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Challenge: Dirt (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Rauðhólar, just outside Reykjavik
Date: Dec 8, 2006
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 10, 2006

This is my wife Henny again :) We were going to take pictures of another person just like this but they got sick last minute and we thought this would be too much fun to not do so she volenteered to be the model although it was up for discussion that I would do it this time. The dirt is regular flower pot mud we bought in a local flower shop and she also darkened parts of her face with dark eye makeup.

However, we took this real late during an overcast and gloomy day, you see the camera settings were at f1.8, iso1600 and still only got a shutterspeed of 1/80 so there really was no option other than for me to take these photos as Henny isn´t as familiar with the DOF and focusing of the camera as I am. It was DAMN funn to put all that dirt on her, hehehehe :P

Anyway, only lighting was a single reflector, the plan was to use two if we had a model but I am totally satisfied with the lighting in this shot.

Post processing was mainly just raw conversion, b/w done with channel mixer, curves adjustmens, a little dodge burning and small amount of healing brush.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 144
Avg (all users): 7.3221
Avg (commenters): 8.4167
Avg (participants): 7.1351
Avg (non-participants): 7.4254
Views since voting: 19448
Views during voting: 685
Votes: 208
Comments: 108
Favorites: 80 (view)


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04/18/2010 03:36:40 PM
Love this shot. And a tough one to pull off too by the souds of it. Nicely done.
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10/05/2007 06:31:42 PM
Wow, an amazing picture! I enjoy the work of mud and makeup together on her face... the B&W makes the picture! She has a good glare too! :)
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05/17/2007 07:56:54 AM
Jeez, excellent shot. Really admire all of your work and only wish i knew a fraction of what you know and i would be very happy.

Congrats on a well deserved Blue Ribbon

Nick
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05/17/2007 06:17:51 AM
this eyes let me cannot forget it !
you do this successful !

B&W tone is a more deeply impress to my brain !

liou

//hi.baidu.com/lioufoto
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12/22/2006 10:01:03 PM
Congratulations, great photo!
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12/21/2006 11:45:56 AM
congrats!!!!!
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12/21/2006 09:42:16 AM
I would like to request that this picture stay on the homepage of DPC forever. I love staring at it, even as a thumbnail.
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12/21/2006 03:25:47 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, I like this one a lot.
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12/20/2006 07:08:53 PM
Hey til hamingju!
Massaflott mynd :D
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12/20/2006 04:19:54 PM
Congrats on your ribbon; such a fantastic photograph. The dirt spot in the bottom left is distracting. I also find your wife's left eye draws to much attention. (possibly because her head is tilted) I really love the texture of the dirt on her hair and face. Just a beautiful shot!
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12/20/2006 04:36:32 AM
Congrats Lárus. Great DOF and sharpnes.
Her eyes really catch the viewer.
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12/19/2006 08:40:12 PM
Great shot Larus, love the contrast and intensity of her eyes. Well Done and Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!!!
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12/19/2006 05:57:39 PM
85 1.8 all the way baby. Also glad to see someone else using ISO 1600 for the look ;-)
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12/19/2006 03:43:15 PM
Another amazing shot Larus!
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12/19/2006 03:29:45 PM
Great DOF, super contrast, well done
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12/19/2006 10:12:24 AM
Really nice picture, well lit, good subject. Really like the intense eyes. Deserved your ribbon.
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12/19/2006 09:24:41 AM
Top notch quality, congratulations on winning the blue. Quite the run you're on...keep it going!
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12/19/2006 08:02:55 AM
That's a really nice piece of work my man. Well done on the ribbon.
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12/18/2006 10:34:40 PM
has my vote. Amazing the quality of the cannon at 1600 aso. I know that the Nikon D 200 is suppose to have even less noise then the cannons
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12/18/2006 06:42:30 PM
Wonderful shot from you as usual, congratulations on your blue!
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12/18/2006 04:29:16 PM
Frábær mynd, frábær árangur :-)
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12/18/2006 03:31:03 PM
phenomenal
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12/18/2006 03:10:43 PM
Til hamingju - ótrúlegur árangur!
Proud to be an eyeslander!

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12/18/2006 02:35:24 PM
Great picture. And your wife is hot like fire.
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12/18/2006 02:24:32 PM
Larus you owe your wife a HUGE present for Xmas! ;)
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12/18/2006 02:18:55 PM
Henny deserves a medal for this one Larus! Absolutely a beautiful dirty face :)
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12/18/2006 01:16:04 PM
wonderful shot. beautiful model!
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12/18/2006 12:43:17 PM
Congrats for another great shot and for the usual blue ribbon.
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12/18/2006 12:41:16 PM
So we have 5 weeks of this ahead of us? Nice Shot!...
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12/18/2006 12:13:22 PM
I saw this one as a ribbon. Great shot, you're just too good at this.
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12/18/2006 11:35:49 AM
Fun to put all that dirt on your wife,...ok, just so you can put all those ribbons around your neck, ha! Congrats, Lárus, for yet another blue.
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12/18/2006 11:25:03 AM
Congratulations with your second black and white winner.
Sorry for the repeat, but my network is just to slow at the moment.

