Fortnightly Challenge - March 19 thru April 1 - Topic: Organic

JohnMC

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Fortnightly Challenge - March 19 thru April 1

Challenge topic(s): Organic

The challenge will run from right now until : 11:59PM April 1

Be sure to visit and post your images in our Flickr group.

Rules:
1. Photos should be your own work.
2. Produced within the challenge period if possible.
3. All positive feedback and criticism is encouraged and welcome if you posted or not.
4. There is no real limit to the number of photos you may enter.

Challenge topics:
1. Suggestions for the bi-weekly's challenge are made in a single thread which will be set up the week before.

Lets have fun!!!
 

deep diver

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I have no idea.
Taken yesterday with my new lens. This has so many possibilities...



Dale
Congrats on the new toy. Sorry, I meant lens. :D:D:D

The quality of this image is really nice. Overall it is a bit dark for me. I would also like to see a little less DOF. The background growth on the right is in focus enough to be a distractor.
 

TH3D4RKKN1GH7

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Love the first image Dale, really get a sense of size. I feel the Tree's strength and it's age.
 

TheReef

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^^It's a great lens Dale.

Started using my 50mm lately, never really used it as I had a back focus problem that was very evident at wide apertures, now that it's fixed I'm starting to use it a bit more...


Pentax K10D - 1/4000s - f/2.4 - ISO280 - 50mm (75mm equiv)
 

deep diver

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I have no idea.
I did the early spring chemicals for my pool this morning. I thought I would be able to get some shots of "biological debris." Fortunately, the pool looks really good so no blanket of worms.

This is an anaconda skin.
 

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JDDavis

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^^It's great lens Dale.

Started using my 50mm lately, never really used it as I had a back focus problem that was very evident at wide apertures, now that it's fixed I'm starting to use it a bit more...


Pentax K10D - 1/4000s - f/2.4 - ISO280 - 50mm (75mm equiv)
Very nice. I like the lighting.
 

JDDavis

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I've been playing with my 50mm and very large apertures recently. It's not really working out the way I'd like it but I kind of like the fact that it looks a bit like a painting.
 

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deep diver

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I have no idea.
I've been playing with my 50mm and very large apertures recently. It's not really working out the way I'd like it but I kind of like the fact that it looks a bit like a painting.
The soft focus does give it the look of a painting. It's interesting. What were you hoping for?
 

Designer Dale

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Congrats on the new toy. Sorry, I meant lens. :D:D:D

The quality of this image is really nice. Overall it is a bit dark for me. I would also like to see a little less DOF. The background growth on the right is in focus enough to be a distractor.
Thanks. I'll go back to this one when the3 next weather break comes around. I didn't think it would have the impact that it does. I want to work on my tripod thing. I can see a dragon eye if I go portrait.

Dale
 

oblomow

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Sorry to drop this in open forum but I just got the pm about what happened to Phrasikleia and wondered what we could do. I'm out today - here is her photo page http://www.megethos.com/gallery/ShutterBugBites can't see anything obvious to contact her with. Any thoughts?
Hi, don't know what you're talking about. But have you tried using the whois info of her website? PM me if you don't know what I mean.

I hope nothing serious has happened to her, love reading and seeing her contributions to the forum.
 

JDDavis

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The soft focus does give it the look of a painting. It's interesting. What were you hoping for?
I was hoping that the flower would be sharp but isolated from the everything else. I like the bokeh, just want the flower sharper. I think I'm at my skill limits on trying to get that out of my 50mm.

Here's another one of the same type....
 

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deep diver

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I have no idea.
I was hoping that the flower would be sharp but isolated from the everything else. I like the bokeh, just want the flower sharper. I think I'm at my skill limits on trying to get that out of my 50mm.

Here's another one of the same type....
I think this is closer to what you want. The focus still looks a bit soft. There is a lot of dark/negative space that I think detracts from the image. I took the liberty of cropping it a little to place greater emphasis on the flower.

Ya know............. It just might be time to get some new glass. :)
 

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deep diver

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I have no idea.
Thanks. I'll go back to this one when the3 next weather break comes around. I didn't think it would have the impact that it does. I want to work on my tripod thing. I can see a dragon eye if I go portrait.

Dale
Isn't it amazing how the orientation of the frame can make such a powerful difference in an image. It is one of the mysteries of how our brain organically interprets information.
 

macrumormonger

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Gaudi's Sagrada is an example of organic architecture. These columns were suppose to resemble tree trunks.


Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 6.1 mm
ISO Speed: 160
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire
 

creator2456

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I don't have access to the original currently, thus this will have to do for now. I'll update some time in the future with larger image and exif if it hasn't been lost.

 

Chiggs

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All you need is Love

I took this while hiking around 17 Mile Drive in Monterey Bay a couple of summers ago. This is my first post in these picture forums - I'm an absolute beginner having fun while I learn !!
 

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deep diver

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I have no idea.
I took this while hiking around 17 Mile Drive in Monterey Bay a couple of summers ago. This is my first post in these picture forums - I'm an absolute beginner having fun while I learn !!
Keep coming and keep posting. We are all here to learn. We are pretty much to the point with our C&C, so please don't take any offense at any of the feedback.

This is an interesting find. I am wondering what it's all about and who put those artifacts there. The image itself has a lot of potential. What you posted feels flat to me. I reworked the color and lighting a bit. I adjusted the color levels to bring out their richness and some of the texture. I have attached that version. I also think the composition could be improved. It's important to pay attention to movement within an image. That is, does the composition pull your eye somewhere? If you look at macrumormonger's image you'll notice that your eye falls on the darker area at the top of the frame but is then drawn through the brighter areas. Once there, the roof line and pillars continue to carry the eye through the rest of the image. In your image, I would have framed this to bring in more of the foreground sand. The rock is a static element. More sand would create the sense of moving toward the artifacts. Shooting this as a vertical image would do that.
 

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pdxflint

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Aug 25, 2006
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Hanging on...

It seems all I'm surrounded by is green... and organic. ;) I went on a walk with only one lens, a 300mm f/4, to force myself to see things differently. With a pack of dogs full of excitement and up to their usual exploring antics, and an environment with lots of movement everywhere--it was hard to really find any perspective that would fit the world I was in (with a 450mm equivalent stuck on the front of my camera.) Lots of stuff was at close quarters, little wide-open spaces to give the lens room to breath... but slowly I began noticing the ordinary little details... often so easily overlooked.

Fern growing from moss on the side of an alder tree on my place in the Oregon coast range.



Camera: Nikon D300 w/ 300mm f/4 AF-ED
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/800 sec
Aperture: f/4
Exp. comp: -1 stop