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A Simple Love
A Simple Love
Artyste

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Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Kamloops, B.C.
Date: Aug 17, 2005
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2005

Sisters.. siblings.. the honest love of two children. This is not a challenge where children will do well.. but I have wanted to do a shot like this for a very long time, and I was finally given the extra incentive I needed to finally do it.

Here's to maybe bucking the anti-kid trend, if only for a little while.

P.S. Given the current trend of the site, and especially the forums, I expect to lose out to a lot of "erotica". If this should happen, this is a reminder not to be bitter about having done so. Human nature and all that, take it in stride.

If I happen to beat out the "erotica", however.

NYAH NYAH NYAH!

Statistics
Place: 9 out of 118
Avg (all users): 7.0322
Avg (commenters): 8.3636
Avg (participants): 6.5638
Avg (non-participants): 7.1414
Views since voting: 10779
Views during voting: 1272
Votes: 497
Comments: 110
Favorites: 32 (view)


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12/08/2006 11:01:04 PM
The best nude I have ever seen! sheer beauty!
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02/28/2006 01:54:43 PM
Perfect...beautiful baby too!!!
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02/15/2006 09:22:15 PM
This was the one that got me in awe of your photography. The mix of skin tones is wonderful, the framing is masterful, the result is beautiful. It is clearly better than the 8 placed above it.
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12/30/2005 12:05:35 AM
wow...not sure you need ANOTHER comment on this one! LOL I gave you a 9 on it during the challenge. The simplicity and lighting are wonderful. The very relaxed feel to the whole thing is a credit to you as the photographer. Love it!
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11/30/2005 12:48:19 AM
You know, the more I browse the work of the experienced photographers on this site, the more I realize that GOOD photography isn't about light, but it's about shadow.

You have captured something here that is really incredible. Your mastery of light, (and the lack of light) is evident. Added to favorites, adding you as a favorite photographer, and I look forward to whatever entries you grace us with in the future.
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08/31/2005 11:04:27 PM
This is just simply - beautiful. This was a 10 in my books. I am disgusted at the fact that it came in lower in the ranks :( The bond between these two shows in the image. Just an incredible capture throughout :)
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08/29/2005 10:15:15 PM
Lovely and again lovely. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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08/29/2005 09:37:00 PM
Hmmmm, well not a ribbon :( ... but at least it made it to the top 10. :-) Congratulations Glen!

That's 103 :-D
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08/29/2005 09:31:43 PM
Going out on a high huh? i understand, but sure i hope I (selfishly) get feedback from you! I'll be checking your portfolio for sure..nice shot Glen!
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08/29/2005 11:51:09 AM
A ha!! sisters- so that's why she looks huge!!! Again- a great image.
...now it's 101 comments :0)
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08/29/2005 08:04:02 AM
d00d! Congrats on the top ten, awesome photo!
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08/29/2005 03:24:13 AM
Congratulations on the over 7 score (just). It should've been a winner.
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08/29/2005 02:35:14 AM
Well there's the second 7+ IstDS shot... congrats!

Though I have to admit I'm kinda glad I hung on to the top spot on that page (if only barely).
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08/29/2005 01:22:46 AM
Sisters, that explains all of my questions. Nice job.
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08/29/2005 01:00:25 AM
awwwww how sweet! congrats on top 10, ARTY! :)
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08/29/2005 12:52:59 AM
my forth place man, my forth place
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08/29/2005 12:49:44 AM
Nice shot, and with those piercing eyes once again! Congratulations on your top 10!!
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08/29/2005 12:19:39 AM
Awesome placement considering. One of my favorites of the challenge. WAy to go!
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08/29/2005 12:17:58 AM
congrats on breaking the 7+ barrier with this really cool shot!
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08/29/2005 12:17:50 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish. Superb shot!!
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08/29/2005 12:12:02 AM
Congrats on your top 10 finish! Really beautiful shot.
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08/29/2005 12:11:56 AM
For the record, I didn't use neat-image, or a smoothing program.. sorry. My black & white conversion and the skin of little girls was *that* culprit.. but thanks for assuming. Appreciate it.

