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Challenge: Black and White Portrait II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: in my studio - Paris
Date: Jan 3, 2007
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2007

This is my friend Lorena, looking to work with photographers! See her page and contact her:
http://www.lightdream.book.fr/

Process:
-crop
-curves
-desat
-brightness
-contrast... very basic indeed.

Here are my outtakes

454905.jpg 454906.jpg 454907.jpg

I still prefer my original entry though...

This is my first try with my new lighting equipment that I bought via Anastasia Kapplugin. Thanks again Nasti!!!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 491
Avg (all users): 7.4026
Avg (commenters): 8.4878
Avg (participants): 7.4769
Avg (non-participants): 7.3497
Views since voting: 15257
Views during voting: 701
Votes: 313
Comments: 111
Favorites: 69 (view)


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12/13/2009 10:33:37 PM
Great photo!
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02/23/2007 11:10:14 AM
I regret having been too quick on this one during voting. Great job.
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01/23/2007 03:08:21 AM
Congratulations! I really love this shot. There are so many emtions that it pulls on. Lighting is perfect and the subtle highlights tone it wonderfully.
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01/23/2007 12:33:30 AM
Congratulations on your blue with this stunning image!
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01/21/2007 05:59:18 PM
I love this shot! a fav in fotocommunity and defiantly a fav here! I think the pose works really well and the shot has great expression. Can't say anything else that hasen't already been said apart from I love it!
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01/21/2007 05:31:13 PM
I'm glad a shot like this won, a pure bw portait, with minimal editing.
Great shot.
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01/21/2007 07:21:46 AM
Congratulation on winning the blue ribbon! I beleive the lighting is very poor. better is to see more of her face.
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01/20/2007 09:59:48 PM
I don't even have a compliment good enough to express my thoughts on this photo and your beautiful model, so I'm just going to add it to my favs
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01/20/2007 02:14:44 AM
great work Laurent! very classical
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01/19/2007 09:45:26 PM
You made the right choice! It is the best one by Far! Félicitations!

Message edited by author 2007-01-19 21:45:49.
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01/19/2007 11:41:23 AM
Very well executed, intimate lightning, tasteful, soft and pretty well toned... but it had to be easy... she's gorgeous!!

And she has an Amalia Rodrigues song on her webpage... extra bonus!! ;)

Message edited by author 2007-01-19 11:42:01.
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01/19/2007 11:38:39 AM
Very classy...
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01/18/2007 10:35:42 PM
Was a fan of this one from the first viewing. Congratulation on winning the blue ribbon!
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01/18/2007 04:55:26 PM
Simply Beautiful! Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon.
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01/18/2007 02:59:41 PM
Simply Gorgeous!!! Beautiful... Congratulations!!!
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01/17/2007 11:36:14 PM
good job, you were meant to win my friend... you really do...
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01/17/2007 08:53:13 PM
Very nicely done. Congrats on the blue ribbon!
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01/17/2007 08:51:42 PM
Very femimine, tasteful, and beautiful. Congratulations.
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01/17/2007 06:00:35 PM
incroyable! felicitation!!
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01/17/2007 01:04:04 PM
tres belle
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01/17/2007 12:48:04 PM
Many congratulations on your ribbon!
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01/17/2007 12:16:41 PM
Félicitations - elle est belle.
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01/17/2007 12:03:47 PM
Great result. I said I'd like to see more of her after your 'Light' picture, and what a return !! She is very photogenic, and you have captured her well.
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01/17/2007 11:59:09 AM
stunning!
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01/17/2007 11:35:18 AM
What am exqisite portrait. She exudes grace and elegance, and you captured it beautifully! Congratulations on first place out of 485 photos! Wow!

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01/17/2007 11:11:21 AM
A Masterpiece!
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01/17/2007 11:09:34 AM
Beautiful! Congrats on the blue!
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01/17/2007 11:08:40 AM
congratulations, beautiful and subtle image.
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01/17/2007 11:01:35 AM
Incredible lighting. Her jaw line is gorgeous..very nicely done.
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01/17/2007 10:50:19 AM
its a ribbon!!! but already knew it would be, awesome shot, well done babe!
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01/17/2007 09:40:37 AM
So nicely crafted. Félicitations.
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01/17/2007 09:11:16 AM
Félicitation Laurent,

C'est un ruban bien mérité.... Tu as sû captet chaque aspect de ton sujet...

