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Challenge: High Contrast (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Flower Market, Bangkok, Thailand
Date: Sep 3, 2005
Aperture: f 2.8
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2005

Krystal set aside a day for pictorial with me. We went to the flower market but ended up under the shade because of the rain.

She changed her looks and is busy in TV commercials and drama/comedy series now.

P.S. I pulled out the colored version in favor of this BW version. Well, not totally BW...a compromise I suppose.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 343
Avg (all users): 6.9691
Avg (commenters): 8.7000
Avg (participants): 6.9822
Avg (non-participants): 6.9444
Views since voting: 12612
Views during voting: 514
Votes: 259
Comments: 62
Favorites: 59 (view)


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10/23/2006 05:43:56 PM
Absolutely beautiful shot, can't imagine it any better.
08/06/2006 09:00:46 PM
WOW
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12/08/2005 10:48:39 PM
Rad photo. Somehow it reminds me of the movie Moulin Rouge. Perhaps it's the lighting, but i'm not sure. Anyhoo, if i'm ever able to take a picture like this before I die, i'll be happy in my death-bed. Excellent job
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10/27/2005 03:26:14 PM
I've looked at both the color version and this one. I prefer this one a lot more as the contrasts come over a lot better. The composition is excellent as I can only expect from you Manny. Choice as ever. The vignetting effect comes over well, giving the subject a natural framing. The pose with the flowers, the look on her face, it all fits together in harmony. However the processing bothers me a little. I would have prefered to see grain in this. Grain would have come over a lot better for me, not too much just a little. This is too soft in the face and arms, almost as if you had put NeatImage into it. Also the flower on the left is blending too much into th sleeve of the girl's top. I would have liked to have seen some more detail there. Other than that good! Lighting is good, just a touch too harsh from the left. The eyes are perfect and overall, a super photo!
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09/15/2005 07:10:46 PM
You should have won, that's all I'll say :)
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09/15/2005 01:31:56 AM
*Critique Club*

Wow...not really sure what I can add that the 56 comments haven't already mentioned.
Definately high contrast. whites are white and blacks are black. Love the lighting on the background, I think it adds to the shot in my opinion.
The focus seems a tad soft, but with the feeling of the photo, I don't think that hurts this shot at all.
Her face seems blotchy. Not sure if this is editing, or lighting, or what, but seems to have some un uniform tones on her face.
Can't really see much of the flowers except the color part, but they do look good. I think maybe the whites there are a bit too white, but that's just my opinion. I'd like to see more detail in the flowers.
Overall an excellent image and not really much to improve on here.
Congrats on the placing! ~Heather~
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09/14/2005 09:36:38 PM
I like the image, though I find the flowers and the shirt to be very distracting because of the blown highlights.
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09/14/2005 10:08:59 AM
Stunning photograph. Well done :D
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09/13/2005 08:14:10 PM
I saw most of all your pictures and they all great and this time, you did it again! Congratulations!
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09/13/2005 03:48:58 PM
I saw this during voting and thought it's very beautiful, but I would have never guessed it's yours. Glad to see it did so well.. I really like the processing on this one. Looks like something you would happily hang on a wall :). Congratulations!
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09/13/2005 02:29:24 PM
excellent photo! I thought this would get a ribbon and it did. I love your portraits, I think they are wonderful!!
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09/13/2005 09:51:11 AM
Wonderful image! I love the tones here. Congrats!
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09/13/2005 09:00:42 AM
Congratulations Manny. The processing looks like velvet which I like.
Teacher.
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09/13/2005 04:25:29 AM
Congratulations on yet another ribbon !
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09/12/2005 08:14:06 PM
Originally posted by BradP:

Guess I have to go against the majority here on this one Manny.
Composition and subject is, as always, first-rate.
In this instance, I don't feel the processing was in your normal high standards.
Too harsh in many ways, especially around the flowers, and a bit odd around her right upper arm (focus/clarity?).
Did you consider a softer finish on the flowers by chance? A bit of gaussion blur?
Just personal preference/opinion.

Congrats on the Magazine shots by the way.


Have to dissagree here. I think this is the best shot you have taken, and one of the greatest shots on this site. But that is just my opinion. And to me that is the most important opinion.
Well done
I Love it
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09/12/2005 06:30:12 PM
Guess I have to go against the majority here on this one Manny.
Composition and subject is, as always, first-rate.
In this instance, I don't feel the processing was in your normal high standards.
Too harsh in many ways, especially around the flowers, and a bit odd around her right upper arm (focus/clarity?).
Did you consider a softer finish on the flowers by chance? A bit of gaussion blur?
Just personal preference/opinion.

Congrats on the Magazine shots by the way.

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09/12/2005 06:07:28 PM
wow!! simply amazing!! in my opinion, this should have the blue! adding it and YOU to my favortites :)
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09/12/2005 04:13:01 PM
I hink this should have gotten the blue ribbon!!! it's great...congrats on your ribbon!!!
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09/12/2005 12:28:19 PM
congrats on ur ribbon! this was my top pick :)... (BTW I think i like the color version even more!)
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09/12/2005 11:48:57 AM
Originally posted by Alecia:

i am stunned that this did not ribbon.


