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Too Soon
JuliBoc


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Heaven (Basic Editing)
Collection: Children
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Date: Dec 9, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Emotive, Blur
Date Uploaded: Dec 9, 2007

I'm not even sure I should leave this in the challenge. I know it will score badly. The shock of the motion blur sort of hurts my eyes when it first opens, but as I look at it and give in to the blur, I really like the quality of the image and what it represents to me.

There is an ethereal quality about it, and the bowed head implies a little reluctance and sadness on the part of this little angel. Hence the title "Too Soon".

In another version (not basic editing) I used a watercolor filter, and I think that takes away some of that initial desire to bring this into focus.

I hope you can get beyond the first two seconds and enjoy this wispy wee angel apparition.

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This is the watercolor version I mentioned above.

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Statistics
Place: 57 out of 93
Avg (all users): 5.1021
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 4.6875
Avg (non-participants): 5.1675
Views since voting: 924
Views during voting: 373
Votes: 235
Comments: 29
Favorites: 3 (view)


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12/24/2007 05:28:07 PM
I prefer this version. Excellent use of blur. It never disturbed my eyes at all, and would have been a top scorer for me.
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12/20/2007 01:57:26 PM
For what it's worth: I had this in my top 3 and I believe it deserves much better than this. It's just wonderful (and far better than the watercolor version imo).
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12/20/2007 11:30:51 AM
Art. Nothing more complimentary I can say. I have to admit I might've missed the deeper story here had I voted this challenge, but with time to read your comments and really think, this has such a strong story that it's ... art.
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12/19/2007 10:50:00 PM
I'm glad you left this shot in for the challenge... definitely steps outside the boundaries of the typical DPC winning shots! I tacked an extra point onto my vote for you since you had the guts to enter this, knowing it probably wouldn't score well (which made this one of my top 2 rated shots)! I'm glad to see that others took the time to look past the initial unexpected blur and liked it as much as I did, but still disappointed to see it place where it did.

I do like the other watercolor version that you did, but for me it goes a bit too far. I think I'd maybe prefer something that is in the middle of the two versions?
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12/19/2007 08:37:28 PM
They are both absolutely beautiful and artistic images. Congratulations for evoking wonderful emotions.
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12/19/2007 08:05:57 PM
Thanks for sending me the PM. It can be a while before I check out my fave folder to see who entered what I faved. I do like this shot, and I so respect the guts to enter an image like this. I just found this to be a very pleasing image. Surely not in the DPC mold, but that makes it all the better. The watercolor version is no where near as nice as this one IMO. The only thing I would chang ein this shot is the brown border. Just isnt necessary. I expected this not to score well but the 5.1 is a bit harsh IMO. My 8 helped out a little bit though. Good luck in future challenges!
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12/19/2007 11:03:17 AM
Julianne, your day will come, and suddenly you'll be getting high scores for these awesome images of yours. I love this photo - very ethereal and beautiful. The frame is perfect for this, too.

I also love the one with the watercolor filter - different and equally wonderful.
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12/19/2007 10:56:20 AM
Ahhhhhh. . ..ya gotta love those non-artistic voters! I totally love this, and think the blur is perfect. I have been so tempted at times to submit photos using blur to make them awesome (for my tastes anyway). . .but in the end. . .I resisted realizing they just haven't caught on to the new beautiful artistic trend! And I'm sorry for that. . .because I think this is beautiful!

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12/19/2007 08:56:15 AM
Ah - this was without a doubt my favourite image in the challenge - gave you my top score: grossly under-rated. You really deserved a top placing. Don't stop making pictures like this: maybe with persistence you can convert the way of thinking :-)

Stunning!!!
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12/19/2007 06:51:33 AM
a beautiful, simple and moving image. well done indeed. i think i prefer this one to the 'watercolour' one.
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12/19/2007 06:18:37 AM
This is a beautiful poignant image, I love the blur it says so much more than it would have in sharp focus.
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12/19/2007 04:44:21 AM
I like this Julianne. I think it was very creative and the blur gives it a very dreamy feeling.
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12/19/2007 12:26:04 AM
I think this is really beautiful! But I embrace the blur. Sad that some can't see it, but for those of us that can, I'm really glad you chose to leave this in the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/18/2007 10:22:01 PM
I am not that sure what the idea is here Ė and donít really catch the meaning of the motion blur.
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12/18/2007 04:04:06 PM
cool wings.
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12/18/2007 07:20:45 AM
A very clever and poigniant shot. The composition and soft focus/motion bllur works exceptionally well given the topic 9
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12/18/2007 01:34:51 AM
I like the blurring effect but find it a produces a LOT of motion for this picture.
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12/17/2007 11:14:44 PM
Soft focus? Seems a bit too soft/out of focus.
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12/16/2007 12:42:36 AM
Gripping, but blurry! Strong message, but weak score! Art must at times sacrifice popularity in favor of an excellent Truth! :)
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12/15/2007 12:22:29 PM
eerie...
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12/14/2007 04:10:39 PM
A poignant image, beautifully presented.
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12/13/2007 08:46:46 PM
Almost like a painting... lovely.
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12/13/2007 08:27:20 PM
Too much blur
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12/13/2007 07:18:17 PM
Sad story. good photo. I hope she will live much more than this photo tells.
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12/12/2007 06:07:07 PM
Love it!
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12/12/2007 12:43:57 PM
Very beautiful - hope this does well.
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12/12/2007 12:35:52 PM
i don't think the blurriness is working for you here.
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12/12/2007 05:59:17 AM
would be a great image with less blurr in it, nice capture..looks myrerious
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12/12/2007 12:29:03 AM
bet you're going to get blasted for the blur but I like it..
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