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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-4000Z
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: Nov 26, 2003
Aperture: f-2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320 sec.
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2003

This is a closeup of a leaf frozen in a shallow water of a poorly drained water fountain. Taken just before sunset, the colours of the ice were almost blue in contrast with the golden colours of the leaves.

I achieved the misty appearance by breathing on my lens slightly. It was about -5C so the mist on the lens held for several seconds before evaporating.

Place: 14 out of 99
Avg (all users): 6.2467
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.1250
Avg (non-participants): 6.3590
Views since voting: 1386
Votes: 150
Comments: 18
Favorites: 5 (view)

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12/09/2003 12:27:24 AM
Thank you all very much for all the incouraging comments. With every challenge I learn so much. My eyes are open to new posibilities all the time. I am glad to be part of DPC.
12/08/2003 08:16:40 PM
I commented on this in the challenge but it's dissappeared(?). This is great, and a very fresh, natural idea without resorting to overt filtering. THE RIBBON IS COMING!... ;)
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12/08/2003 12:26:46 AM
One of my favorites of this challenge.
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12/08/2003 12:19:06 AM
Hi Nella
Well done it looks great I love the colours
I got 34th but at least I tried I am happy with that Sally
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 06:01:28 PM
Kind of Blue, yea? Nice colors... But cold... But maybe appropriate for this time of the year.
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12/07/2003 04:17:19 PM
nicely captured
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12/07/2003 09:21:33 AM
Beautiful. The colors, the feelling of coldness. I think you nailed it. Great interp of soft focus. There is nothing to critique.
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12/06/2003 07:16:48 PM
well done.. you'll probably end up winning
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12/04/2003 11:54:03 AM
I like the colors and the structure of the leave (?) combined with the bubbles. Good idea to use ice as a soft focus filter.
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12/03/2003 11:56:17 PM
Well, I like the color bleeding that the soft focus produces here, but I with all the fine detail available here I find myself squinting in hopes of all the little bubbles in the ice coming into focus. I guess I'm just torn.
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12/02/2003 07:17:04 AM
how beautiful! 10
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12/01/2003 01:27:36 PM
Stunning work of fine art. I'm amazed at some of the creativity in this challenge. Soft focus used very effectively and the dramatic colors are gorgeous. 10
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12/01/2003 01:21:08 PM
This has to be one of my favourites of the challenge. I love the colors, they work so well together. The soft focus on this ice looks amazing, what a GREAT shot!
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12/01/2003 12:18:50 PM
this is an interesting photograph to me.....I find it artistic and pleasing. This frozen state does lend itself to a softness which surprises me because I often associate ice with a stark unsoft state.....so, I really like this photo.
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12/01/2003 08:07:30 AM
oh this I like ! The 2 colors and composition used are wonderful ! GREAT idea on how to get your soft focus !
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12/01/2003 05:59:36 AM
Wow, this is so good! Very creative and beautiful, well done!
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12/01/2003 03:48:21 AM
Very clever indeed. Great photo, can't suggest anything to improve (not much help, sorry).
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12/01/2003 12:21:40 AM
I can't tell what it is, other than something in ice, but I like it a lot. The radiating lines in the yellow part contrasting with the bubbles in the bluer section. Great shot. The Soft Focus adds an ethereal feeling to the shot.
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