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Until Dawn
Until Dawn

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Challenge: Duotones II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Grandvision CoolDV 650
Location: UK
Date: Feb 15, 2006
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2006

self portrait.

Place: 80 out of 631
Avg (all users): 5.8459
Avg (commenters): 7.6316
Avg (participants): 5.7989
Avg (non-participants): 5.9204
Views since voting: 1412
Views during voting: 463
Votes: 292
Comments: 23
Favorites: 4 (view)

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03/06/2006 03:04:43 PM
from the Critique Club

and I suppose I should say welcome to DPC, as this is your first entry. A nicely assured piece of blacka nd white photography too, and from the reactions you've certainly hit the mark with a few voters here: that may well be the way to move forward here - it depends how you find the experience. There's no qualification for commenting, so you're as likely to get sophisticatede analysis as dumb comments from those who misunderstand, and ribbons tend to be all to most members, I think.

I like this - I don't go mad for it, but I like the assurance it shows. Great light, nice exposure, intersting 'twist', so to speak. I don't know that I'd change a thing - the crop works well for the stylised presentation, the hints at other worlds, both before and after one realises that it's simply a 90 degree rotate of a straightforward shot, are interesting. What I don't like about it is entirely to do with the manner of it, the rather self-regarding feel I get from it; I have little interest in most self-portraits, and those that get through do so usually because of some exterior element. I think there's too much navel-gazing masquerading as art anyhow, and I'm not certain that this is adding anything to my experience. But that is, of course, a purely personal view.

As a judgment, there are of course many angles to take. The personal one is above, but then this is also a first DPC entry, and as someone with considerable experience of this place I hope my view of how it stands relative to other such entries might be useful (and also I want to encourage a distinct artistic vision to remain with us). A brief excursion around the ribbon winners should give a clear idea of how tha place works: but there is something to be said for making your own vision fit with the elements that work well here. A little more stylistic trickery, a little more blatant moodiness, perhaps less firmly pure black and white, and I think you could hit a style the punters would love: now that might make an interesting educational trip. I hope we get to see more from you.

03/06/2006 07:48:53 AM
I love the originality and expression in this image. I thought is should have placed much higher. Keep up the good work.
03/01/2006 01:02:57 AM
Great shot. Expressive and quietly intense.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2006 04:40:11 AM
Again, I find myself scrolling upwards because I feel the image is cropped a little too tightly on the top half. Good image, nonethenless...
02/28/2006 12:40:32 AM
Unusual, but I think I really like this. I t seems so sincere to the moment, so, not setup. Turning it on it's side like that really draws your interest. Iím not sure what Iím trying to say even, but I definitely like this.
02/27/2006 02:45:01 PM
What a beautiful capture; just so alive!
02/27/2006 01:52:14 PM
So very intersting...love how you've rotated the original comp, it's the hair...with the image rotated like this it has taken on such amazing motion and energy...nice work
02/27/2006 06:47:32 AM
this is stunning...looks like something librodo would do 9
02/27/2006 05:39:28 AM
wow, beautiful
02/26/2006 09:36:40 PM
Nice angle you took on this.
02/26/2006 04:56:05 AM
Took a while to figure out the rotation. Good work.
02/25/2006 10:21:40 PM
Really nice picture, nice angle of view, and nice model. 8
02/25/2006 07:17:50 PM
Love the left side, but find the noise in the blacks, especially in the curtain, to be distracting.
02/24/2006 09:07:31 PM
intrigue and drama..great work...
02/24/2006 09:02:06 PM
I like the drama of orientation here
02/24/2006 04:06:42 PM
Interesting and beautiful. The rotation has created a totally different impression, like the subject is pinned against a structure by a high wind. And enjoying it. Clever, original work. 8
Edit to add: LOVE the crop!
02/24/2006 02:22:43 PM
Lovely image!
02/23/2006 08:17:34 PM
nice picture, although i feel cropping could've helped it
02/23/2006 07:12:17 PM
Extremely sensual approach to the challenge. i like it!
02/22/2006 05:18:18 PM
02/22/2006 07:47:34 AM
Cleverly done - catches the attention. Nice colour tone.
02/22/2006 06:25:26 AM
great photo !!
02/22/2006 01:22:55 AM
I really like this one! It's fluid both horizontally and vertically. Her expression really draws me, bringing it to life. And her curled fingers just adds to all the elements. Wonderful.
Deserves top ten, IMHO. Good luck.

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