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Quasi una fantasia
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nico_blue

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Indoor
Date: Aug 16, 2005
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25 secs
Galleries: Nude, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 16, 2005

Nearly a fantasy

The pose? Lets just say that I was very sore the next day. Was the hardest shot i've ever had to set up including having to mount lights to my ceiling using duct tape and a make-shift black cloth to the wall, also using duct tape (BTW I think duct tape should be on the list of equipment every indoor photographer needs to have)...

I had an idea of a pose i was going to do when i started which was completely different. I was very upset with the lighting which led me to duct tape lamps to the ceiling. Then that led to me mounting the black cloth to the wall as a background. Then i tried some crunching poses which didnt seem very interesting. (All the while i had finally perfected the exposure for my setup). Crunching led to sitting which led to stretching and about an hour and lots and lots of sore abdominal muscles later I had finally 'discovered' this pose. The time tested method of trial and error.

Now I just had to get a shot where all my limbs were stationary, which isnt all that easy when the camera remote control has to go into one of the hands. And if you notice the only thing im balanced on is my left leg, which was on a stool (not visible bcos of the shadows), my left hand isnt holding on to the ground. I had a lot of wobble shots, fell off the stool a few times, my black background came down a few times as well, and lights fell of the ceiling many many times (glad to report none of them broke). After almost an hour of trying to get the perfect shot of this pose I told myself i would take 3 more shots and then call it a day. This happened to be the 4th and final shot I took.

In retrospect the shot looks really classically inspired. Almost like something from a greek mythology or a renaissance painting... maybe its my art background working subconciously in my mind.

Anyways my goal is to do better than my entry to the last nude challenge. A really ambitious goal, but hey i can at least say i tried :-)

My falling backdrop outtake (didnt manage to get a falling lights outtake as well :-p )
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Update -
This is a real fantasy!
OMG! Thanks everyone for all the great comments, feedback and everything! Still pinching myself... My highest score ever, lots of personal records, and I cant believe I beat out the greats like heida and grigrigirl (congrats on the 2nd and 3rd respectively with really great shots) and drjones (congrats on the top 10)... Thanks DPC! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Wow!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 118
Avg (all users): 7.9065
Avg (commenters): 8.9485
Avg (participants): 7.8617
Avg (non-participants): 7.9171
Views since voting: 59646
Views during voting: 1855
Votes: 492
Comments: 189
Favorites: 136 (view)


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05/08/2010 02:30:25 PM
Definitely a Michelangelo pose. Stunning.
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11/26/2007 06:54:40 PM
snap shot, to many distraction 3
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07/19/2007 05:27:05 PM
I just want you to know that this photograph and the situation in which it was taken is EXTREMELY Modivating for me. If I had looked at this just alone without the history of it - I would think, "Wow, this is WAY out of my league. I'll never be this creative or able... I'm sure it took forever and lots of money."

You make the dream a lot closer for me, Thanks.
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12/31/2006 02:29:42 PM
Looks like Caravaggio painting. Or Leonardo - he loved this kind of gesture. Could be also Michelangelo sculpture. Art - in one word.

Congratulations!
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11/14/2006 05:20:58 PM
absolutely amazing!
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07/23/2006 05:57:03 AM
Great physique, great pose, congrats on the blue :)
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12/08/2005 01:11:41 PM
a masterpiece!! SUPERB!
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10/21/2005 04:42:56 PM
Great photo, I know how hard it is to set up self portraits. I love the outtake photo as well.
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09/11/2005 10:02:54 PM
AWE-SOME!!!
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09/03/2005 10:21:10 PM
'tis beautiful. thank you for persevering and attaining that superb pose.
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09/02/2005 11:34:34 AM
Congrats! It's wonderful! :)
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09/01/2005 08:59:36 AM
a perfect shot!Congratulation!
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08/30/2005 11:07:44 PM
Great job! Doing the shoot, lighting and sat as the model? Man, that is VERY impressive. Glad to see you win!
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08/30/2005 11:00:37 PM
This picture is absolutely wonderful. Amazing!!!!
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08/30/2005 07:47:09 PM
The best I have seen you do.
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08/30/2005 01:46:26 PM
studied fine art at columbia and just found this site and am absolutely facinated with the level of the artists on this site. Your work is truly inspiring - love this shot!
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08/30/2005 09:17:27 AM
Nico,