I'm entirely excited about my first ever 7+ score. It's an honor and a major achievement, especially since it was achieved using children in a nude challenge (even if a lot of people thought Breeanna, who is only 8, was the mother, or an adult.) I'm really happy I hit 10th place too and stayed on the "visible" page.. that's a gas.

For everyone that finished above me.. congratulations, your tits and muscles beat me. *big grin*

For everyone that finished below me, keep trying.. I've finished in your positions many, many, many... many times.

This marks my official hiatus. It's a great note to end on, and I'll see you in comments and in the forums, but the challenges aren't where I want my photography to be these days.

It's been a gas.. and.. hey.. comment some on this and get me to the 150 comment mark eh? That'd *really* rock.
08/29/2005 12:10:39 AM
Congrats on your top 10 Artyste!
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08/29/2005 12:08:02 AM
Fine finish, arty! Especially considering the totally non-titillating nature of the image (pun intended)
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08/29/2005 12:04:05 AM
congrat artyste, i thought i recognised that baby :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2005 11:51:46 PM
Wonderful, smooth tones. 9
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08/28/2005 08:37:57 PM
Artyste- Classy. Lovely wife, Lucky Guy.
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08/28/2005 06:17:00 PM
nice job eliminating everything from the background, very smooth and "safe" feeling image. i like it
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08/28/2005 05:20:32 PM
Great tones, nice angle on the lighting.
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08/28/2005 02:36:51 PM
I love this image. I think the soft light from above and the expression on the child's face is beautiful. Very nice use of light and representation of motherhood. 10.
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08/28/2005 01:40:54 PM
This one gets the only 10 I'm giving out in this challenge. It's the simplicity of the image and the baby's eyes that have me hooked. The perfect smoothness of their skin contrasts beautifully with the only other texture in the image, the unruly hair. You should be very proud of this exquisite image.
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08/28/2005 01:09:37 PM
Great shot.
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08/28/2005 07:31:53 AM
beautifull photo altough not exactly the theme
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08/27/2005 11:46:38 PM
This is very touching and personal. The childs expression locks in the confidence of the shot.
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08/27/2005 09:55:08 PM
Great lighting and contrast one of the best.
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08/27/2005 03:53:34 PM
Well done! If it was up to me you would have a ribbon for this. It is a fantastic photo!
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08/27/2005 02:07:56 PM
this shows a lot of emotion. The kid is very cute and seems to be communicating with the viewer. It's good to have that kind of connection.
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08/27/2005 01:59:40 PM
Wow, that just wonderul photograph.

