Your HELP required: which to send in for a competition?

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Which one to enter in a competition?

  1. Photo 1

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  2. Photo 2

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  3. Photo 3

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  4. Photo 4

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  5. Photo 5

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  6. Photo 6

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  1. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yesterday we had a nice little hail storm and after that the sun came out.
    Our quinche tree was glistening with droplets and I could not restrain myself.

    Now I would like to enter ONE into a photo competition but since there are so many similar ones, I am not sure which is best. Can you help?

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    Now there are these, which are different, would you post one of these to the competition and if so, which one?

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    These are definitely not going into the competition, I have already decided on that:

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    ...but I still found the rainbow colours in the blurred drop in the background interesting ... but this being a reversed lens macro, DOF is razor thin and I could only get the droplet in focus, but not the leaf sticking towards me and I don't like that fact well enough.

    So... which one out of 1 - 4 should it be - or none of those but one out of 5 + 6?
     
  2. Mohain

    Mohain TPF Noob!

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    I would have said no. 1 or no. 8 but seeing as you have decided that no. 8 is definiatly not going in then I'd choose no.1!

    BTW, why not no.8? What is the comp theme?
     
  3. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    "In the countryside" ... very wide theme. Others have already posted sunsets, fields, wood themes, things like that.
    These were actually NOT taken far out in the country, only just in our garden, but given that we live in the country and given the fact that no one can tell where this tree is, I felt it would make a change to send in one of these glittering droplets after a heavy shower.

    You really think the last has potential?
    I felt it was rather weak, given the minute DOF I get by using the lens reversed ... despite this being the lens put to 55mm which gives me the least magnification. But any bigger magnification (lens set to 35 or 24mm) always meant I hit the drops with the lens and that was the end of that drop... plus my lens wasn't too happy...
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i voted for 5 ... the branch is better in 6, but otherwise 5 is so much better in terms of the background, and the reflection...

    with 1,2,3, and 4 the bokeh is too hectic and uneven for me.
     
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    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    oh, i'd maybe try a 2:1 landscape crop on 5 ...
     
  6. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    So you don't like all the glistening of the farther-away droplets on all the other branches to form the background for those in focus?

    And yes, a question about a possible crop for 5 or 6 would have followed soon, since those two are not cropped at all, this is their original compo and size... You like the coloured starburst of 5 then, Alex, and the very evenly green background (with is our moss-lawn ... more moss than grass, I'm afraid)?
     
  7. Mohain

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    The reason I like no. 8 is because it's an original take on a subject seen many times. The other reason I like no. 1 over 5 is that it looks in context. No. 5 could have been done in a studio and I agree with with your comment "glistening of the farther-away droplets on all the other branches to form the background for those in focus".
     
  8. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The reason why I am not considering 8 is because they will be shown as tiny pictures on the website of that newspaper only ... ok, the "jury" (some people of the paper) will see my to-be-e-mailed-to-them version (which will be larger than what will be shown), but I doubt many will even RECOGNISE this without any lengthy explanations. That is why I thought maybe not 8...!?!?!
     
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    I agree with Alex on this one.
     
  10. Alex_B

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    I am not saying that no.1 is bad ... just i personally like 5 more ;)

    although 1 maybe has more "countryside" feeling to it.

    5 is simple, that makes it beautiful.
     
  11. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have meanwhile made the crop and find that 5 now looks better.
    Why do only you and Mohain talk with me about these photos?
    Are they only good on a very low (bad) level?
     
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    I'm obviously the odd one out... I voted for #4, though for me it was very close with #5. Personally I liked the fourth out of the first similar photos since my eyes were very clearly drawn to the droplet in vocus and like #5 it has a simpistic feel to it.
    I don't think you'd go wrong with submitting any of the photos in this series, the color and detail of each are superb.
     

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