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Take my breath away
3rd PlaceTake my breath away
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Purple II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A95
Location: Münster, Germany
Date: Sep 23, 2006
Aperture: 3,5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125s
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2006

The shot was taken outside without any reflectors, lights or other kind of equipment. I love the result. Hope you like it too.

Adjusted contrast and colors, applied neat image and final sharpening.

And yes, her eyes are really THAT amazing :)


*** After Challenge ***

WOW, a yellow ribbon! Now this takes MY breath away! Thanks guys and gals for your nice comments. Kept me busy for the whole week, finally I can calm down ;)

What an awesome feeling:
- my first ribbon
- highest scoring foto + first ribbon ever with Canon A95
- and finally: this is my girlfriend ( you can see her on Bondage for beginners too)

Ahh... live's great! :))

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 290
Avg (all users): 6.7742
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.5185
Avg (non-participants): 6.9357
Views since voting: 11774
Views during voting: 555
Votes: 279
Comments: 74
Favorites: 52 (view)


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AuthorThread
02/26/2007 08:01:09 PM
Beautiful eyes. Adding to my favorites.
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10/13/2006 02:17:11 AM
she captured me....well done

Message edited by author 2006-10-13 02:18:51.
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10/10/2006 05:34:28 PM
Great photograph.... you captured her beauty. Beautiful. Captivating. Exquistite.
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10/10/2006 06:57:48 AM
Originally posted by montag:

Why does she have no skin texture (except right around her eyelids)? Very heavy makeup?


She has a VERY smooth skin in "reality". We didn't use heavy makeup here: just a hint for the skin and a bit mascara and eyeliner. Finally I used NeatImage for PP that smoothed her skin even more out.
10/10/2006 04:33:43 AM
Isn't is amazing that at this time: Current Server Time: 10/10/2006 04:32 AM EDT

the current third place entry (this one) has been viewed more times than the first and second place entries...goes to show how good this image is!
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10/10/2006 01:31:54 AM
Why does she have no skin texture (except right around her eyelids)? Very heavy makeup?
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10/09/2006 07:19:41 AM
Hello from the Critique Club,

Ok, what am I supposed to say to a ribbon winner? I know, congratulations! Looking at your other challenge entries, you have great technical skills and a wonderful, creative mind. This image connected with the voters and won a ribbon. Once you get into the upper 6's for a score, the final outcome is related more to how the voters like your image more than how good the technical are. Congratulations again.

Tim
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10/08/2006 05:34:02 PM
What a moving capture with enough purple to meet the challenge and then an overflow of sheer beauty to bathe the viewer. Congratulations on your Yellow!
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10/06/2006 06:45:21 PM
Now this is amazing.
Who in the world gives this a "1" or "2"?
The results are so close! If there were only 2x"1" and 2x"2" like the second place had, this would have got 6,8723 and would therefore have taken the 2nd place.
Sadly the Trolls took their toll now.

Congratulations on your ribbon on this great picture.
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10/06/2006 11:27:56 AM
Hannes, this is absolutely amazing! What a fabulous portrait and very, very well done! Color and composition are top notch! Kuddos to you for taking this and congrats on your first ribbon!
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10/05/2006 03:42:35 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon, great shot!
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10/04/2006 09:09:36 PM
great portrait, beautiful eyes, nice colors, clarity and smoothness
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10/04/2006 01:11:42 PM
Excellent work Hannes, congrats on your first ribbon!
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10/04/2006 09:13:23 AM
Congrats on your 1st ribbon, well deserved too.
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10/04/2006 08:09:50 AM
Suh-weet, a ribbon for your A95! And you took the high score for the camera away from me, boo! ;-) Way to go!
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10/04/2006 05:34:21 AM
Congrats on this wonderful shot , First of many ribbons !
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10/04/2006 04:15:37 AM
Very well done, Hannes, good idea and composition, great color, clever title. A deserved ribbon, just as I expected after your Electricity entry...
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10/04/2006 03:40:15 AM
Excellent... well deserved ribbon. In many ways it is easier for a purple challenge to manipulate color balance.. (as I did, see 4th)

This is a better entry for not 'cheating' :-)

Congrats.
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10/04/2006 03:21:29 AM
I congratulated you on the ribbon before the result Hannes, now I congratulate you AFTER the result...well done on this ribbon, this image is superb...I am putting those eyes in my favourite images...haven't seen eyes quite like that before

The amazing thing is you used no lighting or reflectors...wow!
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10/04/2006 02:53:42 AM
Great! Those eyes are amazing. Congratulations on the yellow.
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10/04/2006 02:22:53 AM
oh wow!!! congrats on the ribbon, very deserved!
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10/04/2006 01:57:48 AM
This was amazing and I knew it would be one of the highest scoring shots in the challenge. A well deserved Ribbon, a big congrgats to you.
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10/04/2006 01:01:02 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. Great photo.
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10/04/2006 12:54:20 AM
No, really, are her eyes really, really that amazing? ;-)
An amazing photo as well! Congrats!
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10/04/2006 12:42:45 AM
woo hoo! First ribbon! Her eyes are awesome!
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10/04/2006 12:42:05 AM
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10/04/2006 12:33:53 AM
Congrats!

