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A Flight of Fancy
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Jaded_Housewife


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Challenge: Dreams II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D70s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Natchez trace, Ms.
Date: Jul 7, 2007
Aperture: n/a
ISO: n/a
Shutter: n/a
Galleries: Infrared, Children
Date Uploaded: Jul 7, 2007

I had this idea and of course it was rainy all week. So the amount of time I had to get it done was minimal. I made the swing but had a hard time attaching it to the tree. my husband and myself are just too short. so it looks bad. I know. I still like the idea of it but would like a reshoot in the future with a ladder and a tree on private property so we can get permission and not shoot in under 2 mins while trying to avoid cops.

oh and the funniest/coolest thing happened. I got the title in a dream. I came up with it just for this challenge in my dream where I was brain storming this challenge. so weird.

Thanks for all the comments guys. I never thought I'd get a score like this. I may have to convert to Nikon full time.. :P j/k! and by the way: I HATE I.R. , I'm guilty but my husband likes it a lot so I was familiar with what can be achieved with it. he doesnt shoot people though and thats all I really enjoy, people. so I mixed the styles. oh..and the title although I came up with it in a dream it came to me because it's a line in a Moloko song and I've been listening to a lot of Moloko.
Thanks again!! :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 182
Avg (all users): 7.5969
Avg (commenters): 8.7778
Avg (participants): 7.1509
Avg (non-participants): 7.7681
Views since voting: 19659
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 191
Comments: 116
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06/05/2012 10:47:50 PM
I OFTEN THINK OF YOU AND ACTUALLY MISSED YOU... I HAVE ALWAYS LOVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY AND SO PLEASED YOU CAME BACK FOR THE TRIBUTE FOR ME RE THE 'FLOWERS FOR SHEZ' CHALLENGE... I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL THE ENTRIES ESPECIALLY YOURS MY DEAR XOX
FROM SHEZ
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09/13/2009 04:54:38 PM
One of the pictures that you can't help but to say, I wish I can take a picture like this, very well done,
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07/24/2007 05:27:30 AM
cool. congrats on your ribbon!
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07/23/2007 04:25:40 PM
very good skills Crystal, it rocks!
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07/21/2007 07:40:54 AM
you go, girl! this is fantastic! :)
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07/21/2007 01:24:02 AM
Crystal, sorry it's taken me so long to get to this! You've done a great job here, for someone who doesn't even like IR you've sure got an eye for it... and now I have to buy a modified D70... thanks :P
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07/20/2007 08:45:02 PM
This is just stunning. I had to look twice becaust that tree and the water behind it look so much like a spot on the waterfront in Yorktown. I've tried to get dd in that tree so many times but no luck hehe.

Love the feel to this.
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07/20/2007 08:59:08 AM
Woooooooooohhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! CONGRATS sis, a very well diserved blue. Keep 'em coming! ;)
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07/19/2007 04:13:08 PM
Bravo !

Fastastic piece of work !
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07/19/2007 09:35:30 AM
This is an absolute beauty. Well done :)
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07/19/2007 01:13:54 AM
Congratulations, Crystal! I have been on vacation lately and just now had a chance to look at some challenge results. Great photo!!
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07/18/2007 10:46:11 PM
I just keep coming back to this image to view it again and again.....
I really do love what you have created here, as it is so appealing and very moving to me. It touches everyone of my senses..... I must add it to me favorites right now..... Awesome Crystal.....Totallt awesome.

Almost fairylandish, and would be a great page out of a childrens story..... Maybe you should think about that, and write a childrens story about your daughter, with these style of images, to go with it..... I definately buy it.....

Originally posted by sherpet:

Totallyy wonderful and so so dreamlike and so deserved the "Blue" ribbon.....


