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Challenge: Color Studio Portrait II (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: challenge entries
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Location: Home Studio
Date: Apr 15, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2006

Inspired by the wonderful portraiture photography of Michael Tarasoff. I am glad this challenge came along cos I've always wanted to try this shot. I know a portrait is usually done in portrait format but this image is done more justice in landscape format. Thanks to Sabrina for modelling. You can also see her in Nasti's Color Studio Portrait submission.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 199
Avg (all users): 7.4184
Avg (commenters): 8.5238
Avg (participants): 7.0254
Avg (non-participants): 7.7012
Views since voting: 25778
Views during voting: 793
Votes: 282
Comments: 141
Favorites: 80 (view)


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05/25/2006 08:33:37 AM
Nice lighting. Great shot.
Beautiful model.
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04/30/2006 08:12:25 PM
This is a well deserved winner! I love how her eyes compliment the orange background. Beautiful!
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04/30/2006 06:35:13 PM
i'd love to know how u got the lighting halo, it's my favorite part of the image
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04/30/2006 02:16:10 PM
Loved this shot.
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04/30/2006 10:37:42 AM
Great shot, congrats on the blue
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04/29/2006 11:14:41 AM
i really love how you lit this. i wonder how it looks without the post processing ? : ) take care my friend
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04/29/2006 07:55:17 AM
You're Mr. Ribbon King around here! Very well done Gary, I love the softness in it also. *High Fives Gary*
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04/29/2006 05:52:28 AM
Awesome lighting! Just glows. Congrats on yet another blue.
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04/29/2006 01:45:45 AM
Absolutely beautiful...Congrats!!
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04/28/2006 10:56:53 PM
Congratulations--I've been enjoying just the thumbnail being on the front page! Striking shot, great lighting and pose. Hope someday you share your secrets (especially your recent processing trends--great stuff!)

How about starting your own "teaching" thread?
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04/27/2006 04:36:29 PM
Congratulations on an amazingly beautiful image... :)
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04/27/2006 07:48:10 AM
WOW SWEET PHOTO!!!!!
I love it i didnt get to vote since I havent been on this site for a bit... but congrats well earned!

WOW!
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04/27/2006 01:53:19 AM
HOLY @#$%!...for lack of better words
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04/26/2006 07:34:02 PM
Very cool image. Congrats and well earned Blue.
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04/26/2006 03:21:36 PM
Wonderful picture. I like the way the blue in her eyes and the fiery colors in the background work together.
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04/26/2006 11:54:03 AM
Awesome image, congratulations
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04/26/2006 02:12:06 AM
Great Image and Great Model!
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04/26/2006 01:18:41 AM
Kiwi, you rock, great picture (portrait) as usual you are a great photographer. Glad to see you are still nabbing those Blue Ribbons at will almost. Congrats!
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04/25/2006 06:35:11 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon. Well done.
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04/25/2006 02:59:53 AM
very nice
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04/25/2006 02:44:26 AM
A real standout. Well done!
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04/24/2006 10:24:44 PM
wow!
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04/24/2006 08:18:00 PM
Incredible image and an incredible model!
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04/24/2006 08:08:28 PM
What a beautiful photo, its just outstanding.

Congrats man !
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04/24/2006 05:42:38 PM
Congrats! This is just fantastic! I have so much to learn...
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04/24/2006 03:35:53 PM
Well done on getting 1st!
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04/24/2006 02:27:52 PM
Congrats on the blue and a great shot. Any chance of posting the lighting setup for this?
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04/24/2006 01:07:41 PM
Gary you have the touch,this is such a hard picture to pull off. But being the MASTER! you have displayed your talents to rule once again.
Congrats on the blue.
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04/24/2006 12:38:32 PM
Great work, Gary! Such a wonderful photo, with so much passion and vibrating. I can't believe this is the same Sabrina as on Nasti's enrty. :-) And, congrats on the well deserved win!
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04/24/2006 12:22:42 PM
Wonderfull! Congratulations! Gr. Eduard
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04/24/2006 12:06:34 PM
They are very simliar aren't they....yours is just jacked up to a much hotter background.
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04/24/2006 11:56:45 AM
great effect
the eyes in picture is live!!
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04/24/2006 11:51:04 AM
I knew it was you!

