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LalliSig


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Challenge: Magic & Mystery (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: ÍskjuhlÝ­, Iceland
Date: Aug 18, 2006
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Portraiture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Aug 20, 2006

This is Ingunn, I doubt someone will recognize her but I started off my "2006 season" here at DPC with two shots of her in the Off-Centered Subject II and Blue II challenges. I have had this idea in my head for over half a year now, was originally going to take this photo for the fantasy challenge that was in january this year but at the time there were no elf ears available here in Iceland so I waited till I could buy them and then waited till a fitting challenge came along, the rest was easy.

This is the first time I light a portrait outdoors with only two reflectors. Have used just a single one before and a single one + some sort of artificial lighting like a flash or a monolight but never two reflectors at the same timea and just that as lighting. Did that because I intended to mix up the WB afterwards to get a certain effect on the shot in post processing. Henny held a big one from the left and I held a smaller one to the right. Shortly after taking this shot my friend indridistefans came along and helped us out by holding one of the reflectors, he was a big help even though he didn┤t have any effect on this particular shot, this was actually one of the first shots in this photoshoot.

As usually my wife Henny took care of the makeup wich was of course mainly putting on the ears :) Ingunn actually liked the ears so much she left the photoshoot with them on. Notice the date, it was taken at friday and pretty late, around 9 pm so I dunno, maybe she went partying downtown like this, I have to get the full story from her :)

Post processing was mainly just raw conversion where I increased contrast and stuff like that. Since I increased the WB to about 11000 kelvin her eyes wich are naturally very blue kindof lost their punch so I restored them to what they originally look like and then lightened them a little. Then just the basics, shadow/higlights, curves for contrast and sharpened after resizing. This shot could actually be in basic editing modes except for mainly the eye adjustment but since it was advanced I took advantage of that and also did some slight healing brush adjustments.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 127
Avg (all users): 7.6758
Avg (commenters): 9.1163
Avg (participants): 7.6333
Avg (non-participants): 7.6918
Views since voting: 35592
Views during voting: 762
Votes: 219
Comments: 113
Favorites: 166 (view)


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03/06/2009 03:34:58 PM
Amazing i love this.
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06/26/2007 11:41:17 AM
Where did she get the ears?? :-D
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01/11/2007 06:03:01 PM
Yes she is very beautiful... as weird as this may sound I really like her ears, very nice... and her blue eyes and golden hair is beautiful as well!
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09/13/2006 11:19:02 AM
she is BEAUTIFUL! awesome shot!
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09/02/2006 11:24:56 AM
i really like her pose here. almost a mix of serene and serious.
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09/01/2006 08:48:45 AM
Amazing!!
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08/31/2006 07:09:58 PM
Hæ Lárús, Klárlega flottasta myndin í þessari keppni, er þetta Ingunn sem var í ungfrú íslands fyrir ári eða tveim?
mjög flott mynd og titill myndarinnar gæti ekki verið betri
10+
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08/31/2006 12:53:40 PM
Congratulations Lárus! Yet another fresh image on your front page, very nicely done...
Til hamingju kallinn, lýsingarnar hjá þér eru engu líkar, flott þetta.
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08/30/2006 05:40:32 PM
Really well done...I knew this would ribbon. Congratulations!
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08/30/2006 01:32:02 AM
Excellent work. You are really good. Congrats for this beautiful photo.
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08/29/2006 10:41:12 PM
I need some ears like that! Would be a blast to see the reactions from people. Oh heck - need the eyes too. :)
Congrats on your rib1.gif Larus!
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08/29/2006 02:39:16 PM
Beautiful photo and model. I found your comments on the lighting of the scene to be quite interesting and useful.