I usually view this site in order to learn about technical aspects of photography, or about what is appealing to other people. I rarely expect to see something that I consider truly beautiful, and I almost never expect to see something that is worth remembering. Yet, I have found both here. I love the best in man, and it is that which you have captured. Your picture is Romantic in the sense that it shows the ideal, what man should be, and what he has the capabilities to achieve. That's why I love it. You are showing something worth seeing, and you are showing it in an appealing way. You deserve the ribbon, but more than that, you deserve my admiration. This is the kind of picture I hope to take someday.
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08/30/2005 04:37:31 AM
great job, man! very inspiring! in fact, i am thinking of sketching this pic, if that's alright with you.
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08/30/2005 02:01:40 AM
Cool pose man, congrats...
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08/29/2005 10:35:55 PM
A big congratulations to you, I can't fault it - a worthy winner ! :-)
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08/29/2005 05:48:08 PM
Congratulations on your wonderful image!
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08/29/2005 02:11:19 PM
I would really like to know who voted 1 on this work... and why.
Amazing work.
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08/29/2005 11:51:44 AM
Congratualtions! Well deserved! My only 10 in this chellenge.

Message edited by author 2005-08-29 12:04:26.
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08/29/2005 11:41:12 AM
Very cool. You were one of my 10's and it looks like I scored with 113 others. Damn near perfect picture. You should be proud!!
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08/29/2005 11:39:12 AM
hehe great story- I knew it was you! (and not because I recognized ya! I'm actually begining to notice peoples styles!!!) Glad you got the blue, gave it a 10 myself!
hmmmm.. art history background coming in thru the subconscious? And here I thought you were trying for the same pose as the sistene chapel creation of adam!! gotta admit, it's very classic :0)
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08/29/2005 11:37:26 AM
wow! love your body! and nice pic too! he he...
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08/29/2005 10:53:31 AM
Gee...you must have had a really good camera. (ducks the flying fist.) Seriously...a lot of work and creativity that paid off in a anazing shot that I (and many others) had pegged for #1. This shows the human body as and artform in a classic and dramatic way. Very, very well done! Congratulations on not just the blue, but a great comments, personal bests, and most of all - the awesome photo.
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08/29/2005 10:03:55 AM
Wow....absolutely phantastic picture!!!
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08/29/2005 09:20:44 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon! I'm glad it won! It was my favorite of alot of great photos!
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08/29/2005 08:49:49 AM
This is a very good shot, it's very well done.

Congrats on the ribbon, your pb and with the 26th highest score on this site!
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08/29/2005 08:32:43 AM
Wonderful shot! Congratulations on the blue!
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08/29/2005 08:22:43 AM
Well deserved! High quality! A true Nico!! :-)
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08/29/2005 08:21:13 AM
Well Nick: here you lead the pack of the heavyweights and nose them out of the BLUE to establish a new benchmark and the raising of the stakes to a higher level, higher than ever before.

Your image is sheer poetry in the layout, pose, lighting and composition. You picked a classic theme and did you polish it to achieve an uncanny perfection.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BLUE! A new Master has been born!
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08/29/2005 08:03:55 AM
congratulations for this almost classic "sculpture"
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08/29/2005 07:56:59 AM
Thanks so much for the details. This is a wonderful photo !!!
Congrats on your ribbon. Well deserved !
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08/29/2005 07:27:03 AM
Congratulations! There wasn't any question in my mind which image was the best in this challenge. This is an absolutely incredible image. Very nicely done!
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08/29/2005 07:22:09 AM
Well deserved!!! Congrats! While others saw it as a painting, I saw it as graceful dance - a perfect leap.

