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Great Dames
Great Dames
tanguera


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2011-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: West Hollywood, CA
Date: Apr 7, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2011

Models: Mel Gorham and Isabella
Hair & Makeup: Sugano

I know. Clipped the toes off.

convert from raw
denoise
cloned out dog hair and blemishes
detail
SEP2
d&B
save for web

[May. 1st, 2011 12:14:29 AM]

Votes: 2
Views: 4
Avg Vote: 7.5000

Boy, it would sure be nice to stay over 7 this time...

[May. 2nd, 2011 12:31:01 AM]

Votes: 56
Views: 119
Avg Vote: 7.0357

[May. 3rd, 2011 12:40:20 PM]

Votes: 86
Views: 181
Avg Vote: 7.1047
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2

Never had a 7 stick around this long. I'm having palpitations. But I did get to hang out again with this to gorgeous gals last night!

[post challenge]
Just returned from a fabulous shoot out in the boonies, and came home to this!!!

OMG, miracles do happen. My first ribbon. And in a Free Study. Thank you so much everyone, for the fabulous comments and your amazing votes. It finally stayed over 7.

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU

[post DQ]
Oh MAN!!!!! Totally did NOT see that coming. Thanks for the sympathy. In truth, I did not even recall doing any cloning when I submitted it. I THINK the DQ was over the hem of the coat at bottom left, which was ragged and horrid. I filled it in with a bit of the fur from the cuff. Perhaps I did such a great job editing that I actually thought it was that way!

Thank you all for your amazing outpouring of support. Every black cloud has a silver lining, including this one. Great Dames became my first ever published image at 1x - the same week it was DQd. That version has both fur AND toes :-)
Disqualification Details
You may not use ANY editing tool to move, remove or duplicate any element of your photograph that would change a typical viewer's description of the photograph (aside from color), even if the tool is otherwise legal, and regardless of whether you intended the change when the photograph was taken.

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Views during voting: 343
Comments: 135
Favorites: 21 (view)


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11/12/2014 12:34:59 PM
Great Crop!
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01/27/2012 02:53:14 AM
Beautiful Dane, and in a classic Dane pose.
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08/24/2011 08:06:51 PM
Heh, now we are comrades in arms in yet ANOTHER category. LOL
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08/24/2011 07:50:36 PM
What a shame! If this is dq then the rules ain't right. To many restrictions in Advanced editing. Still my favorite!
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05/24/2011 09:28:43 PM
Oh come on - I just saw this travesty. Seriously, Johanna - this is just not right that you got DQ'd. So freaking random what is allowed and what is not. Aragh!!
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05/23/2011 03:29:00 AM
I had no idea this had been dqed. So sad, and a real shame too! It really is a lovely picture.
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05/20/2011 07:52:17 AM
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this makes me so sad.
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05/14/2011 07:40:50 AM
So sorry about the DQ. Still love this!
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05/13/2011 07:16:21 AM
Still gets a red, if not a blue, ribbon from me. I'm sure we'll be seeing another ribbon soon ;)
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05/13/2011 12:00:35 AM
Well, if there was no dog surgery...
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05/12/2011 11:34:06 PM
Oh, boo hoo, I'm really crying! That lower left section of the photo is so insignificant to the overall image. It's the light, pose, contrast, and composition that make this such an outstanding piece of art. Sorry, sorry, sorry.
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05/12/2011 10:18:54 PM
Oh Noooooo......rats....great shot, and in my book it still deserves the blue ribbon!!!
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05/12/2011 09:58:50 PM
An awesome shot and edit. Worthy of a ribbon, as you know. Sorry about your DQ but you will try even harder in the future and you WILL get your ribbon!
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05/12/2011 06:35:27 PM
suckage!
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05/12/2011 05:41:37 PM
Wow...the SC really gave us a dose of HEM-lock on this one! Boo...Hiss! Johanna, I wish I had the anti-dote for this one...*HUGS*
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05/12/2011 05:20:24 PM
Well that just ruined my day, to see a great image get DQ'd. Sorry Johanna. Keep up the great work.
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05/12/2011 05:12:40 PM
NO!!!! :((( I'm so sorry Johanna... you deserved the red for this fabulous image, as far as I'm concerned.
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05/12/2011 04:48:03 PM
This makes me sad. Well at least you know how it was received here at DPCland. It's a fantastic shot.
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05/12/2011 04:42:49 PM
What Don said. This would ribbon in a DQ challenge. (Huh?)
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05/12/2011 03:25:13 PM
if it's any comfort, the edit that earned your DQ was excellently done.
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05/12/2011 02:50:05 PM
So sorry to hear about the DQ, especially as it's your first. At least you know how good of an image it is.
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05/12/2011 02:01:31 PM
perfect time for those three cocktails and small cake...