Excellent lighting and awesome contrast. 10
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08/26/2005 10:42:06 PM
This is just simply ... beautiful :) 10
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08/26/2005 08:12:50 PM
The contrast between the woman's skin tone and the child's is great. To me, the skin is to smooth but I think it is something that is well liked, in general, on this site. The lighting is excellent.
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08/26/2005 02:49:44 PM
Outstanding. This shot says it all. 10
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08/26/2005 11:32:24 AM
Thanks for the fans of Megan !
Excellent technique ! Guess my vote ? lol
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08/26/2005 09:37:59 AM
A striking image, makes the most of the contrasting skin tones of the mother and the baby. Well thought out in terms of the photographer's point-of-view. This is sure to score very high. 7
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08/26/2005 03:03:32 AM
Excellent soft lighting, the different tones of the skins come out beutifully in B&W, and the background suits this shot perfectly, good luck - 10
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08/25/2005 11:31:38 PM
Nice shot. Good use of lighting.
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08/25/2005 11:16:34 PM
A beautiful shot that I'm sure the mother will cherish for a long time to come. I like the contrast in their hair color, and the super job with the skin tones. Super!
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08/25/2005 06:33:26 PM
What a cutie.
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08/25/2005 08:34:19 AM
This is the Blue Ribbon in my eyes...
The lighting is inspired - the kid looks like an angel bathed in heavenly light - and that's coming from an atheist!!!
It's a beautiful, touching, universal image.
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08/25/2005 08:14:47 AM
Like the lighting: simple yet effective.
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08/25/2005 07:32:44 AM
Simply Beautiful! Awesome contract, I love the soft look. Big Baby or tiny model! smile
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08/25/2005 01:55:22 AM
Simple and elegant. Good work.
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08/25/2005 01:03:10 AM
that's a really big looking baby
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08/24/2005 10:38:32 PM
A wonderful photograph! The expression is priceless! The mood set by this shot is very serene and totally evident. Well done! Excellent lighting control and perfect compotision! Overall very nice and pleasing image...bumping up to a 10. Very nice job!
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08/24/2005 10:21:57 PM
Simply love it. great lighting, great tones, the baby's eyes are mezmerizing!
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08/24/2005 07:54:16 PM
Nice image, I really like it in B&W
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08/24/2005 06:42:13 PM
This is a very odd feeling image. I think that the woman and the child are a bit too close in size unsettling my "this is normal" braincells. Good luck.
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08/24/2005 04:46:50 PM
A nice and simple picture.
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08/24/2005 12:32:20 PM
What a very good pic. I really like a lot. 10. Hope to get that a good score.
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08/24/2005 08:00:06 AM
amazing and no comments, because it's perfect
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08/23/2005 11:58:58 PM
beautiful...pure...love it!...9
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08/23/2005 07:10:07 PM
Nice smoothness in the skin. Maybe a little too much NeatImage though. Nice focus. The hairs are sharp.
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08/23/2005 03:19:02 PM
Wow - the baby's eyes are beautiful! It's a very loving pose and mood established with this piece. Very tasteful and elegant.
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08/23/2005 02:16:04 PM
Absolutely sweet, lovely shot. Love the lighting, exposure and black & white.
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08/23/2005 01:16:56 PM
Beautiful exposure. Lighting is perhaps a tad harsh as seen from the shadow under the childs arm, but still works well.
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08/23/2005 11:48:08 AM
Very crips lighting. Makes the skin soft and uniform, nice work. I find the composition to be lacking a little bit tho, as the framing and model position is a bit off (too much to the left). Eyes of the child are great. 8
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08/23/2005 06:53:42 AM
this must be a mandyturner creation. subtle, yet so great in the B&W. love the difference in skin tones.
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08/23/2005 06:17:18 AM
honestly, my first thought was 'that's a big child'. it's appears (though i'm probably wrong) that you shot this with a wide angle and you were in just a bit too close. there's just something about the proportions that don't make this work for me. good job with the tones & lighting.
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08/23/2005 03:13:27 AM
very beautiful. This is a great pic.
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08/23/2005 02:36:09 AM
Beautiful!
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08/23/2005 01:02:55 AM
Beautiful.
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08/22/2005 11:51:18 PM
Very beautiful and weel done tecnically. 9.
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08/22/2005 11:41:04 PM
Absolutely beautiful! This should be number 1!
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08/22/2005 10:41:37 PM
I gave this shot a perfect ten. Beautiful shot, wonderful job.
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08/22/2005 10:40:18 PM