Message edited by author 2005-08-29 07:22:40.
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08/29/2005 07:16:27 AM
My top rated photo! I knew this was you! :) Great job, and you totally deserve it (definitely a salve for those soar abs)!

Nico ... you're my idol! LOL
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08/29/2005 06:56:20 AM
Had this in my top 5 :-) Awesome capture, magically!
Congratulations nico_blue!

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08/29/2005 05:24:59 AM
wow almost an 8! Congrats man :)
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08/29/2005 02:52:29 AM
Originally posted by scalvert:

Hmm... 12 votes of 3 or less. Guess this wasn't nude enough. You might need breast implants. ;-)



I voted this down mainly because of the funky colors .....
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08/29/2005 02:13:37 AM
Amazing shot! Congratulations! Makes you really think how much the models of classic painters used to suffer after reading your ordeal during the shooting.
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08/29/2005 02:11:13 AM
Creative, inspirational, superb delivery, well deserved first place! Congrats Nick!!
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08/29/2005 02:09:31 AM
Great shot. Michaelangelo's in photo. If I have a body this fit, I wouldn't mind making a self-portrait for this challenge.

Congratulations... Very well-deserved.

Manny
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08/29/2005 01:33:08 AM
Congratulations on first place. Well deserved....gorgeous photo.
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08/29/2005 01:21:53 AM
Hey Nick. I think you were right when you said prechallenge that this is one of your best. Nice one.
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08/29/2005 01:21:37 AM
And Congrats!
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08/29/2005 01:21:11 AM
Wow! I liked this shot, but after reading what you went through..I am totally amazed. Very creative pose and love the lighting!
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08/29/2005 12:50:33 AM
just stunning! congrats on such a fab pic and ribbon!
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08/29/2005 12:46:24 AM
Many congratulations to ya nico - a well deserved blue once again.
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08/29/2005 12:43:00 AM
I loved this photo. So many good shots in this thing that I was this /\ close to becoming a member so I could vote in it.

Grats the pose soooo reminded me of this right here
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08/29/2005 12:41:18 AM
Hmm... 12 votes of 3 or less. Guess this wasn't nude enough. You might need breast implants. ;-)

BTW, the shot reminds me very much of the statue of David I saw last Spring in Florence. Superb lighting.
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08/29/2005 12:37:44 AM
Anyone who works that hard for a photo deserves a ribbon!

Congrats Nico!
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08/29/2005 12:36:17 AM
Body of a god, and it would seem the photographic skills of one too. And I mean that in a totally heterosexual way :) Seriously, incredible work. Genuinely look forward to your future efforts nico.

Cheers, Simon.
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08/29/2005 12:33:14 AM
7.9 holy crap! I think though, this was everyone pick for blue (and those who didnt pick it were crazy) maybe it should have been a clean 10 :p
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08/29/2005 12:29:04 AM
Fantastic shot, Nico! Let's see here... you beat your personal best like you wanted to, so mission accomplished. In the process you knocked me out of first for that lens and second for the camera. So congratulations, ya' bum! ;-P
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08/29/2005 12:24:40 AM
I am so happy that you came in first! I LOVE this shot. And after reading all you went through to get it, I am even more impressed. Well done!
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08/29/2005 12:22:50 AM
very nice, I love the pose
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08/29/2005 12:19:08 AM
Very well deserved ribbon. Beautiful capture! My fav of all time!!
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08/29/2005 12:16:53 AM
There are no words to describe it but Joey gets pretty close.
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08/29/2005 12:14:23 AM
You are the man Nico. Great job, I knew this one belonged to you! CONGRATS!!!
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08/29/2005 12:13:48 AM
congrats on the blue and a great score! (is it supposed to me Casi instead of Quasi?)
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08/29/2005 12:10:40 AM
Wow.

However, technically, I must say that this shot could definitely be improved.... if you had superpowers...

On second thoughts, I can't think of any super powers that would make this a better shot.

