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On the Shy Side
On the Shy Side

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Altoona, PA
Date: Nov 29, 2003
Aperture: f 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/450
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2003

Yes to those who will comment about they face or eyes, yes I did it again, another self portrait. You should see what I didn't use for this challenge. I might just have to post it after the challenge. It was a tough decision as to which one to use.

I did create the soft effect by fogging up a filter, then aged the photo 95 years in PSP7.

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12/09/2003 01:47:00 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Definitely meets the challenge topic, well composed.

There have been a number of things pointed out by the commentors.

As odd as it sounds, it's just a tad soft. I know, this is a soft focus challenge, but as much as there is here it causes the image to be lost.

If the colours, esp. of the lipstick had been more pronounced I think this much "fogging" could have worked. For this level of soft the image behind must be very strong.

I'm also not sure about the colour gradiation of the lipstick, the orange hues just aren't working.

I think this is a very good portrait. If you can go back to the original and not loose the colours (assuming they are there) I would suspect a top notch photo.

I hope this helps.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 11:42:29 PM
I think a really bright red or pink lipstick would have helped this to have more *punch*
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12/07/2003 03:56:46 PM
i don't like the desaturated color, and the focus is a bit too soft for my liking.
12/05/2003 01:01:17 PM
This is lovely - however the fabric at the neck lloks like a hand grabbing her throat at first glance - see how it looks like craggy old fingers? If you could change the color of that fabric post challenge you will have a stunning portrait.
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12/02/2003 01:55:04 PM
Just a bit too soft focus. Colors are a bit weak. 6
12/02/2003 10:49:15 AM
Very pretty. . . girl and shot. Maybe a touch over softened (my opinion). Love the eyes. Recognize that face from somewhere?! Best of luck
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12/02/2003 09:20:44 AM
Did you try red lipstick, I think if would added a different look.
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12/02/2003 05:49:23 AM
A wonderful soft felling to this photo. The model has a thoughtful introspective look that is very attractive. This one is without doubt one of my favorites. Beautiful! 10
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12/01/2003 05:32:50 PM
seems a little overdone
12/01/2003 02:33:47 PM
Whatever method you used here for soft focus worked. As you self-evaluate this image, ask yourself if the soft focus improved the image or degraded it. I'm just guessing, but it looks like a flash was used on this shot. That, coupled with your soft focus method seems to have washed out any color or warmth that would normally be associated with a soft focus portrait.
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12/01/2003 01:10:54 PM
This is a great photo expression, but the soft focus is way overdone.. detail mixed with soft focus makes it nice..
12/01/2003 12:28:55 PM
this is fogged enough to meet the soft focus challenge but for this viewer it goes too far in that direction. The expression seems manufactured and reflections in the eyes are distracting.
12/01/2003 05:04:25 AM
Soft focus?, blurred would be closer. The amount of manipulation is apparent in the skin and background. Poor submission.

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