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Maternal Magic
1st PlaceMaternal Magic
LindaLee


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mother (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Friend's home
Date: Dec 29, 2005
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Family, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2006

dodge/burn
diffuse glow
levels
black and white
cropped
border

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 125
Avg (all users): 7.3448
Avg (commenters): 8.4902
Avg (participants): 6.8649
Avg (non-participants): 7.5093
Views since voting: 14407
Views during voting: 743
Votes: 290
Comments: 116
Favorites: 31 (view)


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01/27/2008 04:19:06 PM
A beautiful shot/congratulations
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06/17/2007 07:15:33 AM
what an amazing image congrats
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02/28/2007 09:18:14 AM
I love delicate and intimate nature of the shot. I think any family would love to have this print displayed in their home. Great job and congrats on your win, well deserved.
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02/18/2007 11:46:51 PM
This is heaven!!
I want to thank you for the kind thread you started about my dream win!!! Much appreciation!
I see you are in Virginia too!!
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02/21/2006 11:51:55 AM
Something out of the misty folklores!!!
Something very soft n sensual
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01/27/2006 11:41:31 AM
Originally posted by eyeronik:

very sickly and wierd. Kissing your kids on the lips is wierd if you ask me.


You obviously don't have children. There is nothing weird or sick about it. There is a special love that comes with being a parent and this photographer has managed to capture the beauty of it.

I gave it a 10 during the challenge and am very excited that it won! Congrats on the WIN! A WONDERFUL PHOTO!
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01/16/2006 11:00:51 PM
I love it!!! Absolutley beautiful!! In my book there is nothing sickly or weird about it at all. I kiss my kids on the lips all of the time. I saw this one and just fell in love with it. Keep up the good work!!!

Message edited by author 2006-01-16 23:03:01.
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01/15/2006 02:38:39 PM
A perfect 10 in my book!
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01/12/2006 02:12:42 AM
I am about to be a new father of a baby girl. I see how my fiance loves her other three children. You have, in my opinion, managed to capture a mother's love as is possible with a camera lens. I would love to know how you captured this shot.
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01/11/2006 07:57:23 PM
very sickly and wierd. Kissing your kids on the lips is wierd if you ask me.
01/10/2006 03:23:02 PM
Congrats on a worthy blue. It's good to see the top 3 are all female. Go girls.
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01/10/2006 07:05:53 AM
Gorgeous photo.....I love it! Really captures the emotion of what being a mommy is all about. Great job! :-)
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01/10/2006 06:07:51 AM
Lovely phototext
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01/10/2006 04:54:59 AM
congratulations, i knew this would win.
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01/10/2006 03:39:22 AM
Great Photograph. B&W has enhanced it a Lot. I appreciate the image. CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!!
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01/09/2006 09:09:45 PM
Stunning photograph, Congratulations on your ribbon. :)
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01/09/2006 05:15:58 PM
Lovely! Congratulations, well deserved.
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01/09/2006 03:20:41 PM
Originally posted by Artyste:


Sorry, I really don't mean anything against you or the model, but it does say a lot about society as a whole that a mother wouldn't be comfortable looking as natural as possible in a moment like this.

Sad really.. but that's just one opinion.


Oh my goodness!! I didn't take offense at all! Certainly I knew that the comments about makeup were more to the "societal" issue than the personal one! I understand your thoughts/feelings on this as my husband feels the same way. He would love to see all women look beautifully natural.

I really appreciate all the comments!
01/09/2006 03:19:08 PM
Originally posted by MPRPRO:

More pure love. This is one of the most perfect B&W shots I have seen on DPC. 10


I love when I get to quote myself, see I told you so.
This is so pretty and so artfully done even if some artsy people think it is too much or a sad statement. What we should strive for meritocracy in our photography? Please; this is, as I said, one of the most perfect B&W pictures I have ever seen on DPC. It is obvious you deserved the blue.

Mike
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01/09/2006 02:52:17 PM
Beautiful and ethereal. Would love to know how you succeeded in getting just the perfect glow.
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01/09/2006 02:12:57 PM
Originally posted by lhall:

I looked at the times on the after challenge comments and thought - what the heck are you all doing up in the middle of the night?!!

Thanks for the votes, and for the great comments that kept my hopes for a good score alive all week.

There were a couple of comments about her makeup, which made me kind of laugh. I daresay that most women who were going to have a shot like this done, that they planned on hanging on their wall and looking at for the rest of their lives, would want to wear a little makeup!

