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MAK


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Challenge: Darkness II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: females
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM
Location: UK
Date: May 2, 2009
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2009

Inyanga is a Zulu word meaning Healer, a healer by means of 'Magic' so I hope there is enough magic in this shot to nail a nice high score.

est score - 6.8
dream score - I think this may go pretty high....


A big special thanks to my beautiful model Zhane who is just 14 years old and is hoping for a career in the modeling industry, let me tell you, this girl is special, she is a natural and knows exactly how much to give, I look forward to working with her again real soon.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 125
Avg (all users): 6.8689
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.9804
Avg (non-participants): 6.8323
Views since voting: 5165
Views during voting: 386
Votes: 206
Comments: 44
Favorites: 10 (view)


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05/24/2009 04:18:47 PM
while reading the other comments, I saw every adjective that came to my mind when looking at this marvelous photo...haunting, stunning, alluring, beautiful....like another person who commented...I would have never guessed your model was only 14. A simply beautiful shot....Kevin
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05/24/2009 01:46:39 PM
Absolutely great capture of a wonderful face and expression. It should have won.
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05/14/2009 08:37:13 PM
The lighting in this is amazing. She is so beautiful. Never would have guessed she was 14. Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/14/2009 12:37:46 PM
Brilliant -- absolutely stunning!!!!!
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05/13/2009 05:18:24 PM
MAK, this is absolutely my favorite kind of photography and my oh my did you NAIL it! She is haunting and so beautiful.

14????? That's unbelievable, but yes. Please show us much more of her, okay?

CONGRATULATIONS on the ribbon!
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05/13/2009 03:30:21 PM
Hi Mak, great shot - however one little nit pick - on my wide gamut monitor there is a very noisy silver of green shading to the left side of the model, just near her veil. Cant see it on a standard monitor so guess its not a problem - and you did ribbon .. well done.
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05/13/2009 01:07:04 PM
Great picture! I love it! Congrats!
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05/13/2009 11:22:59 AM
love it, well done!
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05/13/2009 11:21:59 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!!
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05/13/2009 09:49:32 AM
Congrats, MAK! Well deserved.
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05/13/2009 09:30:07 AM
so wonderfully exotic...congrats on the ribbon
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05/13/2009 09:19:15 AM
A lovely image. Congrats on your ribbon and on finding such a good model.
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05/13/2009 09:18:55 AM
Huge congrats Mak !!!!! Top notch all the way. Wonderful
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05/13/2009 07:38:12 AM
A huge congrats on this image...outstanding. Very glad to see this one ribbon.
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05/13/2009 07:35:56 AM
So glad this ribboned, it's tremendously beautiful. Congrats, Mak.
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05/13/2009 04:52:02 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/13/2009 04:03:55 AM
Congrats dude another great image and another deserved ribbon...

We need to get out on another shoot this month!
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05/13/2009 03:56:07 AM
huge congrats on the ribbon!!!
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05/13/2009 03:45:26 AM
Originally posted by sulamk:

Inyanga is a male healer, sangoma female lovely picture though!


ARK! my bad LOL I must stud harder, I must study harder.. thanks for that.
05/13/2009 02:42:47 AM
Rockin cool, Marac! Congrats and congrats!
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05/13/2009 02:09:51 AM
Crap - I wish I'd looked like that at 14 - hey I wish I'd looked like that at any time - she's BRILLIANT!

As are you - excellent.
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05/13/2009 01:22:28 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!
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05/13/2009 12:41:49 AM
This is a stunning image....she is beautiful. I hope she goes far;....another great image by you. Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/13/2009 12:11:52 AM
Very nice work here, everything about it screamed ribbon
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05/13/2009 12:11:50 AM
Very nice work here, everything about it screamed ribbon
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05/13/2009 12:07:07 AM
Inyanga is a male healer, sangoma female lovely picture though!
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05/13/2009 12:06:17 AM
Hands down, bar none, this should have won the blue by a mile.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/12/2009 09:05:47 PM
Haunting and beautiful, but a bit overprocessed for me.
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05/12/2009 07:00:06 AM
what can I say.....winner
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05/12/2009 02:42:50 AM
Lovely skin tones,great lighting and off center positioning make this a winner!
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05/10/2009 11:28:04 AM
Instant fave!
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05/09/2009 02:40:18 PM
superb use of light and darkness , 8
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05/08/2009 12:13:23 PM
Dark Beauty in "The Village" would be a nice title too

Suggestion?...a little less light would have been interesting to see so the shimmer of light around the eyes and lips would be more prominant, while the figure is in shadows.

Very pretty though...
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05/07/2009 11:38:06 PM
Nice lighting. It draws the viewer into her eyes and mouth. Well done.
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05/06/2009 09:11:13 PM
In general, an elegant portrait which is very powerful and nicely composed. However, the highlights on the lips and reflections in the eyes are not necessarily a positive - a more matte type lip stick would have reduced the reflection and the resultant glare. Same issue with the eyes, as the reflections detract from the image's impact - in particular on the right where it's located right over the pupil. On the other hand, the lighting is very effective in conveying a senes of mystery and intrigue. Given the minor highlight issue, this is a very worthy entry into the challange and should place high.
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05/06/2009 08:12:21 PM
very podium worthy. dont like the out of focus nose and cut eye, so cannot give you 10 but still 8
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05/06/2009 07:48:27 PM
This is really beautiful. What distracts me about this photo is that her nose is too soft, when it should'nt be. I think this will ribbon!
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05/06/2009 04:18:15 PM
Amazing shot - I am sure this will ribbon, probably blue!
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05/06/2009 03:23:53 PM
This has more than a wow factor. Everything about it is perfect. Almost 3-D. I feel as though I could reach and touch that velvet shroud and make her blink. WOWZA
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05/06/2009 03:03:21 PM
She is stunning. Beautiful girl and your lighting is amazing. Bravo!! Love this.
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05/06/2009 01:36:59 PM
very nice
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05/06/2009 11:39:54 AM
talented work
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05/06/2009 01:35:22 AM
Beautiful!
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05/06/2009 01:01:36 AM
i love the color in the lips and eye set against the black
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