Well, here you go ;)

Congrats Manny. Again a very good portrait of a beautifull lady.
Not many people can compete with the quality you display time and time again.
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09/12/2005 05:32:30 AM
Great finish manny. I find it interesting to compare this witht he color version, because this one seems softer (and not in a positive way) than the color one. Whatever, very strong image, as usual. I think this is the first time I've beaten out onw of your shots, so i'm happy :-)
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09/12/2005 04:28:21 AM
i am stunned that this did not ribbon.
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09/12/2005 03:06:09 AM
Superb shot Manny!! Congrats on your fourth place!
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09/12/2005 01:56:47 AM
I thought this was yours manny, very nice!
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09/12/2005 01:13:33 AM
Considering that this was shot outside and not in a studio, this image is wonderfully soft and well lit, congratulations with yet another great photo..
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09/12/2005 01:09:05 AM
Gorgeous shot! Such rich tones for a high contrast shot. Congratulations.
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09/12/2005 12:44:36 AM
simply beautiful manny... congrats on 4th....
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09/12/2005 12:37:06 AM
Manny: this is another of your masterful studies. I am in awe. Congratulations on your Top 5 finish. Your talent is like an endless fountain.
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09/12/2005 12:26:53 AM
Congrats on yet another top 5 finish! Beautiful image...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/11/2005 11:51:26 PM
Good shot. Her look and tones of her face are great plus the placement of your model. Though it looks a little over processed for my liking I think it will fair very well.
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09/11/2005 10:03:35 PM
is this crystal?

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09/11/2005 09:18:50 PM
For me there are some nice contrast areas, but I see some of the whites as being... overly done (if that makes any sense).
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09/11/2005 11:38:36 AM
I like the mood on this picture alot... great work! 8
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09/11/2005 02:27:57 AM
Great shot.
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09/10/2005 01:53:44 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Contrast/Color: 1/2
Composition: 2/2
Photo Quality: 1/2
My Subjective Affinity: 1/2

Great composition and lighting (mostly). I think the lighting on the person is a little harsh, but I really like the lighting on the background. I also like the background material, whatever it is.
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09/10/2005 11:05:52 AM
this is fantastic. :)
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09/10/2005 09:07:23 AM
Nice moody shot, but I don't llke the selective colour in the flowers. Great tones! 9.
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09/10/2005 06:38:19 AM
i wonder who took this! :-P great photo zzzzzzzz :-) 9
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09/10/2005 02:16:59 AM
I have to say my first impression of this shot was jaw dropping, not kidding. I love this shot, you've nailed this challenge and then some! Congrats to you and your model for creating such a beautiful image. I love the selective de-stat. and sepia tones. Model's pose is very natural, and the choice in delicate apparel and flowers are a wonderful contrast to the rough textures / paint behind her. I could go on and on but I'll just say, 10, 10, 10!
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09/10/2005 12:32:32 AM
This photo is exactly what the High Contrast challenge was intended to inspire. It's absolutely outstanding in every way.
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09/09/2005 06:09:10 PM
The blowout of whites on the flowers (and the balance on the face) is a bit distracting, but all other aspects of the photograph are good. Good mood, nice tone, good model placement with good expression and nice undistracting background. It is just the balance of the light that might be improved. 8
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09/09/2005 08:54:14 AM
like the 50/50 composition, the blown out details in the flowers are well balanaced and don't detract from model's face... one of my ribbon picks
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09/08/2005 09:25:02 PM
gorgeous use of contrast. she's beautiful, the tones are beautiful, i LOVE this!
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09/07/2005 10:28:03 PM
Great contrast, I love the eyes. Nice job not centering the photo.
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09/07/2005 10:41:56 AM
What a beautiful shot. Will ribbon!!! Congrats on a GREAT SHOT
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09/06/2005 11:17:36 PM
Stirring image with great tones... sharpness was lost a bit I think but a minor detail... :) 7
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09/06/2005 10:30:26 PM
Lighting is perfect as is your model. 10
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09/06/2005 08:18:24 PM
very beautiful
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09/06/2005 10:15:13 AM
Good model with a great pose.
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09/05/2005 10:32:08 PM
Krystal, is it not?

I love this, quite different than your "usual" style, Manny. : ) Has got a rather grungy feel to it. And I like it a lot!!
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09/05/2005 05:06:59 PM
I love this image, and I think it fits the challenge well. Congrats!
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09/05/2005 03:33:48 PM
Amazing, this is perfect. 10
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09/05/2005 01:59:47 PM
Perfect
my pick for the top so far.
Love it.
Love the colour treatment
love the textures on the wall
love the pose.
I really can't find anything wrong with it at all.
A big fat 10 from me
Good luck
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09/05/2005 01:36:48 PM
fabulous...but then again I bet you already knew that 10
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09/05/2005 12:31:43 PM
beautiful rendering. Excellent tones, POV, DOF. Lighting really enhances the image. 9
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09/05/2005 12:27:50 PM
Beautiful composition and contrast. The model and flowers seem to have a very different feel than the background though (and I don't mean contrasting, but in processing).
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09/05/2005 10:52:03 AM
One of my ribbon picks!, im sure this is librodo ;)
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09/05/2005 10:13:57 AM
Wow. This is fine work. The posing, model and contrast are just perfect. I expect you will either ribbon or top 10 with this image. Congrats in advance!!
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09/05/2005 09:27:34 AM
7
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09/05/2005 09:15:04 AM
Locely portrait - great lighting and eye contact and nice use of negative space - I like how the gritty texture of the wall behind adds to the feel of the photo - it gives it a solidity.
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09/05/2005 01:19:53 AM
Awesome shot. The tonality and the depth of it is excellent. I love her placement in the shot and the bouquet with the pearls brings your eye up to the whites of her eyes. 10
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09/05/2005 12:35:23 AM
adore this one!
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