Message edited by author 2006-10-04 00:34:27.
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10/04/2006 12:30:04 AM
Great shot - congrats on your ribbon.
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10/04/2006 12:16:08 AM
Im sorry to have missed this one. Great crisp shot
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10/04/2006 12:15:18 AM
nice shot
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10/04/2006 12:11:00 AM
I really think this should have gotten first
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10/04/2006 12:06:50 AM
Congratulations fellow Llama!!! LLCL!!!
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10/04/2006 12:05:07 AM
woo-hoo! You did it! awesome. congrats dude!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2006 12:47:16 PM
Amazing eyes
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10/03/2006 12:06:51 PM
Great :)
To me this is the best of the portraits in the challenge. The bright, blue eyes and the purple scarf are just perfect together - and I'm reaaly pleased that you didn't turn the rest of the picture into B&W which many probably would have done.
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10/03/2006 10:45:17 AM
Striking! This is in my top 5 photos for this challenge. Well done.
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10/03/2006 08:17:38 AM
I vote a perfect 10. Nice job.
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10/03/2006 07:35:18 AM
This is a lovely portrait, and the eyes in particular are beautiful. One mild commen - it is possible (I think) to see the camera in the reflection. Not much of a flaw in an otherwise flawless photo.
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10/03/2006 04:09:29 AM
frankly, i do not like the mask, it takes away a lot from those beautiful eyes and the lovely smooth skin
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10/02/2006 11:59:03 PM
obviously a very strong image. i'm a big fan of funky processing but the smoothing between the eyes is a bit distracting for me. Perhaps that's what makes everything else stand out so much.
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10/02/2006 08:23:50 AM
Nice.
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10/02/2006 07:13:13 AM
My compliments on those eyelashes! Welll framed and the contrast of textures works well.
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10/01/2006 10:49:15 PM
Its breathtaking...awesome...
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10/01/2006 07:41:58 PM
nice well balanced sharp
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10/01/2006 05:08:33 PM
beautiful eyes!
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10/01/2006 11:09:55 AM
gorgeous eye color
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10/01/2006 10:49:58 AM
Awesome! This is my winner. 9
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10/01/2006 04:01:26 AM
This is wonderfully original and authentic. One of my top picks. Good luck!
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09/30/2006 02:04:14 PM
WONDERFUL, I love the clor, it is so capitvating
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09/30/2006 01:37:30 PM
very nice and not a purple flower in sight!
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09/30/2006 05:30:58 AM
Take down the cover and smile for your ribbon.
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09/30/2006 12:21:28 AM
Mine too. Great eyes and tones! A winner.
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09/29/2006 08:33:22 PM
I like it... a bit heavy on the noise reduction, but nice nonetheless.
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09/29/2006 07:24:04 PM
It's easy to be lost in her eyes. Love it 10p
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09/29/2006 10:18:32 AM
Splendid image! The eys sparkle and seem almost purple with the scarf/turtle neck pulled up so high! Wonderfully seen and captured!!! Bravo!!!!
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09/29/2006 04:37:02 AM
Very beautiful...the contrast betweel light colors and dark are stunning. She have very beautiful eys i must say. Creative, orighinal...one of top photos IMO!
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09/29/2006 12:14:02 AM
piercing sharp eyes, back to bump up score
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09/28/2006 11:26:53 PM
gorgeous gorgeous silly gorgeous her eyes are just silly amazing you WILL win and you know it fer ser
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09/28/2006 10:11:58 PM
Lovely image. I like to control the styling with subtle purple make up which not ditracting her eyes. Well done.
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09/28/2006 04:37:35 PM
wow - what a great shot and beautiful eyes!!!
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09/28/2006 01:37:00 PM
WOW, amazing eyes,10
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09/28/2006 01:30:54 PM
Way to GO, bringing out those killer eyes without making them look fake!
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09/28/2006 10:41:34 AM
Great Shot! - love it!
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09/28/2006 10:35:33 AM
stunning eyes!
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09/28/2006 09:13:39 AM
10...took my breathe away as well...congrats on the ribbon in advance
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09/28/2006 08:33:21 AM
Not keen on the coarse material on the flawless face but the composition and colouring are wonderful.
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09/28/2006 02:22:46 AM
Stunning eyes.....
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09/27/2006 10:07:48 PM
There is conflicting issues as to purple, brilliant image leads towards blue IMO.Bumping,I have been told this is purple,by the other half...9
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09/27/2006 09:58:10 PM
stunning. i love it.
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09/27/2006 08:56:54 PM
Those eyes are insane! Nice shot
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09/27/2006 09:19:39 AM
Wow - great shot! Her eyes are vibrant! Very artistic.
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09/27/2006 08:49:21 AM
this is gorgeous. the color of her eyes goes really well with the purple cloth.
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09/27/2006 08:30:02 AM
Absolutely stunning! I don't know what else to say.
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09/27/2006 01:41:43 AM
So, she means that literally? The skin and hair tones are very good. Perhaps just a nudge too much neat image?? I'll be waiting to hear what brand of mascara she uses ;-)
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