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Tribute to Sonifo's "Dainty Gem"
2nd PlaceTribute to Sonifo's "Dainty Gem"
manic35


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Deja Vu II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/3.5-5.6 DC for Pentax Digital AF
Location: New Farm Park, Brisbane, Australia
Date: Mar 18, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Family, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2006

When I discovered dpchallenge, this was the very first image that I saw on the front page and caught my attention. At that time (only a few short months ago), I was captivated because it is a stunning image but also because I had absolutely no idea how to begin to create an image so stunning. Even now, I can still only aspire, but I'm proud to say that at least I can approach this image with a plan of how to shoot it and post-process it.

Post: rotate, crop, levels, curves, dodge&burn, neatimage, USM, resize, save for web.


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Post Challenge: Thanks to all who voted. I am totally thrilled to have my second ribbon. It has been a super week reading all the comments. The last two days I have been away from the computer and it has been torture so it was fantastic to turn it on again and see that I have a ribbon!

Thanks to GIS_boy (//www.dpchallenge.com/profile.php?USER_ID=47294 who found Sonifo's gorgeous image for me again and suggested that it was right up my alley

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 141
Avg (all users): 7.4000
Avg (commenters): 8.0385
Avg (participants): 7.1705
Avg (non-participants): 7.5726
Views since voting: 12771
Views during voting: 428
Votes: 205
Comments: 62
Favorites: 23 (view)


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10/21/2010 04:35:22 PM
Browsing and saw this. Love the image. Great contrasts of age and textures.
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10/10/2007 12:39:38 AM
Was browsing photos and come across this one again. Love it as much as I did the first time I seen it. My daughter loves her dress. :-)) Hope all is well!
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01/15/2007 06:29:38 AM
You did such an awesome job on this one!!
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04/06/2006 06:49:51 PM
Hi from the Critique Club:

OUch! First Joey Lawrence's "shadow" ribbon winner, now a classic, ribbon winning, retake of a site favorite. Here goes :)

First impression: Beautiful picture, the child is beautiful, the colors and texture of her dress contrasting nicely with the rugged wall. Lovely picture.

Technically I find your photo superb, with great skin tones, vibrant colors, sharpness, etc. etc. All of the qualities which are the foundation of a great pic. The only nitpic I have is the shadow area surrounding her left eye. it would be nice to have just a little more clarity around her eye. Her hands are also natural, not classically posed, which is one more reason to love this pic.

The feeling of your picture is also superb. The girl has such a pensive/thoughtful expression that it forces the viewer to wonder either what she is thinking or if something is wrong, giving the viewer a connection to the child.

As it relates to the challenge...you took a very good ribbon winner and represented your own version very well. Perfect choice of photo and perfect treatment.

Any questions?? Just PM me. good luck in the future.

Mark
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04/06/2006 10:46:03 AM
Very pretty. I gave this an 8. Love the colors, the background, and the look. She is darling!
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04/06/2006 10:32:40 AM
Lovely portrait!
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04/05/2006 08:49:45 AM
Congratulations on your second ribbon Nicole, and also for an impressive photo.
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04/01/2006 11:05:36 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon. Absolutely beautiful work!
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04/01/2006 03:30:22 AM
Originally posted by Sonifo:

Yes, Joann, I am very flattered. Thanks, Manic53.

This is a beautiful image. You should be very proud of your work. Beautiful! Congrats!


Thanks for the compliments, Sonifo. Your photo was a great inspiration and quite a challenge for me, but I loved it so much that I was determined to keep going despite some set backs and some aspects that I had no idea how to tackle. I learnt a great deal from studying your shot in detail (plus an argument or two with GIS_boy....), but the red makes it all worthwhile.

:)

N
03/31/2006 09:21:52 PM
A wonderful interpretation. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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03/31/2006 08:29:33 PM
Such a beauty. Wonderful capture!!
Congratulations on your ribbon.
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03/31/2006 04:54:52 PM
A master in the making my friend!
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03/31/2006 12:04:58 PM
Yes, Joann, I am very flattered. Thanks, Manic53.

This is a beautiful image. You should be very proud of your work. Beautiful! Congrats!
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03/31/2006 11:46:46 AM
What a great photo! Sonja should be so flattered :) Congratulations on your Ribbon!
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03/31/2006 09:28:40 AM
I think your aspirations have been reached. You did a stunning job, as this image is every bit as striking and unforgettable as the original.

Congratulations on a well-deserved ribbon.
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03/31/2006 08:34:12 AM
Beautiful job, and adorable model. Congrats!
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03/31/2006 08:21:54 AM
Great job and well deserved!
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03/31/2006 08:12:16 AM
All credit to a wonderful rendition of a great picture.
Well done and congrats..perfect.
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03/31/2006 05:22:36 AM
This is a great photo and a worthy ribbon winner.