Perfect!
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08/29/2005 12:09:20 AM
Nico this is the best you deserve it!
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08/29/2005 12:07:01 AM
Knew it was you dude - outstanding job! Congrats on your well-deserved blue!
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08/29/2005 12:06:37 AM
Awesome!!! This was my top pic. What an awesomely stunning photo. Congrats Nico, you rock. ...wowsers!!!
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08/29/2005 12:04:42 AM
Wowza! SO close to an 8! I'm not surprised. WTG, Nico!
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08/29/2005 12:04:01 AM
Congratulations Nico!!! Way to go!!!
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08/29/2005 12:03:39 AM
Originally posted by rikki11:

Nico? Amazing study in light and human form! The image is perfectly balanced in my opinion. Amazing. An easy favorite. 10


WOW! I nailed this one :)
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08/29/2005 12:03:12 AM
>>> Quote: Nico Blue: Anyways my goal is to do better than my entry to the last nude challenge. A really ambitious goal, but hey i can at least say i tried :-)

LOL....did more than try! Congrats on the Blue!!!

Message edited by author 2005-08-29 00:03:24.
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08/29/2005 12:02:37 AM
You rock. This was such a wonderful shot - well deserved ribbon!
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08/29/2005 12:02:32 AM
Congrats! I thought this was yours - only thing missing is the color - lol!
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08/29/2005 12:02:29 AM
Nico! Simply stunning!
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08/29/2005 12:02:14 AM
you suck >:P
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08/29/2005 12:01:45 AM
yay!! I gave this a 10, well done, I adore this shot
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08/29/2005 12:01:26 AM
fuck yeah nico
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2005 10:49:11 PM
What a shame the rating maxes out at 10!! This is an incredible shot.
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08/28/2005 08:37:42 PM
Hard pose to maintain Im sure. Love the sheet and lighting too. Amazing.
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08/28/2005 07:38:17 PM
hardly a nude, colors very funky:s.....a typical blue ribbon though!
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08/28/2005 06:14:19 PM
beautiful movement within the stillness of the pose , great contrast between the white drape , the skin and the black background - 10
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08/28/2005 05:48:30 PM
Interesting shot. nice lighting / tones.
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08/28/2005 03:50:24 PM
This is spectacular. Everything about it looks good. Easy 10
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08/28/2005 01:11:43 PM
Excellent. Well done.
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08/28/2005 07:42:13 AM
beautifull, looks like a davinci painting. Perfect lighting work also.
One of my favs
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08/28/2005 06:57:32 AM
Lovely, nice to see some males in this challenge.
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08/28/2005 12:37:27 AM
Superb work. The pose, lighting and exposure are all spot on, this is a very strong and professional piece of work. 10
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08/27/2005 11:48:09 PM
Beautiful body expression. Your model is very talented and your eye for the shot is excellent. Nice work. I consider this art rather than a photograph.
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08/27/2005 11:22:06 PM
Quite simply, phenomenal. Looks like the Prometheus sculpture at the Rockefeller Center ice rink in NYC. Great piece of work.
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08/27/2005 08:43:13 PM
I think that the way you have made the lighting is supurb,I find that this is onec of the strongest images in the challenge. 10
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08/27/2005 07:41:57 PM
Really cool, gotta love the composition here! Nice tones/light! 9
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08/27/2005 07:29:57 PM
It's great how the light, pose and negative space work here. A classic pose with classic lighting, the only thing that makes it look like a photo is the detail and sharpness. Perhaps a little bit softer might work even better. 10 anyway, one of two.
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08/27/2005 05:47:39 PM
you make me wet, nico
A 10 and a favourite for the modern Michelangelo
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08/27/2005 02:25:52 PM
Wow, that is very cool, well done photograph.
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08/27/2005 01:57:40 PM
My first 10 in a while. daVinci would have been proud.
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08/27/2005 01:44:20 PM
This deserves more than the 10 I can give it. It is perfection in every way.
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08/27/2005 11:38:46 AM
Oh, a classic! Excellent lighting and pose. Good set-up.
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08/27/2005 06:21:33 AM
WOW...this is excellent. Definately an art form.
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08/27/2005 01:16:50 AM
WOW!