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05/12/2011 01:45:56 PM
I'm so sorry for your DQ. Nonetheless a beautiful image.
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05/12/2011 12:39:18 PM
Sorry to see the DQ Johanna. Awesome shot no matter what tho :)
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05/12/2011 12:31:58 PM
oh my gosh!!! i'm so sorry johanna!!! :( that really sucks...
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05/12/2011 12:22:07 PM
Nooooooooooooooooooo!!...I'm so sorry Johanna!!
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05/12/2011 11:15:15 AM
Sorry to see the DQ J.
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05/12/2011 11:14:04 AM
I'm terribly sorry to hear about this, its still an amazingly nice shot, it will not be long before you get another.
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05/12/2011 09:42:58 AM
Aawww! I'm so sorry! The silver lining is it's still an awesome image!
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05/12/2011 09:39:58 AM
I have seen this DQ issue before. I sometimes wonder about the major element thing. If you don't mind, could you post or explain what major element was removed?

Good luck to you...this is really a nice photo.
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05/12/2011 09:35:48 AM
I'm sorry about the DQ, especially after reading how excited you were to win the ribbon. Still a great photo.
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05/12/2011 09:22:46 AM
So sorry about DQ!
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05/12/2011 09:13:17 AM
Bummer on the DQ :-( , the image is excellent
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05/12/2011 09:11:36 AM
nononononononononononononononononono!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awww... I'm sorry!!!!
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05/12/2011 03:14:38 AM
Wow, I am shocked! ...at this being your first ribbon. Here I was thinking this was like your 7th or 8th. Well obviously you're a ribbon hog in my version of reality. ;-) Congrats - very impressive score and equally impressive image. You rawk, Johanna.
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05/10/2011 08:34:50 PM
Superb. As per usual. That is all. :D
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05/10/2011 11:45:59 AM
There is so much about this image to love. Congrats on the ribbon Johanna.
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05/10/2011 10:51:16 AM
What a gorgeous double portrait, Johanna! And huge congrats on your first ribbon!!! WOOT! :-)

ETA: seconding the previous comment by 21_F.gif CNovack on the film noir aspect of this shot. Very emotive of that period, very Mickey Spillane-ish. Excellent work.

Message edited by author 2011-05-10 19:29:52.
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05/10/2011 06:47:51 AM
Can't believe this is your first ribbon. Love this image, love the title. HUGE congrats on your shiny red ribbon, Johanna ((hugs)).
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05/09/2011 07:50:04 PM
I step away and come back to see you have ribboned. Congrats Johanna! You are no longer the bridesmaid;-P

Absolutely love the photo and fabulous title! Lighting is wonderful. The set-up, costumes, and pose of the models makes me think of film noir. There is an air of mystery but also an element of danger. Mel has a nervous and a frightened look. She makes me think of the dame in danger in the old detective novels/movies who cling to the hero/protecter while looking over their shoulder. Here it is the trusty and faithful dog, Isabella, who will protect her from those nasty thugs:-) Fantastic work and congrats again on the ribbon.
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05/09/2011 02:45:30 PM
Congratulations Johanna, a great portrait and beautifully done!
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05/09/2011 02:33:12 PM
Your first ribbon!!! Are you jumping off the walls still??? Fab shot darling!
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05/09/2011 01:12:25 PM
Absolutely fabulous portrait, Lighting and BW conversion is outstanding! Congratulation Johanna! Well deserved!

