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Fresh Supply of Scented Incense in a New Spa
Fresh Supply of Scented Incense in a New Spa

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Challenge: Something New II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: May 5, 2004
Aperture: f1.8
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2004

I went on atrip to a spa last Wednesday. This is where I took this shot. It was the first time for me to take this kind of photo.

Place: 94 out of 187
Avg (all users): 5.4396
Avg (commenters): 6.9167
Avg (participants): 5.2364
Avg (non-participants): 5.7500
Views since voting: 1374
Votes: 182
Comments: 13
Favorites: 3 (view)

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05/21/2004 01:23:45 PM
Hi Manuel and * Greetings from the Critique Club *

The comments you received seem to have stirred up a "mini controvery" over the use of soft focus to contol where you viewers' eyes travel. As you can tell, this seems to be a "love - hate" situation, either the viewer thinks it's cool - or else thinks it's a distraction.

The way you have it shown, the viewer is taken right to the red/black area in the center of the cup. From there he or she can explore outward. It works well.

If you did want to try more DoF - use a smaller aperture (larger number) as you shot this wide open at f 1.8. To do this you'll probably need a tripod, something you probably wouldn't take to a spa. You may find that the image seems to get too "busy" with everything in focus though.

The other artistic qualities of the image are very nice indeed - composition and lighting both support your subject very well.

I'm not sure you need the border - see what you think without one.

So - if you want higher scores and try to "satisfy" more viewers - reduce the soft focus. If, on the other hand, you really like this technique as I do, shoot for yourself and forget about high scores.

It's a nice image - and thanks for sharing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2004 09:32:06 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background 7
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing 7
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc. 6
How well does it meet the challenge: 8
Total Averaged Rating(Rounded) 7
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05/16/2004 01:44:18 AM
Nice leading lines! Would like a little more DOF towards the viewer though. It's also a little hot on the sticks closest to the bottom toward the left.
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05/15/2004 09:54:46 PM
The blurring in the lower sticks is a significant didtraction froman otherwise well composed image. Needs more depth of field to bring it all into focus.
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05/15/2004 03:00:16 PM
Very nice array of soft colors. The focus is really good, it leads my eye right into the cup.

Good luck...
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05/14/2004 06:54:18 PM
I really like shots like this. I get marks down all the time for putting parts of my subject (in the foreground) out of focus, but I really love that feel. To each his/her own. This is a great photo. I like the lighting, color, composition and overall feel. I wish the bottom right wasn't so cornered (dark), but it's great anyhow 9
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05/14/2004 06:06:55 AM
Nice colours and very original topic
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05/12/2004 08:26:48 PM
Maybe it would have worked better if it was all in focus...nice idea though...
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05/11/2004 02:54:40 PM
Good composition and colour
05/10/2004 08:46:54 PM
Escellent use of focus to lead the viewer in to the photo. I like this a lot.
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05/10/2004 08:16:25 PM
At first glance i thought that this had a zoom burst effect...cool shot and interesting DOF.
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05/10/2004 01:34:57 PM
interesting idea, cool color
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05/10/2004 12:47:47 AM
A nice shot, and a good interpretation of the topic.
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