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Just thinking
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aKiwi

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Nude III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Steinsee Near Munich Germany
Date: Aug 18, 2005
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Black and White, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2005

I had trouble choosing which photo to enter as I had some great images.
This was taken early in the morning at a lake near where I work. I packed mountain bikes and my photo gear into a large backpack to get there. Arrived and it was foggy & cold.
Many many thanks to my photo model Annett, who kindly put up with 1 1/2 hours naked shooting in freezing cold conditions.
I had real problems with the lighting in this shoot, as I wanted to include the beautifull background of the lake, but the bright background didn't mix at all well with the shade where we were shooting & I only had my on camera flash. Needed a good portable soft box!
Very little post processing here.
1. Levels
2. Crop
3. cloned out a very small wrinkel.
4. B&W conversion with the Yellow-green channels
5. Light sharpen,

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 118
Avg (all users): 7.2495
Avg (commenters): 8.2162
Avg (participants): 7.2796
Avg (non-participants): 7.2426
Views since voting: 34640
Views during voting: 1959
Votes: 497
Comments: 94
Favorites: 35 (view)


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11/23/2006 06:04:53 AM
great pic
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10/23/2006 02:43:16 PM
Stands out above most of the rest.
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09/03/2005 06:34:51 AM
Really nice pic, the lighting and the skin colour is amazing.
The lighting has enchanced the beautiful curves of the model.
I would be happy to see other images of yours
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09/01/2005 08:30:53 AM
I commented on this during the challenge and I agree that it us truly wonderful. Bless her for standing for that, cold and wet. It combines the human element with the natural one and makes it one, which is as it should be anyway, in the scheme of things. Her faraway look just helped add to an otherwise glorious shot. Congrats on your high placement!
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08/29/2005 10:06:16 PM
This is an exceptional shot with great technique and one which I admired very much. The pose, the water and above all the facial expression is by far the best in the entire challenge. I expected a ribbon here and my, how close it got. Excellent and admirable work.

Congratulations on your top 5 finish...a heck of a good job!
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08/29/2005 09:20:28 AM
Great shot...glad to see it get it's due...
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08/29/2005 07:31:54 AM
Congrats on #4! Based on the images I see in your profile, Looks like you had a lot of fun and a lot of opportunities with this challenge, but I think you chose the right one. They are all good, but this one seems to be the most feminine. It's a beautiful shot, and was in my top 2! Very nicely done. Keep up the good work.
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08/29/2005 02:05:56 AM
Very beautiful image.....Congrats on your 4th place Peter.
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08/29/2005 01:56:55 AM

i was touched by your photo :)
thank you very much for a great art and good work.
Also, a special praise to your photo model, Annette ..
She just got me there!
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08/29/2005 12:08:43 AM
Congrats on your top 5 finish! Beautiful job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/28/2005 11:35:58 PM
Really nice photo here. Her skin looks great. The pose is fabulous and the title goes with her expression. Nice.
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08/28/2005 08:08:36 PM
Technically this is the best of the challenge. Very well excuted. The pose is just terrific. The reflection in the water just adds to the effect. I would liked to see the color version. (10)
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08/28/2005 04:42:37 PM
just beautiful!
08/28/2005 12:58:50 PM
A lovely image that makes excellent use of natural surroundings (in contrast to the many studio shots in this challenge). The contrast is a bit high for my taste, and although I'm definitely a fan of B&W, I can imagine this being even better in muted color (contrasting the skin color with a reflected blue sky?) 8
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08/28/2005 01:01:03 AM
A beautiful capture! A natural 10!
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08/28/2005 12:40:02 AM
Lov ethe high key effect but most importantly you've managed to retain good skin tones . The composition is also very interesting. Great work.
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08/27/2005 08:52:05 PM
Excellent - water shadow and cool air make it nice to look at
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08/27/2005 08:27:12 PM
Very nicely done. Wonderful composition and use of light and shadow.
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08/27/2005 01:40:46 AM
Wow, stellar shot. Technically perfect, as far as I can tell from this size. Very nice lighting, great looking lady, good composition. Would like to see this in color, just for comparison and, if you have that, a different composition, her more off center of more foreground so one can see the whole reflection.

