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A Christmas Surprise
A Christmas Surprise

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Challenge: Soft Focus (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony Mavica CD400
Location: home
Date: Nov 30, 2003
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8"
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2003


Place: 81 out of 99
Avg (all users): 4.6761
Avg (commenters): 4.2000
Avg (participants): 4.5429
Avg (non-participants): 4.8056
Views since voting: 747
Votes: 142
Comments: 11
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12/08/2003 11:41:59 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

This is a nice idea. I like the angle you used.

It does appear, though, to be out of focus rather than soft focus. A common mistake.
By haveing the image sharply focused and using any number of ways to create the "soft" ambience it makes for a more clean and detailed image.

I like dark images. I wouldn't brighten this anymore except for just a bit more on the articles at the top and to match the highlight on the top box with the rest of them.

I hope this helps,

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2003 04:09:06 PM
the top of the stack is too dark, and i'm not sure i see the soft focus.
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12/06/2003 10:34:56 PM
Nice and soft but a little too dark and details are lost at the top. 5
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12/04/2003 09:05:31 PM
This is out of focus.. i think it woudl be stronger with some more light as well.
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12/04/2003 02:30:25 PM
I looked at this on my work computer and found it very dark! I could hardly make out any details in the background of this picture. Now that I am looking at it at home I can see much more. However, you could have raised the brightness over the whole image to make the whites stand out better. 7
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12/04/2003 11:18:32 AM
Good idea, it just looks so dark.........
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12/03/2003 11:51:49 PM
This needs better lighting. Also, it doesn't seem to be soft focus, moreso it seems to just be out of focus. Work on your setup and technical photography skills with this and it'll come out much better. (and probably get it down with a sharp focus before you mess with soft focus on it)
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12/03/2003 07:48:33 AM
A little dark on my screen. Maybe a brighter background would have helped?
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12/01/2003 06:56:33 PM
I'd love to get this present. I like the gold stripes - though could be brought out better with more light, and the soft focus would make them glow apealingly. A spot of light on the top where the bow is would top it off nicely.This really is too dark.
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12/01/2003 12:26:16 PM
the ribbon on the boxes needs to be brought out more and it feels overall too dark rather than emphasizing the boxes in the middle of "soft"
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12/01/2003 11:12:56 AM
Nice,,,,but a little dark I think. Nice soft focus.
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