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The Divine Ms. P
The Divine Ms. P
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Challenge: Pet Portrait (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Greenville TX
Date: Apr 3, 2005
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2005

Ok, so it's not a Ms. at all... It's Peanut! I dressed him in drag for this challenge. I'm sure he will now have a complex and need tons of pet therapy. Oh well...the things we do in the name of photography!

Update 3-5-07
I am having a really hard time right now...my sweet, beloved chihuahua Peanut was killed this evening after being hit by a car. We aren't sure how he got out of the house, but he did, and as always, ran to the middle of the road for no obvious reason. We are all just devistated. I've held it together for a few hours but now that the house is quiet and the boys are finally asleep, it's really hitting me that he's gone. It's ironic that I can teach coping skills to hundreds of students but now that it's time for me to cope with a loss I can't find a way to handle it. I have many sweet memories of this crazy little dog and nothing will ever replace him in my heart or the hearts of my little boys. I think that's the hardest part for me, is helping them to deal with this loss. They're just completely heartbroken and it kills me to see them hurting so badly. I thought it might make me feel better to post a few pictures i have taken of him over the past three and a half years, but looking at them is really hard for me to do right now. I am glad that the kids didn't witness the event, and that Peanut didn't suffer or even know what hit him...but I do have faith that the idiot blazing down our road at jet speed gets what Karma has to offer him someday.

Rest in peace, little buddy...

Peanut, 12-24-03 - 03-05-07

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 273
Avg (all users): 7.0181
Avg (commenters): 8.5122
Avg (participants): 6.7895
Avg (non-participants): 7.3636
Views since voting: 4747
Views during voting: 456
Votes: 221
Comments: 73
Favorites: 36 (view)


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05/10/2011 11:53:53 AM
Heartbreaking. But what a gorgeous portrait to remember her him by :-)
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01/16/2010 04:29:02 PM
Very sad.
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08/18/2007 07:30:06 AM
an excellent pet portrait .. i am so sorry that your gorgeous little dog was killed .. we have a miniature fox terrier, katee .. (the breed was created by crossing fox terrier with chihuahua) .. my daughter wanted a lap dog so we got katee, who is so not a lap dog, altho we didnt know that when she was 6 weeks old ... she is the most active little thing ever & also extremely intelligent .. of course i'd say that being totally biased !! .. its now over five months since your little peanut was taken ... my heart goes out to you even so .. i'm sure five months would't be even close to long enough, for us to 'get over' the loss if anything happened to our little katee .. :)
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04/09/2007 11:38:31 PM
I have always loved this image of Peanuts and feel so saddened by his loss..... The beautiful images of Peanuts will help to keep his memory alive.....
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03/17/2007 09:24:29 AM
Laurie,
I am so sorry to hear about Peanut. I know that pets become like our children and losing one is just devastating. You will always have your precious memories and Peanut lives on in your heart. And you have this brilliant portrait of him, even if he is in drag. Hang tough, Laurie! It does get better.
Thinking of you,
Dawn
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06/18/2006 11:28:29 AM
this photo really made me smile. simply precious! i'm not usually a fan of small dogs, but this shot really makes me want one! fantastic focus. i love the way his eyes come to life and we can see even the tiniest details of his face. the colors are amazing as well. so crisp and bright. they really add to the shot. the black bg makes for an excellent backdrop and makes your little dogs face pop right out of the composition and i have to say the pink really does flatter him (not to mention i'm in love with the o so soft texture of the feathers).
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10/12/2005 01:54:25 PM
i love it! Soooo cute!
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07/26/2005 08:13:49 PM
Wonderful shot! Everthing about is great. More interesting factor is the expression on the pooches face. Simply darling is what to say...Hmmm, I feel a sudden urge to got Taco Bell...:)
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06/20/2005 08:13:02 PM
This is an incredible shot. This totally looks like it should be in one of those Chihuahua calendars that you see in the bookstores. Beautifully done. I like it better than the ribbon winners, although they are good, too.

Edit: OK, I just looked at a "professionally" done Chihuahua calendar, and this shot is *way* better than any of those pictures!

