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Challenge: Free Study 2007-10 (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challenge Pics - Love 'em!
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Date: Oct 19, 2007
Date Uploaded: Oct 26, 2007

Post: Just something I wanted to add, should anyone read this later.

I was looking at some comments about how I should have done this or that, and I will carry those comments on for use in future photos. But I wanted to say, this was a complete candid. It was a gift given moment that had to be captured.

I think people here sometimes forget that not all pictures are staged or posed.

Place: 285 out of 521
Avg (all users): 5.6396
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5465
Avg (non-participants): 5.9600
Views since voting: 1434
Views during voting: 156
Votes: 111
Comments: 22
Favorites: 6 (view)

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05/13/2009 02:13:38 AM
This is amazing!! Great shot...Have I been gone that long?? I don't remember this...anyway, very nice!!!
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10/13/2008 04:24:00 PM
Oooooo.....missed this one! Must have been during my "sanity hiatus" from this place ;).

The wind had a gentle feel to it that day when little Emma started off her day to play. She had put on her prettiest dress because she knew Bobby Douglas would also be wandering the woods that day, in search of some fun. Her long golden locks of hair, flew in the wind and shone in the sunlight like fine threads of spun gold. Wandering along her usual path, she found the clearing where she and Bobby usually met each Saturday morning and would spend the day, seeking treasures, pretending to be explorers.

She sat upon her swing, swaying happily in the solitude of the moment, unaware of anything or anyone else around her.

"Is that you, Bobby Douglas?" she called out, hearing the snapping of twigs coming from beside her.

There was silence, then the snap of a shutter from a camera.

"Why'd you take my picture?" Emma asked, unfamiliar with the woman taking her photograph.

"Because you're very pretty," the woman answered. "I just think that you're very pretty and I wanted to take a picture of you."

"MAMA!!!!" the little girl screamed, jumping from her swing and running into the woods as fast as her little legs could carry her.

Stunned at the little girl's reaction, the photographer slowly walked away and headed home.

It was days later, when the photo had been edited and entered into a photo challenge on a site called DPC before police showed up at her door.

"That's the PERVERT!" little Emma screamed!

The photographer made bail the next day, but her computer was confiscated, containing hundreds of pictures of lovely children in beautiful scenery or posed for cute shots. She has yet to stand trial but her lawyers will argue that she is simply entering DPC photography challenges. Prosecution has yet to comment. ;)

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07/29/2008 01:39:27 AM
Like a whiff of dream or memory.
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02/20/2008 05:38:24 AM
It was a gift given moment that had to be captured.

ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY! Gorgeous capture! Congratulations ... that is an image that your family will cherish for a very very very long time, methinks.

The fact that the little girl takes up such a small part of the frame but is so THERE blows me away. The whole thing is just magical. It may have been candid but you obviously saw the potential and WOW ... What a result!
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11/09/2007 05:49:29 AM
I really liked this shot. SO much to love about it

The gentle B&W
The composition
The way the girls eyes are staring directly at the camera/viewer and are just the right side of the swing chain
The lighting on her hair and the way it is blowing
The tall plants in the background which almost dwarf the child

5.6 is good for a FS, I get the feeling that if you had had a specific challenge that this shot would have fitted it would have definietly been 6+

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11/08/2007 05:08:28 PM
Michelle, this is exquisite. The light and composition are magical, and the child is the quintessential little girl. Beautiful work.
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11/08/2007 01:46:06 PM
Wonderful capture. Congratulations on the Blue.
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11/08/2007 11:13:49 AM
Absolutely exquisite. You were definitely robbed with the score, but glad you were recognized via the Posthumous ribbon - so well deserved!
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11/08/2007 10:05:06 AM
That was you!!! Gorgeous! One of my favorites for the challenge. Really, really lovely, and criminally under-appreciated.
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11/08/2007 09:25:38 AM
Congrats on your Blue. Nice work.
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11/08/2007 05:10:15 AM
congrats on your blue.. see, life sometimes hands out the unexpected..

a score of 5.6 is not too bad either.. we are on the UP! let's keep at it girl.
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11/08/2007 01:29:32 AM
An excellent choice for the Posthumous Blue. I love the way the whole photo is hypnotic in it's composition. The "busy" background is absolutely perfect for this. Very nice work, ma'am!!
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11/08/2007 01:27:39 AM
This is a wonderful photo. That little girl is just precious.
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11/08/2007 12:31:55 AM
Simply amazing. Lighting is terrific
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11/08/2007 12:28:28 AM
I'm a sucker for girls... what a beautiful moment caught in time. Great eye contact and motion. It's like a dream.
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11/08/2007 12:23:05 AM
Beautiful shot. Congrats on the posthumous blue!
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11/08/2007 12:08:06 AM
missed this one during voting. Great composition and very interesting gaze on her face
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2007 10:36:24 PM
This is why I stay at DPC. Every once in a while I will see something that is like nothing I've ever seen before, and yet is so familiar as to be a part of me. I can sometimes say why a photo is good but I could never express or even understand what makes a photo the best of the best.

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11/06/2007 03:39:14 PM
I don't like the framing or crop in this photo, but the light is nice.
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11/02/2007 08:33:17 PM
Exquisite. Classic. The textures and light are beautiful.
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11/01/2007 04:25:30 PM
so beautiful...
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11/01/2007 11:10:09 AM
The background is too busy - use a larger aperture for less depth of field perhaps.
The subject is too small in the frame - a tighter crop.
The chain on the swing is cutting across the face - move to a slightly different camera position.
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