In reality, all she had on was a little bit of eye makeup, and some lipstick. This woman has the most perfect skin I have ever seen, and is absolutely gorgeous, and obviously, is a wonderful model.


Sorry, I really don't mean anything against you or the model, but it does say a lot about society as a whole that a mother wouldn't be comfortable looking as natural as possible in a moment like this.

Sad really.. but that's just one opinion.
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01/09/2006 02:04:08 PM
Very nicely done! Congrats!
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01/09/2006 01:47:12 PM
Absolutely love this picture... If I could vote, it would be my number one choice. Congrats!
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01/09/2006 12:50:36 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon win with this touching image.
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01/09/2006 12:49:51 PM
Congrats on your ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib1.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Linda.
A very well done shot and as I said during the challenge, Bravo.
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01/09/2006 12:32:07 PM
Congrats I gave you a ten loved the simplicity of this image.
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01/09/2006 12:02:31 PM
Beautiful photo. Congratulations on your first blue ribbon. :) This one was one of my top five in this challenge. I really love the dream like effect.
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01/09/2006 10:06:58 AM
Great work! Icelanders are really doing well in this competition! Congratulations Linda fantastic work;-)
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01/09/2006 10:06:25 AM
Congratulations Linda on your first ribbon and a blue at that. This is such a beautiful shot and was a top pick for me.
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01/09/2006 08:22:34 AM
Congrats! What a beautiful photo, love the b/w and the focus.
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01/09/2006 07:50:05 AM
Hey-hey! What a wonderful way to start my day. Congratulations Linda! Sit down to eat breakfast in front of DPC and who do I see sitting with a BLUE ribbon? That's SO cool! Way to go!!!
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01/09/2006 07:47:01 AM
I had a feeling this wonderful photo would win. It deserves to!! Congratulations! This was such a standout!

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01/09/2006 07:40:14 AM
Congrats on that first ribbon Linda! What a way to do it, nailing the blue! A well deserved ribbon. Great work.
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01/09/2006 07:29:31 AM
Congratulations Linda! Wonderful image.

Mike

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01/09/2006 07:16:24 AM
This is the one I expected to win! Congratulations!!!
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01/09/2006 06:45:04 AM
Congratulations Linda,
A great image and spot on for the challenge.
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01/09/2006 05:51:13 AM
one of my favorites from the challenge, it is beautiful.
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01/09/2006 05:41:32 AM
Congratulations Linda. It's my dream to win one of those blue thingys! I guess there are only about 2 1/2 years to go. You are an inspiration in perserverance.
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01/09/2006 05:16:17 AM
Absolutely Gorgeous Linda :) COngrats, this is truely a well deserbed blue :)
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01/09/2006 05:06:26 AM
My top pick! Very emotive. Congrats on your blue.
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01/09/2006 04:43:47 AM
I looked at the times on the after challenge comments and thought - what the heck are you all doing up in the middle of the night?!!

Thanks for the votes, and for the great comments that kept my hopes for a good score alive all week.

There were a couple of comments about her makeup, which made me kind of laugh. I daresay that most women who were going to have a shot like this done, that they planned on hanging on their wall and looking at for the rest of their lives, would want to wear a little makeup!

In reality, all she had on was a little bit of eye makeup, and some lipstick. This woman has the most perfect skin I have ever seen, and is absolutely gorgeous, and obviously, is a wonderful model.
01/09/2006 03:58:42 AM
Congrats on a fantastic shot and your first, and long overdue ribbon.
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01/09/2006 02:20:19 AM
Yayyy! Linda! Congrats! This is a totally beautiful pic. I am glad to see the voters embrace the soft focus and give this lovely image the placing it deserves. Very well done :-)
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01/09/2006 02:04:39 AM
Congratulations on the top spot
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01/09/2006 01:48:21 AM
I loved this image and was obviously justified in giving it the highest vote. Well done.
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01/09/2006 01:44:24 AM
great pic
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01/09/2006 01:14:48 AM
Such a touching shot. Congratulations on your well deserved blue.
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01/09/2006 12:42:52 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon--what a beautiful shot!
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01/09/2006 12:33:15 AM
YAY! My favorite!! - I'm so glad this placed 1st - it's awesome! CONGRATS!!!
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01/09/2006 12:26:50 AM
Hurrah for this win! Congratulations on your well deserved BLUE!
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01/09/2006 12:23:53 AM
CONGRATULATIONS..... So well deserved, and as I said in my comments made during the challenge. Nothing could, or should, beat this image, as it is just perfect for this challenge.....
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01/09/2006 12:20:00 AM
Very cool! One of my favorites in a challenge I actually had time to see all the entries. Instant favorite list addition.
Kudos
TC
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01/09/2006 12:13:21 AM
The make-up she's wearing makes it almost a little too.. perfectly set-up, if you know what I mean.