Message edited by author 2005-07-21 13:38:09.
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06/03/2005 12:48:41 AM
Darling...Just Darling. I love it!
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06/03/2005 12:38:02 AM
Every time I see this it just cracks me up!!!
Don't know if I should laugh or cry, but tears seem to be the end result.
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05/31/2005 07:08:53 PM
Your poor, emasculated pooch. Great entry :)
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04/14/2005 10:51:02 PM
the best picture in this challenge, imho. beautiful colors and dof...everything works here.

manny
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04/11/2005 10:15:25 PM
congratulations on your 5th place with this darling shot! beautifully done!!
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04/11/2005 02:55:26 PM
congrats on 5th, this shot has SO much personality :D
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04/11/2005 01:11:55 PM
such a cute dog and shot! congrats on the top 5!
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04/11/2005 12:23:15 PM
Great post-processing, excellent shot! Good work Laurie on getting your 7.

-danny
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04/11/2005 08:58:13 AM
very nice shot , very clear , great lighting . Well deserved
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04/11/2005 07:24:39 AM
<taco bell dog>
I theeenk I need a beeger peenis..
</taco bell dog>
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04/11/2005 06:57:07 AM
I thought this photograph would be a top finisher. Colors are lush and the focus is spot-on. Besides, how can you not love that little apple dome!?
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04/11/2005 03:17:38 AM
Blue ribbon im my opinion!
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04/11/2005 02:44:34 AM
Oh, Laurie, this is one of the best ones in the bunch. I am kind of impartial to all chihuahuas, as I have 3 of these wonderful babies at home. Peanut sure is a cutie! The photo is really good. It expresses the gentle warm quality of a chihuahua. Generally, people think of them as yappy annoying dogs, but they really miss the whole point. They are truly one of the loveliest breeds around. Congrats on the great 5th place. It's a winner in my heart!

Message edited by author 2005-04-11 02:45:30.
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04/11/2005 02:30:17 AM
Great shot!!.......Congrats on your well deserved 5th placing Laurie :)) He looks so cute in pink!
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04/11/2005 01:41:33 AM
Congrats, Laurie! Really enjoyed this portrait, gender-bending not withstanding.
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04/11/2005 12:57:47 AM
This was one of my top 3 picks. I really liked it alot. If only you titled it "The Gender Confused Mr. P" LOL

Message edited by author 2005-04-11 00:58:07.
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04/11/2005 12:16:04 AM
Laurie Im so happy you made a top five finish with this one, I was hopin it would win !
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04/11/2005 12:05:19 AM
Lauriel: my warmest congratulations on your top 5 with this very sexy entry. What a beauty!
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04/11/2005 12:04:39 AM
YOu can't get any cuter then this! Great shot, Laurie!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/10/2005 11:39:06 PM
What a sexy siren. Bumping up.
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04/10/2005 07:22:33 PM
A touch more DOF would really perfect this shot. You've captured your pageant queen very nicely indeed.
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04/10/2005 04:47:23 PM
Well done Good composition, pose, and contrasts. One of my top picks for ribbon. Bumping up.
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04/10/2005 04:45:48 PM
I think this is just precious, but I have to say a different choice of background color might have improved it. I think white or even a darker pink would have put this one over the top for me. The focus drops off a bit for the eye on the left. sharpening that area would improve as well. Good luck.
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04/10/2005 03:30:18 PM
Oh my gosh!! I love this!!!! (my boyfriend would hate it LOL) this is just too damn cute!!!!!! everything is great in it!!

This is my 10!!!!!
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04/10/2005 06:05:20 AM
is this Paris Hilton's dog? I hate Paris, but love this image :) hehe 9

