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Trashing the Dress
Trashing the Dress
Ristyz


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Location: California Coast
Date: Oct 18, 2007
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2008

Shot after sunset on a California beach during a retreat for a select group of Equine Photographers in October. You can see more from the retreat here: v18c



Holy wow! I was sure I was hanging in the top 20 after the 2nd half of the voting week passed but 5th! I'm honored and surprised. Thanks for the votes and more importantly thanks for all the wonderful comments.

The gal riding is another equine photographer, horsewoman, friend and apparently a great model too! She knew just what the rest of us needed to get that shot. She took a horse she didn't know and after only 10 minutes of riding took it out into the ocean, where it had never gone before.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 484
Avg (all users): 7.1351
Avg (commenters): 8.6429
Avg (participants): 6.9869
Avg (non-participants): 7.4638
Views since voting: 7665
Views during voting: 477
Votes: 222
Comments: 55
Favorites: 60 (view)


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01/02/2010 12:11:15 PM
OMG. I love this photo. Its so dramatic and perfect. It reminds me of a fairy tale.
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09/22/2009 11:18:45 PM
This is just wonderful. What heaven a retreat for equine photographers would be.
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11/11/2008 12:38:11 AM
What a surreal shot, nice work!
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10/30/2008 01:26:27 PM
this photo always seems to find me. its fantastic, i envy you
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10/29/2008 06:58:26 PM
Saw this in the 'most fav'ed thread'. Wow, beautiful capture. Love how you captured the flow of the waves and the splashes which show a moment frozen in time. The duotones also compliment the scene with calling attention to the contrasts (shading of light & dark) and also heightening our awareness on the textures/shapes (the horse's coat and folds of the dress & curves of the waves)
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06/09/2008 03:30:44 AM
This is awesome!!! Beautifully presented! Great job!!!
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03/19/2008 02:37:43 PM
This is so exquisite, the pleats in the dress, the water splashing around her.... she looks so fragile on that powerful looking horse. Excellent, just excellent!!
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03/02/2008 09:28:30 PM
Ethereal, exquisite, and inspiring.
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02/25/2008 07:41:08 PM
Magical, mystical, mythological, and just mesmerizing!
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02/21/2008 10:10:16 PM
Wonderful shot!
Serenity combined with power.
Beautiful!
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01/30/2008 06:24:26 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it, the foreground out of focus doesn't bother me at all it lends to the feel and treatment for me. I love that the water is splashing so high all up around her. I know the model, great gal and photographer also! I heard about her getting on this new horse and taking off into the surf, what a horsewoman and trust from this big equine! This is an amazing beach to shoot at also. The lighting can be tricky to say the least.
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01/30/2008 08:24:28 AM
Absolutley incredible!
Brobably lost some points to some stuck-ups who get all emotional about trashing a beautiful dress. This image made me stop & go WOW. & Favourited it.
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01/28/2008 09:50:40 PM
ok, one more time...CRISTY, LOOK AT WHAT YOU DID! congrats on the placing! great image, beautiful image...and to say i was there and know all of this to be true! woot! woot!

Message edited by author 2008-01-29 13:55:57.
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01/28/2008 02:10:52 PM
Wonderful capture - fun for all there it sounds like.
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01/28/2008 01:58:58 PM
This is magical. I really like it. Gratz on top 10
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01/28/2008 11:57:29 AM
This is INCREDIBLE!!! What a shoot! I love the splash. I wish that the forground were a tad sharper, but this is wonderful. Great use of your available light. I love how the bride looks so calm with all the excitement going on around her.
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01/28/2008 09:57:23 AM
Definitely my top pick in the challenge. It is just so gorgeous!
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01/28/2008 09:55:49 AM
Ohmygoodness ! ! This is one of my favorite pictures of all time. I can't believe it didn't get one of the highest scores ever received on dpChallenge -- and I'm shocked that it didn't win a ribbon!

I keep looking at it -- and the more I look at it, the more it takes my breath away!

Congratulations. . .more on just having a photo like this in your gallery than for even winning an honorable mention in such a competitive amazing challenge. This will be special forever, long after the challenge is forgotten!
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01/28/2008 08:55:46 AM
I had this one picked for the blue. Incredible picture.
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01/28/2008 08:31:42 AM
Oh my goodness, this is an amazing and beautiful image!
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01/28/2008 08:27:06 AM
Beautiful Cristy, I didnt get to vote, congrats on the great finish. Who is the rider? Anyone I know? Dont recognise her
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01/28/2008 07:15:49 AM
This was one of my favorites. Congrats on your top 5 finish!!
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01/28/2008 03:30:12 AM
Figured this would be near the top. Congrats on HM...really a fun photo!
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01/28/2008 12:18:55 AM
Disappointed...This was my only 10...was really hoping to see this ribbon.