Actually I knew it cause I fell in love with Tarasoff's pic on photosight, then I just pieced the puzzle together :P

Anyway it's a magnificent homage!
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04/24/2006 11:43:56 AM
A perfect portrait----love the blue eyes against all of the "fire"--congrats!
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04/24/2006 11:31:00 AM
Something really different takes the cake here. The combination of warm colors, fiery background and shadowy crevices really make this unique amoung all the entries. The hair is on fire as is her sultry demeanor. Congrats on the blue. Well won!
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04/24/2006 11:22:34 AM
Congratulations enough, I want to know what your models reaction was when she saw this outcome... I guess she has no problems to model for you again? ;)
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04/24/2006 11:19:21 AM
Beautiful subject. Excellent lighting. Hot background. Why wouldn't his ribbon? Good job Gary!
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04/24/2006 08:59:08 AM
Very groovy shot, Gary! Amazing combination of sharpness and softness, inner and outer glow!
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04/24/2006 08:47:40 AM
Like a burning nymph in Dante's Inferno. Take me there! Congratulations to one of our most gifted talent on this highly coveted Blue. Gary, you are amazing.
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04/24/2006 08:32:40 AM
Congrats Gary. A well deserved ribbon. Love that background. The lighting takes me straight to her eye. Well done. The "first to 25" will be close ;)
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04/24/2006 07:34:51 AM
Well deserved! I had a feeling this was yours! :)
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04/24/2006 07:34:45 AM
Gary my man! Congrats! Great work! :-)
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04/24/2006 06:32:31 AM
Congrats!!!excelent job!
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04/24/2006 06:12:48 AM
freakin great job ... i'm so happy you've decided to get back into submitting. Raising the bar for everyone.
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04/24/2006 05:57:17 AM
Incredible, this image sizzles. Love the eyes in particular, amazing blue. Her expression is mesmerizing. Wow.
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04/24/2006 05:51:58 AM
This is a wonderful image Gary
Go KIWI
Congratulations on your Blue
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04/24/2006 05:28:07 AM
Fabulous image in every way. You have an uncanny way of connecting to DPC voters.
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04/24/2006 05:27:50 AM
I'm so glad to see this taking the blue ribbon, this is absolutely the best image in this challenge... I really like it a lot, it's very unique, well done pp working perfectly with the background and the model.. really underlining her beauty! Congrats man!
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04/24/2006 05:05:29 AM
Excellent, congrats on the 1st place.
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04/24/2006 05:00:17 AM
Congratulations!
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04/24/2006 04:34:01 AM
wow, great shot! congrats on the ribbon!
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04/24/2006 04:33:53 AM
Originally posted by Anastasia:

congratulations ribbon-boy :)..wanna cuppa?


Now there is your superhero name!!! RIBBON-BOY!!! :D Congrats dude.
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04/24/2006 03:56:23 AM
KIWI! KIWI! KIWI! KIWI! KIWI! KIWI! KIWI!

Lets do it again man... This HAD to be your shot, brilliant
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04/24/2006 03:47:35 AM
Awesome shot. I am really taken with your background. Can you please enlighten me.
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04/24/2006 03:18:03 AM
Great job my friend!! This is a spectacular photo!!! :)
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04/24/2006 02:44:59 AM
Kaboom! :)

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04/24/2006 02:39:08 AM
What more needs to be said?.....congrats again.
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04/24/2006 02:37:59 AM
Dude!!! You pulled it.
Well done. Great portrait & great post processing!
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04/24/2006 02:25:12 AM
Whoooooot .........congrats on your well deserved blue Gary!! Composition, colours and lighting in this shot are just divine!!!!
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04/24/2006 02:07:51 AM
Congrats on a well deserved Blue ribbon !
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04/24/2006 01:55:53 AM
Wow!! That was a long week. There was so much tough competition is this one. The quality of portrait photography in DPC has improved so much over the last couple of years. Thank you for all the votes and comments.
04/24/2006 01:55:40 AM
Excellently done! Congrats on yet another ribbon :-)
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04/24/2006 01:55:28 AM
congratulations ribbon-boy :)..wanna cuppa?
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04/24/2006 01:48:45 AM
stunning...

