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Being Enzo Maisano...
Being Enzo Maisano...
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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Nov 30, 2007
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2007

THE IMAGE: I had so much fun with this image. I got the idea and thought of having myself as pieces on a chess borad, and I would be moving myself as one of the pieces. But, I didn't have a chess board and couldn't really see myself pulling it off. I settled for this and liked the result.

HOW I ACHIEVED THIS: Legally of course! Had to make sure I would get it validated as well, as I am sure people would have worried about how this could be done.

I photographed myself in poses that represented different aspects of my life: My Christianity and work as a pastor, my photography, my handiwork, my painting, my different moods, my constant ear to the phone, and at the back, my family who seems to get less of me than they deserve. At the back is the real me, not a cut out. I like the fact that I am slightly hidden. I am not sure what it means symbolically, but it's nice that I am a little out of focus and hidden like the guy in Home Improvements.

THE EDIT: Dodge and burn, grayscale, duotone, levels, smart sharpen, some blurring of edges of my head/s...that's it really.

THE PREDICTION: I have high expectations, but I am not sure if some people will mark me down because they think it will be illegal, so it is a chance I have to take. I am sure there will be some clever images and a stack of them, so I am just hoping to be in the top 10 really.

POST: Thanks everyone. I thought I might ribbon, but look at Henny, I mean, she's gorgeous.

I guess you see how I did this now. Lot's of 'mini me's cut out and lined up. Didn't know where to focus, but think I got it about right.

I sweated on the result as I had asked for validation when I entered, as I knew I would get many people who would think it might not be legal and vote that way. Right up until rollover I had that dreaded 'is in the hands of the administrators' message. Arrrrgghhh! Anyhow, I was releived at the end. But who knows, maybe the few extra votes might have made the difference.

This was the layout...

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Statistics
Place: 4 out of 241
Avg (all users): 7.3223
Avg (commenters): 8.3077
Avg (participants): 7.0635
Avg (non-participants): 7.4806
Views since voting: 8180
Views during voting: 719
Votes: 332
Comments: 106
Favorites: 22 (view)


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05/17/2013 07:17:08 PM
I know I'm a little late to the party but I just 'discovered' this gem. Very clever and very well done.
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10/22/2008 12:15:10 PM
lol this is fun. im gonna have to go play around with the idea, see if i can't have a bit of fun myself:)
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12/23/2007 08:32:32 AM
I love this! Awesome idea and a very creative self portrait. Congrats on the 4th
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12/18/2007 01:01:52 AM
Enzo, this is such a fun, creative shot. Congrats on going B&W and doing something other than a typical fashion shot! Also congrats on breaking into your personal top 5. That takes some doing! ;)
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12/15/2007 03:33:24 PM
Very cool! I especially enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes shot you have up... your picture definitely caught my eye... :)
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12/14/2007 12:59:26 AM
Congrats on fourth place....great shot. Shouldn't have taken that long to validate!
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12/13/2007 07:23:44 PM
I love this shot and I'm so glad to see it do so well. Very VERY well done. Congratulations on 4th (bittersweet I know - so close to ribbonville).
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12/13/2007 04:27:53 PM
Congrats on your 4th place with this brilliant shot!
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12/13/2007 10:52:55 AM
Excellent, Preacher! To get your compliment, I will have to pull from a couple of American sitcoms of the past four decades. That being said, Congratulations, for you appear to have really "Flipped Your Wilson!" :}
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12/13/2007 06:45:06 AM
How wonderful is this! I love it, Congratulations!!!
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12/12/2007 04:26:57 PM
All the best parts of you are revealed! Great job!
Debbi
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12/12/2007 04:11:05 PM
ROMALOL. I still don't know how you ever thought of this. Pure brilliance and executed to perfection.
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12/12/2007 01:34:00 PM
Brilliant! I love how you used cut out images. I couldn't even tell, I thought you had done that on the computer. Very nice.
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12/12/2007 10:54:33 AM
Probably helps to be bald when you're cutting out photos of yourself so many times! Very nice photo, extremely expressive and open. This is more of a self-portrait than the other's I've seen - it's a picture of your soul, almost. Nice work.
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12/12/2007 10:15:25 AM
Awesome Pasta :) Congratulations!!
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12/12/2007 10:12:20 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

Nicely done Enzo. I'm surprised it didn't win.


