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Challenge: Natural Light Portrait (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: french quarter
Date: Jul 16, 2007
Galleries: Portraiture, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2007

I cant seem to do anything right...

Oh my..nice response! Ok, explanation...this was for a trash the dress session. I bought an underwater housing baggie thingy but never tested it and I was afraid to fully submerge the darn thing. Not to mention, I had no goggles and couldnt see what I was shooting. I had the lens set to 17mm for the widest angle and room to just crop out excess but the darn lens slipped and ended at 30mm. You cant rezoom the lens once its in the bag, i was already wet and didnt want to chance reopening the baggie and the pool just isnt very big. I could barely get control of aperature and shutter as well. Its really a pain. I had visions of this perfect face floating around under water..in color...you know..photographic technical perfection that I can never seem to achieve. The bride could not open her eyes because of contacts. The dress was too heavy to really swim or move around. And I had no clue if any of the shots would be in focus! This is the only shot that really worked with her swimming under water. It was the only one with her face moving up and getting a bit of light on it. The only one where she wasnt blowing huge air bubbles out of her nose.

Anyway, the trash the dress session was supposed to be a big production in the swamps. Everyone else backed out because the day began with rain. I had my baggie and this couple drove down from texas to shoot this...so shoot we did. We decided to run around town and find what we find. Luckily, the videographers to be involved have a courtyard pool in the quarter and we took advantage of it.

I made a silly slideshow from the session and i guess that is the real story....Trash The Dress

The song is by Matt Costa "behind the moon"

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 366
Avg (all users): 6.7647
Avg (commenters): 8.4615
Avg (participants): 6.2903
Avg (non-participants): 7.0690
Views since voting: 6283
Views during voting: 509
Votes: 238
Comments: 90
Favorites: 76 (view)


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03/12/2012 04:12:10 PM
Thanks for the detail, so entertaining and something to learn too :)
09/30/2007 11:30:22 AM
I just viewed your slide show, that was FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I really enjoyed it!
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08/28/2007 07:25:07 AM
The slide show is possibly on of the best wedding shoots i have ever seen.
FANTASTIC

Kev
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08/27/2007 02:35:05 PM
truly inspirational. I wish i had just a fraction of a percent of your talent! Slide show is fantastic!
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08/25/2007 09:39:42 AM
super work! Very dream-like... I like it A LOT!
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08/22/2007 04:44:31 AM
I love the whole trash the dress series, when I find a boyfriend and then get married I will find you to do that with me!
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08/02/2007 12:20:03 PM
This is an excellent image. It should have done much better, but I suppose it's not DPC friendly enough. It looks even better in the larger resolution in the video.
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08/02/2007 08:30:55 AM
This is amazing. You did so much right. The video is amazing and there are so many photos that speak to me on so many levels that it is incredible. I can understand that you you may have wanted something else from the water shoot but think of you all learned and all you did. Again... Amazing.
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08/02/2007 02:10:11 AM
My membership has now expired and I'm not going to renew it.
There just arent enough photographs like this on this site.
Truly sublime.
byebye
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08/01/2007 06:20:29 PM
It took me a while to figure out the picture. That slide show is amazing. The music was great, I hadn't heard it before. I don't know how she managed to keep the dress looking so pristine except for some wrinkles after all that cavorting in the weeds, on the rusty hood (bonnet for you in the UK) and in the pool. Between the dress and tux it's an expensive tradition.
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08/01/2007 05:41:17 PM
Not that you need another comment in the 10 ballpark... Reminiscent of Julia Cameron: the hair(which is fabulous along with dress - they both transmute to magic in the water) and the light give it the pre-Raphael feel; yet the composition is original and fabulous. Subtlety and restraint in title.
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08/01/2007 06:10:09 AM
Oh. The bar has just been raised.
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07/31/2007 08:30:45 AM
amazing!!!!!!! Standing ovation on this one!
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07/30/2007 08:50:42 PM
This is fantastic.
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07/30/2007 11:57:29 AM
You know, I've always hated wedding photos, but yours are spectacular! If I was getting married any time soon, I'd tell you, by all means, to trash the dress. Having looked through that slideshow, I'm incredibly impressed with the character you got out of those shots, and the whimsy and life and - well, everything. They're raw human and absolutely beautiful.
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07/30/2007 03:45:27 AM
i found this image somehow or other wandering around dpc ... i was totally amazed & blown away ... this'd have to be one of the most excellent images i've ever seen in dpc & i've seen quite a few !!! .. i thought this image was pretty wonderful, but now that i've seen the slide show, my feelings are off the scale ...
i look at my work and just see boring snapshots ... i see your work and it has meaning, impact, drama and depth .. congratulations on your wonderful gift .. :) ..
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07/30/2007 12:19:58 AM
This is an amazing image. So dreamy.
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07/29/2007 03:19:00 AM
I feel this is one of most underrated photographs. Wonderful photo.
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07/28/2007 09:57:31 PM
WOW!!! That slideshow was simply amazing. The most beautiful wedding portfolio that I have seen. The photos are so moving.

