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librodo


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Challenge: Textures IV (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Iloilo City, Philippines
Date: Apr 6, 2006
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2006

Meet Rosalinda Bernales, a cigarette vendor in downtown Iloilo, my home city here in the Philippines. When I saw her 3 days ago, I had the urge to get off the jeepney and photograph her. Problem was, I didn't have my camera. So the next day (yesterday), with my camera on hand, I set off to my little expedition. What followed were over 70 pictures of her...from the time that she hadn't noticed me to the time that I forged a genuine friendship with her. Such a character. So much stories that went along with every line in her face.

I was and am so grateful she allowed me to take pictures of her very "rich" and "beautiful" face.

After the Challenge:

Thank you so much everyone for such kind words. I am bringing all the "adulation" back to Rosalinda, my "model". Manang Linda welcomed me very amiably two days ago when I went back to take more pictures of her. I also interviewed her (and her relatives - she's deaf) because I am planning to show this picture arund some magazine. I can't guide you as yet to other pictures of her...very soon, I promise.

And if anyone happen to pass by Iloilo City, Philippines, look for her in downtown, Iloilo. Ask any sidewalk vendor about her and you will surely find her. And she will be more than willing to pose for you.:)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 311
Avg (all users): 8.2000
Avg (commenters): 9.4651
Avg (participants): 8.0566
Avg (non-participants): 8.4815
Views since voting: 42466
Views during voting: 476
Votes: 160
Comments: 187
Favorites: 387 (view)


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12/18/2014 07:50:31 PM
What a powerful image, simply beautiful.
08/08/2012 08:30:06 AM
Perfect job!
06/20/2012 03:45:54 PM
Very BEAUTIFUL... Rosalinda and your stunning image. Congrats!
01/12/2012 12:00:30 PM
This is a stellar shot. Very impressed.
11/09/2011 05:43:54 AM
her face tells it all..every lines and expression was perfectly captured..amazing mr. librodo!
10/01/2011 10:36:59 PM
Best Picture - her face tells a story that most of us cant imagine - blood - sweat - tears
10/04/2010 04:09:13 AM
Originally posted by Timosaby:

This is the best photo on DPC
Amazing!!!!!
04/10/2010 09:05:03 AM
This is the best photo on DPC
06/15/2009 07:07:44 PM
WOW !!!
Amazing !!!
04/03/2009 06:47:50 AM
Going through the older textures challenges I did not expect to see something like this. Such clarity and details. This must be one of the best shots I have seen in DPC. This is inspiring for beginners like me. Thank you!
03/23/2009 10:19:16 PM
I have viewed this photograph several times and each time it gets better. Bravo.
01/22/2009 07:29:24 PM
Could you oh would you make this into a print?? :)
01/12/2009 05:08:31 PM
Love the portrait especially since it's B&W. You could do so much with this picture. Use it as one shot, or just the face, or just the hands. There's so much character in the face and hands that you can use any portion of the photo.
09/04/2008 10:49:51 PM
I LOOOOVE THESE kinds of shots
it's just so detailed
bravoo
12/18/2007 04:58:29 AM
wow great nice shot! amazing...
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12/08/2007 05:04:48 PM
Simply, a superb b&w portrait..............................

Message edited by author 2007-12-08 17:05:49.
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10/05/2007 12:45:30 PM
Great photo:)----David
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10/02/2007 03:25:17 PM
wow powerful message
you can see that she has gone through alot
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08/24/2007 12:20:05 AM
Who ever voted below a 5 on this image was just trying to better their own results because if you can't see the beauty and exactness capturing light shadows tones etc in this picture then you must be blind. This image is Photography. psart. Ok I'm done lol
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08/24/2007 12:17:10 AM
Wow life magazine cover quality here. This is a timeless image that I'll always carry in my mind. You should submit to various black and white magazines for publication. I'd use it. Again Wow. You got talent... psart
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05/29/2007 03:29:50 AM
Somewhere Steve McCurry is dying jealous...

Amazing photograph!

Congrats!

Message edited by author 2007-05-29 03:30:59.
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02/21/2007 08:58:18 AM
Shivers! The depth of this picture goes beyond what you see. It really is a book in a picture, every pixel is a chapter! Congratulations on your encounter and thank you for bringing it to us.. As they say in your language, Salamat!
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02/17/2007 05:17:14 PM
This is Bone-Chilling .Reflects the 'strength of a woman'.Nicely cropped.
U deserve it.

