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Lemon Drop
Lemon Drop

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Challenge: Backlighting IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: My Garage, 92102
Date: Nov 25, 2008
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2008

Shot in front of frosted glass; the glass was backlit with a clamplamp and a yellow gel, front lit with the on-cam flash diffused by a piece of paper. My adoring wife held the fishing line attached to the lemon, and sprayed water from the top.

I have a hard time focusing with the 50mm prime wide open, and never got the perfect image... would have preferred to have the drop in focus.

Place: 158 out of 239
Avg (all users): 4.9286
Avg (commenters): 4.3333
Avg (participants): 4.7500
Avg (non-participants): 5.0196
Views since voting: 832
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 154
Comments: 11
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12/09/2008 11:19:22 PM
Hey there from the Critique Club

Camera Work/Technical: Reading through the comments, I'll just echo that focus is way off. I'll agree with Sarah that the aperture need not be so small.

Lighting: Nicely lit to produce an interesting graduation of white and yellow.

Composition/Content: The content is unoriginal and has been shot lots here. I do like your choice to shoot the yellow subject on a yellow background, but I think that also added to your focusing issues using autofocus.

My Opinion: Paired with the commonality of this subject on DPC (I've even shot one similar with an orange), the focus combination was enough to kill the score. I agree with the placement.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
12/09/2008 03:01:20 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

I like the composition of this pic, the subject is well placed and you have made some good use of the negative space. The graduated yellow background also works well.

I don't think you are going to be surprised to read my comment concerning the focus. Other people have identified this as a problem and you, yourself have said you had a hard time focusing. The image really needs to be very sharp to be effective and this really is not. With some images you can get away with a slightly soft focus, but not with this type of shot. One of the reasons you may have found it difficult to get everything really sharp is the aperture you have used. Using a 1.8 will make it very hard to get the whole subject in focus. Stopping down a few stops should have helped (say around F8). I know this would have affected the shutter speed, but an ISO adjustment could have helped that too.

I think your score was pretty much where I would expect it to be given the subject was not in focus.

Keep trying, I'm sure you will get there.


 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2008 12:15:30 AM
i like your play with the focal plane
12/01/2008 10:45:45 AM
Good idea, you should have set your focus more on the slice of lemon.
11/30/2008 01:15:51 PM
I think it should have sharper focus on the drop.
11/29/2008 12:32:29 PM
I've already seen too much citrus and drops in this and other challenges, but what kills this one for me is that the drop is out of focus.
11/26/2008 08:45:31 PM
This has a nice feel and great potential. I wish SOMETHING was tack sharp.
11/26/2008 02:08:09 PM
Would have liked to see the subject in focus.
11/26/2008 04:17:58 AM
Focus seems off imo but a image
11/26/2008 02:43:54 AM
Ticked all the right boxes for a DPC ribbon (lemmon, water drop etc.) but it is not well executed although I do like the graduated yellow background.
11/26/2008 01:36:53 AM
A tish oversaturated for me, but lovely "stained glass" of fruit.

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