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Challenge: Body Parts II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Date: Apr 2, 2008
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Nude, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2008

I havenīt been very active on DPC this year, with the exception of the "Clowns" challenge I havenīt taken a single shot for a challenge, those I have entered are photos I would have taken anyways.

Well I am going to see if I can get active again, I kind of miss DPC and this image is definately shot for this challenge. The model (who wanted to remain anonymous, so if you recognize her for some bizarre reason, please keep it to yourself) had asked me to take some tasteful nudes of her a while back so I called her up and asked if she was up for it for this challenge.

A year ago or so I was browsing photo.net and saw a shot that I really liked that inspired this photo, I donīt remember where I found it though so I canīt link to it, if anybody recognizes it from this shot, by all means post a link to it.

Lighting was 6 lights. Two striplight softboxes from either side of me (you can see them reflected in her eyes), a big octobox with a lower setting to almost fill in all shadows, two lights blowing out the white backround and a big softbox (wich turned out to be unneccesary since I cropped this image so tight) for back/hairlight.

I really like this shot and it came out exactly like I wanted it to, I dig the emotion in the eye and I am totally pleased with it. I do not have high hopes for a good score though since I have noticed that as a rule of thumb, a) high key images usually donīt usually do well here, not dramatic enough and b) nudes in no nude challenges tend to always get knocked down. Itīs also vastly different from what I usually do, usually when I shoot b/w I go full throttle on contrast, wich I didnīt do here. Just hope a handful of you like it, thatīs all I ask for :)

Oh and Henny did the makeup on this shot and was of course present, I probably feel more way way more uncomfortable than the model in nude shots and there is no way I would ever shoot one without Henný in the room.

Didnīt really expect this to ribbon before I submitted it and I am very happy that it did, thx for those who voted and commented :) Feel a little "guilty" about being called original for this shot as the idea is not mine but I will take what I can get :) Oh and thx guys for providing the link, this is definately the shot I was talking about on photo.net

//photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3983750

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 156
Avg (all users): 7.6131
Avg (commenters): 8.5641
Avg (participants): 7.1935
Avg (non-participants): 7.8029
Views since voting: 30124
Views during voting: 721
Votes: 199
Comments: 105
Favorites: 100 (view)


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04/15/2009 12:09:56 AM
This is one of my all time favorite shots on dpc. Excellent work.
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07/13/2008 04:57:30 PM
Stunning Larus, love the eye and the the lines are wondeful, nice one mate ;-)
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04/25/2008 11:21:08 AM
Great image, had you seen these images on DeviantArt?

//saschahuettenhain.deviantart.com/art/eyekey-26557730

//dutchie83.deviantart.com/art/peekaboo-54814319

Very much like yours, was one of these your inspiration for this one?

Message edited by author 2008-04-25 14:24:14.
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04/21/2008 11:12:36 AM
Quite perfect - I actually prefer this shot (including the shapes and angles of your model) to the original.

Well deserved Blue - I'm only surprised it didn't score even higher.
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04/21/2008 10:53:35 AM
Great image! Wonderful lines and the tone of the image is wonderful. I love the composition and the intensity of the eye.
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04/19/2008 08:00:17 PM
Beautiful shot. Congratulations!

I actually prefer your shot to the original one that inspired you. I much prefer your composition with just one breast and leg, I find the lines more visually appealing and wow that eye is dramatic.
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04/19/2008 03:39:40 PM
Interesting crop.I wouldn't crop like that so made me learn about that.
Nice impact shot and Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/19/2008 04:53:13 AM
Originally posted by zmaerd:

I'd like to know what moron gave this a 1.

Obviously one of those people who votes down any image showing a woman's eye. ;-)

Congrats Larus! This woulda rocked a "Light on White" challenge as well.
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04/17/2008 10:05:55 PM
I'd like to know what moron gave this a 1.

Awesome image, excellent PP work!
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04/17/2008 11:59:31 AM
Very nice.
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04/16/2008 06:27:30 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon.
Just amazing, like other like shots
//photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4369903
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04/16/2008 05:55:48 PM
Congratulations on the well deserve Blue with this wonderful image!!
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04/16/2008 11:35:18 AM
I like yours better than the inspiration image...great work!
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04/16/2008 11:30:07 AM
Larus,

since you asked, the person who originally did this shot was Sascha Huettenhain, a German photographer specializing in erotic fine art. There are a few differences between hers and yours- she has a higher position of the legs so they touch the chin and i think it's a square crop also. On hers, the way the limbs are positioned makes a weird geometric effect as you can't see any of the joints... it's actually really neat the more you look at it, the cooler it gets.

