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Dancing Softly
Dancing Softly

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Galveston, Texas
Date: Nov 28, 2003
Galleries: Animals
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2003

Not exactly soft focus, but the image is soft because of the backlighting and the feather movement.

Place: 46 out of 99
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Votes: 147
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 03:59:16 PM
great capture. i am not sure this has a soft enough focus for this challenge, however.
12/06/2003 07:06:40 PM
hehe.. they look like they're kicking each the other's ass ;) reminds me of crouching tiger hidden dragon :-P haha.. and the curved wing up and to the right looks really funny ;)
12/04/2003 10:16:01 PM
This is just a lot of joy and exhuberance here! Very nice work. It could be that it's too sharp! Oh well, high marks anyway.
12/04/2003 08:57:54 PM
Great photo. It really does look as if they are dancing. I give it an 8
12/02/2003 01:16:56 PM
Interesting capture. what are those, chips, bread crumbs?
Sorry, no soft focus here. lost a point for that one.
12/02/2003 11:03:26 AM
I think I would have prefered focusing only on the four around the sun only. The others, off the shot, are more distracting than complimentary.
12/02/2003 04:23:50 AM
Gorgeous! Perhaps straighten the skyline and cropping in or out on the right might improve?
12/01/2003 08:49:57 PM
Although this is not soft focused in any way it is a superb sunset picture. The way you have captured the sun surrounded by birds is stunning. Also getting the lighting on the sun correct while maintaining lighting and detail on the birds is commendable.

The only flaw is that the ocean is not level and fixing that, unfortunately, would screw up the framing of the birds at the edge of the image.
12/01/2003 06:44:02 PM
I'll ignore the obvious lack of soft focus, since you'll undoubtedly get lots of comments on that. The two birds are so interesting that you may want to focus the attention on them by cropping out some of the others. Personally, I'd get rid of all but the three closest to the sun, but there are other less drastic options too. Also, straighen that horizon! Finally, after the challenge, a bit of spot-editing to remove the glare would be worth while. This has the makings of a fabulous photo!
12/01/2003 03:00:46 PM
This is quite a disjointed composition (and not overtly soft), although the subject is quite warming. The scene is quite chaotic which is not aided by a tilted horizon and cropped birds on the right.

I'd have made this portrait, straightened it up, cropped a little on the left and just left of the third bird from the right, making the squabbling birds more of a focal point. There's a good test to see how relevant the peripheral sections of your shots are. Try hiding the main feature and see if they actually assist the shot in any way. If not then you probably don't need them.
12/01/2003 02:09:06 PM
The sun seems to dominate this a little too much to the point I find myself looking at that rather than the birds. The fact that you have three of the birds cropped out also leaves me feeling a little incomplete. And the horizon is also a little tilted. I do like the glow in the wings of the birds on the right - the warm color is great.
12/01/2003 03:50:44 AM
Sensational shot. I am guessing that the specs are food being thrown, which are a little distracting but no way to remove without spot editing and they certainly don't spoil it. Nice work.

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