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Embracing the Light
Paul

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Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: My favourites
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Leicester, UK
Date: Feb 6, 2010
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Portraiture, Nude
Date Uploaded: Jan 15, 2011

2010 was the year when I first tried shooting some nudes - I've done plenty I've liked. I'm not sure this is the best nude I have shot but it is a new edit of a shot I have published at 1x. I still have a target of trying to get a ribboning image published there.

I imagine this won't ribbon - though another picture from this set did come 5th in the Feb 2010 Free Study (and I think this is a nicer image) but for my money it isn't in the same league as my Best of 2009 image and that came in at 114th!

I like the lighting in this shot - all natural from a window to Holly's right. I'm not as keen on the overall composition but this is nearly the full frame so I had little crop room to play with.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 429
Avg (all users): 7.0276
Avg (commenters): 8.4483
Avg (participants): 7.0403
Avg (non-participants): 6.9688
Views since voting: 6528
Views during voting: 575
Votes: 181
Comments: 52
Favorites: 30 (view)


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09/07/2012 01:16:50 PM
sorry double post!

Message edited by author 2012-09-07 13:19:36.
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09/07/2012 11:17:44 AM
This is an incredible photograph, amazing light and a beautiful model. I have had this as a favorite for a while, finally decided to stop by and comment.

I took this course (not photography) and the instructor turned out to be a photographer, I saw this picture on his website and could not place where I had seen her before. Going through my favorites I found this again!

Message edited by author 2012-09-07 13:19:52.
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08/19/2011 07:31:13 AM
this is one of my favorites on this site :)
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03/23/2011 10:43:59 PM
I think it is my favorite of hundreds I have viewed here. Awesome lighting!
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02/25/2011 02:18:36 AM
Oh wow, this is simply beautiful. Love the light. Straight into favs.
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02/24/2011 02:41:07 PM
Great use of light and a nice model. Congrats. Ciao :)
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02/21/2011 03:14:01 PM
Congrats on the hm!
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02/21/2011 03:01:34 PM
Fabulous shot!
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02/21/2011 01:24:03 PM
Gorgeous!!!!
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02/21/2011 11:46:24 AM
One of the most beautiful portraits I've ever seen. Exquisitely done.
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02/21/2011 09:28:48 AM
Paul, I thought this might be you since I recognized the model. Such an exquisite image and I'm happy it scored in the top 10. Congrats!
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02/21/2011 07:35:00 AM
Just as I suspected :) beautiful as always.
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02/21/2011 03:46:44 AM
i'm right! congrats to a top 5 finish paul!
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02/21/2011 03:36:14 AM
so close! Both BW on 1x and the soft muted color here are exquisite. Well done both of you!
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02/21/2011 01:25:28 AM
Holy Lighting, Paul. Congrats on such a fabulous finish.
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02/21/2011 12:04:48 AM
Lovely! Congratulations on a high finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 11:39:14 PM
I don't see how I could fail to like this...

Great tones, beautiful girl, nicely posed. Well done.
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02/20/2011 10:47:08 PM
EXTRAORDINARY. Luminous, painterly, classical. 10
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02/20/2011 03:00:58 PM
Is is just beautiful. Beautiful interpretation of the human form; this I can accept over outright nudity. Well done. bumping up.
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02/20/2011 12:49:05 PM
wonderful shadow work
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02/20/2011 12:40:23 PM
beautiful work
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02/20/2011 04:01:22 AM
Wow!Nice capture.
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02/20/2011 01:01:50 AM
Light is gorgeous - an ethereal feel.
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02/19/2011 11:14:10 PM
Great lighting
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02/19/2011 10:05:44 PM
Love it, Great job. I want to get this good at lighting Good luck
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02/19/2011 07:20:55 PM
Lovely light.
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02/19/2011 02:12:41 PM
wonderful shot of a wonderful model. Botticelli Noir :)
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02/19/2011 09:28:54 AM
Love the lighting... good use of positive and negative space.
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02/18/2011 09:36:09 PM
Rooted in mannerism. Quite stunning.
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02/18/2011 12:02:11 PM
Beautiful concept and execution.
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02/18/2011 11:55:02 AM
Well embraced.
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02/18/2011 02:16:51 AM
nice use of light and shadow. Looks like a painting and one of the best in the challenge. Good luck
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02/18/2011 12:23:47 AM
This is exquisite. Like a Pre-Raphaelite photo. One of the better ones I've seen. Perfect title too.
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02/17/2011 12:41:05 PM
Back to comment... Beautifully posed and lit! She has an old time quality about her. Well done!
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02/17/2011 11:03:39 AM
Stunning. The lighting, the pose, the wardrobe. Exquisite.
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02/17/2011 10:52:20 AM
this is a very tastefully done nude...beautiful
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02/16/2011 05:49:28 PM
love the tones, like a renaissance painting
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02/16/2011 04:52:06 PM
This has a very angelic feel to me. it reminds me of an old painting. she's beautiful!
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02/16/2011 12:13:51 PM
This is so good! It reminds me of one of those vintage paintings hanging in a museum.
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02/16/2011 09:51:46 AM
Great use of soft focus. Had to look twice to see what was going on with her hand. Very tasteful.
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02/15/2011 11:37:54 PM
This is the exquisite epitome of everything lovely and feminine. Stunning light and shadows . . . 9
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02/15/2011 10:41:45 PM
paul? just guessing based on the model. anyhow, great shot, beautiful lighting.
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02/15/2011 08:56:25 AM
Normally I don't care for nudes, but this one is very well done in terms of the play of light on your subject. It brings to mind that of baroque painters. The play of light and shadow is fabulous as it adorns your model. Her pose is of classic contemplation/seeking illumination that allows the light to show off the beauty of the human form; of it's lines and curves. Excellent work and top notch (9).
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02/15/2011 08:24:40 AM
Beautiful light and lighting 10
I hope this is who I think it's.
Good Luck
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02/15/2011 07:51:38 AM
oh wow...8
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02/14/2011 10:35:51 PM
Simply Elegent
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02/14/2011 02:55:12 PM
Very serene.
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02/14/2011 02:10:00 PM
Gorgeous light and skin tones. That sheer shirt takes the image up a notch. Lovely.
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02/14/2011 01:11:37 PM
This is very well done. The light is superb. One of my "10" scores.
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02/14/2011 12:40:59 PM
The light is perfect! Well done. (not voting)
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02/14/2011 09:32:11 AM
Beautiful lighting, soft and very complimentary to a gorgeous red head with pale skin.
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02/14/2011 08:46:01 AM
Its a masterpiece! Amazing lighting! 10
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