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Challenge: Free Study 2011-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: My favourites
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: Stockport
Date: Jun 25, 2011
Aperture: f/1.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Portraiture, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2011

No artificial lighting, just a large window behind me.

This may be my favourite shot I've ever taken...

[Jul. 7th, 2011 05:58:04 PM]

Just before rollover:

This didn't do as well as I hoped it might. I think it may be one of the best images I have made.

It did well at 1x.com though - it got published and into the most popular images set at the top of the page. A first for me.

Place: 18 out of 312
Avg (all users): 6.4766
Avg (commenters): 8.4286
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.8158
Views since voting: 7472
Views during voting: 268
Votes: 128
Comments: 19
Favorites: 18 (view)

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11/09/2011 11:22:36 AM
Wow. This is absolutely stunning. EVERYTHING about this shot is perfect. It's beyond me that it only scored 6.4!
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08/22/2011 08:19:13 AM
just came across this somehow...and it's definitely one of my favorite portraits i've seen on DPC, or anywhere for that matter. great work
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08/19/2011 09:06:07 AM
she's a great model
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07/12/2011 12:41:08 AM
What gorgeous light. Masterful composition, and I particularly like the the hair wrapping around her wrist. Gives it a very subtle sense of serenity, likely the source of her ability to melt into the lens.
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07/11/2011 08:55:39 PM
This is a beautiful piece of art. I have been visiting it and thinking about it since I saw it mentioned in the 1x thread. Exquisite use of light and form. It does, in a way, make me a bit sad on a personal level. Not only could I most likely never "see" how to shoot something like this, but I also realized (after watching too many episodes of a silly TV show) that the beauty of the model is integral to art like this. A shot like this, no matter how expertly lit or framed, would never see the light of day with someone like me as the model. Very selfish and silly, I know. :-) But it does make me envious, not just of your skill but of her light. She truly is gorgeous and you've done well by her.
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07/08/2011 08:13:24 AM
I see she's your favorite model now :)
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07/08/2011 12:47:16 AM
This is such a good shot Paul, the fact that you only used natural light makes this hauntingly realistic and totally breathtaking.
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07/08/2011 12:16:01 AM
Simply lovely. Should have placed higher.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2011 11:54:29 PM
Ohhh is this the same girl in low key? I loved her there I love her here!
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07/07/2011 08:39:54 PM
This is STUNNING, SUPERB, SUBLIME--beautiful light, compostion, treatment, pose, model, eye contact. Everything is perfect. 10 only because the scale doesn't go higher.
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07/07/2011 06:08:33 PM
Hello Paul, need someone to hold your reflectors? Super work mate. I have to re-floor my studio...I'm electing to go with old knotty pine...
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07/03/2011 12:57:41 PM
Beautifully posed and lit. I love how you brought out the texture in her skin.
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07/03/2011 02:51:02 AM
The skin tones in her face don't match the skin tones in her body.
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07/02/2011 11:22:35 PM
Such a beautiful portrait. Love the subtle lighting and muted tones. Actually I love everything about it!! : )
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07/02/2011 09:51:22 PM
Beautiful portrait, the lighting is very well done. FAV
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07/02/2011 11:45:30 AM
I had a feeling this was yours Paul. I wonder if a BW version would score higher. Very well done as always. NVFM
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07/01/2011 11:06:15 PM
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07/01/2011 09:10:27 PM
This is really lovely. I love the DOF!!
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07/01/2011 12:55:38 AM
Excellent shot! I think a crop on the left hand side to make the eyes fit more on the left third and this would be perfect. still get a 7 from me.
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