Goes straight to my favorites.
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05/09/2011 09:00:10 AM
Congrats!!!
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05/09/2011 08:13:18 AM
Congrats Johanna.
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05/09/2011 12:47:44 AM
can't believe this is your first ribbon. congratulations and nice work.
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05/08/2011 10:51:26 PM
Your first ribbon! Congrats! Loved this!
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05/08/2011 08:51:38 PM
Congrats on the ribbon Johanna!! Well deserved - I knew I would soon see one of your shots on the front page!
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05/08/2011 05:21:03 PM
First ribbon congrats!!!
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05/08/2011 03:44:07 PM
Yes! Best use of a Great Dane in a shoot. Ever.
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05/08/2011 02:59:05 PM
2nd in a FS - Way to get your first ribbon !!

And great to see those two again :- )
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05/08/2011 02:28:09 PM
Very well done Jo! Enjoy the long fought ribbon!
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05/08/2011 01:49:41 PM
Oh boy, look at you ... first ribbon and in a Free Study!!!! Congratulations on a awesome entry. You got a 10 from me, so I'm really delighted to see this on the front page.
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05/08/2011 01:34:07 PM
Great take of the great dames. Congrats.
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05/08/2011 12:51:38 PM
congratulations Johanna! The first ribbon - and in FS! WTG! Exquisite lighting here!
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05/08/2011 12:21:37 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. Very nice shot.
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05/08/2011 10:55:08 AM
Congrats on red!!
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05/08/2011 10:54:47 AM
Awesome!! HUGE congrats, and very well deserved. And a ribbon in a FS AND in B&W!
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05/08/2011 09:46:24 AM
Congrats! The lighting, comp and expressions are great. The black and white conversion is excellent. Fun to look at.
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05/08/2011 09:40:38 AM
Congratulations on the first, of what I am sure will be many, ribbons for you.

You really nailed it on this one.
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05/08/2011 09:30:11 AM
Well done Johanna...an excellent B and W conversion
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05/08/2011 08:54:24 AM
Wow Johanna - what an image! This is just so cool and so beautifully lit, shot and edited. Of course the use of Great Dane that looks a little like my own helps too. :)
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05/08/2011 08:52:21 AM
I knew it!!! This is so incredibly awesome!! What a way to get a first ribbon!! huge congrats!!!
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05/08/2011 08:31:48 AM
Congratulaions on you red and so many comments. Great idea and well executed. Would love to see the entire paws.
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05/08/2011 08:13:44 AM
Congrats! Lovely shot.
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05/08/2011 07:54:32 AM
Lighting sure does set the mood for this shot. Excellent in all aspects (except the toes) :)
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05/08/2011 07:39:50 AM
Congratulations Johana, very well deserverded ribbon!! Awesome image!!
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05/08/2011 07:26:40 AM
Congratulations,I,m amazed this is your first ribbon.First of many for sure.Excellent.
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05/08/2011 07:22:10 AM
OMG Johanna! This is magnificent. What a brilliant and inspired image. I'm so very happy to see you got a juicy ribbon for it!!
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05/08/2011 07:15:43 AM
Congratulations! So very well deserved. As I mentioned in my comment, this one stopped me dead in my tracks.
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05/08/2011 06:58:49 AM
At last! I'm so happy you finally obtained this so very deserved ribbon. I'm sure it's the first of a long list. A few days ago, my wife and I were browsing through your Flickr account and latest challenge entries, and we were very impressed with your progression, especially regarding lighting and model direction: you have a great talent there!
This photo summarizes it very well: the lighting is top notch, the expressions are powerful, and the B&W conversion is just splendid. Congratulations!
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05/08/2011 06:36:20 AM
Way to go girl !;) No looking back now, and an excellent way to do it.
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05/08/2011 05:31:20 AM
Congrats!!! This is so cool!
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05/08/2011 05:15:38 AM
I told you! I'm so glad you won the red... for me this is a ribbon for all your fantastic images over countless challenges. From now on, it must be a ribbon each! :) Congratulations!
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05/08/2011 04:54:03 AM
Congrats. First ribbon in FS. That is quite something. Congrats again
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05/08/2011 03:45:34 AM
The model reminds me of Janet Jackson. Excellent photo
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05/08/2011 03:09:05 AM
Superb photo, I'm really pleased to see this and you on the first page, so well deserving, this has made my day.
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05/08/2011 02:36:16 AM
Johanna, I can't believe this is your first ribbon! Congratulations, it's a fantastic image. Well done indeed.
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05/08/2011 02:32:01 AM
Congratulations!
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05/08/2011 02:17:13 AM
About time too!!! Excellent and righteous.
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05/08/2011 01:54:30 AM
just wicked. wicked good. wicked ribbon.
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05/08/2011 01:40:01 AM
far out johanna . this is awesome .. how wonderful to see you ribbon with this fantastic image .. love the dark moody feeling .. reckon it wont be long before you're famous in dpc for your unique and wonderful style .. congrats so much on your new pb and the red .. :)x
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05/08/2011 01:38:30 AM
This is just too cool. Congrats on the red!
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05/08/2011 01:32:07 AM
wow,,,,, congratulation ith this one,,,,, soooo happy for you ,,, this one is awesome !!
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05/08/2011 01:18:04 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Very exciting and well deserved!!
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05/08/2011 01:09:04 AM
this was my highest scorer in the challenge. a big congrats on the great finish!

