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Pointe Shoes
2nd PlacePointe Shoes
angela_packard


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Collections (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Gillette, WY
Date: Nov 26, 2005
Aperture: 1/125
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5.0
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2005

Yes that is me...I love dancing! I was trying to think of something that is unusual for a collection and came up with that! I hope you all enjoy it!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 210
Avg (all users): 7.0310
Avg (commenters): 8.5676
Avg (participants): 6.9574
Avg (non-participants): 7.0663
Views since voting: 18728
Views during voting: 622
Votes: 290
Comments: 96
Favorites: 43 (view)


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03/09/2007 10:35:26 PM
i love how you're balencing on point shoes as well as balencing a bunch of them. the tutu adds a very nice touch. might have had your hair ina slicked back bun though.....i love to dance also. Ballet always makes me feel so happy.
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02/01/2007 09:20:55 PM
How I haven't commented on this I have no idea, or I can't find it in the comments. This has been in my favorites for a long time, I think this is one of the best challenge entries I have come across since I have been here and fit the challenge to the tee. It is a wonderful shot.
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09/07/2006 11:55:37 PM
nice shot!
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09/05/2006 10:23:39 AM
Love this portrait shot! The lighting cast upon the subject is soft and complementry. It illuminates exactly what it needs too at the same time shining the spotlight upon the main subject. I look upon this photograph and can almost think of it as a portrait painting - a study on the life of a dancer/ballerina. All those shoes that she holds represent all her experiences as a dancer - all the untold hours spent practicing and perfecting her craft. Very visually interesting and compelling to look upon.
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08/09/2006 10:59:26 PM
Awesome awesome picture!!!! I really like it. Congratulations on your 2nd place!
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04/11/2006 10:01:05 AM
W-oah! That's some serious balance someone's got there. Is this you or a model? Sorry, I'm bad with faces. I would love to see some more details in the shot description.

Fantastic shot! It definitely looks like the subject is floating as the center of balance doesn't seem right. Nice.
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02/28/2006 06:36:43 AM
Deserved the blue in my opinion...this is a stunning, professional shot and the light in the background makes it almost 3D. Goes in my favourites...
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01/24/2006 01:40:06 AM
I like it.

Message edited by author 2006-02-11 12:48:22.
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01/16/2006 07:45:20 AM
This moved me when I first saw it, and I have been looking out for it ever since, so I could add it to my favorites.....
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01/11/2006 07:56:40 PM
Excellent Photo! I love it!
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12/13/2005 10:22:53 PM
Angela, it's almost time for rollover... I'm gonna miss looking at you and your photo on the front page daily. You get back up here soon. :-) YOU ROCK!
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12/13/2005 10:55:18 AM
Simply Delicious
Pointe dancing is a crucial dramatic element, essential to the telling of the story. The dancer appears to fly with an ethereal lightness and delicacy, as numerous sylphs, sprites and nymphs.
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12/13/2005 09:56:24 AM
Great job! A well deserved ribbon!
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12/12/2005 02:23:33 PM
hey! congratulations!
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12/11/2005 03:36:56 AM
Simply stupendous. The mood this piece evokes is unreal. Congrats on your first ribbon. Great, great, stuff.
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12/09/2005 08:57:07 PM
::: Critique Club :::
I'd like to ask firstly why you say you don't comment on your photos, yet you are asking Critique Club to do so? It is difficult to do a proper critique without your input and it would normally take at least half an hour to 45mins to do it properly.

First Impression - the most important one:
Very stunning. When first opening it, I didn't see the collection of shoes, I thought it was just a very good protrait.

Composition:
Perfect, thirds used to perfection.

Subject:
Unusual and therefore captivating. You've met the challenge so well and have still managed to make the image a piece of art.

Technical (Colour and light):
Two things. The fade to black all around the POI is terrific. It's that which gives so much power to the shoes in particular.

Secondly, the spot on the background throws everything into a 3D dimension and is a very professional touch

Summary:
Stunning image, one that any professional photographer would be proud to have in their portfolio

Brett

Message edited by author 2005-12-09 21:13:03.
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12/09/2005 12:29:22 AM
My #1

<3 Sarah
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12/08/2005 06:53:58 PM
So glad this won a ribbon. Very nice composition and well done photo. Despite the fact I can relate to this on many levels, the presence of the subject is strong and very well presented. Well done!
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12/07/2005 11:32:04 PM
Originally posted by Sonifo:

Just back in for the 15 time..I just love this shot! You rock! This should have took 1st. hehehe..


