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My First Christmas Tree
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Sonifo


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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-S70
Location: home
Date: Nov 29, 2003
Galleries: Family, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2003

Used a bit of soft focus on the *whole picture* from my psp8 program, not much though. The rest was done with a high exposure +1.0 and the light from the window made it softer. Great challenge.

Since it is a baby shot I think it will get a high 5.0 :P

She was cute to watch decorate the tree. All the bulbs went on one branch. hehehe. I think I will leave them there for awhile. I did get some shots of those to. I will post them when the challenge is over.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 99
Avg (all users): 7.7230
Avg (commenters): 9.0370
Avg (participants): 7.5147
Avg (non-participants): 7.9000
Views since voting: 11020
Votes: 148
Comments: 78
Favorites: 37 (view)


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06/09/2009 11:25:20 PM
This is indeed her precious moment and you captured it and preserved it forever!! Well deserved the amazing high score!!
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09/01/2005 03:03:51 PM
This is gorgeous! So sweet and tender. Precious.
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10/01/2004 01:51:39 AM
Wow! I think you handeled the lighting beautifully on this one. Great shot.
Mark
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02/13/2004 03:19:38 AM
Jeesh, this is really a beautiful photo. I just now saw it,. it is amazing.
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12/14/2003 12:06:28 AM
No doubt my favorite photo in the contest. I gave it an 8. After looking at it a couple more times after I voted and the contest was over, well I should have voted higher. Congrats, wonderful job.
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12/11/2003 08:46:35 AM
This was a perfect example of soft focus used in the right way.
Congrats on 1st place.
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12/08/2003 11:56:51 PM
This photo is absolutely stunning. The lighting on her face is perfect. I'm not surprised at the blue ribbon. Congrats.
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12/08/2003 10:09:49 PM
Great lighting.Helps to give that dreamy effect. She seems almost like a porcelain doll.

The reflection in the eye and her expression on her face is what makes this shot simply amazing.

I would love to see the EXIF info and settings for a shot like this.

Message edited by author 2003-12-08 22:55:32.
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12/08/2003 09:56:38 PM
Congrats on the win it is my fav from the challenge. Beautiful work, some high 5 you got there.
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12/08/2003 06:58:19 PM
A sentimental memory of Christmas 03. A perfect idea and photograph. Wonderful; and congratulation on the Blue.
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12/08/2003 05:32:23 PM
"It is easy to make a picture of someone and call it a portrait. The difficulty lies in making a picture that makes the viewer care about a stranger." - Paul Strand

Very nice work Sonja :)
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12/08/2003 01:46:05 PM
lOoks totally pro, sonja. congrats.
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12/08/2003 01:28:12 PM
Thank you!

If I didn't have kids I probably wouldn't even have a camera. hehehehe...I owe it to them.
12/08/2003 01:01:52 PM
Great ribbon :) Can't wait to see what you do with a 10D.
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12/08/2003 12:55:49 PM
What a beautiful image of a beautiful little girl. I really enjoyed this one and knew it would come out on top. Congrats on the ribbon. :)
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12/08/2003 12:07:38 PM
I'm so glad to see this beautiful photo win. It's exactly the type of shot that is perfect for soft focus. Congrats on a well deserved first place!
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12/08/2003 11:33:07 AM
Nice one! I knew this one would be in the top 3!! One of my tops!! :-)
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12/08/2003 11:29:57 AM
beautiful background foreground work !
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12/08/2003 11:18:55 AM
Very nicely done.
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12/08/2003 11:07:56 AM
Wow Sonja, congrats! This is your highest score so far.
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12/08/2003 10:00:18 AM
Woo Hoo Sonja Foo! <bounce> <bounce> <bounce> <bounce>
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12/08/2003 09:08:06 AM
Sonja,

A well deserved winner. Great shot again. Van
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12/08/2003 08:59:09 AM
Prediction of a high 5.0, huh?? I gave it a 10, as did many others!! Congrats on a beautiful photo, and on the blue ribbon!!
JD
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12/08/2003 08:51:59 AM
Sonya, WONDERFUL!!!! Congratulations!
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12/08/2003 08:41:52 AM
congrats, sonja! beautiful work per usual!
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12/08/2003 08:32:32 AM
Congratulations on the blue, a charming image for sure.
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12/08/2003 08:28:16 AM
Congratulations, very nice and cute photo.
Well Deserved!
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12/08/2003 08:23:26 AM
Very cute and the branches make for a great framing device - Congratulations on the well deserved 7.7!
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12/08/2003 08:12:49 AM
Congratulations, Sonja, this is just beautiful :)
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12/08/2003 07:35:00 AM
Congrats Sonifo - one of my favorites in the challenge, an excellent shot!
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12/08/2003 07:25:26 AM
A photo that will be cherished forever. Congrats on an excellent job!
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12/08/2003 02:07:31 AM
Congratulations sonja - perfect photo - very soft feel to it
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12/08/2003 01:27:43 AM
Wow, Sonja, what a privilege to be in the top three with you! Mighty fine work here!
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12/08/2003 01:27:28 AM
Sonja, perfect. Absolutely perfect. I didn't even vote on this challenge, but if I had...I know I would have had the good sense to give this a 10. :) Way to go!!
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12/08/2003 01:25:09 AM
Congratulations! You did it again.
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12/08/2003 01:12:45 AM
FABULOUS SHOT! :worship

-danny
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12/08/2003 01:04:30 AM
I just love this and you really deserve to be the winner
What a lovely little child
Well Done
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12/08/2003 12:20:31 AM
You Rock Soni!!!!
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12/08/2003 12:19:22 AM
I knew that this was the winner as soon as I saw it. It's simply brilliant! Congrats on a well deserved Blue!
TC
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12/08/2003 12:08:40 AM
Yes indeed, this was the best!
Congratulations
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12/08/2003 12:05:57 AM
Sonifo!! Yes, I thought this was yours. :) Just great, really a special holiday shot. When she gets older she'll treasure this. It's just wonderful. Congrast.
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12/08/2003 12:04:24 AM
Wonderful shot sonifo...the spirit of the season captured so well.

