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A childhood memory
A childhood memory

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Home
Date: Nov 25, 2003
Aperture: 3.3
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Vintage, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2003

I'm sorry: cloyingly sweet, like drinking molasses. But such is the nature of soft focus, I believe. This is a character from a marvellous 1970's brit children's TV show called Bagpus: I think this mouse may actually have been a 35th birthday present.

Soft focus filter is a bit of ND lighting gel smeared with a little hair gel, and held in front of the lens.

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12/12/2003 04:52:44 PM
Critique Club review:

Hi Ed,

First your shot fits the challenge well. The soft focus on the mouse is quite what I expect in a soft focus shot.

The subject is good. The softness on the snout and eye maintain nice details. The colors of the mouse are also nice. Your cropping, dof, and sharpness are good.

Now the downfalls, IMO the lighting is either too bright, especially on right side of mouse. This is somewhat distracting. Also, the shadow from the snout onto the shirt of the mouse is probably a bit too dark. For some reason, my eye is drawn to the dark area on the shirt, not the eye or head of the mouse (assumed subject). I'm not sure, but a different colored back ground may have changed this or different angle of lighting.

Overall, I liked the photo and hope this helps a bit on your next try.

Merry Christmas,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2003 07:07:23 PM
wow, poor you.. when i was a kid, i used to burn toys like this for fun :)
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12/04/2003 11:48:45 AM
nice soft focus photo....love the muted colors too....interesting and unusual stuffed animal too!
12/02/2003 05:21:15 AM
I like this little mouse.
12/02/2003 04:24:41 AM
Excellent use of soft focus.

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