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Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Leica SL
Lens: Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f1.8
Date: Sep 9, 2016
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 2000
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Jan 14, 2017

Well, this was a surprise! The ongoing score suggested it would do well, but I didn't think it would be Blue. This is actually the first time I've ever come first in any 'Free Study' competition - this does count I think.

I read with interest all of your comments and the 'in utero' or 'in vitro' comment was really interested as I had thought about this and how this was, after all, unnatural - the position may be womb-like but the barrel echos a Petri dish. I really enjoyed the commentary though.

Thanks for the votes - three on the front page, that's hasn't happened to me for a while!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.6893
Avg (commenters): 8.2353
Avg (participants): 6.7531
Avg (non-participants): 6.4545
Views since voting: 906
Views during voting: 270
Votes: 103
Comments: 27
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01/28/2017 12:37:39 PM
Congrats, Paul! This pic made my top5 pick.
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01/27/2017 05:10:05 PM
Originally posted by 2mccs:

Beautiful form and processing. Although the posture looks awkward it still looks smooth and doesn't capture the same magic as the awkwardness of "horse" one of my all time favorites. But still lovely and should be a winner.


You remember the Horse image! For the Edward Weston challenge. Thanks for that.
01/25/2017 10:34:34 PM
love this unique concept!!!
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01/25/2017 04:58:23 PM
i enjoyed this quite a bit. it reminds me of a miniature effects that you see in tilt shifts. that it looks like she is in a tin can, there is an element to the image that fits with the in vitro title - babies are small :)
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01/25/2017 03:58:40 PM
I love Blur magazine. I'm a subscriber. Thanks for that!
01/25/2017 03:56:49 PM
Blur Magazine worthy... a fantastick photo.
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01/25/2017 11:02:48 AM
When I saw your image I saw a blue
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01/25/2017 09:59:29 AM
congrats on the blue!
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01/25/2017 07:28:03 AM
Love it! I hope you did that before you moved to Ireland:) Superb photo - congrats on winning this challenge as there were so many fantastic entries.
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01/25/2017 12:28:40 AM
Congrats on the blue !! outstanding image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2017 10:59:02 PM
That deft Paul touch. Lovely.
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01/24/2017 09:26:35 PM
Hi Paul - recognised this in thumbnail from the edit as much as the content. Is that the Voigtlander lens? Strong composition and concept . I personally feel there's just a little bit too much pale fill in the shadows, I'd have liked to see a little more depth of colour there, like the deeper green fill you used in the recent Night Guest photo. One of my top scores in this contest.
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01/24/2017 09:26:12 PM
beautiful work
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01/24/2017 05:19:44 PM
great exposition

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01/24/2017 01:24:04 PM
A swell idea, very well taken. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to decide which side is up:)
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01/24/2017 01:20:36 PM
Very artistic and symbolic.
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01/24/2017 11:54:52 AM
Somber and unusual, the image raises questions without answers. Seems like something we would find published on 1X, which often favors unique artistic concepts.
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01/24/2017 08:36:39 AM
Nicely put together- there is a beauty in shapes that occur in nature and don't, and in the real human nature of female form-and when put in a position and posture of pre-birth, one cannot help but look back towards the question "what is the soul"- or ahead to the realization that truth, beauty- represent soul.
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01/23/2017 04:01:15 PM
The color tone and the texture overlay are fantastic.
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01/23/2017 11:30:02 AM
Confounding. Binding. Fascinating. Grotesque. Divine. Recognizable even from another continent.
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01/22/2017 04:47:51 PM
Great title. I really like the grungy feel to the background, and the pose works well for this shot.
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01/22/2017 02:12:16 PM
Beautiful form and processing. Although the posture looks awkward it still looks smooth and doesn't capture the same magic as the awkwardness of "horse" one of my all time favorites. But still lovely and should be a winner.
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01/21/2017 04:36:45 PM
Magnificent!
The eye/mind connection is sometimes going in so many directions that the words come after a long time. At first, your images brought in my mind the Sicily coat of arms, Trinacria:
coat of arms

Your image is actually "in utero" and its beautiful formality has something of the eternal mystery of man.

it was 10
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01/21/2017 10:33:38 AM
This is interesting, and arresting. The head-down-and-ass-up orientation really gives it most of what moderate power it has from a figurative point of view, but from the photographic craftsmanship point of view it's exceptionally good. Sublime, really. I don''t mean to damn the conceptual aspect with faint praise, because the womb allusion is indeed a legitimate one; shocking, erotic, confronting, sacrilegious, political the field of dreams is spread wide open. It's just that it has been done a bit before in various media including using an actual human model, though happily not via Damien Hurst's formaldehyde treatment. But it has not in my recollection been done in two dimensions (especially with a camera), any better than this. Thank you.
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01/21/2017 09:09:32 AM
The color, textures, and subject are beautiful. The subject is simple and carries a weighty metaphor -
I'm not a fan of the distant look and perfectly made-up face - but hey I'm picky.
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01/21/2017 04:47:40 AM
Interesting, well done.
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01/20/2017 11:06:14 PM
this is such a great image the concept of this image is spot on and I keep coming back to it my only 10 in this challenge
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