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Challenge: Soft Focus IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: May 12, 2008
Date Uploaded: May 12, 2008

Added a soft focus by putting clear chapstick on a piece of plexi-glass and holding it in front of the camera. The vingette is natural from the dark walls and the bright white is sheer white fabric draped in front of a large window. I also draped the sheer fabric on the window bench to give it more of a softer feel. Also, I had my daughter wear her most "fluffy" tutu to give an added softer appearance.


Post Processing:
conversion from RAW
crop
adjust curves
reduce noise
slight gaussian blur
adjust shadows/highlights
slight adjust brightness/shadows
save for web


WhooooHoooo....when I submitted this image I was thinking possibly a low 6 score. I am so happy to be defending my title in the soft focus challenge. This is the same set up as the last challenge, with the same window, and same sheer curtains. It works well for this type of image. Thanks again so much, Jennifer

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 203
Avg (all users): 7.2872
Avg (commenters): 7.9333
Avg (participants): 7.2381
Avg (non-participants): 7.3106
Views since voting: 7486
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 195
Comments: 33
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05/21/2008 08:55:34 PM
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05/21/2008 02:46:43 PM
Congratulations on your win this is just beautiful. The soft focus work wonderful with this type of image. Great work.
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05/21/2008 01:31:09 PM
Aaaaauughh. . .JENNIFER!!! This is so flawlessly beautiful (of course)! If you would have gotten low 6's like you expected, this site would have totally lost all credibility! I love it when they get it so right! Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2008-05-21 13:32:18.
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05/21/2008 11:43:36 AM
Beautifully done! I love seeing stuff like this that was done in camera instead of in photoshop.
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05/21/2008 11:13:22 AM
Hey Jenn congrats on blue and representing Camas with this excellent shot!
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05/21/2008 10:54:34 AM
Congrats. This is a beautiful picture.
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05/21/2008 10:29:52 AM
Very Nice!!! Congrats on the Blue!!!
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05/21/2008 09:23:55 AM
brilliant congrats wonderful image
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05/21/2008 09:12:45 AM
GORGEOUS! I hope this is framed and on her bedroom wall by now!
:)

CONGRATS
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05/21/2008 09:07:56 AM
Told you this was a real winner...well done Jen, congrats on the BLUE
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05/21/2008 08:43:49 AM
Congrats on the blue...I gave this a 10!
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05/21/2008 08:12:25 AM
Exquisite shot! Congrats on your very well deserved blue Jennifer!!
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05/21/2008 08:06:15 AM
This looks so magical. Wonderful work, Jennifer, you are very talented. Congratulations on winning the blue!
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05/21/2008 07:02:49 AM
Excellent work you have here. You are definitely the one to gun for the next soft focus challenge. Congrats.
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05/21/2008 06:49:35 AM
As soon as you posted your score I knew you had it. Congrats on a wonderful picture.
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05/21/2008 12:03:04 AM
very dream like.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/19/2008 08:24:39 PM
Lovely and luminous, well composed. 8
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05/18/2008 10:16:46 PM
Beautiful!
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05/18/2008 03:02:36 PM
Perfect!! This is now my top score!
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05/16/2008 09:01:46 PM
Beautifully framed. Dreamy indeed.
05/16/2008 03:24:58 PM
This is a beautiful photograph. Unlike many of the other entries in this challenge, with yours, the soft focus really makes the picture work, it adds to the story it's telling. I love the glow of light around her as well.
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05/16/2008 05:45:16 AM
by far the best here, love it and hope to see it on the front page next weej
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05/16/2008 12:39:04 AM
this is a lovely soft focus child study
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05/15/2008 11:46:54 AM
one of the best entries I've seen so far, love the blurred effect on the sides
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05/15/2008 11:40:35 AM
Great shot but the sides grab my eyes.
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05/15/2008 08:39:27 AM
Wow, one of my favorites in the challenge should be in the top 10. Best of luck
05/14/2008 10:50:06 PM
The center is wonderfully lit and the amount of soft focus is perfect. However, I am not too thrilled with the left and right edges. It doesn't seem to add anything to the photo to me. In fact, I see it more as a distraction rather than framing. Perhaps it is just too wide and needed more cropping. Then again, this is just one viewers opinion.
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05/14/2008 09:54:56 PM
nice shot
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05/14/2008 09:26:33 PM
Soft and alluring..... sweet..... I like this one......
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05/14/2008 08:58:30 AM
Beautiful shot. I am assuming that the blur around the image is either a filter or vaseline on your lens or something. The effect works well.
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05/14/2008 07:41:37 AM
a real winner...good luck 9
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05/14/2008 02:23:26 AM
This is simply beautiful, absolutely perfect for a soft focus challenge. Well done!!!
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05/14/2008 01:37:44 AM
Awesome, love it.
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