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Lazy Susan
Lazy Susan
Crafty Sue

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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: my Dining Room
Date: Feb 7, 2004
Aperture: F.2
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Family, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2004

This lazy Susan was purchased while I lived in Japan about 1960 a gift for my Mother, at her death came back to me hardly used.
I did very little editing on this picture
Auto Levels
Auto contrast
set Aperture on F.2
I don't expect a very high rating but think it fits the challenge well

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02/20/2004 01:37:29 AM
[Critique Club]

Composition: Well done. The line of the divider and handle lead the eye from the bottom to the top of the image. The detail of the rim and lavender berries directs the view back around into the frame. The circle makes a strong composition by capturing the viewers gaze and attention.

Technical Quality: The right side of the vertical divider is over-exposed, but actually adds needed highlights to the image and improves the composition. The real problem with this piece is the sharpness of focus over the entire image. A shallow depth of field is normally used to make the subject stand out from its surroundings. The exposure at F2.0 would certainly produce a shallow depth of field, however the distance of the subject from the lens placed the whole of it within the depth of field. The subject of the image does stand out, but it does so because of a lack of surroundings rather than a shallow depth of field.

Meeting the Challenge: Much room for improvement here I am afraid. A little experimentation with aperture, focal length, and subject distance will quickly make you a pro at the shallow DOF technique.

Creativity: You need to be a little craftier Sue. Do not be afraid to experiment. Some very good photos have come about as the result of accidents.

Overall: A very nice showcase image, but it fails to rise to the challenge.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

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02/16/2004 10:05:15 AM
I have the same type of problem sometimes. I get so wrapped up into the value of the object to me, I can't see how others will see it.
If you would want to try this one again, maybe get a little lower and closer to the plate. If that is a wood table under the plate, take the cloth off and let the wood show. Your lighting is good and the f2 should have been wide enough to get a shallower dof. I think the whole problem was caused because of the distance between you and the plate and because the point of view was more parallel to the plate.
Good luck on your future submissions.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/14/2004 09:15:51 PM
I don't see the shallow DOF here as I do in other photos.
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02/13/2004 11:23:40 AM
Where is the shallow DOF? The entire picture is in focus. Could have used a better light source to add interest, and the background is distracting. I see no way this picture conforms to the challenge.
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02/13/2004 01:00:41 AM
The entire shot seems mostly in focus which is not within the framework of the challenge...
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02/10/2004 10:54:10 AM
Not sure how this meets the challenge, I'm afraid...
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02/09/2004 09:35:18 PM
I don't see where you have demonstrated shallow depth of field here.
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02/09/2004 06:21:21 PM
Your subject choice for this photo doesn't strike my interests in any way. The shallow depth of field doesn't seem to be happening either.
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02/09/2004 07:10:56 AM
Everything is in focus....
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02/09/2004 07:09:10 AM
There are one or two areas that just about get out of focus, adn to a kind eye just about validate it for the challenge - a very kind eye, I should add. The background, the lighting (that horrible over-exposed section) and the very ordinary presentation of a pretty ordinary subject lose you marks - the randomness of the cropping doesn't help either - it isn't centred, it isn't very far off either - all give the impression that no care has been taken with this shot at all. For all those reasons, and because it really doesn't fit the challenge, I score you a 1.
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02/09/2004 03:26:17 AM
02/09/2004 12:58:58 AM
I think all of the plate is in focus.
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