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Dharana
2nd PlaceDharana
Pedro


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Challenge: Free Study 2007-06 (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: Calgary
Date: Jun 22, 2007
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2007

Dharana is a yoga term...it is the state of mind where it is focused on only one point. Seemed to fit this image, which was actually an out-take from the Solo challenge. Robekkah is awesome.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 556
Avg (all users): 7.2881
Avg (commenters): 8.7059
Avg (participants): 7.2903
Avg (non-participants): 7.2800
Views since voting: 6850
Views during voting: 244
Votes: 118
Comments: 64
Favorites: 36 (view)


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07/19/2008 01:08:28 AM
Dramatic, powerful, and very very interesting, with the awesome 'lighting effects' in this fine brilliant portrait.
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07/18/2008 10:36:37 PM
Still kills me this lost the blue ribbon to a bug shot. One of the best shots on the site, and every bit as engaging a year later.
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07/11/2007 04:50:27 AM
congratulations, interesting framing ... great job !
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07/11/2007 02:40:31 AM
Originally posted by Ivo:

Pedrette is pretty.


heh. the similarity was exactly my first thought upon seeing this image, although i wasn't creative enough to name her. ;)
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07/10/2007 09:19:34 PM
you rock. 'nuff said
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07/10/2007 05:14:37 PM
such a strong image
like the landscape format and slight off centre too works for me, less obvious
really really nice ;-)
congrats
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07/10/2007 10:24:42 AM
Great...very well-deserved. You're on a roll! Glad I was there when this happened. I feel proud.:)

Anyway, just to remind you that this is not a part of our "challenge".:)

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07/10/2007 08:13:56 AM
2nd place??? This image was meant to be a blue ribbon big time! I just have to say "What the feuck!"
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07/10/2007 04:50:02 AM
Yassir! the man....... August is just around the corner, then it's show time :)
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07/09/2007 07:52:56 PM
Wow! What an amazing photo, I wouldnt have expected any different in voting, because it is such a strong composition and focus. Congrats on the Red ribbon. Very well deserved.
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07/09/2007 07:20:12 PM
Great even lighting... seems perfectly balanced and yet the offcenter comp gives it just a bit of contrast for the perfect combination. Congrats!
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07/09/2007 01:18:33 PM
..beautiful lighting
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07/09/2007 08:34:35 AM
Very cool photograph...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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07/09/2007 02:48:58 AM
Nice to see you on the Front page again fök'r ;)

Obviously didnt vote on this one but it was a fav from the moment I saw it.. it has your magic P touch that I've always been a fan of.. :)
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07/08/2007 11:58:39 PM
I guess the word is "Dhayana" (Dhyana means concentration of mind on a particular object alt. focus, awareness). You have captured the spirit of it very well :) Love the lighting, smoothness of composition and the overall feel of the photo. The model "actually" looks serene and in Dhayana :)

Edit : Just checked on internet - The word dhyana means meditation; it is derived from the Sanskrit root dhyai, "to think of."

Message edited by author 2007-07-09 00:00:58.
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07/08/2007 11:32:57 PM
congrats. this one so powerful.
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07/08/2007 11:29:05 PM
Congrats fucker!
its fucking cool shot dude ;)
xxx
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07/08/2007 09:51:32 PM
beautiful. congrats
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07/08/2007 06:54:55 PM
Fantastic image.
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07/08/2007 06:15:12 PM
Excellent Peter! great tones, lighting and a beautiful face...well done on the red
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07/08/2007 01:17:08 PM
Good work Peter.
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07/08/2007 10:40:30 AM
Back to comment again. This shot is THAT good. Probably one of my most favorite EVER!
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07/08/2007 10:16:00 AM
You rawk my socks off...beautiful
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07/08/2007 09:50:16 AM
'typical pedro style photo'
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07/08/2007 09:05:56 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this outstanding image! Just awesome work!!
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07/08/2007 07:55:35 AM
Few women are brave enough or beautiful enough to pull off this look. Your light perfectly illustrated her near perfect form. Yay for you.
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07/08/2007 07:16:29 AM
Congrats P!
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07/08/2007 07:03:18 AM
[scottish accent]Nice work....[/scottish accent]
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07/08/2007 05:47:26 AM
congrats on a fine image and your ribbon
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07/08/2007 05:10:45 AM
Beautiful in every way. Big congrats on 2nd place.
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07/08/2007 03:59:38 AM
Congrats...
Awsesome model too
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07/08/2007 03:38:24 AM
Pedrette is pretty.
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07/08/2007 02:35:12 AM
i cant believe this artless shot beat my stock leopard.
:)
doooooooooood!