Message edited by author 2006-08-30 19:08:43.
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08/29/2006 01:01:36 PM
Beautiful portrait. I especially like her shy and playful expression, just like an elf would respond to her picture taken. I wondered if the ears were photoshopped or real-fake, nice to know the story behind the picture! Congratulations!
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08/29/2006 09:00:12 AM
As much as I like this photo - the depth of field jumps too quickly on the right in her hair. DOF is usually a gradual thing.
The ears are awesome - no wonder she wore them off the set! Great eyes. I can see why you would enhance them if they faded out.
Nice job
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08/29/2006 08:10:16 AM
nice idea
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08/29/2006 07:30:24 AM
Til lukku kappi.
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08/29/2006 07:06:41 AM
til hamingju... virkilega flott mynd, verry cool
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08/29/2006 06:08:31 AM
Excellent work here. A well deserved ribbon. Her eyes are mesmerising. Well done!
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08/29/2006 02:10:12 AM
wow i love this shot. intense colors especially in her eyes. GREAT JOB!
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08/29/2006 12:42:12 AM
Intense eyes. She is really glowing. Love it!
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08/28/2006 07:56:41 PM
Bravo. Nice work!
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08/28/2006 07:25:09 PM
5D+85mm+big aperture = Stunning! You've really used the DoF to best effect here. And of course, your model is just beautiful.
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08/28/2006 05:33:34 PM
The smaller version of this on the front page drew me in immediately. Up close, it's even more magical.
Lovely job.
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08/28/2006 05:19:19 PM
Beautiful entry and a very worthy winner. Congratulations!
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08/28/2006 03:30:53 PM
Congrats again! This has the same quality as Kiwiness' Color Portrait. IN fact i would have guessed it was his entry if someone held a gun to my head ;) Nice Shot!
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08/28/2006 03:05:40 PM
Okay, When I left my fist comment it looked a teeny bit like your work and I was like..."No it's probably not " I then when you won I was It Was ! Congrats on yet another victory
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08/28/2006 02:46:33 PM
Fantastic shot. Well done!
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08/28/2006 02:40:30 PM
I love Elves. Fabulous job.
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08/28/2006 02:24:49 PM
Great shot Lárus, Congratulations!
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08/28/2006 01:48:26 PM
Þetta er klassi
til hamingju með enn einn borðann
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08/28/2006 12:27:25 PM
Like i said an award winning shot....congrats on your blue....:)
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08/28/2006 11:20:12 AM
beautiful and effective..congrats!
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08/28/2006 10:09:42 AM
Absolutely well deserved Blue! You gotta love that 85mm f/1.8!
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08/28/2006 08:42:44 AM
This is just so beautifully subtle - first you see the eyes, then the ears and then the green leaves in her hair. A truly magical image. Congratulations.
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08/28/2006 08:15:22 AM
Hey, Congrats on the ribbon! Always look forward to seeing your work.
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08/28/2006 07:45:07 AM
Flott mynd hjá kallinum einsog vanalega en ertu ekki byrjaður í skólanum
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08/28/2006 07:28:50 AM
Yahoo, way to go Lárus! Congrates on this beautiful image ;)
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08/28/2006 07:00:33 AM
awesome...
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08/28/2006 04:15:00 AM
Yes, I thought it was yours Lárus,- absolutely gorgeous shot. Congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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08/28/2006 03:24:28 AM
Amazing, I'll take two reflectors with me all the time now. Great work!
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08/28/2006 03:13:39 AM
Great photo, and good makeup work :)
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08/28/2006 03:01:15 AM
Magic photography and mystical gaze. Wow...congrats, Larus!
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08/28/2006 01:44:05 AM
Nice work Larus. Congrats on the blue!
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08/28/2006 01:37:24 AM
So beautiful! Absolutelly amazing! Congratulations, Larus :)
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08/28/2006 01:32:33 AM
Amazingly gorgeous with the gold (?) reflectors, such punch. Love the angle from slightly above. The short DOF really works. Congrats on another blue!
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08/28/2006 01:02:51 AM
Very nice DOF and color. Congrats!
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08/28/2006 12:43:23 AM
wow... amazingly magical.
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08/28/2006 12:43:11 AM
Larus, this was perfect...congratulations on another blue...well done!
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08/28/2006 12:40:49 AM
Congrats...beautiful work!
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08/28/2006 12:37:18 AM
This smile rivals the Mona Lisa--and those eyes! Very lovely photo!
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08/28/2006 12:36:32 AM
A masterful gathering of ideas, subject and technique to bring about this beautiful work which despite the challenge theme, bears a lovely uplifting feel. Congratulations on your well earned blue.
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08/28/2006 12:29:39 AM
Good one Larus, This is amazing photography, and thank Henny for her efort too.
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08/28/2006 12:21:55 AM
I could write a long critique of this shot, but I would just be repeating "Wow!" thirty or forty times. Congrats!

