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xtian


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Challenge: Religion (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Huntington Beach California
Date: May 27, 2007
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2007

This is Ally, my friend Gina & Mike's daughter. The rosary she's holding is her Dad's, who was in the LAPD for years. Mike said that this rosary was always in his bullet proof vest and kept him safe through the years.

Shot in raw

I actually did it! It's my first ribbon ( I hope it's not the last!) so this is really sweet.

Before anything, thanks to my Trigger Happy Teammates! This probably never would have happened if not for their feedback and support. I could not be any happier with the DPC Team that I joined.

Thanks for all the great comments -- they have all been very helpful! The comments I have received not just in this challenge but also in others make me push myself to be better. So thanks again to all the commenters! I will do a better job myself leaving comments to others because they really do help novices like me.

Lastly, I want to thank the academy for this honor... you like me! You really really like me! Oops, sorry I got carried away....

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 311
Avg (all users): 7.2406
Avg (commenters): 8.4118
Avg (participants): 6.9365
Avg (non-participants): 7.3952
Views since voting: 8184
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 187
Comments: 64
Favorites: 30 (view)


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06/12/2007 02:31:06 AM
Congrats, Christian! ...now if I recall, it was I who recommended you for my replacement on Team TriggerHappy. I knew you were a ringer. Disregard the rumors that the other members of the team paid me to quit so they could scoop you up. :)

You've got amazing talent!
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06/11/2007 09:20:16 PM
Dear god,
Hope you got the letter,
And i pray you can make it better down here.
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer,
But all the people that you made in your image,
See them starving on their feet,
'cause they don't get enough to eat


XTC from the Skylarking disc
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06/10/2007 07:52:55 PM
Congratualtions on your first Blue - one of many to come in my estimation. Fantastic image. Beautiful model. Great story. So very well done!
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06/09/2007 11:03:09 PM
this picture is amazing. u deserve it!!! congrates
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06/08/2007 09:39:54 AM
Congrats on your blue!
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06/08/2007 03:40:22 AM
very good photo, maybe too neat imaged but still very good ... as the result shows :-) , congratulations !!
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06/07/2007 09:08:07 PM
This is excellent composition, especially her left eye. The focal plane on the eyes combined with great reflective lighting, really make this one come 'alive'! Well done!
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06/07/2007 06:34:31 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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06/07/2007 10:04:55 AM
This is such a compelling photograph. A no-brainer for blue! Congratulations on your first (surely of many) ribbons!

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06/07/2007 02:41:59 AM
Yeh it is a very very nice Photograph
captured in the Childs thoughtfulness
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06/06/2007 10:28:48 PM
Nice lighting. Beautiful well crafted image. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/06/2007 08:51:25 PM
An absolutely lovely photo and deserved winner. Congrats!
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06/06/2007 08:21:27 PM
great portrait and b&w processing, congratulations
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06/06/2007 07:12:15 PM
Beautiful b/w with a capitvating gaze! Congrats on the Blue!!
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06/06/2007 05:54:53 PM
Great composition and DOF, and all the emotion that makes an oustanding photo. Congrats!
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06/06/2007 05:11:17 PM
Great shot. A little says a lot. Congrats on your Blue.
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06/06/2007 05:07:36 PM
Beautiful! Congrats!
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06/06/2007 03:52:26 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and a blue, your image is beautiful. :)
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06/06/2007 11:54:31 AM
Excellent job - I really loved the simplicity of this image and how well it was execute -A lesson on simplicity to give great effect. Congrats on the Blue.
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06/06/2007 09:40:36 AM
Congratulations on yur first ribbon!! Lovely story!!
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06/06/2007 08:35:48 AM
The great b&w tones add to the mood of the photo wonderfully...congratulations on winning the blue ribbon on this gem!
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06/06/2007 08:12:23 AM
Beautiful shot, 21.gif xtian, it looks great on the front page!
go team Trigger Happy! :-)

Originally posted by Nuzzer:

Way to go teammate!!!! Congrats on the blue!

