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Challenge: Color Portrait (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: park
Date: Sep 11, 2005
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Sep 11, 2005

I was going to submit another photo (much "safer"), but 30mins before i desided to take a risk with this one. I love the sharpness and colors, so I hope it does ok.

Thanks to my friend and model once again ;)

*Post*

Thanks everyone! My friend woke up at 7:30 for me to take photos for this challenge because the ones from the previous day weren't the best 9 and I wanted to try some new things). The skin came out very "soft" because i used my macro lens which focused on the eyes and lips and slightly blurred her skin :). Will post my "safer" outtake ;)

Oh and yes thats the real color of her eyes, no contacts :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 284
Avg (all users): 7.4571
Avg (commenters): 8.2923
Avg (participants): 7.3896
Avg (non-participants): 7.5174
Views since voting: 26662
Views during voting: 950
Votes: 326
Comments: 119
Favorites: 88 (view)


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04/14/2010 01:53:42 PM
this eyes are amazing.
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11/27/2006 05:29:47 PM
I keep coming back to this one, those eyes are utterly amazing, i cant look away lol. Shes super cute too lol
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07/26/2006 03:43:46 PM
wow, amazing eyes. great job on this

Message edited by author 2007-10-22 18:33:39.
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06/03/2006 09:40:43 PM
One of my favorites portraits! She's so beautiful and the shot is great! Love her eyes! Congratulations!
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04/29/2006 03:41:05 PM
Is that her real eye color?
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04/29/2006 01:38:33 PM
Loved this image during the challenge and love going back to it time and time again. The beautiful eyes and lips, the soft skin, a perfect image of a very lovely lady.
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01/13/2006 09:06:08 PM
beautiful model and photo
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01/12/2006 02:12:51 PM
stunning shot...amazing eyes
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01/09/2006 11:24:46 PM
Mesmering! Pensive! Gripping Interaction between viewer & model.
She is the type of model photographers dream of...a model that makes the photographer look good! Score that a 10.
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01/05/2006 01:57:38 AM
i love this photo her eyes are nothing short of amazing
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12/14/2005 07:24:09 AM
Nice portrait! Great model. I only think the lower right is too much "burned in".
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10/07/2005 07:49:50 PM
Beautiful model. Great picture.
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09/24/2005 04:24:59 PM
wow. you are fabulous.
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09/22/2005 02:16:59 AM
What a fantastic photo. My wife has been very ill so haven't had much time to be on the site and missed voting on this one but I would of rated this highly. Her eyes are so dreamy and just suck you in! Great capture! Beautiful model! Well done!
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09/21/2005 09:24:19 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon winning image! Beautiful model, expertly captured!
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09/20/2005 05:23:18 PM
Nope thats the natural color of her eyes :)

Message edited by author 2005-09-20 18:24:49.
09/20/2005 04:46:24 PM
Does she wear special contacts?

Very simple and very nice picture, the colour are well balanced, the beauty of the model also helped!
This is definitely a number one rank picture.

Keep up the good work.

