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Solitude Interrupted
Solitude Interrupted
Nusbaum


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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Oxbow Park, Byron, MN
Date: Jul 26, 2005
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Fashion, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

Perhaps not a hidden gem, but definitely an image that has set a bar for my photography.

I was terrified of photographing people and found a couple of local models that were willing to work with me in exchange for some images for their portfolios. I knew nothing about portraiture and there were no expectations on the results. We scheduled a shoot in the morning when the light would be good and then I walked, or waded, around the model looking shots that I liked. This image was captured during my second "shoot" and my first effort with Desiree.

I've learned a lot since capturing this image, but I really haven't topped it. If anything, the additional knowledge causes me to analyze more and see less.

Natural light

Statistics
Place: 49 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.6464
Avg (commenters): 7.9545
Avg (participants): 6.6515
Avg (non-participants): 6.6207
Views since voting: 2878
Views during voting: 990
Votes: 526
Comments: 98
Favorites: 25 (view)


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01/30/2012 06:45:20 AM
You knew nothing about portraiture and came up with this image and processing?
One of the best portraits I have seen here on DPC, on so many levels.
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06/20/2010 11:11:19 PM
I was looking through your profile and wanted to tell you that this is an absolutely beautiful and evocative shot.
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05/08/2010 08:34:30 AM
Waouh
:-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:55:04 PM
I love this shot more every time I see it, great work!
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03/17/2009 10:16:54 PM
Your light is fantastic here!
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03/17/2009 05:54:59 PM
Yup.....Love it!

This is what photography is all about.
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03/17/2009 05:50:59 PM
Very emotive. A little soft for me. Nice use of desaturation. 8. A new favorite.
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03/17/2009 04:07:37 PM
Great idea well executed. It leaves you asking so many questions
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03/17/2009 12:09:07 PM
Fascinating portrait!
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03/17/2009 11:57:31 AM
For a portrait, it doesn't get much better. Hope you are rewarded highly for this piece of work.
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03/17/2009 11:07:06 AM
A lovely pose looks great in mono
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03/17/2009 10:15:52 AM
Nice pose and composition, a lovely shot.
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03/17/2009 09:35:41 AM
I have always liked this shot! Hope you do well.
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03/17/2009 08:46:33 AM
Beautiful model on a lovely B&W composition.
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03/16/2009 10:42:29 PM
ustI appreciate the effort it took to get this shot. Good use of depth of field. I would like to see more detail in the eyes. Though they match the high contrast feel.
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03/16/2009 10:03:22 PM
Rolling in the mud? To each her own. The eyes look too dark. There are no real clues about why she's doing what is depicted.
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03/16/2009 08:55:18 PM
Stunning! Beautiful tones. I love the softness in her eyes and face. Mud and water make for an interesting story. 10
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03/16/2009 05:18:42 PM
Well it's a nice shot, but one might wonder why she is sitting, cowered in mud, in muddy water only wearing something that would apear to be a silky night...dress...kinda thing. Razersharp shot nevertheless.
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03/16/2009 05:02:00 PM
Very beautiful and unique image! (10)
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03/16/2009 03:32:46 PM
One of my all time favorite portraits. Love the composition. Her beauty against the mud of the river. Just an amazing shot in every way.
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03/16/2009 02:54:29 PM
this is such an excellent portrait .. sultry and sexy .. she's such a beautiful girl and your sepia process is spot on .. :)
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03/16/2009 02:49:32 PM
Nice shot. Good expression and nice lighting.
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03/16/2009 11:56:17 AM
oh i've seen this set of pics before :)
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03/16/2009 11:19:31 AM
This is just stunning... Wonderful capture of expression and the duotone works very well. So moody and compelling! Great stuff!
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03/16/2009 10:45:26 AM
Really nice photo -
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03/16/2009 08:08:17 AM
great shot, congrats.
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03/16/2009 05:27:35 AM
So cute!! 10
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03/15/2009 09:44:37 PM
lovely in every way
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03/15/2009 09:35:42 PM
Excellent portrait, the post processing is great.
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03/15/2009 07:35:39 PM
There is an interesting story behind this shot. Beautiful
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03/15/2009 06:12:19 PM
Love the softness and intimacy here. Well titled.
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03/15/2009 02:04:25 PM
I like the contrast of dirty yet soft.
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03/15/2009 12:08:31 PM
toning is great, pose/head position very good, lot of mystery here
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03/15/2009 11:47:34 AM
Something about mud and water and a woman... earthy.
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03/15/2009 10:18:55 AM
Great simple shot. Really lovely
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03/15/2009 10:16:41 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:14:01 AM
A good composition and setup although the focus seems to be on her legs rather than her face.
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03/15/2009 05:03:41 AM
9 no compromises
maybe there are few of this kind but I dont mind
I love it



