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1st PlacePortrait of a Young Lady

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Challenge: Cliche with an edge or twist. (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-6D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: May 15, 2016
Aperture: 10.0
ISO: 500
Shutter: 0.4
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2016

What a difficult challenge topic for me...

I thought for six days on it and had NO ideas.

Finally, at the end of day six... after no inkling of an idea... at midnight, I had something, so... I texted my sweet model to see if she was free on "rollover day" (final day of shooting) to shoot. (She works until 2am)

She replied back after 2 am and... said she was in!

Sadly, I saw this immediately and replied.

So... the next day, I went to Wal-Mart (I really, really hate going to Wal-Mart, but Hobby Lobby was closed... since it's Sunday. I approve of their closing on Sundays, but it was a hassle today and the lace is not at all right at Wal-Mart.)

I set out and... met my son and his friend on our driveway, on the way. They stopped and asked me where I was off to.

"I'm going to Wal-Mart for some lace and bubble gum."

"Okay! See you later!" and they drove off.

Wait. WHAT??! LOL!

My family is weird like that.

They don't find anything that I do as being odd.

Maybe they need some help?

Or maybe I do? :D

Anyway, I figured out... after the event... that I should have just blown up a pink balloon instead of getting her to chew and blow. She had a hard time getting a large bubble... and getting it to stay.

Live and learn.

Yep. Live.

And learn.

However, now that I've lived so long... I probably won't remember the next time I need a pink bubblegum bubble.

But... may YOU might!

This has been a Public Service Announcement.

P.S. Ok! I entered... after a half of a day of editing different views. I kept trying to get the background lighter than her black clothing so the person would stand out. It was there in the images... I just couldn't get it.

I came back again and again to look at it.

Then, I had a glass of wine... and looked at it again.

And... that's when it hit me! (I have a black eye now.)

A painter would have a black canvas and only paint what he wanted to be seen. Duh!!

I was trying to do the opposite. For hours.

Re-edit a billion times... to make the "good stuff" what's highlighted.

Wine is good in so many diferent weys. :D

Wait... whut I mean is...

Wine is good is so minny diffrint ways.

Wait. That's not it.

Wine is guud.

Yep. ;)

P.P.S. I'm so glad I saved that size six skirt from a billion years ago when I was cute. I always knew I'd use it again. *rolleyes*

The top is a size large (also too small for me now) tee-shirt with clips to pull in the wrists.

I used double-sided hem tape to put the wimpy lace on the collar.


(Yes, this means that I have three versions with... an unknown amount of edits... and the last version had... fourteen re-edits of that edit. Just in case you were wondering about how anal I am. Or... what a poor photographer that I am.

I'm still trying, though! That's gotta count for... something! Right?!) :D


errr... three

And... now I'm off to bed.

Treat me kindly, please... folks. :D

Edit: Oh (yeah... didn't actually go to bed, I see). P.P.P.S.

I have NO idea why her left hand appears so large.

And... please don't judge me for the three glasses.

Oh! Wait... maybe that's why the hand appears so large to me?

What's it look like to you??

Uhh... tur yoah?

[May. 22nd, 2016 10:05:23 PM]

ETA: This image's score just sank below my 9th highest scoring image...

It's less than two hours before rollover.

Thank you, voters. Ha!

I didn't want to look at it for a long time on my page.

Although... I DO love my sweet and adorable model. She's amazing.

For real.

Place: 1 out of 41
Avg (all users): 7.3077
Avg (commenters): 8.1818
Avg (participants): 7.2667
Avg (non-participants): 7.3429
Views since voting: 1538
Views during voting: 148
Votes: 65
Comments: 26
Favorites: 0

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05/24/2016 07:26:12 PM
What a great idea and perfect processing! One of the rare photos that make me keep coming back to this place. Great shot, congrats on a well-deserved blue!
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05/24/2016 06:22:03 AM
Worthy lace and ribbon.

Thanks for the encyclopedia. - You must "make my day" of at least half of DPC with your usual narrative.
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05/23/2016 05:15:08 PM
Love this, congratulations on your ribbon.
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05/23/2016 04:11:03 PM
Fantastic image. Well thought out and executed and right on target for the challenge. Congratulations on the blue.
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05/23/2016 01:46:13 PM
I like your notes, pity the guy who did the stamp for gyaban left - Congrats Lydia
You have made a great come back
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05/23/2016 12:18:44 PM
Congratulations on your second blue in a row.
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05/23/2016 10:40:52 AM
Congrats Lydia, so glad the wine paid off!
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05/23/2016 09:24:25 AM
YAY, not surprised it won, knew it was the one to beat!!
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05/23/2016 08:24:26 AM
A masterpiece!! Well done! You sure deserved the blue with this amazing photo. Superb lighting!
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05/23/2016 08:15:20 AM
Wonderful entry Lydia and happy it took the blue. I went back and forth on whether those hands really belonged to this young lady; they look out of proportion to her tiny face. I was wondering if it was some illusion with someone else's hands and her hand, lol.
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05/23/2016 04:07:28 AM
Brilliant,, Lydia! Congratulations!
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05/23/2016 03:42:59 AM
Congrats on the blue Lydia - now that I read your notes, I like it even more!
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05/23/2016 12:52:05 AM
Congrats on the 2nd blue in a row :)
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05/23/2016 12:14:04 AM
It was 9 from me and no time to bump to 10.
I liked the whole concept, the humour, the processing.
The hands get my complete admiration. Look at Madame Cezanne portrait. Same dress, same hands with a long and enduring storry to tell...
If 3 glasses of wine made you do this, for Pete sake drink the whole bottle!
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05/23/2016 12:08:00 AM
Congratulations Lydia. This was my top pick. And wow, two in a row. You are smokin'.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2016 11:52:17 PM
Cool twist! (otherwise)lovely portrait. Ribbon.
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05/22/2016 11:39:31 PM
I like the old fashioned portrait.. Good twist.
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05/22/2016 11:02:15 PM
Nice Job. She needs some lotion on her hands....
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05/22/2016 09:54:50 PM
Good twist. voted earlier
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05/22/2016 09:20:29 PM
Cool, should do well.9
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05/22/2016 07:12:55 PM
This is a very fine looking photograph that is very well composed. I like the postprocessing and the lighting is excellent. This is definitely one of my favorites in this contest.
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05/22/2016 06:38:03 PM
painted with impetus while blown within proportions
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05/22/2016 09:39:58 AM
Stunning effect. Meets challenge well
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05/20/2016 06:16:10 PM
Very nicely done.
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05/19/2016 07:11:33 PM
One of the few who got it! My top pick.
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05/17/2016 01:15:15 PM
Nice artistic photography I give 8
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