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Hard and Soft of Rural Life
Hard and Soft of Rural Life

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
Location: Just South of the Pond ;-)
Date: Nov 25, 2003
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 135
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2003

This photo illustrates for me the softness and beauty of nature juxtaposed against the hard (and sometimes harsh) reality of the rusty farm implement used to bend the earth to our will. I used the old-fashioned way of creating a soft focus for this shot (breathing on the lens) which left part of the shot very soft, part less so. It worked for me.

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12/19/2003 05:55:31 AM
No comments? Outrageous ... so here's one.

Intersting to read your comments on the shot - and an interesting idea, and approach. Like the variable soft focus of the misted lens trick.

The composition lets you down somewhat though - as much in that the farm implement isn't recognisable at all, and the dead-centre positioning of your main subject. This way the flower becomes the sole sibject of your image, and the rusted thing merely the background - if you were to include enough of the rusted thing to make it recognisable, and place the flower at a stronger part of the frame I think you'd have a more successful photograph - put simply, there'd be more going on to hold interest: the tric being to compose the image so that the areas of interest are prioritised to your audience.


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