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Deep DOF, Leading Lines, Soft Focus
Deep DOF, Leading Lines, Soft Focus

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Challenge: Three Techniques (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D
Lens: Konica Minolta AF 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6(D) DT
Location: Söderåsen National Park, Skåne, Sweden
Date: Oct 23, 2009
Aperture: f5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 23, 2009

For the soft focus effect, I used an overlay layer with 22% opacity and 5 pixels gaussian blur.

Dodge and burn

Place: 27 out of 140
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11/08/2009 08:41:21 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Initial impression: Very peaceful, sylvan setting. Serene. Looks like it could have been taken in the Gatineau Hills just north of Ottawa.

Technical: Great soft light, esp in the middle ground, helps accentuate all three qualities you name. The ISO seems a little high, but you may have chosen it intentionally to help soften the shot. DOF looks far greater than f.5. Glad to see you didn't go overboard on the post-processing; I'd say you did just enough. Good job!

Artistic: Like the softness of the trees in the foreground, contrasts well with the planks of the boardwalk. Nice mixture of different types of tree, too, so you're not overwhelmed with just one species to look at! My one nit-picky thing (there has to be something ;-) is that I find myself seeking a focal point...a dog, a child, something just further up the boardwalk to help break the horizon a little and add interest to the shot. But you finished quite well, and of course obliging children and pets aren't always around.

Overall: Very relaxing picture, easy to look at, technically meets all the requirements. But I still think you may have done even better with just that little extra to draw the eye into the shot and make it linger.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2009 11:06:39 AM
I'd love to take a stroll through this area. Nice shot.
11/01/2009 10:56:59 AM
Nice capture...... leads my mind on a journey into the woods.... good job.
10/30/2009 09:54:57 AM
10/27/2009 11:04:45 AM
Very, very well done...it reminds me of a poem
10/27/2009 07:07:57 AM
Excellent technical study!.....8
10/26/2009 09:36:20 PM
now this is just pretty.

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