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Girl with a Toothpick Earring
2nd PlaceGirl with a Toothpick Earring

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Challenge: Toothpick(s) (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Aug 7, 2014
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20
Date Uploaded: Aug 7, 2014

Yeah... I suggested this challenge topic... without any idea of what I would do for it. I mean... who would think that they'd actually CHOOSE it?

I went to the store and bought them... Toothpicks. (Had to ask an employee where they were.) Still no idea how to shoot them.. Stared at the toothpicks for days... Then, this idea came to me.

A "recreation" of a famous painting...

Thankfully, my model arrived home after being away for months... just in time.

She let me wrap two dresses of hers around her head and she wore a pleated skirt around her neck (pinned at the neck). It was quite odd looking from any other angle than this one. Ha! Actually, when she was standing there... before the two dresses on the head... just in the long skirt at her neck (now regular short-dress length)... I burst out laughing at her. I made her go look at herself in a full-length mirror.

It was hilarious. I should have taken a photo... but I was laughing too hard. Adorable, she is! LOL!

As an uninteresting note... I am usually very good at spacial issues. But... I had my model and the light (natural light from a window).

But... it was coming from the "wrong side" to make it like the painting. I knew I could flip the image after taking it... but I just couldn't make my mind wrap around it all... backwards.

So... I "borrowed" an image of the Girl ... and put it in Photoshop... flipped THAT horizontally ... so I could position everything and "see" it easily.

I have no idea why I couldn't "see it" in my head.

I've always been good at spacial things before. *sigh*

But, I digress...

I'm glad that the pleats of the skirt don't appear to be pleats in the photo. It was really making her look modern in real life. But, in a photo, it appears two-dimensional instead of three.

Life is good. :D

Anyway... It's a silly image... but really... what's a girl supposed to do with a silly topic like "Toothpicks"??! :D

If you look at the painting... the girl's expression is quite unique. I couldn't get my model to come up with it... but I think I like this better on her anyway.

Plus, it looks like the model in the painting is drooling a bit out of the corner of her mouth.

I left that out. *grin*

But, yeah.

She put a toothpick in her ear for me.

That's love right there. :D


Place: 2 out of 40
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Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.0370
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Views since voting: 2605
Views during voting: 241
Votes: 72
Comments: 21
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08/19/2014 06:44:07 PM
Sooooo awesome!!! Huge congrats on an incredible shot and idea!!
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08/18/2014 07:16:15 PM
Congrats on the red, Lydia! Great image.
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08/18/2014 01:27:11 PM
YAY on you little corner person, a ribbon, and a beautiful and comical shot to boot! See didn't that make the sitting in the time out corner feel a little better??
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08/18/2014 09:46:18 AM
Congratulations Lydia, wonderful lighting and idea. The outfit is also great, love your creativity on that one!
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08/18/2014 08:12:58 AM
Wonderful outfit! Very nicely done in so many ways.
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08/18/2014 08:10:21 AM
WTG Lydia! Wonderful capture of the light and great model.
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08/18/2014 12:56:29 AM
Child abuse....

You are so funny, Lydia. And clearly, so loved :) Congrats on the ribbon.
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08/18/2014 12:32:41 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Lydia. Lovely, creative work. I bet that helps salve the time-out wound.
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08/18/2014 12:17:36 AM
A high vote from me. Glad your work paid off. Your model is very pretty.
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08/18/2014 12:05:58 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, Lydia
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08/18/2014 12:02:19 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon Lydia! Excellent job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/17/2014 11:44:44 PM
Magnificent, and such a creative idea.
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08/17/2014 10:06:24 PM
Beautifully done portrait.
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08/17/2014 09:21:03 PM
Who would have thought it could look this good? Great take on the original.
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08/17/2014 05:49:10 PM
nice reproduction
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08/17/2014 11:14:51 AM
Beautiful light and a pretty model. 9
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08/16/2014 12:03:53 AM
Great idea and execution.
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08/15/2014 05:49:18 PM
Her expression seems so effortless.
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08/15/2014 05:40:50 PM
LOL, I love it!
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08/13/2014 10:02:55 AM
Attractive portrait with a hint of a Grand Master.
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08/11/2014 12:12:07 PM
the portrait it's awesome !

and i think the toothpick actually hurts the image

but , oh well the subject was odd enough
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