One of the best in show, I'd say top three or at least five in the end. And, believe me, I don't easily say that. Have voted on most shots by now, commented on many, but only seen one or two that are destined to beat yours, I think. My second 10.

All the best for this and future challenges.

Bruno
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08/26/2005 10:48:16 PM
Nico? Amazing study in light and human form! The image is perfectly balanced in my opinion. Amazing. An easy favorite. 10
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08/26/2005 08:52:31 PM
Excellent control on both the model's and photographer's part. The lighting shows off the form very well. The only thing that keeps me from giving this the highest score is the darkness of the lower leg and foot. It is a picture that I could only dream of capturing though. good job.
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08/26/2005 01:12:49 PM
nico and his white sheet

9, nice pose
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08/26/2005 11:42:18 AM
well done!
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08/26/2005 09:13:01 AM
Beautiful, classically artistic image. Nice lighting, especially on torso. Tiny bit soft and indistinct at the extremities (right hand in particular), hint of jaggies on top of right thigh, but overall very classy work. 8
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08/26/2005 03:19:24 AM
Excellent pose, the lighting and contrast aspect is great. Should definitely be in the top 2
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08/25/2005 10:43:06 PM
Nice composition and lighting.
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08/25/2005 09:17:45 PM
I am coming back to comment on this. It is amazing! It is by far my favorite. I came back and it says this photo has been validated, I don't know why it would have to be validated. I hope this takes the blue. Good luck.
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08/25/2005 09:06:26 PM
Very nice. Great lighting and pose. Handsome model, too.
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08/25/2005 04:39:49 PM
Very nice. 9
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08/25/2005 08:21:18 AM
Wow! I bow to the master photographer!
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08/25/2005 05:59:54 AM
Artistically quite beautiful. Absolutely incredibly great lighting. Now that I'm back for a second look, I just have to give it a 10.
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08/25/2005 05:16:43 AM
congrats Nick, to this artistic, perfect shot
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08/25/2005 12:50:59 AM
pretty amazing shot....
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08/25/2005 12:44:52 AM
Very artistic. I like it. Nice colors and composition.
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08/24/2005 10:37:49 PM
Great image. I like this technically, but the sheet/cloth while a great way to hide things, and add subject matter, I think it shouldn't droop off the knee, and should look like a rope all the way across. It's just a bit distracting. Good Luck.
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08/24/2005 07:41:29 PM
Nice post & lighting, very dramatic
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08/24/2005 04:42:47 PM
Absolutely amazing, great lighting.
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08/24/2005 03:18:43 PM
Beautifully rendered. Exceptionally strong entry.
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08/24/2005 12:36:38 PM
Just a strong pic. I like the composition and ligthing. 8
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08/24/2005 12:14:17 PM
fabulous lighting and exceptional composition a sure 10
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08/24/2005 07:27:15 AM
Stunning - perfection - 10
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08/24/2005 04:41:29 AM
Striking photo. Well done.
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08/24/2005 02:24:32 AM
Wow!
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08/24/2005 12:24:26 AM
One word: Masterpiece! 10!
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08/24/2005 12:19:27 AM
Absolutely Stunning! I wish I had shot this photo. Excellent choice of model, superb pose, excellent composition, superb lighting. 10
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08/23/2005 11:03:37 PM
gracefully executed! great work!
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08/23/2005 10:27:18 PM
Touching the old classical style of Raphael and Michaelangelo. Great lighting form and grace to make this a superb entry for the connoisseur who loves works of art. Bumping up.
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08/23/2005 08:52:07 PM
wow! certainly one of my favorites. Tastefully done and an awesome job with the composition and lighting effects. I have a hint of who's entry this might be. In any case I congratulate you in advance, this one will surley make #1 or the top 5, no doubt.
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08/23/2005 12:46:50 PM
What a very tasteful and artistic photo! I love it!