Well let's see...Blondie Bombshell with pouty lips vs Bald Guy with glasses...Hmmm...decisions decisions decisions....;) ;) LOL

Enzo, again brilliant shot and you got WAY too much time on your hands! :P
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12/12/2007 10:03:19 AM
yay! nice job!
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12/12/2007 09:59:25 AM
Wow, that sounds like it was a lot of work! Congrats on the HM with this super shot :)
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12/12/2007 09:34:34 AM
I thought it might ribbon as well..
Still, 4th is Great and an Excellent score! Congrats!!
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12/12/2007 09:09:42 AM
i thought this was brilliant! it definitely should have ribboned IMHO :) you rock!
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12/12/2007 08:56:53 AM
Wonderful idea, Deserved a ribbon. Well done
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12/12/2007 08:48:39 AM
If you aren't "da bomb!" Congrats.
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12/12/2007 08:03:50 AM
This is so creative and so well done! Congrats on that very highly deserved score and HM!
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12/12/2007 07:43:58 AM
Enzo, congrats on the image and the placement!
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12/12/2007 07:33:07 AM
Enzo - Congrats on such an innovative and well delivered image. This clearly gets to the heart of a true self portrait
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12/12/2007 05:36:24 AM
congrats with 4th!!!!!!!!!! =D
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12/12/2007 03:28:35 AM
WTG, Enzo! I also thought this would ribbon. Congrats anyway on 4th place.
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12/12/2007 03:28:21 AM
Congrats on top 5! Very creative work!
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12/12/2007 03:24:05 AM
Nicely done Enzo. I'm surprised it didn't win.
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12/12/2007 02:50:39 AM
Congrats Enzo, nice work!
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12/12/2007 01:03:21 AM
way to go enzo! : )
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12/12/2007 12:54:18 AM
Hey Enzo I thought this would ribbon too!!
You did a great job with the setup and the pp.
Congratulations for the top 5 and the excellent score.

Message edited by author 2007-12-12 10:24:09.
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12/12/2007 12:30:57 AM
Missed it by ouch! I thought this would ribbon easy. Different strokes i say, congrats and well done :)
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12/12/2007 12:28:01 AM
Very nice work... it's funny I didn't even realize how this would be possible... guess i just wasn't thinking clearly, you did a great job with the cutouts though making them look realistic, your lighting helps that as well. I think when an image like this is validated it should say "validated"... I gave you a 9 but the 4 scores under a three are ridiculous.
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12/12/2007 12:21:24 AM
You know how I feel about this one mate as you just have to read my comment below.....
Well done, and yes, I do believe this so deserved a ribbon..... So so close.....
I really do love it and love the wat you set it all up.....

Message edited by author 2007-12-12 00:23:48.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2007 11:59:30 PM
This is so cool!!!!

