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Challenge: Soft Focus III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Canberra, Australia
Date: Sep 22, 2007
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Animals, Blur
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2007

Raw:
WB, Tint, bright & contrast
PP:
Crop, Resize, Smart Sharpen, Gauss blur, Fade blur, add border + more saturation
My first entry!!

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 191
Avg (all users): 6.6467
Avg (commenters): 8.1053
Avg (participants): 6.5224
Avg (non-participants): 6.7179
Views since voting: 2319
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 184
Comments: 27
Favorites: 3 (view)


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10/14/2007 11:48:26 AM
A beautiful dog captured wonderfully.
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10/08/2007 04:21:15 PM
Beautiful image, congratulations.
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10/07/2007 08:12:40 PM
Clover is a very beautiful girl. Excellent pet portrait. Congrats on your top 10 finish!
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10/03/2007 08:33:48 PM
Thank you all very much for your kind comments (and votes!) - they mean a lot to me. This is a really good website you have here - I'm having a ball and learning more about photography than from any other thing I've tried.

The picture is of our 12 year old female german shepherd Clover. She's deaf as a post, ricketty with arthritus, thinks she's human, and the best mate you could ever ask for. We love her to bits.

As for the photo - I was out in the yard playing with my new 85mm f/1.8 when something caught her attention. I quickly hit the ground and snapped off this shot. 2 seconds later she was up and gone. So I think this photo was more luck than planning and skill.
10/03/2007 03:43:37 PM
Very well done, welcome to DPC and congrats on an amazing first entry. Love the DOF, the color and the expression on your dogs face. Such a calm leadership feel to the expression. Very nicely composed. Congrats on top 10!!
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10/03/2007 09:39:06 AM
Ohmygoodness! What a noble, grand portrait of that beautiful animal! Congratulations on capturing this amazing photo. The top 10 finish is great too -- but you will treasure this photo long after the challenge is gone and forgotten!

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10/03/2007 12:31:51 AM
Great start with a very well done photo. Congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2007 09:14:20 PM
A very noble looking portrait.
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10/02/2007 06:39:21 PM
he looks like an adorable fellow---love this shot
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09/30/2007 10:30:44 PM
what a sweetie! (I'm a shepherd person too) - 9
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09/30/2007 03:08:05 PM
Love this picture, excellent work! ~10
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09/29/2007 11:36:35 PM
Great animal portrait. Wow nice job psart 8
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09/29/2007 10:53:27 PM
Too crisp. A lovely portrait, though! 5
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09/29/2007 10:27:31 AM
What a beautiful dog portrait! I just would have cropped out the left side a little. The vertical reddish line is distracting. 9
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09/28/2007 08:23:16 PM
What a beautiful dog. Excellent = 10
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09/28/2007 03:43:53 PM
Great shot, nearly perfect, I'd have cropped the red pole out, but I'm nit-picking- 9
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09/27/2007 03:31:03 PM
That is a nice portait of a dog!! 8
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09/27/2007 12:24:45 PM
Very nice!
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09/27/2007 09:35:33 AM
He's so pretty! There does appear to be a gothic glow action type effect on this, hopefully you did it in camera! Hope you'll post how so the rest of us can learn :-)
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09/27/2007 12:06:58 AM
Very handsome dog.
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09/26/2007 11:42:16 PM
Nice soft animal portrait. Great composition.
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09/26/2007 08:04:01 PM
Beautiful portrait! Very strong!
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09/26/2007 04:24:00 PM
Gorgeous shot. My only (very slight) criticism is that I think the image could have been even stronger if the bottom had been cropped a bit more - the light green blob in the bottom right is a bit distracting. Still, this is beautiful work, and one of my top picks for this challenge. 9
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09/26/2007 12:23:17 PM
Outstanding dog portrait. Especially impressed because this is not one of the "softer" dog breeds.

(Might try retaking this without the collar on, as the sharpness of the collar and the especially the tags detracts from the overall softness.)
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09/26/2007 07:49:44 AM
nice pet portrait, and great bokeh in the lens...the composition isn't great, but nice shot
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09/26/2007 02:08:22 AM
good use of soft focus
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09/26/2007 01:34:15 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background good,
Technical: Focus, Exposure: good, nice timing,
Appeal:lovely soft colour, good focal point a lovely pet portrait

Total Averaged Rating 7.
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