Words fail....
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07/28/2007 01:25:19 PM
Loved the entire slide show. This is quite the amazing shot. And am most impressed with the shear creativity!!
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07/28/2007 10:32:06 AM
Awesome shot, awesome slide show! This is the most creative shot in the challenge.

Adding to faves
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07/27/2007 11:19:26 PM
I think this is excellent & totally amazing
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07/27/2007 12:40:32 PM
excelent shot
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07/27/2007 03:25:23 AM
There are some awesome images on your Trash the Dress thingy...great slideshow Julia
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07/27/2007 03:21:59 AM
This was my one and only 10 in the challenge...thought you would win for sure...you were robbed girl! Well done on a superb image...love the hair
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07/26/2007 11:21:52 PM
there were some very creative and out of the ordinary poses in the slide show. i loved it. you ahve a wonderful eye for creativity. good job
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07/26/2007 03:03:51 PM
The images in the slide show are the most magical wedding photos I've ever seen. You are a wonderful photographer!!
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07/26/2007 12:24:35 PM
Should have known! She's baaaack .......
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07/26/2007 11:35:33 AM
Now that is work. I was not sure what I was looking at when voting. For some stupid reason water never came to mind. Flying did. Flying means air... such is life. ETA your slideshow is inspiring, enjoyable, beautiful.

Message edited by author 2007-07-26 12:35:52.
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07/26/2007 11:29:06 AM
My God...the shots in the slideshow are AMAZING!!!
This has got to be the most unique, innovative and technically superb wedding portfolio I have ever seen!

Makes me want to get married again just so you can shoot my photos....well....almost!
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07/26/2007 03:32:00 AM
I already said how much I appreciate this picture. Now I just discovered the slide show and it is amazing.
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07/25/2007 09:53:45 PM
your name is the first, very first, number one name on my statistically favorite photographers list. that ain't no coincidence.
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07/25/2007 09:45:17 PM
truly stunning.
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07/25/2007 09:40:05 PM
alive.

thats how your work makes me feel! and you know what. sometimes when i look at certain photographers work it makes me feel doomed... like, shit, i could never ever be that good. but when i look at your work i feel the opposite. so inspired and hopeful. because, to me, it seems as though you're just wholeheartedly in love with the human spirit. like, you're not really trying to impress anybody... you're just making everything beautiful because thats what you were made to do. thats what i admire so very very much.

Message edited by author 2007-07-25 21:41:18.
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07/25/2007 09:29:18 PM
Julia!
OMG - just when I thought I'd seen your best slide show, along comes Trash the Dress!

How do you do that? Aside from the technicals, I want to know how you capture the moment - how much do you orchestrate? What resides in you to find the music to accompany it? Where does the creativity and ideas come from? How long have you been doing this? I want to crawl inside your head for a while - not necessarily for weddings, but for how you capture the spirit of the human soul.

I'm amazed.
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07/25/2007 09:09:31 PM
Sitting through that slideshow was a pleasure.

No wonder they pay you the big bucks!
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07/25/2007 08:12:53 PM
Dear Julia Bailey,
Can I call you just Julia?
and get closer to your ear just to tell you with deeply emotion:
- I Love everything you do!
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07/25/2007 07:48:38 PM
Seriously that is an amazing piece of art-however your slideshow is out of this world. I feeling very inspired.
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07/25/2007 06:36:46 PM
double, sorry..

Message edited by author 2007-07-25 18:38:44.
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07/25/2007 06:32:04 PM
my god girl... wow.

the slideshow made me feel so good.. the photos in combination with the music.. off to search for the song now.

LOVE IT ALL!
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07/25/2007 05:52:10 PM
V keen on the slide show, too. Thanks.
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07/25/2007 03:33:32 PM
ground breaking
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07/25/2007 01:54:35 PM
pfft. you always do everything right. ;)
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07/25/2007 12:46:04 PM
I cant seem to do anything right...
Right. Uh huh. Sure.
Your wrongs are better than my rights.

This shot needs a story to go with it.
Who - what - where - how thing. It's mystical.
Almost looks like it was shot through glass in the side of a pool, and she's swimming towards the glass.

