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Ribbon Winners Only: Entries found=17

Color A On Topic

Hanging On - Julie S Johnson
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 66
Technique: 25 Impact: 21 Composition: 20
I find the sharp focus on the moth and stick against the smooth out-of-focus background to be very attractive. I also like the very clean and uncluttered composition. You might consider tightening the crop on the left side to further focus the viewer's eye on the subject.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Color B On Topic

Night Lights - G Daniels
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 84
Technique: 29 Impact: 31 Composition: 24
I find this image very engaging with a real sense of movement. The interplay between the in-focus foreground lights and the lovely rainbow array of out-of-focus elements creates visual interest and great impact for me.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Color B On Topic

Hibiscus Morning - Joan C Dias
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 81
Technique: 28 Impact: 28 Composition: 25
I find the use of shallow depth of field to be very effective here. The colors of the flower are rendered beautifully against the smooth out-of focus background.My only suggestion would be to selectively darken the flower petals and out-of-focus background elements, thereby creating a natural vignette to draw the eye even more dramatically to the in-focus subject.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Color B On Topic

Papillon - Bill H Down
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 75
Technique: 27 Impact: 26 Composition: 22
This is a lovely and well-executed image. Both the flower and butterfly are in sharp focus and set off nicely against the out-of-focus background. In terms of composition, I think this image would benefit from a tighter crop, perhaps even square, to focus the eye on the subject, as well as a vignette or other selective darkening of some of the brightest background areas.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Color B On Topic

Vermillion Flycatcher by Steven Franklin - steven w franklin
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 69
Technique: 25 Impact: 22 Composition: 22
This is a pleasing use of shallow depth of field to set the bird and branch off against an attractively blurred background. I like the simplicity of the composition, but I think the image would benefit by cropping to bring the bird more to the center, thereby improving the visual balance. I also find the lack of tonal separation between the bird and the background to be somewhat problematic -- this might be addressed by adding contrast selectively to the subject.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Mono A On Topic

Takamine Guitar - Julie S Johnson
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 78
Technique: 28 Impact: 25 Composition: 25
I really like the use of shallow depth of field in this instance to put the subject in context while simplifying the composition. The monochrome treatment gives it a feeling of timelessness. My only recommendation would be to drop the top edge enough to eliminate the bright spots above the player's hat.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Mono B On Topic

. - Howard Winkler
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 86
Technique: 28 Impact: 30 Composition: 28
This image has great impact for me -- it is evocative and invites me to construct a story for it. Technically, the foreground hands are in sharp focus and well separated from the background. I would change nothing about this image.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Mono B On Topic

Unforgiving Flower - Sara B Boyd
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 78
Technique: 28 Impact: 21 Composition: 29
I like the composition of this image. The out-of-focus echo of the subject flower makes for a nicely balanced composition. The subject flower is sharp has a nice tonal range. I see the dark shadow at the lower right margin as a distraction; removing it in processing or cropping the image slightly would address this.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Mono B On Topic

Standing Tall - Bill H Down
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 76
Technique: 29 Impact: 25 Composition: 22
I like the way the bird, in sharp focus, "pops" agains the out-of focus background. I think that the subject has such a strong vertical line that cropping to a vertical aspect ratio would increase attention to the center of interest.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Novice On Topic

Flutterby - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 77
Technique: 25 Impact: 27 Composition: 25
In this image I like the simplicity of composition, the clarity of subject detail, and the way the smooth out-of-focus background sets off both the dark insect and the bright flower. I think the image might be improved somewhat by lifting the shadows on the face and body of the butterfly to reveal a bit more detail.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Novice On Topic

The iguana - Charles S Shultz
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 76
Technique: 26 Impact: 24 Composition: 26
I like the skillful use of shallow depth of field to separate the sharply in-focus subject from its surroundings. The color of the background also contributes to effective subject isolation. I think the angled composition adds energy and interest. The image might be improved by lowering the highlights on the nose and in the bright leaves at the top corners.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Novice On Topic

Brahma bull - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 75
Technique: 23 Impact: 27 Composition: 25
I think the simple composition, the low-key portrait style, and monochrome processing contribute strongly to the impact of this image. I think the image might be improved by opening up the shadows on the face to reveal a bit more detail, especially around the eye, without destroying the overall high contrast look.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Open Topic

Keeping an eye out - Bill H Down
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 87
Technique: 30 Impact: 30 Composition: 27
I am strongly drawn to this photograph. The subject is in sharp focus, the subtle tonal gradients of the feathers delineate the body shape, and the brightly colored beak and eye draw capture my attention. The sky provides a soft and complementary backdrop, and the overall composition is well balanced.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Open Topic

Don't Move - Julie S Johnson
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 80
Technique: 25 Impact: 30 Composition: 25
The use of extremely shallow depth of field in this image produced an image with high -- though emotionally unpleasant -- impact for me. The anonymous, out-of-focus face balances the gun in the composition and heightens the sense of unease. I think that lowering the highlights, especially in the fingers holding the gun, might improve the tonal balance without sacrificing the overall high-key look.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Open Topic

Seattle Rain - Adam L Berry
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 77
Technique: 25 Impact: 27 Composition: 25
To me this image effectively evokes the feeling of being in Seattle. I like the blurred cityscape and the way that the girl's pink coat draws my eye to the subjects. I feel that the image would benefit from a modest increase in saturation to further delineate the foreground subjects from the background.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Open Topic

Flying Away - Tom Murray
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 76
Technique: 24 Impact: 26 Composition: 26
I think that the layered composition of this image (dark birds in foreground, white birds in middle ground, foliage in background) creates visual interest and depth, and the attention of all the birds in the same direction gives a sense of energy and purpose. I find the disembodied stork bills at the right margin to be somewhat disconcerting; they might be candidates for selective removal. I also think that lifting the shadows in the airborne birds in the foreground to reveal more detail would help connect them visually to the birds on shore.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018

Open Topic

MLK March - Adam L Berry
Judge: David Soderlund Total Score: 73
Technique: 26 Impact: 27 Composition: 20
I like the way this image tells a story. The ambiguous gesture of the woman seems to invite the viewer into the image, and the white line creates a sense of depth. The sepia tone treatment adds to the mood of the image. However, I think the composition is somewhat out of balance. Cropping up from the bottom and in from the right might move the center of interest toward the center of the image and improve the balance while still retaining the strong leading line from the lower right corner.

February 2018 - Shallow Depth of Field - 2/6/2018