brano
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03/14/2009 10:02:28 PM
Very sexy. Perhaps a trash the dress session?
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03/14/2009 07:55:05 PM
man this photo is my all time favorite on DPC. I wish i could rate it more than 10. I already have it in my favorites but will add this too.
I have never added any photo to my fav during voting, this is probably first and last.
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03/14/2009 07:19:58 PM
Very nice shot. I like the lack of color.
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03/14/2009 07:05:35 PM
Seems familiar, but I still like it. ;-)
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03/14/2009 06:32:37 PM
I remember this image so well. Truly a gem. I thought I had faved in for many months, maybe years, but can´t find it. Still stunning image. You deserve to be among the winners. 10 from me!
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03/14/2009 11:48:43 AM
Hauntingly beautiful girl and a portrait with a wonderful natural touch. 8
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03/14/2009 11:40:58 AM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments. I remember this shot from whose portfolio I know not:-) This is such a *GREAT* 'candid' style shot that really captures a mood and feel. We really do get the sense we have stumbled across this woman and disturbed her solitude. We feel that we are intruders upon her secret space that she comes to to escape the crazy hectic world outside. I see her as connecting back with nature as seen in the fact she has gotten dirty and had emersed in the water; caring not that she is wet. In the composition, she has heard us and looks to see who has disturbed her, but we have jumped back into the shadows or trees to hide. The tones in this composition is just fabulous and the sepia gives it a feel of an old photograph of a time that has passed into memory.
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03/14/2009 10:00:05 AM
I'd be interested in seeing an alternate in full colour.
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03/14/2009 09:53:15 AM
very very engaging, love the richness of tones...very compelling
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03/14/2009 09:18:31 AM
I really like the image but I would have liked to have seen more texture / noise / grain; this looks like the noise reduction has been overdone. I have to say, I think I did exactly the same with my entry to this challenge, so perhaps I'm just sensitive to it.
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03/14/2009 07:55:07 AM
I love this stirring and evocative image. The image conjoures up all sorts of questions (as does the title) and leaves the viewer without the answers, yet not feeling unfulfilled or cheated. Technically superb and a brave (yet perfectly correct) choice to go with the B&W. One of my top 3 so far. 9, I love it. Good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/14/2009 06:30:41 AM
This is one of the first images I remember seeing here at dpc, LOVE it!
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03/14/2009 05:59:33 AM
she's very dirty! but I like it!
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03/14/2009 04:37:44 AM
fantastic shot. Some just have a great feel to them and this is one of them! Lovely soft portrait, nice posing and composition, and the toning works really well as well. Great stuff
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03/13/2009 09:52:02 PM
the high contrast and slight sepia tone fits so well with the dirty dress. great image
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03/13/2009 09:00:29 PM
Like something out of a foreign movie. A little bizarre but very nicely processed. 7
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03/13/2009 08:41:04 PM
You've made me feel like maybe she has bigger problems than solitude.
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03/13/2009 05:42:19 PM
I recognize the portrait--fine work and I'm sure you will do well. The heavy contrast makes it pop!
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03/13/2009 03:45:25 PM
absolutely stunning, this should be used as an example of how to take a truly captivating photo
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03/13/2009 03:36:33 PM
beautiful capture with excellent tones. lighting perfect, as is dof. well done! 8
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03/13/2009 02:08:49 PM
I love her expression.
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03/13/2009 12:02:36 PM
wow, this is beautiful
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03/13/2009 10:29:12 AM
A little too much contrast IMO , otherwise a very seductive feel to the shot , 6
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03/13/2009 09:53:55 AM
Yeah.. throw a sexy lady playing in the mud in a challenge .. cheater! haha.. this is awesome.. as you well know
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03/13/2009 03:51:25 AM
