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Jaded_Housewife


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White in Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: waycross, ga.
Date: Jul 22, 2006
Aperture: 4
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 22, 2006

Yay! The blue. OMG!!! This is awesome. Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments. and great scores of course. 32 10's? Yowza! lol :)

I wanted to do this much differently but couldnt find ANYTHING I wanted in this tiny town so it got done all differently. :( I wanted a black and white tiled floor but there are only 6 tile choices around here none of which are solid black or solid white so i used a table cloth with back dots on it. wanted a wide brimmed black hat. couldnt find it, used the bad black wig. couldnt find a black and white large print dress. got small checks. etc. etc. everything was done differently than i wanted it. might be a 4. i hope not but i have a bad feeling about this lol. anyhow:
auto color
auto contrast
auto levels
cloned some hair to cover a small bit of her arm and fix a crease in the table cloth
curves
selective color
resize
guassian blur on tablecloth
merged layers
USM
selective color
burned part of mirror
save for web


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 263
Avg (all users): 7.1556
Avg (commenters): 8.6000
Avg (participants): 7.0222
Avg (non-participants): 7.2275
Views since voting: 15608
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 257
Comments: 111
Favorites: 51 (view)


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07/23/2012 10:55:13 PM
THIS IS AN IMAGE I LOVED FROM THE FIRST TIME I SAW IT AND ALSO WHEN NOT AT DPC AND THINKING OF DPC I HAVE OFTEN HAD THIS IMAGE IN MY HEAD... REALLY I HAVE AS IT TOUCHED ME ON SO MANY LEVELS... FIRST AND FOREMOST JUST THE IDEA ITSELF BLOWS ME AWAY AND IT WAS THEN EXECUTED SO WELL AND GOT THE BLUE THAT IT DESERVED...IT ALSO MUST HAVE TAKEN A LOT TO TIME SETTING IT UP S IT COULD NOT BE BETTER IN ANY WAY... I LOVE THE IDEA OF SPOTS STRIPES AND CHECKS ALL TOGETHER AND THEY WORK AS IT NOT BUSY IN ANYWAY SHAPE OR FORM... THIS HAS TO HAVE MY NEW SHERPET JEWEL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE AS IT WAY OUT THERE IN FRONT OF MY FAVORITE IMAGES I HAVE COLLECTED. XOX

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06/05/2012 10:48:53 PM
THIS IS ANOTHER FAVORITE OF YOUR ALWAYS LOVE VISITING YOUR PORTFOLIO XOX
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09/13/2009 04:53:25 PM
Can't get any better staging thans this, very well done,
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01/24/2007 10:51:41 PM
love the perspective, great photo! thanks for your comment on "strummin 6-string"
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01/23/2007 04:00:44 PM
Simply magicial!
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12/30/2006 11:23:15 AM
Very creative shot! One of the things my photography is lacking, is the imagination that you used to pull this off. Well done!
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12/26/2006 10:19:37 AM
Brilliant - wish I had this vision!
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09/11/2006 12:59:10 PM
one of my Fav's, great shot, well deserved ribbon
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08/31/2006 09:03:25 AM
Belated congrats on your blue ribbon, this is such a uniquely cool image
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08/30/2006 05:46:14 AM
This is just "awesome", and I thought I had it in my portfolio, but I didn't, until now that is , as I am going to add it to my favorites right away, were it belongs.....

Message edited by author 2006-08-30 05:47:25.
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08/28/2006 05:08:46 PM
This is so sweet!
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08/10/2006 07:35:27 AM
Great photo

reminds me of this song.

San Francisco Mabel Joy

His Daddy was a simple man, just a red dirt Georgia farmer
And his Momma spent her young life havin’ kids and balin’ hay
He had fifteen years and an ache inside to wander
So he hopped a freight in Waycross and wound up in L.A.

