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Melethia


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Challenge: Dolls & Puppets (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Williamstown, WV
Date: Aug 28, 2008
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/80
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2008

This doll is at my dad's house - it's a Middleton doll, made just up the road at the Middleton Doll Factory in Belpre, Ohio.

Post challenge: Woo hoo!! Blind squirrel/acorn theory rules!! I'd have to say this is one time where my shot was actually overrated rather than underrated. But I ain't giving any points back, either! :-)

More on the doll - the tears are painted on. The Middleton dolls were originally created and produced by a husband and wife team. Lloyd put tears on many of his designs. They later divorced and both went on with their own doll designs and factories. Lloyd Middleton died in 2006 but his dolls are still made at his factory, and the ex-wife, Lee Middleton, still has a factory as well. Both are in Belpre, Ohio.

I saw this doll in the guest room at my dad's house, figured it would be good for the challenge. I sat it on the bed, facing the front window. Evening diffuse light (it was overcast). Shot at 1600 ISO because the light was so low and I didn't have a tripod. I shot a bunch of other poses and later with more light, but this is the one I kept coming back to for the composition. Processing - very basic: no crop, curves, B&W adjustment layer in CS3 with the blue filter preset, that layer reduced in opacity (on normal blending mode) to 41%, Neat Image, sharpen, slight increase in saturation. The B&W layer with the blue filter really did a neat thing to her eyes. (More here.)

Here's the original:
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And the creepy verson :-)
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Oh! And most importantly, I beat 21.gif timfythetoo and he had a 7+ score! That ain't gonna happen but once in my lifetime so I had to properly annotate that achievement here. :-)

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Views since voting: 9678
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 180
Comments: 182
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02/23/2013 10:44:58 PM
I've never minded less about being beaten than I did with this perfect image.

<3
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02/23/2013 01:07:43 PM
i remember this from when i first joined the site and still think about it from time to time. really great how you got so much emotion out of the shot.
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04/29/2012 02:39:06 AM
SO EMOTIVE AND SO AMAZING LOVE IT... FROM SHEZ

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03/07/2010 04:38:49 AM
Oh wow, this is just wow!!! can i say wow again? ok WOW!!!

I just now saw this for the first time and i'm happy i saw it with a blue ribbon because it certainly deserves it!

....wow....
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03/31/2009 04:08:18 PM
great shot! i like it!
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11/23/2008 02:43:53 AM
So sad in scary way ... great one.
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10/07/2008 02:34:26 PM
Congrats on the Blue! Like how you are bringing emotion to inanimate objects.
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09/19/2008 10:34:31 AM
gratz on your first blue mel!

PS. resaturate the eyes (and maybe shift the greens over to cyan) on the creepy version for a real chill. :)
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09/19/2008 07:36:18 AM
Congratulations!!! I Really LOVE the lighting and colour in the eyes! they actually look real... and the creepy version is pretty freaky... save that setup for a Horror challenge =)
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09/16/2008 10:30:24 PM
Deb this is so beautiful and it's about time you got yourself a blue ribbon, huuuuuge congratulations! Dang girl, you even manage to make a doll look emotive.
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09/16/2008 01:43:54 PM
I thought the tears were a really nice touch.
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09/15/2008 07:40:15 AM
I CAN'T believe you did NOT notice it either, as everyone but you, is talking about the doll that cries..... SHAME on you.....
It's a great photo, and also a great score as well..... I am sure our Deb will forgive you.

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Deb, Deb, Deb - I can't believe I popped in & outta here all week and didn't notice you blue'd! Please accept my long overdue congratulatory compliments and a glass of the best house wine. :) Awesome job and WHAT A SCORE! :D
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09/15/2008 07:39:18 AM
I CAN'T believe you did NOT notice it either, as everyone but you, is talking about the doll that cries..... SHAME on you.....
It's a great photo, and also a great score as well.....

Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Deb, Deb, Deb - I can't believe I popped in & outta here all week and didn't notice you blue'd! Please accept my long overdue congratulatory compliments and a glass of the best house wine. :) Awesome job and WHAT A SCORE! :D
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09/15/2008 06:56:39 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Deb! Beautiful shot! Love the eyes of the doll, so life like.
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09/15/2008 01:26:54 AM
Deb, Deb, Deb - I can't believe I popped in & outta here all week and didn't notice you blue'd! Please accept my long overdue congratulatory compliments and a glass of the best house wine. :) Awesome job and WHAT A SCORE! :D
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09/14/2008 11:49:24 PM
The comments creeping up to a high level now, and I hope it continues to rise.....
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09/14/2008 10:48:48 PM
Congrats!
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09/13/2008 11:34:17 PM
Congratulations! A wonderful capture...and thank you for sharing the Middleton history.
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09/13/2008 06:19:34 PM
Woo-hoo, way to go Deb! I've been waiting for this and let me be the (fill in the blank with a large number) to congratulate you on a job well done!
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09/13/2008 03:02:00 PM
WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!
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09/13/2008 10:26:55 AM
Congrats!!!
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09/12/2008 04:51:35 PM
Awesome Deb! I haven't been here in a long while, clicked on and saw YOU on front page!! WOOHOOO!!!!
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09/12/2008 01:48:59 PM
I haven't been in here in ages and came back to see you grab this ribbon with this dazzling shot! Way to go Deb! Congrats!!!!!!!!!

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09/12/2008 04:53:33 AM
Congrats on your blue Deb, very well deserved. Wonderful colours and the tears are great.Nice one ;-)
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09/11/2008 10:06:32 PM
157 158 comments! Either whoever took this photo is very popular, or this is is a very effective photograph.
Or both.
Congratulations Deb!
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09/11/2008 08:09:42 PM
Hey deb congrats!!! its about time you won a blue, so glad to see your image on the front page of DPC this week
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09/11/2008 05:30:08 PM
WOW!! I just noticed this BEAUTIFUL image with a BLUE ribbon!!!! Congratulations Deb!
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09/11/2008 04:41:27 PM
Deb,

It just occurred to me that this shot was yours and it's your first blue! Good for you girl! I'm still shooting for my first. Hopefully soon. Now you need to get at least one red to complete your set.

Very happy for you.

Regards.

SK

Message edited by author 2008-09-11 16:45:14.
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09/11/2008 11:02:35 AM
Congrats on your first blue and new PB!
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09/11/2008 06:02:28 AM
Congrats for your first blue Deb, this is a great picture :)
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09/11/2008 06:01:12 AM
Wow, beautiful image Melethia. Congrats on the blue!
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09/11/2008 05:02:15 AM
Deb, well done!
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09/11/2008 03:09:38 AM
congrats on your Blue Ribbon and image well done
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09/11/2008 01:09:00 AM
I'll second OmanOtter. A bit creepy! Big congrats!
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09/10/2008 10:40:12 PM
Congratulations Deb! You deserved it! This doll creeps me out, though. It looks possessed.
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09/10/2008 10:12:16 PM
Wow!!! Congratulations on the blue ribbon with this fantastic shot!
Well done!
Also thanks for posting the "how to" thread!
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09/10/2008 09:53:35 PM
Fantastic job, Deb. Obviously the blue from the moment I first saw your fantastic shot. Congrats gal, very very well deserved.
AND ... thank you for the history lesson on this beautiful piece of art (the doll). Your shot is a beautiful piece of art too.

Message edited by author 2008-09-10 21:55:40.
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09/10/2008 09:46:31 PM
Congrats Deb, This is really beautiful!
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09/10/2008 08:49:17 PM
Deb, this is one of those images that stays in your head, even when I am not logged on to DPC.

It is truly so beautiful, so emotive, and just so moving.....

Thank you.....

PS; Opps, I even tried to add it a second time to 'my favorites', but it said I already had it as 'a favorite', silly me.....