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08/23/2005 12:09:19 PM
Lovely composition...has a fluid, dance quality...excellent lighting and use of prop.
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08/23/2005 11:38:53 AM
most of the male model shots in this challenge are done in humor, this shot was done in art. i think its a great photo.
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08/23/2005 11:34:40 AM
Really beautifully executed in every detail. I feel like I'm looking at a photograph that DaVinci would have taken if he'd had a camera. 10
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08/23/2005 11:01:01 AM
Beautiful composition splendidly photographed.
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08/23/2005 10:16:31 AM
thumbs up
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08/23/2005 09:24:00 AM
Sooooo beautifully lit..great work.
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08/23/2005 03:59:01 AM
I usually try to leave comments with some substance, but all I can say is Wowsers!
...no wait, this is nice, real nice. Great lines, great lighting, great focus. Splendid composition. Just an awesome tone/feeling in the image. The cloth draped about is an excellant finishing touch. Only small nitpick upon further study, perhaps having the cloth uncovering the end of the foot, perhaps not, I do find this a superb nude study. Overall- Wowsers!
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08/23/2005 12:42:15 AM
Wonderful mixture of light with the form
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08/22/2005 11:53:36 PM
Excellent! Love the implications of greek statues with the lighting, pose, fabric, and stomach muscles. Good luck
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08/22/2005 11:50:51 PM
WOW! I'm not gay but my 2 favoritites of this challenge have both been males. Fantastic posing, lightin,exposure, etc. 10.
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08/22/2005 11:20:34 PM
Very beautiful capture. Well done. Congrats.
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08/22/2005 11:19:23 PM
Great pose. I like the use of the shee. Great lighting also. [10]
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08/22/2005 10:38:18 PM
Very nice picture. Love the wrapping of the fabric. Perfect coloring, great lighting. Excellent pose! 10!
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08/22/2005 10:21:35 PM
I think this is really nice.
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08/22/2005 09:42:21 PM
Awesome. Dramatic and enthralling. Looks like a Greek statue. Must be a ribbon contender.
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08/22/2005 09:37:01 PM
Simply fantastic! Excellent lighting. - 10
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08/22/2005 09:31:27 PM
Very nice image. Perfect lighting and crop. Minor-minor-minor: looks like the outstretched hand is slightly oof. How's that for being a nit-picker. Overall extremely well done.
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08/22/2005 09:20:44 PM
The lighting is ok, a bit uneven in spots. The pose is a bit strange as well. Kudos to you and/or your model for posing.
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08/22/2005 07:41:33 PM
top photo - great lighting, composition and tone
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08/22/2005 07:15:27 PM
one of the best, amazing, i really like the whole frame
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08/22/2005 06:55:24 PM
Amazing shot, a10
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08/22/2005 06:47:26 PM
very good, i like it it's very artistic
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08/22/2005 06:18:48 PM
Very elegant-10
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08/22/2005 05:57:53 PM
This is pretty amazing.
One of my favourites.
Great pose, lighting and exposure.
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08/22/2005 05:46:40 PM
Nice pose!
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08/22/2005 05:20:41 PM
Great lighting and pose... spectacular shot
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08/22/2005 04:29:52 PM
Just fantastic, blue ribbon. 10
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08/22/2005 04:21:52 PM
that you nico? sorry if not. very nice image, and i really like the balance between light and dark. nice model and prop. 10
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08/22/2005 04:04:11 PM
Beautiful lighting. The pose looks a little awkward, but I like the way the shadows and highlights really define the body.
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08/22/2005 03:03:52 PM
if this is nico_blue, someone needs to give you a wedgie for being (a) talented, (b) intelligent, and (c) beautiful. the pose and the lighting are spot on, and how ever do you keep your figure?
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08/22/2005 02:58:18 PM
I love the lighting in this shot, the sheet seems a bit out of place for me (maybe a piece of silk, not quite as bulky and perhaps a different color to blend a bit more (hope that makes sense) but I still like it a lot and it is one of my favorites in this challenge. Good luck