(and thanks for beating me) ;-)
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08/28/2006 12:18:16 AM
Way to go Larus! I knew this one would blue! Dang, now does that mean you are ahead of me for the year? Grrrr...
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08/28/2006 12:15:10 AM
Beautifully done! Congrats!
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08/28/2006 12:14:53 AM
Congratulations! So very much deserved.
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08/28/2006 12:14:04 AM
Innilega til hamingju...þú kemst kannski ekki til New York með því að vinna þessa keppni, en færð hrós frá mér í staðinn ;)
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08/28/2006 12:08:18 AM
congrats I knew it was you and that it would get the blue!
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08/28/2006 12:07:08 AM
Great Job, I knew this was the one. Awesome...
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08/28/2006 12:06:51 AM
Sweet, congrats on your blue! I like the processing, her eyes are awesome.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/27/2006 09:40:39 PM
top ten for sure - love the ears!!
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08/27/2006 08:32:40 PM
Excellent. She looks like an elf from Rivendale.
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08/27/2006 08:30:18 PM
Wow, the best image in the competition!
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08/27/2006 04:40:36 PM
Nice one Mistah Sig
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08/27/2006 12:34:20 PM
A clear winner for this challenge ... Congratulations for a good job.
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08/27/2006 09:22:03 AM
Beautiful.
Stunning eyes hold your focus.
Nice soft focus surrounding a wonderful subject.
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08/26/2006 09:21:06 PM
Fascinating coloration. Love the ear but mostly the gaze. Bump.
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08/26/2006 08:36:48 PM
Exquisite portrait. Bump.
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08/26/2006 02:38:47 PM
Great portrait! Love the ears. This must be a favorite to ribbon.
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08/26/2006 02:01:01 PM
Very good. HOpe the voters catch her ears. fav for me. Bump to 10, lovely portrait. H(ears) hoping you ribbon!
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08/26/2006 08:20:00 AM
Absolutely gorgeous. Perfect crop and I love the perspective. Wonderful lighting and color. My pick for blue. Bumping you up....bye bye 7, hello 9. *************
Back again. Ok ok ok...you twisted my arm...a rare 10 from me.
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08/26/2006 03:59:13 AM
Beautiful,great clarity specially the eyes....Now i can vote so here u get your 10 :)
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08/25/2006 09:03:34 PM
reminds me of another shot with the 'elf' ear.... gl 10
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08/25/2006 07:48:39 PM
Excellent photo... 10+ very creative, very sharp... and very beautiful ;)
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08/25/2006 04:44:12 PM
Stunning! This shot captured my attention from the thumbnailed page immediately. Spot on use of shallow DOF. The colors really bring home the magical feel. Her eyes = gorgeous.
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08/25/2006 09:14:51 AM
Brilliant portrait. 10
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08/24/2006 11:40:36 PM
Awesome!
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08/24/2006 09:43:16 PM
Great photograph, her eyes are unbelievable. The addition of the greenery in her hair take this to the next level.
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08/24/2006 02:34:42 PM
Wonderful! The bright face lends an air of fantasy (and the ears don't hurt either!). Her eyes are striking, too. 8
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08/24/2006 02:33:04 PM
This should be the winner. Great everything - colors, editing, pose, gaze, concept. Amazing detail and just a beautiful portrait. Great work - bumping up 2 to a 10.
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08/24/2006 12:41:02 PM
Very nice and elvish! Excellent light and expression, and those ears...
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08/24/2006 11:52:15 AM
Realy like this one, good portrait and the elv-eares are awesome, great bokeah. I think the eyes are bit too much in some part, second 9 from me in ths challenge - 9
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08/24/2006 06:05:22 AM
Wonderful shot, one of the best in the challenge IMO. Good luck!
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08/23/2006 08:18:15 PM
a great portrait, though maybe just a tad bit over proccessed. 7 regardless.
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08/23/2006 11:27:05 AM
Love the look in her eyes. Excellent shot.
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08/23/2006 08:05:47 AM
i voted this a very easy 10. it's a really gorgeous ethereal photograph, and a really subtle, successful take on the challenge. your model is obviously stunningly pretty, which helps carry off and make more authentic / believable those triffic elfish ears. the focus on the startingly blue eyes feels natural, and the depth of field is just perfect. the colours are bright, bold and almost illuminating. a superb striking portrait.
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08/22/2006 10:49:09 PM
You must have visited middle earth for this image. For this is surely Galadriel of Lothlorien.