Message edited by author 2007-07-08 08:19:48.
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07/08/2007 01:58:13 AM
Way to go, Pedrooooooo! Your lighting has captured her perfectly sculpted face fantastically! Congrajubilations!
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07/08/2007 01:39:57 AM
I am not sure what you meant by 'Dharana', I never heard it in terms of yoga. There are two similar words in hindi:
1. DharanA (pronounced AA in the end) -> means belief.
2. Dharan (pronounced n at the end) -> means acquire, wear, put on etc etc.

anyway the main thing that I wished to write is I did a form of meditation similar to this one. With a little difference, the aim was to concentrate on one thought and so that we could give atmost energy to it. But to achieve it the path that I took (and was suggested to me) was to first switch off the mind from all the thoughts. That is make your mind a zero thought mind. Now once you have done it you could control your mind and can concentrate on anything.
Switching off mind is not so easy as it sounds. It was tough, I got up early in morning around 4 am, took bath and sat out for meditation. I tried and tried. It took me 4 months before I could make my mind toughtless (may be for around few seconds).

There were few other rules I had to follow, most difficult of them were:
1. do not lie
2. Do if you have committed.

I could honestly say that at least for a year or so I did not lie at all. Even now when it comes to my own matter I could not lie. (no matter how bad the consequences I get after it).

The rewards, were great, just after that I had very very good memory.
In my 11th standard I did not buy any book and still scored highest marks in science and maths.
I remember I was able to read the biology book before the start of 11th class and I remembered almost every thing from it.

Became very good at maths and arts.
Life never been the same, still my teachers say that they would never know what happened to me, that a mediocre student suddenly started to top all the science and maths exams.

anyway meditation is good, if you could afford to do it.

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07/08/2007 01:37:56 AM
Congrats, I figured this one would blue.
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07/08/2007 01:20:38 AM
beautiful portrait, P. your work is as stunning as always. congrats on the ribbon! :) *hugs*
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07/08/2007 12:51:05 AM
Truly worthy of its placement. Beautiful and so artful. Congrats.
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07/08/2007 12:37:31 AM
my favorite in the whole bunch. a lovely shot with great lighting, elegant tonality. a beauty. congrats on that ribbon!
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07/08/2007 12:32:03 AM
Wow, love the treatment! Awesome shot!!
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07/08/2007 12:20:58 AM
Yes she is (awesome) . . .and so are you!!! This is gallery art! Congratulations on a 2nd place ribbon!

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07/08/2007 12:19:38 AM
Master teacher!!!! congrats! I didn`t vote on this challenge but I would have rate this very high, it`s a beautifull image and you totally deserve this ribbon :D
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07/08/2007 12:19:29 AM
wow!
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07/08/2007 12:05:25 AM
congratulations buddy, this is very well done. love it, instant fav
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2007 11:48:37 AM
Beautiful skin tones and nice B7W conversion.
Should do well for you
9

Kev
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07/07/2007 11:15:56 AM
I can see this photo winning a ribbon. The sense of serenity that this photo portrays is fantastic. Perfect lighting and composition in my opinion!
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07/06/2007 01:12:22 PM
You made a beautiful moment, sereen and strong. What can i say more..
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07/05/2007 10:35:09 PM
stunning portrait
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07/05/2007 10:05:41 PM
the lighting is perfect.
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07/05/2007 05:57:41 PM
That's a neat portrait.
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07/05/2007 07:00:30 AM
a great portrait...very exotic...love your lighting
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07/04/2007 04:31:57 PM
This is spectacular. The lighting is so dramatic, and well matched to the subject. Best one so far.
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07/03/2007 03:00:59 PM
Very nice light in this creative photo. She almost looks like a statue carved from marble. Well done!
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07/03/2007 01:26:43 PM
Great idea! Exellent use of lighting! Frame works well! - 8 -
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07/03/2007 08:25:33 AM
I like the overhead wash of light, this is a bold statement here, and she is beautiful.
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07/02/2007 05:18:36 PM
B&W works really good here, well done. I also love the crop.
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07/02/2007 08:38:44 AM
Great shot. Great lighting. Great subject. 10. I would have like to see this shot with equal lighting on both sides of the model, ie the neck area and ears. Still 10 for me. Well done
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07/01/2007 09:06:16 PM
a very beautiful shot
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07/01/2007 04:25:30 PM
Absolutely stunning... My top pick for this FS. IMHO, this leaves everything else in the dust.
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07/01/2007 09:37:28 AM
Beautiful.
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07/01/2007 09:36:28 AM
Lovely! Great lighting and composition. 9
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07/01/2007 01:24:28 AM
lovely portrait. the blank space on the right isn't doing anything.
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07/01/2007 12:51:28 AM
amazing composition, the lighting is just perfect and the baldness adds so much of intrigue to the picture. The softness on the face adds to the impact. I dont like the border too much though and feel that it's shape is distracting the focus from the subject. Overall very impressive 9
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07/01/2007 12:06:33 AM
Beautiful low-key shot. Lighting is great. Facial features of the model really make the shot.
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