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tony64 16 204 9 England
1 Sep 2008 8:05PM
Beautiful Colours, well found!
Supersam 12 21 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:07PM
Lovely picture.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
1 Sep 2008 8:09PM
Very well composed and captured, Karen. Carol
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16 47 14 United States
1 Sep 2008 8:19PM
I spent a happy hour or so doing this with a grandson-- very methodical he was-- none of my shots turned our as lovely as this one!
mutley68 14 11 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:28PM
I love this type of shot - its just as much fun finding the pebbles as it is taking the pictures!
Great image
Hanners 14 875 10 Ireland
1 Sep 2008 8:34PM
very well thought out, love the DOF Smile
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:43PM
It's a delightful image.

csurry 18 9.2k 92
1 Sep 2008 8:46PM
Visually this isn't quite making sense.

Did you add some blur? The left end of the stones is not as sharp as the right end, even though in most instances they appear to be on the same plane.
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 8:51PM
Super image Karen. Nice colours, light and background.
Marilyn x
1 Sep 2008 9:12PM
perfect Zen.....

Harmony.... beautiful karen....!!!!

Nikki !

Hope the Holiday went well...!!!!!
KKmoments 14 12 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 9:43PM
In reply to CSCurry, I have no idea .... no blur/soft focus were added the only adjustments to the RAW file was a slight increase to black & contrast.
Camera was set to AV priority and focus was on the rock. Tech info as follows: Aperture F4, ISO 100, Exposure 1/200, Focal length 120mm.

If anyone can advise why i'd be interested to hear?

Thank you
Karen Smile
User_Removed 13 172 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 9:47PM
Great image, really like this

G73photography 14 417 15 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 9:54PM
good close up the nice texture in the colours, although a little dark, but lightening up would lose the texture somewhat, the focus looks fine,

Quote:Visually this isn't quite making sense.

unusual comment??
the "blur" was prob due to the apeture used F4, G
Lilac 13 33 England
1 Sep 2008 10:02PM
Great image - nice collection of differently coloued pebbles

trissie 14 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 10:26PM
A lovely image Karen, superb light and dof.

MNPHOTO 12 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2008 10:27PM
like this alot
piccy 14 8 Wales
1 Sep 2008 11:12PM
Lovely shot, like all the different colours. If it were mine I'd have had changed the second from the top to a flatter stone, more inkeeping with the rest. But that's just my personal taste. I think it's a great image.
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15 275 1 United States
1 Sep 2008 11:36PM
Excellent! Love this.
PatrickSmith 15 1.2k 2 United States
2 Sep 2008 5:05AM
I kind of like the second to the top stone because I can see some good detail on it. Regardless, this has the perfect amount of light and what a background.

Possum Plus
14 148 England
2 Sep 2008 5:23AM
Nicely set up, Karen. The DoF brings those lovely b/ground colours through well.
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 9:14AM
lovely image
glyndwr 13 66 10 Wales
2 Sep 2008 9:28AM
Good use of DOF to isolate the subject.

sunshot 15 24 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 10:05AM
you've set this up nicely Karen, the detail is superb, great use of dof
csurry 18 9.2k 92
2 Sep 2008 10:14AM
Just really weird then Karen.

Can't work out what but given the DOF would be very limited it could be that the millimetres of difference in position are enough to cause the effect and maybe f/4.5 or even f/5.6 would still have blurred the bg enough, but kept all the top stones sharp.

The reason I questioned it was that they appear to be on the same plane and thus you would expect both ends to be sharp (or blurred) but it's not always easy to tell if you were exactly parallell to the stones.

For me personally it is not the blur of the background that jars (as some seem to have interpreted the question) but either end of the individual stones. One end is sharp, the other is not. I just think it would really pop off the screen with a slight adjustment to the settings.

Dotrob 15 Wales
3 Sep 2008 11:33AM
Super shot, great colours and presentation.
fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 8:47PM
A very attractive and restful image. Love the colours.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2008 10:53PM
A super image Karen, really like it,

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