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Kissing Ginger
Kissing Ginger
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Free Study 2011-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Dec 10, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture, Studio
Date Uploaded: Dec 10, 2011

Observant DPCers may recognize the lovely Carly from the recent blur challenge, and my American Gothic Revisited:

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This is one of her latest rescues, Ginger, and my first shoot since being sidelined by my cold. Carly has been bragging on FB about Ginger's celebrity qualities, so I couldn't wait to meet her. I don't know if Ginger is different from other ducks, but she sure is something else. After some initial timidity, she came on like gangbusters, quaking and waddling all around the studio. She LOVES having her back scratched. And lettuce. Can't describe the racket she made when I produced some fresh lettuce. I also set up a birdbath with water in it and she climbed right in. Here are some outtakes.

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LOL! I guess I've become "recognizable"!

Thanks for all the marvelous comments. Yes, the skirt is darker than I'd like, and yes, Carly was trying real hard not to laugh - not because she was in one position too long, but at Ginger's antics :-)

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 246
Avg (all users): 6.4857
Avg (commenters): 8.1000
Avg (participants): 6.4804
Avg (non-participants): 6.5000
Views since voting: 976
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 140
Comments: 23
Favorites: 2 (view)


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01/08/2012 11:12:09 AM
So quirky. Well done.
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01/08/2012 11:07:14 AM
Loved this Johanna! I was one of your 10's. So very quirky!
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01/08/2012 10:42:26 AM
You sure are good at these. Love it.
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01/08/2012 08:50:23 AM
You really need to come out here and show me how to do portraits! You're so wonderful, and I really suck.
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01/08/2012 06:14:25 AM
10. Very surpised at the placing still a great image.Congratulations.
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01/08/2012 01:30:44 AM
Gotcha :) Keep 'em coming Johanna. 9.
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01/08/2012 12:28:11 AM
Congrats, Johanna!

It's fun to see how many people more than I knew this was yours... unless they saw beforehand.

I love it all. Can't see the black spots, but I know my monitor's nuts.

oh wait... so am I.

BUT, I'm sane enough to know this is wonderful, friend!

Carry on! I can't wait to see what you come up with next.
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01/08/2012 12:15:31 AM
I love the interaction with your pet. My sister has 5 ducks, no children. :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2012 06:50:03 PM
Person and Pet :) Signature style. Fabulous shot. Great setup, in lights and attire. I think she has too much of a smirk (unnatural) on her face from holding that pose for too long, minor niggle, sure the duck didn't mind hehe.
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01/07/2012 03:01:34 PM
THIS why Grog NEVER take females on hunt!!! Tribe go hungry again...
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01/07/2012 10:56:32 AM
This has to be one of those high hitters like Johanna ,super stuff, ribbon in my view.+1
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01/06/2012 09:44:56 PM
Beautiful!
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01/06/2012 07:19:09 PM
Another beatutifully lit fairy tale brought to you by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' tanguera.
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01/06/2012 07:55:47 AM
Such emotion drserves a ribbon...10
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01/04/2012 11:50:17 PM
a good moment caught, almost vulnerable.
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01/04/2012 01:23:07 AM
lovely shot
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01/04/2012 12:11:35 AM
As I mentioned before, I love the look on the duck's face! Sweet and fun shot; may it do well for you!
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01/03/2012 05:05:02 PM
watch it Ginger, she'll be eating you next! Its certainly a different portrait, good luck with it
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01/03/2012 12:41:21 PM
I hope this is doing well Johanna. It's a luscious shot, full of great textures and colors, as well as being a wonderfully unusual portrait.
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01/02/2012 05:34:41 PM
love this crazy cool image - who'd a thunk this stuff up?
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01/01/2012 08:59:26 PM
You certainly have a mysterious gift for befriending pets and turning them not only into your tamed models but showing us their uniqueness in sophisticated environment ; the more uncanny pets, the better your approach.
bump
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01/01/2012 01:51:41 PM
Oh, Johanna! You've outdone yourself here! This is amazing.

I hope you ribbon.
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01/01/2012 11:04:16 AM
Nicely set up but unfortunately the processing has left some ugly black smudges near the bottom of the image. Also the dress part is too dark and without detail for my liking.
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