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Beauty in Soft Focus
Beauty in Soft Focus

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Challenge: Beauty (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
Location: My backyard.
Date: May 23, 2005
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2005

Taken with Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM and Hoya Close-Up set. Shot nearly wide open, hence the soft focus.

Post processing: Convert to tif, save as PSD, increase saturation +10, USM 125%, Rad. 1, Thresh. 0, crop 1 to 1, resize, USM 125%, Rad. .5, Thresh. 0, Save for Web.

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5/23/2005 3:46:58 PM
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55.0 - 200.0 mm
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90.0 mm
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AI Focus AF
Contrast +1
Sharpness +1
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Single-frame shooting
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Place: 164 out of 255
Avg (all users): 5.2213
Avg (commenters): 5.9091
Avg (participants): 5.0916
Avg (non-participants): 5.3607
Views since voting: 1034
Views during voting: 388
Votes: 253
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/04/2005 07:26:33 PM
Very pretty, but too softly focused for my taste. 5
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06/04/2005 06:24:12 PM
I like the soft focus of the flowers, and I like the line that the blue ones make. I think the composition is harmed, however, by the row of 6 purple flowers in the back. Not a pretty line. The 3 purple flowers most forward are nice.
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06/04/2005 03:47:43 PM
A little too soft for my taste. Beutiful flowers though.
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06/04/2005 10:20:14 AM
Very funky. I love the soft feel and colors. Jacko. 9
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06/03/2005 06:41:28 PM
I love soft focus photos (when the subject is suitable like here), but I prefer it a bit more subtle than this. Nice composition.
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06/03/2005 04:12:10 PM
Softness does work well with these flowers - powder blue all powdery. But the soft focus effect kind of overpowers the subject. The first thing I think when I look at the picture is, "soft focus," not "beautiful flowers."
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06/03/2005 02:09:47 PM
I love it :) I know it's simple, but just cant help it... 9
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06/02/2005 02:21:04 PM
Flowers or not, I vote this one a (9). Beautiful!
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06/01/2005 05:04:14 PM
Nice use of the soft focus. Personally, I think the colors of the flowers are a little to bright for soft focus. Maybe something more pastel for soft focus.
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06/01/2005 09:55:13 AM
Too blurry for my taste. But nice coloring.
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05/31/2005 11:52:31 PM
Beauty is a subjective thing, I know. In my scoring and comments I'm trying to score based on NOT whether or not I would think a particular subject beautiful, but on whether the photographer has succeeded in creating a beautiful photo. I look for the elements of color, lines, focus and dof interest, lighting, and a certain element of grace and lovlieness. I'm looking for a unique and creative appeal for the highest scorers. The description says to create a photo that makes the viewer think "that's beautiful", so it will undoubtedly be very subjective. (This is what I'm putting at the start of all of my comments, and I hope it is helpful.)

That being said,I do like the soft focus here. I think it helps to add some feeling to a typical flower shot. It's pretty and it fits the challenge, but I don't find it particularly creative or unique.
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05/31/2005 07:23:45 PM
I upped this one to 7. Great use of soft focus. Love the colors as well.
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05/31/2005 12:44:51 PM
Was the soft focus a planned result?! Just kidding! Great shot!
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05/31/2005 08:25:26 AM
An interesting take on a floral close up. I like that you chose to make it "soft" instead of the usual crisp shot. Well done. Very pleasing to the eye.
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05/30/2005 05:15:33 PM
Artistic yes, will take some time to think about this one, maybe the thing that is not working for me is that the flower that should catch the most attention is so centered but the other blue flowers line into it so it works in a way. I would have cropped it from the right and bottom but I am not sure if I would be right doing that.
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