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Cibolo Vaquero
Cibolo Vaquero

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Cibolo Creek Ranch, Presidio, Texas
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250sec
Galleries: Landscape, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2003

Shot with stockings stretched over lens.

Processed to duotone, some additional gaussian blur, and grain added.

Converted back to colour and adjusted further for final version

Place: 49 out of 99
Avg (all users): 5.3904
Avg (commenters): 6.1250
Avg (participants): 5.1127
Avg (non-participants): 5.6533
Views since voting: 1309
Votes: 146
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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12/13/2003 01:50:51 PM
Hey Gordon,
This is my first "critique club" image, so here goes:

The image has good use of duotone. Composition is also very good. I really like the shadows on the building.
While I know you intentionally added grain, I'm not sure it is effective here. I notice it mainly in the sky. Also, could be due to the stockings.
I see that you used stockings over the lens, just wish the effect was a little more noticable.
In this challenge I think voters needed an "in your face" soft focus....your's, though effective for the shot, was not noticable enough for them.
BTW, I am not thrilled to receive your's as my first, because I know you are already a great photographer, and what ever you did with this shot was your intention. I can't help or teach you anything you don't already know.
Keep it up :)
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12/08/2003 09:17:58 AM
Yup, it is the stockings in the sky, it is actually visible across the whole image in the larger resolution version. I don't actually think it is a true moire/ aliasing effect, as you are actually seeing the pattern in the stockings, not a low spatial frequency sampled version of it.
12/08/2003 09:00:32 AM
The vertical pattern in the sky is probably a "beat" or "moire" effect caused by interaction between (1)the pattern of the stocking stretched over the lens and (2)the digital image-taking. (think of the pattern when two window-screens are stacked together.) In computer graphics this effect is called "aliasing". Great shot!

cf: //www.scheib.net/school/238/imoire/
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 07:01:55 PM
Nice landscape but it does not seem to be soft focus?
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12/07/2003 04:17:39 PM
i don't see the soft focus here? nice shot, though.
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12/07/2003 03:18:35 PM
wow, great:D,
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12/06/2003 07:09:46 PM
hmm... has this shot been altered? the sky namely... i see streaks of darkness that don't show up everywhere...
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12/02/2003 05:28:54 AM
I love the shot, the sepia tone, the composition. Visually interesting. It doesn't really seem to be "soft focus", but I guess it does have an overall kind of soft "feel" to it. 8
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12/01/2003 03:16:23 PM
Almost feels like infared. Very bright. Nice tone, nice range. Almost missed the man there, would see him better if he were infront of the building. The soft focus adds to the sense of it being infared and gives it a touch of an "olden days" feel.
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12/01/2003 10:58:59 AM
An interesting shot but not one which says soft focus to me. This may be due to the limited display size and resolution, I would like to see it as a 30 x 20 print, or to the fact that any hard edges, the softening of which, to me, make the soft focus effect are absent.
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12/01/2003 10:56:24 AM
This is a nice overall shot, which I like, but there are a couple of things that seem a bit off. Firstly, the line above the cowboy doesn't seem horizontal which kind of throws things off a bit, even if it IS actually straight. The other thing is that there are some weird vertical lines in the sky, which look like paper that has gotten damp, if you know what I mean? They spoil the smoothness of it for me. I'm also not 100% sure that it fits my personal definition of 'soft focus' as it all seems pretty sharp to me, but I'll give you (like many of the other photos) the benefit of the doubt. Still, very nice photo, 7.
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12/01/2003 03:33:22 AM
Lovely shot. The shadows off the things in the wall are very effective.
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12/01/2003 12:24:46 AM
vaquero? :) this is a beautiful place. I would like to see this area in person. I love the tones and the shadows here. Neat shot. Good luck in the challenge.
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