you, of course, rock. :)
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04/24/2006 01:33:53 AM
Wow! What a shot, congrats on your Blue Gary - Just stunning!
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04/24/2006 01:32:33 AM
Congratulations! This is stunning.
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04/24/2006 01:14:34 AM
MAGICAL....a wonderful vibrant portrait of a beautiful model.....
You so deserved the "BLUE" for this stunning image.....
CONGRATULATIONS.....
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04/24/2006 01:07:05 AM
Congrats. Very odd scoring pattern on this one.
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04/24/2006 01:05:22 AM
Proves to everyone that you're the man to beat in portraits. Amazing shot. I wish I have your creativity (and the studio).:)
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04/24/2006 12:55:25 AM
not like you need another comment! well done ribbon hog. hehe
you're da man!
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04/24/2006 12:50:32 AM
OH my! I so love this shot! Congrats! you rock!
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04/24/2006 12:49:18 AM
Congrats on yet another blue with this amazing shot. Certainly a sizzler! :-)
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04/24/2006 12:41:44 AM
Stunning - what a wonderful job you've done here.
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04/24/2006 12:39:51 AM
Yesssssssssssss.... it just superbe...... congrats...

Simpa
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04/24/2006 12:33:48 AM
absolutely thoroughly deserved win...this has a real vavavavoom about it! Great photography from a great photographer
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04/24/2006 12:30:52 AM
Outstanding as usual! Congrats on your blue!
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04/24/2006 12:23:18 AM
You suck and shouldn't be allowed to play any reindeer games anymore... I mean really, how about taking another sabatical and letting the rest of us have a chance? Just kiddin'... You know we love you even if you are a ribbon grubbin' scum! Next beers on me!
TC
PS: Can I borrow a coupla hot chicks so maybe I can get a blue too?

Message edited by author 2006-04-24 00:24:27.
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04/24/2006 12:22:49 AM
Great job Gary! You beat the rest of us by a mile! I don't mind giving up blue to this one at all. I had a feeling it was yours.
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04/24/2006 12:19:40 AM
WTG kiwiness! a wonderful image
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04/24/2006 12:19:08 AM
Amazing portrait, as always! Congratulations on the blue!
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04/24/2006 12:13:19 AM
Congrats on the blue Gary! Great work.
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04/24/2006 12:12:33 AM
Knew this would be a winner. One of my favourites added during the voting period. Good work once again, your kiwiness :)
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04/24/2006 12:12:31 AM
Congrats my friend ! I've never seen anyone do model photos as amazingly well and you and Nasti.
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04/24/2006 12:10:23 AM
congrats on the blue!!
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04/24/2006 12:07:11 AM
Fantastic ..awesome shot well done.
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04/24/2006 12:06:41 AM
Great picture! Congrats!
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04/24/2006 12:06:12 AM
Good job, Gary...you're turning into a regular ribbon monster!!!
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04/24/2006 12:06:07 AM
Wow! You are king of the portraits my friend! Great job.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/23/2006 11:49:52 PM
Bumping up at the end... A very very cool image and a certain top placement... well done.
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04/23/2006 11:43:32 PM
Outstanding. Great skin tones, love the background. Good luck!
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04/23/2006 11:34:26 PM
Excellent use of color tones (those blue eyes really stand out), but too much contrast for my taste - 8
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04/23/2006 10:17:19 PM
Absolutely love it! lovely light and effects!
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04/23/2006 05:51:08 PM
This is hot. Good luck.
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04/23/2006 04:01:55 PM
absolutelly stunning
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04/23/2006 03:18:55 PM
I really like this photo. The colours are fantastic and her eyes grab my attention. Great model, great shot.
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04/23/2006 02:10:29 PM
Excellent photo. The background looks fantastic!
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04/23/2006 10:00:42 AM
wow. hot stuff
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04/22/2006 09:06:29 PM
Great composition - good attention to background.
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04/22/2006 04:44:31 PM
Very dynamic shot! Hope you'll make it to top 3. :)
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04/22/2006 12:39:34 PM
WOW this is a beautiful photo
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04/21/2006 07:20:26 PM
This is a bit like a bomb going of.
She's looking right at me and the light and background give a firy explosive feel. Pretty cool effect.
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04/21/2006 01:41:20 PM
Beautiful....
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04/21/2006 10:29:10 AM
Great job on the lighting! I loved the match tones of this.
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04/20/2006 11:19:24 PM
this is beatiful
one of my top 10
she is intimidating
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04/20/2006 11:08:27 PM
There's too much warmth for me here... I'm not one to light warm light. I think the contrast is set a little high too.
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04/20/2006 08:52:47 PM
The curly hair over the face really makes the shot.
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04/20/2006 04:10:53 PM
Nice message
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04/20/2006 04:02:48 PM
This is just outstanding, the look in her eyes really makes this photo, the pp is very good and works well with the background... I haven't seen all of the photos in the challenge yet, but I think this should end up very high, if not take a ribbon! After rating all of the photos I like this one the most, it's just great!
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04/19/2006 11:01:35 PM
a pretty face coupled with good mastery of light. Good job!
I like the intense appearance and the angle of light. Soft glow effects are great too. Good luck on this one. Looks like a winner.
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04/19/2006 07:19:01 AM
Nicely done. My other top pick for the challenge.
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04/19/2006 05:53:13 AM
wow.
I wanna be in that inferno too :)

