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Fading Beauty
Fading Beauty
TerryGee


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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: NJ
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2003

I used a white stocking over the lens.
Adjustments made in PS.

Statistics
Place: 37 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.6759
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 5.6857
Avg (non-participants): 5.6667
Views since voting: 1166
Votes: 145
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)


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12/13/2003 01:26:28 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Soft focus combine with high key and low contrast to make this image convey a transcendent, tranquil beauty. The background color is perfect for this message. The composition is just right. The leaf is close enough to the bottom of the frame that it doesn't draw undue attention, but provides support and context for the flowers. The bud going to the right at the top nicely balances the left-facing flowers.

Overall, a wonderfully sublime image. I like it very much. My only suggestion is to ignore those who would prefer a more conventional photo, which may indeed be beautiful but would lack the ethereal, spiritual effect you have succeeded in capturing here.
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12/10/2003 12:31:43 PM
I agree that it's reminiscent of a watercolor..personally, I find it very appealing to see the flowers match the background more obviously, sort of represents how nature fades into the background of our own lives at times. Very creative using a stocking over the lense, it never hurts to step outside the box. Too bad I'm too late to vote!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 04:00:03 PM
nicely framed. i'm afraid the background color detracts too much from the flowers, though. maybe a more contrasting color would have worked better...
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12/06/2003 11:01:43 PM
Nice composition, beautiful colors.
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12/06/2003 09:09:22 PM
I like how you've composed this with the leaf curving across the bottom. The flowers are a lovely subject for soft focus, especially with the white on them. But this is just a bit too soft. The pink of the flowers blends a bit too well with the background. Something that contrasts better would work.
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12/06/2003 07:12:58 PM
this looks like a haiku.. i hate haikus ;) but you'll do well and besides.. i can't vote.
12/05/2003 09:09:28 AM
Very graceful. The soft focus works well here.
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12/02/2003 05:32:25 AM
Very visually appealing shot. I find the choice of background color to be somewhat unusual, and a little surprising, but it does work well. Composition is effective, the soft focus beautiful. Has an almost sensuous feel to it. 8
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12/02/2003 04:44:37 AM
Nice colours and composition but the soft focus is overdone for me.
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12/01/2003 05:39:14 PM
Nice soft focus but the pink flowers seem to lack contrast against the background, maybe a blue background would have helped?
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12/01/2003 05:31:44 PM
the background and the flower colours blend. a different background colour may have improved this?
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12/01/2003 12:24:50 PM
very soft and pretty....love the colors
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12/01/2003 11:14:10 AM
Beauty! Good composition, a little too soft for my taste.
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12/01/2003 12:18:39 AM
OOOOOHHHH I really like this one a lot. The colors and form remind me of Japanese watercolors.
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