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September 21: Neighborhood Lavender
21-SEP-2005 Lisa Carmichael

September 21: Neighborhood Lavender

Studio City, CA

Went for a walk down our street this evening, looking for a suitable PaD subject. Many of our neighbors have lovely yards, all full of roses and native Southern California plants. It was a good opportunity to practice my DoF skills. I was having trouble choosing the shot I wanted to post, so I asked Andy, and he picked the above shot of lavender.

Technically, my favorite is this one:

What do you all think?? All comments welcome.

Canon EOS 350D ,Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
1/400s f/5.6 at 85.0mm iso800 full exif

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digicam_neophyte26-Sep-2005 23:32
Both are very nice. I love the above for that rich color and fascinating light ... but I'm a sucker for a clean sharp shot with detail like the one below. Both have good use of dof with some nice bokeh.
Mindy McNaugher23-Sep-2005 03:39
Beautiful shot! Stunning color, light and dof! Very nice 'feel'!
Khalid Hameed23-Sep-2005 01:55
Beautiful color!
joanteno23-Sep-2005 00:05
The colors in the first shot are spectacular!
Stu22-Sep-2005 23:25
Excellent depth of field
Lee Rudd22-Sep-2005 18:43
Lavender is beautiful... and it is one of the few flowers I can smell! so the lavender for me
grafix7222-Sep-2005 14:51
The colour in the top one is nice but the second one has a very relaxing effect since it's so soft. Both are excellent though.
Di22-Sep-2005 14:51
I'm going with the lavender because the purple is such an eye catcher. I agree with you though, technically, the second image is better, but with all things considered...I like the first image best.
Focus22-Sep-2005 13:34
Wonderful color.....well done.
Herb Knufken22-Sep-2005 13:33
Good pic, nice shot
Ron S. Bernardo22-Sep-2005 11:52
I like the color of the top photo.
Coleen Perilloux Landry22-Sep-2005 09:29
they are both lovely and I like the first one better. I'll bet the butterflies like it, too.
shatterbug22-Sep-2005 05:35
Nice shot Lisa, I like the first one better because of the background. Generally, a shallow DOF looks better if it is not against a very bright bg. I also love the colors on this one. Good job.
steve mcsweeny22-Sep-2005 05:31
I like this;).Superb dof,great color and very nice light.The softness adds to this image,imo.Vote!
tomsview22-Sep-2005 05:01
Nice shot with beautiful DOF use!
Robin Reid22-Sep-2005 04:42
I like them both and I agree w/you that the bottom one is sharper. However the lavender one has great color and I can almost smell it. ;-)