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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Fontana, CA
Date: Nov 27, 2003
Aperture: 2.4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/2400
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2003

A proud Akita Male in the park.

Very bright day, so I used an extremely fast shutter to get the depth of field down.

Gaussian blur to soften, saturated, lightened, and reduced contrast slightly.

Place: 43 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.5532
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.4203
Avg (non-participants): 5.6806
Views since voting: 883
Votes: 141
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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12/14/2003 11:53:16 AM
Critique Club

This definately meets the challenge it is soft. But for as soft as it is one thing stands out to me as just being to soft, the eyes. With the dogs coloring and the soft focus you lost the dogs eyes. I think had you been able to pull more detail around the dogs eyes the photo would have been outstand.

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12/08/2003 08:19:42 AM
you should have done better than a 5.5 . folks here are something against animal portraits.. oh well. Better luck next time. I Love this photo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 10:54:21 PM
Very nice shot.
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12/07/2003 09:29:41 AM
Akita? Awesome dog. Great pose, right on focus for this challenge, colors are great. Looks very majestic. A great photographic interpretation of this breed.
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12/05/2003 09:10:12 AM
Love the expression. What a great looking dog. Nice shot.
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12/03/2003 07:50:36 AM
Lovely model!
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12/02/2003 01:37:25 PM
I love Akita's! Had one myself. He passed away of old age a few years back. Best, Smartest dog I ever had.
Good composition and colors.
There is a difference between DOF and soft focus and it looks like I'm going to have to subtract a point for that.
12/02/2003 09:23:29 AM
Great look. Nice background!
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12/01/2003 08:01:40 PM
This is an exceptional pet portrature.
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12/01/2003 11:58:00 AM
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12/01/2003 03:48:46 AM
Beautiful animal and beautifully taken shot.
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12/01/2003 12:07:09 AM
Great looking dog. I think you have achived a soft/in-focus look here. This has detail, color and good focus. Nicely done. Good luck in the challenge I think this should do very well.
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