Just stunning.
the background is terrific
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04/18/2006 11:11:28 PM
Wow! Absolutely stunning. Amazing model, lighting, and background. Hope this does well.
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04/18/2006 06:06:33 PM
Top 3 if I had any say in it.
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04/18/2006 05:34:25 PM
Wow lovely use of light and coloring.
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04/18/2006 03:04:10 PM
top 15
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04/18/2006 12:50:56 PM
I hope to get a chance to comment further later on, but for now I want to say: This is true, perfect beauty.
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04/18/2006 12:46:03 PM
Great colors, nice contrast, interesting background.
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04/18/2006 11:27:14 AM
Love this shot, especially the backround (you gotta tell me how you did that backround, I love it!!!), it really makes it pop off the screen. Would have given this a 10 but I am not really all that fond of the post processing on the skin, too smooth and plastikky so I slipped this one a 9.
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04/18/2006 06:40:29 AM
Great coloring and light. One of the few interesting portraits. Gorgeous.
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04/18/2006 04:58:30 AM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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04/17/2006 11:11:56 PM
Among the over-the-top PP shots, this is one of my favorites. Clearly altered, but still keeps a hint of naturalness. 9
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04/17/2006 10:17:40 PM
How you doin!! LOL...great picture 10
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04/17/2006 09:35:40 PM
Beautiful colors and lighting but the skin looks too soft
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04/17/2006 08:46:42 PM
Yowsa! This is stunning. The lighting, background, her stare. Melts me right in my chair ;) However there is something about her that doesn't look right. It might be the whites of her eyes - they're too white and the softness of the hair. Either way, this will still score high and will definitely be in the top 10. Good luck!
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04/17/2006 08:40:09 PM
Excellent lighting ... love the mood and the mystery. Very evocative.
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04/17/2006 08:25:49 PM
Oh my god! She is stunning! 10
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04/17/2006 06:22:19 PM
Absolutely stunning photo! The eyes are incredibly captivating, and I love the background!!
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04/17/2006 05:26:26 PM
Oh yes, I like this one...
Oh I am so happy with this challenges, so many good entry´s and this is one of my top scores.
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04/17/2006 02:31:12 PM
Thats hot for sure!
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04/17/2006 02:06:51 PM
Burn baby burn! :-)
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04/17/2006 12:45:54 PM
Great lighting and background. Really like the explosive feel and how the hair almost hides the one eye..myserious.
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04/17/2006 11:33:17 AM
Great shot... the background matches REALLY well with the hair and skin tones. Can't really find anything worng with it... 10
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04/17/2006 11:15:48 AM
i really like this look, hopefully I can copy it. I will have to find out how it was done.
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04/17/2006 10:28:59 AM
Wow my fave of the challenge
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04/17/2006 10:01:56 AM
Wow........
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04/17/2006 09:25:42 AM
AWESOME! This will win I am sure of it
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04/17/2006 07:58:32 AM
hubbuda hubbuda! this is fiesty! wonderful shot! great pose, love the colour...Well done, hope you do well with this...
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04/17/2006 05:20:38 AM
Very good, but lack of detail in the highlights (around the nose in particular) spoil it a little for me.
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04/17/2006 03:06:03 AM
Cool effect - wart colors 7 from me
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04/17/2006 02:16:21 AM
I love the halo effect behind her.....well done.....Another "10" from me.....
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04/17/2006 01:16:17 AM
wonderful shot
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