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Flawless
raish


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Skullerud
Date: Mar 4, 2009
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2009

This is, in fact, a photo taken the day after the challenge was announced. It's a mistake and an accident. The camera settings are manual and there's an onboard flash set to go. I probably left my finger on the button or accidentally fired off a shot at the ground in front of my feet. The snow is in fact deliberately blown out in order to get some sort of decent exposure on the skiers - hence the flash, also. By moving the slider to max reduction of exposure in RAW editing and broddling about with curves and contrast etc, this is what shows:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/57229/120/772986.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/57229/120/772986.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
the two shots either side of this one are these:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/57229/120/772984.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/57229/120/772984.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/57229/120/772985.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/55000-59999/57229/120/772985.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
Thanks for all the comments.

Statistics
Place: 1109 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 2.5991
Avg (commenters): 3.1186
Avg (participants): 2.6204
Avg (non-participants): 2.4861
Views since voting: 1822
Views during voting: 998
Votes: 454
Comments: 141
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/16/2012 07:36:13 PM
This has to be the best "BROWN" ever - 1109th out of 1108!
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10/04/2010 12:39:08 PM
sorry I missed this masterpiece long ago in March 2009, with such a large field and this stand alone wonder, nicely done by one of DPCs true brown ribbon grandmasters!
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08/20/2009 12:56:28 AM
dude you are a god! last in the all time challenge of all time!
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04/07/2009 03:09:34 AM
I think this is a bit of a cheat. Some of your other brown ribbons have had better wit and displayed a more subtle response to the challenge than this, and yet you carry off the hardest of all browns with pure technique? tisk tisk tisk.
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03/27/2009 02:17:13 PM
Flawless, indeed - I actually gave this a 4 for the fact that I liked the concept.
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03/19/2009 08:36:45 AM
Well, I said I couldn't wait to see which was yours! LOL! You got more 10's than I did!
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03/18/2009 08:04:30 PM
Wow you got more tens then I did and still got a brown you are so lucky :)
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03/18/2009 11:21:34 AM
Holy cow. That has to be the greatest number of 1 votes ever. Congrats on that achievement and on getting the brown without trying!
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03/18/2009 10:50:38 AM
Haha! Nice. You got 14 more 10's then got on my entry. Gotta love DPC. :)
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03/18/2009 09:43:44 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Wow!! Lots of high scores!!
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03/18/2009 08:24:30 AM
Forgive me my comment, I thought it was ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' charliebaker again. Interesting story about the pic.
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03/18/2009 08:05:50 AM
Congrats with most diffucult brown ribbon of all time here on DPC. In spite of fierce compedition and loads of shamefull 10s you managed to pull it off.

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 08:08:21.
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03/18/2009 06:54:08 AM
It's a binary thing, so I believe the correct grade for this photo is: 1 (since 0 is not an option). White is on (1); black is off (0). Pity you did not achieve the 1. Voter's lack of understanding IMO.
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03/18/2009 06:00:38 AM

Hey Peter you were totally robbed my friend. I loved your sheer cheek with this one.
I thought afterwards that it would have been especially funny if you had incorporated a small rectangle with a red cross in it in the top left hand corner of the image as if the image had failed to load, you could have called it Refresh lol.

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03/18/2009 04:12:15 AM
You are a testament to the craziness of DPC that I love.
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03/18/2009 02:28:45 AM
I was so sure this was a ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CharlieBaker entry. Proved me a liar! Congrats on your ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:56:39 PM
I had originally scored this 6. In retrospect, it deserves to be higher, as an absolutely pluperfect example of its genre, which, while not taken seriously by *most* DPCers, nevertheless is a valid creative expression :-) Besides which, the image absolutely IS flawless. 10 it is...
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03/17/2009 11:49:29 PM
Looks over exposed;-)
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03/17/2009 10:59:42 PM
Ok.
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03/17/2009 10:44:22 PM
This is your best shot? Must be a newbie. ;-)
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03/17/2009 09:29:37 PM
Very nice white on white! Great lack of detail and framing! ;-)
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03/17/2009 09:13:56 PM
Going for brown? I will help you.
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03/17/2009 08:29:21 PM
How can a 720 x 482 image be flawless? You cropped! :P
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03/17/2009 06:45:58 PM
Absolutely.
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03/17/2009 03:03:02 PM
If your were shooting something white then I agree it is flawless! Good luck on your quest for the brown.
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03/17/2009 02:13:38 PM
Come on! Load!
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03/17/2009 12:21:05 PM
You're brave. Very brave. I give you points for that. And you helped me spot a fingerprint on my monitor.
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03/17/2009 11:26:59 AM
just one ;)

sorry


brano
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03/17/2009 10:43:48 AM
Sure!

