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Challenge: Transparency III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Houston, my pond
Date: Dec 26, 2008
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 250
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2008

It was my model Tiffany's idea to get in the pond. No koi were hurt and after Tiffany was in the water for a bit they weren't even that scared. While I love our giant koi, I never thought of actually getting someone to swim with them, let alone in the middle of winter. Tiffany was up to it though and we are both very happy with the results.

This was originally my concept for the Asia challenge, but after I got the set of photos onto my computer I realized this didn't say "Asia" as strong as I thought my challenge entry did:
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I thought I would submit this shot into the free study, but then I noticed the transparency challenge going on and realized it fit perfectly. It helped that this didn't need advanced editing. I was amazed she was able to create such a peaceful look underwater, especially since she was never underwater for more than a second or two, so this was the middle shot in a series where she dips underwater and comes back up.

We got lucky with the weather because it was in the 70s, but the water was still pretty cold and Tiffany had to take a hot shower and I fed her hot chocolate and then hot tea as she snuggled in a blanket while we looked through the photos. Despite freezing her it was really fun.

Here is another shot from the photoshoot in my pond taken from my roof:
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Another Outtake:
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Wow a ribbon! Thanks guys! I really appreciate all the feedback I have gotten on this shot.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 152
Avg (all users): 6.7137
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3906
Avg (non-participants): 6.8261
Views since voting: 8428
Views during voting: 416
Votes: 248
Comments: 67
Favorites: 28 (view)


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03/16/2009 10:06:42 AM
I think it deserve first place, brilliant photo
01/17/2009 08:49:21 PM
i'm thoroughly impressed. nice work.
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01/11/2009 10:44:02 AM
This is stunning. A creative and beautiful photo, I love the expression on her face, even with her eyes closed.
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01/08/2009 12:09:15 PM
This should definitely have been blue - DPC is a fickle mistress...
01/08/2009 10:16:22 AM
This is amazing...i didnt vote in this challenge, this would have been a 10+!
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01/08/2009 02:58:22 AM
Yay.. I'm glad this got a ribbon.. Loved the series and you are still by far one of my all time fav. fotogs on this site!!! Congratulations :)
01/07/2009 09:52:20 PM
Holy cow that is just too fabulous for words.
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01/07/2009 09:11:45 PM
this photo should have been the blue ribbon.
it fits the description and spirit of the challenge perfectly.
great work. and congrats for the ribbon!
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01/07/2009 08:44:35 PM
This is one of the best shots I have seen on DPC in the fivish years I have been hear. Absolutely fantastic and original. You should feel very proud of this.
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01/07/2009 06:49:38 PM
Claire, this is GREAT! I love your outtakes too, but this is just FABULOUS for Transparency, and your'e right: Tiffany looks so at peace. It's surreal.

Yes. . .you are certainly not short in the talent department :) CONGRATULATIONS!
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01/07/2009 05:20:59 PM
Congratulations on a very unique and outstanding image. You have an amazing talent Claire.
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01/07/2009 12:25:44 PM
congratulations! My husband and I agreed that we thought this should have been the blue, but hey, close enough. Good job =0
01/07/2009 11:35:36 AM
Love this set of photographs, clever idea. This is my favourite. Top shot.
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01/07/2009 11:14:57 AM
Nice composition. glad to see you're back for some more ribbons!
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01/07/2009 11:10:14 AM
I am glad that it got the ribbon; beautiful shot!

:-), Vikram
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01/07/2009 10:36:06 AM
VERY cool shot... intriquing... Congrats on your Ribbo, Claire!
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01/07/2009 10:27:53 AM
Congratulations Claire! This is such an awesome image.
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01/07/2009 09:52:25 AM
sweet photo Claire you never cease to amaze me, grats on the ribbon!
-dave
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01/07/2009 09:48:18 AM
Excellent image!
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01/07/2009 09:27:01 AM
Awesome- shoulda taken the blue IMO. Congrats!
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01/07/2009 08:54:04 AM
Nice shot, grats! Doubly so for being the only ribbon winner to actually meet the challenge.
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01/07/2009 08:44:46 AM
Nice idea, congrats!!
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01/07/2009 08:32:54 AM
Originally posted by Larus:

Well at least one semi original shot got a ribbon in this challenge, congrats! :)