I think the picture might be called "Lena" but don't quote me on that one... i had a look around and there's a fair few emulations of it doing the rounds.

Congrats on your ribbon btw- this isn't about that, but rather filling you in since you asked for some info. Hope it helps :)
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04/16/2008 11:06:44 AM
I love how the lines of her body keep your eyes moving around the image. Well done!
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04/16/2008 05:58:18 AM
Fantastic capture well done congrats on the first place as this is definitely woth it,

As requested The original shot

//photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=3983750
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04/16/2008 05:25:16 AM
The composition and lighting in the original is perhaps slightly more appealing but this is still a bloody good photograph and a deserving winner.
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04/16/2008 02:10:08 AM
Sorry, didn't vote. But I like your pic a lot. I think it's even better than the "original". Congrats.
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04/15/2008 11:06:59 PM
Great image. Very well composed and the lighting has worked a treat! Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/15/2008 05:37:56 PM
Ferlega flott mynd og eiginlega bara flottari en orginallinn sem er VIRKILEGA flottur líka....
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04/15/2008 03:07:04 PM
Congrats Lárus, virkilega flott mynd.
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04/15/2008 01:00:59 PM
Hey, velkominn aftur og góð mynd.
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04/15/2008 09:14:14 AM
Töff töff að venju ! findið hvað ég fattaði hana ekk strax þurfti að renna þrisvar yfir hana. mjög skemmtileg bygging. Congrat´s að venju jarl.
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04/15/2008 06:17:27 AM
Pop! go sell this to a couple mags why don't ya? Congrats !
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04/15/2008 04:31:29 AM
WOW, you must have a great camera ;-)
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04/15/2008 04:29:55 AM
As always, thanks for including your setup information for this great photo.
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04/15/2008 01:40:03 AM
way to go...this one was my favorite

Message edited by author 2008-04-15 01:40:21.
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04/14/2008 05:59:38 PM
beautiful picture,well done/congratulations
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04/14/2008 03:49:42 PM
Congratulations on your win, very well done.
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04/14/2008 02:39:23 PM
Stunning!
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04/14/2008 12:02:05 PM
Wow! Welcome back! And kudos for breaking the norm and turning out a photo so spectacular that all the typical trends and biases were kicked out the window. A high key nude submitted in a non-nude challenge -- and blue ribboning! THAT is quite something!

CONGRATULATIONS on all of it! The photo is breathtaking!

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04/14/2008 11:56:11 AM
I would've like it a little more blown out on the skin, but its amazing... and I really don't like nudes... tastefully done indeed!
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04/14/2008 11:40:27 AM
I actually like yours better than the one you were inspired by. I like the singularity more.
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04/14/2008 11:20:59 AM
this is absolutely unbelievable. you continue to inspire.

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04/14/2008 09:53:05 AM
I will be very happy if i can take a photo like this one in the future ......
Photos like this one is the reason that i joined the DPC.........
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04/14/2008 08:25:25 AM
This really is a stunning shot, her eye is incredible. Very well done.
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04/14/2008 08:18:14 AM
a good copy.... :)
//saschahuettenhain.deviantart.com/art/eyekey-26557730

or the same artist..
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04/14/2008 08:01:27 AM
Congratulations on 1st!
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04/14/2008 07:27:59 AM
sweet goodness gracious a photo I liked best actually won for a change. And I had no idea it was you! I really thought it was some female photographer doing a self-portrait, which I think says something about how beautifully and delicately you captured your subject. Congrats on the well-deserved blue!
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04/14/2008 06:17:54 AM
I didn't notice the eye at first, great picture. Congrats ! :)
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04/14/2008 05:31:01 AM
Great one. The high key effect is perfect (Thanks for sharing the lighting set-up). The composition is great. I love the contrast of the eye with the softness of the rest. Indeed different from your usual shots, I never thought it was yours. congratulations on yet another blue.
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04/14/2008 05:16:16 AM
stunning mate. congrats
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04/14/2008 05:16:16 AM
Originally posted by Larus:

A year ago or so I was browsing photo.net and saw a shot that I really liked that inspired this photo, I don´t remember where I found it though so I can´t link to it, if anybody recognizes it from this shot, by all means post a link to it.