Message edited by author 2007-02-17 17:46:49.
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02/17/2007 09:30:59 AM
One of the most amazing facial shots I've seen. Rivals with the famous National Geo cover - maybe better.
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02/13/2007 02:40:17 PM
It's photos like these that make me want to take pictures forever.
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12/11/2006 08:22:31 PM
Congrats on the Spider award win, Manny!
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12/08/2006 07:38:04 PM
This picture is INCREDIBLE, POWERFUL, PERFECT. God, she is beautiful!
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11/15/2006 09:53:35 PM
Librodo, your photos really are unique and amazing.
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09/18/2006 04:07:35 PM
beautiful
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09/15/2006 12:55:19 AM
amazing photo!!
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08/27/2006 01:38:01 AM
I ADORE this photo.

I really liked reading the story behind it too - thank you for sharing the journey to this shot!
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08/06/2006 10:37:35 PM
FANTASTIC!~
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06/13/2006 11:43:08 PM
Amazing! The stories can be told by this picture. Very rich detail!
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06/13/2006 10:16:45 PM
Amazing detail. Fantastic photo.
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06/06/2006 09:19:43 PM
Simply stunning. BRAVO.
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06/03/2006 09:31:42 PM
WOW!!! Fantastic portrait!!! The colors, sharpness and her expression!
Looks like a National Geographic's shot!
Congratulations on the deserved ribbon!
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04/30/2006 08:36:20 PM
Amazing!!! My favorite new subject
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04/21/2006 03:09:25 AM
Wow!!!!!!

Absolutely fantastic portrait Manny!! Just blew me away!

Diin sa Downtown Iloilo?
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04/20/2006 02:55:10 AM
Absolutely amazing! I wish I'd seen it to vote on it.

Yet another person I would love to meet and probably never will.

How was she about having her photo taken?
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04/19/2006 09:46:25 PM
To be perfectly honest, I've become very tired of the same old Pretty-girl-in-scarf Librodo portrait. This, however, blows all of those shots away. I don't think I'm overstating it when I say that this could hang in a museum. Congratulations on a truly beautiful photo.

Message edited by author 2006-04-20 07:16:00.
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04/19/2006 09:04:40 AM
What a beautiful photo and story. I won a ribbon for Living On Faith about a street lady. This reminds me of her. Thank you for entering this one. It truly is Blue Ribbon material !
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04/19/2006 07:23:02 AM
Bow
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04/19/2006 05:10:08 AM
Congrats for a well earned blue. I like the textures of the skin and the way she is posing. The title suits the picture very well.

Leila
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04/19/2006 02:09:15 AM
ive just discovered this site today, and must say, photos like this beautiful one, will keep me visiting for a lobng time to come. thank-you for sharing ~ clear
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04/18/2006 11:44:52 AM
Thats one superb shot.... wonderful textures in her skin... great b+w conversion...!

Deadly stuff

Richie
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04/18/2006 09:22:09 AM
This one's the best!It is really something!It's got so much to say among the famous portraiture shots in the history of photography,though the technique and the lighting's not something creative!
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04/17/2006 11:52:28 PM
Manny, I stand in awe. Not only a great photo capture, but you capture her life, her personality, and her past so well, too. Stunning. Deserving of its 8.2 score!
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04/17/2006 02:40:51 PM
I think 'Eyes' was the best picture on this web before. Now that you've posted this masterpiece that combines a compelling story and great technique it no longer is.
Congratulations of being the author of the best picture of DPC, again.
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04/17/2006 02:31:43 PM
Such an absolute beautiful photo, one of if not the best B&W photo I have seen in years!
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04/17/2006 12:25:51 PM
Congratulations on this outstanding win sir !!!
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04/17/2006 11:06:28 AM
Absolutly gorgeous one... :)
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04/16/2006 10:43:08 PM
Manny: this is superb! Congratulations on your Blue.
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04/16/2006 08:22:45 PM
That is just an incredible photo. A ten if I voted and, worth the number 1 spot for sure and just made it to my favorites list. Great job and congrats..!
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04/16/2006 02:34:33 PM
Is Rosalinda really that beautiful? You did her to perfection and she should be very happy with the portrait. Keep em comin Manny.
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04/16/2006 11:13:41 AM
This is one of the most beautiful, moving photographs I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. A class act.
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04/15/2006 11:57:27 PM
wow!!!!!!!!!!
what a great job!
: O )
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04/15/2006 11:35:21 PM
This is amazing, I wish I had words...but they would never do it justice.