Who is this troublemaker? Get rid of him!
01/07/2009 07:35:35 AM
Congrats! Awesome!!
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01/07/2009 06:46:43 AM
beautiful shot..
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01/07/2009 06:12:59 AM
So, let's pick the people who scored this below 5 and put their names on google's homepage... we'll then start a virtuos cycle to increase voting quality ;-))) I'm kidding (but not that much)...
01/07/2009 04:27:08 AM
Well at least one semi original shot got a ribbon in this challenge, congrats! :)
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01/07/2009 04:25:30 AM
Congrats, Claire! Beautiful image.
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01/07/2009 02:07:59 AM
dark water
bright fish
woman being
01/07/2009 01:50:25 AM
WTG, Claire. Gorgeous (brave ;-) model and a wonderful image. Congrats on the ribbon ((hugs)).
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01/07/2009 01:48:07 AM
Ah I should have known it was in another challenge. Well done.
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01/07/2009 12:43:11 AM
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another profoundly beautiful image, Claire--congratulations on the well-deserved ribbon!
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01/07/2009 12:36:46 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!! This is a lovely shot
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01/07/2009 12:31:56 AM
Perfect :) (And blue in MY book!)
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01/07/2009 12:29:49 AM
Awesome shot! To me it looks like a mermaid swimming down from above - well, except for the bubbles and the angle of the fish. But it's great.

Message edited by author 2009-01-07 00:30:41.
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01/07/2009 12:28:58 AM
Wow,,,what a crazy idea getting in the pond..Lol. Congrats!!!
01/07/2009 12:23:08 AM
I was (still am) completely mesmerised by this image. Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon.
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01/07/2009 12:16:57 AM
I knew this would win the moment I saw it. Fantastic image! Very surreal, very artistic.
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01/07/2009 12:15:54 AM
What a great idea and beautiful shot!
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01/07/2009 12:07:08 AM
Congratulations, Claire! This really is superb in all respects.
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01/07/2009 12:04:06 AM
congrats claire, you have some great portraiture ideas

Message edited by author 2009-01-07 00:04:29.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/06/2009 11:24:45 PM
The bubbles, and ripples over her face add to a really nice shot.
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01/06/2009 11:12:51 PM
One of my favourites of the challenge. Wonderful concept & execution. 9
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01/06/2009 07:58:26 PM
nice take
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01/06/2009 06:42:36 PM
Wow, is she really in the fishpond? Kudos to her, you wouldn't catch me in there with all that floating fish poo! ;) Like this one a lot, it's quirky, interesting composition, great high contrast black and white...
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01/06/2009 06:31:33 PM
I love this image - it must be 21_F.gif lovethelight; I think this is a much better image than the Asia entry so I'm sure you'll ribbon - 10 from me.
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01/06/2009 12:18:26 PM
I like this. How you got the model to swim with Koi I'll never know! ;-)

*Revisited*

Well now I know how you got her to swim with the Koi! I think this is a good complement to your image in the other challenge. (No change in my scoring of this image)
01/05/2009 06:44:40 PM
was the modle willing????
01/05/2009 05:51:49 PM
Another beautiful shot from this session, Claire. In fact, I think I like this one the best.
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01/04/2009 03:01:24 PM
This is excellent. Well done to your very brave model.
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01/04/2009 12:15:51 PM
Wow. Beautiful. I'm not mad about the position of her head w/r neck, but I love exp bw and comp, 10 for me.
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01/03/2009 10:45:23 PM
Nice composition!
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01/03/2009 10:41:18 AM
I prefer the other one. I think the fish are too prominent in this one.
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01/03/2009 02:17:43 AM
Didn't I see her in the Asia challenge? I think I like this one a little better, though they are both interesting shots.
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01/02/2009 09:48:41 PM


Message edited by author 2010-03-01 21:17:29.
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01/02/2009 11:23:54 AM
she's got more daring this time - hope you're paying her! :¬)
01/02/2009 07:54:02 AM
Perfect.
01/02/2009 02:37:09 AM
I just saw one almost like this the past day with the woman at the bottom of the frame, but I can't find it now. Was that you also? Nice shot, though it looks like something from CSI. How were you able to get permission for the model to swim in a Koi pond, let alone have her go along with it? Is this a personal pond?
01/01/2009 07:54:16 PM
Now you're talking. The fish are perfectly clear and the lady is distorted (but not dim!). This is a nicely balanced photo and the darkness serves you by eliminating distractions and making the water seemingly endless.

Posthumous Red Ribbon

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01/01/2009 09:44:56 AM
Best of the bunch. Excellent light, composition, conversion, etc. Mostly just a great feel to the shot - relaxed, zen-like. I could see this in a photography magazine.
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01/01/2009 02:49:58 AM
Great idea though I feel it needs to be rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise. Still deserving of an 8
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12/31/2008 08:29:24 PM
This is an incredibly spooky and magnificent shot. Love the b/w. Wonder what the fish were thinking...
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12/31/2008 03:43:03 AM
haven't i seen this same cast in asia?..i like this better though
12/31/2008 01:48:50 AM
A very neat image. I like the way you included two elements in the shot. I know it must be hard for her to submerge into the pool while this shot was taken. My only nit is that both fish on the left and right is distracting.
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12/31/2008 01:09:54 AM
(!) Again.
12/31/2008 01:01:28 AM
Nice. I recognize this :)
12/31/2008 12:26:53 AM
I reckon this has a fantastic chance...good luck in advance 9


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