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01/17/2007 08:53:32 AM
Elegantly lovely. Well done.
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01/17/2007 08:42:54 AM
MAGNIFIQUE! Congrats on the BLUE!
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01/17/2007 07:11:30 AM
I TOLD you this was a 10!
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01/17/2007 07:02:43 AM
congrats on your ribbon! that loose strand of hair is the killer...great work!
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01/17/2007 06:55:02 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this very elegant b/w!
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01/17/2007 05:23:10 AM
beautiful, congratulations.
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01/17/2007 05:14:28 AM
Looks like the lights were worth it. The lighting is very nice. Nice pose and crop too. Congrats on getting the Blue Ribbon.
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01/17/2007 04:47:22 AM
really great shot. congratulations
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01/17/2007 04:32:20 AM
A well deserved win, Laurent. Congratulations.
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01/17/2007 04:27:45 AM
So happy for you :)Congrats!!!! You do deserve it
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01/17/2007 04:18:55 AM
Az is right you do learn fast! Congrats Laurent, see you soon.
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01/17/2007 03:54:45 AM
félicitations pour ce blue ribbon! Well deserved.
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01/17/2007 03:46:17 AM
Wohow, congrats!
I had a feeling for this one will win ;) I love everything about this picture. Keep it up like this.
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01/17/2007 03:08:57 AM
congrats on your first ribbon frenchman, good work!
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01/17/2007 03:02:58 AM
Man you learn fast, great work.
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01/17/2007 02:26:39 AM
Lovely, delicate and beautiful. Congrats!
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01/17/2007 02:23:42 AM
cool cool cool, very cool, i am so proud of you!!!!!
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01/17/2007 01:53:06 AM
This was my favourite! Congrats on the Blue!
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01/17/2007 01:43:29 AM
damnnnnnnn
I went through all these pictures quick because there were 500 of them, but damnnnn
absolutely amazing shot, definitely deserving!
congratulations on the blue!

Message edited by author 2007-01-17 02:12:12.
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01/17/2007 01:42:13 AM
Dude !
Congratz.

Now off to landscape shooting ;-)
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01/17/2007 01:19:35 AM
Hey congrats on the Blue.. nice work was one of my fav's from the challenge :)
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01/17/2007 01:08:44 AM
:) Big conrats to you. Lovely image.
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01/17/2007 01:08:28 AM
Beautiful, I thought this was Anastasia's during the challenge, turns out itís just her lighting. Congratulations on the blue, it is well deserved :)
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01/17/2007 12:34:42 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, good job! :)
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01/17/2007 12:29:52 AM
I KNEW this would win! Congrats! It's beautiful!
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01/17/2007 12:25:37 AM
Congratulations!!!! My choice for best in the challenge!
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01/17/2007 12:23:44 AM
Great shot! Congratulations on your ribbon.
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01/17/2007 12:09:45 AM
Superb, Laurent! Congrats on your blue!
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01/17/2007 12:09:28 AM
Congrats on first place.
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01/17/2007 12:08:13 AM
Well deserved! ... CONGRATULATIONS!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/16/2007 10:33:57 PM
an elegant portrait 8
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01/16/2007 09:29:55 PM
very graceful and a lovely pose
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01/16/2007 07:04:06 PM
Belle fille! Grande photo! (hope that makes sense :P)

Je suis mauvais au Français :P
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01/16/2007 05:18:10 PM
great lighting, great conversion - fine job

Jack
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01/16/2007 03:28:55 AM
Nicely done!
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01/16/2007 03:10:32 AM
one of my most favourite!perfect light, focus, composition and the model is perfect for the title and kind of model..
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01/16/2007 01:16:32 AM
beautiful and gorgeous model .. lovely pose .. very graceful ...
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01/15/2007 11:46:17 PM
Stunning features - I love how your light placement did such a wonderful job of accentuating them.

Her pose has a story about it as well, excellent direction.

The tones & contrast are perfect - I only wish that in this particular case there was either more or less happening in the background... << 9 >>
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01/15/2007 05:19:37 PM
what a gorgeous model! not a bad thing to say about this shot 10! great work!