Message edited by author 2008-09-11 01:44:21.
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09/10/2008 08:48:43 PM
Deb! Congrats, girl! I'm so proud of you, blue is sweet! :D
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09/10/2008 08:44:02 PM
Member of the Week and now this?! Boy, is this your week or what! A beautifully stunning image. Glad to see you finally get the BLUE!
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09/10/2008 08:21:36 PM
Deb my dear friend, in the same week we both get our first Blue and and PB, big (big) congratulations to you girl for your stunning shot :)
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09/10/2008 07:08:21 PM
congratulations Deb on PB/FB double strike! (personal best/first blue). great composition and processing, too.
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09/10/2008 06:20:41 PM
Wow, awesome! My god, those eyes! Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved!!! :)
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09/10/2008 06:15:03 PM
Whoa...I've been away and this is what I come back to...CONGRATS! Love the PS work on this and such a beautiful finished product. Way to go!!!!! Faving this.
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09/10/2008 05:55:57 PM
Beautiful image, congrats on your first blue!
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09/10/2008 04:12:53 PM
Yessssss!!!!!
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09/10/2008 03:57:39 PM
Wow.. just LOVE what you did with this.... hearty congratulations on the blue!!!!
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09/10/2008 03:21:39 PM
Deb... This is amazing, many congrats you finally got a score you deserve. x
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09/10/2008 02:50:05 PM
Go you, Deb! That is one awesome finish - and a pretty good photo too!
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09/10/2008 02:42:57 PM
Deb, congratulations on your beautiful blue ribbon (to go with those blue eyes). This was one of my top scorers, so I'm glad to see it triumphed.
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09/10/2008 02:38:26 PM
A blue! So happy for you! Beautifully done image of this doll. Love the story behind it too!
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09/10/2008 01:15:17 PM
Woo Hooo!!!! What a great treat to check in and see my friend with a blue ribbon! And this photo is most certainly NOT overrated. It is a perfect, no-brainer choice for first prize in this challenge. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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09/10/2008 01:00:01 PM
Very nice shot, the tears add a lot to the shot and the exposure and PP are perfect. Well deserved blue!
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09/10/2008 12:56:47 PM
This doll has more life than most of the models that get ribbons! Congratulations!
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09/10/2008 12:47:42 PM
way to go Deb congrats!!
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09/10/2008 12:06:07 PM
"I've slowly come to accept I lack artistic creativity, strong compositional skills, and processing insights - the ability to see what a picture can become through processing."
Hmmm. I would suspect that this image proves you wrong on all counts (not that at least 100 others you have wouldn't either) at least with regard to DPC friendly images. And, with a doll image no less! Your processing and composition are excellent and your lighting proves your artistic creativity. Now you can stop underestimating yourself.
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09/10/2008 11:20:08 AM
You are my HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAVO! BRAVO!!
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09/10/2008 11:01:24 AM
wow, what a great idea using a b/w layer with blue filter!! congrats on your ribbon, this is spectacular for the theme. i have a fear of dolls, puppets, etc. mostly because of the frozen-in-time stares, always have, but this is so well deserving of it's ribbon!
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09/10/2008 10:54:30 AM
WOW! Congrats, Deb! This is fantastic! The eyes look so real!
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09/10/2008 10:51:06 AM
Yay Deb!! :D
This is a beautiful capture all around.
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09/10/2008 10:39:46 AM
Wow, congratulations! The thing that makes this shot in my opinion is the way you've positioned it in the window light. It looks very natural and lends softness and realism to it.
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09/10/2008 10:15:05 AM
Unbelievable… VERY nice :)
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09/10/2008 10:08:14 AM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon Melethia, great work. Loved this was one my favorites.
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09/10/2008 09:46:19 AM
Congrats, Melethia. Well deserved. And yes, yo beat one of the best. Tell me all about it Saturday!
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09/10/2008 09:41:56 AM
Congratulations on your first blue for an excellent picture.
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09/10/2008 09:37:26 AM
Deb, I am so excited for you! Congrats on the new PB and blue ribbon! I guess now those birds are gone for good on your front page!!
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09/10/2008 09:14:08 AM
Congrats on a beautiful image, Deb! And the blue! Whoohooo! It's a wonderful addition to your profile page as your new PB and first Blue. May you have many more! This was my favorite for the challenge (including my own.)
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09/10/2008 09:09:57 AM
Congrats to you. My prediction was correct. Well deserved on a beautiful image.
