07-23-2012, 05:06 PM
This image for 'selective focus' was failed because of cropping, composition and focus. The rules for "selective focus' are demonstrates how the viewers attention is impacted by selective focus.
07-23-2012, 06:25 PM
The first thing that catches my eye is the choice of lenses for this image. The image appears to have been captured using a fairly wide angle lens which has apparently distorted the dog's face - a longer lens would have been more appropriate, as would a lower camera angle. For a portrait of a dog, the image needs to be sharp from the tip of the nose to the ends of the ears, and this is not the case with this image. A portrait of a dog is probably not the best subject to use for demonstration of selective focus since limiting the focus puts one of the planes of the face out of focus - so you lose out either way - the image is not an effective dog image since part is blurred and since blurring is inappropriate for this subject, using it to demonstrate EFFECTIVE use of selective focus just doesn't work. The blurred back end of the dog is not necessary to the composition of the image, and the image would be stronger if the blurred back end of the dog were to be cropped off. Lighting wise, the image could be improved by adding some light coming in from behind the dog to separate it from the background.
07-23-2012, 08:08 PM
This image also was passed in one submission and not passed in the next one.