Here was my version of this same image that I did back in November 2006. I used it in my 2007 Calendar and I had it on my Deviantart account since January 2007.

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Here is the link to the original photographer.

- eyekey - by ~SaschaHuettenhain

BTW....a huge congratson first place.

Message edited by author 2008-04-14 05:17:38.
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04/14/2008 04:57:04 AM
Glæsileg!! til hamingju með bláa borðann!
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04/14/2008 03:32:05 AM
Deserved blue for this shot, congrats!
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04/14/2008 02:49:35 AM
WTG Laurus!!! What a beautiful shot!
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04/14/2008 02:33:45 AM
Couldn't vote on this one but added as a fav during voting. Nice one dude!
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04/14/2008 01:25:00 AM
great blue mate congrats... now go back to inactivity please...hahaha lovya x
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04/14/2008 01:23:26 AM
Beautiful shot ... another well done!
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04/14/2008 01:16:55 AM
Congratz on the blue Larus. Well deserved as it's such a beautiful shot.
You got my only 10 of the challenge.
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04/14/2008 12:58:29 AM
Beautiful control of the exposure, Larus. Congratulations, and welcome back.
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04/14/2008 12:46:32 AM
Only one "1" score and I think you were wrong about the high key Larus. Just look a couple of challenges down and you'll see a high key ribbon. So you were wrong and got a blue. It's so tough here now do you really think you can compete?

Didn't vote on this one but really enjoyed looking at this one Larus. So a few prudes vote a 1, 2, or 3 on nudes, who cares. You gonna let them keep you out of the challenges?

Welcome back.
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04/14/2008 12:41:28 AM
Just when I was wondering where you'd got to, you come back with a smacking great BLUE. Brilliantly subtle shot, Larus.
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04/14/2008 12:36:01 AM
You always leave me speechless. The composition, clarity, creativity.
The Eye is so damn striking!

