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Imagination Begins as a Daydream
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Challenge: Soft Focus III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Home
Date: Sep 25, 2007
Date Uploaded: Sep 25, 2007

converted from RAW
cropped
reduced noise
adjusted shadows/highlights
sharpened
saved for web

Well now that made my week. I think I broke the update button on this challenge. Thanks all for the kind comments and the great score. A personnel best for me.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 191
Avg (all users): 7.3866
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 7.3816
Avg (non-participants): 7.3898
Views since voting: 13043
Views during voting: 435
Votes: 194
Comments: 73
Favorites: 39 (view)


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12/20/2010 05:37:08 PM
was this with natural light? or was it with lighting that you have now?
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04/05/2010 11:23:18 AM
Originally posted by ytshuva:

amazing image,can stare at it for long time..
was it taken at F4? or the softness is due to the light?


The softness is due to noise removal...about three times.
04/05/2010 07:38:11 AM
amazing image,can stare at it for long time..
was it taken at F4? or the softness is due to the light?
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07/09/2009 04:53:18 PM
amazing!
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08/03/2008 09:32:28 AM
Wow, now I *know* I've been slacking. This image came in first place ... meaning it was on the DPC home page for awhile ... and I never noticed it?!? Wow, wow, wow. Gorgeous image. If I could double-fave it or something I would.
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05/07/2008 05:32:04 AM
waawww... nice more than nice .
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10/11/2007 08:26:12 AM
Gorgeous! Congrats!
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10/08/2007 04:06:24 PM
Congratulations on your awesome image and the blue ribbon.
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10/08/2007 01:56:36 AM
I don't see how anyone could rate this anything other than a 10. This is a magnificent image. The technical camera work and artistic appeal is outstanding.
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10/06/2007 10:59:16 PM
This is just exceptionally good. The various textures of the whites are stunning, and that's SO hard to do. Also, kudos for HIDING THE EYES! That was so brave, and it absolutely takes the image to the next level. Congrats!
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10/05/2007 12:37:50 PM
This is a stunning shot, congratulations!
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10/05/2007 12:30:26 PM
just saw it today at Digital Image Cafe, wonderful work... i am sure that it will get a photo of the month there! these soft flowing whites are absolutely mesmerizing... and your courageous choice to cover her eyes paid off, too...
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10/05/2007 10:54:13 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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10/05/2007 07:22:20 AM
Congrats on a wonderful image. I've watched your work for yrs now and you just keep amazing me with each one.We've missed you on snap :)
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10/04/2007 04:17:28 PM
Lovely composition, you should be very proud of this image. it would have been a ten for me but i found the right hand side a little too over powering
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10/04/2007 01:19:38 PM
NICE!!

damn those who give 5,4,3,1
uh uh scary of competition..nice photo :)
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10/04/2007 07:16:02 AM
Hello

Congratulation, this is the first picture in my favorites :)
The skin's saturation (tons chairs in french^^) are perfectly accomplished with the correction of the REds (-)
Good technique (blur)

Nice shot !
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10/03/2007 11:26:11 PM
A little over-smoothed for my taste, but the light is just stunning. Congrats on the well-deserved blue! :-)
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10/03/2007 06:30:52 PM
Possibly the best "soft" shot I've ever seen! Awesome lighting and exposure. Congrats on the Blue!
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10/03/2007 03:11:45 PM
Such a lovely capture, expression, and feel to the picture. Congrats on the well deserved Ribb.
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10/03/2007 01:44:08 PM
Congrats!!!
Beautiful shot.
The white in this is awesome!

Message edited by author 2007-10-03 13:44:30.
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10/03/2007 12:52:04 PM
Huge congrats to you!! Wow what an accomplishment - without doubt a well deserved win! The lighting is spectacular on this and your comp is perfect! I love it!!
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10/03/2007 12:38:14 PM
Wonderful image, but, in your little workflow description, you don't say anything about how the soft focus was achieved. Just wondering about it.
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10/03/2007 11:09:15 AM
Congrats to you for the bounce back and the PB ... what a feeling!
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10/03/2007 10:47:27 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon and on your new personal best.
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10/03/2007 10:05:07 AM
Great score and a worthy winner...well done...hope you got your UPDATE button repaired! :-)
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10/03/2007 09:56:10 AM
Congrats on your blue, great portrait!
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10/03/2007 09:48:17 AM
Great shot! Congratulations on another blue, Jennifer!
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10/03/2007 09:32:43 AM
Jennifer, this is one of the most beautiful portraits I have ever seen! Way to come back and get the last word after your unfortunate dq for that amazing candyland photo! A blue ribbon and a personal best! Congratulations!!!