You do start to wonder what she was up to before you came along with your camera ;)
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03/13/2009 03:37:24 AM
fantastic portrait one of the best in this challenge - maybe a tighter crop
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03/12/2009 11:18:29 PM
Very nice composition and tone to this shot.
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03/12/2009 10:54:20 PM
Lovely portrait in the mud. I like the expression.
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03/12/2009 09:00:15 PM
i saw this photo a long time ago and fell in love with it then, still looking good! great job!
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03/12/2009 08:13:47 PM
Beautiful work.
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03/12/2009 07:53:58 PM
great glamor shot 9
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03/12/2009 07:18:50 PM
A nice portrait.
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03/12/2009 07:01:04 PM
I like this one good mood and mono shoot
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03/12/2009 06:58:05 PM
Nice portrait. nice softness to her skin.. the mud and dress really contrast nicely. 7
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03/12/2009 06:56:12 PM
Very pretty girl. I love the pose and the story. People that are in unusual places wearing unusual clothes always works! Good detail and tones.
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03/12/2009 06:50:44 PM
This looks so familiar. I think it might be an outtake from another challenge. It's a great shot. I love the square crop and the sepia tone. Great detail on the entire subject, with great bokeh background. Very evocative.
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03/12/2009 05:31:42 PM
Love it!... absolutely!
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03/12/2009 04:48:58 PM
hey, I'm trying to concentrate on voting here!
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03/12/2009 04:23:00 PM
great portrait, great composition, nice light, very nice shot
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03/12/2009 03:59:12 PM
I like this capture. Very interesting. Nicely done.
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03/12/2009 02:43:14 PM
Stunning model, nice capture!
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03/12/2009 02:12:12 PM
Simply stunning -- wonderfully captured.
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03/12/2009 01:31:25 PM
Mephisto? Sweeeet!! Pic isn't bad either:)
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03/12/2009 01:16:34 PM
very,very nice. Great light 9
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03/12/2009 12:29:59 PM
beautiful portrait and model, nice lighting
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03/12/2009 01:56:16 AM
Gorgeous model. With the dirty look, the colour and tones your gone with really add something. I like it.
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03/12/2009 01:22:42 AM
A really beautiful shot.
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03/11/2009 10:14:00 PM
Very nice color tone.
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03/11/2009 09:03:43 PM
This is stunning! I love the idea, the model is beautiful and your editing is spot on. My only quibble is how overblown her shoulder and upper arm are. Still, a fantastic shot, one I can see ranking very high.
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03/11/2009 08:36:28 PM
Like the soft feel to this one. Well done.
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03/11/2009 04:32:30 PM
Stunning! Great PP, too! One of my favorites so far. :)
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03/11/2009 03:17:20 PM
Few take photos of woman gracefully. I bow..
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03/11/2009 11:54:03 AM
VERY NICE PIC!
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03/11/2009 11:27:28 AM
I like the tones you've processed this in
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03/11/2009 11:26:55 AM
Stunning shot. Very atmospheric and the model is beautiful.
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03/11/2009 10:39:59 AM
Whoo. Beautiful girl, beautiful shot.
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03/11/2009 09:54:04 AM
It took 0.00362 seconds for this to hit my eye like a train. This has strong classic beauty style and packs a serious punch. Every single thing appears to have been done correctly in this picture, so I'll vote accordingly.
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03/11/2009 08:49:33 AM
If this doesn't win I quit.!
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03/11/2009 07:46:51 AM
the only thing i can see here that would improve it is more light on her eyes.. but wow i love it
super pose and a stunning model to work with
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03/11/2009 01:30:44 AM
I think its already in my favorites or one of the photos from this series. Nice work!
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