Congrats Manny.
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04/15/2006 10:36:53 PM
This is amazing! great shot.
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04/15/2006 09:24:27 PM
you give me something to impossibly strive for (ended in preposition).
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04/15/2006 08:53:40 PM
Wow, impressive shot!! Congrats Manny, you :rock!
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04/15/2006 07:32:39 PM
Great shot Manny
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04/15/2006 07:16:28 PM
Outstanding.
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04/15/2006 04:05:32 PM
Truly remarkable picture, Manny. I keep coming back to it.
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04/15/2006 12:35:29 PM
This has to be one of the most beautiful pictures that I've seen ..... just love it....

Simpa
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04/15/2006 11:56:32 AM
This is a VERY touching and moving picture! You did a wonderful job.
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04/15/2006 08:04:31 AM
galing mo bro! i told you turuan mo naman kami next time you're in the phils. congrats for a well deserved blue!
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04/15/2006 06:52:39 AM
I said during the challenege "wow what an image" I repeat what I said ...wow...It is certainly a deserved winner of the blue. Well done.
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04/14/2006 11:42:07 PM
Mabuhay! Well done mate on yet another ribbon to your huge collection!
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04/14/2006 09:20:20 PM
nagtuturo po ba kayo ng photography?
if ever po,
pasabe, aattend po ako sa abot
ng aking makakaya..!
(^o^)

Congratulations po!
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04/14/2006 08:50:40 PM
Brilliant and very different from you usual framing and lighting style for portraits. Congrats on the blue with this shot that IMHO is so different from your preferred techniques.
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04/14/2006 08:04:32 PM
do you ever take bad photos?
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04/14/2006 06:56:41 PM
I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it I knew it

Congrats my friend!
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04/14/2006 05:45:21 PM
I can't believe I never saw this one when voting (damned slow dial-up really makes voting on all images impossible). Congratulations on a well deserved blue. This shot is fantastic even by your high standards.
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04/14/2006 05:11:02 PM
Fantastic Image Congratulations
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04/14/2006 04:20:29 PM
Hello.
I'm a new member. Your aesthetic shot is so inspiring. It contains million words in one.
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04/14/2006 04:16:18 PM
Hello Manny, Congratulation for the green

PS: Green later

Message edited by author 2006-04-14 16:16:41.
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04/14/2006 04:15:05 PM
What an incredible photo.Thanks for sharing
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04/14/2006 04:02:25 PM
I can stare at this image for hours....
I'm in love with this photo....

congrats..
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04/14/2006 03:19:27 PM
Work or a true artist. I am speechless.
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04/14/2006 02:04:17 PM
Simply splendid!!! Truly a picture worth a thousand words. Love the mesmerizing details.
Congratulations on well deserving ribbon :)
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04/14/2006 01:35:22 PM
:( Now I'm jealous.

A worthy winner indeed ;)
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04/14/2006 01:34:38 PM
Congrats, Manny! This is not picture of 'a' person. Its "beauty" and "richness" in pure form. Superb.
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04/14/2006 01:21:53 PM
I knew this one had to be a winner. Congrats, Manny.
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04/14/2006 11:47:05 AM
You've certainly raised the bar on this one!!! Pekesty and I were having a private betting session during voting on this taking the blue! Great great portrait - your best yet.
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04/14/2006 11:08:29 AM
I gotta say that I was a little bummed out not ribboning with a 7.15 but seeing this shot win was a great consolation. First time seeing it too as I never vote on challenges I enter but even though I do that not to vote lower, I feel very confident that i still would have given this a 10 and of course added it to my favorites wich I just did.

Love everything about it and I think this is your best work as of this date. AWESOME! Could see this on the cover of National Geographic or Times or something like that. Keep up the good work Manny, I know you are extremely good but you have proven time and time again that you can be better, two thumbs up :)
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04/14/2006 11:03:41 AM
What I liked mostly about this image are the rings! Very nicely portrayed overall, congratulations!
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04/14/2006 10:41:21 AM
wow
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04/14/2006 10:39:50 AM
wow :)
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04/14/2006 10:08:03 AM
this is an AMAZING photo, congratulations :)
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04/14/2006 10:03:18 AM
Thanks so much for knocking me out of the blue ribbon Manny. I appreciate that.

Awesome shot. No image in this challenge came close and the score reflects it. You deserved it!
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04/14/2006 09:54:48 AM
Manny, you have no idea how much of an impact this portrait has had on me... truly its magical in every sense of the word magical!! She is wonderful and what you have captured within her .. amazing.. thank you so much for taking the time to introduce us to such a wonderful, powerful soul.. i'd love to see the rest of the images you took..