Oh, and that 1, as well as the 3. . . .EVIL, jealous people!!!!!!

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10/03/2007 08:59:27 AM
1? there is a 1?

WTF? I don't care who says what about "Freedom of voting" I really would like to know what the heck was this person's problem with this photo..

daaaaang.

EXCELLENT photo, congrats :)
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10/03/2007 08:56:02 AM
Nice work, congrats!
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10/03/2007 08:51:34 AM
This is an amazing portrait! Congratulations! :)
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10/03/2007 05:26:52 AM
Excellent and very beautiful! Huge congrats on your blue ribbon, Jennifer.
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10/03/2007 04:12:17 AM
stunning picture.well done/congrats
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10/03/2007 03:13:10 AM
Wonderfully Shot !
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10/03/2007 02:22:26 AM
Very impressive, excellent beautiful shot. Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
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10/03/2007 02:18:34 AM
Wonderfully elegant! Congratulations on your blue ribbon! I see your talent grows in leaps and bounds!!!!!

Message edited by author 2007-10-03 02:19:07.
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10/03/2007 01:51:31 AM
I didn't vote this challenge, but I did glance at many of the photos. As soon as this came up I knew it would be the winner without even seeing them all. Wonderfully executed. Congrats.
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10/03/2007 01:04:35 AM
Congratulations!! I know this image is going to take blue...
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10/03/2007 12:36:28 AM
big congrats on the blue!
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10/03/2007 12:32:53 AM
Congrats! Gorgeous Shot!
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10/03/2007 12:28:11 AM
Congrats. Lovely lighting and you put that noise reduction to great use.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/02/2007 11:31:53 PM
Excellent lighting, beautiful feeling of softness! Best Of Luck !!
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10/02/2007 04:01:46 PM
Nice composition, for all that white the exposure is nice but a bit oeon left. I like the softness of her face. Good luck.
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10/02/2007 12:22:43 AM
excellent! surreal! beautiful! only fault is the white-outs.
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10/01/2007 09:48:57 AM
Professionally soft. Nice work. 8.
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09/30/2007 09:17:22 PM
Really beautiful image.
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09/30/2007 07:25:47 PM
Winning picture. Great atmosphere and softness :) 10.
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09/30/2007 06:09:36 PM
tie for 1st
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09/30/2007 03:28:32 PM
little to serious wouldnt you say 7
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09/30/2007 04:36:46 AM
my personal preference would be without the bear, but anyway, this is one of the best in this challenge. btw, did you try any position where eyes are visible?
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09/29/2007 11:41:41 PM
Great shot you would of scored higher if eyes were visible. solid 7 still psart
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09/29/2007 10:06:54 PM
Just plain love it.
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09/29/2007 12:13:03 PM
This is really beautiful!
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09/29/2007 10:23:06 AM
Beautiful. 10 from me.
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09/29/2007 04:31:07 AM
Best of the lot. I love how the teddy's eyes take the place of the young girl's, in a way. Lovely work.
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09/28/2007 04:35:10 PM
Brilliant effect...! Should be a ribbon for sure... Good luck!

My favorite in this challenge.
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09/28/2007 04:03:37 PM
Very Nice :-)
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09/28/2007 01:43:26 PM
Lovely, truly beautiful
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09/27/2007 11:44:30 PM
Winner, this will be # 1
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09/27/2007 12:26:30 PM
Excellent!
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09/27/2007 10:23:31 AM
very pretty, very soft
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09/27/2007 06:28:43 AM
quality short lighting, nice back ground great model, sweet soft focus. i think i like it.
09/27/2007 12:25:42 AM
So incredibly lovely! All the white with her golden tones, just beautiful. Lighting is perfect, composition is perfect, softness is just right.
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09/26/2007 11:59:58 PM
Pretty. Very well done.
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09/26/2007 10:47:51 PM
Someone has Cokin filters. Very nice. 10
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09/26/2007 05:51:43 PM
Beautifully done, just the right ammount of softness and the lighting is very pleasing.
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09/26/2007 04:25:33 PM
Well, I think we could safely say we'll see this on the front page... Stunning portrait. The fact that you can't see her eyes is a WONDERFUL choice. WOW...
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09/26/2007 02:54:56 PM
soft and pure, beautiful!
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09/26/2007 09:57:59 AM
Very nice
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09/26/2007 04:55:49 AM
this is very sweet,i love how you cannot see all of her face gives the photo that little bit extra.stunning
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09/26/2007 02:26:29 AM
ahh this is wonderful, great use of soft focus!
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09/26/2007 12:15:42 AM
Oh this is just awesome. Wow. A true dream! You captured it! 10 for sure!
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