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Challenge: Best of 2011 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Mexico 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Date: Oct 22, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2012

This photo received a Honorable Mention at the 2012 Worldwide Photography Gala Awards' Portrait Award competition judged by Steve McCurry.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 410
Avg (all users): 7.0917
Avg (commenters): 8.2414
Avg (participants): 6.9895
Avg (non-participants): 7.6053
Views since voting: 2714
Views during voting: 501
Votes: 229
Comments: 51
Favorites: 9 (view)


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03/01/2012 03:43:52 PM
Auuuuugh... every time I see this photo, I'm filled with so many emotions: awe, wanting to know more of her story... an only a teeny tiny bit of envy. What art!
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02/29/2012 01:44:36 AM
Great shot Lev! Congratulations on 4th in BO2011...a nice accomplishment!
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02/25/2012 12:00:40 PM
Terrific, timeless image. Congratulations Lev, a true Best Of.
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02/25/2012 09:09:25 AM
Congrats Lev on top 4 very impressive.
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02/24/2012 02:26:53 PM
Lev, I hope she didn't cast a spell on YOU! I'm pouting not to see this one on the front page, but thrilled to see with a new HM! Congrats!
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02/24/2012 11:07:25 AM
Knew this had to do well. Congrats, Lev!
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02/24/2012 08:54:33 AM
Great finish for a terrific shot!
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02/24/2012 05:47:40 AM
Great stuff, congratulations Lev!
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02/24/2012 05:23:14 AM
A worthy shot to place high in a best of 2011 challenge. She is a beauty. Nice job on the HM.
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02/24/2012 01:27:36 AM
TOLD YOU SO! Congrats on the HM, Lev. Seriously awesome portrait.
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02/24/2012 12:47:12 AM
Double Post

Message edited by author 2012-02-24 00:47:29.
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02/24/2012 12:46:55 AM
WD! 10.
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02/24/2012 12:39:18 AM
Go Lev!!
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02/24/2012 12:34:34 AM
She did you proud Lev, congrats on the HM.
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02/24/2012 12:32:08 AM
Great finish Lev.
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02/24/2012 12:22:23 AM
It was a 10 from me. Congrats on the 4th
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02/24/2012 12:09:08 AM
amazing placement. congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2012 11:28:01 PM
She's not sure she likes me - a very appraising look. Love the detail in her face and hands and shawl.
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02/23/2012 06:42:05 PM
She has stories to tell I am sure of. Hope she is safe and happy. This image gives me an emotional response, which is always good.
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02/23/2012 05:36:54 PM
Portrait of the year. No doubt. Congrats!
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02/23/2012 04:19:07 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: This is an amazing portrait Lev - more so given the original file; I can't remember where I saw that, but to have seen the potential and then to pull off an edit to this effect is amazing. Toning and structure is just brilliant and the expression of the women priceless.

Critical stuff: I think the linearly textured background over her left shoulder is perhaps a little distracting - might it have been selectively blurred? (Nit-picking!)

Overall: A magnificent portrait - very well seen and masterfully edited.
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02/23/2012 09:44:50 AM
great portrait. the lines on her face tell a lifetime of experiences one can only imagine.
the processing is fantastic too.

(voted earlier)
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02/23/2012 06:38:23 AM
So much character. Great portrait!
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02/23/2012 03:50:35 AM
Such an awesome capture Lev, hope she scores well for you.
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02/23/2012 01:44:11 AM
I'm certain that I will not eat the apple in that bag. Well done.
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02/22/2012 06:49:35 PM
Good detail, looks good in B&W. Looks like she wasn't too impressed getting her picture taken.
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02/21/2012 12:10:19 AM
Another front pager I suspect, great stuff.
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02/20/2012 01:50:13 PM
She looks none too happy that you took this picture. Hopefully she didn't cast a spell on you!
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02/20/2012 11:09:47 AM
A beautifully captured shot. I love the deep texture. My red ribbon selection.
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02/19/2012 04:37:27 PM
Great portrait. Looks like sunglasses in her hair?
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02/19/2012 03:00:35 PM
Awesome photo, the detail is amazing,
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02/18/2012 11:10:25 PM
Well, Let's hope she didn't put a curse on you! bumped to a 9.
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02/18/2012 09:23:41 PM
She's not just a wee bit menacing! I'll bet she's really nice, though. Wonderful textures!
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02/18/2012 08:59:37 AM
Wonderful character in her face, but that stare makes the shot. Great capture, Lev.
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02/18/2012 12:01:08 AM
Detail to match the character. Nice stuff.
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02/14/2012 09:55:24 PM
well, the subject carries this obviously. but super job of processing and barely off-center composition. gl. 9.
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02/13/2012 10:15:43 PM
Lev, this will surely finish near the top. It is such an exceptional image.
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02/13/2012 06:35:12 PM
Superb portrait & excellent B7W processing ! Compliments 10!
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02/13/2012 04:09:12 PM
Very photogenic for me. Nicely captured.
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02/12/2012 10:53:27 AM
Excellent detail and great b&w processing.
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02/12/2012 06:38:21 AM
Super example of this type of image,hope it goes high.
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02/11/2012 06:14:10 PM
wonderful B&W portrait, there are many stories, I'm sure, in that face
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02/11/2012 04:47:26 PM
Wonderful image Lev. So many different textures, and they complement rather than compete. Great light and tones. Expect to see this in top 10.
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02/11/2012 11:39:31 AM
Too over-processed, hang back a bit a this would be great!
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02/10/2012 08:16:58 PM
Sorceress? I doubt it. She probably raised a raft of (Mexican) kids.
One of Lev's signature shots.
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02/10/2012 01:24:33 PM
Written on her face
are the lines of a book
that narrates wisdom harvested with age.

Wonderful portrait full of life and details - excellent B&W tones. To me, her gaze speaks of things she has seen and a gaze that is a reflection that the journey is getting closer to the final destination.
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02/10/2012 11:31:12 AM
great portrait. b + w works just perfect
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02/10/2012 10:48:28 AM
Despite the fabulous tones created by the B&W contrast and the "look" you captured, any one of this age generally has a pair of glasses on too, making the shot impossible to get. Great vision and timing.
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02/10/2012 08:46:44 AM
fantastic details. really captured personality with this one.
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02/10/2012 07:39:45 AM
I love portraits, especially b&w. This is outstanding
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02/10/2012 01:03:08 AM
Wow.



(just commenting on a great image... not voting)
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