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Captured From Another Time
Captured From Another Time

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Challenge: Free Study XV (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Girls
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Location: San Antonio Riverwalk candid
Date: Nov 12, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2006

This is a candid photo. The minute I saw her, I thought she looked like a woman from the 1940's. I love her style. I hope I was able to process it in a way that enhanced that "other era" look.

I converted it to Black and White, then I ran a draganizer action over it, and of course sharpened it to bring out the texture in her face.


Wow! THANK YOU GUYS!! I am blown away by the response to my "1940's" lady. I was disappointed in the low placing too, but when people whose talent and work I look up to so much like it -- it really reeeeeally makes up for it.


Place: 76 out of 501
Avg (all users): 6.2323
Avg (commenters): 8.2105
Avg (participants): 6.2376
Avg (non-participants): 6.2222
Views since voting: 4866
Views during voting: 302
Votes: 155
Comments: 78
Favorites: 71 (view)

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02/16/2013 06:03:30 PM
I've always thought this was such an amazing shot.
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02/22/2010 06:05:52 PM
I just had to tell you again how much I love this pic. =)
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07/24/2008 02:09:33 AM
Reading The Grapes of Wrath. She would also fit in perfectly.
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07/12/2008 12:33:22 AM
Love looking at this photo
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05/19/2008 05:52:23 PM
Excellent. Something I have recorded in my mind and will draw upon for inspiration.

Message edited by author 2008-05-21 02:57:15.
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04/08/2008 03:36:20 AM
Another beauty! You are great at eyeing unique people and capturing their essence.
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08/23/2007 08:57:40 PM
Great capture. This woman is strong and bold but you feel a sense of sadness from her. Love how she is not the typical beauty yet she is beautiful. Just love it.
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07/28/2007 11:46:55 PM
i love her nose, great shot, very well composed!
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06/18/2007 10:18:18 PM
Absolutely stunning; I just stared at the lip and eyeliner the hair texture. terrific.
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05/11/2007 12:34:33 PM
What is draganizer action??? Sounds like I want to use this tool hahaha
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05/10/2007 09:55:11 PM
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02/27/2007 01:13:28 PM
Spectacular. Just wish I could see the smoke rising from that cigarette, or maybe from her lips. Still a 10, though. No, make it an 11.
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02/16/2007 10:32:43 AM
Good for you for spotting this "other-timely" quality in your subject. I love candid portraits, and this is a gem.
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02/05/2007 09:23:03 AM
I have visited this many times. Just wanted to leave a note of appreciation.
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02/05/2007 08:18:03 AM
I had stopped by your profile just to see who you were having "met" you in the 30 Day Where-you-Live thing. The thumbnail of this just grabbed me and looking at the full image......well, it's just spectacular. This is one of the finest portraits I have ever seen for it's tangible humanity. Very superb shot. At this point, I'm thinking the score is merely an indication of how many people lost out on a timeless, classic, incredible portrait and that is in no way a reflection on you, your skill, or the quality of this excellent portrait.

Not that I like it or anything.....8>)
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01/26/2007 09:18:34 PM
I think this is one of the most underrated photos on this site. I want to look again and again at her face. The strong features make this so interesting, and an unbelievable composition for a candid. Congrats on this outstanding photo!
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01/18/2007 02:50:43 AM
Really works for me. Been by this photo several times and I wonder why it should be so striking, maybe it is more than just the essence of the 40's, or maybe the essence of the 40's was significant, the generation of woman who took on tough war time jobs and responsibilities, for whom there was no looking back... Maybe she should replace FDR on the American dime (whose profile was modeled by a female sculptor), and FDR replaced the Statue of Liberty, all a grand tradition. (That's my ten cents).
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01/17/2007 10:27:58 AM
Wonderful character study.
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12/20/2006 11:06:49 AM
This is such a striking photo. I've read through the comments and have to agree that it was severely underrated. It has so much character and ambiance. WOW... Definitely one of the best I've seen on the site. Beautiful capture, editing, and presentation.
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12/19/2006 07:08:35 AM
I agree with Pixelstate, top 10 material here
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12/18/2006 10:56:31 AM
This should have done better... I guess it lack something for the voters... but IMO it is top 10 of this challenge... Free study challenges are very hard... this shot would have ribboned in any number of weekly challenges...

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12/12/2006 01:00:31 AM
You did really well with this Sandy...quite underrated though. I saw an old lady with a thousand wrinkles on her face and a cigerette dangling our of her mouth at LA's Farmer's Market and I wanted to pay her for an image, but chickened out. She had bad make up and lots of character. Anyhow, great job here...
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12/11/2006 01:54:18 AM
yeah this is quite nice.
more substance than many of the other 'pretty' pictures.
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12/10/2006 12:34:21 PM
WOW a an absolutely perfect profile for a candid. This could not have been better posed or setup. SUPER, a ribbon in many minds!
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12/10/2006 01:44:32 AM
Wow,a great image. The tones and look of the woman really evokes another time.I'm left wondering about her life.
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12/09/2006 08:24:40 PM
This is fabulous! Love everything about it!
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12/09/2006 07:37:18 PM
Excellent candid portrait. fyi 8
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12/08/2006 05:50:10 PM
How this could not be a top 10 I don't know, wonderful job, great skin tones, perfect pose.