Wow!!!
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04/14/2006 09:48:01 AM
No words...great, superb image!!
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04/14/2006 09:30:55 AM
Congrats, i love this photo. i gave it a 10
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04/14/2006 09:17:54 AM
This is wonderful and deserving of it's ribbon and 8+ score. I'm going to go check if you uploaded any of the other photos from the shoot anywhere...
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04/14/2006 09:03:56 AM
One of the best portraits I have ever seen. Truly outstanding.

Congratulations on a well deserved win!
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04/14/2006 08:54:40 AM
"I am so grateful she allowed me to take pictures of her very "rich" and "beautiful" face."

She certainly is beautiful, and you captured it so incredibly well.
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04/14/2006 08:45:49 AM
Great capture, love the detail. Even a shot of just the hands would be exceptional - the entire package is excellent.
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04/14/2006 08:28:09 AM
one of the most amazing portrait i've ever seen, simply phantastic
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04/14/2006 08:22:44 AM
Well Manny.... how is it that you're not making your living off photography is beyond me.

I knew this was yours the minute I saw it! I hope one day to be half as good as you in portraiture. You simply amaze me!!

Yanik
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04/14/2006 05:53:27 AM
Simply amazing. This is a fantastic photo!
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04/14/2006 05:52:35 AM
This is your best ever photo.
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04/14/2006 05:38:54 AM
Manny.... You're a GENIUS man.. Superb photo, I knew it was yours even though the model has changed a bit. GO TEAM NIKON!!!
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04/14/2006 05:31:28 AM
WOW,wow...wow, what can I say!? WOW.
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04/14/2006 05:18:29 AM
Amazing photo! Glad u have taken a photo of something other then a beautiful girl and won.
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04/14/2006 04:24:27 AM
Wow.. Can't find the right words to express what I think about this one. It's truly amazing. Congratulations! Added to favorites.
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04/14/2006 03:00:18 AM
Outstanding shot, Manny! Amazing textures, amazing face...
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04/14/2006 02:17:28 AM
2 1´s and 4 3´s?
These people should be banned for life for not seeing quality.
You nailed it, and you deserve it...
But after this terrific blue and the 8+, what will be your new goals for this year? Getting an 7+ avg votes recieved ???

Congrats again, and now go bring the lady the good news!

Beautifull, absolutely amazing!
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04/14/2006 02:15:48 AM
Congratulations on a runaway winner Manny. It was always going to be this one. This is without question one of the finest images ever entered to a dpc. Can't praise it enough. Lawrence
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04/14/2006 02:00:47 AM
Manny, this is photography in perfection. Unbelievably beautful. Congratulations.
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04/14/2006 02:00:39 AM
I must say this is one of the best photographs I have ever seen. It is a wonderful black and white image, I am not sure I would have liked it in color, I think it would have lost too much of the contrast that makes it so outstanding.
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04/14/2006 01:55:32 AM
still perving the chicks i see! haha, just kidding, another ribbon
to add to your collection, where do you hang them all?
congrats!
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04/14/2006 01:41:59 AM
This picture is SO emotional, it is GREAT!
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04/14/2006 01:39:41 AM
One of the best DPC images I have seen on this site. Congrats.
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04/14/2006 01:28:51 AM
This was my pick for the blue. Nice to see a pic get over 8 again. And a quite healthy 8+.

This picture stopped me in my tracks and I ended up just staring at it for about 5 minutes. Seeing it in the larger format just added a little bit.

Interestingly, I just met someone from Iloilo two days ago. First time I have met someone from that part of the Philippines.
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04/14/2006 01:08:27 AM
What I like best about this photo is if you were to crop it anywhere, be it just the hands, the bottom half of her face, just her eyes.. it is still powerful and spellbinding in its rich detail. Very few images I've seen can so easily become multiple mini-masterpieces when broken up that way. Amazing detail, amazing woman, amazing talent.
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04/14/2006 12:51:47 AM
Not surprised at all to see the blue ribbon on this totally incredible photo! Congrats, very, very well deserved :-)
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04/14/2006 12:36:54 AM
I am here to learn... and so grateful for teachers like you .. mac
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04/14/2006 12:33:36 AM
This is one amazing picture Manny.Congratulations on the blue.
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04/14/2006 12:28:56 AM
Amazing ispiration is an understatement for the work that I get the chance to see from you. Thanks. Maybe some day I can capture such fabulous portraits. Soon, because of you, I want to begin trying shots with different types of veils. Hope thats cool because the idea definetly came from you. Keep up the good work, I know you will. Congrats.
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04/14/2006 12:26:09 AM
Truly an incredible shot. It stood out so clearly when I saw the thumbnail and immediately gave it a 10. Congratulations. A very well deserved 8.0+ score.
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04/14/2006 12:23:41 AM
Amazing! soo deserving of the blue! really amazing, great capture!
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04/14/2006 12:21:50 AM
Excellent, awsome, and inspiring.
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04/14/2006 12:18:00 AM
A truely spectacular photo. Great job
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04/14/2006 12:17:08 AM
This is so so wonderful! You did an absolute perfect job of photographing her. I love this photo so much!

