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Tired Student, Losing Focus
Tired Student, Losing Focus

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Desk in my room
Date: Nov 25, 2003
Aperture: f/2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6s
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2003

My first staged photo (up until now, everything I've ever taken has been a snapshot). Cleared off a desk and arranged some of my study materials. Next, I used a white undershirt to diffuse light coming from a desklamp on the left. There was also a small ceiling light (also covered w/ a shade) behind me which kept causing problems at first due to the camera's shadow.

Not sure if many people can tell the intent to make everything look slightly out of focus, but I hope it comes across well.

Place: 32 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.7626
Avg (commenters): 7.4444
Avg (participants): 5.6515
Avg (non-participants): 5.8630
Views since voting: 1745
Votes: 139
Comments: 12
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12/14/2003 09:06:20 PM
From the Critique Club :

Good job on your first set up shot!
You did a great job with the lighting and soft focus here. Your choice of b&w works well here.
My only suggestions would be to have angled the book differently so we dont see the ucla stamp. I also would have removed the papers from the upper left hand corner. They make the layout a little busy and are picking up too much light(brings my attention there).
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 11:08:31 PM
This scene brings back bad memories :) Very nice work :)
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12/07/2003 03:54:47 PM
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12/07/2003 03:34:58 PM
Cool idea. Good composition and lighting. Nice positioning of subject. 8.
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12/04/2003 05:23:34 PM
neat idea.
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12/02/2003 12:43:47 PM
Very good and clever.
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12/01/2003 06:01:02 PM
Beautiful combination of black and white and soft focus. 8
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12/01/2003 12:31:04 PM
nice photo....there is a softness to be found even in what appears to be a " hard" detailed subject matter!
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12/01/2003 11:13:25 AM
Nice soft focus!
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12/01/2003 06:13:36 AM
Very creative and well done!
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12/01/2003 03:28:31 AM
Clever twist on the theme and nicely executed.
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12/01/2003 12:38:08 AM
Nice, but the UCLA stamp is a clear mistake. Draws too much attention for sue.
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