**after coming back to look at this I'm thinking this looks like a silverfoxx production but i could be wrong***
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01/14/2007 11:19:28 PM
beautiful model.
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01/14/2007 11:03:29 PM
I ranked this very, very high. Selfishly, I would like to see more of the detail. Great model. I wish you didn't have to reduce the image quality to get it to fit in the challenge guidelines. The angles work well, classic. Didn't want this to end without letting you know how good I thought this ended up being. Great photo.
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01/14/2007 07:35:39 PM
Love this look...
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01/14/2007 02:30:21 PM
Looks very professional. One of the best so far. 9
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01/14/2007 01:04:14 PM
Simple and elegant, I like it a lot.
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01/13/2007 11:10:54 PM
OMG! ... 10
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01/13/2007 02:49:20 PM
This is beautiful
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01/13/2007 11:51:44 AM
beautiful 9
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01/12/2007 09:46:32 PM
this is very hot, and very well done...
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01/12/2007 04:27:00 PM
sensual and beautiful, great lighting! 10
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01/12/2007 10:56:24 AM
Okay, coming from me ( a real anti Tros-Belle-Model portrait person) you must take this as a HUGE compliment: this is gorgeous...She's absolutely delightful and looks like a Classical ballet dancer... warm skin tones ...you haven't sold out to high contrast which is terrific. Simple, elegant, well-composed.10
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01/12/2007 08:28:13 AM
Lovely pose and model.
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01/12/2007 07:48:19 AM
Beautiful model, beautiful shot
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01/12/2007 02:00:11 AM
Beautiful and lyrical. 9
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01/11/2007 10:45:01 PM
A very lovely image of a very lovely lady. I like the pose, the lighting, the b&w treatment. Well done.
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01/11/2007 10:08:30 PM
one of the nicest entries
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01/11/2007 09:57:39 PM
Beautiful image ... very nice tone and light ... well done
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01/11/2007 08:25:46 PM
I like this one. When I rate photos, i ask myself, will I ever pose like that? This is an example of one wherein I will say yes. Lighting is great too. 9. If not a ribbon I hope this will be in the top ten.
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01/11/2007 04:53:42 PM
excellent lighting bringout wonderful shadows on her face
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01/11/2007 02:39:55 PM
Very, very very nice photo. Good tonal range, nice rich blacks (I had a photo teacher drill rich blacks into my head). While some may think the strand of hair is a bit distracting I think it really adds to the "feel" of the photo. Top 10 for sure.
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01/11/2007 01:36:45 PM
Very nice photo. I think it would be as good if you had less of the body and more of the face. I like this kind of pose
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01/11/2007 12:35:29 PM
Bumped to a 9. Personal 2nd favorite.
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01/11/2007 10:00:19 AM
Well done - I miss a bit contrast - 7
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01/11/2007 09:59:07 AM
beautiful model and very gentle pose, beautiful nose and eyebrows, wouldn change a thing on this setup/photo, great job
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01/11/2007 08:24:30 AM
love this one. added to my fav
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01/11/2007 12:41:18 AM
A lovely model and an exquisite photo. Very, very nice.
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01/10/2007 10:57:06 PM
this is beautiful...love the soft look, the midtones work well.
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01/10/2007 10:19:42 PM
you've done it again.... beauty, captured with one shot.
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01/10/2007 08:52:30 PM
Well done!
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01/10/2007 05:13:06 PM
I enjoy this image alot, i think a little more exposuse wouldve made it better.
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01/10/2007 05:10:00 PM
Very pretty and I love the lighting
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01/10/2007 03:09:35 PM
love the mood of this shot, good job!
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01/10/2007 03:00:19 PM
I think the title describes the image perfectly. Beautiful photo.
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01/10/2007 12:52:00 PM
Great image, perfectly executed! 10!
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01/10/2007 12:24:04 PM
simply beautiful! Great use of lighting and pose in this awesome model!!
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01/10/2007 11:54:43 AM
Very nice...but I wish her arm wasn't so dark. Love the profile!
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01/10/2007 07:34:24 AM
Just the subject herself commands a 10 !
10 !
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01/10/2007 04:23:58 AM
Beautifully composed and captured
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01/10/2007 01:47:19 AM
I love the pose and the whole mood of this image...incredibly classy and stunning...she's gorgeous 9
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01/10/2007 01:13:38 AM
Gorgeous. Has a very simple and delacate feel. Oh ha! I just looked at the title after I wrote that. Fitting.

Looks like something you would see in a lingerie store. I always try to leave a critique but it is hard because I really like this! So I'd say this might have done nicely with a bit of eye contact, even in just a shy way. Another thing is perhaps a more varied background, if it wasn't for the arm being so close the edge I'd say possibly a very subtle vignette.
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