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Challenge: People II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Hoofddorp, Holland
Date: Apr 16, 2005
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2005

Yes, I know, it's allready been done.
Credit goes to (In order of exposure date): Steve McCurry, Kiwiness and Librodo

3 of my favorites by 3 of my favorite Photographers, I know it's not even 10% that good, but it was not intended to go into the challenges.

Model is Natacha, it's her idea, so blame her, she can take it, she's almost 9.
I intended to do something different for this challenge, but as I was looking true some of Manny's photo's, Natacha said, she wanted " a photo like that one" (Eyes 2) and when I reviewed it, I decided to send this one in.
Thank you Manny for being such a great inspirator and thanks for al of your help.

Some outtakes and crops and more information is found: here

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 251
Avg (all users): 7.5542
Avg (commenters): 8.4861
Avg (participants): 7.4274
Avg (non-participants): 7.6800
Views since voting: 21874
Views during voting: 629
Votes: 249
Comments: 137
Favorites: 69 (view)


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09/13/2006 10:28:35 AM
excellent portrait
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04/14/2006 12:38:08 PM
Outstanding! Groeten Eduard
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02/21/2006 05:53:08 PM
This photography is so wonderful. It tells a story just by looking at it. Amazing job. Jealous.
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07/21/2005 08:50:30 PM
This rocks!
The eyes, when captured like this, dig in deep.
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06/12/2005 12:08:45 AM
This is reminiscent of the famous cover on National Geographic of the Afghani girl with the green eyes.

Very well done. A perfect portrait!!
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04/30/2005 06:38:28 AM
Gefeliciteerd!
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04/29/2005 08:44:14 PM
Wow, this is so incredibly sharp. Congrats!
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04/29/2005 10:19:39 AM
This is absolutely stunning, congrats on the blue!
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04/29/2005 01:41:04 AM
amazingly deep blue and textures you captured...
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04/27/2005 11:15:42 PM
*Critique Club*

Wow...what can I say that 120+ people didn't already say?
The first thing I notice about it is that it seems very speckled. Oversharpened? I love the shot and it is very detailed and visually appealing.
Great focus and lighting. The left (her right) gets a tad bright, but it does not distract from the photo at all. Actually, it could even be a plus.
The hair in the face is a little strong, but not distracting. The eyes are captivating.
Not really much that I can add...simply wonderful. ~Heather~
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04/27/2005 02:49:53 PM
Congratulations on the blue with an excellent image! I wanted this one to ribbon so much, I'm glad it did :) Good work, and keep them coming!
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04/26/2005 05:12:48 AM
Congrats on the Blue, well done.
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04/26/2005 04:36:39 AM
I have to admit, i though this was a Manny picture when looking at teh thumbnail So ges if i was cinfused when i sa his 3rd place shot as well hehe. You did great in this potrait, as did your model. It is a well diserved 1st placement you have here.
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04/26/2005 04:20:45 AM
Congrats A beautiful image well deserved to win
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04/26/2005 03:51:24 AM
Congratulations Peter! Amazing image!
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04/25/2005 08:52:01 PM
Congratulations on your Blue! A beautiful image!
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04/25/2005 04:43:11 PM
Originally posted by mpol01:

Finally Peter...Congrats! (and now back to work!)
Chief.


Krijg ik nou nog vakantie?
Zoals je ziet hebben ze me nodig in Thailand :-)

Message edited by author 2005-04-25 17:00:47.
04/25/2005 03:55:04 PM
Finally Peter...Congrats! (and now back to work!)
Chief.
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04/25/2005 01:09:35 PM
Congratulations on the Blue. A well deserved win.
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04/25/2005 11:35:56 AM
Congrats, great shot, by the way what lense did you use?
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04/25/2005 11:04:26 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, a captivating photograph!
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04/25/2005 10:01:00 AM
puike plaat peter
proficiat
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04/25/2005 09:04:25 AM
I gave this a 9 hoping it would finish top 3. Congrats on the win.
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04/25/2005 07:46:52 AM
This is my favorite, well done
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04/25/2005 07:10:41 AM
congratulations
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04/25/2005 06:12:23 AM
Originally posted by librodo:

You deserve all the accolades! You were a great learner and you have your distinct style. Congrats on a well-deserved win!