9

Bruno
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08/27/2005 12:42:03 AM
Beautiful use of natural lighting. Great pose to accentuate the curves of her body! Wish there was a bit more reflection. Nice b/w with a high key flavor because of the bright background. Great work. Hope this does well but afraid it will only be top 15 or 20 the way DPC scores tend to run.
TC
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08/27/2005 12:12:06 AM
beautiful continuity with the reflection in the water.
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08/26/2005 11:10:04 PM
I like they way the water contrasts against her face and how the highlights in the water start at the post. Excellent use of reflection, elements and light! My only comment is her pose. Maybe it's just me, but it seems a slightly akward pose having her elbows bent that much and her hands behind her back like that. Beautiful photo
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08/26/2005 08:16:35 PM
Just crazy that this would have to be validated. The mood of the picture is it's stong point. The way the water goes from darker to lighter really isolates the model from the background. fine job, bumping up.
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08/26/2005 11:43:18 AM
very nice photograph
08/26/2005 09:45:20 AM
Seemed at first glance a bit like a calendar shot, but it's really rather better than that. Very fine composition and lighting. The water serves a couple of important purposes, one of which is to provide the lovely rippled reflections. 8
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08/25/2005 11:34:08 PM
Excellent. I like how you can see her leg continuing down into the water. Good pose, and the light reflected off the water behind her really adds to the feeling.
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08/25/2005 09:22:15 PM
Hello, I came back to comment on your photo, It says that it had to be validated, I am not sure why, it is very nice. I hope it does well. I really like the composition and the black and white that you have chose. If this is a self portrait then I also want to add that I admire you for submitting this photo.
P.S. I love the thinking look on her face.
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08/25/2005 06:44:20 PM
Beautiful model. Very nice choice of setting. Good Luck
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08/25/2005 06:41:18 PM
This one's a top contender in my book. Lighting, the additional interest of the water and pier.
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08/25/2005 03:37:34 PM
Excellent composition. Sharpness, tones and portrayal is very tasteful. Good luck!
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08/25/2005 02:32:06 PM
exemplary performance.
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08/25/2005 01:07:43 PM
I really like this photo. Very peaceful. Nice model and pose. It's a shame the water is a little blown out.
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08/25/2005 08:11:57 AM
I like it very much. I'd maybe crop it less central.
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08/25/2005 05:37:01 AM
Beautiful model, beautiful pose, beautiful location, beautiful shot. Just beautiful.
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08/25/2005 02:12:45 AM
Love the use of the water. It's tantilizing and makes the effect sexier. Black and white and natural light are all good choices. Her elbow closer into the tree would have kept it from being distracting. Great photo overall.
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08/25/2005 12:54:32 AM
very nice
08/25/2005 12:50:01 AM
Well done, very artistic and classy looking.
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08/24/2005 11:20:59 PM
Better than the average challenge photo, but does not knock my socks off.. nice range of skin tones...6
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08/24/2005 10:53:30 PM
Simple and eligant.
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08/24/2005 10:37:14 PM
Lovely and so tenderly wistful. A fine b/w study done with great taste. Bumping up.
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08/24/2005 12:44:34 PM
wonderful
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08/24/2005 12:33:40 PM
Interesting idea. 7
08/24/2005 12:17:43 PM
love the reflections! a 10 from me
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08/24/2005 01:40:36 AM
The level of the water is perfect. My only complaint is that the water in the middle of the shot looks overexposed.
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08/24/2005 01:21:38 AM
One of the four 8s I gave in this challenge. I hope it wins a ribbon, at least a yellow one. The b/w works well for this composition. The only technical recommendation I would have is to have a less centered composition. SInce your beautiful model is looking away to our left, it might have been more effective use of negative space if there was more of an empty space to the left... good luck.
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08/23/2005 11:55:24 PM
I'm not sure how often one would get into this possition naked just to think... However ignoring the title, the photo is pretty good. I love the reflection and the smooth effect from it. The water provides a great foreground and backround. Very good sense of depth. 7
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08/23/2005 11:54:59 PM
unique!! 8
08/23/2005 09:35:18 PM
Interesting image: I like the unusual placement of model in water against this piling...b&w is a good choice also..
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08/23/2005 08:43:47 PM
a very good pose, though her facial expression makes it feel like she doesnt want to be there doing the shoot. The lighting of the water is blown out, making it very distracting. I do like the reflections very much.
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08/23/2005 08:20:07 PM
I really like this shot - very nice. Having it as a black and white works well. Perhaps a bit more contrast overall, but really nice.
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08/23/2005 08:06:42 PM
Absolutley stunning
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08/23/2005 05:02:44 PM
Love nudes in B+W . Nice tonal range from the shadow to the background. Composition is good also.
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08/23/2005 02:55:11 PM
Beautiful model, beautiful lines, beautiful pose, beautiful photograph.
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08/23/2005 01:28:18 PM
Very serene and artistic.
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08/23/2005 11:35:10 AM
very serene and elegant pose for a nude. i like the black and white as well.
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08/23/2005 09:23:32 AM
Lighting is perfect..reflection is wonderfully clear, ripples great..wonderful shot!
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08/23/2005 05:56:18 AM
tranquility is the word, nice shot!
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08/23/2005 01:38:09 AM
Very cool picture... love the way the model is placed into the water...
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08/23/2005 01:22:14 AM
very excellent I would give this a 9-10 if I could vote.

