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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Location: Havanna
Date: Jun 13, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 4, 2009

This is my best selling stock shot and I've never found a way to get her into a challenge before...until now!

Yes this was shot in Havana.
Yes she has been shot by a lot of people going through the tourist areas.
As it is my best selling stock image it has probably been published in many places.
It was also published in JPGMag.
She charged $1 per photo and when I tried to take a 2nd photo she nearly attacked me...lol

Statistics
Place: 258 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.0366
Avg (commenters): 6.9882
Avg (participants): 6.1349
Avg (non-participants): 5.5000
Views since voting: 867
Views during voting: 697
Votes: 465
Comments: 90
Favorites: 6 (view)


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03/18/2009 09:39:50 AM
This is hilarious! Love that she is smoking that cigar. What a smartie she is for charging to have her photo taken lol. You should have taken photos of her trying to attack you - THAT would have been fun to see as well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:24:35 PM
ha! love the eyes
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03/17/2009 10:16:36 PM
Hysterical. Simply hysterical.
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03/17/2009 09:52:27 PM
Interesting commentary piece.
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03/17/2009 08:09:00 PM
I...LOVE her! lol
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03/17/2009 06:10:49 PM
is she the same lady as in lonely planet cuba? nice portrait. good colors and light.
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03/17/2009 05:16:38 PM
Perfect title.
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03/17/2009 04:23:46 PM
Haha, there's so much great attitude and personality in this, it's a great shot.
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03/17/2009 02:34:40 PM
:)))) eight


brano
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03/17/2009 11:55:50 AM
Humorous for sure and very well done!
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03/17/2009 11:41:48 AM
Funny. Great shot and good title.
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03/17/2009 10:12:09 AM
LOL... what a funny shot. The glasse, the cigar, her expression... makes me smile :)
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03/17/2009 07:05:29 AM
I have opened this up several times and it makes me smile each time.
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03/17/2009 03:21:09 AM
Cuba? I have seen this woman before. Anyway, great candid.
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03/16/2009 10:58:14 PM
Your best is amazing here. Could you help with some better bkg?
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03/16/2009 09:54:47 PM
hahaha hilarious
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03/16/2009 09:45:41 PM
Nice detail and humor. Could not help laughing when I viewed your image.
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03/16/2009 06:40:33 PM
LOL, she reminds me of my Uncle Harry +1
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03/16/2009 05:36:12 PM
LOL, great detail
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03/16/2009 03:46:07 PM
That is HOT!!! Very nice shot.
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03/16/2009 02:35:15 PM
Ohh man.. very nice portrait!
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03/16/2009 12:41:44 PM
an extra point for making me laugh with the title! /8
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03/16/2009 03:06:45 AM
really humourous image did she really smoke that?
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03/16/2009 01:57:45 AM
The best portrait in the challenge. What a face. 9
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03/16/2009 01:18:57 AM
Extraordinary capture, a very colorful personality.
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03/15/2009 10:27:32 PM
Very interesting image.
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03/15/2009 10:05:49 PM
Wow! Don't mess with this lady. She'll eat you alive!
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03/15/2009 08:22:02 PM
Great subject, needs sharpening
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03/15/2009 06:37:51 PM
This is indeed a hidden gem, FOFLMAO and I think I hurt myself..
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03/15/2009 04:21:47 PM
Well preserved details, good portrait.
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03/15/2009 03:55:42 PM
Toke it up mama! Great portrait....was it taken in Cuba? 7
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03/15/2009 12:07:21 PM
Can only be Cuba...
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03/15/2009 11:58:45 AM
Good lord this is funny!
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03/15/2009 10:50:52 AM
i believe we've seen her before and another wonderful portait of her
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03/15/2009 09:13:37 AM
fun and great portrait - dont see her type every day - 7
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03/15/2009 09:10:08 AM
cool potrait, 6
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03/15/2009 02:39:34 AM
Beautiful colored portrait. I like the cigar.
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03/15/2009 12:01:01 AM
Wonderful. Photographing people of eccentric appearance is irresistible, but so many photographers, even quite famous ones, seem to seize the opportunity to make exploitative or patronizing images. There's no hint of the 'subject-as-a-curiosity' here. No freak show. Instead it seems to be a moment when this fabulous lady and this photographer met for an instant on equal terms. Not as performer and witness. Not as freak and robber. Just equals. And that's where the immense charm of this portrait comes from; from the rare lack of guile on the part of either party. There's no 'loser' in this moment of engagement; just two winners. 10. And, I'm afraid, the curse of the dreaded Order of the Thumb:
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03/14/2009 11:55:57 PM
lol
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03/14/2009 07:10:45 PM
Hehe, this made me laugh!
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03/14/2009 04:33:34 PM
Coming back to comment...

