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Posted: 11 March 2014 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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@TobiasG: I think mcjam24 is correct in his guess.

@ Carola O: I like this image better than your first. Your Jade Tiger is featured better and there is still a sense of a crowd admiring the Tiger. As for the computer, don't we all need more power? cool smirk

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Posted: 11 March 2014 04:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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@TobiasG: if you move the sniper a bit backwards, and have some single straws of grass close to the camera, and make the sniper the focal point.

@Carola: I think the last one is better, the people are out of focus to clearly show what's in focus. I like the idea with the half person, a great "art rule breaker" that goes well here.
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Posted: 13 March 2014 09:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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I have never used Depth of field before, but I like the effect it gives. Hope this is close to what you are looking for in this challenge
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Posted: 13 March 2014 09:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Very Close but the Idea is to have BOTH the forward and Far parts out of focus with the MID level item the Clear focus point.
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Posted: 15 March 2014 07:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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"As one who down a lonesome road ..."
Done in DS4.6. Using two Genesis figures. The male using Soto's "Vincent" texture and hair. The only post-work was to reduce the image size.
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Posted: 15 March 2014 06:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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I had another go at one, happy to receive critique and comments.
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Posted: 16 March 2014 06:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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@bobfisher: Perhaps it is the angle but it looks like your character is "floating" above the ground. Looks good to me otherwise but I am not a judge.
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Posted: 16 March 2014 06:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Here is the latest version of my entry.

And just for you bobfisher a version looking up into the tree. I could not get the "light coming through the leaves" effect. It also does not have anything in the foreground that is affected by DOF. But I thought you might like to see what I did with your suggestion.
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Posted: 19 March 2014 07:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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@Carola: your second one had me at hello.

@Kismet: it's really coming along now...maybe the background is a little too out of focus? Or maybe I just really want to know what that shape to the right of the windchimes is.

@Stargazey: I'm liking the tension you've managed to create...perhaps moving the focal distance back just a bit to blur up the male figure a bit more? Or moving him closer to the camera.

@spmwc: if the set is circular with same repeating elements you could just be able to back your camera up to see them in the image as well....or drop something like a stone altar in front of the camera....but I am liking the angle and lighting you've got going on.
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Posted: 19 March 2014 09:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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This is the first time I've actually decided to do the contest... or any contest, for that matter. Before I submit this image, I was wondering if any of you had some tips (especially image composition and those last few bones on the tail). Any advice would be much appreciated!
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Posted: 20 March 2014 11:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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Jaderail, thanx for the clarification on what you are looking for in this challenge!!!!

mcjam24; I did what you suggested and also added a few items to the scene. Not sure if the scene looks too busy now or not. I'm finding working with DOF a bit tricky but a fun challenge. Any comments are very welcome.
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Posted: 21 March 2014 02:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Version 2, with adjusted framing etc.
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Posted: 22 March 2014 11:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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stargazey - 21 March 2014 02:29 AM
Version 2, with adjusted framing etc.


You might have a better time if you switched the focus from the attacking woman to the fanged person. That way, the blur on the woman would make her look scarier because less would be known, and it would help movement because it would add a sort of "motion blur."

Alternatively, if you changed the composition so that the action was emphasized, it would make the image a lot stronger and more readable. I made this sketch to show what I mean:
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Posted: 22 March 2014 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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My second entry for this month smile this pic was just born in my mind, so I just went with it

Summer Fae

The fae walks the forest, smiling at the new life that grows after the harsh Winter and the Spring that took too long to arrive
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Posted: 23 March 2014 05:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Here is the latest version. I think I have the DOF set up better. Was a little trickier than I thought.

@mcjam24: Hopefully you can now figure out what that is to the righ to of the windchime.
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