:-), I don't know what is idea here!

I have never given a 1 at DPC; but then you may be gunning for the
brown. So I don't know how are you to be helped.

I would give 5 for creativity on the title.
But a 1 on the total overexposure! Avg = 5+1/2 = 3....Sorry, if it too high!
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03/17/2009 10:11:52 AM
Huh?
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03/17/2009 07:01:20 AM
This a mistake right? Either that or Tracey Emin has taken up photography...... Shame.
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03/17/2009 04:38:45 AM
yawn.
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03/17/2009 12:56:26 AM
That bright area over on the left side is distracting and pulls the viewers eye away from the subject. It also seems blurred and unclear. I think most of it is due to the use of excessive JPEG compression. Your file size of only 4.3k indicates a highly compressed image and that is what is robbing most of the detail and sharpness from this image. Check your compression settings when you save your file. Always adjust JPEG compression so that your file size is as large as possible, but within the challenge limit. (200k for this one)
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03/16/2009 11:52:20 PM
Great shot of a polar bear in a snow storm. Hope he didn't see you. They can move pretty fast!
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03/16/2009 10:52:10 PM
I kept waiting for it to load... LOL!

Looks like a brown ribbon winner to me.. .but definitely funny!

Not voting yet.
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03/16/2009 09:07:02 PM
Well, can't complain about composition, or the execution. I can offer that the subject isn't very interesting, unless you happen to have a fetish for blizzards or snowstorms.
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03/16/2009 08:11:45 PM
Hmmmm... uh... ahhh... huh. Ohhh kaayyy. Yup - hard as I try, I can't find anything to criticize here.
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03/16/2009 07:37:22 PM
Could possibly do with a little more white in it, apart from that, not a bad composition
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03/16/2009 04:55:46 PM
pffft, dpc cliche ;) lol, actually thought my browser was throwing a hissy and wouldn't load the image! duh.
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03/16/2009 02:32:39 PM
Hmmm.
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03/16/2009 01:11:20 PM
not really amusing
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03/16/2009 11:24:10 AM
Cute idea... But gotta give you a 3.
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03/16/2009 11:18:38 AM
These just don't do it for me.
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03/16/2009 06:52:48 AM
Glad everybody else didn't have the same idea.
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03/16/2009 04:02:42 AM
hilliarious so guess you should have all 10's :) ...
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03/16/2009 01:59:30 AM
wtf dnmc
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03/15/2009 11:42:48 PM
I can't vote on this image.
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03/15/2009 11:16:41 PM
10!
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03/15/2009 09:25:31 PM
The old white rabbit in the snow storm, trick eh!
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03/15/2009 09:05:53 PM
please
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03/15/2009 06:46:10 PM
I have one like this.. A polar bear in a blizzard.
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03/15/2009 05:23:38 PM
Great shot of a snowball in a blinding snowstorm. The detail in this shot is extraordinary. The processing is the best I've seen in this challenge. I was going to give you a 10 but there is a slight flaw in the upper right corner.
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03/15/2009 04:26:40 PM
Looking brown to me.
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03/15/2009 03:20:27 PM
I think I see some sensor dust. Or is it my dirty monitor?
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03/15/2009 03:00:53 PM
unhunh.......................
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03/15/2009 12:15:40 PM
Featureless.
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03/15/2009 12:02:53 PM
Superb, great use of HDR, beautiful model... I need to drink less...
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03/15/2009 10:55:26 AM
Not exactly
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03/15/2009 06:43:28 AM
Pure but I don't really understand how this can be your best photo ever taken and hidden gem.
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03/15/2009 01:27:09 AM
well , what I can say. it is flawless
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03/15/2009 12:59:44 AM
Thanks for wasting my time !
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03/14/2009 11:16:10 PM
Nice effect. Not easy.
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03/14/2009 10:56:37 PM
Why? Why enter a blank canvas as your best photo? Is it a joke? Are you trying to get last place? It's a waste of viewers' and voters' time, in my opinion.
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03/14/2009 08:18:12 PM
Interpretation of Topic: Very Creative Thinking, but contrary to what most photographers would like to capture with their cameras.
Photography: Hard to tell...
Viewers Reaction: There has been a computer error, oops, there is an idea here...sorry, I would love to see what you could capture with a photo.
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03/14/2009 07:53:52 PM
this have a brown color cast to it
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03/14/2009 06:47:00 PM
AND contentless :-)
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03/14/2009 05:57:01 PM
It may be white but perhaps its brown. . .
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03/14/2009 05:39:43 PM
yes, it is. I cannot comment on something so perfect.
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03/14/2009 04:54:02 PM
Your title really takes this one over the top for me. 10
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03/14/2009 04:43:08 PM
What is going on here?
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03/14/2009 11:40:22 AM
I do think this photo has some merit, especially in conjunction with your title, but I know most people will not see it this way.
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03/14/2009 10:12:55 AM
Oh well there would have to be one piece of "conceptual art". Thankfully only one since this is a "photography" contest. OK as a concept but not as a stand alone photo. 4 for the idea. 0 for photographic quality. Avg 2.
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03/14/2009 10:11:27 AM
Is this a polar bear in a snow storm?
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03/14/2009 06:57:29 AM
Interesting. I think you might not Ribbon with this...
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03/14/2009 06:00:09 AM
i see only white?
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03/14/2009 04:48:35 AM
I think it's slightly over exposed, maybe reduce the exposure by 1/3 of a stop
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03/14/2009 04:43:40 AM
And to think I refreshed this page several times thinking my connection was down!