Message edited by author 2011-05-08 15:22:26.
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05/08/2011 01:01:03 AM
Well done J. I thought this was a self portrait, hence my original comment.
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05/08/2011 12:54:13 AM
fabulous... congrats tangy!
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05/08/2011 12:39:37 AM
Congrats on your fist ribbon! Awesome image!
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05/08/2011 12:38:21 AM
Congrats!
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05/08/2011 12:32:17 AM
Awesome job Johanna. Congrats!
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05/08/2011 12:28:09 AM
Great image, congrats on the ribbon!
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05/08/2011 12:27:36 AM
Well deserved, congrats.
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05/08/2011 12:24:59 AM
Oh my word, oh my word, oh my word! Red in the FS! I love it! Congrats, Johanna!
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05/08/2011 12:24:06 AM
Awesome image and a new favorite for me. A HUGE congrats on your first ribbon...I am honored to be sharing the front page with you.
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05/08/2011 12:17:44 AM
Guurl get first ribbon in freestudy! Guurl is great warrior of magic picture box. Grog give many congratulations!
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05/08/2011 12:17:30 AM
Congrats Johanna. Beautiful composition and that dog is fabulous.
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05/08/2011 12:17:21 AM
So so soooooo fabulous Johanna!!!! Congrats on the red in a FS!!
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05/08/2011 12:12:47 AM
Awesome Johanna, congratulations!
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05/08/2011 12:09:17 AM
YES! It could not have happened to a more deserving person! Huge congrats on your first ribbon and hoping to see many more from you in the future!
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05/08/2011 12:08:12 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. Very well deserved. Two wonderful "Great" expressions