Lord, the cold nights had no pity on a Waycross, Georgia farm boy
Most days he went hungry, then the summer came
He met a girl known on the strip as San Francisco’s Mabel Joy
Destitutions child born of an L.A. street called “Shame”

Growin’ up came quietly in the arms of Mabel Joy
Laughter found their mornings brought meaning to his life
Yes, the night before she left sleep came and left that Waycross, Georgia boy
With dreams of Georgia cotton and a California wife

Sunday morning found him standin’ neath the red light at her door
When a right cross sent him reelin’, put him face down on the floor
In place of Mabel Joy he found a merchant mad marine
Who growled, “Your Georgia neck is red but sonny, you’re still green”

He turned twenty-one in a gray rock fed’ral prison
The old judge had no mercy for a Waycross, Georgia boy
Starin’ at those four gray walls in silence he would listen
To that midnight freight he knew would take him back to Mabel Joy

Sunday mornin’ found him standin’ ’neath the red light at her door
With a bullet in his side, he cried, “Have you seen Mabel Joy?”
Stunned and shaken someone said, “Why, she’s not here no more
She left this house four years today, they say she’s lookin’ for some Gergia farm boy”

Words and Music by Mickey Newbury
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08/08/2006 10:19:21 PM
original and a great POV.
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08/08/2006 01:28:22 AM
I Llllove it!!!!
wonderful!
creative!
super!
congrats!
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08/07/2006 06:54:23 AM
cool
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08/06/2006 01:32:06 PM
great job woho
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08/04/2006 06:19:14 PM
Originally posted by drewmedia:

Wow -- great shot. This image terrifies me =)


LOL I'll second this and put it on my wallpaper just to keep me honest! Congrats.
TC
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08/04/2006 05:12:57 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Awesome shot, very deserving.
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08/04/2006 12:19:31 PM
Great job. Congrats on your blue ribbon:-) I love this shot!
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08/04/2006 08:08:02 AM
1st i want to say Con gratz on the "Blue" ways to go......this is awesome i can't wait for the day.... Way to go!
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08/03/2006 12:49:30 PM
Very brilliant. Congrats on your ribbon.
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08/03/2006 11:11:57 AM
congrats on your first ribbon. Lucky you! Naw, it was a great shot and you deserved it.
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08/02/2006 09:48:46 PM
Congrats...as I said during the challenge. I love this...it's a definite favorite.
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08/02/2006 09:13:04 PM
Wow -- great shot. This image terrifies me =)
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08/02/2006 08:17:41 PM
Congratulations on the Blue. Wonderful photograph.
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08/02/2006 07:30:00 PM
You deserve to be proud with such a stunning image! Congrats!
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08/02/2006 07:06:40 PM
Great job and congratulations on your blue!
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08/02/2006 04:17:27 PM
Excellent, congrats on your blue!
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08/02/2006 02:39:24 PM
This is outstanding. Fantastic image.
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08/02/2006 09:20:59 AM
Great image. Odd that nobody commented on gaussian blur, which was a fantastic idea but kinda living on the edge with the "major elements" rule. Seems silly that you would have had to flap the tablecloth to acheive a similiar effect outside of photoshop, but I'm sure not as good a result. I hope the direction of the site has changed enough for you to keep this blue.
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08/02/2006 09:18:22 AM
Rivoting. So many congrats!! You did so well on this one, and like I said...major creepy. Really suprised dpc so well recieved this one. I love it! Congrats on your ribbon!!! WOW
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08/02/2006 08:32:55 AM
great photo! good for you!
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08/02/2006 08:29:16 AM
so many great comments. Thank you all. I cant believe a couple people pegged this as SCalvert's photo. talk about a compliment. now I have waaaay too much to live up to. lol. my current scores are not cooperating. :)
08/02/2006 07:52:29 AM
very nice - well desreved finish.
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08/02/2006 07:36:03 AM
dreamlike; scary in a sense; perfectly obscuring and interesting; the tablecloth is terrific; all around really nice. Congratulations.
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08/02/2006 07:32:09 AM
Ooooh. ..how interesting and awesome! It looks like you weren't expecting such a huge success! Mega congratulations on your first ribbon!!!