Cuba? Love the expression, the magnified eyes, and the flowers in the hair!
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03/14/2009 02:44:05 PM
What a character!!! A great individualist portrait. She sort of blends into the background because of her hair color..
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03/14/2009 10:53:26 AM
brilliant
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03/14/2009 10:45:26 AM
this plumb ain't pretty...a little dark in tone, colors are good...makes me chuckle
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03/14/2009 10:27:25 AM
She reminds me of my friend Bonnie.
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03/14/2009 09:56:56 AM
Man - what a shot! This makes me laugh!
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03/14/2009 05:56:39 AM
o my! what a gem you have been holding on to
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03/14/2009 04:43:22 AM
plus 2 for the LAUGH!
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03/14/2009 03:36:11 AM
Beautyful picture
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03/14/2009 12:18:19 AM
Made me smile! What a character! Wouldn't it be fun to shoot the S, er, breeze with her for awhile.
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03/13/2009 11:51:49 PM
Wow, now, that's a lady! Good capture :)
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03/13/2009 11:48:56 PM
Hell yeah. 10
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03/13/2009 11:31:58 PM
That lady looks like a very interesting character...that cigar is almost bigger than her! :)
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03/13/2009 09:02:19 PM
She looks like quite a character.
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03/13/2009 03:00:16 PM
For such a colorful and unusual subject, she seems to get lost in the background.
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03/13/2009 01:51:16 PM
wow, what shot! Cuba? I keep trying to see whats reflected in her glasses.
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03/13/2009 12:07:31 PM
LOL!! Love this.
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03/13/2009 11:29:44 AM
too funny
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03/13/2009 06:02:18 AM
This is just brilliant!
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03/12/2009 11:47:16 PM
I knew George Burns would be reincarnated!
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03/12/2009 09:46:29 PM
LOL. Love the title.
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03/12/2009 08:27:48 PM
Wow. What a character. hahah. Good detail and nice composition.
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03/12/2009 08:13:36 PM
Woaaaah! Seems an experienced model :-P
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03/12/2009 07:06:17 PM
Oh this made me laugh! The title really is fitting! What a fun, quirky variety of textures and colors! Funny, but very well done.
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03/12/2009 06:09:06 PM
thank god I'm a pilot -8
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03/12/2009 05:50:33 PM
Now, this lady is a Gem!
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03/12/2009 05:22:19 PM
LOL - Classic, cliche, excellent :-)
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03/12/2009 02:04:08 PM
Classic.
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03/12/2009 12:28:04 PM
hahahahah!
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03/12/2009 09:03:28 AM
lol
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03/12/2009 05:39:31 AM
Looks like George Burns sister! Nice candid
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03/12/2009 02:15:02 AM
Cool shot. This is a piece I am sure you will always treasure.
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03/12/2009 01:51:38 AM
Isn't she just a picture?
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03/12/2009 12:15:29 AM
totally hilarious!
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03/11/2009 09:45:56 PM
OMG, this is hilarious!
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03/11/2009 08:32:47 PM
Classic! The reflection in the lower half of the glasses is a bit distracting but otherwise a gem!
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03/11/2009 08:02:09 PM
Why grandma, what a big cigar you have!
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03/11/2009 08:02:01 PM
Laugh-out-loud great! The glasses and the cigar are so over the top!
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03/11/2009 07:43:03 PM
WOW, the stories she could tell!
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03/11/2009 03:40:45 PM
Well get a load of her. What a fantastic gal!! I love her glasses and cigar. i bet she could tell some stories!!!
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03/11/2009 02:02:43 PM
LOL. This is too funny. Nice choice on the background. It matches her skin :)
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03/11/2009 01:36:25 PM
Bet she has some stories to tell!
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03/11/2009 12:18:25 PM
you shouldn't laugh really, but this is a true gem (and only my third pick from 540 so far)
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03/11/2009 11:43:07 AM
thanks for the laugh, great shot
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03/11/2009 11:34:32 AM
lol your title made me scream laughing!!! love this.
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03/11/2009 07:08:57 AM
Oh my goodness. Did she take her teeth out for this shot? YIKES! ;)
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03/11/2009 05:35:46 AM
I love it!!!
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03/11/2009 05:33:09 AM
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL ... fun-tastic !!
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03/11/2009 02:05:03 AM
fantastic character, nice work.
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03/11/2009 12:14:02 AM
Priceless! 10 from me.
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