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51.52 - Christmas is coming. by dragonfly-oli 51.52 - Christmas is coming. by dragonfly-oli
What a nice frame of the year. :giggle: I knew the moment when I tried out my 50mm lens the first time. The first subjects I caught with it were Christmas balls.
Look at them:

This picture is much more colorful, since I learned so many new things in photography, and the first thing was handling color management, the right point of sharpness, composition and color temperatures. :aww:
I am proud of myself. 2012 was the year I learned the most. The bokeh is real.
But my project is not over yet. One week to go!! :eager: :onfire:

This picture has been taken and uploaded today, because I have so many things to do the next days.. ^^; I still need to buy all Christmas presents, I am going to the disco the first time in my life, and hey.. The Armageddon is coming. :giggle:

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Lens: 50mm f/1.8 + Tripod




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(Gonna write in English so others can understand this. All the native speaker, pleased excuse my mistakes ;) )
And... I am not good at such things x.x Just wanted to try.
First: Have to say I really love this, nice work! Good job on the bokeh, I always love well done bokeh, so big plus for this pic anyway :D Aperture is chosen well too because you can still see the other pine branches but they do not distract the attention from the Christmas ball (love them, another big plus :D) Composition is good as well. :)
Only thing I do not like this much: the colors. They are just not Christmassy enough. For me such a bright yellow is a symbol for sun flowers and summer. I think a soft gold would fit better here.
But anyway, as I said, another amazing and lovely work by you, congrats!
Hope it's useful (although you're actually a much better artist and I am quite stupid wanting the give you advice :D) and you think it's fair (Well, I bet you'll have another opinion on the color thing but it's just my point ^^ And as I said, it's beautiful anyway, of course :) )!
greetings, isa :*
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Critique by Jsvn Jan 2, 2013, 3:34:42 AM
Hi dragonfly-oli

As a concept I think this is quite common and maybe a wee bit overused (by me too:)) - but considering that, to me it seems you've nailed most of the essentials, making it a nice Christmassy picture. The main problem for me, as the previous comment mentioned, is the colour. It is far too yellow, almost a bit sickly, to the extent that I can't tell what colour the bauble should really be. Is it a deeper red/purple? If it were that colour, with the green of the tree behind it, that would make this a lovely image for me.

I like your sharpness and shallow depth of field here - it's a shame you didn't post EXIF data so we could see your technique a bit more - and the star bokeh is a nice touch. The way the star shapes aren't complete is nice, makes them blur together well - but perhaps a couple of full stars would've been good. I dunno what you were using here but if it's a cut-out then you could just make the shape smaller to fit the aperture.

The framing is really nice, with just enough of the tree at the top to give context without detracting from the subject.

Hope that's useful
Merry Christmas!
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KMourzenko Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Makes me think of 80's New Year cards from my childhood.
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle:
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11AM-Daydreamer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you.
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11AM-Daydreamer Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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rscordoba Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
This is my favorite xmas picture so far!
I love the color and the bokeh is amazing!! :clap:
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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martaraff Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Feature: [link] *
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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UNexperienced Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
nice!
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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:iconunexperienced:
UNexperienced Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
U are welcome!:)
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:iconmbauernhofer:
MBauernhofer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, wunderschöne Arbeit!:)
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen, vielen Dank!
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:iconmbauernhofer:
MBauernhofer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gerne!:)
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:iconfholger:
fholger Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey :wave:

ich hab dies hier [link] gefeatured :w00t:

Grüße, Holger
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hallo! Vielen Dank!
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fholger Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Immer wieder gerne :-)
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:iconmalesx:
Malesx Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
very nice i love it so much X3
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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:iconmalesx:
Malesx Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
you wellcame my daer
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:iconartamusica:
artamusica Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely shot!
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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:iconartamusica:
artamusica Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome and thanks for the macro tutorial on your page--I intend to re-read it and follow the links after Christmas!
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, thank you! ;)
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artamusica Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Warum postest du immer wieder dieselben Fotos? :?
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ich poste die nicht immer wieder, ich update sie, wenn mich jemand featured. :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Und was soll das für einen Sinn haben?
Das habe ich noch bei keinem anderen beobachtet.
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ich schreibe die Links von den Journals, in denen ich gefeatured wurde, immer unter die Bilder. Naja, und dann kommen die Bilder geupdated bei euch in die Boxen.

Was Positives daran ist, dass welche, die das Bild am Anfang vielleicht nicht so toll fanden, es evtl gut finden und dann faven. Probiers aus! ;)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Ich setz den Haken nur, wenn ich am Bild etwas ändere.
Allzu oft kann nämlich auch schnell falsch verstanden
und letztendlich lästig werden. ;p
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Achso. :aww: Danke für den Tipp!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Zu viel kommt nicht immer gut an.
Und ich sage es immer wieder:
Das hier ist kein Ersatz für das reale Leben.
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Im Moment hab ich sowieso viel um die Ohren. Das klappt schon. :aww:
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Dipliner Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here: [link] :heart:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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Xaru666 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhappytearsplz: This is so beautiful!!
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Xaru666 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this wonderful work in my Christmas collection![link]

I hope you will agree and enjoy! :iconpinksantaplz:

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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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thanks!:iconcraciun4:
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Lub-Ad Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful !! :clap:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Malesx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
very nice work i love so much :)
good work ;)
XD X3
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Malesx Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
You wellcame my dear :-)
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Child-of-Minerva Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a pretty picture! I love the sparkles on the ornament.
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :aww:
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Child-of-Minerva Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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