max
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09/20/2005 03:43:26 PM
I knew you would ribbon...My only question is why were you third instead of first? your model is becoming really famous here on this site, you have the best looking one thats for sure...the sharpness is great here...nothing much I can say that your picture can't say. congrats.
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09/20/2005 11:02:20 AM
fatastic clarity in the pic - and a stunning model!
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09/20/2005 09:25:25 AM
fantastic pic! BEAUTIFUL GIRL!!!
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09/20/2005 06:24:31 AM
Congrates. Wonderful eye contact. Excellent shot. Regards,
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09/19/2005 10:18:28 PM
Where are the pores?
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09/19/2005 09:24:24 PM
Congrats on the ribbon thoose eyes are amazing :)
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09/19/2005 06:36:43 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon and a beautiful portrait of a familiar face. Wonderful work!
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09/19/2005 05:17:21 PM
Congrats dude! Another ribbon!!
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09/19/2005 03:45:03 PM
Wow! Did it again! She is so beautiful! Congrats!
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09/19/2005 01:23:38 PM
Nice work Justin, like your outtakes too
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09/19/2005 10:46:01 AM
beautiful justin, well done!
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09/19/2005 10:28:03 AM
Wow! She is beautiful! Those eyes really help you out here I am sure..awesome portrait, congrats!
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09/19/2005 10:19:49 AM
Did I call it? Or did I call it? ;-) Fantastic work here, man. Nice one! Well deserved!
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09/19/2005 09:44:15 AM
congrts on a beautiful photo and a ribbon! she's definitely becoming a recognizable model for you. :)
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09/19/2005 09:04:57 AM
Congrats! I had this one picked to ribbon.
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09/19/2005 08:37:30 AM
Another winner! Congratulations on your yellow.
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09/19/2005 07:22:18 AM
great work sir!
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09/19/2005 06:06:43 AM
Congrats Justin!! Excellent! :)
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09/19/2005 05:05:21 AM
Great shot. I seemed to have missed commenting or voting on it eventhough it was one of my favourites. Don't know what happened.
Congrats!!!
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09/19/2005 03:31:29 AM
Damn justin... two weeks in a row? Beautiful shot! One of a few 10s I gave out.
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09/19/2005 01:26:41 AM
Beautiful model, the eyes are just amazing...great work and congrats on the ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/18/2005 11:35:17 PM
nice angle, and she is beautiful as always! Great Job-9
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09/18/2005 10:10:13 PM
just beautiful...........
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09/18/2005 08:58:40 PM
Incredible eyes--wow.
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09/18/2005 08:34:04 PM
Elsapo???
Looks like your lovely model. Outstanding as usual. Her eyes are just so mesmerizing. Can't find a single flaw!
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09/18/2005 01:22:49 AM
What an amazing shot, beautiful model, her eyes are just amazing! I see another top 3 coming your way Justin! ;) 10 all the way!
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09/17/2005 11:07:34 PM
Lovely image colours are bang on as well the lighting is perfect....my fav for the challenge ...good luck
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09/17/2005 09:06:42 PM
Amazing eyes. Good to see some skin texture still present. Good lighting.
Return for more comment: the more I look this photo, the more I think it's one of the best. bumping up
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09/17/2005 12:16:49 AM
The eyes, without question.. And still a very pretty model entirely. I think I see a little over-sharpening in her hair. But not much, and not a distraction.
Beautiful portrait.
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09/16/2005 10:10:05 PM
very captivating photo of a very captivating model.. good job!
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09/16/2005 06:36:53 PM
WWWWOOOOO WWWWWW, i shouted when I saw this photo!!

10 from me

Love it!!
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09/16/2005 05:18:54 PM
Her eyes are beautiful.
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09/16/2005 03:55:13 PM
Wow. this shot grabs you.
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09/16/2005 03:28:39 AM
definitely!
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09/15/2005 09:35:52 PM
nice portrait, she needs to get out in the sun a bit more and ask her mom for help with her mascara......still a nice portrait though
09/15/2005 06:54:30 PM
Lovely eyes.
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09/15/2005 06:49:07 PM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! :-)
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09/15/2005 02:35:55 PM
Beautiful model and a great capture! Good job! :0)
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09/15/2005 11:31:05 AM
Pretty sure I recognize this beautiful face. Another great shot! Love the perspective.
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09/15/2005 08:16:50 AM
wow, you win. call me if you want a padawan learner! 11/10 best shot of the entire challenge!
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09/15/2005 03:35:29 AM
brother, your girl/wife is amazing! I know who this is and you really have a knockout here, yes she is but so is this photo! I would score it a 11 but I cant. best of luck
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09/14/2005 09:53:51 PM
Truly a hauntingly beautiful portrait -- well done
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09/14/2005 06:59:50 PM
Hypnotic eyes! Great composition. Bumping up.
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09/14/2005 02:46:05 PM
Such beautiful eyes. they are indeed the window to one's soul. 10
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09/14/2005 12:10:35 PM
I'm not giving 10s to portraits with a lot of "angel effect" because I don't really prefer it. However, this portrait is excellent. Her eyes are sharp as a tack and the portrait captures her very well. The post-proccessing isn't too heavy and among the best of that genre. 9
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09/14/2005 12:10:26 PM
Wonderful shot, the eyes do make the picture. 10
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09/14/2005 06:20:33 AM
:-). Your Muse has great eyes....

