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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Muiden, The Netherlands
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Portraiture, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2003

Today I went out with my best friend to take some photos. We tried a few in front of various churches. This one was the best as there is quite a contrast between my friend and the church. The branch looks like a cut and paste job in PS but it is only of my use of the flash that is so noticeable (I didn’t really saw it until I had made this picture).

While some might say it is distracting at the same you can imagine a little story. Something like: the branch looks as if someone is holding it to try getting the attention from the saintly person in front of the church and lure him to damnation :D. The branch says: “The church is boring; it is old fashioned. Join me for a fantastic and colourful time :)”.

Anyway I used my EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II usm as lens.

Place: 59 out of 99
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Votes: 144
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/04/2003 05:19:48 PM
I like this photo....the lone branch of color, and the person in the far left corner
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12/03/2003 11:42:21 PM
This composition doesn't really work for me. The different elements don't really seem to fit together. Whatever story it is trying to tell (since there does seem to be one) just isn't getting through very well at all. Also, I don't think there was any reason for soft focus in this shot, as it doesn't seem to fit.
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12/03/2003 10:08:21 PM
I can handle the person in the shot (though I like the building better by itself), but the branch on the right is way distracting. It looks unreal. Did you use an on board flash? Also the church is a touch tilted in frame. Otherwise a very nice shot!
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12/03/2003 07:47:23 AM
Nicely done. I like the artsy-ness of this one. The red berries are a nice spot of color.
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12/02/2003 01:48:03 PM
Cool use of natural greys with a touch of color! I like it!
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12/02/2003 04:28:49 AM
Neat use of soft focus.
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12/01/2003 08:07:58 PM
Certainly the most creative concept in the challenge.
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12/01/2003 10:56:21 AM
I'm not sure I understand the relation between the 3 elements here, but it must be something I'm not privy to, so, no penalty for my lack of understanding. Regardless of their relationship, I think the placement of them in the frame is awkward and distracting. The angle for the portrait is not very flattering either, we're kind of looking up his nose.
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