Now....where's the party. You will be coming over to bangkok, won't you?

Manny


Manny,

I will be in Thailand in a few (2-4) months, just don't go to the Philipines like you did last year :)
I realy need the break by the way, it's a shame that I did not win a roundtrip Bankok with this photo.

Thanks again mr. Teacher :-b
04/25/2005 05:16:04 AM
Congratulations, this picture is great. Lucky you to have such an inspiration around in that little girl;-)
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04/25/2005 04:30:44 AM
Congratulations on the Blue.
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04/25/2005 04:29:51 AM
gefeliciteerd met je eerste plaats!! Dat deze foto in ons koude kikkerlandje is genomen, erg mooi gedaan!
(congrats on you first place!! I wouldn't say that this was taken in our little cold country, very very beautifull!)
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04/25/2005 02:57:04 AM
Sorry, it wouldn't let me add this as a favorite again (since I already had done so).... Great job and congratulations on your blue ribbon!!

And I scored this highly because it is nice - even though you have been exceedingly mean to me with your comments in the past. Maybe you can learn from Mannie how a true gentleman behaves.

Message edited by author 2011-02-27 17:43:16.
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04/25/2005 02:05:09 AM
Wow Peter - your first ribbon, a Blue one at that, in a tough catagory to boot.
Congrats!
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04/25/2005 02:01:20 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, and a VERY well deserved one at that :)
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04/25/2005 01:54:22 AM
Great photo, well deserved ribbon, congratulations !
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04/25/2005 01:51:27 AM
Thank you all for voting and commenting.
This week has been a rush, with my score going up and down.
I am extremely happy with my first ribbon, and the color isnít that bad either, matches the shawl nicely.

I want to say something about some of the comments I got:

First: Docktornick, could you post some pictures of you eating your D1?
Second: The white in the eyes is not dodged, itís really white. I will post some pictures in the forum later to show you.

Then I have to thank a few people:
Librodo, thank you for motivating, and believing in me.
Thanks for all the help you gave me and your positive and constructive comments from the moment I tried portraits. You know this blue belongs only half to me, the other half is yours!

Kiwiness for inspiration and Anastasia for your comments.

Last but not least osari for getting me back in photography 2 years ago.
04/25/2005 01:45:27 AM
Yes, yes yes, I knew it! You owe us a pancake now you ribbon winner :-)
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04/25/2005 01:38:42 AM
You deserve all the accolades! You were a great learner and you have your distinct style. Congrats on a well-deserved win!

Now....where's the party. You will be coming over to bangkok, won't you?