The dark in the bottom right corner isn't quite working for me though, it seems to detract a bit... Maybe a lighter top / Skin or a tighter crop.. Still a stunning headshot. 8
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09/14/2005 03:33:45 AM
this time i really know whose this is. i also predict a ribbon. beautiful piece of photography.
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09/14/2005 02:39:20 AM
elsapo? Your beautiful model came through beautifully. Imperfections: one hair above the right eye; right edge of the photo has some noise that could have been either cloned or curved-out.
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09/14/2005 01:44:43 AM
Wow this is amazing. The overall image is extremely stricking.
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09/13/2005 10:36:58 PM
Very nice, professional looking portrait. The eyes are nicely captured. Good luck in the challenge.
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09/13/2005 09:45:59 PM
Good....6.525 ....
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09/13/2005 09:33:35 PM
we're starting to recognize the model.. hehe
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09/13/2005 09:05:56 PM
Nice Shot
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09/13/2005 08:44:57 PM
Beautiful. Just a bit over exposed. Love the eyes and she has some holywood lips. 7
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09/13/2005 07:31:44 PM
I really like this one very much. Beautiful subject, it really make all the difference. She has georgous eyes!! I am thinking the top ten!!!
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09/13/2005 04:00:30 PM
Just stunning, as usual!!!! I think you and she make an exquisite team. You're both going places!!!! :)
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09/13/2005 03:56:51 PM
Now, I know who you are because of your beautiful "Tapanga" model. She is so capturing! If she isn't in modeling yet... get her there. Her eyes are priceless and your use of color to contrast them is great
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09/13/2005 03:23:04 PM
Amazing eyes...natural? Contacts? Enhanced through PS? Doesn't really matter...I think it looks great!
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09/13/2005 03:08:19 PM
I would have liked to have seen a little more detail in the face. (shadows ect.)
Beautiful model. The eyes are the center of this image.
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09/13/2005 12:02:36 PM
great depth - I wonder what she is thinking
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09/13/2005 11:58:31 AM
The cheeks and nose are a little pale, but great eyes!
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09/13/2005 09:43:42 AM
This looks a little overdone in neat image but wow her eyes really carry it off. Your title is very appropriate for this image! Best Wishes!
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09/13/2005 08:29:06 AM
Nice .... with the makeup and contrast you are truly drawn to the eyes...
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09/13/2005 06:41:14 AM
Sharp image ,creating the eyes as point of impact is good ...8
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09/13/2005 02:44:59 AM
I find the detached feeling of the head a little disconcerting but it's nothing more than a minor gripe in an otherwise compositionally fantastic shot!

The pretty model, however, doesn't hurt!

The eyes look a little overprocessed as does the skin, but that's how things are done, I guess. A little oversharpened as well. I think your post-processing let you down a little bit because you may have got carried away...the eyes look a little fake. I think with more subtle processing this could have been a 9 or 10 - as it stands, though...a 7 from me.

Good luck

Alex
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09/13/2005 01:10:15 AM
is this mary kate or ashley? i always get them confused....
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09/12/2005 11:57:50 PM
This image made my top-10 list. GOOD LUCK!
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09/12/2005 10:36:55 PM
Great portrait, the clarity is stunning.
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09/12/2005 10:28:32 PM
10
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09/12/2005 09:47:42 PM
Fabulous composition. Great olour. Excellent mesmerizing eyes. This could have been perfect except for the strands of hair over the left eye.
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09/12/2005 08:57:09 PM
Beautiful Picture. The eyes are wonderful. I like the hair and background too, overall the face is a bit too soft though.
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09/12/2005 07:46:36 PM
Very nice picture....lighting is great, color is awesome....pretty eyes and lips..the whole picture is great.. 10
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09/12/2005 04:42:17 PM
It's your muse, I can see why.