Cool shot.
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07/25/2007 10:44:45 AM
I knew it! That's a Grigrigirl Classic! Congrats on top 20!
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07/25/2007 10:27:18 AM
This one didn't place nearly high enough. Great job.
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07/25/2007 10:26:42 AM
i love this shot - makes me think of ophelia or something. there is an awesome feeling about it. i could look at it all day. the hair, the dress, the coloring is all perfect with the title, the whole knights and maidens time period. i could go on but i'll just say ...
I LOVE IT!
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07/25/2007 10:12:53 AM
WOW... Stunning... You are so creative, talented, and skilled. WOW
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07/25/2007 09:09:57 AM
this is amazing! so beautiful.
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07/25/2007 08:08:04 AM
I swear I've seen this somewhere already. Did you submit it to Trash The Dress?
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07/25/2007 07:45:36 AM
Are you kidding? EVERYTHING about this is right! What an enchanting photo! And I'd say with your photos -- everything is ALWAYS right! :)

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07/25/2007 04:55:52 AM
how the heck could i miss this one during voting!?!?
that's just a fine piece of art and my now new favorite in the challenge! thanks to the blue ribbon winner mouten for posting this
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07/25/2007 02:46:18 AM
Oh WOW! Julia, this is superb!!!
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07/25/2007 02:17:13 AM
I am happy that a photo like this scored this high at dpc, but am disappointed it didn't ribbon.
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07/25/2007 01:38:55 AM
One of my favorites!
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07/25/2007 01:12:10 AM
stunning
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07/25/2007 01:11:39 AM
seriously...

thats all I have.. its brilliant.
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07/25/2007 01:07:43 AM
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
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07/25/2007 01:06:15 AM
Great classic style shot. Amazing processing. Really love this style. Sorry I didn't have time to vote in this challenge.
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07/25/2007 12:34:22 AM
so how does an image with more 10s and more favorites than any other image in the challenge get 12th place?

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07/25/2007 12:17:20 AM
oh my!!

:)

one of the cooolest shots i've seen in a long long time!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2007 09:11:36 PM
WOW,The composition here is absolutely lovely, the diagonal lines are fantastic and i love that the eyes are closed and it gives her a sense of peace. i really would love to know how you shot this, underwater camera? I love the softness, its amazing how well you preserved the details at the same time though, wow.......!!!!
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07/24/2007 11:46:03 AM
Very different image - I approve immensely. I like the throwback nature of it, I like the water look. Not 100% certain about the vignetting.
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07/24/2007 12:01:20 AM
bravo!
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07/23/2007 11:03:56 PM
Is that underwater? This shot has tons of interest and great use of natural light. One of my top ten.
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07/23/2007 04:24:49 AM
how did you do this?! wow...10 from me
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07/22/2007 11:00:57 PM
i LOVE this! so dreamy and otherworldly. the sepia, the composition, the costume... they all come together in such a beautiful way to tell me something about this woman. very ophelia. nice job!
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07/22/2007 09:24:50 PM
interesting shot and pov
7
Jack
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07/22/2007 09:20:49 AM
very unconventional portrait, but I like it....
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07/21/2007 03:00:00 PM
incredibly artistic and well-executed... 10
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07/21/2007 02:13:35 PM
Well composed, good processing, good use of natural light, interesting subject, definitely more interesting than the typical face shot...9
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07/21/2007 01:30:49 PM
this is very beautiful and intriguing.love the composition and the processing.
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07/20/2007 08:44:22 PM
This one's my personal favorite. Very nicely done. 10
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07/20/2007 07:42:12 AM
Love this shot. fantastic. 9
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07/20/2007 04:54:09 AM
nice!
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07/19/2007 12:39:10 PM
This would have been great in the Dream Challenge as well... 7
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07/19/2007 12:20:46 PM
nice! how did you took this kind of shot? i am confused.. would you mind to inform me..
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07/19/2007 11:29:08 AM
great angle and post processing
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07/19/2007 11:27:00 AM
Normally I really don't like this angle, but I must say this is probally the first Picture I have seen it where I love it! Great picture!
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07/19/2007 02:48:21 AM
This is magical! Can't wait to read the details!
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07/18/2007 06:15:12 PM
Very Renaissance. Nice job.
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07/18/2007 01:57:25 PM
amazing! I look forward to seeing who's this is. It's so interesting and different. I like everything about this from the tilted composition to the fine art style post processing.
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07/18/2007 08:39:29 AM
Hmm - this image stopped me. I am not exactly sure what I am looking at or how it was captured but it sure is compelling.
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07/18/2007 05:31:54 AM
amazing photograph
10
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07/18/2007 05:26:29 AM
fantastic movement, she is floating
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07/18/2007 04:42:45 AM
Interesting... like the Lady of Shallot or Ophelia kind of thing. This is really cool! I always wanted to do a shoot like this! I like the processing, like an old photo, adds to the whole theme. The only thing that might have added to this is perhaps some greenery like vines or lily pads or flowers. Might have done a little more to hide the bottom of the swimming pool too and give it more of a pond or lake feel.
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07/18/2007 04:30:48 AM
The more I look at it, the more I love this one. There is something mysterious about the whole picture. Great atmosphere.
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07/18/2007 03:36:28 AM
Very creative. Excellent.
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07/18/2007 03:28:50 AM
nice, I don't know how you produced this. I get that she is under water
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07/18/2007 03:14:38 AM
Cool
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