very nice, natural work
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08/22/2005 11:42:57 PM
Well done, but the water is blownout and somewhat distracting. 8
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08/22/2005 11:11:26 PM
Lovely shot, very nicely done, I love the reflection, and the pose. Feel kinda bad for the model in the obviously cold water, but she seemed to really enjoy it. Good luck.
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08/22/2005 10:47:25 PM
perfect hight of the water. Nice light
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08/22/2005 10:10:58 PM
A most excellent shot. Very 'arty'. Love the textures in the shot.
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08/22/2005 09:56:14 PM
This is an outstanding portrait. Has a 1950's "Best in Photos" feel to it. You have exhibited a true understanding of what it takes to create a truly significant piece of art.
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08/22/2005 09:38:12 PM
I think a little more tonal range in the blacks would take this very good photograph to the next level. Overall: nice pose, nice expression, nice crop, nice water, nice focus, nice dof. Very well done!
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08/22/2005 09:34:13 PM
Outstanding! I particulary like the way the image below the surface merges with the reflection on top of the water.
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08/22/2005 09:04:09 PM
I like the tones and use of water. Very cool. I predict a top finisher with this one.
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08/22/2005 06:57:18 PM
Really nive women, a9
08/22/2005 06:23:16 PM
nice shot, I like that it is a water scene-9
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08/22/2005 05:52:02 PM
VERY nice. One of the best yet. Great lighting....pose and model.
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08/22/2005 05:24:53 PM
I love this shot - it looks so natural. I too wonder what she is thinking? Nice job on the exposure - its a bit blown out in the water, but it looks like difficult lighting to cater for.
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08/22/2005 04:55:53 PM
Excellent. OK, I'm totally nitpicking here, but in the 9 or 10 range I get picky. I wish the fold of skin just exposed on her leg wasn't there. I'm distracted by it. The gradient on the water is beautiful. 9.
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08/22/2005 03:11:46 PM
excellent shot. Gave it my highest score. Very nice pose and lighting
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08/22/2005 02:51:14 PM
Good shot, nice reflection, looks serene.
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08/22/2005 02:50:57 PM
Great shot, this is one of my favorites in this challenge. I like the use of the reflection which makes the top of her nearest leg visible through the water, only thing I would change is maybe have her hand hanging with her finger tips in the water, her hand looks as if she is clutching and is the only part that doesnt look relaxed (hope that makes sense). Good luck.
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08/22/2005 01:52:52 PM
Very classic apperance. Very composition, and very effective contrasting.
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08/22/2005 01:03:28 PM
I really think that each of these nude challenges get better and better, and photographers and models get more and more daring. The outdoor shots in this challenge are esspecially good, it seems. She is an extremely beautiful model. I love the B&W. I love the detail that allows me to see the water droplets on her body. I love the reflections in the water. I love the tonal range in this image. I love the tonal range in the water itself. To me, this is a winner and one of my favorites. I wish I could give it a score higher than '10'. Good Luck! <10>
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08/22/2005 12:13:40 PM
Stunning. Love the lighting and overall feel of the picture.
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08/22/2005 11:59:10 AM
Very nice picture. Ideal for B/W
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08/22/2005 10:08:19 AM
I think this would be my choice for blue ribbon. Great job!
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08/22/2005 09:57:45 AM
Beautiful tones. Excellent lighting. Composition, crop good. 8
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08/22/2005 09:47:43 AM
I really like this shot in black and white. The full range of tones is excellent. Her pose and expression are great for the title. The reflections off the water add some extra interest, and the beads of water on her body work well too.
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08/22/2005 09:21:56 AM
Beautiful shot
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08/22/2005 08:23:26 AM
Wonderful. Love the emotion and the lighting effect. I would prefer her more to the right to leave a bigger empty space in front of her. 10
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08/22/2005 02:14:24 AM
9
08/22/2005 01:34:11 AM
this is one of my facourites of the challenge. The water is lovely, as is the model. Lighting is perfect - and being outside this isnt all that easy to achieve. Beautiful.
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08/22/2005 01:16:54 AM
I love everything about this shot. Beautiful lighting, model, pose, everything, good job! 10
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08/22/2005 12:36:14 AM
i like the reflection in the water, i dont like the blown out highlights behind the model. i think the bw works well here and the lighting on the body is very good... really gives it a nice 3-dimensional, solid feel.
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08/22/2005 12:31:23 AM
10
08/22/2005 12:24:06 AM
hawt model
great contrast and clearity, you nailed it
10
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08/22/2005 12:14:49 AM
Can't say there's anything I don't like about this. A classic type shot and absolutely well done.
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08/22/2005 12:13:04 AM
excellent black and white
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08/22/2005 12:09:54 AM
This is just lovely!!!! I wish there were a tad more light on her face, but this is more about the body, so no demerits for that. The black and white filter just shows off all of the detail. GREAT JOB.
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08/22/2005 12:04:36 AM
Excellent exposure in a tricky situation and a very nice pose. Nice thoughtful expression and great focus.
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