Sonifo, you are too funny...thanks for your encouragement...
12/07/2005 11:18:46 PM
Just back in for the 15 time..I just love this shot! You rock! This should have took 1st. hehehe..
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12/07/2005 07:28:24 PM
Congratulations! A wonderful capture and portrait. Well done!
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12/07/2005 01:31:03 PM
Congrats on your lovely and interesting image
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12/07/2005 12:44:21 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon, Angela, with this beautiful picture painting.
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12/07/2005 10:39:49 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. It was well deserved as this is a stunning photograph. Very Beautiful indeed. :-)
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12/07/2005 10:36:48 AM
Congratulations Angela! Lovely expression, arrangement, lighting, composition and collection. Wonderful photograph, well deserved ribbon. I agree with others that you make a great model, too. Blessings.

Message edited by author 2005-12-07 10:38:09.
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12/07/2005 10:08:13 AM
Fantastic turnaround from last challenge!!!! My congratulations on a job well done !! (what no birthmark???) lol
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12/07/2005 09:49:51 AM
Glad to see this one with a ribbon. This deserves the blue, though :)
Beautiful photography.
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12/07/2005 09:02:17 AM
Only one word I can use to describe this shot..

Stunning!

A favorite
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12/07/2005 08:26:40 AM
with respect to librodo, this should have been the blue! and with yourself as the model! fabulous! congats!
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12/07/2005 08:22:10 AM
Abosolutely fantastic. Gread mood. Congrats on your ribbon!!
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12/07/2005 06:34:19 AM
A gentle and sophisticated portrait. Congratulations on a well deserved Ribbon.
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12/07/2005 06:03:10 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon.
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12/07/2005 05:33:21 AM
Nice one Angela Congrats on your Ribbon!!

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12/07/2005 05:24:27 AM
so beautiful,congrats on your ribbon
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12/07/2005 05:16:47 AM
angela this is totally awesome.. congrats on your ribbon.. perfectly done....
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12/07/2005 04:35:04 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon !
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12/07/2005 04:21:55 AM
beautiful, congratulations!
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12/07/2005 03:54:33 AM
Congrats on a very delicate image.
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12/07/2005 03:49:15 AM
Congrats on your well deserved ribbon. Great model, wonderful photograph.
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12/07/2005 03:41:38 AM
Dear Angela, wonderful shot, gave it a 10. The model is great, the link for "collection" is so well chosen by all the shoes. Composition is perfect according to the rules of thirds. What I'm not sure about is: The light spot in the center background. Maybe another background lightning would have enhanced the attention on the collection even more. Well done. Yours, Jan

Message edited by author 2005-12-07 03:42:06.
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12/07/2005 02:28:43 AM
Originally posted by angela_packard:

Ok, I never add my own comments. But since I finally got a ribbon I think I should.

I do too - always. I bet you like reading the comments of others if there's an image that you enjoy and would like to know more about.

For this image, I'm interested in your lighting setup as it is just so perfect. How did you manage to set the camera and get into position so perfectly?
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12/07/2005 02:20:06 AM
simply gorgeous.
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12/07/2005 01:16:03 AM
Congratulations on a fabulous shot!!
Well done ans well deserved!
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12/07/2005 12:44:00 AM
so sweet! Manny's right, since he said it :-) This is terrific.
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12/07/2005 12:39:33 AM
Should have been a blue. My shot pales in comparison to this one. Very very good. In to my favorite...

Manny
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12/07/2005 12:35:57 AM
You don't know what this does to me. A beautiful photograph. Perfectly subtle.
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12/07/2005 12:34:54 AM
Congrats on #2. Way to go.
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12/07/2005 12:29:17 AM
Ok, I never add my own comments. But since I finally got a ribbon I think I should.

My DPC friends helped me finalize my shot...I got their opinions and I used them...it obviously did me some good!

Dance is one of my all time favorite thing to do...it was Sunday and I still didn't have anything to do for either challenge. Then I thought I have tons of costumes and lots of pointe shoes...how can I make that into something interesting. So i found an old costume that suprisingly still fit, put it on and asked some opinions on how to make it interesting....used every idea that came to my mind and the minds of others and shot them. Looked at all of them on the computer, did basic editting and asked all my IM friends which shot they liked best...most of them chose this one...