Very nice work! From a technical point of view I really like the DOF. You almost miss the elven-like ear because it not in focus which gives it a more natural appearance. Her eyes are captivating.
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08/22/2006 04:14:25 PM
8: I love the eyes and the expression - the ears seem to spoil the look though
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08/22/2006 03:48:07 PM
wow ... beautiful model, fantastically sharp capture and the ear is just classic. Even without that touch, I think the model's expression is bewitching and mysterious enough to meet the challenge criteria. This is a 10 from me, and I don't think I will be the only one giving you the top score. Again, excellent shot.
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08/22/2006 02:24:35 PM
Great photo! Its very crisp and clean.
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08/22/2006 11:42:14 AM
very nice
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08/22/2006 06:09:05 AM
I like this one, as it is simply done, but done well.....
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08/22/2006 04:45:12 AM
I expect this to ribbon...very nicely done
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08/21/2006 11:51:41 PM
I like the focus in this photo
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08/21/2006 11:26:47 PM
The best, hands down, this better ribbon because its a 10.
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08/21/2006 09:40:42 PM
Great photo...I just love the eyes, lighting, basically everything. Very well done.
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08/21/2006 08:34:52 PM
Awesome picture. I love the color and the expression on her face. Beautiful.
10
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08/21/2006 07:53:45 PM
One word.... Perfect.
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08/21/2006 07:51:00 PM
Beautiful :) 10
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08/21/2006 07:00:52 PM
Ya, this one is going to do well. I gotta say the composition and focus and lighting and everything is just awesome! Straight from Tolkien. The blue eyes are arresting. Fav!
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08/21/2006 06:25:43 PM
what is up with the ears??
08/21/2006 03:14:27 PM
Subtle! Took a minute to get past the pretty face and see the theme clincher for this image. ;^) Great lighting and detail where it counts. Well done.
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08/21/2006 02:30:22 PM
Very good! I can kinda tell the ear is fake, but it's okay beacuse the rest of the picture is so excellent. Love the soft natural light.
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08/21/2006 01:27:42 PM
Beautiful shot! Love the touch of leaves in her hair. Very good chance at a ribbon, IMHO!
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08/21/2006 11:17:33 AM
This really stands out in the challenge, the fofus and lihgting are perfect. I wish the elf ear where in focus, but thats just a minor thing. Definetly top 10 ;).. ohh yeah I bet this is you Larus!
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08/21/2006 08:34:00 AM
I first give a 6 to this picture, then I noticed the ears, very well done. She really looks lkike an elfe. Well done, 8
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08/21/2006 06:30:38 AM
her eyes are incredible! very nice
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08/21/2006 03:48:39 AM
this is absolutely PERFECT for this challenge and deserves the blue...I congratulate you in advance, why? well she's beautiful, the lighhting and colour are perfect, the pose has a little mystery to it, here eyes are enthralling, the ears look real (!), it looks like you just met her in the enchanted forrest...this is a perfect 10
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08/21/2006 03:17:50 AM
Great shot, beautiful girl & lovely eyes what's not to like?.
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08/21/2006 02:12:02 AM
This is going to do well...
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08/21/2006 12:45:06 AM
Ordinarily I would love this as a portrait, but the intensity kind of takes away from the faerie quality. Great DOF and terrific clarity. I wish the eyes weren't so over saturated. Just not elfen enough for my taste. GREAT EARS!;~D Still giving it a 7 - it is well done. Maybe I'm being too anal about the challenge. ha
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08/21/2006 12:27:36 AM
WOW !! Great job !
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08/21/2006 12:25:26 AM
Love it. Wish I could vote on it, but I do really like this picture... I'm a sucker for good portraits. Well done.
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