Lovely portrait and that black space there is awesome, very unique crop. I love it, you rawk.
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09/12/2005 03:58:34 PM
those eyes are mesmerizing. what a lovely model. not overdone or understated. i keep going between a 9 and 10 on this image and I think its due to the bottom being so dark on my monitor that it doesn't register anything and it appears her head is bodiless. i know it might just be my monitor or that might be what you were going for I just can't decide. the only other minus was due to the stray hair in her eye and for this challenge it could've been cloned out easily.
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09/12/2005 03:29:18 PM
great photo...very moving beautiful eyes
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09/12/2005 02:53:16 PM
You can't go wrong with her. :-) This is lovely. Coloring is great, eyes amazing, nice composition and lighting. My only peeve on this particular shot is the her skin. If it's that way naturally than I'm just soooo completely jealous! :-) Great job. 9
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09/12/2005 12:39:37 PM
The high contrast and close cropping work to produce a captivating shot. Well done.
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09/12/2005 11:02:41 AM
Looks like I've seen this girl somewhere before..She has beautiful eyes. Beautiful portrait!
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09/12/2005 11:00:23 AM
Nice pose. the eyes and face are little overdone in my opinion, but well that works on dpc so i won't blame you :)
and if I am not mistaken its elsapo ?
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09/12/2005 10:18:10 AM
I recognize her face! You should be Elsapo! And this is a 9!
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09/12/2005 09:53:57 AM
Nice, but I did find the picture a bit soulless. Not sure excatly how to pinpoint it though,
it is like the model soes not quite connect with you?
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09/12/2005 09:19:53 AM
beautiful crisp image...nice balance of contrast and color...8
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09/12/2005 08:54:11 AM
Beautiful and captivating!
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09/12/2005 08:53:24 AM
Great eyes. Nice shot!
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09/12/2005 08:45:48 AM
Nice lighting, nice eyes
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09/12/2005 07:04:00 AM
Goodness! You just keep getting better! Wow! My fav! 10+ You keep using her, you keep winning! :-)

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09/12/2005 06:24:48 AM
The eyes reach out to me in this picture. The person appears as if they were going to come through the screen. I love it.
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09/12/2005 03:25:55 AM
Hmm, is that a ribbon I smell? :D Honey, you know you got it in the bag with this one. Top 10 at worst.
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09/12/2005 02:34:43 AM
Beautiful, I like it, the only comment I have is that probably the black blouse was not the best choice, makes it look like a suspended head, and it is verry hard to distinguish there is a body attached to it. But the portrait is verry beautiful and expressive.
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09/12/2005 02:11:25 AM
simply beautiful... 10 for sure... ribbon winner...
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09/12/2005 02:07:53 AM
You couldn't have titled this shot better - great job.
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09/12/2005 01:22:12 AM
nice! eyes are dead on
10 all the way
good luck
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09/12/2005 01:05:28 AM
gosh! what gorgeous eyes!! i'm not loving the expression on the face though. 8
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09/12/2005 12:59:54 AM
Amazing eyes! This will more than likely ribbon. Good luck~Roni
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09/12/2005 12:59:30 AM
Elsapo, right?
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09/12/2005 12:49:45 AM
see, Justin, this one, in my opinion is *much better* than your high contrast shot as here you are showcasing those amazing eyes and her stunning features (although, what do I know, you still placed much higher than I did in the last challenge...) I love the tight crop here. on;y minor nit pick is the stray hair in her left eyebrow.
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09/12/2005 12:40:35 AM
I know who this is! :)
Beautiful.
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09/12/2005 12:36:27 AM
hey elsapo, you need to get a new model if you dont want people to recognize you :p, anyway, she is gorgeous as usual. 9 from me
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09/12/2005 12:33:07 AM
engaging eyes that are truly unique. exquisite even.
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09/12/2005 12:30:44 AM
Very nice. The eyes are wonderful. I recognize this model and she is super photogenic! The brassy hair with the dark brows is a tad harsh for me. The skin tones seem awfully pale for such dark brows and lashes. Still a stand out amongst others.
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09/12/2005 12:26:27 AM
i remember her from the high contrast challenge...so unbelievably striking...gave you a 10 in high contrast...giving a 10 here...the color in the eyes is amazing....you're very lucky to have a model so beautiful and photogenic...GREAT shot!
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