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09/10/2008 09:01:45 AM
Your first blue! How awesome! Amazing capture. I love the perspective and the crop. WTG!
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09/10/2008 08:38:40 AM
Congrats Deb... on a wonderful, wonderful shot.
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09/10/2008 08:37:04 AM
Gorgeous shot Deb! The lighting is superb, it really brings out the baby blues and tears. Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon!
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09/10/2008 08:20:20 AM
Great job! A big thank you for posting the PP and the before pictures - these are the things that help me learn and improve - THANK YOU for sharing!
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09/10/2008 08:18:56 AM
Grats! this was my highest scoring among my voting. Well deserved.
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09/10/2008 08:16:43 AM
HUGE congratulations to your photo and the blue. It is such a gorgeous shot. Well deserved and earned.
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09/10/2008 08:07:31 AM
many many congrats on this & the BIG BLUE !!!!!
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09/10/2008 07:37:34 AM
Congrats on the Blue, was one of my fav's
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09/10/2008 07:34:27 AM
Deb, a blue!!!! Congratulations! And what a beautiful image. This is a most deserving winner for sure!
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09/10/2008 07:11:20 AM
Loved this congrats on your Blue :)
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09/10/2008 07:11:16 AM
WTG, great job, congrats!!!!
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09/10/2008 07:08:09 AM
Wow and WooHoo!! A blue ribbon!! Congratulations!! Can you tell I'm excited for you?!
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09/10/2008 07:01:53 AM
great shot Deb, woohoo! Your first blue!
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09/10/2008 06:59:34 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!!!!
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09/10/2008 06:57:17 AM
congrats on your self-portrait...:)
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09/10/2008 06:54:38 AM
congrats on your bluey.....
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09/10/2008 06:35:52 AM
Well earned! Nice use of that lens.
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09/10/2008 06:33:57 AM
Deb Deb Deb!!! Wooo hooo hooo!!!
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09/10/2008 06:29:21 AM
WTG!
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09/10/2008 06:27:20 AM
Congratulations! This is a wonderful shot--I love the eyes and the emotion.
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09/10/2008 05:51:07 AM
wow! finally she got it! congrats Deb! It's a well deserved ribbon! Enjoy!
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09/10/2008 05:46:44 AM
congrats on the well deserved ribbon. Such a DPC friendly image :-)
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09/10/2008 05:40:38 AM
23 10S! Oh, wait.....24 with mine! Congrats on a truly stellar portrait image. I knew this was the winner as soon as I saw it.
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09/10/2008 05:29:28 AM
well done and congratulations,wonderful picture
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09/10/2008 05:29:19 AM
Absolutely well deserved! Beautiful doll and very well taken. Congrats on the ribbon :o)
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09/10/2008 05:23:45 AM
Congrats on a new PB and a Bluey. Well deserved
Way to go Deb !!!
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09/10/2008 05:06:24 AM
WOO-HOOOO a BLUE for YOU!! Congratulations! It was important for you to highlight the fact that you so completely conquered the Timfy - had to be done! : ) Looking forward to seeing you soon!
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09/10/2008 04:22:11 AM
Wow, go Deb! Superb shot and amazing score - a thoroughly deserved blue. :)
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09/10/2008 04:18:13 AM
Congrats !
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09/10/2008 03:39:22 AM
You've got to be over the moon with this score, and the shot! Great stuff!
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09/10/2008 03:32:52 AM
Congrats Deb - so deserving :)
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09/10/2008 03:31:53 AM
WTG Deb!! Congrats on your well deserved blue (((hugs)))
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09/10/2008 03:27:23 AM
Way to go Deb, a masterpiece worthy of a ribbon.
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09/10/2008 03:00:32 AM
WTG!!! This is a beautiful image Deb and well deserving of the Blue! I love this photo. Congratulations!!!
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09/10/2008 02:59:25 AM
I don't think this is at all overrated! It's a beautiful shot with a great lighting and composition! Well done
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09/10/2008 02:42:15 AM
Wow! this is so beautiful! Perfect focus, perfect clarity! You've done a very good job!
Big congrats to the very well deserved Blue and your new PB!
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09/10/2008 02:39:37 AM
Wowsers! Congrats on your long deserved blue (and beating Timfy)!
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09/10/2008 02:39:31 AM
Sensational Deb! Well deserved BLUE...I was actually thinking of adding tears to mine believe it or not! I think your lighting is so much better than mine...well done
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09/10/2008 02:33:32 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue ribbon - and no, your picture is not overrated. It's a great shot :-)