Manny

Message edited by author 2005-04-25 05:45:20.
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04/25/2005 01:34:12 AM
Way to go Pete, congrats on your first ribbon.
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04/25/2005 12:47:04 AM
Congratulations for your first ribbon, that's a great shot! Where did you take that picture?
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04/25/2005 12:46:41 AM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon! Lovely image
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04/25/2005 12:32:45 AM
great shot...congrats!
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04/25/2005 12:19:02 AM
Congrats for the ribbon, beautiful image!
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04/25/2005 12:12:30 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Peter! Well done!
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04/25/2005 12:11:47 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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04/25/2005 12:11:02 AM
I was wrong...so I should eat my 1D...You managed the almost impossible...be mistaken for librodo and beating him too! Congrats!
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04/25/2005 12:06:27 AM
Big congrats on your first ribbon and a blue!
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04/25/2005 12:04:40 AM
well, well, it isn't librodo! congrats--you sure had me fooled!
awesome picture.
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04/25/2005 12:03:57 AM
congrats on the blue ribbon! i really thought this was one of manny's shots but a huge congrats for pulling of such a delicate style flawlessly.
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04/25/2005 12:02:53 AM
My warmest congratulations on this great image. A highly deserved blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2005 11:54:40 PM
My favorite of all.....10
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04/24/2005 11:32:38 PM
haunting portrait, a top 10 finish for sure
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04/24/2005 11:07:03 PM
As tired as I am of seeing this same shot done over and over, this one has some beautiful uniqueness to it. Can't bring myself to punish you for the unoriginality of the subject - it's just a great shot. Well done.
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04/24/2005 10:50:13 PM
winner! The best i've seen in this challenge
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04/24/2005 10:21:09 PM
Wow, what a great closeup. Love her expression, border is distracting though.
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04/24/2005 10:15:23 PM
Wonderful color and texture.
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04/24/2005 08:59:03 PM
A very nice job with the color and composition. I'd prefer a little less sharpening.
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04/24/2005 07:46:28 PM
Beautiful picture.
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04/24/2005 07:17:18 PM
Captivating with great colors. 7
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04/24/2005 07:03:10 PM
Looks a tad oversaturated but that could be my new monitor also a little neat image would have helped IMHO.
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04/24/2005 06:01:18 PM
manny? if not, this is certinally his style. love the blue and the eyes 10
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04/24/2005 03:44:49 PM
nice coloring. bumping up
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04/24/2005 02:34:39 PM
Whoa, what a close up. This reminds me of that famous National Geographic picture of the Afghan lady on the front cover. Excellent shot. This has to be one of the ribbon winners.
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04/24/2005 02:19:07 PM
My favorite of this challenge. Very sharp.
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04/24/2005 02:04:14 PM
As always -- a beautiful photograph.
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04/24/2005 01:58:01 PM
This should be a top ten photo. Great color and impact with the face framed by the scarf. Good job.
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04/24/2005 01:39:55 PM
Great photo,this look is so intense...really looks like a librodo shot.9
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04/24/2005 12:51:40 PM
the vibrant blue coupled with her skins provides stunning contrast
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04/24/2005 12:49:33 PM
Wonderful expression in the eyes. Great contrast and tone. Maybe it is my monitor, but it hard to see the color of her eyes. 7
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04/24/2005 12:37:49 PM
Beautiful catpure!!! I love it!
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04/24/2005 12:04:29 PM
not sure about the right upper corner too maybe crop it out
its on the edge of too much focus..but at this i like it
impressive image
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04/24/2005 10:23:45 AM
I don't understand the title, but the photo is marvellous.
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04/24/2005 09:36:53 AM
Eyes they say they are the window to the soul. You have opened the window very well.
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04/24/2005 06:06:35 AM
Great emotion in this image.
well done
9
good luck
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04/24/2005 05:25:31 AM
Great focusing, very nice photo, beautiful colours. In my top 3.
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04/24/2005 04:51:53 AM
Very Nice, a bit of noise on th forhead, but over all a stunning photo.
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04/24/2005 04:16:04 AM
Beautiful... the vivid colours, the composition, the focus... all stunning. Gorgeous portrait - I especially love the textures that can be seen in such a close up shot. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
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04/24/2005 03:02:07 AM
Feels a tad oversharpened. Definitely one of my favorites. Captivating expression.
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04/24/2005 02:19:08 AM
This is the most outstanding picture in the whole challenge ... those eyes, so deep they seem to be cutting your heart in half; and those colours that grab your attention and doesn't let you go.
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04/24/2005 01:25:18 AM
Great color and contrast, super job ... stay away from the plastic faces so many use.
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04/24/2005 01:05:24 AM
Captivating eyes. After looking at it for some time, I think I find the major strand of hair falilng over the nose to be distracting more than adding anything to the shot. That's my only nitpick. I really like the lighting and the focus/expression are right on.
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04/24/2005 01:05:16 AM
supurb lighting, composition and colors 10
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04/24/2005 12:55:01 AM
very nice, but too much sharpening. still a great picture
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04/24/2005 12:09:01 AM
Love the textures and expression. A favorite.
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04/23/2005 10:30:17 PM
If this is not a Librodo I'll eat my 1D II, 9. Not 10 because the white of the eyes is way too artificial looking.
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04/23/2005 12:03:09 AM
absolutely excellent, really fantastic, wonderfully fantastic, I cannot say enough
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04/22/2005 04:15:43 PM
I love this photo. Great color. I give it a 10.
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04/22/2005 08:58:45 AM
This is by far my favorite of the challenge. Wow!!! The lighting, color and thoughs eye seem to be looking right my me.
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04/22/2005 08:54:58 AM
Magnificent 10
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04/21/2005 07:17:03 PM
You have a definate style - another classic I feel! Brilliantly done.
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04/21/2005 06:29:49 PM
As ever, the direct look into the camera is powerful, but I don't know much about this girl from the photo. Yes, she's lovely to look at, but I get no emotion for the shot. Of course the composition is technically sound but I feel that I would gain more from viewing her candidly, going about her business, unaware of the intrusion into her world.

