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ancient art by the Khmer. captured in Hombroich/germany

Photographer: michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: stills
Uploaded: 2006-Feb-28 10:22 EST
Current Rating: 8.25/4 (Weighted rating: 8.13)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 200
Aperture: f3.3
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Focal Length: 37
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
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I think the composition is original and well chosen. I see lots of gallery photography that does not do so well.

The BW works well, but there appears to be a bit of a DOF problem.

For me, the stark white background does not work so well. You might consider some shadow cast across the background in a way tha would emphasise the perspective. This is just a wild guess.

Best wishes...


Joe Sneed HoF ¤ at 12:46 EST on 2006-Feb-28 [Reply]


thanks Joe,

the DOF was choosen intentionally and with full conscious.
I wanted the foreground statue sharp and the second unsharp.
thought about adding some additionally 'artificial' blurriness but decided not to do.
to choose a different f-stop for more DOF would have been no problem.
the background was white and bright. but I must admit I was a bit unsure about the brightness. but had no
satisfying idea about this. maybe I'll make another try later with your suggested shadow idea.
could be a usuable solution.

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $ at 13:18 EST on 2006-Feb-28 [Reply]


Michael I like this very much for the dof you went for and it is great to see shots set up deliberately with the dof in mind and pre-visualised as you have done here. This is a real art I would like to see more of this kind of decision represented. Like the others, I like the compo as well. I think it was difficult with the wall so white. Perhaps Joe's suggestion is apprpriate and if you experiment with it, would love to see the result of your work. We had a great time. I never lay down on my back before to do so much photography!

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 03:58 EST on 2006-Mar-01 [Reply]


thanks Doro: guess playing with the DOF is a result from playing with the Lensbaby ;)
it enhances creativity more than I expected.

thanks David: glad u get what I were after with the comp. I also like it but think there is still
potential with the statues which I didn't use. guess one day I need to go back to make the images
I missed this time.

also thanks Eugene: after processing all the shots with you laying on the back *ggg I'll come
back to this one to see whats possible for me. it was really amazing to see you planning and
composing your images with such a conciousness and calm.
very different to my image making behavior which is much more faster, 'uncontrolled' and intuitiv.
but at least its the result which counts, no matter how someone is used to shoot.
think I should spend more time on planning. I would miss less images I guess ;)

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 06:48 EST on 2006-Mar-01 [Reply]


agree...the result is count no matter style of shooting...and this one is excellent "result"...great compo and tones...this conversion of yours gives more strenght to subject ( i just try to imagine diff. channels of this picture) and i like that second statule is little out of Dof...this little trick made picture more interesting instead all sharp.

denis grzetic HoF Win ¤1 at 10:16 EST on 2006-Mar-01 [Reply]


thanks Denis, yes the picture would be more ordinary if the second statue was sharp. I tried to give some sense for material and detail in the near FG and shapes in the BG. details need to be sharp while shapes are identifiable even if they are blurred. meanwhile after viewing it again and again I have no more doubts about the bright BG.

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 11:13 EST on 2006-Mar-01 [Reply]

Itīs a great ...

example for shooting a detail and the whole object at same picture. Like it a lot, espec how the right figure fits in the curve of the left figure. Also conversion is perfect. Oping the thumbnail, I was surprised by arranging the DOF. Was expecting the left figure unsharp and the right figure sharp. But maybe itīs better to show the detail sharp.

Kind regards,

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $1 at 14:03 EST on 2006-Mar-01 [Reply]


thanks Horst. glad to surprise you with the unexpected arranged DOF :)

michael hoefner HoF Win ¤ $1 at 05:38 EST on 2006-Mar-02 [Reply]