Nice contrast in skin tones. Good use of an absolute black background to make the subjects pop. I like the pose and expression. Very well done.
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08/22/2005 10:18:09 PM
Love the contrast between mom's skin and hair and baby's skin and hair. beautiful and very sweet photo.
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08/22/2005 09:29:22 PM
I really like it. The difference in skin tones is interesting. A little too harsh on the toddler's head. I know these are family members (at least I'm guessing), if we were going for mass appeal (instead of an intimate family portrait), I'd choose a smaller child who overwhelms his/her mother. I'm not going to hold that against you though. Well done. 8.
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08/22/2005 09:06:35 PM
one of my favorites so far - 9
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08/22/2005 08:21:57 PM
I think the neat-image smooth skin gives the shot a bit alien like feel. otherwise very good lighting, tonal b/w range and composition.
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08/22/2005 08:04:31 PM
Looks over processed, skin looks unnaturally smooth.
08/22/2005 07:45:20 PM
The tonalities on this are breathtaking. The dtermindely "non-cute" aspect of it is a breath of fresh air, as is the toally non-sexual take on nudity. Well done.
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08/22/2005 07:18:02 PM
great tonal range in this b/w a beautiful composition
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08/22/2005 07:05:11 PM
excellent capture, 10
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08/22/2005 06:33:27 PM
Beautiful-8
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08/22/2005 06:17:01 PM
Perhaps the most exquisitely poignant and tasteful image in this challenge. I love the tonal range and detail. Such a beautiful moment captured, complete with emotion, texture, and depth. My choice for the blue.
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08/22/2005 05:50:08 PM
Nice job on the kids eyes....very nice.
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08/22/2005 05:21:06 PM
A wonderful image of mother & child. Love the skin tones - especially the contrast between the light & darker skin. One of my favs in this challenge. 10.
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08/22/2005 04:35:44 PM
Beautiful tones. Love that he/she is looking at the camera. Lighting well done. 8 - good luck in the challenge!
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08/22/2005 03:04:10 PM
Lovely shot, serene and loving. Good luck
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08/22/2005 02:36:47 PM
Stunning capture. The eyes on the child are mesmerizing and the skin on the model and the baby looks like porcelin... almost too perfect - 10
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08/22/2005 01:16:18 PM
What a big boy! His eyes are captivating and somehow does not look like an innocent child. The mother's back and his skin both are smooth and really capture nude. Great job.
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08/22/2005 01:05:11 PM
this is a gorgeous image & oh my god that kid looks gigantic! :0)
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08/22/2005 12:27:55 PM
a beautiful picture, full of love and peace
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08/22/2005 11:45:32 AM
This is a super picture. I think it should and will do well.
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08/22/2005 11:25:04 AM
the lighting, the pose, the kids expression. classic, hope you ribbon.
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08/22/2005 10:06:33 AM
Excellent lighting. I really like how you captured the child's stare.
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08/22/2005 09:53:23 AM
exquisite! 10
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08/22/2005 09:22:44 AM
Great shot !
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08/22/2005 09:13:05 AM
Great lighting and skin tones on both subjects. The eyes of the child are so captivating. I like the black background and how both subjects float above it. Superb shot.
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08/22/2005 09:05:08 AM
Excellent. The baby looks a bit plastic. Somehow loses his "humane" qualities. Still a 10
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08/22/2005 02:17:23 AM
Very precious! The perspective makes that child look almost bigger than you though.
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08/22/2005 01:39:59 AM
awesome tone and lighting. great composition.
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08/22/2005 01:25:40 AM
so sharp and soft at the same time. great job.
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08/22/2005 01:23:46 AM
that back looks too young and fraile for that baby. And what a gorgous little fella he is. This is a beautiful image, so warming to the heart. I enjoy that the light really focuses on the little one and the motherly figure fades at the edges into the darkness.
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08/22/2005 12:53:03 AM
Ribbon! Best of the bunch! (...and no alien eyes! LOL)
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08/22/2005 12:49:10 AM
Pretty lighting. Nice and softly focused. Very sweet!!! (I know who this is) hee hee
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08/22/2005 12:42:07 AM
Damn nice photo. Sorry about the language, but I had too. Beautiful shot, your subjects are outstanding! 9
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08/22/2005 12:38:36 AM
I know that little girl. :)
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08/22/2005 12:21:02 AM
That looks like megan??? I may be wrong, but it that is artyste.....Its a great shot! 8
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08/22/2005 12:14:49 AM
great perspective
9
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08/22/2005 12:07:30 AM
oh wow, look at those eyes.
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