Congrats!

Richard


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12/08/2003 12:04:18 AM
Congratz.....good photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 09:54:33 PM
Looks like a truly magical moment. The soft focus here is perfect, composition is great - like sneaking a peak at her own little private ceremony, and the lighting is wonderful. Very natural look/pose/feel. A definite christmas card look. Excellent shot.
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12/07/2003 06:26:35 PM
Very good shot, and good soft focus
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12/07/2003 04:14:26 PM
absolutely lovely!
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12/07/2003 09:17:07 AM
Beautiful! The soft focus really adds an angelic quality, the hair is precious!
Ligting is perfect for this pic. I love it.
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12/06/2003 07:18:13 PM
did she just convert?? or has she been living in a cave all her life?? most atheists i know celebrate christmas ;0
12/05/2003 01:02:25 AM
Cindy-Lou-Who
This is definitely a keeper. Traditional moments at their best. I love the soft focus here and the red ornament was the perfect prop. I wouldn't change a thing. 10
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12/04/2003 10:15:16 PM
beautiful......... 10
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12/04/2003 11:28:41 AM
very nice photo....great use of soft focus....such a warm and inviting type photo....beautiful little girl too!!
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12/03/2003 10:10:14 PM
I\'m sorry, but the only thing I can think of to say right now is this shot is brilliant!
TC
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12/03/2003 09:51:47 PM
Very well done...beautiful work. Might have cropped a little more on top and right.
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12/03/2003 09:02:20 PM
Beautiful! That captures motion, childhood, and innocence all in one. The window barrier is distracting though, it'd be 2x better if it was just a white background. But hey, life isn't that convenient ;)
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12/03/2003 04:19:09 PM
This is definitely my favorite shot for the soft focus challenge. Awesome shot!
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12/03/2003 04:01:02 PM
Wonderfully captured. Great soft focus.
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12/02/2003 10:15:43 PM
What a great memory to save. Soft focus is perfect. Can't imagine it being better.
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12/02/2003 05:47:06 PM
this is sure to do well. the soft focus has worked perfectly giving this a real christmas feel. 10
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12/02/2003 11:11:40 AM
No doubt about it. Sweet. . . all around. Nicely done. She's a keeper! My only comment is that there may be a touch too much space behind and above the subject.
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12/02/2003 10:08:50 AM
I love this!!!! What a precious scene to be treasured for a lifetime!!! Soft focus here was wonderfully used to emphasize the innocence, angel-likedness of your jewel-like subject!! Way to go!
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12/02/2003 10:00:35 AM
The whites are a little too bright for me, but what a lovely image! Soft focus works so well for this shot in bring a sense of peace and hyper-idealism! 9
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12/02/2003 09:32:48 AM
I really like this shot. Back lighting and her face are perfect. The only, minimal, down fall is the vertilce window board.
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12/02/2003 08:19:38 AM
Bravo, this is so beautiful. the girl is adorable and so soft ;-) regards, biliana
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12/02/2003 04:41:48 AM
Brilliant use of soft focus - a very attractive compostion, the lighting is just right - would make a great Christmas Card!
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12/02/2003 02:14:10 AM
this photo is beautiful!
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12/01/2003 10:39:48 PM
Excellent photograph!! You did an outstanding job of capturing this wonderful moment! I love the entire composition! This could be a greeting card!! Congrats on a 10!!
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12/01/2003 07:48:13 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Just a beautiful shot. Looks like a Christmas greeting card. 10
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12/01/2003 02:54:01 PM
very lovely and appropriate use of soft focus. The tree seems to be reaching out to embrace her, and she has such a special expression on her face - concentration, magic. You have depicted this as if it were seen through memory. I like the backlight - but wish the wooden bar and horizontal shadow weren't there, or at least were so pronounced. Its also a bit dark on the top left. 8
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12/01/2003 01:47:27 PM
This is the class of the field for this challenge. This image is perfect.
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12/01/2003 08:21:27 AM
nice softness. well done.
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12/01/2003 07:56:05 AM
This is my first 10. If there ever was a pefect photo...this is it. The focus, lighting, composition and subject are all perfect. I can't ever think of a childs photo as beautiful. Good luck in this challenge. This should be a blue !
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12/01/2003 06:04:55 AM
The moment I saw this, it was one of my favorites this challenge. I love every little thing about it. Truly a beautiful capture, congrats! 10
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12/01/2003 03:42:18 AM
Absolutely beautiful shot. The soft focus here is perfect.
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12/01/2003 01:49:18 AM
Now this is finally soft focus. A 10 for you and what a cute child.
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12/01/2003 12:38:15 AM
how cute! I love it
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12/01/2003 12:27:45 AM
Very nice!!
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12/01/2003 12:19:06 AM
Fantastic. The light behind her is so wonderful and the light in her eye. Great shot. Love this one. 10
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12/01/2003 12:08:01 AM
Excellent work...
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