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My entry for the Critique Buddies macro theme.

I don't have proper macro lenses so this was as close as I could get.

Camera:Konica 5D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bubble
Username:Fishnet Fishnet
Uploaded:21 Jun 2009 - 3:37 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro
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Votes:16
Group Event:Critique Buddies June 2009 - 3
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kaybee
kaybee  103767 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 4:26 PM

I like it
Prefer No2 crop.
Hope it didn't go 'Pop' in her eye ........... that would smart

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Picture_Newport
21 Jun 2009 - 5:44 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A great idea, and well done for getting a close up without a macro lens.

The thumbnial does not really do this justice. when enlarged you can see that the bubble and bubble stick (?) is pretty sharp. I like that you have used a large aperture to blur the young ladies face, this helps to keep the viewers attention on the bubble, which, for me is the main subject.

You have also possitioned the circle of the sitck perfectly and the heart shape below it adds something a little extra, I don't think a bubble stick without the heart would have worked as well. This was probably the only one you had to hand, so I gues it's kind of a happy accident, works well though.

The colours are nice too, the pink stick and the nice pastel colours that are created around the bubbe are lovely.

I prefer V2, the tighter crop gives a more surreal effect and makes you think a little more about the image. Having read Ades comment in the forum about cropping off the left eye in V2, I think I would have to aggree, this would give it an even more surreal look, almost abstract.

I like it, have a vote too Smile deffinatley V2 for me.

Paul

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rowarrior
rowarrior  64350 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 9:02 PM

Very funky idea. I think now I've seen v2, I'd almost like to see a square crop just around the bubble, that would be even more out there.

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Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 9:11 PM

I've added a third version now Smile

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 9:47 PM

Yeap, I think V3 works better, it is more quirky and makes you look longer.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014720 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2009 - 11:25 PM

V3 does look surreal doens't it Wink

I cropped one and was about to upload it, but couldn't !

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User_Removed
22 Jun 2009 - 7:26 AM

V2 I think for me. Just feels right, better balanced for me. Great idea and it's worked. H

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Picture_Newport
22 Jun 2009 - 11:54 AM

Yep. V3 for me now.

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6685 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jun 2009 - 3:33 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is where I leave my comfort zone completely - no experience in giving critique whatsoever, so apologies if I get it wrong.

Paul has already given a vey comprehensive critique, so I'll keen mine short. An unusual and cleverly thought out subject, very well executed given the lens you were using. V2 is the one for me, the crop improves a well taken image, puts the shot into context and focuses the eye firmly on the bubble wand and bubble, which has lovely sharp edges. Really can't fault it.

Sandra

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HectorRivera
23 Jun 2009 - 9:38 AM

Very nice idea, Two works for me

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blackbird
blackbird  7159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2009 - 8:52 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It is difficult to add much to the previous critiques, this is a good take on the challenge and shows an interesting and creative imagination.
I also like the fact that the girl is looking directly without obvious expression, that together with the bubble and the dof softness creates a very enigmatic image.
V2 for me, although I would like to see slightly more space all around the bubble
merille Smile

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GazW
GazW e2 Member 6GazW vcard Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2009 - 4:49 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A number of other "buddies" have beaten me to it so I'll try and do mine before reading theirs to avoid being influenced by them.

Anyway, it's way outside of my usual area so my first reaction was "what the heck do I say !" - it's tricky this critique stuff isn't it ? Smile Of the three versions the 2nd one is the one that works for me. It has a great contrast between the two elements whereas V1 doesn't contrast in the same way and V3 has no contrasting elements at all so doesn't hold my interest for as long. The image is well-executed with perfect sharpness in the right place and the colour contrasts well.
Also, the dof of field is too great in V1 (for me anyway), but I assume that's a limit of the lens that you used. Because there's so much face showing you can almost imagine it in focus which isn't what you want here. In V2 there isn't enough of the face showing so the out of focus nature is emphasised in the right eye and the mind can't interpolate (is that the word I mean ?) the focus there.

It would be cheating to PS it but I think it would look good with the left eye totally sharp through the plastic.

hth
Gaz

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Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2009 - 4:55 PM

Thanks Gaz and everyone else Smile

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2009 - 12:39 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

First off I really like this and more so the longer I looked whilst pondering what to say.
I like the heart and the positioning of the eye behind the hole, but it's the general playfulness of being observed through the bubble that makes me to smile. Smile
Crop wise; between #1 and #2, I definitely prefer #2, which certainly gives the bubble more emphasis. #3 is great too, and has a lovely abstract feel, but for me it's actually become a completely different image from the other two, so it's not an either/or

A slightly random suggestion, but I did keep thinking that it would be really striking and surprising if the eye through the hole was bright and pin sharp, but I see that Gaz has beaten me to the punch. You'd need to cheat to do it, but I certainly wouldn't reduce the DOF further otherwise as making the eye any softer would be detrimental.
Tim

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Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jun 2009 - 9:30 AM

Thanks Tim, all the comments have been so helpful Smile

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Les_G
Les_G  6148 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 1:30 PM

I found this image quite mesmerising, and V1 became quite sinister the more I looked at it.

From a photographic view I found the eye in V1 split the image, as the looking at the eye was compelling. V2 due to the tight crop made ths worse for me. V3 was superb and for me the best due to lack of distractions.

The pink stick was nicely colour balanced against the skin tone.
The liquidity of the bubble was well captured, I felt I could just reach out and touch it.

Cheers,
Les

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Fishnet
Fishnet  104976 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 2:23 PM

Thanks Les Smile

It's interesting seeing which versions people like and why, everyone is different.

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