Message edited by author 2007-07-18 22:50:12.
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07/18/2007 07:02:17 PM
Wonderful photo ! Congrats !
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07/18/2007 05:49:43 PM
I'd say that swing looks fine considering that you did it in "under 2 mins while trying to avoid cops". That is pretty funny. Congrats on your blue ribbon!
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07/18/2007 03:40:57 PM
Congrats on the blue ribbon!!!!!! Amazing shot! =)
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07/18/2007 03:09:38 PM
Great job Crystal!
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07/18/2007 02:27:07 PM
oh yeah, I knew Crystal back when...

Oh, now, um, she doesn't take my calls. She must be busy...
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07/18/2007 01:49:39 PM
Congratulations on a well-deserved win! I've also found this inexpensive little 18-55 lens does a great job, but your great composition & exposure are the real reasons for the results.
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07/18/2007 01:45:33 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon. I'm happy to have been one of your 10's (the only 10 I gave out in this challenge). I'm normally not a fan of IR either, but you chose the perfect challenge for it.

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07/18/2007 12:50:19 PM
Crystal,

This is awesome. Congrats on the blue!!!
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07/18/2007 12:44:23 PM
Congrats! Spectacular picture. And the swing doesn't detract in any way.
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07/18/2007 12:38:30 PM
Thanks Crystal for making my wish come true.
Congrats, this is a dreamy image executed with perfection.
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07/18/2007 12:20:26 PM
You're on a roll. This is such a sweet shot. Congrats.
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07/18/2007 11:16:44 AM
Wonderful Crystal! Congrats!
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07/18/2007 11:16:09 AM
Congratulations Crystal! :)
I absolutely don't mind that the knots in the swing aren't level. Dreams aren't usually perfect and have a touch of whimsy to them.
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07/18/2007 10:52:04 AM
Lovely fairy tale of an image. One of the better IR photos we have seen as far as attention to the tonalities is concerned.
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07/18/2007 10:34:38 AM
Whoo Hoooo!!! WTG Crystal!!! :) :)
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07/18/2007 10:32:16 AM
Very cool, an IR I actually like. Fantastic photo...congratulations on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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07/18/2007 09:09:59 AM
Congrats thats awsome
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07/18/2007 08:50:01 AM
i am so pleased this got a blue ribbon - beautifully set-up and photographed, and very, very dream-like. Lovely work.
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07/18/2007 08:42:22 AM
Wonderful image, Crystal! Love the IR! Big congrats on the blue!
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07/18/2007 08:19:27 AM
Well, after reading your description I really must congratulate you on a job well done. It would've even been worth it if the cops had shown up! No need to re-shoot this one.
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07/18/2007 08:12:18 AM
Fantastic work here. Really hit the mark.
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07/18/2007 08:06:11 AM
congratz ! excellent photo ... keep up!
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07/18/2007 07:52:19 AM
Congratulations Crystal, this was one of my favorites.
A dream of a picture...
So the new IR-Nikon already "paid off"!
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07/18/2007 07:42:27 AM
This is just gorgeous! Congrats on your blue!
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07/18/2007 07:39:46 AM
Oh Crystal! Have you been kicking butt or what! This is so enchanting! Congratulations on such an amazing first place winner!

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07/18/2007 07:35:44 AM
Congratulations! Well done!!!
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07/18/2007 07:29:41 AM
jaded_youth - A Flight of Fancy. . .absolutely fabulous! Thank you.
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07/18/2007 07:26:46 AM
Originally posted by dreamy:

Cristal, that's wonderfull
Congratulations
Less than a month after your promise to get a ribon ;-)

Greetings to your dauther. She stayed calm for how long? several seconds I suppose with the infrared. Great model


the camera is convered to ir so it takes normal exposure times. this one was probably like 1/250 or so.
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07/18/2007 07:19:40 AM
Congratulations Crystal!!!
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07/18/2007 07:03:09 AM
Congratulations!! Very cool image. Swings were always such a dreaming place as a child - nice!
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07/18/2007 06:36:00 AM
yeah u won! This was my favorite image in the challenge :) well done!!
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07/18/2007 05:06:51 AM
Stunning image and well deserved blue! Congrats!
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07/18/2007 04:39:19 AM
I like this, this looks really cool. Very well done.
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07/18/2007 03:35:42 AM
congrats Crystal!
and I see 21.gif De Sousa was right: "I give U one month to win a ribbon" :) (he said that, at the GTG in Germany)

edit: I see Deb already wrote about that :)