I didn't have time to do any voting this week, but looking through the entries there's no doubt in my mind that this is the best (and by a large margin too)
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09/10/2008 02:29:49 AM
WOW ... i looked thru this challenge altho i didnt vote .. i thought at the time that this was the best in the challenge ..
CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BLUE RIBBON & PB DEB .. a fantastic image and a wonderful score .. i think the voters did get it right .. !!..:)

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09/10/2008 02:29:15 AM
You said you were going to win a ribbon! Way to go! Great work!
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09/10/2008 02:26:57 AM
Yeah!!!!! Bravo Melethia!!!
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09/10/2008 02:26:29 AM
congratulations on your blue, finally. nice work. i'm so happy for you.
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09/10/2008 02:20:47 AM
Hey great shot Deb. Perfect composition and lighting in everyway. Very impressive. Big congrats on getting your first BLUE RIBBON. Well done.
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09/10/2008 02:19:02 AM
Good golly, now you have to read all these comments. That'll teach you. Astonishing photo, most happy outcome.
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09/10/2008 02:08:57 AM
Congratulations on the Blue, very well executed picture, great job!
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09/10/2008 02:03:48 AM
Deb, it is such a delight to see you with a blue ribbon. Congratulations on a well deserved win!! :D

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09/10/2008 02:00:53 AM
Absolutely perfect, light, cropping, and the accurate use of DOF. Congrats!
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09/10/2008 01:58:00 AM
Yay Deb !! I am so delighted for you - a long overdue Blue, a new PB and member of the week all rolled into one - does it get any better than this DPC wise ?

Fab result !!
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09/10/2008 01:49:42 AM
Wonderful! Congrats! :-)
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09/10/2008 01:48:40 AM
I'm so glad to see you with a blue Deb! Congratulations!! : )
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09/10/2008 01:48:26 AM
Awesome shot....Congrats!!!
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09/10/2008 01:38:09 AM
Superbly executed Deb. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon. I can't believe the tears are painted on, they sparkle with realism.
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09/10/2008 01:28:34 AM
Blue! Blue! BLUUUUUEEEE!!! Way to go Deb. Great shot!
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09/10/2008 01:23:41 AM
OMG Deb!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is amazing - what a stunning image and a blue ribbon. Woohoo!!

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09/10/2008 01:14:37 AM
OMG, Deb, the BLUE RIBBON, and 7+ score. This is so fabulous. Congratulations. I love the photo. It's perfect.
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09/10/2008 01:04:33 AM
Whoa! Deb with a blue! Now they're REALLY gonna flock to the GTG!

R.
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09/10/2008 01:03:09 AM
first blue!!! and what a score. Huge congrats, so well done.
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09/10/2008 12:53:44 AM
A BLUE Ribbon! That's nothing to cry about.
I like the DOF and cropping. I shared the ribbon page in the same challenge with timfythetoo, too. And also beat him.
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09/10/2008 12:51:27 AM
Congratulations - a beautiful tear jerker
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09/10/2008 12:49:45 AM
Congrats Deb! Excellent portrayal, definitely a winner!
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09/10/2008 12:44:11 AM
Oh! really wonderful!!!! Congrats on the Blue Deb..
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09/10/2008 12:41:35 AM
Congratulations on a super image. Just delightful.
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09/10/2008 12:39:47 AM
This was my favourite and am so pleased it did so well. Congratulations! I had a 10 on it and it is not often I give a 10!!
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09/10/2008 12:38:04 AM
congrats on the well deserved blue!!!
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09/10/2008 12:34:37 AM
I'm SO pleased this won, it's a wonderful image. Huge congrats on your well deserved blue, Deb.
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09/10/2008 12:34:34 AM
Am so glad this is yours Deb.BIG Congrats on 1st place and your 1st Blue ribbon:-) I'm sure you will be well chuffed. xx
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09/10/2008 12:33:33 AM
Heartily Congratulations on the Blue! You have added life to this cute doll.. :)
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09/10/2008 12:30:09 AM
Congratulations on your first blue! Much deserved!
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09/10/2008 12:27:53 AM
Look at you go Deb! Congratulations all around!
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09/10/2008 12:26:47 AM
Congrats on the blue Deb ... wonderful shot, and well deserved! Nice to see you on the front page.
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09/10/2008 12:26:46 AM
Way to go Deb!!!
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09/10/2008 12:23:59 AM
Wow Oh WOW, Deb! Big congrats on your Blue.
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09/10/2008 12:19:55 AM
I can't even imagine how happy you are right now.
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
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09/10/2008 12:18:11 AM
I love this shot. The tears really made it.
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09/10/2008 12:17:56 AM
Very pretty, grats!
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09/10/2008 12:16:40 AM
WWoooooooHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Look who got a blue!