Message edited by author 2006-12-18 11:26:43.
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12/18/2006 11:24:56 AM
Congratulations with your second black and white winner.
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12/18/2006 11:09:43 AM
This is amazing. I would love to know how you got the eyes! I know it was dark, but i think i would like to see a tiny bit more DOF
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12/18/2006 10:48:36 AM
great job yet again, bud. this is amazing. two B&Ws in a row :D congrats.

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12/18/2006 10:43:11 AM
Keep it up bud your on a role. Awesome shot once again. You got a hell of a wife to do something like that. Nice work.
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12/18/2006 10:35:14 AM
great shot! Love all your work actually... You're brilliant!

Áfram Ísland!
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12/18/2006 10:13:45 AM
Congrats on the blue - Super sweet shot! Her eyes are amazing!
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12/18/2006 10:10:58 AM
Hey Larus...when are you gonna stop winning? And you have the franchise of the ble too. It's getting boring, man.

Anyway, congrats. I really have to make a trip there to Iceland soon to observe you work. I am serious.:)
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12/18/2006 09:29:16 AM
Hey, another very fine b/w image from you! Congratulations!
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12/18/2006 09:16:53 AM
doll eyes suck. This pic is amazing. I would add a little more detail to the whites of the eyes. It will only add to the grittiness, and make her look more real. The way it is now is disgusting.

drake
12/18/2006 09:07:42 AM
Congrats man, when going through the entriesthis one stoood out most for me. Your wifes eyes totally make this portrait work. The lightingis as good as ever with you and i like that you shot at 1600, I like the grainy look this adds. Great shot.
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12/18/2006 08:32:57 AM
Congrats Lárus, nice job meeting your goal:) She is beautiful even with dirt all over her.
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12/18/2006 08:20:53 AM
well, at least it's black and white.
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12/18/2006 06:56:34 AM
hvaða voða kraftur er í þér strákur
congrats Lárus
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12/18/2006 06:24:48 AM
Lárus, she deserves the biggest Christmas present ever :) But I am sure you know that already.
Great shot, fantastic even. Congrats on yet another ribbon!
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12/18/2006 06:20:39 AM
Larus, your wife deserves a new Tiffany bracelet and a 2 hour massage and pedicure...

I love this image...perfect...going into my favourites
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12/18/2006 05:53:41 AM
Awesome...congrats again Larus.
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12/18/2006 05:17:52 AM
Well you finally won a blue with a B&W so congratulations.. now can you please just stop winning them for a little while..LOL

