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Emma's Braids
Emma's Braids

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: wythe va.
Date: Apr 26, 2007
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 350
Shutter: 60
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2007

I took this during a community service portrait session for low income single Moms and this was one of my favorites. This little girl wanted a picture of her braids.
I went over the image very lightly with Corel Painter acrylic brushes.

Place: 6 out of 573
Avg (all users): 7.1326
Avg (commenters): 8.5625
Avg (participants): 7.0233
Avg (non-participants): 7.4038
Views since voting: 5417
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 181
Comments: 65
Favorites: 50 (view)

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08/04/2007 01:14:30 AM
Originally posted by jerowe:

gorgeous job, susi:D

you're still a true inspiration. very nice :D

Thanks so much! I had a rough day and needed this :)
08/03/2007 01:34:33 AM
gorgeous job, susi:D

you're still a true inspiration. very nice :D
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05/24/2007 01:34:34 PM
Thank you Terry!

Originally posted by cassilda_terry:

this is a great photo. i love your photos, you take people and everyday things and make them look surreal.
05/22/2007 04:14:33 PM
this is a great photo. i love your photos, you take people and everyday things and make them look surreal.
05/15/2007 11:18:16 PM
Originally posted by tinky2:

I still stare at this one ... I love it so much. I still cannot believe that it did not get the Blue Ribbon!

Thanks so much Tinky!
05/15/2007 08:01:00 PM
I still stare at this one ... I love it so much. I still cannot believe that it did not get the Blue Ribbon!
05/15/2007 12:12:00 PM
Originally posted by JulieG:

Congrats on top ten in a tough challenge. I love your work.

Thanks Julie!
05/14/2007 11:30:13 PM
Congrats on top ten in a tough challenge. I love your work.
05/12/2007 11:51:06 PM
Thank you for taking the time to comment!
05/12/2007 09:47:04 PM
Certainly pulls and tugs on one's heart strings. Outstanding study. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
05/10/2007 12:41:56 PM
This portrait is truly magical! It looks like a child from another era somehow, and it just feels great to look at it.

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05/09/2007 03:41:55 AM
Hands down best photo I've ever seen here. Absolutely gorgeous.
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05/08/2007 08:55:30 PM
I wanna make pitchers just like you when I grow up! This is awesome.
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05/08/2007 07:29:20 PM
Sweet picture. Fav for sure!
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05/08/2007 06:22:15 PM
Such a beautiful shot, I love the way you process!
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05/08/2007 09:23:23 AM
Superb portrait. I'm so impressed with the delicate look of it. You're a very talented lady, Susi.
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05/08/2007 09:20:16 AM
Congratulations Susi on your top ten it is a beautiful portrait.
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05/08/2007 07:55:22 AM
WOnderful job. I didn't get a chance to vote on this challenge, but this would have been my top pick!
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05/08/2007 06:42:05 AM
I love the story behind the images Susi...congrats on a strong finish
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05/08/2007 05:49:22 AM
Classic! Wonderful portrait. Congrats, Susi!
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05/08/2007 05:47:01 AM
I don't think a portrait has ever appealed to me as much as this one. This little girl has the face of an angel and with your processing, the result is stunning.
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05/08/2007 05:29:46 AM
as usual, top quality from Susi.
There are still some minds needing an upgrade to their vision about contemporary photography. Time is on your side!
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05/08/2007 05:17:18 AM
Magic, and a very nice effect done on this one.
A shot she is sure to cherish.
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05/08/2007 04:32:51 AM
Great picture
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05/08/2007 12:44:48 AM
Great work
Lovely image
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05/08/2007 12:23:06 AM
YIPPEE - another great finish.
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05/08/2007 12:15:22 AM
amazingly beautiful. a favorite for me
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 10:30:08 PM
Lovely...has a real old world feel...the lighting is beautiful and she is gorgeous.
05/07/2007 10:21:21 PM
This is one of my top two favorite pics of the challenge. Lovely editing, beautiful model, great colors. Just a great strong and striking image. Hope to see this place well.
05/07/2007 10:02:17 PM
the arm position suggests a Classical pose without quite achieving it, but that just makes this all the more charming. The processing/lighting is so painterly. I love it. 8
05/07/2007 09:40:58 PM
I suppose this is HDR but I'd love to hear more about your processing after the challenge. The child has such a baby doll's face - and your treatment makes it a beautiful, timeless painting. Amazing.
05/07/2007 08:04:04 PM
An easy 10! from me :)
Digital art and photography cant get any better than this. The whole color scheme works wonderfully.
05/07/2007 06:57:30 PM
Looks like a painting.
05/07/2007 05:52:54 PM
one of my favs.. such a beautiful shot, the colors are amazing... the background is so nice, I zoomed it in and can't tell if this is a natural or edited background, either way it really works here.. her eyes are beautiful.. this is HOW you edit in expert :) nice job! 8
05/07/2007 12:54:06 PM
Cute portrait, although I'm not exactly sure if she's playing with her hair or playing the air guitar.
05/06/2007 05:18:03 PM
I think this is a lovely portrait - complementary coloring, the background is nice, and the pose is non-standard and holds a viewer's interest. Great job!
05/06/2007 11:22:51 AM
Love the soft feel of this almost like a pastel drawing, lovely expression. The background really compliments the dress and ribbons. Well presented
05/06/2007 10:36:08 AM
Crazy eyes.
I'm not fan of these corny backdrops though.
05/05/2007 02:51:57 AM
Lovely color treatment and her face is just made for the camera.
05/04/2007 07:29:38 PM
Beautiful shot and such a great little model. I love her expression and the painting feel of this shot. Wonderful color tones. Back to bump you up to 9.
05/04/2007 01:57:07 PM
This is really nice in compostion and color selection. I love the natural pose which fits the natural colors. The only thing I don't like too much is the horizontal stripes on the shirt. They seem to clash with the overall mood. 9
05/03/2007 10:58:46 PM
What can I say, it's perfect. This reminds me of Susi's work. If this is Susi, wow, you certainly have a touch. If it's not Susi, well, take it as a big compliment. ~10

