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Challenge: Nude (Classic Editing*)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: My Home
Date: Jul 7, 2003
Aperture: f8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/15s
Galleries: Nude, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2003

This was a most difficult decision. I could not - for the life of me - decide which photograph to submit. I hope I have made the right decision.
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I am beside myself over this, even as I submit. This challenge was important to me, as it pushed me to a new level - I hope. :P

Rotate 3 degrees, slight crop, desaturate selectively, but also slightly desaturated the gold/bronze cloth. Slight dodge/burn shadows in the skin, clone out impurities in the backdrop.

Thanks for letting me test my other photo finishing skills.

Place: 9 out of 58
Avg (all users): 6.5028
Avg (commenters): 7.6316
Avg (participants): 6.4800
Avg (non-participants): 6.5115
Views since voting: 21561
Votes: 181
Comments: 25
Favorites: 10 (view)

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05/31/2006 08:54:45 PM
I don't know why, but she actually looks wery sexy to me.
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08/05/2004 10:37:07 PM
This is a very nice composition with attention to small detail, such as the hand placement and that of the head. The semi fetal position is elevated well past its' origin.
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07/19/2003 10:55:54 PM
Venus<is so wonderful. You really captured a fantastic mood. It feels very retro....the 40's. I love them all, and can't pick a favorite. The light, and pose are very strong. Well done Karen. WOW
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07/18/2003 01:10:37 AM
absolutely wonderful shot karen--should have scored higher! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/16/2003 03:55:12 PM
Very good use of light and colour (or lack of it). In my top 3 for this challenge. Personally I wouldn't have used the frame and the background is too stark and looks unnatural.
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07/14/2003 02:22:35 PM
Nice color.
07/13/2003 02:18:42 PM
Oooh - karen - i think you have a winner here!!! Best one I've seen yet! The gold on the skarf is jst perfect!
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07/12/2003 11:59:23 PM
Superior title..... a state of awareness difficult to attain! I imagine the model with her eyes closed..... sees the rapture. I see a remarkable translucent metalic bronze coloured garment...... contrasting with the b and w - fetus position of the attractive woman............ The white backgound is utilitarian, but appropriate.
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07/12/2003 11:02:39 PM
I love everything about this, except for the colored earring... Somehow, I personally find it distracting (perhaps it's just me, I don't find the colored garment distracting in any way...) Lovely tones, great use of the blown-out white background.
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07/12/2003 08:14:57 PM
The gold wrap seems out of place, like it has no reason to be on her body, and by colorizing it it becomes the central point of the photo, which is unfortunate. The pose and other aspects are interesting and well done, but the gold item draws all attention to itself, and I think it really doesn't work well for the shot.
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07/12/2003 04:12:39 PM
I like the selected color removal... nice touch. Well composed. Good job!
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07/11/2003 10:16:16 PM
the contrast between the color of the skirt and the subject is very nice
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07/11/2003 03:43:37 PM
Nice pose and composition, but I feel that the image has been cut out and placed on a pure white BG. The masking around the model is quite visible.
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07/11/2003 11:24:41 AM
An interesting shot though my overwhelming thought is "Goodness she looks uncomfortable" - and that thought overrides the thoughts I also have about the interesting shapes formed by the pose.
I think it's a good nude - I like that it's a little riske - with the inclusion of quite a lot of the bum and the bosoms left uncovered. It's not too "false modest" if you know what I mean.
I find the contrast between colour in the wrap and desaturated body interesting but also feel that skin is so beautiful in colour that it loses something in some black and whites... in this one I feel I'd rather see the skin in full colour.
I like the use of negative space, the positioning of the girl within the frame itself appeals.
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07/11/2003 11:18:01 AM
A different pose with nice result. I really like the balance the colored ear ring and wrap give the photo. 9
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07/11/2003 08:16:20 AM
WOW ! This is art. VERY unique and the b/w with a touch of color and that border make this awesome. GREAT photo with a lot of class = 10
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07/11/2003 06:39:03 AM
Interewsting composition, strong image. 8 Morgan
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07/11/2003 05:20:04 AM
love the contrast in this image between the white background and the model and the gold skirt.. good work
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07/11/2003 05:18:37 AM
Excellent shot, the selective desaturation works well here, I like the colours that are left. Lovely expression captured in your subject's face... quite open and vulnerable which contrasts with her foetal position. In fact, this is quite an interesting exploration of femininity... openness and sensuality versus coyness and self-protection. The material around her waist really enhances her curves. Very nice! 10
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07/11/2003 03:39:52 AM
There's a lot that I love about this. The pose is fantastic; unique in this challenge for sure. The desaturation works well, and really fits nicely with the border (don't listen to all the jokers who will tell you they don't like your border - it's great). Can just see enough of her (your?) face to get an expression, which is very peaceful.
I struggle with the editing. the shadow is unnatural, and the cutout is a little choppy in parts (which is natural for cutouts - they're very difficult to pull off). After 40 votes or so, this is my favourite.
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07/11/2003 03:35:36 AM
Tastefully done. You get the idea of a flower about to break open. I bloody hate the border, though.
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07/11/2003 02:05:21 AM
Really nice composition, pose, and color work. One of the best this challenge.
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07/11/2003 01:23:38 AM
Border is great going from grey to brown... fits the shot well.
07/11/2003 12:14:24 AM
wonderful--the classy pose and coloring--this shot has great movement--she seems like a dancer. this is very nice work! great job! 10
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07/11/2003 12:12:45 AM
nice idea, not very fond of the blue skin tones

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