beautifull wife, excellently taken photograph in a class of its own as usual.. no surprise to see it ribbon.
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12/18/2006 04:18:26 AM
Your wife looks like a very beautiful street urchin in this one. Such excellent work. Congratulations on winning the blue.
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12/18/2006 03:55:15 AM
What a good sport. Hope she got a fun bubble bath afterward. ;~D Congratulations.
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12/18/2006 02:59:15 AM
Lárus congrats :o) But hey, are you never going to give us a change to the top seats??? Hehe, well done, very nice picture, nice make-up on the eyes also... well done AGAIN.
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12/18/2006 01:33:49 AM
excellent excellent, congrats.
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12/18/2006 01:17:40 AM
Congrats on the blue! Nice filthy job!
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12/18/2006 01:06:24 AM
Congrats to both of you!
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12/18/2006 12:28:08 AM
beautiful! I knew this HAD to ribbon. great job. congrats.
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12/18/2006 12:21:01 AM
Give Henny a big hug from me she deserves it, Larus you keep producing the goods, and they are well rewarded, congratulations on another Blue.
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12/18/2006 12:19:03 AM
Yes, the viewer is at once overwhelmed with tactile feeling of this young lady bathed in planting soil. Despite the heavy bathing the image remains compelling because of the eyes and facial expression. A handy winner for this challenge. Congratulations on your Blue!
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12/18/2006 12:14:24 AM
They don't come any filthier than this :-) Congrats on blue!
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12/18/2006 12:14:14 AM
þú ert óstöðvandi maður!!!! GLÆSILEG MYND, vissi að þetta væri þú!
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12/18/2006 12:07:04 AM
I suppose this ribbon should go to her instead? :P Congrats.
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12/18/2006 12:05:45 AM
wow, stack of comments already. Congratulations again. ;>þ
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12/18/2006 12:04:41 AM
CONGRATS!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/17/2006 10:58:17 PM
Boy, do I love this picture. If it weren't for all that dirt, this could easily be in a magazine photo spread. :-) Very nicely done!
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12/17/2006 07:59:35 PM
looks great
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12/17/2006 05:46:27 PM
Very cool shot. Great eyes and love the DOF/bluring. Great contrast too. Back to bump you up to 9.
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12/17/2006 01:44:38 PM
Wonderful portait, B & W works great.
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12/17/2006 11:28:07 AM
Even with all that dirt, there's an amazing beauty to her and the image. Nice focus on eyes, DOF, texture, drip from chin. Love it.
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12/17/2006 06:53:22 AM
wonderful light, exposition, model and dirt effect! i think i would pay to learn to make photo like this!
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12/17/2006 01:27:44 AM
excellent
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12/15/2006 07:13:52 PM
Gorgeous. I love it.
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12/15/2006 02:26:18 PM
I absolutely love this one, great model for b/w.
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12/15/2006 08:22:54 AM
Nasty, but well shot.
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12/14/2006 07:04:21 PM
great processing.
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12/14/2006 01:41:01 PM
Very, very disconcerting! But more original and better done than the majority of photos I have seen so far. I shall come back to vote as I want to see fresh.
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12/14/2006 08:24:05 AM
I'm not voting in this challenge but I would have given your photo a 10. Good luck to ya! Ok, update - I looked thru all the photos, I think yours is the winner. Maybe some of those 'hand' photos will edge it out but...this photo is tops to me. Great job!
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12/14/2006 02:25:44 AM
That was a nice model! Love the contrast. Technically nice photo. Leaves me wondering the significance of the dirt... why is she so dirty?
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12/14/2006 12:19:34 AM
Whoever went to this trouble deserves a ribbon.....10
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12/13/2006 11:54:53 PM
great dirt emphasis - 10
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12/13/2006 11:04:29 AM
I love the tones here. Nice glow of skin and super eyes.
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12/12/2006 10:30:59 PM
Like the black white treatment and DOF. Her Blond hair and whites of her eyes really makes this shot pop! She's very pretty and still looks gorgeous despite all that dirt. Very professional and edgy.
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12/12/2006 10:07:42 PM
Offer her a towel and a beer! This girl looks like she's been having a good time at the mud hole. Good use of extra large aperture for shallow depth of field. Good in B&W too. Color would reset the attention even more on the eyes and away from the dirt.
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12/12/2006 09:24:02 PM
I really like this one, it draws you in!
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12/12/2006 04:58:38 PM
Amazing eyes - and I really like the "grunge" look (or whatever you call it)
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12/12/2006 04:01:53 PM
If it just didn't look so set up for the camera...
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12/12/2006 12:30:27 PM
Mega!
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12/12/2006 09:53:26 AM
omg...i love this so much!
the eyes...! oooh! you are fabulous ^_^
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12/12/2006 09:23:21 AM
I cannot vote yet but this is a great entry. Good luck!
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12/12/2006 09:03:00 AM
Very nice detail and amazingly sharp. Like the use of DOF for this photo. Great job!
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12/12/2006 07:18:12 AM
beautiful, yet forced.
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12/12/2006 06:16:44 AM
heheh
nice one
9
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12/12/2006 04:33:58 AM
Really nice photo, but she seems too pretty for this to work for me. I see a beautiful model covered in dirt for a photo. The eyes are striking.
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12/12/2006 04:04:49 AM
Excellent, and you are really good at these type of images.....
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12/11/2006 10:16:42 PM
The face isn't entirely focused.
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12/11/2006 08:50:25 PM
Odd picture. The hair and shoulders look almost like a negative, whereas the face/neck don't. It's a beautiful image in a way, although, what is missing (to me) is any reason why such a beautiful young woman would get all muddy like that, especially with makeup on. ~9
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12/11/2006 07:36:36 PM
Awesome.
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12/11/2006 06:07:23 PM
To say the least. Very well done, feel bad for the model, but its worth the ribbon. Very nicely done.
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12/11/2006 04:19:20 PM
Phenomenal! I hope this ribbons. She is FILTHY! It's great! The lighting, contrast...wonderful. And very powerful eyes. Fantastic job. I'm jealous. I hope one day I can make a picture like that! 10!
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12/11/2006 02:16:09 PM
Sweet - Her eyes are wonderful! Nicely done!
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12/11/2006 01:32:33 PM
Fantastic shot! The eyes really capture the viewers attention! I fully expected to see several "dirty girls" for this particular challenge and even though this one fits that stereotype, it's been pulled off flawlessly! Kudos! - 9
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12/11/2006 12:13:45 PM
Ok, if someone is going to do a dirty face portrait, I wanna see more than a dab on the cheek. This is getting somewhere. Sharp focus on the eyes, nice DOF with the shoulders. Great shot overall. My first 9.
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12/11/2006 11:58:36 AM
this is a wonderful portrait!!
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12/11/2006 10:39:17 AM
10 !
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12/11/2006 09:13:51 AM
This has interesting juxtaposition with the perfectly "clean " eye and the rest of the dirty appearance. I like it. 9
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12/11/2006 08:53:37 AM
This is the winner I say.
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12/11/2006 01:42:14 AM
By far my pick of the challenge. Excellent contrast between the eyes & the surrounding scene. Perfect lighting, and awesome expression with just the right amount of 'dirt' to make the viewer wonder "what the heck was she doing?". Stunning shot... i'll be amazed if this doesn't ribbon.
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12/11/2006 12:39:49 AM
i bet this was fun to shoot :)
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12/11/2006 12:37:22 AM
a ribbon winner in my view...has to be...and has to be a 10
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