PS - I really would like to learn how this is done (besides finding the perfect model I mean).
05/03/2007 08:07:12 PM
Looks a lot like susi's pictures and processing. Very nice work and a lovely young lady.
05/03/2007 01:00:08 AM
This is a real beauty. The background is great and matches the rest of the picture and the overall tone is just fine. I gave this a 10 and my only comment.I hope that it does well for you.
05/02/2007 11:58:28 PM
WOW, fantastic portrait!! This should ribbon, good luck.
05/02/2007 09:45:36 PM
This looks like susi's work - please forgive me for saying so if it's not you - it is meant as a compliment. I love the tones and 3D & "painted" effect of editing. Outstanding.
05/02/2007 08:24:03 PM
Don't know what processing you did but I really love the way this came out. Almost animated-cartoon-like, but with a young subject it doesn't look horribly fake. She looks quite proud of her braids and her eyes are just mesmerizing. Background is complementary. Really, everything about this just works for me. Thanks for sharing your talent!
05/02/2007 08:20:26 PM
Great use of colors in this shot. Her eyes are amazing. I would prefer a closer crop in order to see her eyes better.
05/02/2007 05:24:44 PM
I am absolutely captivated by this. It is gorgeous!
05/02/2007 12:12:33 PM
Beuatiful shot....the colors pop!
05/02/2007 10:06:13 AM
I would like this more if she were further away from the background - or outside. Those eyes and that great face, ok, and the very cute hair are crying out to be outdoors! :-) 7
05/02/2007 08:55:44 AM
Nice portrait, very good lighting on this.
05/01/2007 09:36:38 PM
Classic photo and a great little model.
05/01/2007 09:03:48 PM
Nothing more to say than 10!
05/01/2007 05:41:04 PM
I like this photo, I don't like the way the elbow is sticking out. She looks uncomfortable. 7
05/01/2007 05:15:56 PM
perfect a wall hanger for sure
05/01/2007 04:22:48 PM
I love the magical feel of this. The greens are great! The look on her face is wonderful!
05/01/2007 03:48:03 PM
skin tones are too cool for my taste. 6
05/01/2007 02:34:33 PM
This is a stunning portrait! You captured the innocence of childhood beautifully! 10
05/01/2007 01:15:01 PM
Lovely, timeless portrait of a very appealing child with very nice DA work. However, I think the image would be even more effective if you cropped just a bit off the top--maybe 1/2 and inch (1cm).
05/01/2007 01:14:58 PM
She's beautiful...
05/01/2007 12:54:33 PM
susi? awesome job.
comment only
05/01/2007 10:55:49 AM
subject Emma expressive (N. Rockwell like, but formal) & color of conventional studio painted back merge for excellent, pleasing, beautifully made portrait.
05/01/2007 09:32:00 AM
Wonderful!! Lighting is excellent - great color - nicely done!! What a cutie!
05/01/2007 12:10:31 AM
All I can say is WOW

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