Way to go -- wonderful shot!!!!!!
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09/10/2008 12:10:10 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon, Deb. Now you've gone and done it... You've just made your PB a harder challenge.
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09/10/2008 12:08:22 AM
Way to go Deb, and so so deserved. as this is a stand out image, and so worth the BLUE.....
Just LOOK at that score and a personal BEST.....

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09/10/2008 12:07:59 AM
Congratulations Deb! A PB and a blue!
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09/10/2008 12:07:14 AM
WOW!! That is amazing. Congrats.
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09/10/2008 12:06:45 AM
Congrats Deb! Outstanding score, and that commenter avg is to die for.
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09/10/2008 12:04:44 AM
This is not who I thought, what a surprise, congrats!!
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09/10/2008 12:04:19 AM
WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS DEB!!! This is awesome! Way to go on your first blue!!! :)
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09/10/2008 12:03:40 AM
WOOOOHOOOOOOOO! Congrats on your first blue and new personal best! This was one of my 10s. The clarity, composition, lighting, and story were all top-notch.
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09/10/2008 12:03:28 AM
Wow way to go Deb, first blue, well deserved!!
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09/10/2008 12:03:09 AM
Congrats on your first blue Deb!
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09/10/2008 12:03:00 AM
Very evocative. Congrats on blowing away your personal best!
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09/10/2008 12:02:47 AM
hooray for obscenity! this is fantastic! congrats on the blue, goes with the eyes!
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09/10/2008 12:02:38 AM
Congrats... awesome shot, well deserved.
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09/10/2008 12:02:31 AM
Oh WOW - I gave this a 10 - then again so did 23 other bright people!

Well done you!
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09/10/2008 12:02:23 AM
This was a 9 from me. Fantastic work. The tears are a touch of genius.
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09/10/2008 12:02:17 AM
WAYYYY TO GO DEB!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2008 03:37:40 PM
Bumping this to 8 - I like the composition, lighting and DOF, and of course the tears - I hope this does well for you!
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09/09/2008 12:30:46 AM
Oh my goodness. It's eerie how much life you have captured in this doll's face...
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09/08/2008 10:43:16 PM
This is a winner
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09/08/2008 07:10:57 PM
I think would have been more effective with just one crying eye, two seems to be trying too hard. great textures.
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09/07/2008 01:30:06 PM
This is definitely top 3. Maybe even the winner. Wonderful image.
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09/07/2008 08:25:50 AM
My top pick for the challenge. Very well done.
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09/05/2008 08:42:57 PM
Whoa!! Incredible!
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09/05/2008 03:20:56 PM
great eyes, the tears add needed drama to it. (10)
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09/05/2008 01:59:34 PM
A truly spectacular portrait image. This is so good it appears to be a portrait as opposed to "Just" a doll. Extraordinary image in every way. I love it that you didn't feel obligated to try to prop it up with any kind of clever title. 10
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09/05/2008 01:23:50 PM
I really like this. My pick for top 5. Tears adds very good expression here. Great lighting and nice details.
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09/04/2008 05:29:56 PM
I love the clear eyes. They instantly draw attention
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09/04/2008 08:57:35 AM
a very nice shot. I think it could have done without the "tears".
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09/04/2008 05:46:08 AM
Suchhhh a beautiful photo
I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it!
A 9 from me :)
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09/03/2008 08:02:05 PM
Nice picture, Good luck! I came back to view again, I might have an idea who took this. I hope I don't forget to check at rollover, who knows this will probably be a ribboner. My fav so far. I haven't voted yet.
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09/03/2008 08:08:52 AM
oooh...she is sooo pretty.
Excellent photo. 10 from me. :)
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09/03/2008 08:07:58 AM
Nice framing and DOF. 8
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09/03/2008 06:49:09 AM
those eyes look almost real.. great photo
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09/03/2008 03:57:35 AM
What brilliant focus and clarity! 8.
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09/03/2008 01:01:16 AM
Wow! That is great.
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09/03/2008 12:05:42 AM
Front page material. Best of the bunch. The clarity and focus in this is wonderful. Very nice crop as well.
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