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Rule of Thirds, Shallow DOF, Soft Focus
Rule of Thirds, Shallow DOF, Soft Focus

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Challenge: Three Techniques (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 - CHALLENGES
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: on the firetrail
Date: Oct 23, 2009
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2009

i couldnít understand the comments i was getting that it wasnít soft focus ..
this was processed on my laptop and during the voting i was able to see it on my pc which had temporarily karked it ..
on my laptop the soft focus is obvious but on the pc its not .. i was surprised that the image looked so different between both the computers ..
also the colours were totally different .. so yesterday i calibrated the laptop .. although the softness/sharpness didnít change, the difference in colours before and after calibration was extreme ..
i bought this laptop less than two months ago, so advice to anyone who buys a laptop is to calibrate it when you get it home ..
often things arent so obvious without a comparison and then there's the matter of degree .. this is the image before the gaussion blur was applied to show that in comparison the challenge entry did look a lot softer ..
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Place: 25 out of 140
Avg (all users): 6.4275
Avg (commenters): 6.6364
Avg (participants): 6.0741
Avg (non-participants): 6.6548
Views since voting: 1493
Views during voting: 253
Votes: 138
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/02/2009 10:15:31 AM
I knew it had to be you! No one else could come close to this calibre of macro :) It certainly is underrated, but there's no denying that this is off-the-chart fabulous!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2009 11:54:24 AM
Gasp! What can I say! It's perfection. I'm thinking maybe Roz or Greg??? If not. . . then you should be complimented to be mistaken for them! 10
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10/31/2009 09:14:55 PM
Sharp as tacks, great shot
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10/31/2009 01:36:59 PM
fantastic fly shot
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10/31/2009 11:56:42 AM
I am not sure about soft focus but great picture anyway.
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10/29/2009 04:42:34 PM
nice capture!
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10/27/2009 01:30:41 PM
even though this has soft focus your detail wasn't lost...excellent job
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10/27/2009 10:38:15 AM
The eyes and head are too sharp to call this soft focus and even though parts of the fly cross the 3rds lines it seems more centered in essence, as a composition.
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10/26/2009 08:17:08 PM
nice macro!
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10/26/2009 11:39:33 AM
i'd say more centered comp than rule of thirds. good macro, tho
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10/26/2009 08:52:54 AM
What a great macro! I don't really see soft focus though, this looks very sharp.
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10/26/2009 04:59:38 AM
Nice shot, good composition and focus. I always wonder how to get this kind of shots without glueing the bug to the surface ;-) Welldone.
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10/26/2009 04:07:17 AM
But... The fly is *centered*... If you'd used "centered" as one of your 3 there'd be no argument with that. I can see where you have the eyes on 1/3 lines, so you call that ROT, but to my eye it's more of a centered photo... Also, I see the shallow DOF for sure, but the soft focus totally is not there, except inasmuch as there are OOF areas front and back; but the image itself is tack-sharp, incredibly detailed, about as far from *soft focus* as you can get...

Outstanding macro, though :-)
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