It's a shame the polar bear and arctic fox are looking away, you could have improved it by making noise so they looked. The igloo is a nice touch, and balances out the image perfectly. A little more sharpening and perhaps a contrast boost, this would have been a winner.
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03/13/2009 10:36:38 PM
the ultimate dpc shot. I can't find anything wrong with this picture. 10
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03/13/2009 10:18:40 PM
Well, it may be "flawless" but how many carats is this hidden gem worth? ;-) Not voting, but Good Luck to you!
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03/13/2009 08:53:49 PM
well this just feels like cheating. i wonder if you still have the original file. ;)
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03/13/2009 08:26:56 PM
You're kidding right? Going for most comments or something?
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03/13/2009 08:03:45 PM
Perfect title!
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03/13/2009 05:31:10 PM
If you are going to beg, who am I to refuse you?
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03/13/2009 05:25:27 PM
LOL
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03/13/2009 05:01:39 PM
Nice try for the Brown Ribbon, good luck!
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03/13/2009 04:27:24 PM
Sorry, I don't get it.
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03/13/2009 04:21:05 PM
I think you could have boosted the contrast a little, also the composition is not following any of the suggestions I know of. Now to the good parts: focus is dead on and the colors are strong and vibrant :)
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03/13/2009 03:40:38 PM
Looks a little overexposed ;-)
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03/13/2009 02:58:27 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments. Ah! A study in color and symbolism to push/test our perceptions of the world and how we see it right?! When we see white here in this composition we are really seeing Red at 255, Green at 255 and Blue at 255. How can we be seeing the three colors when stereotypically when numbers are high it is an indication of presence!? Yet all we see is white. Perhaps the lens was looking through a prism? Perhaps this is all we want to see in a photo - a flawless presentation absent of anything to mar the surface? Hidden behind it all is the base foundation - the canvas that is pure before anything else is added. But then when one thinks of it the color white symbolizes purity - things in their natural state. Pure, pristine, flawless.
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03/13/2009 02:52:52 PM
I don't quite know what to say. There's not much to comment on here :-)
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03/13/2009 02:29:21 PM
Oh, yeah. This has got ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' charliebaker written all over it. As it's an obvious attempt for the brown, you'll get some high scorers attempting to foil your efforts. There are some pretty crappy shots in this challenge, so it will be interesting to see if you make it! I'm gonna give you a 2 since I actually think this is better than a couple of others.
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03/13/2009 01:27:19 PM
There`s always one :)
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03/13/2009 01:25:49 PM
hey, a perfectly white rectangle is great for helping me find smudges in the center of my monitor that i may mistake for dust spots on a different photo :)
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03/13/2009 12:46:30 PM
Someone has a sense of humor.. though not appreciated on here I'm sure! I anticipate a LOT of 1's and a few 10's .. lol
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03/13/2009 12:40:59 PM
I kept staring, and staring, but nothing appeared! :-)
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03/13/2009 11:08:34 AM
Unique but Im sure your going to get hammered
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03/13/2009 08:51:05 AM
Ooo kkk. hahah. Nice composition? Good detail? Great natural light? Hahah.
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03/13/2009 07:27:34 AM
hmmm
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03/13/2009 06:48:15 AM
You certainly used your lights very well!
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03/13/2009 05:43:08 AM
totally flawless
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03/13/2009 05:24:47 AM
hooray for the timewaster. to be honest it probably is the best shot you have taken. good luck!
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03/13/2009 02:18:53 AM
Going for the brown are we? Good luck!
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03/12/2009 09:28:50 PM
Harris K. Telemacher: I like the relationships. I mean, each character has his own story. The puppy is a bit too much, but you have to over look things like that in these kinds of paintings. The way he's *holding* her... it's almost... filthy. I mean, he's about to kiss her and she's pulling away. The way the leg's sort of smashed up against her... Phew... Look how he's painted the blouse sort of translucent. You can just make out her breasts underneath and it's sort of touching him about here. It's really... pretty torrid, don't you think? Then of course you have the onlookers peeking at them from behind the doorway like they're all shocked. They wish. Yeah, I must admit, when I see a photo like this, I get emotionally... erect.
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03/12/2009 08:45:18 PM
???????no photo
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03/12/2009 07:04:51 PM
Kind of clever, but I've seen it too many times (it grows old faster than water drops!)
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03/12/2009 05:46:28 PM
I think you have a dust on your sensor, or itís my monitor ;)
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03/12/2009 04:50:00 PM
man, you are really going to get beat up over this one. I did something similar once with a solid blue sky gradient that i thought would be artistic but bombed big time. I only hope this works out for you but somehow i doubt it. Good luck.
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03/12/2009 04:14:00 PM
going for brown are we? :)
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03/12/2009 03:29:35 PM
maybe a bit overexposed but that is just my opinion;)
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03/12/2009 01:22:14 PM
that gem is certainly hidden well!
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03/12/2009 12:40:59 PM
Nice - I thought my computer was broken for a second there...
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03/12/2009 12:23:40 PM
Yep....it is flawless. LOL. Hope you win the ribbon.
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03/12/2009 11:53:10 AM
Outstanding!!
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03/12/2009 11:37:04 AM
nice white balance
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03/12/2009 11:33:29 AM
haha, funny.
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03/12/2009 02:17:01 AM
Oh, someone wanting the brown I see - good luck!
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03/12/2009 01:19:23 AM
should have chosen brown instead of white
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03/11/2009 11:09:10 PM
creativity-1
composition-??
execution-2
meets challenge-1
wow factor-0