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08/02/2006 05:20:38 AM
This is really a sensational image. All the trouble you went to really paid of. Huge congrats on the blue.
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08/02/2006 04:51:50 AM
Congratulations on an exceptional image and a BLUE!!! Great job, Crystal.
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08/02/2006 04:50:20 AM
Wow what a jump for you. PB by a mile. Great shot, very original. Well done and congratulations.
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08/02/2006 03:27:08 AM
Brilliant! Congratulations.
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08/02/2006 03:08:14 AM
Congrats Crystal!!
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08/02/2006 02:51:20 AM
CONGRATZ !!!
awesome work done here ... beautiful photo, fantastic execution and brillinat idea , i'm speechless

WAY TO GO ! team 50 1/8 ROX

peace,
goran
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08/02/2006 02:37:18 AM
congratulations with the blue AND a very beautiful photo!!
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08/02/2006 02:28:40 AM
congrats crystal, very arty, great shot.
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08/02/2006 02:22:57 AM
Hey, way to go! A blue ribbon for you! Yippee!
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08/02/2006 01:51:29 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Crystal, and a very interesting image. Well done!
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08/02/2006 01:47:16 AM
I knew you would get the blue by your discussions on the forums Crystal....YAY!!!! This deserved the ribbon and it's one of the most creative shots I have seen on this site...this will take you to another level and you will go from strength to strength...this is high class stuff...may you get many, many more of these elusive ribbons
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08/02/2006 01:32:36 AM
And so ends the long jittery week....congrats on the much deserved win.....:)
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08/02/2006 12:51:42 AM
Way to go Crystal!
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08/02/2006 12:49:22 AM
WOW! First ribbon ever and it's a blue!! Congratulations. It must feel soooo good to look at your entry all week on the front page. WTG!
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08/02/2006 12:43:51 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Great image.
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08/02/2006 12:40:18 AM
Wow and congrats, this was my favorite. You did an exception job with the topic!
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08/02/2006 12:39:35 AM
Outstanding job! Congratulations on a great finish... :)
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08/02/2006 12:35:10 AM
Congrats on the well deserved ribbon baby. I love you. Happy anniversary.
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08/02/2006 12:32:37 AM
Wow...didn't vote but this is excellent Crystal...Well done!!!!
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08/02/2006 12:32:01 AM
I didn't get to vote on this, but this is quit amazing!
I like it a lot.
And I'm glad you ribboned.
Congrats!
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08/02/2006 12:31:07 AM
WAY TO GO :)!
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08/02/2006 12:29:09 AM
Congrats on the blue! You really deserved it. This is an amazing shot! :)
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08/02/2006 12:24:33 AM
Wow!!! This is such an awesome shot ~ a well deserved blue ~ Congrats!!!
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08/02/2006 12:21:37 AM
wow!! congrats on the blue! wtg
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08/02/2006 12:19:49 AM
congrats...I expected this to do well, and I'm very pleased to see you get the blue :)
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08/02/2006 12:19:01 AM
Congratulations on a really terrific shot. Love the POV and depth. Nice work.
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08/02/2006 12:17:52 AM
Congratulations Crystal :)
This was one of my favorites from the challenge. wtg!
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08/02/2006 12:17:10 AM
woo hoo! First blue here! Everybody look! First blue! Gotta love it!
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08/02/2006 12:14:46 AM
Congrats Jaded_youth!!
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08/02/2006 12:14:12 AM
A very impressive artistic study with the quality to walk away with the Blue. Congratulations!
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08/02/2006 12:13:56 AM
congrats on the blue! this is so interesting!
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08/02/2006 12:13:19 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. I bet it was a "longgggg" (but wonderful) week! Wonderful shot!
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08/02/2006 12:12:51 AM
Hot diggity!! I guess it was good you couldn't do it the way you wanted to, since it turned out great this way!! Way to go and HUGE congrats on the blue!!!
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08/02/2006 12:12:03 AM
Congrats Crystal. Excellent shot, excellent score and a pretty blue ribbon to boot. Well done.
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08/02/2006 12:11:58 AM
Congrats on your first blue!
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08/02/2006 12:11:18 AM
YAHOOOOO! Great job, Crystal!
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08/02/2006 12:09:55 AM