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04/14/2006 12:14:38 AM
What sweetheart. You paid a loving tribute to her visually. BRAVO
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04/14/2006 12:12:23 AM
Manny, this is phenomenal... great work :)
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04/14/2006 12:08:38 AM
Like I said Manny, congrats on your Blue!
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04/14/2006 12:08:25 AM
Conratulations for one heckuva fine picture - I suspected this was your work. Amazing score here as well. Thank you SO much for sharing her with us!
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04/14/2006 12:08:22 AM
Manny you are a genius...this was one of my favourites in the challenge and a stunning shot. It could only have been you my friend!
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04/14/2006 12:07:07 AM
Congratulations!! :)
In my top two most faved from this challenge.
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04/14/2006 12:06:21 AM
Congratulations. This was my favourite. It's wonderful in its tone and texture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2006 11:59:09 PM
I predict a strong finish... wrinkled faces always do well in these challenges. However, you got a rather unique shot here. Her face is kind of scary. The zillion rings really calls for some attention too. This balance the photo really well; kinds of share the centre of interest with here face.
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04/13/2006 11:47:31 PM
This has got to be the winner. Fabulous. This tells the tale of her life. Excellent capture and processing.
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04/13/2006 09:58:38 PM
I cannot imagine this not getting a ribbon...the smoothness of the jewelry contrasted against the coarseness of her skin is wonderful...the wisdom of her years just oozes from her pores...she has this "power" about her, an aura of strength...fabulous work.
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04/13/2006 01:31:34 PM
Wow. Very nice.....
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04/13/2006 09:04:33 AM
I almost didnt get to this one as I just remembered that I needed to finish out voting this category. Glad I did because this one knocked my socks off. In fact - I am going to bump it up again. Great shot. My only 10.
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04/12/2006 11:28:53 PM
This belongs in "Life" magazine. Magnificent.
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04/11/2006 09:27:32 PM
you must have looked at this and said
"WOW..I am f'..in good"
and you are..
AWESOME
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04/11/2006 01:58:01 PM
The best of the challenge, IMHO.
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04/11/2006 08:00:56 AM
Mmmm, just seen this up on another site - shame, it's a great image.
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04/10/2006 01:50:45 PM
So full of emotion, I love this shot. Detail & lighting of the face is really nice.
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04/10/2006 11:25:38 AM
Absolutely stunning! This deserves first place.
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04/10/2006 07:27:25 AM
8 - Good texture. Can't help wonder if color would have shown it even better.
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04/10/2006 03:49:57 AM
Here should be the winner...amazing textures, arresting, engaging, impactful, great editing...10
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04/10/2006 03:33:53 AM
Your photograph shows very good contrast in textures (rough skin, smooth jewelry, glassy eyes, sheer shawl). A little creepy, but overall an excellent photograph.
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04/09/2006 11:29:04 PM
Awesome!
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04/09/2006 11:09:57 PM
goregeous image
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04/09/2006 09:42:59 PM
Ahhhhh the old "One eyed old woman with wrinkly hands ploy"

Nice job on finding this subject and processing in BW.
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04/09/2006 04:23:55 PM
wow...
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04/09/2006 04:16:58 PM
This is the blue ribbon winner right there ..
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04/09/2006 09:21:01 AM
This shouid win the blue It is fantastic 10
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04/09/2006 04:56:06 AM
this is just beautiful. detail is fantastic, the look on her face, her rings, WOW!