Well done, as always.
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04/14/2008 12:31:27 AM
EXCELLENT... Congrats ;)
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04/14/2008 12:22:42 AM
wow, only 1 "1". I am surprised you didn't get knocked down on this one but am SUPER happy you didn't. Excellent lighting and emotion conveyed in this. Congrats on the ribbon, & thanks for sharing.
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04/14/2008 12:14:17 AM
Well done with a great idea and take for the challenge, you still have the skill for this site...
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04/14/2008 12:12:12 AM
Congrats on a well deserved Blue!
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04/14/2008 12:09:16 AM
the clear winner...well done and welcome back
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04/14/2008 12:07:02 AM
Gratz Larus. This one of my favorites from the challenge. :)
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04/14/2008 12:05:37 AM
Didn't vote on it. GREAT shot. Love the high key and then the POW from her facial features. Congrats.
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04/14/2008 12:03:59 AM
Beautiful, tasteful and congrats on another blue!
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04/14/2008 12:03:11 AM
Alright! A very big congrats on this image and your ribbon. I'm so glad it won. Thanks
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2008 10:56:10 PM
should be a ribbon winner, the low key makes this amazing 9
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04/13/2008 10:24:21 PM
Very soft and feminine tones. The way her eye stands out is just amazing. Awesome shot.
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04/13/2008 10:05:10 PM
Interesting, nice in b&w, 7.
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04/13/2008 03:05:33 PM
This is so beautiful! The focus on the eye is perfect, and the rest of the image just looks so soft. Very very nice!
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04/13/2008 11:50:25 AM
wow . . . .very well done. i thought 8 was going to be the highest score that i would give in this contest, but i'm using a 10 on this one.
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04/13/2008 11:45:20 AM
Excellent high key work.
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04/13/2008 11:41:31 AM
I would consider cropping to just below the breast and having the subject's arm just slightly lower. The current arm placement is cutting the line and shape of the eye, which is what I see first.
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04/13/2008 09:42:46 AM
At first I didn't see the eye looking at me. When I did, wow. Her eye gives this image so much more power, and perfectly balanced with the high key body.
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04/13/2008 08:54:01 AM
Superbly composed high-key.
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04/13/2008 12:37:13 AM
OK. I am officially in love now......great shot!
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04/12/2008 05:10:45 PM
Nothing elusive about this shot, excellent.
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04/12/2008 04:10:31 PM
Wonderful high key shot. What I really like is darkness of the eye and eyebrow. Turns just another breast shot into a great one.
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04/12/2008 08:43:17 AM
Very nice image - love the alluring eye and the white. Very well composed. Back to bump you up to 9.
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04/12/2008 01:24:46 AM
Winner
10
edit: wow i was just on deviant art and saw this
//saschahuettenhain.deviantart.com/art/eyekey-26557730
either its you or you did a very good job recreating it
anyway my 10 remains
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04/11/2008 03:13:20 PM
Wow! How interesting a shot can become with such simplicity. The detail in the eye is amazing... this is art 10
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04/10/2008 08:38:20 PM
This is some very creative composition. The tone of the eye in contrast to everythign else is well done. One of my favorites so far.
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04/10/2008 01:01:21 PM
great high key picture, intrigueing composition
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04/10/2008 12:54:26 PM
Note sure what is the body part you are concentraiting on here .. but both deserves 7 :)
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04/10/2008 12:15:23 PM
Great shot. I love the balance and framing of this photo.
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04/09/2008 11:51:40 PM
Very nice high key shot. It takes a few seconds to figure out positioning. The eye really stands out. 9
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04/09/2008 11:34:06 PM
Nice image - Great lighting and great skin tones. I still think a tighter crop from the left to where the arm crease starts does help bring this image together - I can see you wanted to show where the breast starts but feel this composition is a little awkward - Great image still though.
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04/09/2008 11:28:29 PM
this is a beautiful image- and I think I can guess who the user-name/is who posted it but i'm not going to guess here :) i gave thsi iamge a 10 because the pose is graceful, beautiful, the shapes captured are lovely, and the tonal range is amazing; it is one of my Fave. (the peeking eye catches my attention right away, and the rest of the image falls into place beautifully) i hope this image does well! its amazing
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04/09/2008 10:12:57 PM
nice high key, not sure which part is suposed to be the subject though. Of course I'm focusing on her eye ;)
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04/09/2008 08:43:43 PM
I like the emphasis on the eye. I sense something a little off with the rest like the skin tone desaturation was slightly overdone setting the eye off a little too much.
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04/08/2008 08:48:12 PM
wowsers = certainly an amazing photo - with the beautiful contrasts and crisp details- a fave
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04/08/2008 06:13:32 PM
Interesting pp work. It has an abstract feel to it.
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04/08/2008 02:47:36 PM
A nice imitation of Sascha Huettenhain's -eyekey-
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04/08/2008 09:03:14 AM
I really like your use of lines here, it's an interesting way of tackling a familiar subject (the female nude) and you've been brave enough to draw attention to a more usual body part, the eye, rather than the breast, which makes for an interesting image.
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04/07/2008 10:47:57 PM
I really like this one, not just for the obviour reason, but the composition.
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04/07/2008 10:22:07 PM
Evocative and stunning shot.
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04/07/2008 09:48:17 PM
the lines are good but the eye sets this way over the top for me very nice.
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04/07/2008 06:57:11 PM
Beautiful lines and curves and an eye to the soul
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04/07/2008 04:53:33 PM
Beautiful... I like everything about this photo.
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04/07/2008 03:53:05 PM
The best in this poor challenge. I saw very few original ideas. 10. Ciao :)
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04/07/2008 01:51:47 PM
The lighting is perfect; nice and white, but with enough detail left behind. Great shot.
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04/07/2008 01:22:22 PM
beautiful high key, I like the composition and the contrast with the eye
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04/07/2008 12:33:40 PM
Wonderful high key image, I really like the composition
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04/07/2008 07:16:55 AM
Is this yours Cindi?

Excellent is all I have to say.

Individual critique on the details not required.

Good luck.
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04/07/2008 01:10:46 AM
Flawless high key image, extraordinarily well done and uniquely seen. 10
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04/07/2008 12:58:41 AM
Hey, I see I'm not the only one inspired by Sascha Hüttenhain's famous photo. Yours is indeed very well done, and certainly a lot closer to the original than my version was. Would get a 10 from me if it were truly original.
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04/07/2008 12:36:03 AM
wow. I don't know how I missed this on my first sweep of the thumbnails. Very well done! Lovely shapes and the contrast of the dark eye with the high key image is perfect. I have a small monitor so I can't the whole image at one time and have to scroll and I actually think each half of the image could almost work on its own but is wonderful all together.
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04/07/2008 12:30:45 AM
Stunning image, I love the soft whites against the white background and the way the eye is peeking over the arm.
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