Team Trigger Happy has two shots on the front page at once!!!!
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06/06/2007 07:57:55 AM
Congratulations on a fantastic shot and your blue. Well deserved,

Jack
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06/06/2007 06:49:03 AM
First of many i hope. excellent crop, the eyes are captivating
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06/06/2007 06:33:07 AM
Beautiful, my favourite by far - I gave it 10. Congratulations!
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06/06/2007 05:48:36 AM
Such a powerful photograph...great shot!
06/06/2007 05:12:33 AM
what a great image congrats on the ribbon
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06/06/2007 04:14:20 AM
This was my favorite in this challenge and I gave it 10 - it's a wonderful shot. Gongrats on your first ribbon!
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06/06/2007 02:43:35 AM
I knew this would do well! COngrats on your first ribbon!

Go Trigger Happy!!!
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06/06/2007 02:26:37 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon Christian!! A very beautiful shot.
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06/06/2007 02:26:16 AM
yoohooo!!!!:) congrats! what a beautiful photo
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06/06/2007 02:20:13 AM
beautiful portrait, congratulations.
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06/06/2007 01:24:48 AM
Congrats! Gorgeous Shot!!
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06/06/2007 01:17:11 AM
Terrific shot. Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best! I have no doubt you'll see plenty more. One ribbon in nine entries is quite a high ratio. :)
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06/06/2007 01:09:19 AM
Hey Christian: Congratulations on your highly deserved Blue with this beautiful and somber portrait.
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06/06/2007 12:53:07 AM
Great portrait. The tones and lighting, the focus all what the pros look for! good stuff, keep racking them ribbons!
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06/06/2007 12:51:31 AM
such a much deserved ribbon
one of the best photos ive seen on the front page in a while :)
great work
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06/06/2007 12:46:58 AM
Way to go teammate!!!! Congrats on the blue!

Team Trigger Happy has two shots on the front page at once!!!!
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06/06/2007 12:42:17 AM
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Message edited by author 2007-06-06 00:44:24.
06/06/2007 12:29:05 AM
Congratulations on winning. This is a really stunning shot.
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06/06/2007 12:03:06 AM
contrasts on a well deserved blue
amzing shot
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06/06/2007 12:02:34 AM
Congrats teammate!!

Go Trigger Happy!
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06/06/2007 12:02:23 AM
congratulations this is amazing. great job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 02:45:35 PM
Perfect expression, pose, DOF and framing. Really conveys the topic well. 10
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06/05/2007 02:44:58 PM
Beautiful. The eyes turn this good shot into a great one.
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06/05/2007 01:41:04 PM
nice combination of soft skin tones and texture with clarity of eye areas
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06/04/2007 07:38:44 PM
Powerful!! thank you so much....I want a print of this!
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06/04/2007 07:10:16 PM
enjoy your lighting and the crispness of her eyes. This image does not look staged which I appreciate (although it might be). You have captured an intense moment. Like the tight crop
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06/04/2007 02:24:53 PM
A beautiful image
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06/03/2007 04:35:24 PM
Beautiful. Love the emotion and the lighting.
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06/03/2007 06:17:19 AM
indocrination helps 8
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06/01/2007 06:00:56 PM
intense expression, very good work in the capture and the edition. One of the best !!!
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06/01/2007 01:09:55 PM
Very nice light, selective focus, line. All around good.
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05/31/2007 07:50:39 PM
Great portrait with lots of feeling. Giving you a 8.
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05/31/2007 03:43:08 PM
Well framed, excellent lighting... Love the tonal range! Can't even find anything to nitpick... Congrads on a fantastiv image!
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05/31/2007 01:08:10 PM
exellent portrait! could be a winner! good luck!
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05/31/2007 01:18:21 AM
excellent pic
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05/31/2007 12:29:59 AM
wow beautiful lighting and capture i give it a 8
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05/31/2007 12:18:43 AM
Beatiful picture. the eyes are realy sharp. Well done!!
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05/30/2007 10:19:32 PM
Lovely image! Beautiful eyes!
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05/30/2007 04:27:57 PM
Great capture! The tonality and processing quality is great. Good Job!
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05/30/2007 01:57:22 PM
Wow! Beautiful! 9
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05/30/2007 12:54:20 PM
Very moving. Love the eyes.
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05/30/2007 07:04:20 AM
Great eyes
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