ps. I think the slightly out of focus big you in the background takes away from the shot I think, i love all the ones in front
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12/11/2007 07:39:37 PM
Awesome, I love it! You actually do look like John Malkovich a little.
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12/11/2007 03:38:32 PM
interesting multiple portrait
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12/11/2007 12:32:44 PM
I can't imagine this was done just with advanced editing. It is a really cool shot and I am sure a lot of work...
*well I came back to this and it is still in the challenge... now I am gonna vote* Awesome shot btw
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12/11/2007 08:09:01 AM
Very very creative!
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12/11/2007 08:01:59 AM
I am dying to know how you did all of this.
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12/11/2007 01:07:44 AM
wow this is totally awesome... love all the different expressions and looks... deffinitely one of my faves in this comp
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12/10/2007 10:59:00 PM
So creative! What's fun about this is that you HAVE to stop and look for a bit to see what everyone is doing. It also makes me wonder why you chose the objects that you used. A very cool photo...
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12/10/2007 10:46:51 PM
Stellar approach
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12/10/2007 04:28:11 AM
A for originality
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12/10/2007 02:20:17 AM
This is quite the chorus of individual (and yes I mean that in the singular)! It feels like a movie screen in the background.
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12/10/2007 12:06:19 AM
I can see you spent a lot of time getting this one together. Well done.
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12/09/2007 11:06:08 PM
Well Done! How long of an exposure was this shot?
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12/09/2007 07:13:51 PM
Excellent! It's hard enough to do one good shot, but you've done it multiple times and then masterfully pulled them all together. Brilliant.
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12/09/2007 05:44:27 PM
nice b&w work. Here is what would stand better... if you had yourself in the background as clear and bright as other heads, and other heads would be the same as your background head, dimmed and not too bright. now, it's hiding behind your heads, I want o pay attention to you in the back but I can't. Maybe you wanted to do this way, I don't know. Good job overall :)
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12/09/2007 03:17:06 PM
Very Whitmanesque. A bit of an obvious cut-out, but I think it works. I'm not sure I would have gone with such an intense look for the background main portrait, but again YMMV...
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12/09/2007 11:03:16 AM
John Malkovich would be proud. I guess... well, who cares? You should be proud, nice realization. I like the smilig you (the one on the left, next to the sleeping you), the most.
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12/09/2007 10:48:08 AM
Wow amazing! Curious to see how you did it.
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12/09/2007 10:30:31 AM
This is fun! Well thought out and original. Love it!
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12/09/2007 09:44:33 AM
v. good work
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12/09/2007 08:24:18 AM
This is totally awesome and I love the composityion idea and processing.....
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12/08/2007 10:22:00 PM
cool
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12/08/2007 05:38:52 PM
Very well-done! Would like to see more interaction between the Enzos.
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12/08/2007 09:33:27 AM
Wow very nice work, I am sure this took a while but it looks like it was very worth the effort. I think including the big one in back really brings the image full circle.
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12/08/2007 07:36:21 AM
Hotpasta?
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12/08/2007 12:56:29 AM
Very ingenious. How the hell did you did this? Back again for another bump. I believe this will make front page or at least top 10.
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12/07/2007 04:51:45 PM
Is that a big picture of you behind you?? Great idea and image.
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12/07/2007 03:30:01 PM
makes you look at what everyone is doing
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12/07/2007 02:10:00 AM
Enzo, this is a great work from the technical point of view. Let me guess how you did it under advanced editing rules: All little Enzo's are in one printed photograph that was previously worked out with multiple exposures in black bg combined in PS; its upper border was cutout. Then you placed it in front of you...played a bit with DOF and bang!!

Anyway I can`t wait to read the insides of the making of it. As far as the composition I would have liked it better if your eyes were not crossed by the border of your glasses, but i assume you had to tilt down the glasses to avoid the reflection of your lighting. A little more variety of expresions would also add :-). lol


I hope you do very well with this image..you get a 9 from me
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12/06/2007 10:14:23 PM
I really like the idea and the use of putting yourself all over the place doing different things... the only thing that is throwing me off is the gaint head that is only showing eyes at the top. I know it should have a higher meaning, like its the real you that is hidden behind all these mask of things you should be in society or life. But its just distracting.
If I was to do anything to this photo, I would crop in on it with the one of you and then book being the main focus.