Message edited by author 2006-03-31 05:23:06.
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03/31/2006 05:05:30 AM
congratulations on this beautiful photo.
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03/31/2006 04:30:45 AM
Congratulations! Good shot.
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03/31/2006 03:24:21 AM
Congratulations! Liked this one the best..
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03/31/2006 03:18:35 AM
Never would've guessed this was yours Nic :)

Wonderful image and congrats on another ribbon.
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03/31/2006 02:18:24 AM
Beautiful. I bet she was sad having to sit on that dirty floor with her pretty dress but you did a wonderful job here. Your work is truly wonderful!

Deannda
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03/31/2006 01:20:49 AM
Great shot. I scored it a 10. Go Team Pentax!!
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03/31/2006 12:26:12 AM
Congrats!
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03/31/2006 12:22:42 AM
Well Done Maniac your a Master before GIS BOY and rightly SO! by the way I believe "GIS" stands for (Gymic Image Speacialist).

Message edited by author 2006-03-31 00:23:44.
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03/31/2006 12:22:17 AM
Nicole, you are an exceptional photographer and you really pulled this off. All credit to the photograph you emulated, but this is one level better. Stunning clarity, light and colour and well deserved ribbon.
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03/31/2006 12:15:59 AM
Very much in the spirit of the original. Nicely done!
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03/31/2006 12:13:12 AM
Wow congrats! Another one of your goals met. I love this piece.
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03/31/2006 12:11:32 AM
How can this not ribbon? Congratulations on your RED.
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03/31/2006 12:08:51 AM
gorgeous!
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03/31/2006 12:06:52 AM
Hot diggety!! I suspected this was yours. Congratulations!!
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03/31/2006 12:05:24 AM
Congrats on the REd! Very well done
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2006 09:39:30 PM
Hmmm.. I may recognize this young lady. Gorgeous shot!
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03/30/2006 04:15:21 PM
Sonifo is one of my favorite photographers at DPC and there are many, many images that you could have used as a tribute to her fabulous photography. I'm fascinated you picked this one.

No disrespect intended, but I think your tribute is better than her original. This picture just blows me away. Not that my opinion means much, but it is one of my top three picks for a ribbon. It is perfect in every way.
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03/30/2006 12:28:13 PM
great photo and tribute, one of my top 3 picks :)
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03/29/2006 11:32:58 PM
Perfect! Great light and color. 10
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03/28/2006 04:45:15 PM
I did a side by side with the original and while nearly identical, the lighting and expression make them very different. One of the best of the challenge.
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03/27/2006 07:01:03 AM
So cute, and so good.....
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03/26/2006 01:46:11 PM
love the dressnthe face so grumpy and upset!
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03/25/2006 10:56:19 PM
Nice picture. I think it would be better if the camera was lower instead of behing higher then the girl.
03/25/2006 03:47:35 PM
Nice!
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03/25/2006 12:12:33 PM
Oh I really love this shot. Great work, the colors are so prefect.
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03/24/2006 10:11:53 PM
Beautiful, just as was the original
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03/24/2006 09:46:35 PM
This is a nice picture sonifos
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03/24/2006 09:42:43 PM
Came back for commenting, well done. bump
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03/24/2006 08:20:07 PM
This picture is one of my top favorites, great shot!sure to score very high!
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03/24/2006 08:03:22 PM
Very good tribute ... really like the take on this picture.
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03/24/2006 07:56:25 PM
Great shot..!!! You did a good job! 10
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03/24/2006 06:02:11 PM
Beautiful image and a very worthy tribute... well done... :)
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03/24/2006 05:35:02 PM
This is beautiful
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03/24/2006 01:11:51 PM
returning for comments:
A dainty gem of an image. Bumping up.
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03/24/2006 08:18:35 AM
that's amazing and a tad better than the original in some ways 9
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03/24/2006 04:11:11 AM
I really liked Sonifos composition much better, this is not bad at all but the composition is a little too cramped for my taste. Good job on the lighting though.
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03/24/2006 03:08:11 AM
Hi Nicole. Nice lighting.
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03/24/2006 02:48:11 AM
A hint of freshness blending out the cold blandness, well done.
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03/24/2006 02:40:31 AM
Very pretty. Nice lighting and a sweet model against an interesting background. Nice tribute as well.
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03/24/2006 01:44:29 AM
Excellent!
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03/24/2006 12:43:59 AM
Pretty close. NOt quite as vivid as the original BUT this stands on its own. I thought of doing it myself. Maybe a bit more negative space in front of her feet, but a damn good shot. 8
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03/24/2006 12:26:34 AM
Very nice.
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03/24/2006 12:05:48 AM
Wow, thats a great tribute man! Rock on with a 10!
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