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Lydia


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Challenge: Human Hands (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Aug 27, 2015
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2015

30 minutes for me to paint this on my hand...

30 minutes to be happy with my shot.

An hour. BadaBING! I usually obsess until I've spent several hours getting it right... and then I go back to the first thing I shot. *smile*


Edit: Ok. Scrap that whole "30 minutes to shoot" thing.

I decided the zebra alone on black was not interesting enough. So, I spent over an hour trying to get the leaves right, my hand right, and get up and down off of the floor to check the shot in the camera. It's really hard for me to remember how an ear should be between shots. *sigh* I had it up... down... twisted... backward... forward... If the ear was right... then the eye wasn't in focus. I was just guessing where my focal point hit each time. *sigh again*



I really hope everyone else uses someone else's hand. That would have been a BUNCH easier. *sigh*


I'm sure others will have much better paint jobs than mine (I'm not an artist... but I admire them greatly... and I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express a few years ago), but I guarantee that if I had a video of me setting up my tripod, changing lens, and shooting... all one-handed... that the video would make it to America's Funniest Videos. Ha!

I really should have thought that whole "setup thing" through before I painted me. *sigh again*

Ha!

[Later today]

UPS Guy: "What happened to your hand?"
(it's ugly from the other side)

Me: "I painted a zebra on it." [holds it up in the same position as my entry for him to see]

UPS Guy: "Oh."


LOL!!


I'm thinking we'll never get our packages now that he thinks I'm insane.

I probably am.
I just uploaded the shot I shot way before the one I had entered earlier.

*sigh yet one more time*


Oh... that nostril? It actually looks like my finger is indented, doesn't it?!

Yeah... that was an accident.

I did paint it to try to look that way, but it doesn't look indented on many other shots. It had to be the perfect angle.

Yep. Accidents happen.

*grin*


*yet another sigh*


Edit again: Ok. Looking at this more... I REALLY love it! I'm hoping to redeem myself for the high score I got in Curiosity challenge that caused such an uproar 'cause the image wasn't wonderful (I said that from the "get go"), yet the score was.

So... push it off my front page with a higher score than that, please.
Ha! Like it will EVER go away... *heavy sigh*



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[Sep. 4th, 2015 11:15:28 PM]

During voting:

6.9778 after three days and 45 votes.

And... only one comment.

(THANKS, Caba!)

I'm surprised at that, though. Normally, if my score is that high... well, folks have liked it enough to comment.

I'm thinking DPL has worn people out and they'll come back soon. :D

I'll take that score... even with no comments, though. :D


Post Ribbon: GEE GOLLY WOW!

I'm so surprised that there weren't a gagillion painted hands. That's what I'd thought would be in the gallery... and my pitiful painting of my own hand would suffer to the real artists' talent.

(My family also gave that assessment... without my mentioning my worries. They are really good to tell me the truth now. They weren't when I first joined here. They all said, "Yeah! I love it! Not at ALL what I wanted from them. *sigh*)

I'm THRILLED with my ribbon, of course! *beams*

Thanks bunches for all of your wonderful votes and sweet comments!

I'm still in wonder at that UPS guy...

I mean... really. HOW MANY PEOPLE does he encounter each day who've painted a zebra on his/her hand, that... it becomes... "Oh." ??

Ha!

Still laughing...


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 61
Avg (all users): 7.0615
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.4348
Avg (non-participants): 7.4048
Views since voting: 1357
Views during voting: 132
Votes: 65
Comments: 29
Favorites: 5 (view)


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09/12/2015 05:40:55 AM
love it, can't believe someone gave you a 2!
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09/11/2015 08:35:50 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue.
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09/10/2015 01:06:55 PM
Congrats! I love this!!
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09/10/2015 09:59:51 AM
Such a creative shot. Congrats on your ribbon. (Your comments about the UPS guy had me rolling)
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09/09/2015 09:10:16 PM
Very clever and well done, my only nitpick being that zebras are grazers, not browsers. Paint a giraffe next time, same pose and you're good to go :-)
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09/09/2015 08:41:36 PM
Very clever and well done!
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09/09/2015 05:14:57 PM
Wow! you're a pro at body/hand painting. Glad it got the 7+. Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/09/2015 04:29:15 PM
Well, you handily won this challenge! Kudos to your creativity!
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09/09/2015 03:32:52 PM
congrats Lydia! Well painted eye, by the way!
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09/09/2015 01:59:07 PM
Originally posted by kasaba:

Oh, just one problem (else I am sure the score would have been higher, as it should have been IMO :-)). Zebras are grazers, not browsers ;-)


Thanks for your congratulations below!

They are grazers... but they occasionally eat a leaf or two from a tree. Especially the painted ones. :D

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Message edited by author 2015-09-09 14:53:19.
09/09/2015 12:58:43 PM
Very impressive paint job, Lydia! And yes, the leaf in the mouth makes it extra special.
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09/09/2015 11:01:04 AM
Oh, just one problem (else I am sure the score would have been higher, as it should have been IMO :-)). Zebras are grazers, not browsers ;-)
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09/09/2015 10:59:33 AM
This is AMAZING! Congratulations.
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09/09/2015 10:01:15 AM
An artist and photographer, what else are you good at, I suspect a few other things :)
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09/09/2015 08:08:39 AM
Congrats Lydia, and I think you are truly an artist. It is great to see someone put some effort into DPC for a change.
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09/09/2015 07:09:14 AM
this was great and well deserving of the blue, congrats
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09/09/2015 05:30:27 AM
one more in your collection :)
Well done, Lydia
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09/09/2015 05:17:35 AM
Whoop! Whoop! Great job Lydia!
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09/09/2015 04:59:40 AM
superb! Finished were it was supposed to finish.
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09/09/2015 03:58:24 AM
it was worth it
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09/09/2015 12:53:28 AM
Congrats Lydia! You are so very creative ... and an artist!
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09/09/2015 12:17:56 AM
Fantastic shot, Lydia. I think you are an artist in addition to being a photographer. Congrats on a fabulous image and ribbon.
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09/09/2015 12:06:49 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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09/09/2015 12:02:39 AM
Great!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2015 11:58:06 PM
Very creative and quite realistic!
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09/08/2015 10:22:20 PM
I love seeing the creativity and effort put into this shot. What a beautiful capture!
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09/08/2015 09:03:34 AM
awesome!
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09/07/2015 11:58:54 AM
Clever and amusing.
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09/02/2015 11:27:32 AM
Top 2
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