Thats just my suggestion.
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12/06/2007 06:25:43 PM
Great work. I like the outcome. Good luck.
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12/06/2007 04:49:52 PM
wow, nice job, congrats on 1st place, another flawless execution of a brilliant vision
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12/06/2007 04:40:29 PM
wow really like this idea and perfectly executed
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12/06/2007 04:11:53 PM
I love the multiplication of you. Fantastic!
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12/06/2007 12:54:07 PM
Man... you just blew me away with this one. Great idea and amazingly done. Problem is we'll probably see a million imitators after the fact. 10 all the way.
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12/06/2007 11:06:21 AM
this is very creative. nice job.
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12/06/2007 08:56:53 AM
cool! how did you create all those different images of yourself in camera? Did you take pictures of yourself, rint them and then photograph those images? I like the concetp and all the different expressions.
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12/06/2007 03:37:02 AM
Great idea, Enzo and well executed! Where do you find the time to do all this stuff?! :)
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12/06/2007 01:47:43 AM
Ahhh, you're a man of many talents :) Nicely done.
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12/06/2007 01:21:02 AM
OK, dude, how in the world did you pull this off? Masterfully thought out and executed!
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12/06/2007 12:50:59 AM
Well orchestrated. :)
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12/05/2007 11:00:19 PM
cool shot!
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12/05/2007 08:58:43 PM
well this has to be floating around a a PB for you I hope. Also I already thought you were in my favorites along time ago and I just realized you weren't there. all better now. :)
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12/05/2007 08:02:56 PM
Many people have tried this this week. Including me actually but you are the only one to trully pull it off. Congratulations i give this a very unusual 8. The reason its not a 9 or 10 is just because of the composition which to me could be a little more striking but still great shot and I wish you well in the challenge.
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12/05/2007 06:55:06 PM
Hotpasta!
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12/05/2007 06:06:50 PM
This has got to be one of the most thorough pictures anyone could present of himself. Wow.
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12/05/2007 05:51:48 PM
You've been around too long to have broken any rules to create this, so I gotta say "GREAT JOB!" and I hope it ribbons.
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12/05/2007 03:15:48 PM
I can only wonder how long this took. AMAZING job! Very very very creative! Good luck!
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12/05/2007 03:13:05 PM
WOW, busy guy you are. I really like your idea, it's very interesting.
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12/05/2007 02:17:10 PM
Absolutely funny :)
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12/05/2007 02:09:13 PM
WOW! I feel like I really know you now just from this one SP...very nice and so different..I like! see ya at the top. good luck
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12/05/2007 01:48:52 PM
Super editing. Hope you give us a lesson after
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12/05/2007 12:59:24 PM
How in the WORLD did you do that! I'm sure you explained. You're good about that. If not. ..I'm going to have to find you after the challenge and pin you down :) Really REALLY great job. 10 (and I am handing them out very sparingly in this challenge)
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12/05/2007 12:30:05 PM
Wow! The many faces of God. Great job Enzo. Good luck in the challenge.
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12/05/2007 11:36:23 AM
Great idea ! All your expressions on a single picture !
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12/05/2007 11:15:55 AM
Great take on the challenge, Enzo. Good luck with this - hope to see you on the front page.
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12/05/2007 11:03:59 AM
Well done... Very nice work.
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12/05/2007 09:53:05 AM
Nice job man... love to know how you pulled this off
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12/05/2007 09:28:45 AM
What a fun image. Nicely done.
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12/05/2007 08:43:16 AM
top marks for effort - this must have taken you a while. well executed too
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12/05/2007 08:40:57 AM
Well there sure are a lot of you! :) Great idea, and work put into this shot. I really like your take on the challenge. Nice work.
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12/05/2007 08:12:20 AM
Did you REALLY manage this in a single shot???
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12/05/2007 08:07:53 AM
I'd like to know how you did this and kept it within the rules. I'm sure others are wondering too. If you pulled it off, great job.
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12/05/2007 07:53:45 AM
yo Enzo, great photo, though I am unsure if this is legal. thoese are cut outs right? 7
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12/05/2007 07:40:37 AM
Thats alotta pasta! Great idea and very well done Enzo.
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12/05/2007 04:45:26 AM
hehe, nice one. lot of paperwork here, i guess. Not too fond of the border. good luck!
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12/05/2007 02:08:55 AM
This is INSPIRING! Holy Cow - I don't even want to think what went into this - if this isn't a blue ribbon I don't know what it - INSPIRED I say ...

Well done Enzo - well done indeed - great to see you back in the saddle again (amongst other places - GRIN!)
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12/05/2007 02:04:28 AM
great composition Enzo!
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12/05/2007 01:51:08 AM
this man is a genius
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12/05/2007 01:46:11 AM
Awesome!
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12/05/2007 12:35:07 AM
oh my you're such a star enzo.
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