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Challenge: Fantasy World (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Location: Vista, Ca
Date: Jun 16, 2005
Aperture: f10
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Nude, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 19, 2005

Thanks to everyone for voting!
I am a little upset that nearly everyone that commented on the photo wanted to see her face or did not like the bubbles. The bubbles are the reason I choose the picture. This picture is NOT about HER!!! It is about movement and freedom and the beauty of the human body! The bubbles masking the face add to that. Facial expression in the shot IS NOT IMPORTANT. I wish others could move past the commercial aspect of the site and see true art. I may be a little to artsie-fartsie for some, but hey, I am an artist first and a photographer second. I did what I thought was right, so if you all don't like it as much as I do, that is ok. We can all appreciate things differently.

bumped up contrast
small touch-ups

Place: 7 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.4914
Avg (commenters): 8.1111
Avg (participants): 6.1573
Avg (non-participants): 6.6993
Views since voting: 10706
Views during voting: 942
Votes: 232
Comments: 48
Favorites: 36 (view)

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07/13/2009 12:51:03 PM
Stunning Image!!!!!
05/10/2008 09:14:16 AM
This is amazing
01/03/2007 08:12:39 PM
this is an amazing photo....
01/03/2007 07:03:50 PM
Hey, I get it ..and it is RIGHT ON!!!! Excellent artistic creation!!!
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08/31/2006 01:46:32 AM
muuuuy buena foto!!
08/31/2006 01:39:04 AM
i think that the fact that her face is blotted out by the bubbles is incredibly effective. i completely agree with your choice here; i am also an artist before i am a photographer and i can really appreciate the meaning and movement in this shot.

Message edited by author 2006-11-30 12:37:03.
01/22/2006 05:10:16 PM
this is an amazing and perfect shot...reminiscent of Zena Holloway's underwater shots. I believe the bubbles and no face ADDS to this composition.

Zena has a website you should look at (if you have not already): zenaholloway.com

12/13/2005 09:50:05 PM
Absolutely love this work of art... I am starting to aquire an interest in photography... I like you think of the art first... My problem is I have many many ideas for a capture of beauty but alas I have nothing but a crappy cheap digital camera and no resources to do so... I hope to some day take a picture like this one... Excellent work
12/13/2005 06:57:10 PM
wow is all i can say-love it!
07/05/2005 02:02:50 PM
Amazing. One of the best I've seen.
07/02/2005 02:19:50 PM
i just cannot believe how a shot like could get 5 1's
06/30/2005 02:15:55 PM
Absolutely stunning!
06/27/2005 09:21:21 PM
one of the cooler and more original shots on dpc. i really like it, congratulations.

06/27/2005 09:16:47 PM
That is one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen. I have to say thank you, just for sharing it.
06/27/2005 09:38:29 AM
Another outstanding entry belonging right at the very top. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
06/27/2005 12:13:05 AM
Gorgeous!!!! How did you do this? Was she behind glass or you underwater??? It's truly beautiful.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/26/2005 10:40:21 PM
Very Howard Schatz - a great nude!
06/26/2005 05:39:47 PM
A fascinating and daring twist on the challenge theme. B&W works well, particularly with the dark scarf. Mid-tones are excellent and contrast is OK. Profile pose captured well.

Nudity will probably be thought gratuitous by some voters though it certainly is not even in this case. This is a tasteful and well captured image. It does not look like it has excessive electronic noise.

Technically it is slightly overexposed (pun unintended) on the upper leg, upper chest and top of the face of your model. You might consider a little darkening applied in those areas.

The bubbles around your model's head obscures the face. It would score better if viewers could see a facial expression to know what she is thinking.

