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Old Jan 22, 2006, 9:19 AM   #1
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Taken at the West Palm Beach Flower show.
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 1:52 AM   #2
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Those look like a variety we call "apple bananas". Nice shot. Wish the bunch on the left would have sense enuff to get out of the way.

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Old Jan 23, 2006, 5:15 AM   #3
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I like the effect with the bunch on the left out of focus. Do you think it works, or is it just distracting?
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 6:56 AM   #4
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Jim,

I prefer the bare essentials. Pls keep in mind this is a personal preference to some extent. In your banana shot the left hand bunch seemed a tad distracting because I had to ask myself, "What's that on the left?" Also, they didn't draw my attention to your main bunch.

Here's a shot I took some time ago with all the bananas in focus to give you an idea of what I mean by bare essentials - no distractions.

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Old Jan 23, 2006, 7:06 AM   #5
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So you would prefer this shot?
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selvin wrote:
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Here's a shot I took some time ago with all the bananas in focus to give you an idea of what I mean by bare essentials - no distractions.

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Apart from the bunch in the bottom right that look like an Hawaiian headdress
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Old Jan 23, 2006, 10:34 AM   #7
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I would have to agree that in the first photo, the out of focus bunch is very distracting. I think it is ok to have out of focus elements in a photo but I would prefer not to see them in the foreground. There are exceptions, of course. In a depth-of-field study, some soft-focus elements in the foreground and background help to emphasize the subject. However, a large soft-focus object in the foreground doesn't work for me.

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