants): 3.9798
Views since voting: 721
Views during voting: 285
Votes: 184
Comments: 36
Favorites: 0

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06/27/2007 09:56:14 AM
Thanks for all the comments. As I looked at all of the other submissions I knew I'd be hammered for submitting something out of focus, but at the time it seemed like a good idea, and I liked the outcome.

Macro, abstract, art, whatever - it's what the image does for you that matters. Being too technical about what defines "macro" is limiting in my opinion, but I do like the input as to why folks like something in focus in a macro challenge.

The subject is a glass bowl of marbles lit by natural light at a window - it would've been too easy to guess marbles if I hadn't played with it. In the end I chose to present soft and soothing colors. Next time I'll go for something more crisp.

Thanks again, this was my first challenge, but won't be my last.

Cheers Rich
06/27/2007 03:21:52 AM
Yeah, I like it too. :-) Maybe a bit of adjustment to color/contrast and it'd be really fantastic.
06/27/2007 02:13:44 AM
I happen to think anything goes with abstracts, but you'll find that this crowd wants sharp even in a soft focus challenge. To me, your photo looks like ambient music sounds - and it seems to bob in and out of its dimensions. I really like it - got a 7 from me, and you have quite a few other high votes mixed in there. Sometimes a small quirky audience is better than an army of kneejerkers :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2007 10:32:35 PM
soothing :)
06/26/2007 12:39:27 PM
This image could use some sharpness. That's the beauty of Macro Photography to me... being able to see textures that ordinarily unnoticed.
06/26/2007 12:06:22 PM
Too blurry... takes away from the guessing part of the challenge
06/26/2007 08:00:11 AM
Colored lights? Hard to tell. The colors are soft and pretty.
06/26/2007 02:46:45 AM
Somehow I love this soft image. It works for me!! Beads?
06/25/2007 09:16:30 PM
what is the subject?
06/25/2007 03:45:37 PM
hehe - nice idea... although it lacks the clarity and composition to pull it off.
06/25/2007 10:01:25 AM
This one does absolutely nothing for me. I think it would be hard enough to guess what it is if it was in focus, let alone trying to guess what it is when it is out of focus. A bag of marbles?
06/24/2007 01:48:41 AM
this is too out of focus for me
06/23/2007 03:18:35 PM
can't tell, looks like a picture of holiday lights.
06/23/2007 02:31:50 PM
there doesnt seem to be any focus to this,
06/23/2007 11:31:52 AM
I think this is too blurry to be considered a good abstract. It needs some defining feature, more detail in the lines or curves. It could be any colourful, out of focus object, like crayons, lights, candy, etc.
06/22/2007 10:34:13 PM
you might consider wearing protective headgear?
06/21/2007 02:39:47 PM
its all blurred!!
06/21/2007 01:54:42 PM
too oof to try to guess.
06/21/2007 01:47:57 PM
Out of focus and doesn't really capture the macroness.
06/21/2007 09:30:52 AM
Now I got spots too!
06/21/2007 07:21:51 AM
sorry but this a a horrible photo for a macro challenge might be goo for digital art or abstract
06/21/2007 05:31:31 AM
Too soft. Nice colours and perspective but the intersting or wow factor is not there. There shoudl be some point of interest that draws you.
06/21/2007 02:20:58 AM
I'm sure this is intentional, but the lack of focus doesn't appeal to me here... there's no main subject that draws the viewer in. I find my eyes wandering all over the place here.
06/21/2007 12:01:30 AM
blurred xmas lights
06/21/2007 12:00:23 AM
Aerial view of pool balls during the break. Probably in a pretty seedy bar judging by the beer and other stains on the balls.
06/20/2007 09:11:22 PM
ummmm. no
06/20/2007 07:05:54 PM
Something should be in focus?
06/20/2007 06:46:23 PM
Um...a macro is still meant to be in focus.
06/20/2007 04:52:06 PM
I think I have this on... Blurry colors? lol
06/20/2007 02:15:24 PM
The ultimate abstract: everything out of focus :) An observation, it looks from the shapes that you didn't use a fully open lens? Why? If everything is to be out of focus, and all you want is colour shapes, why wouldn't you use your bigges aperture on the lens? Then again, maybe I'm wrong and you did.

As for the picture, it doesn't really work for me, because even though the colours are attractive in a subdued way, there isn't much to hold me here - even if I squint my eyes and look at it, it still is simply some colours. That's not bad by itself, but there needs to be something more, something that speaks to the viewer, not something in focus, but something that connects better. If that makes sense. ~5
06/20/2007 01:03:08 PM
I have to say.... it looks like out of focus lights, i wish it had something in focus, it would be much more pleasing.
06/20/2007 09:54:02 AM
I think at least part of the picture should be in focus. It's too easy to disguise something in a blur.
06/20/2007 09:22:37 AM
Really neat abstract but does not feel like a macro shot. If it is, it is realy out of focus.
06/20/2007 07:57:59 AM
wow, i thought i already found the brown. maybe it will be this one. OOF
06/20/2007 01:42:30 AM
lights or reflections out of focus
06/20/2007 12:04:19 AM
looks like a lite brite :)

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