It is a good concept and capture and should score higher than it probably will. Good job!
06/26/2005 04:09:20 PM
If she could have waited just a few seconds to clear the bubbles from around her face, would make it better.
06/25/2005 04:10:17 PM
This is definately VERY unique. It could have been a very beautiful photo if the background was different, and there weren't bubbles by her face...but considering how hard this must have been, I think you you really pulled it off. good luck
06/25/2005 03:40:10 PM
Incredibly well put together. Great lighting and comp
06/24/2005 05:49:01 PM
Top 10 for sure!
06/24/2005 05:43:35 PM
This is a very nice image, the only thing maybe, I'd like to see a bit space more at the bottom...showing her right leg entirely...Great capture in any case! :)
06/24/2005 01:25:46 AM
Simply love the colors and lighting!
Only wish would've been for a no bubbles shot but it doesn't take anything from the shot.
06/23/2005 03:55:48 PM
very nice
06/23/2005 07:39:42 AM
Wawww absolutly great ! light are so soft ! tones are perfect ! I realy love that picture !
06/22/2005 09:29:33 PM
Very pretty shot. The bubbles and the subtle color really give this image a surreal look. Excellent job.
06/22/2005 04:51:46 PM
Great concept and very well done.
06/22/2005 12:52:32 PM
Nice lines
06/22/2005 12:31:01 PM
One of my favorite images in the challenge...the light is so soft...muted and subtle...how the black fabric seems to be drifting around in the water is completely magical...the flesh looks as though it were made of alabaster...if this does not ribbon I will be very upset indeed!
06/21/2005 11:16:46 PM
Interesting for the eye, love the black and white used..great contrat. Good for you! This rocks.
06/21/2005 10:52:08 PM
Really, really entrancing, and technically beautiful also.
06/21/2005 10:29:22 PM
Nice image, very creative. I gave it an 8
06/21/2005 04:43:04 PM
Now this is fantasy! Perfectly fits the challenge!
First 10 from me!
06/21/2005 02:38:17 PM
This is a really gorgeous pic. It looks as though it should be in a book of fine art photography. I love the subdued colors in it.
06/21/2005 07:43:04 AM
Wow! Excellent work! Yummy! 10
06/21/2005 02:41:15 AM
I love underwater shots! This is truly beautiful. The only thing that would make it better would be if I could see the face, perhaps a sly smile. Otherwise, just gorgeous!
06/21/2005 12:28:33 AM
This would do MUCH better if her head was completely under water and she appeared as if she didn't need to breathe. As it is, this is just an earth woman in a whacky swim suit. Nice change, though, to have an underwater pic!!!
06/20/2005 10:20:05 PM
I love this pic, wish I could she more of the profile of her face maybe cropped a little much at the top too. I still think this is top 10 material!
06/20/2005 09:22:11 PM
WOW this is a great picture!!!
06/20/2005 05:38:17 PM
Wow, if the head was completely submerged this would be awesome. Love the idea.
06/20/2005 04:30:47 PM
The photo itself is not extraordinary (of course it must have been diffucult to shoot underwater).
However, there is something really nice with this picture: it brings the viewer into a different universe. This is probably the shot that fits the challenge the more closely.
06/20/2005 12:29:23 PM
Original and creative. Wish the crop was not as tight on ankle and head. Black and white works well for this image. Flowing netting adds a great counterpoint to the nude.
06/20/2005 11:52:11 AM
Very nice line...both with the model and the black netting. Like it very much. Wish the lighting was as spectacular as the form, but even so, nice shot.
06/20/2005 10:35:58 AM
I am not sure what it is about this picture, but it just catches me the wrong way. Trying to relate it to the title, I come up empty as to your intention - the planet or the goddess? Not sure the nudity was appropriate either. Didn't knock you for it, but just seems it was not needed.
06/20/2005 09:16:03 AM
This one just has to score highly. Not quite a 10 because of the cropped foot, but otherwise one of my top picks
06/20/2005 03:25:32 AM
this is afantastic image, my only concern is that the crop is too tight IMO.9
06/20/2005 12:16:08 AM
That's a gorgeous photo. Love the desaturated look for this. The bubbles to me are the only distracting element but maybe that was done on purpose to hide the face?? In any case, nice photo.

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