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Challenge: Free Study 2011-04 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Apr 4, 2011
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2011

WOW...I really didn't expect to win a blue with this image. I was hoping for a 6.4...so I am thrilled that it was so well received.

This is Ayana and she is from Ethiopia. She was so full of laughter and giggles through-out our session. What a delightful young girl she is. Her eyes tell such a soulful story to me in this portrait. She captivated me immediately when she stepped in front of the lens. I feel quite lucky to have been able to photograph this beautiful girl.

Thank all so much for the votes and the ribbon. It is always a thrill to win one of these.

ETA: Does this mean that I am the first one to win one of those camera straps? If so....YEAH!!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 301
Avg (all users): 7.3113
Avg (commenters): 8.4231
Avg (participants): 7.2828
Avg (non-participants): 7.3654
Views since voting: 5076
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 151
Comments: 57
Favorites: 14 (view)


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07/22/2011 11:11:11 PM
I saw this pic over at Millers Lab. Congrats on a first place win there too!!!!! Great pic!
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06/13/2011 03:18:26 PM
Absolutey fantastic.Great shot, fantastic subject.
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05/11/2011 05:52:24 PM
Absolutely stunning! Congrats on the blue!
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05/10/2011 06:46:09 AM
Exquisite portrait, Jennifer. Wonderful work, congrats on your win.
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05/10/2011 03:37:50 AM
this is awesome!!! her eyes do say a lot. :D
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05/09/2011 01:05:06 PM
Congrats with this stunning portrait and well deserved ribbon!
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05/08/2011 09:49:08 PM
Congrats, I picked you for a ribbon, well done, this was awesome.
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05/08/2011 12:52:25 PM
congratulations Jennifer! Wonderful, warm image!
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05/08/2011 12:40:55 PM
Such emotion, such depth, such ferocity of spirit. All conveyed through a portrait. Well done again.
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05/08/2011 11:30:14 AM
To RIBBON in a FREE STUDY and hang out on the podium next to YOU!!????

Is it Christmas??????

Seriously, Jennifer, congrats on your most excellent image. I'm in awe that we took top honors in a free study with our MONOCHROME PORTRAITS!!! I know exactly what you mean about the magic that sometimes happens when people step in front of the camera.
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05/08/2011 10:51:12 AM
This portrait is so well done! Congrats on blue!
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05/08/2011 10:07:36 AM
Absolutely gorgeous. Ended up exactly where it was supposed to be. It just reaches out and grabs me.
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05/08/2011 09:28:14 AM
Stunning! Congrats on the blue!
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05/08/2011 08:34:39 AM
Congratulations on the blue! One of the few times I agree with the voters.
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05/08/2011 07:23:11 AM
Wonderful ! Congratulations !
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05/08/2011 06:46:29 AM
You're images really really inspire and amaze me, really well done!
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05/08/2011 05:28:07 AM
Congratulations on the blue for this fantastic portrait! Not long ago I had a discussion about photographing children, about capturing the look and the eyes... this is the perfect image I will come back to.
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05/08/2011 04:56:18 AM
Well done. So many black and white pics in this Free Study but this the best. Congrats.
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05/08/2011 03:15:28 AM
Fantastic portrait, a big well done.
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05/08/2011 01:32:50 AM
This is an awesome portrait! Terrific lighting. Congrats on the well deserved blue!
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05/08/2011 12:53:46 AM
YAAAYYY!! YOU WON 1ST!!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!! BRAVO!!
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05/08/2011 12:40:41 AM
Beautiful, congrats!
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05/08/2011 12:33:05 AM
Totally, fabulously wonderful.

Congrats on your strap! :)
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05/08/2011 12:30:35 AM
Such a beautiful image! I gave this a 10, and it was well deserved. Congrats Jennifer. :)
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05/08/2011 12:12:51 AM
I'm get so excited when I see portraits win. It doesn't happen very often in a free study. Congrats! this was a beautiful photo.
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05/08/2011 12:10:15 AM
Wow, big, big congrats, Jennifer! Your 2nd Free Study Blue ribbon! Great entry!
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05/08/2011 12:09:23 AM
I'm surprised (but pleased) to see this win... The high place given to this and Tanguera's shot speaks well of the voters. Congrats!
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05/08/2011 12:09:13 AM
Wow....Great image!...Congrats!
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05/08/2011 12:05:38 AM
congrats on yet another ribbon! what a fantastic image :) gave it a 10
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05/08/2011 12:04:15 AM
So happy that this ended up right where it deserves to be! Congratulations :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2011 10:11:02 PM
stunning!
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05/07/2011 09:42:02 PM
Stunning light. Absolutely captivating portrait.
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05/07/2011 07:37:54 PM
A beautiful portrait, the eyes are haunting.
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05/07/2011 05:42:09 PM
Stunning portrait!
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05/06/2011 11:14:38 PM
OMG!!!! WOOOOWWW!!! THIS CHILD LOOKS LIKE A DOLL!!! BEAUTIFUL , BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I WANT HER!!! SHE HAS A PERFECT FACE!!!! BEEEAAAA-UUUUU-TIFUL PHOTO!!! WOW! 10!
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05/06/2011 09:38:29 PM
njsabs? I am guessing by the background and general editing style.
Either way, I am totally floored by this picture. By far the best portrait I have seen in this challenge so far, and one of the best I have seen in a long time. Those eyes are just so soulful and tell such a story. What a gorgeous little girl. A 10 and a fav
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05/06/2011 06:03:12 PM
Great pose and lighting. The eyes feel overworked for some reason.
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05/06/2011 04:19:30 AM
Superb BW portrait. The positioning of the child to the right third of the frame does however give me a feeling of imbalance. I'd have cropped the child to the left third. Still, a 9.
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05/05/2011 09:57:56 PM
Stunning, congrats.
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05/05/2011 12:09:40 AM
Really stunning, in every way, a real winner of a ribbon. 10
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05/04/2011 12:52:18 AM
wow, this is just great
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05/03/2011 08:18:46 PM
Absolutely beautiful.
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05/03/2011 12:55:17 PM
Love the tone,top image.
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05/03/2011 03:17:30 AM
This definitely looks like a Jen production, fab shot regardless
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05/03/2011 02:36:29 AM
So beautiful.
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05/02/2011 11:23:52 PM
Irresistible. And the leopard like print of her hood adds to the story.
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05/02/2011 08:34:49 PM
well done , very nice
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05/02/2011 01:08:41 PM
Really stunning!
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05/02/2011 09:13:23 AM
beautiful.
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05/01/2011 03:22:24 PM
Gorgeous portrait!
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05/01/2011 01:36:21 PM
Fantastic portrait. Great lighting.
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05/01/2011 12:08:40 PM
Gorgeous eyes. Love the tones. The left side of her face (as you look straight on) seems a touch over edited. What a gorgeous child. :)
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05/01/2011 10:08:50 AM
great portrait... eyes are great.... model gives incredible expressions for his/her age... great treatment with B&W... this should score well... my personal favorite in this freestudy...
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05/01/2011 07:55:04 AM
beautiful
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05/01/2011 01:41:42 AM
Gorgeous
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05/01/2011 01:37:58 AM
first rate.
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05/01/2011 01:01:51 AM
Although the eyes are a tad over-whitened for me, this is truly a spectacular portrait. Glorious tones.
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