score-4
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03/11/2009 09:01:40 PM
kind of a waste of our time
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03/11/2009 06:47:39 PM
the quintessential minimalist expression :: therefore a 5
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03/11/2009 06:18:59 PM
Haha, well played... well played.
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03/11/2009 05:59:41 PM
hehe. i hope you know this is going to get shafted in voting :)
looks like someone is going for the brown on the 1000 challenge?
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03/11/2009 05:52:05 PM
Someone had to do it :D
ROFL
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03/11/2009 05:25:56 PM
thank you for the laugh, to me it's a little over exposed, but the balance is perfect and so is the composition, the flow is also well captured. good one :)
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03/11/2009 04:52:24 PM
I am laughing, I actually reloaded the page as I thought there was a load error.
Right I'm giving you 7 for pure nerve and for making me laugh...
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03/11/2009 01:40:11 PM
OH! Umm! Well! Dunno! Good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/11/2009 12:55:21 PM
I spent ages waiting for this to load ;)
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03/11/2009 12:03:14 PM
there's someone else claiming to be aiming for the brown ribbon but I think you might just pip 'em
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03/11/2009 09:30:11 AM
The only "1" I have ever given.
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03/11/2009 09:16:52 AM
There, I see one.
No, it's just a hair on my monitor.

Do I need to adjust my screen?
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03/11/2009 08:09:59 AM
WRONG tremendously OVEREXPOSED ... perhaps sepia or brown tint may have been even more obvious.
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03/11/2009 07:38:43 AM
I little is lacking here for such a challenge.
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03/11/2009 06:53:08 AM
Nice. :)
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03/11/2009 03:51:15 AM
If this is supposed to be an overexposed snowstorm, you've succeeded! I'll give you an extra point for the humorous title, but that doesn't bring your score up very high still :)
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03/11/2009 03:10:20 AM
LOL, for a moment I thought it was a problem with my screen !
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03/11/2009 03:02:17 AM
It is indeed flawless. Extra marks for thinking outside the box
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03/11/2009 01:35:29 AM
now this is what I call good photography (cheap on the ink while printing)
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03/11/2009 01:20:57 AM
the gem very well hidden ;)
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03/11/2009 12:29:24 AM
not sure if this is a mistake or what...I would say your photo is a little over exposed...hmmm
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03/11/2009 12:21:20 AM
so will be the scores, i guess.. :)
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03/11/2009 12:13:19 AM
Probably one of the more abstract images submitted to this challenge :D
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