added to my faves!
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04/08/2006 01:01:48 PM
wow! The texture is sure apparent here, really nice image 9
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04/08/2006 09:35:43 AM
WOW, that's nice. Good contrast, fits the challege. 9
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04/08/2006 08:05:47 AM
Powerful.
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04/08/2006 07:26:17 AM
Wow - what an image. I'm in awe! This is one of the best in this challenge for me.
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04/08/2006 01:41:27 AM
Stunning photograph! Quite a daring composition, yet very effective. Your choice of subject here is of course, awesome. Years and years of texture there to study. I love the processing of the image. Very fitting is an understatement. Wow, the longer I look, the more and more I like. An amazing photo, well done, indeed :-)
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04/08/2006 01:35:37 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon Librodo. This is a fantastic and inspiring photo, great work.
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04/07/2006 11:02:28 PM
WOW, just, wow. There are not words enoughto describe. If ever there was a gaze that could look through you and see into your soul, this would be it.
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04/07/2006 09:41:20 PM
Should be famous. I hope this gets published somewhere with a write up about who she is....Amazing.
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04/07/2006 08:13:55 PM
I hope you win... this is amazing.
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04/07/2006 08:08:29 PM
IMO, This is for sure the first place winner in this challenge... Congratulations! It's an awesome shot. It's a photo that you can just stare at and keep finding new features the longer you look. Very interesting and I love the tones and contrast.
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04/07/2006 06:18:19 PM
Very dramatic image with wonderful demonstration of texture really great work
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04/07/2006 06:14:54 PM
I have a hunch this might be a manny shot.. different choice of model but just as striking.. my only 10 so far in this challenge absolutely brilliant image. -10-
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04/07/2006 02:14:38 PM
Excellent!!! Contrast is incredible! Subjet is incredible!
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04/07/2006 01:20:10 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon, this is really a work of art. Going immediately into my favourites. Only one person can do work like this, right Manny :)
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04/07/2006 12:42:16 PM
I love this shot. The womans face and hands tell everything. Beautiful shot.
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04/07/2006 12:35:40 PM
I love this. Composition, shadows, light, wrinkles and smoothness. Truly beautiful and best of challenge from me. Good luck!
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04/07/2006 11:50:56 AM
This better get blue or i'll be annoyed for you hehe. THis is an mazing shot. 10.

I do have a few questions though:
1-how did you edit this shot?
2- did you ask permission to take that ladie's photo and if so, was she more than happy to "pose"? I have this great fear of taking candid shots and i'm always affraid that people won't like it if i take pictures of them etc.

GOOD LUCK> I HOPE YOU WIN!
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04/07/2006 11:50:37 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen we have the blue right here. AMAZING! In every single way. I'm honored to even be in the same challenge as this work of art. Beautiful, simply beautiful.
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04/07/2006 09:54:12 AM
i love her little smile
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04/07/2006 09:40:04 AM
Great image here, it certainly evokes a response. One of my favorites so far.
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04/07/2006 06:04:45 AM
WOW! 10!
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04/07/2006 03:58:57 AM
Congrats on your Blue!
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04/07/2006 03:38:42 AM
boah, no need to guess who the artist is, amazing!
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04/07/2006 02:58:10 AM
this is the winner is my book! almost perfect - slightly oversharp, but still brilliant! (10)
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04/07/2006 02:38:29 AM
very well done .. love the contrast .. nailed this one ...11 (oh damn, they only have 10)
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04/07/2006 02:36:23 AM
And finally, we have our blue ribbon winner....
By far the best of the 100% I have rated. I will go out on a limb and say I am 99% sure this will take the big one :) Great in every way.
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04/07/2006 02:14:05 AM
Just amazing.....
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04/07/2006 01:34:59 AM
Excellent detail.
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04/07/2006 01:23:39 AM
Ok, you have the Blue. Everyone else is fighting for the Red now. This is just incredible - nicely done. 10 and a fav from me.
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04/07/2006 01:13:47 AM
OMG!
This is perhaps one of the most powerful portraits I have ever seen here!
I commend you, not only on a magnificent image, but the perfection in your post-processing.
An instant favorite, and I expect to see this on the home page!!
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04/07/2006 12:52:02 AM
Wow the first one I view and it happens to be the blue ribbon winner.
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04/07/2006 12:27:21 AM
Amazing. Despite the fact that it isn't beautiful in the usual sense, I find it totally spellbinding! Bravo.
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04/07/2006 12:21:38 AM
ok, you win!! :D
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04/07/2006 12:13:33 AM
DANG! Wow. This is really good.
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04/07/2006 12:04:32 AM
This is one of the best portrait I have seen here
I wish you the best of luck in this challenge

10

-JL
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