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Challenge: Body Parts II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: My Studio, Philly, PA
Date: Apr 3, 2008
Galleries: Portraiture, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Apr 3, 2008

soo... taking a photo of my lips has gotten more difficult since my days of having a little crappy camera with a screen that turns around. This was a really hard shot to get and I'm still not super happy with it. It was really one of the few salvageable photos of the shoot, but I am pleased with how the editing turned out.

I had one edit before this and I'm so glad I went back and started all over again. This one is much more polished looking.


Post Challenge:

Wow thanks everyone for the wonderful comments! I finally ribboned again, I thought it would never happen! Almost a year and a half from my last (which was a fluke anyway). :)

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For those that were curious, this was done with a white wall behind me. Just 2 home depot work lights with a 100 watt bulb in each. One pointed at me, and one pointed up at the wall behind me. I don't see the grain on my monitor but on another one I did. Oh well.


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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 156
Avg (all users): 7.1309
Avg (commenters): 7.9524
Avg (participants): 7.1290
Avg (non-participants): 7.1318
Views since voting: 10758
Views during voting: 526
Votes: 191
Comments: 58
Favorites: 26 (view)


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08/18/2010 10:48:34 PM
Just came back to this and had to fave it. And you. :D
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02/16/2010 09:48:58 AM
This is such a fantastic shot!! It's perfect and very appealing.
Love, love, love the playfulness! You did a great job!!!
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08/30/2008 02:13:56 AM
PERFECT..........
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04/17/2008 11:58:48 AM
WOW
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04/16/2008 07:23:43 PM
Love your creativity!
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04/16/2008 05:57:23 PM
Very cool! Congrats on the Ribbon!
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04/16/2008 11:07:45 AM
This really caught my attention... and then to find out it was a self-portrait; well, I do know how difficult they can be!

The composition is nice, the red-red lips reach down to a visceral/animal part of me ('perfect' is what pops into my mind), and the quirky expression makes it just right. If I looked as good as you, maybe I'd try this myself! ;)
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04/16/2008 04:24:25 AM
The positioning, the crop, the neckline and jaw all fit into the frame very well. I like the ruby red lipstick, very classy. I congratulate you on your 2nd award !
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04/16/2008 01:56:17 AM
What a beauty! In more ways than one... Everything about this shot is just so perfect! Congrats!
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04/15/2008 06:05:45 PM
I think you are a very beautiful if crazy lady ... thanks for sharing ...

me
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04/14/2008 06:00:04 PM
well done/congratulations
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04/14/2008 05:10:37 PM
fantastic...great stuff :)
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04/14/2008 03:50:36 PM
Congratulations on your 2nd place ribbon, love the color and compositions of this. Well done.
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04/14/2008 01:46:28 PM
This is so fun! I love the colors
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04/14/2008 08:10:21 AM
Yay, congrats on 2nd place
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04/14/2008 07:04:52 AM
yup you were right to be excited for voting to start on this one. what is that green background? i notice you have it in a lot of your shots
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04/14/2008 06:51:46 AM
Hey way to go, Monica! Great job and one of the most unique in the challenge. Congrats.
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04/14/2008 06:10:31 AM
yea for you Monica!
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04/14/2008 06:01:06 AM
You are a terrific photographer, I enjoy all of your work.
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04/14/2008 05:16:25 AM
Great picture and congrats on your first red - hey, it goes with those red lips :o)
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04/14/2008 05:02:53 AM
Cute tongue! Gratz on the ribbon. :)
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04/14/2008 03:32:58 AM
You can be happy with this shot, very well done - congrats on the red!
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04/14/2008 03:31:12 AM
my camera isn't crappy :( *sobs* ok, maybe it is, nice shot though, the red is what makes it
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04/14/2008 01:28:29 AM
You certainly made a fantastic job of this. Huge congrats on your ribbon, Monica.
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04/14/2008 01:28:13 AM
A red ribbon and a yanko! Wow! Big congrats, Monica!
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04/14/2008 12:32:41 AM
CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS... Very nice photo, keep up the good work... have fun with PB ;)
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04/14/2008 12:32:40 AM
Congrats! This was one of my top favorites as well.

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04/14/2008 12:32:02 AM
Congratulations, nice shot
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04/14/2008 12:23:15 AM
this is kick ass cool.
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04/14/2008 12:19:00 AM
Congrats, Monica! Another great, fun shot from you.
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04/14/2008 12:10:54 AM
Beautifully executed. Grantz on the ribbon. Along Larus' shot this was also on my top list.
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04/14/2008 12:09:42 AM
one of my faves in this challenge...well done on the red lipstick and ribbon!
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04/14/2008 12:05:02 AM
Like I said, mmmm....

Congrats! Lovely lips
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04/14/2008 12:03:17 AM
Very nice, congrats on second!
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04/14/2008 12:02:26 AM
Wow. Nice, congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2008 03:04:22 PM
This photo is great! I love it!
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04/13/2008 09:36:13 AM
Beautiful lips, the red totally stands out and contrasts great with the pearly whites.
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04/12/2008 08:56:21 AM
Great lines, color, and composition. Back to bump you up to 8.
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04/11/2008 03:45:30 PM
Great shot! Lovely lighting, composition and expression from the model. Quality is a bit of a let down bit noisy on the shadows but doesnt mean it's not top notch 10
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04/11/2008 11:28:00 AM
Very good. The dark areas are a little bit noisy, but I think the overall impact of the picture, makes that unimportant.
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04/11/2008 01:55:34 AM
Pure comedy. Love it :)
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04/11/2008 12:32:10 AM
Well done photo.
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04/10/2008 12:19:50 PM
great colors and tones. good crop/composition. glad you left the skin natural
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04/10/2008 09:38:13 AM
I love this image - its just great- the lipstick draws your eyes right to the teeth and tongue, and the expression is -great- artistically done- i like the tonal range you chose for this just a little darker than high-key in the background, and the skin-tones remain natural and real) -- another one that I gave a 10 to because overall it's a great image :)
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04/10/2008 09:06:31 AM
you really get a lot out of this despite having cropped off the upper part of your subject's face. The lighting is great, the lipstick is ridiculously red, and the next seems to go on for miles. Nice work.
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04/09/2008 11:19:35 PM
Nice image - Great sharpness and simple composition. I Hope to see it in the top 10 - I like it.
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04/09/2008 06:18:50 AM
nicely done indeed :)
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04/08/2008 09:12:50 AM
I think the angles of this image work well, particularly in the pose of the model's mouth.
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04/07/2008 08:10:49 PM
Hmmm, mmmm, hmmhmm, mmmmmmm.
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04/07/2008 04:46:04 PM
Great shot....
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04/07/2008 04:08:00 PM
A well executed photo technically ... comp, color, focus, et al. But subject leaves me cold. It's good enough to appear in a magazine or billboard or newspaper ad, for the just right product and with the right words overlayed. Or I could see it in a contemporary gallery as part of a collection. Second best tongue in the challenge, but I digress :)
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04/07/2008 01:49:32 PM
Great lighting. The lips and teeth stand out very well.
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04/07/2008 08:36:19 AM
lovely
just caught myself trying to copy the model.
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04/07/2008 05:42:56 AM
Best in group...bravo this is a winner!
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04/07/2008 03:03:27 AM
Crazy sharp, clean and vibrant. Bumping up to 8.
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04/07/2008 01:13:26 AM
quirky and fun, technically excellent 9
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04/07/2008 12:15:33 AM
fantastic! fun, quirky, beaitifully lit, beautiful...9
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04/07/2008 12:07:37 AM
you've got a pretty set of lips Monica.
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