Thanks ya'll
12/07/2005 12:29:17 AM
congrats on your ribbon. Great photo
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12/07/2005 12:27:31 AM
Angela: i am jumping for joy on your behalf. This is such a fantastic study which got my highest vote. Into my favs at once. Congratulations on your RED.
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12/07/2005 12:20:47 AM
Angela congrats on your ribbon! Well done!
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12/07/2005 12:18:17 AM
This totally rocks! Way to go, Angela! (((hug)))
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12/07/2005 12:17:21 AM
Congrats Angela, not bad for so few challenges. Didn't I scold you in a thread about leaving NA in your comment section? Now that you are a "ribbon winner" you need to share... ;)
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12/07/2005 12:14:55 AM
Congratulations. Great shot for the challenge!
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12/07/2005 12:11:38 AM
Angela, YOU ROCK!!! Congrats on the Ribbon. I knew you could do it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2005 11:52:08 PM
Almost poetic and by far my most favorite entry in this challenge. Bumping up. Well, I replaced a similar image in old shoes with another way back. This is the way i should have done it. Bumping up to 10.
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12/06/2005 11:30:07 PM
My vote for the blue. This one really stands out. Excellent shot. 10 + fav.
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12/06/2005 07:18:45 PM
Wow.
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12/06/2005 06:38:27 PM
this is such a great idea for this challenge. i love the composition very much. i wish the lighting were a bit stronger on the left side so that her feet on pointe stood out as well. one of my favorite concepts for this challenge so far.
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12/06/2005 02:46:17 PM
wow
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12/06/2005 01:32:38 PM
This is a very nice way to display the collection of ballet shoes. I like the light behind the model
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12/06/2005 01:16:06 AM
Great work, love the lighting, its even so the person doesnt take attention from the collection but that its a great add on.
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12/05/2005 09:44:27 AM
Awwwww. Look at all thouse point shoes!
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12/05/2005 07:22:42 AM
Like this a lot.
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12/04/2005 04:56:59 PM
Best one I've seen -- Lovely composition and light -- highlighting the Collection --high marks! ( I've been tough on most of them!)
KB
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12/04/2005 09:02:34 AM
lovely, graphic? bumping up, its fabulous
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12/04/2005 08:57:52 AM
this is very nice... but a bit sombre. i think youèd have an interesting effect has you used a realy fair-to-pale skinned subject, it would heighten the contrast and make her look more delicate. im still giving it a 10
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12/04/2005 04:39:28 AM
lovely
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12/04/2005 04:24:31 AM
Great portrait
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12/03/2005 09:18:29 PM
A truly lovely way to display a collection. The shot is most excellently composed but your model...wow...to look so relaxed and calm while crouched down and en pointe!
The only thing that distracts me in this photo is the slight glare off the backdrop and how it washes out portions of her skirt.
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12/03/2005 07:36:52 PM
Really love this photo, would love to see it b & w all togehter, perhaps only some slippers painted, I realize not for this particular challenge, however.
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12/03/2005 01:19:47 PM
This is a beautiful portrait of a beautiful dancer. Quite a collection you have there.
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12/02/2005 11:38:37 PM
I really like this pic...it could have been slightly brighter
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12/02/2005 11:28:04 PM
damn she is hot can I get your number or what
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12/02/2005 12:11:02 PM
very good lovely light on the shoes
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12/02/2005 10:26:47 AM
Nice colors, excellent lighting, but a tad dark for DPC audience. Bumping up. 9.
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12/02/2005 08:18:49 AM
My daughter is a dancer and I have a collection of pointe shoes as well. Beautiful picture!!
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12/01/2005 03:47:42 PM
I really like the lighting and composition. 10
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12/01/2005 02:54:43 PM
Very nice composition and arrangement - wish it were just a little brighter.
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12/01/2005 02:51:26 PM
WOW. I am amazed at the huge collection of pointe-shoes. I only have one pair...deep in my closet. The use of lighting gives a nice deep emotion to this photo.
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12/01/2005 12:16:28 AM
Very nice lighting and composition. Perhaps just a tad oversharpened though.
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11/30/2005 10:54:21 PM
An awesome shot, I love you position and lighting.
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11/30/2005 10:44:00 PM
Great picture, how does she squat on point? She is making my toes hurt, hope it was a quick shoot. Creative way to display the shoe collection.
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11/30/2005 10:07:25 PM
interesting shot, nice lighting. it adds drama!
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11/30/2005 07:48:14 PM
very nice picture, lighting and posing is very cool and the shoes catch my attention which I believe was your intent
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11/30/2005 07:37:39 PM
Magical image. Love the expression on your models face. 10
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11/30/2005 07:33:05 PM
Excellent execution and creative interpretation of the topic. Very artistic picture 10
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11/30/2005 07:12:46 PM
Very nice. Certainly didn't expect a collection of pointe shoes. Like her position and the lighting. Good Luck
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11/30/2005 06:52:01 PM
lovely image, well done
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11/30/2005 06:11:44 PM
Looks like someone spends a lot of time being taller. Brings back memories of when my sister used to ask me to sho-glue her points so she could get one mroe day out of them.
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11/30/2005 06:08:58 PM
Nice to see the dancer in the picture with the shoes.
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11/30/2005 03:38:23 PM
Rad, really original! love it.
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11/30/2005 12:44:24 PM
Really really nice composition and execution. I love the lighting and the expression.
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11/30/2005 08:28:19 AM
nice idea. i can't help looking for her first pair. guess this might be just her current set.
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11/30/2005 01:03:07 AM
This is the most artfully presented shot I've seen so far in this challenge. The composition is wonderful, the lighting is good in it's illumination of the subject.. I really like it.
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11/30/2005 12:28:37 AM
Judging from your competition, I'd say you have a good chance at a great score here... 10 for both creativity and technique.
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