Still a great job and congratulations on the result.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 11:27:13 PM
Reminds me of something out of a romance novel - very fanciful and romantic. The sepia tone was a good choice.
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01/27/2008 09:41:18 PM
I love the dreamy feel to this photo. Nice processing. Good luck with this one!
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01/27/2008 05:25:49 PM
Wonderful angelic image. Love the result. 17% voted and commented and this is my first 10. Makes my heart flutter. I am usually critical of overprocessing but the result here is perfect IMO. Great job. Good Luck. 10.

Edit...297 images commented and voted on...still my only 10.

Edit...479 images commented and voted on and this was my only 10. It truly is a breathtaking image. I will be suprised in this does not ribbon.

GOOD LUCK!!!
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01/27/2008 04:41:01 PM
surreal feel with that processing.
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01/27/2008 02:00:17 PM
Great fairy tale feel to to this image. Perfect in duotones & nice contrast. I think I've lost enough weight to fit into my wedding dress again...now I just need a horse! : ) Back to bump you up to 9 and adding to fav's.
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01/27/2008 01:26:31 PM
This is kitsch beyond kitsch. This is superlative kitsch. Look how serene she is. She's not giving me some stupid, fake, sultry look. She has achieved Kitsch Nirvana. This image does not have the annoying DPC quality of wanting me to like it. This image knows it's beautiful. It was etched upon the very brow of Yahweh at the beginning of time, waiting for this moment to foam into existence upon our undeserving world.

How can something so wrong feel so right??
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01/27/2008 12:25:00 PM
Stunning photograph. One of my favorites in the challenge. It has dream like qualities.
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01/27/2008 09:36:36 AM
She looks surprisingly serene for the situation, which makes for an excellent picture!
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01/27/2008 01:03:45 AM
Wow! Nice! Only get one take at that shot! 9
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01/26/2008 11:34:29 AM
Real wedding or a staged shoot? Either way it's one hell of a great shot! Should be on the front page when voting is over!
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01/26/2008 08:12:18 AM
wow, what a great shot! Was that an actual wedding dress? 8
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01/25/2008 02:48:39 PM
Spectacular! 10
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01/25/2008 10:51:56 AM
WOW! Cover of a romance novel material!
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01/24/2008 09:03:33 PM
Beautiful, incredible, breathtaking, lovely, hope it wins. 10
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01/24/2008 05:26:14 PM
This is probably the prettiest trashing of the dress I've seen. I presume grigrigirl? I like it but I'm not too keen on the POV. It's not as engaging as your other work.
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01/24/2008 05:39:51 AM
this is a strong, emotive image, but the title doesn't do the image justice.
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01/23/2008 10:45:32 PM
hey, i know this one...beautiful...i won't score though, but if i did, it would be a strong 9! DID I SAY 9? I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS DRINKING THAT DAY?!!!

Message edited by author 2008-01-29 14:00:55.
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01/23/2008 06:10:58 PM
Fun and unique. Hope it was fun! 8
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01/23/2008 11:58:11 AM
Love it, adding to faves
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01/23/2008 10:51:31 AM
I love the look of this very much. The thing that bothers me is that the water is flying and the horse's mane is flying, but her hair is perfectly in place. I like the tone, it works well for this image.
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01/23/2008 03:04:35 AM
WOW!!! Amazing, gorgeous, ethereal photo. Adding to favorites.

Edit: after voting on 100% of the challenge, this photo is my favorite. The best of the best. I hope you ribbon.
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01/22/2008 09:40:51 PM
Love it! I'd like to find a bride willing to do that sort of thing! :-)
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01/22/2008 02:21:13 PM
I love this shot! Really really nice! 10 from me.
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01/22/2008 01:11:13 PM
very moody and pretty.
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01/22/2008 09:23:47 AM
Dramatis personæ under the influence of camera obscura. Dramatic it is.
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01/21/2008 08:16:54 PM
Wow. Awesome job. I was wondering how it was done... can you post a tutorial? this is outstanding post processing.

Message edited by author 2008-01-28 00:23:00.
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01/21/2008 06:59:19 PM
Looks like a fairy tale, a 9!
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01/21/2008 01:48:53 PM
Beautiful
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01/21/2008 12:28:10 PM
Okay, my first 10. This is spectacular.
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01/21/2008 11:56:35 AM
WOW... This one blew me away. The emotion, the movement, the tones... STUNNING!!! 10 & Favorite.

(If I could give you an 11 I would. This is one of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen.)
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01/21/2008 02:06:07 AM
that's amazing! my wife will love this image, as she LOVES horses...

excellent...love the duotone...the dress was ruined wasn't it??? 8
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