Congrats! You have been calling it all week! AWESOME!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2006 09:52:20 PM
Quite the funky shot. I like it alot. And being one of the people that has no rpoblem with color being in the entry I think I would have loved to have seen a bow or something of bright red in her hair. Just a small piece of red somewhere. Anyways - cool shot - hope this does well for you. Bsck to bump. Very entertaining shot.
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08/01/2006 09:48:00 PM
I predict a ribbon for this. It gets a 7 from me for being imaginative and clearly a lot of work (my money's on scalvert...).
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08/01/2006 08:53:34 PM
the sharp foreground and blurred background is make my eyes go crazy
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08/01/2006 06:48:43 PM
Hmmm these stockings look really familiar! ;) Great idea, pleasing composition, but the black in the hair is underexposed and you lose too much detail in it and looks like a big blob. Still this should be in the top 20 at least.
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08/01/2006 06:36:57 PM
wow love the idea!
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08/01/2006 04:37:19 PM
Great perspective. 8
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07/31/2006 11:46:43 PM
Clever and fun. And it fits the theme.
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07/31/2006 09:24:32 PM
This is really awesome. Very creative. The only thing I might change is the placement of the subject. Less centered, leaving the middle of the image as just spots, might make for a stronger composition. 8
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07/31/2006 06:42:06 PM
Very cool shot. I love the creativity here. Fun patterns and textures and interesting composition. Looks like a sweet little (jaded) youth? Maybe?? :) Excellent work. 9 from me.
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Now that I've voted on all of the B&Ws, I'm back to bump. 10
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07/29/2006 04:07:27 PM
An interesting abstract photo.
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07/29/2006 12:50:47 AM
very cute and whimsical
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07/28/2006 09:04:21 PM
Very interesting. Love the background.
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07/28/2006 08:32:09 PM
Great shot.
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07/28/2006 03:02:20 PM
wow, very surreal. great image!
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07/28/2006 12:46:24 PM
This is bizarre! I like it. 9
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07/27/2006 10:59:15 PM
Great Shot!!!
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07/27/2006 05:24:47 PM
when I saw this picture all I could say was, " oh my God... oh my God" by that I mean this picture is pretty amazing
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07/27/2006 05:19:15 PM
this is nice... but it scares me :)
interesting environment you placed the ...thing in :)
-only thing is she doesn't look as if she is directly on the background. still floating there.
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07/27/2006 03:39:17 PM
I absolutely loved the concept... very different..
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07/27/2006 02:29:49 PM
Very creative. Nicely done!
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07/27/2006 12:17:41 PM
This is great! I absolutely love this!!
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07/27/2006 11:35:44 AM
this looks great. i like the composition a lot, 10.
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07/27/2006 09:12:23 AM
This is one of my favorites in this challenge! Good Luck!!
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07/26/2006 10:36:07 PM
whoa this photo is amazing I want it to be first place
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07/26/2006 09:45:14 PM
I love this picture. Great clarity and focus. This is definitely my number 1 pick. Good luck. Gonna be added to my favs.
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07/26/2006 08:30:49 PM
Excellent shot... 10
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07/26/2006 07:22:59 PM
Cool!
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07/26/2006 03:27:44 PM
This photo is pretty freaking awesome. My only critique is that I wish I could see the girl's face is the mirror.
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07/26/2006 01:41:47 PM
This is one stupendous photo. It's got so many blacks and whites... The idea to shot it from above seems excellent! 10
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07/26/2006 12:02:38 PM
my favorite in the challenge. 10
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07/26/2006 11:20:21 AM
it's kind of scary
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07/26/2006 11:12:30 AM
WOW!! A favorite
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07/26/2006 08:37:57 AM
This is gonna cause me nightmares. Thanks. LOL
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07/26/2006 05:07:02 AM
My favourite out of the lot of them!
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07/26/2006 02:00:15 AM
one of the very best so far...excellent...love the oof dots
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07/26/2006 12:45:11 AM
Wow um okay... 8
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07/26/2006 12:43:01 AM
beautiful shot, and the only one, so far, that has captured the real description of the challenge, I love it!
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