Peanut is looking gorgeous! Good Luck Laurie :)
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04/09/2005 09:16:34 PM
I find this funny and sorta wierd, the first thing I thought of is Paris Hiltons dog. I dont know why. But, I love the photo...great one.
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04/09/2005 01:23:12 AM
Ohmygoodness! What a glamour shot! This is such a perfect picture! Excellent job!!!
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04/08/2005 08:28:29 PM
Beautifully done portrait! Nice catch light in the eyes, nice soft cute feel to the photo. 10 ;o)
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04/08/2005 07:15:45 PM
very Cute!
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04/08/2005 02:36:08 PM
love it.. Peanut? 8
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04/08/2005 07:14:21 AM
funny, could see this pic on greeting cards :)
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04/07/2005 11:47:53 AM
The feather boa makes it, Very compelling girlie.
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04/07/2005 11:46:21 AM
great shot...nice smile probably cuz shes a spoiled beauty!
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04/07/2005 03:14:35 AM
beautiful image nicely done 9
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04/06/2005 10:16:50 PM
Great portrait - the feather are a perfect touch
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04/06/2005 07:56:10 PM
Alright, I had a blast, serioulsy. It's hillarious! And also very cute.
Is that a puppy or already grown up?
BTW, 8!
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04/06/2005 05:38:55 PM
Looks like a ribbon winner to me. So hopefully it looks like one to everyone else too.

Awesome, awesome photo. Such a cute little guy, and I love the colors.
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04/06/2005 05:03:33 PM
OMG,I love this photo! Very creative,the pink really suits her,lovely dog with great attitude!
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04/06/2005 11:04:58 AM
Very cute, not sure if it could have used a little bit more depth of field on left ear.
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04/06/2005 10:20:24 AM
What a adorable little Peanut!!! I want one! Great pet portrait! 10
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04/06/2005 09:35:27 AM
That is precious!
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04/05/2005 11:00:08 PM
OMG, so cute! I love this shot but the pink is a bit much for me, almost overpowers the poor baby! I also have a small dog, weighs out at 3 pounds on a good day, LOL! A 9
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04/05/2005 09:30:37 PM
She is ADORABLE
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04/05/2005 05:12:19 PM
This is such a good photo! 10.
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04/05/2005 03:02:47 PM
Great use of the pink feathers to highlight Ms. P's ears.
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04/05/2005 11:22:15 AM
Great shot of Peanut Laurie. Love the pink frock.Your dof pulls the eye right to her smile and those deep eyes. Great color and lighting. This portrait will look great on the family wall. Good luck!
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04/05/2005 07:35:18 AM
This is DISGUSTINGLY Cute! I really hope you ribbion, its such a well taken shot. good luck! 10
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04/04/2005 09:42:09 PM
Wow, another standout portrait! This is lovely! 10!!!
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04/04/2005 03:58:21 PM
Ooh La La! Love it! 10
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04/04/2005 03:34:23 PM
So sweet! Great shot!
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04/04/2005 02:50:46 PM
Perfection! 10
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04/04/2005 02:05:22 PM
Oh my!!
Love it. what a face!
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04/04/2005 12:24:21 PM
I WANT ONE!!!!
Very cute!
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04/04/2005 10:36:25 AM
Hey, it's Paris Hilton! What a great shot! 9
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04/04/2005 06:36:37 AM
And she knows it! What a cutie!
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04/04/2005 03:43:22 AM
This must be your little doggie, Laurie - I recognize her from your portfolio. She looks lovely in pink and I really like the "Glamour Shot" look! The DOF is a bit shallow, the right eye and ear aren't in focus - that might have been what you wanted though. The color is gorgeous.
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04/04/2005 03:24:21 AM
Gee I love this but why let the ears go out of focus? that spoils it a little for me otherwise a great image 7
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04/04/2005 02:14:31 AM
too cute
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04/04/2005 02:11:17 AM
I think this is the winner. Good composition, a cute dog and very nice colors. Just a joy to look at it! 10 from me :)
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04/04/2005 01:14:10 AM
I don't care for the combination of the pink boa versus the light color of the dog.
Other than that, this is superbly done portrait - wonderful setup, lighting, background, pose etc etc etc. An 8 from me
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04/04/2005 12:42:32 AM
Oh, here's a winner if I've ever seen one. I'm forced to give this a high score for it's merits even if it is completely ridiculous. :)
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04/04/2005 12:37:52 AM
What a poor, shameful thing to do to a dog! Poor peanut :( Good lighting, nice blend of colors that stands out against the black background. Soft and yet sharp at the same time. Good details in the face too, which is a very sweet-looking face.
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04/04/2005 12:28:24 AM
Beyond cute!
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04/04/2005 12:25:19 AM
Nice job, Laurie. Good focus, lighting and expression. Should be near the top. Hope that isn't a boa constrictor. ;-)
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