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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Collection: Landscapes
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Logan Canyon, UT USA
Date: Nov 29, 2003
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2003

Just a forest near my home. I bracketed heavily (6 shots) and chose this lighter one. It made the blur effect more pronounced. I was planning on doing a darker photo, with a blurry, spooky forest, but I like this one much better. It's fun to experiment!

My steps: I took a sharp photo, the increased the saturation by 30%, which is a lot. I applied a gaussian blur, then faded it to about 50%, using the Normal blending mode. I actually used gaussian blur four times, and faded each time. Cropped and readied for DPC size.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 99
Avg (all users): 7.3289
Avg (commenters): 8.2414
Avg (participants): 7.1096
Avg (non-participants): 7.5316
Views since voting: 8248
Votes: 152
Comments: 59
Favorites: 49 (view)


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02/27/2004 12:42:41 PM
Your efforts paid off. I like the effect.
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12/12/2003 03:57:02 PM
This is great... I am new to foto taking.. Like this site a lot... I just saw one of the reasons...
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12/12/2003 07:53:46 AM
that's beautiful! It looks as though you painted it, rather than photographed it. wonderful colours.
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12/10/2003 11:18:53 AM
beautiful!
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12/09/2003 09:03:39 PM
this is really nice. i love the softness.
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12/09/2003 06:02:10 AM
This is christmas card perfect if you know what I mean. Well done!
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12/08/2003 04:20:07 PM
I really like this image. It looks like a watercolor, almost. Congratulations. Excellent work.

PS A forest is never "just a forest"... :)

Message edited by author 2003-12-08 16:20:39.
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12/08/2003 04:11:11 PM
Absolutely fabulous! Have'nt seen such an image as a photography before. Like a painting and very inspiring. I like the enourmous variation of color very much.
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12/08/2003 03:46:46 PM
I will definitely be trying this technique on some of my photos. Absolutely beautiful, thanks for the inspiration!
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12/08/2003 01:08:09 PM
Very near effect david, very well done.
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12/08/2003 12:56:22 PM
Very nice. One of my favorites. Congrats on the ribbon.
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12/08/2003 12:12:36 PM
Congratulations! This is a wonderful photo! I called my husband to look at it when I was voting.I voted a 10.It is a work of art.

Joan
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12/08/2003 11:33:46 AM
It feels like a magical forest! I love it! congrats!
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12/08/2003 11:20:49 AM
Well executed. An excellant photograph.
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12/08/2003 11:09:00 AM
Wonderful photo and a well deserved ribbon David.
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12/08/2003 08:54:19 AM
Beautiful, David, congratulations. Well done.
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12/08/2003 08:43:05 AM
Great effect. Must try this. Congrats.
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12/08/2003 08:41:16 AM
Magical looking forest! Congrats David!
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12/08/2003 08:33:37 AM
Congratulations on the red ribbon, this was my highest placed image - it
is very satisfying.
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12/08/2003 07:37:09 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! A beautiful image...
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12/08/2003 02:09:44 AM
Congratulations david - on yet another amazing photo
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12/08/2003 01:05:40 AM
This is very unusual and a brilliant effect Congrats!
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12/08/2003 12:28:07 AM
Almost looks like a painting. Nice job creating a fantasy mood here. And congrats on the Red!
TC
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12/08/2003 12:19:58 AM
Wooohoooo...David! Way to go. Congrats!
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12/08/2003 12:07:49 AM
Amazing picture, congratulations!
Nice with the steps explained
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12/08/2003 12:05:52 AM
Three of my favorite photographers! and your right in the middle...super job David!

Richard
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12/08/2003 12:04:10 AM
Elves and fairies! Magic shot, congrast on the win. Wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 07:10:06 PM
This is the most beautiful picture I have ever seen! It is so beautiful, that it almost looks fake!
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12/07/2003 05:47:14 PM
Beautiful colors and impressionistic photo! My choice for winner.
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12/07/2003 03:55:25 PM
i enjoy the color in this.
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12/07/2003 02:16:39 PM
I like the contrast range you used here -- dark enough to add some moodiness, not so dark as to be scary, enough contrast to see the details.
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12/07/2003 09:27:32 AM
I like this enchanted forest look. Really makes the imagination wonder. Well done.
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12/05/2003 09:30:33 AM
Superb work. 10 Morgan
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12/04/2003 10:54:25 PM
Beautiful colors. Fantasia like. Seems Surreal.
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12/04/2003 06:52:35 PM
Can almost see them now. Captivating photo. Nice moody emotional shot.
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12/04/2003 12:00:27 PM
Almost looks like a painting with these extra saturated colors and the soft focus. I like it but am missing a strong focal point.
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12/02/2003 07:00:56 PM
Is this place real? I want to walk through these woods and look for elves. Very mystical. 10
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12/02/2003 05:45:53 PM
you've created a dream land with soft focus here. beautiful.
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12/02/2003 01:29:06 PM
WOW, I like this. Great colors. Looks like I'm looking through a rainbow. Good effective soft focus.
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12/02/2003 11:56:41 AM
Beautiful, unusual shot. I like the darkness and extra bit of saturation. The title fits it nicely. 8
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12/02/2003 08:24:59 AM
Beautiful colors ;-)
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12/01/2003 10:47:59 PM
I love the mood of this photograph!! Great job!!
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12/01/2003 09:53:07 PM
The softness here looks nice... had a nice painterly feel to it... I would personally love to see some more contrast in it overall... feels very surreal... dreamy :)
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12/01/2003 09:04:32 PM
Very nice... looks like a painting.
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12/01/2003 09:00:34 PM
Beautiful, Dreamy colors
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12/01/2003 06:05:54 PM
Very unusual looking image. Artistic in its colours and appropriately using the challenge to present a scene of beauty which is enhanced by the technique.

You may have used a coloured filter (smeared liquids, painted acetate?) to achieve this - I'll be interested to know.

Marked down only for the distracting hilights in the background.
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12/01/2003 05:49:23 PM
looks like an oil painting I dont think this is something I would normally like but it seems to work here. Good job.
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12/01/2003 12:22:40 PM
I like this photo....I want to read the details later and see the technique you used..I would like to believe in elves, and I'm sure this is where you could find them!
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12/01/2003 11:39:10 AM
You nailed the soft focus, but lost some color & contrast in the process.
If you adjust the white point & gamma this photo really scores.
Great mood, appropriate for the soft focus.
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12/01/2003 11:36:55 AM
Lovely.
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12/01/2003 11:06:19 AM
This image works very well for me. It's magical, soft, and could certainly hang on any wall - child or adult. 9
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12/01/2003 10:21:00 AM
Very nice. Excellent colour. 8
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12/01/2003 09:48:22 AM
Just amazing! Great soft colors and smooth atmosphere of the photo show real softenss. Love it. 10
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12/01/2003 08:11:40 AM
My mouth just flew open. That doesn't happen often. Not only did you capture nice rich soft colors...the soft focus is perfect. I love the composition and light. This will make a great print !
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12/01/2003 03:46:07 AM
Very magical looking place indeed. Great shot.
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12/01/2003 03:44:07 AM
Well there is not much I can say about this shot except perfect 10
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12/01/2003 02:34:57 AM
This is amazing. I love the colors and the whole feel of this photo. Great find!
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12/01/2003 01:52:55 AM
Great. Nothing I can say but wonderful. A 10 for you.
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12/01/2003 01:51:30 AM
Really nice colors. Unusual for sure. Seven.
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