Fantastic job,

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12/08/2006 05:20:37 PM
Sandy, WOW! I just got back from a trip - haven't been able to keep up with DPC much lately. I'm soooo glad I got to see this one of yours! It's really, really a crisp, beautiful, wonderful portrait. It's fun to see you go for a slightly different (harder, in some ways) look, too. Wonderful job!! Added to my favorites, of course :-)
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12/08/2006 04:06:46 PM
Sandy, Sandy, Sandy!! This is just incredible! Such a classic in every sense. I hear smokey room slow sinatra songs when i look at this! (but i also saw this on the front page) Just wonderful, congratulations on an outstanding capture!!
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12/08/2006 03:25:43 PM
Sandy, you showed me this photo and I was amazed. I think the only thing that held you back here was that it was in a challenge with so many entries that people just ran through them hitting 5...5...5...5 all along the way.

In a B&W study or even a portrait study, this would have ranked much higher. It is a fine shot that deserves to be brought to light elsewhere, in a place that it gets the recognition that it deserves. You can seriously use this for image #1 of that submission we were going to do this year - for the submissions next year. If this is the 1st one they see then there is no way they wouldn't look through the rest.

Message edited by author 2006-12-08 17:55:00.
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12/08/2006 03:23:04 PM
Sandy this deserved higher,But IMO your photography surpassed the voters, and they were left in the unknown realm of do I or don't I, for the challenge this is a strong finish.
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12/08/2006 02:55:37 PM
Indeed, a classic image...so very well captured!
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12/08/2006 02:10:33 PM
Wow Sandy. Unbelievably awesome. What an eye you have to get this as a candid. Fav for me.
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12/08/2006 11:40:18 AM
VERY NICE Sandy!! One of my fav's on dpc! Great job
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12/08/2006 11:04:20 AM
As you know, this sort of portraiture really appeals to me. I just got done reading the thread about this photo in the forums, and I have to say that some people do not find any thing stirring about moody photography, which is probably why I have so much trouble finding work that pays. This portrait will not appeal to many types of people because it comes off as 'just a woman with a big nose'. To those sensitive to good portraiture, you see much more than that. To find a woman like this on the street or in a restaurant and capture her with this much character is nothing short of brilliant in my opinion. The fact that she is living with this nose, without having had it surgically altered by her age is a testimony to self acceptance, and she doesn't appear ashamed of it either. I think she is beautiful and I too, think it deserved a much higher score. Way to go Sandy.

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12/08/2006 10:35:46 AM
This is an awesome capture Sandy. The feeling of this candid is amazing, and I am with everyone else, this should have scored much higher then it did...

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12/08/2006 09:13:55 AM
Certainly should have scored higher. This is really a magnificent candid and portrait. I bet she would love to have a copy of this.
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12/08/2006 09:12:53 AM
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12/08/2006 09:10:15 AM
Perfect capture of the model. As you say, she fits to the tee. The cloth pattern, cigarette, and general demeanor. Not often one gets to work with such overt character - like a time warp. The human form can be strangely expressive, sometimes.
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12/08/2006 03:59:20 AM

Oohhh at first glance I thought it was a tranvestite! You've captured that old time look esp. with that ciggie!
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12/08/2006 02:38:03 AM
An amazing image here, that will live on forever and ever, as time goes on.....
You should be so proud, not only of this image, but also for all the wonderful comments that you have received.

36 comments up to this point, and this will continue to grow continually, for that I am sure.
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12/08/2006 02:04:09 AM
ooops i tried to add it to my favorites, it's already there! :) definatly should have placed higher!
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12/08/2006 02:04:02 AM
The number of favs and the comments you are receiving say a lot more than the score.
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12/08/2006 01:47:31 AM
Yes, as someone said, something like Mervyn Peake would draw. It definitely has that old time - the 40s - feel to it, and perhaps that is what brought it down: old-fashionedness. Of course, the ring is very modern...
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12/08/2006 01:43:25 AM
Amazing Sandy, shocked about the finish, be proud of this photo, it is excellent.
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12/08/2006 01:24:07 AM
I can't believe this only pulled a 76th place, sheesh... This is just a spectacularly good image and you should be very proud of it.
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12/08/2006 01:15:00 AM
Wow, Sandy. First, what a shot. Bravo for not only not neat imaging her skin to plasticity but actually working to bring out the texture!

Then, just look at the comments you have, both during voting and after.

Then, look at that score from those commenters.

Finally, look at how many favorites you have!