On a technical point (apart from your obvious ability) the shot is way over sharpened or NeatImaged (it's very noisy around the eyebrows) but I love the colour. Not sure about the title.
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04/21/2005 04:31:48 PM
Masterful. The color is perfect. The model is beautiful and moody. The lighting is ideal. One of my top picks.
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04/21/2005 01:07:04 PM
Looks like a shot from librodo! (If it's not the case, take it as a compliment :-)) Love the colors and her look is very intense. Nice job.
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04/21/2005 02:36:33 AM
Ahhh....Librodo? 10
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04/21/2005 12:40:57 AM
This picture looks a touch grainy, but otherwise a very solid entry.
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04/20/2005 08:21:23 PM
At least this one looks like something from Librodo
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04/20/2005 07:35:38 PM
Great look, skin textures and colors.
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04/20/2005 06:50:45 PM
Those eyes. One of my favs for this challenge. 10
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04/20/2005 04:08:04 PM
A haunting look and an ideal crop. The angle is very effective, with the eyes looking up and out of the shawl. One little thing I don't like is that the dodging of the eyes seems to have removed some detail .
But overall, a very very effective image. Let's see if the shawl matches a certain ribbon color :)
PS: I know who's picture this is, or librodo has found a successor :)
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04/20/2005 02:17:41 PM
completely hypnotic
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04/20/2005 02:12:58 PM
Very Good portrait but not a very origianl idea, I've seen four or five of these that look a lot alike. Don't get me wrong, this is a great shot.
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04/20/2005 12:38:16 PM
Expressive eyes, nice texture...7
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04/20/2005 09:13:53 AM
One of those colorful winner portraits... sigh :)
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04/19/2005 11:26:22 PM
Excellent focus and detail.
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04/19/2005 09:28:34 PM
Absolutely beautiful. without a doubt a ribbon shot
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04/19/2005 07:25:29 PM
looks a bit over sharpened but gorgeous eyes
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04/19/2005 07:05:37 PM
wow lovely shot
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04/19/2005 06:18:21 PM
What captivating eyes!!!
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04/18/2005 11:05:11 PM
Well, now I think Librodo has entered twice. I will be curious to see which one it will be. Wonderful.
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04/18/2005 10:43:41 PM
Too me it looks like there is too much contrast. Beautiful subject.
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04/18/2005 10:11:02 PM
predictable - yes. Beautiful - yes!
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04/18/2005 09:48:42 PM
Another outstanding portrait. An early congratulations on your Ribbon!
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04/18/2005 09:46:19 PM
Pretty sure I am looking a one of the ribbon winners. I love the textures left in the image.
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04/18/2005 08:31:10 PM
Seems oversharp...there are some wierd pixelations. Good composition and colors. A little hot in the upper left.
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04/18/2005 07:07:36 PM
Gotchia!! Again a classic Manny shot. It seems just a tad oversharpenned though. Still a great one!!! 9
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04/18/2005 04:26:52 PM
Stunning!! that's all I have to say! keep up the good work P
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04/18/2005 04:25:24 PM
Nice....!
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04/18/2005 03:41:03 PM
Wow this one is catching. The composition is great and those black eyes would not let me go. Close to a ribbon with this one. 9
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04/18/2005 03:07:23 PM
A great, expressive shot and sure to do well. This is the first time I won't openly say this is Librodo because there is one other shot in this challenge that is good enough to be his.