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 03:36:45.
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07/18/2007 03:33:19 AM
I never even thought of using IR for this challenge or the nightmare challenge. Excellent idea and well executed. Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/18/2007 03:33:18 AM
Congrats Crystal!!! This is stunning!
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07/18/2007 03:31:17 AM
Lady, you're simply amazing! You tell DeSousa "I can do this within the month" and then you do it. It's not just a tribute to your photographic skills, but to your imagination. Congratulations!!
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07/18/2007 03:30:20 AM
Stunning, congrats! Agreed on the IR quality, and the frame really adds to it.
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07/18/2007 03:20:14 AM
well deserved, congrats.
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07/18/2007 03:14:52 AM
Congratulations on your first place and personal record.
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07/18/2007 03:01:58 AM
Excellent work Crystal. Probably the best person centered IR shot I have seen. Congrats on the ribbon and whopper PB!
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07/18/2007 02:57:13 AM
Just beautiful
Congrats on your winning Blue Ribbon
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07/18/2007 02:52:13 AM
yay Crystal!! what a beautiful, etherial image
wonderful idea
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07/18/2007 02:32:45 AM
Cristal, that's wonderfull
Congratulations
Less than a month after your promise to get a ribon ;-)

Greetings to your dauther. She stayed calm for how long? several seconds I suppose with the infrared. Great model

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07/18/2007 02:26:47 AM
congratulations darling :0)
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07/18/2007 02:23:01 AM
Congratulations Crystal - a well deserved blue ribbon.
This is a wonderful picture (and I usualy don't like IR pictures at all)
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07/18/2007 02:02:33 AM
I love the look of her looking up toward the sky (maybe seeing a bird, a plane, or an angel), or toward future dreams. I've been on the Natchez riverboat, but not in that city. That's an awful high score, congratulations.
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07/18/2007 01:49:32 AM
Yay, Crystal!!! A big congrats, well done!!
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07/18/2007 01:47:02 AM
This rocks!!! I want an IR camera!!!
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07/18/2007 01:11:20 AM
Congrats! IR worked well for this challenge. This one is spot on.
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07/18/2007 01:09:53 AM
Beeeeeautiful! Many congrats!!!
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07/18/2007 01:08:43 AM
So what does the title mean?
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07/18/2007 12:56:11 AM
congratulations for this beautiful image!!
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07/18/2007 12:47:57 AM
Oh Yeah! This is beautiful! Congratulations Crystal!!!
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07/18/2007 12:47:34 AM
This is gorgeous, Crystal. A perfect dream and a fantastic IR. Huge congrats on winning.
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07/18/2007 12:43:54 AM
Wooooooohoooooooooo, Crystal! Congrats. Beautiful image!
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07/18/2007 12:40:03 AM
Congrats Crystal!
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07/18/2007 12:39:26 AM
that is simply beautiful
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07/18/2007 12:36:02 AM
awesome photo and congrats, nice pink floyd reference too
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07/18/2007 12:18:23 AM
I'm not usually a great post-shot analysist, but I rather like the imperfection of the swing; it definitely makes it more dream-like in my mind's eye. Just my two cents, thanks! Great job. I strive for a ribbon one of these days!
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07/18/2007 12:16:47 AM
Way to go. Big congrats to ya!