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08/22/2005 02:46:31 PM
Excellent! I had 6 10s in this batch and this is one of them. The best of the male nudes as well. Lighting is excellent.
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08/22/2005 02:42:13 PM
The shadow and light work realy well. A work of art 10
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08/22/2005 01:53:30 PM
Hey Nico - This has to be you! LOL I think this is one of your best self-portraits yet. (Even if you're not Nico - but I still think you are - this is GREAT!) 10
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08/22/2005 01:03:02 PM
Oh My...this is quite an image. Stunning photograph! Beauiful model, beautiful lighting, incredible composition...easily in the top 3 if not the winner. I wish I could give it a score higher than '10'. <10>
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08/22/2005 12:14:34 PM
Nice composition & lighting. A top 3 for sure.
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08/22/2005 12:12:52 PM
Awesome photo! The lighting is right on and the way the model is flooting in the air is great. This is a ribbon winner! Good luck and great work!
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08/22/2005 11:42:43 AM
Beautiful form! Love the work with the shadows. Wonderful Overall! 10!
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08/22/2005 11:25:04 AM
you certainly DIDNT leave room for criticism! beautiful, artistic, .... an easy to give 10.
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08/22/2005 11:20:46 AM
One of my favorites, it's I hope, going to make the top 5 at least!
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08/22/2005 11:08:30 AM
I'm going out on a limb and saying this is a Nico shot. ;-) This is a beautiful study. The lighting is perfect and the use of the drape is very nice. The portrayal of movement is lovely. Very well done.
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08/22/2005 09:53:56 AM
exquisite!! I am so happy to see a beautiful picture like this in the challenge
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08/22/2005 09:30:06 AM
another great artistic photo and creative too. makes me think of a michael angelo painting. love the dark BGpersonal fave myself) 10
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08/22/2005 09:26:20 AM
One of my favorites in this category! 10!
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08/22/2005 09:14:56 AM
Great pose and lighting. I really like the definition given by the shadows on the body. The sheet is wrapped very well and adds to the flow of the pose nicely.
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08/22/2005 08:10:17 AM
NICELY EXECUTED ON THE LIGHTING
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08/22/2005 06:50:21 AM
Lighting, tones & the pose are awesome
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08/22/2005 06:32:40 AM
photography. my top scorer, awesome. bumping up
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08/22/2005 04:13:06 AM
Well Nico, I'd kinda hoped you'd find someone else to use your expertise on, but this is an excellent effort nonetheless. Lighting is spot on - which is particularly impressive given that I'm pretty sure you don't exactly have a fancy set-up at your disposal. 9
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08/22/2005 02:55:45 AM
Congrats on your ribbon sir!
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08/22/2005 02:40:21 AM
Excellent shot. Tastful, artful and well presented. If this does not ribbon, i'll be surprised. Good luck!
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08/22/2005 02:37:38 AM
Trying to guess who's this is... Hmmm... Good use of light and shadows. Not my cup of tea, but admittedly very artistic and one I am sure will do very well.
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08/22/2005 02:19:26 AM
nico blue ?
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08/22/2005 02:13:12 AM
8
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08/22/2005 02:02:59 AM
very classical, should be on the roof in Rome. Weel done
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08/22/2005 01:02:22 AM
WOW! Ribbon right here. Wonderful shot, awesome lighting GREAT JOB! 10
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08/22/2005 12:57:43 AM
WOW Great lighting and detail. The dark sepia is excellent. I feel like the Michaelangelo painting came to life!!!!
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08/22/2005 12:57:19 AM
this image is jut fantastic. Perfect lighting, which of course is most important in a nude . So tasteful and fluid. Looks like we will have another male nude on the front page :)
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08/22/2005 12:34:06 AM
Great pose! Lighting and subtle use of color also works very well. Only detail that I would have preferred different is to have the model's toes uncovered, in symmetry with the outstretched fingers.
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08/22/2005 12:33:06 AM
beautiful image. Very well done. Lighting makes the image. 10
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