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Challenge: Soft Focus II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: mexico city
Date: Aug 20, 2006
Aperture: 1.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Emotive, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2006

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Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL
Image Date: 2006:08:20 13:33:38
Flash Used: Yes (Manual)
Focal Length: 50.0mm
CCD Width: 3.47mm
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO equiv: 100
White Balance: Auto
Exposure Mode: Manual

Place: 83 out of 252
Avg (all users): 5.6050
Avg (commenters): 7.1429
Avg (participants): 5.7500
Avg (non-participants): 5.5422
Views since voting: 4097
Views during voting: 770
Votes: 238
Comments: 26
Favorites: 4 (view)

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09/04/2006 02:05:02 PM
Critique Club Review:

I'm no prude, and nudity does not offend me. I'm just not sure what the nudity is saying here. To really work, the entire piece has to stay on message. I like the juxtaposition of the sharply defined hand, with the soft focus of the rest of the picture. The soft focus looks almost as if it were sharpened after it was taken, as it does appear to be a bit grainy. I like your idea of going against tradition, usually soft focus images are dreamy, romantic, fairy tale, type efforts. Yours is the opposite, which is a good start. Each element just needs a reason, and to reinforce the message of the others. Good lighting, and contrast. The colors are almost like a sepia photo, which works well here.
09/02/2006 03:17:02 PM
Looks more noisy than soft and the composition is mediocre at best.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/29/2006 12:17:45 AM
I want to say that I see a ribbon in your future, but I wonder how the nudity police are voting...
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08/28/2006 11:52:14 PM
Hands down scary winner to me. Unagonized 10.
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08/28/2006 07:09:26 PM
nice ideea but a little bit too fuzzy
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08/27/2006 09:45:40 PM
Evocative take on the challenge! This works quite well.
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08/27/2006 05:10:24 PM
Unless the point is to show the beauty of human curves, nudity has very little place in art. This seems little more than sex appeal.
08/26/2006 10:42:25 AM
WOW... I am dead :P 10
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08/26/2006 03:06:06 AM
nice focus on hand , head tilt adds attitude and direction,well done good luck, easy 8
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08/25/2006 11:14:09 AM
Very nice s.f. composition with lovely understated hues. 7
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08/24/2006 08:00:23 AM
Excellent shot
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08/24/2006 07:16:34 AM
I am not fond of this type of photography (personal preference) but will try my best to make a constructive comment. For me this is too OOF/Blurry rather than soft focus, I do like the composition and post processing is nice (MHO)
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08/23/2006 10:35:14 PM
I like this shot, your dof is super! I can even see a message here!
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08/23/2006 10:13:04 PM
Shame on you...congrats on your ribbon.
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08/23/2006 06:07:46 PM
Great! Finally a real soft focus. Why this challenge is so misunderstand.
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08/23/2006 04:08:01 PM
I think I'm missing something.. I do not understand why a nude woman would be pretending to shoot a gun at someone. Unless she's upset because her photo got taken without her permission?
08/23/2006 01:37:42 PM
Strikes me as being a DOF photo rather than a soft focus
08/23/2006 08:46:48 AM
bang on
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08/23/2006 08:29:14 AM
I don't "get" the picture.
08/23/2006 06:23:33 AM
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...you go girl. Love it...and 7 for having the courage.
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08/23/2006 06:12:25 AM
Excellent! I just love this picture. The rule of thirds and the focus only on the hand works like a charm. Every time I look at the picture I can imagine a different story behind it. The fact that you do not realy see the expression on the face, makes you wonder if she is smiling or not. It just gives you a feeling of intimacy, like a game between two lovers. Added to favourites
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08/23/2006 05:33:49 AM
What other people think or say about you, it's irrelevent, so ignore all of those bad comments because their'e just jealous of that beautiful image. 10
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08/23/2006 02:28:40 AM
LIke it! Well done. I gave a 10
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08/23/2006 01:05:10 AM
I love the DoF here :-)
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08/23/2006 01:04:38 AM
Creative use of the DOF, lighting and color good...
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08/23/2006 12:50:05 AM
I'm all for nudes but this one doesn't work for me. The soft focus that could make this form really glow comes across more like noise on the background. I think having the model centered would also have made more of an impact even if it meant moving her 'pistol' hand over to the center of her body. Sorry, I think I know the photog here and I'm a pretty big fan of your stuff but this one just doesn't have the mojo. Very drab overall. Might have played up the drab with a more emotive sort of pose. What if she held the hand gun to her head? Seriously, that would have filled the void to the left of her head and really worked with the feeling of depression that the soft focus and colors are creating. Anyway, nice shot (no pun ;) ).
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