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 00:17:28.
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07/18/2007 12:14:14 AM
Total and complete perfection.
Congratulations on a superb image, Crystal.
Wow.
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07/18/2007 12:12:51 AM
a top 10 an honorable mention and a blue ribbon all in a row. i see you do this stuff and still am amazed. Can't believe the under 5 scores though:-/

only one shot with the new camera and you have the top score on the camera and the lens!
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07/18/2007 12:11:48 AM
Congratulations!! A very lovely image and well deserved blue!
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07/18/2007 12:09:00 AM
Sweet!! Congrats on an awesome shot and the blue ribbon!!!
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07/18/2007 12:05:27 AM
Well deserved ... go YOU!
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07/18/2007 12:04:45 AM
Woo hoo! Crystal you animal! =D Just beautiful!
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07/18/2007 12:04:44 AM
Congrats, Crystal!! Lovely photograph! Well deserved.
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07/18/2007 12:04:14 AM
Congrats on the blue! :)
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07/18/2007 12:03:58 AM
Totallyy wonderful and so so dreamlike and so deserved the "Blue" ribbon.....

Message edited by author 2007-07-18 00:04:47.
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07/18/2007 12:03:01 AM
Yahoo! Congrats, Crystal - what a score, and WOW, did your commenters ever love it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/16/2007 08:22:40 PM
Beautiful!
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07/16/2007 06:29:22 PM
GORGEOUS.
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07/16/2007 11:55:06 AM
The perfect challenge for IR. Very dreamy photo.
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07/16/2007 10:49:03 AM
Very dreamy picture... I wish she was looking at the camera... I understand why you had her look "away", but I would love to see a version of her looking towards me... calling me to come push her on the swing. 8
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07/16/2007 06:45:45 AM
i really like the coulors in this one, it gives the image an dreamy feeling! NICE!
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07/15/2007 10:20:21 PM
How'd you do this? It's awesome, I think I've had his dream. Great job!!
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07/15/2007 07:10:26 AM
3rd photo in and I found a 10. Normally, I don't like infrared but this makes it look totally dreamy. Great job.
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07/15/2007 01:36:21 AM
Very dreamy. Just love the clouds in the background.
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07/14/2007 03:21:27 PM
beautiful shot!
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07/14/2007 02:33:24 PM
Fun magical feel. The little girl looking is nice for the dreams theme.
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07/14/2007 02:08:27 PM
This is a great dream photo! I love her demeanor. The infrared is so perfect! Fantastic job.
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07/14/2007 08:37:17 AM
Lovely! 10 from me.
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07/13/2007 03:20:22 PM
Interesting--IR gives a dream-like aura to this shot. Nice job.
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07/13/2007 11:23:03 AM
OMG!!! THIS IR IS AMAZING!!! BEAUTIFUL....oh my GOSH....wow....composition is brilliant and its just tecnical perfection...oh my goodness...
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07/13/2007 08:54:39 AM
stuff dreams are made of. the only small little wrinkle is the twigg on the bottom right, 10
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07/12/2007 07:33:37 PM
very dream like! great picture! Definitly personifies a dream!
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07/12/2007 02:51:32 PM
Beautiful image, appropriately fits the challenge subject to a T.
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07/12/2007 01:35:09 PM
amazing.. one of my favorites in this challenge 10!
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07/12/2007 01:41:29 AM
Great shot, well done. Good composition and nice tones.
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07/11/2007 10:24:35 PM
Nice infared portrait. You get a 9 psart
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07/11/2007 10:14:03 PM
Gorgeous. Love the hues.
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07/11/2007 08:53:36 PM
This works very well for the challenge.
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07/11/2007 07:57:27 PM
I like the white balance in this. Good job!
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07/11/2007 06:01:27 PM
amazing capture, I love the tonal range here!, an even lower angle would be even more of an impact.
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07/11/2007 05:59:29 PM
beautiful colors, I like it a lot.
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07/11/2007 04:55:05 PM
A superb IR picture, very dreamy feel.
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07/11/2007 03:28:52 PM
nice effect on this /7
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07/11/2007 03:04:10 PM
great shot! good luck!
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07/11/2007 01:33:19 PM
nice, I bet this wins
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07/11/2007 01:17:17 PM
WOW!! BEAUTIFUL!!
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07/11/2007 07:32:22 AM
Nice shot.
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07/11/2007 05:43:12 AM
beautiful...in fact, stunning...10 from me...good luck
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07/11/2007 03:44:40 AM
Very nice, infrared style, i love it.
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