Message edited by author 2011-05-08 00:09:10.
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05/08/2011 12:07:44 AM
How about that! A 7, your first 7, and a ribbon, your first ribbon! Maybe some of the mojo'll rub off on me in Carmel :-) Congrats!
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05/08/2011 12:07:33 AM
Wahoo! A ribbon and in a free study! When you do it you do it with style. You kept so quiet all week about this. How exciting. It was a great photo, I wish Robert hadn't spilled the beans on it,d I would have liked to have voted on it.
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05/08/2011 12:07:07 AM
Hey sister in photography, down in LA! CONGRATS! AWESOME IMAGE!!!
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05/08/2011 12:05:20 AM
WAY TOO GO, you ribboned, thought you might, and knew this was you, what a blast.
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05/08/2011 12:04:38 AM
Johanna!!! CONGRATS!!! and in a Freestudy! wow. way to go! :)
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05/08/2011 12:03:51 AM
YAY! first ribbon! I knew it was yours! Big congrats and hugs from the evergreen state!
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05/08/2011 12:03:32 AM
Very nice. Woof!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2011 10:42:14 PM
fascinating portrait. 8
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05/07/2011 09:22:26 PM
Awsesome work.
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05/07/2011 05:41:30 PM
Lovely lighting and processing. Great b/w.
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05/07/2011 09:43:55 AM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: Lovely portrait - I love the balance between the subjects and your lighting is to die for. The clarity of the Great Dane is just amazing and I really like the edge of your model's hat - it fills a little space top left in the frame adds a great deal of balance. Her expression and direction of gaze gives a great juxtaposition with the stare of the dog.

Critical stuff: I hope the clipping of the paws doesn't hurt you too much.

Overall: Lovely, lovely shot.
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05/06/2011 09:26:44 PM
The dog is better lit than the woman, which is too bad. I would have liked to see more light on her face. Nevertheless a really great and really interesting portrait. I am giving this an 8
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05/06/2011 06:55:47 PM
LOL .. the lady on the floor and the dog on the stool. Marvelous composition and lighting. Very dramatic.
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05/06/2011 05:53:03 AM
Gorgeous all around
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05/06/2011 03:05:13 AM
Los Feliz Dames.
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05/06/2011 12:46:21 AM
love it, only complaint, wish there was a touch of light in her eyes
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05/05/2011 02:18:08 PM
This is great! I wish there was a bit more space under his feet and the right side of the dogs face was lit a bit more.
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05/05/2011 12:49:12 AM
Beautiful mono, wonderful lighting, maybe a tad too much on the dog's hind and right side of face. The human model lighting I like, makes for the mood. Well done.8
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05/04/2011 07:00:57 PM
Fantastic. This is a show-stopper. Killer photograph.
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05/04/2011 05:48:12 PM
A new twist on film noir. Good.
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05/04/2011 05:24:01 PM
Oh, I love this one; playfullness in the woman and seriousness in the dog, lol. The expressions, lighting and processing are great. The leg in the bottom left is a little distracting and her hand is a little dark, but overall a great image.
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05/04/2011 08:05:48 AM
Nice dog, and love the tones on this perfect.
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05/04/2011 01:13:41 AM
An arresting image. Maybe a bit too much of a tight crop but I do like where the faces are. Also, probably should have darkened that lower left corner since her leg serves no purpose in this shot except as a possible distraction.
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05/03/2011 08:36:59 PM
Beautiful portrait...IMO the only thing that bothers me slightly is the dogs paws are cut off. Sorry about being picky...regardless I do love the image.
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05/03/2011 12:58:52 PM
Looks classy.
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05/03/2011 03:31:06 AM
every challenge there is a shot that looks like Johanna's and I never say so, this looks like one of those shots. Very nicely done at any rate
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05/02/2011 12:21:35 PM
I love the lighting and the title, this is my choice for the blue.
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05/02/2011 02:06:58 AM
Fantastic work! My only 10!!
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05/01/2011 11:55:33 AM
I love this but wish her toes weren't cut off in the frame.
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05/01/2011 11:05:16 AM
Great idea. I wish the paws weren't chopped off at the bottom. I think her face deserves the same light as the dog. Heck, I'd love a portrait of just the canine. LOL Fun stuff.
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05/01/2011 10:07:29 AM
Great lighting and processing... looks amazing in B&W... one minor nitpick is the crop right on the dog's toes... my two cents...
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05/01/2011 05:50:45 AM
Wonderful dog and owner portrait 8
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05/01/2011 05:18:48 AM
Yes two very nice dames there, lovely tones and nice subject make this a very good B&W.
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05/01/2011 01:42:16 AM
Wonderful portrait and a fantastic title!
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