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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus D-490Z
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Nov 25, 2003
Aperture: 4.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 26, 2003

I was taking an ID photo for a new employee at work. I liked the way it came out, so I decided to see how it would look if "soft-focused." I liked the way THAT came out, so I asked (and got) her permission to use it as an entry.

Minor tone adjustment. Two passes USM at 88%, 0.8 dia, Threshold=7.
Soft-focus/vignette added as follows:
Select>Border = 64 pixels
Select>Feather = 32 pixels
Select>Feather = 32 pixels
Select>Feather = 32 pixels
Select>Feather = 32 pixels
Select>Feather = 32 pixels
Set Foreground Color = 8% Black
Edit>Fill (Foreground Color, 100% opacity, Normal Mode)
Deselect All
Set Background Color = 100% Black
Image>Canvas Size +2 pixels all around

Place: 57 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.0272
Avg (commenters): 6.1250
Avg (participants): 4.9429
Avg (non-participants): 5.1039
Views since voting: 1094
Votes: 147
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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12/08/2003 07:17:50 PM
I don't know where they get it that this is not soft focus.
Nice shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 03:37:05 PM
12/07/2003 09:28:16 AM
I like the concept. Overall, the think her pose could have been better executed making for a more visually appealing photo.
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12/04/2003 10:51:27 PM
One of my favorites. This picture has a lot of character.
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12/02/2003 12:30:13 PM
In my opinion: Would have liked just a litle more softness. However, the smile on her face dosen't lend itself to the soft, pensive mood. Like the blue tints surrounding her.
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12/02/2003 11:54:00 AM
Exceptional portraiture. I'm not sure about the fade at the corners, it's a tiny bit distracting somehow - but you've captured your subject beautifully. 9
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12/01/2003 08:03:15 PM
Beautifiully done image.
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12/01/2003 06:27:58 PM
Very sharp and detailed portrait,nice for passports but not for a challenge,thumbs down!
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12/01/2003 02:34:53 PM
This doesn't appear to be soft focus at all. I can see the softness around the edges... maybe like a spot filter or something. Your subject seems quite sharp.
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12/01/2003 10:20:13 AM
Very nice portrait. I love her expression. I think she must be a woman to respect.
A little too bright in the foreground but still an excellent shot. 8
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