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Sending soft sentiments
Sending soft sentiments

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Home, OH
Date: Nov 24, 2003
Aperture: f3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Emotive, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2003

Was reading a Civil War diary. . . when letters were written with flowery prose. Love letters often evoke faded memories. Tried to capture the feeling with the soft focused still life. The pinkish flowers and background suggested the feminine touch. Used only the existing, fading sunlight coming through the window.

With the white balance set on sunlight, I used the #3 filter. Adjusted the original picture slightly for color and cropped for size. In photoshop: created a soft focus by applying Gaussian Blur, fading it by 50% and then unmasking.

Place: 18 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.1901
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.8971
Avg (non-participants): 6.4595
Views since voting: 1086
Votes: 142
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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12/14/2003 08:48:26 PM
From the Critique Club :

First let me say that I really liked this image.

Soft focus was achieved perfectly, with subjects that worked well.
Your composition was good, and lighting was also nice.

You could have cropped a little more of the lamp out to keep it from overpowering the photo. I think one or two less items in the frame might have made it more effective too.

Basically the shot fit the challenge well and that was reflected in your score and comments.

Sorry, but the photo needs to be bad for me to have more to critique :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 03:58:19 PM
lovely work on the focus. i don't like how the table lamp dominates so much of the photo.
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12/05/2003 08:24:18 PM
Er ... didn't I comment on this already? Oh yeah - in that other challenge. I think it works better here, though the lamp is still annoying - I think perhaps it would work as a framing element better - if you shot more under the angle of the glass of it: to me it's intrusive now. The set-up works well for the challenge other than that, and it is genuinely soft focus, which is rare enough.
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12/02/2003 10:36:03 PM
nice work with the lighing... i like the feather :) nice touch...
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12/02/2003 10:35:26 PM
Very nice soft-focus shot. I think you did this one just right. 10
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12/02/2003 12:00:06 PM
As good in soft focus as it is in scents and aromas
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12/01/2003 03:13:29 PM
Very romantic - a good subject for soft focus - sentimental, warm. The bright whites of the paper really show off the soft focus, they glow, it gives them more meaning. The composition is a bit too busy (tiny bit!) I'd have collected the papers together more in a pile, the way the bottom one runs off the page I find a bit distracting. Still well thought out, well executed. 8
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12/01/2003 03:13:04 PM
Much better than the last try.
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12/01/2003 01:34:07 PM
Excellent use of soft focus - this challenge is just one beautiful entry after another! I love your choice of subject and the arrangement - it's greatly complimented by the challenge theme. 8
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12/01/2003 08:01:26 AM
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12/01/2003 03:29:45 AM
Beautiful composition and the soft focus is nicely done.
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12/01/2003 01:26:32 AM
This is very nice , good subtle lighting, just enough softness to add appeal to this shot,
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12/01/2003 12:37:54 AM
I'm pretty sure I just show this shot..?? LOL It is very nice and the lighting is good. I still think the lamp is a distraction.
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12/01/2003 12:37:38 AM
This is a nice vintage look... nice focus
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