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Challenge: Soft Focus II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Kodak DX7590
Location: Potter Park Zoo, Lansing, MI
Date: Aug 22, 2006
Aperture: f3.7
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/950
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Aug 22, 2006

Pretty straightforward shot. I actually was not thinking of the soft focus challenge while shooting this, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was it. I would probably do the soft focus even if it were not for this challenge. And yes, I did it in post. Levels, curves, levels again, curves for color cast, hue/sat, curves to increase contrast, smart sharpen, gaussian blur faded, resized, sfw.
Thanks for checking out my pic :-)

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 252
Avg (all users): 6.5127
Avg (commenters): 7.9444
Avg (participants): 6.4857
Avg (non-participants): 6.5241
Views since voting: 2316
Views during voting: 395
Votes: 236
Comments: 28
Favorites: 6 (view)


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06/24/2007 01:58:57 AM
Beautiful and elegant with the balance of crisp contrast and soft curves.
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06/24/2007 01:50:57 AM
This is picture perfect in everyway.....
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09/01/2006 01:54:05 AM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish with this quiet and serene study.
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08/30/2006 02:51:14 PM
Beautiful shot. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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08/30/2006 08:27:23 AM
congratulations on a top ten with this beautiful shot..the lighting of the swan in and out of the light lends charachter to the subject and its just soft enough to add elegance and grace
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08/30/2006 08:16:48 AM
should have ribboned Gene...this was my favourite in the challenge...well done on top 10 but you was robbed man!!!
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08/30/2006 08:06:01 AM
Congrats on the top ten... it was definitely one of my favorites!!! As a matter of fact, it is one of my favorites!! haha
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08/30/2006 07:06:48 AM
Love this shot...its such a wonderful composition and subject works so well with soft focus! Congrats on the top 10 !
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08/30/2006 12:48:12 AM
Dude, Top ten! Too cool!
TC
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/29/2006 02:04:43 PM
amazing picture !!
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08/27/2006 08:50:55 PM
Majority of the picture is very dark.
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08/27/2006 08:07:07 PM
Magnificant!!! Beautiful coloring, soft focus, shadows and detail - perfect combination to portray a fairytale look. The only thing I wish were a little different is the lack of light on her eye/face.
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08/27/2006 08:59:15 AM
Sensual and romantic...like the play with light.
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08/26/2006 02:40:03 AM
very soft, very nice shadows, beautiful overall
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08/25/2006 06:56:29 PM
Love the softness in this image, nice composition, such a shame the light didnt shine on the swans head for a moment!
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08/24/2006 07:22:45 PM
simply beautiful, love it.
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08/24/2006 09:28:51 AM
Soooo beautiful, great subject, perfect lighting and beautifully soft!! 10
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08/23/2006 08:38:02 PM
Swans are wonderful and you caught this one. They are hams arn't they.
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08/23/2006 06:56:27 PM
Wasnt' sure what to vite this as at first. The image is great, the lighting is just so harsh, seems like a spot light just on a small portion of the swan. If the lighting had been better, a little more diffused over the whole swan, this could have been one of the top images IMO.
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08/23/2006 06:25:22 PM
ABSOLUTELY WOW!!!! I hope this wins!! (and I have a photo in this topic!! haha)
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08/23/2006 04:55:41 PM
I always wonder how people can get this shots. Beautiful.
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08/23/2006 02:56:21 PM
A little more light on the eyes would have brought this image alive, as the soft focus is good....8
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08/23/2006 02:10:36 PM
Beautiful.
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08/23/2006 02:07:07 PM
this shot is too blurry...could be sharper...Just Kidding!!

Good lighting, but the body seems a little blown out.
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08/23/2006 09:33:15 AM
Your photo caught my eye amidst the flowers, butterflies and kids...it's awesome - great job. I think it will place very high.
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08/23/2006 08:31:12 AM
Very nice!
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08/23/2006 07:48:42 AM
elegance, poise, beauty, purity...all captured here...my fave, soe 10 from me and I hope a for ribbon for you...perfect for the challenge
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08/23/2006 06:18:22 AM
Superb!!
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