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Challenge: Bokeh V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D2X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: San Diego, CA
Date: Dec 10, 2008
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3 min
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Dec 10, 2008

Sunset Cliffs
San Diego, CA
3 min at 3.5/f

Place: 167 out of 216
Avg (all users): 4.7704
Avg (commenters): 4.7222
Avg (participants): 4.3750
Avg (non-participants): 5.0000
Views since voting: 680
Views during voting: 321
Votes: 196
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/26/2008 02:36:21 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

I was not able to vote on this challenge, but if I had, I probably would have given you a 5. If this were entered in another challenge other than bokeh, I would probably have vote this a 6 or 7.

This is a beautiful shot overall, but as many of the comments below would suggest, this scene is not a good set up for bokeh. The majority of the photograph is set back in the distance, and therefore since the focus is far away from the camera, there isn't any bokeh to be had. Please don't think this score reflects the quality of your work, it's just that it doesn't fit the theme as well as some of the other photographs. As an aside, the lighting in the sky is very nice, and the fog on the water looks great.

If you need any clarification on any of my comments, please feel free to pm me. It might take some time for me to get back to you.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/22/2008 05:13:32 AM
Great shot, not much bokeh
12/22/2008 01:43:19 AM
nice but not seeing ANY bokeh here. Sorry
12/21/2008 07:59:46 PM
lighting is about 5 min from being perfect, look at the highlight on top of the rock formation. Size is also kind of small so I can't really tell for sure but seems not in focus to me. Also landscape work doesn't really fit in the bokeh theme.

Nice image though, I would like to see it bigger and 5 min later or ealier depending on if this was an a.m. or p.m. exposure
12/21/2008 10:58:32 AM
Beautiful shot. Love the limited color pallette and the dreamy water. I don't get how this fits the bokeh challenge.
12/19/2008 06:52:05 PM
Wow! Spooky cool!
12/19/2008 06:42:58 PM
great shot
12/19/2008 02:47:23 PM
This looks to me more like a long exposure image capitalizing on waterblur, rather than one where bokeh is strongly present and showcased. The image is too small to appreciate really well, but I like the water, and the rocks, but not so much the pieces of rock intruding at bottom or the rather harsh artificial light. It also feels a little like it might have too much empty space at right. ~5
12/19/2008 12:18:47 PM
Beautiful photo. Love the light and overall feel. 9
12/19/2008 09:27:56 AM
I could be wrong but this doesn't seem like a Bokeh image to me.
It is excellent though so Ill rate it highly in case Im wrong.
12/18/2008 04:32:20 PM
This is a nice photo despite the size of it...Good light and beatiful blurry! But i don't think this will meet the challenge because i don't see any Bokeh there.
12/18/2008 11:38:33 AM
It's not really bokeh, but is very nice!
12/18/2008 02:53:40 AM
motion, not bokeh
12/17/2008 05:30:03 PM
Beautiful though this is, I'm struggling to find a fit for this in the challenge
12/17/2008 01:13:58 PM
There is no bokeh here to speak of at all...
12/17/2008 11:42:30 AM
Nice, but I'm not seeing the bokeh.
12/17/2008 09:30:49 AM
12/17/2008 05:41:11 AM
great photo but i can't really see the bokeh
12/17/2008 05:13:53 AM
beautiful shot but in the wrong challenge I think.
12/17/2008 12:26:11 AM
beautiful shot but the DOF is to deep for a normal bokeh shot

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