Some nit-picks for what they are worth: I get the sense that this photo may have been over-sharpened a bit. The eyes may have been whitened just a tad too much as well. If not, they are the whitest eyes in the world.

Aside from that? Love it. The color and textures of the shawl are beautiful, as is the strand of hair over the face. Fantastic job.
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04/18/2005 02:22:49 PM
no fair that you have so many good subjects to photograph :) people in the US just aren't as interesting (kidding... kind of)
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04/18/2005 01:43:40 PM
Excellent portrait!
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04/18/2005 01:38:46 PM
There were a few veiled shots entered. IMHO this was the best of them. Striking. [10]
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04/18/2005 01:30:56 PM
Wonderful eyes, wonderful colour, wonderful photograph.
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04/18/2005 12:45:05 PM
very nice pix. great color. great comp. blacks and whites good. lighting good.
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04/18/2005 11:49:00 AM
A little too sharp and the whisps of hair in the eyes are distracting a bit. Nice concept and good execution.
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04/18/2005 10:24:06 AM
I'm betting that this is Librodo...
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04/18/2005 09:31:54 AM
little oversharpened IMO
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04/18/2005 06:49:21 AM
Stunning; eye catching. Perhaps a bit over sharpened for my taste.
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04/18/2005 06:32:03 AM
Gorgeous model, very nice framing. Though the noise on her face and hair is somewhat detrimental. Still a 7 in my book.
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04/18/2005 05:09:24 AM
eyes of the girl tell fear and lonelyness, but for me that is what the shot makes so faszinating
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04/18/2005 04:52:24 AM
Manny,

Nice shot! Love the vivid color of the blue and the detail in the skin. I think you over processed her eyes a bit. I remmeber you talking about a new technique you were trying with the whites of the eyes....and I think it looks a little "too" white and fake.

Love the strip of hair in front of the face and the detail of the fabric.

This is the first pic in this challenge I've voted on and commented on. I scanned the thumbs to find yours first cause I was excited :)

Keep up the great work!

Chris A
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04/18/2005 04:44:17 AM
Oh I wonder whose shot this is? It brings to mind questions of style, content, experimentation, At what point does such a fixed-seeming approach become rather humdrum? I admire your single-mindedness, and at the same time I wonder at the lack of variety of approach - have you truly found your perfect approach to your vision? I don't know ...

Of course, it goes without saying all the necessary compliments on the technical prowess. And I'm sure you'll win this challenge.

And just in case it isn't Manny - well, it's the most profound imitation one could imagine.
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04/18/2005 04:11:22 AM
I'm thinking you went a little overboard when it comes to dodging the eyes. Otherwise a really nice portrait and probably a contender in this challenge. Great subject, and a nice use of light.
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04/18/2005 02:47:34 AM
This is overall excellent! Very Librodo-esque capture (my apologies if you are not familiar with his work, or if you are indeed Librodo).

My only complaint with this photograph is a tad bit of overexposure on the right cheek (left side of photo) and the obvious processing effects in the top right corner (mainly, lack of grain evident elsewhere in the picture - my guess would be that it was gaussian-blurred).

These two issues result in a score of 9. Well done!
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04/18/2005 02:13:29 AM
It's a beautiful image - incredible eyes and great lighting. However I think it's oversharpened, the eyes are overwhitened, and the cloning for strays could've been cleaner (left of nose, forehead, etc). Also, top right corner could've been worked better. When the challenge is over, I'd love to see the original. Even without all the processing I'm sure it has plenty of heart.
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04/18/2005 01:11:23 AM
It's a good attempt at a re-creation. Just a little over-exposed on the left, and very noisy(either from sharpening or ISO or both). Without those things you could have convinced me. :)

should score pretty well.

P
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04/18/2005 12:37:00 AM
Gorgeous!! Great eyes!
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04/18/2005 12:27:56 AM
Beautiful eyes, blue shaw. Nice nice.
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04/18/2005 12:22:38 AM
Simply stunning. This has to be a ribbon I think. Reminds me (as does another in this challenge) of a very famous National Geographic photo of the Afgan woman.
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