Definitely put this one on DPCP.
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12/08/2006 12:49:12 AM
This was my favourite of the entire challenge. I believe hugely underrated. Congratulations on an amazing capture and wonderful processing.
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12/08/2006 12:42:27 AM
I echo all that has been said. It is proof to all, by the comments, that this is a truly special image. Exceptionally well done congrats.
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12/08/2006 12:35:59 AM
Sandy this stopped me dead. I can't remember the last time I was so jarred by a portrait. This truly is amongst the best ON SITE and one I would expect to see grace a very prominent page in any high end hardcover celebrating the best of the best. To finish anywhere but the top 10 for this challenge is confusing at best. Regardless... an amazing addition to your portfolio and one I'm sure will be recognized for what it is soon enough. WELL DONE!
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12/08/2006 12:33:12 AM
A masterpiece that I could see on the cover of Life Magazine.
A truly exceptional photograph and a timeless classic.
I am very disappointed in this finishing so low, but hold your head high on this one Sandy - it's perfection.
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12/08/2006 12:32:18 AM
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12/08/2006 12:28:28 AM
I'm profoundly disturbed by this finish.

This is a portrait that any of the greats...the notable oft admired portrait photographers of our day or any other day...would be supremely happy to show in their portfolios.

It's an outstanding shot, Sandy...a masterpiece.
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12/08/2006 12:19:28 AM
This deserved the front page. Really shocked. Awesome image, Sandy and such an "out of the box" for you. CONGRATS.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2006 11:42:57 PM
Coming in for a bump up. Almost 100% certain that this is my fav for the challenge. Good luck!
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12/07/2006 04:02:04 PM
This is absolutely beautiful. Good luck with it :-)
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12/07/2006 01:54:46 PM
She certainly has a very classic look about her. Lovely study in B&W.
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12/07/2006 10:09:36 AM
this has a static, permanent quality that reminds me of Diane Arbus, as does the subject. 9
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12/07/2006 12:24:25 AM
beautiful and intriguing
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12/05/2006 12:13:40 PM
Not sure why I'm so attracted to this shot. It's mesmerizing to look at. Love the tones. Well done.
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12/03/2006 03:21:39 PM
Nice shot, not sure exactly what draws me to this picture. I like the look in the eyes & the strength in the face & the fact that she's smoking a cigarette throws another little punch in there. Nice shot
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12/03/2006 04:12:00 AM
what a brilliant trip back in time, every thing about this image,is reflected by the title.....well done....good luck
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12/03/2006 12:52:49 AM
i find a lot of strength and beauty in this portrait, it's something truly special.
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12/02/2006 12:49:48 PM
This is one of the best portraits I have seen for a long time (and not only within the context of this site). The choices made here are as strong and profoundly artistic as the resulting image.

I also appreciate this entry for the unique aesthetics of the model and the way in which this image appears to be ordered and governed by reason and the senses, not only hers but also the photographer's (yes, despite the cigarette and, ironically in a small part, because of it).

The intelligence, spirit and presence created here are, however, somewhat diminished by a title which, IMO, cannot do justice.

(This is the only 10 I've given an image for at least a year or two).
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12/02/2006 10:59:13 AM
Perfect title for a perfect picture! I just love the attitude of this lady. Her nose, expression, and cigarett, all add to that 40's feel. You are true master of protraits! This is very well done!!
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12/02/2006 10:08:22 AM
Formidable - something that Mervyn Peake might draw. Feels like a character out of a novel - great mood.
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12/02/2006 07:54:49 AM
I love this. Wouldn't have the same impact if she were looking at the camera. The shape of her face goes perfectly with her backswept hair. The tones are excellent. Great work! 9
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12/02/2006 07:33:24 AM
Very nice composition and lighting.
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12/01/2006 07:40:40 PM
Smoking makes your nose grow. ;-)
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12/01/2006 05:26:14 PM
Great en profile shot, she really has an interesting profile and expression for it.
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12/01/2006 03:59:54 PM
great personality in this one
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12/01/2006 03:00:53 PM
Nice shot, intresting subject, good lighting and I like the slight warm tones it gives it a late 60's thing.
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12/01/2006 10:12:02 AM
excellent tones, very different portrait.
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12/01/2006 07:29:44 AM
What a magnificent nose! This image is positively refreshing, she is truly exotic, beautiful...well seen.
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12/01/2006 07:26:43 AM
I quite honestly cannot begin to express how much I LOVE! this shot.

It's just so brilliant. There's so much here to absorb. Her nose! My God, what a nose, lol. And that hair...it's deliciously old-fashioned. The structure of her face...I can't believe how flat her mouth and chin is, and the the rise in her nose, and the slop of her forehead. It's a face specifically designed for profil viewing. There's little details throughout her skin, but I particularly like the lines and textures in her neck.

Throw in the cigarette, and the retro feel of her blouse...I swear you shot this in 1947, or earlier. I may just have to request a validation, because I don't believe this woman actually exists :)

I demand a print of this, lol.
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12/01/2006 01:01:44 AM
This is definately very dramatic portrait and so true to life type shot.
I can see this women, sitting in a quiet bar somewhere, or in her smoko/tea break at work.
It is a very powerful, emotive image, and one we should all respect, what not to do, if we can help it.
I congratulate you, and well done, on a great, dramatic, emotive portrait.....
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12/01/2006 12:25:09 AM
She has the most noble profile. She seems like a strong confident woman. I feel as if she might be Russian or Easatern European. This evokes an era of days gone by. I really like that she's not just "a pretty face." Bravo.
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