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Challenge: Shallow DOF IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Location: Kildare, Ireland.
Date: Sep 4, 2008
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Animals, Action
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2008

Cropped and bumped up saturation.
Used noise reduction also.
Absolutely disgusted by the amount of pixellation that occurred in the resize as the original is a great looking shot.
I like how I managed to focus on my dog and blur all the surrounding Barley.

Place: 177 out of 324
Avg (all users): 5.3187
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 4.7051
Avg (non-participants): 5.7788
Views since voting: 758
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 182
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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09/19/2008 01:31:01 PM
I actually love that is the back of the dog and how the red collar stands out. The negative space on the right is nice as well and you could have cropped away more of the left and it would have worked as well. I think the background grass tends to blur more to a neutral color than a niceer looking bright color. I did not vote but this a 6 to me, so 5.3 sounds about right.
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09/19/2008 08:58:53 AM
As the others have already noted, the weak point of the image is that the dog is facing away from the camera. Kinda like a crowd shot with only the backs of people's heads.

I like very much that you were able to keep the detail in the black fur of the dog. Too many times they come out like black blobs.

The rest of the picture I would have liked a little bit brighter. Not a whole lot brighter, just a bit.

For the pixellation, try resizing in steps. The newer software is better at it, but still has it's limits. By knocking it down and 10% or so, at a time, the software does not have to work as hard. Not sure of all the mechanics of why, but it can help where you are having problems.
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09/19/2008 08:29:42 AM
Personally I like your entry more, although, as others have pointed out, I think a frontal view would be better. It also seems like things should be a little sharper, which is likely due to either the application of noise reduction or perhaps it just needed a little bit more sharpening, since a 1/2000 shutter should stop everything. Also, I wouldn't think noise to be a huge issue at only 400, so maybe you were a bit heavy handed? Anyway, I did like your entry a good amount in the first place. Great timing and you did a great job following the prompt for the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/16/2008 04:22:05 PM
Very interesting theme. Unique. The techniques could have been a tad better I think.. esp. the contrast (I know my entry misses these strengths too:-).
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09/11/2008 01:00:05 PM
Love the ears. Very nice DOF.
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09/11/2008 11:08:43 AM
Nice photo. I think if the dog was running towards the camera instead of away it would have been better. DOF looks okay as well.
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09/11/2008 03:40:29 AM
That's funny. I like it.
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09/10/2008 10:28:51 PM
CUTE PIC!!!! great lighting, and wonderful on content, so simple yet full of meaning!!! This picture would be even better in Black and white.
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09/10/2008 07:38:20 PM
Great ears :-)))
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09/10/2008 11:30:48 AM
great capture!!!
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09/10/2008 08:27:02 AM
Haha awesome ears! Normally I'd say the subject should be facing the camera but this works just fine.
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09/10/2008 12:17:39 AM
Love those ears.
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