Other than that, great shot.
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01/09/2006 12:11:49 AM
Awesome Linda!!! Big Congrats on a very beautiful and well deserved pick
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01/09/2006 12:11:45 AM
I knew this was a winner the moment I saw it! Congratulations. Outstanding image!
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01/09/2006 12:08:19 AM
friggin awesome!!!! this just flat out ROCKS!
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01/09/2006 12:06:00 AM
OH my! This is so beautiful! Congrats! ((hug))
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2006 11:41:34 PM
sooo beautiful!! i love the softness of this and the border you added. sooo well done 10

will probably ribbon
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01/08/2006 11:10:30 PM
A truly beautiful representation of motherhood... congrats on a perfectly captured image... :) Back to bump up to a 10... truly a worthy image.
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01/08/2006 04:12:52 PM
stunning...adding to favorites, it's lovely and perfect :)
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01/08/2006 10:29:06 AM
This is definitely my favourite. A beautiful, and precious moment, plus a very nice soft feel to it. Hope to come back and see this in first place.
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01/08/2006 10:04:33 AM
just breath taking
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01/07/2006 06:30:39 PM
Beautifully composed and presented so perfect for the challenge 10
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01/07/2006 02:58:51 PM
I know this may sound odd, but I wish she didn't have so much make-up on. I don't feel it adds anything to what would otherwise be a wonderfully touching picture.
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01/07/2006 12:09:33 PM
Although slightly stylized, this remains a very fine image. Bumping up.
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01/06/2006 06:49:58 PM
How sweet! Motherhood can be majical at times huh? Nice llighting and composition. Love the black and white.
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01/06/2006 02:37:34 PM
This is so gorgeous!!! I love it! 10 This has got to win!
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01/06/2006 01:35:58 PM
This is so beautiful.
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01/06/2006 09:46:53 AM
There is such a soft feel to this, the thumbnail makes it look really fuzzy but looking at the picture its perfect for this settign. The three of them are so good in this picture. Loved it. 10
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01/05/2006 11:47:20 PM
Beautiful portrayal in this challenge.
After sitting here looking at this longer, I realize what's wrong - I like it too much and wish I could do such quality photography. Bravo (9)
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01/05/2006 07:54:58 PM
hmm beautiful high key work... love the softness too
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01/05/2006 07:07:34 PM
Wonderful! I love how blank the sheets and wall are to set off these three. Fantastic tones.
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01/05/2006 07:00:01 PM
This is definitely magical. Nice work. B/w works well here.
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01/05/2006 10:09:47 AM
A sweet and loving portrait. This would make a wonderful family photo as well as a gallery favorite.
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01/05/2006 08:20:19 AM
Brave and good stuff. It takes confidence to go the blurred route and you have pulled it off superbly
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01/05/2006 08:04:51 AM
Beautiful soft focus, what a great family.
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01/04/2006 08:23:28 PM
Very well done. I like the soft focus look of this photo. This is one of my favorites. This should be in the top 10 for sure. (10)
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01/04/2006 05:54:56 PM
Superb ! The use of b/w and the softness really add to this photo. This is the perfect family photo. 10 !
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01/04/2006 12:14:36 PM
Beatuiful picture. Love the elegance and soft focus. 10
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01/04/2006 05:16:36 AM
Very evocative. Beautiful composition and dreamy use of B & W.
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01/03/2006 10:56:39 PM
wow, beautiful shot, a lot of warmth and love, well done
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01/03/2006 09:41:27 PM
Gorgeous black and white, and love the depiction. Bumping this up a bit.
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01/03/2006 09:36:01 PM
Very nice composition! Good choice of subject matter. Nice image quality. Very creative! - 8
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01/03/2006 08:59:12 PM
So precious. Beautifully done.
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01/03/2006 08:53:24 PM
Beautiful photo
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01/03/2006 08:39:38 PM
Magical!
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01/03/2006 08:28:12 PM
This is just exquisite!
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01/03/2006 05:50:01 PM
This is beautiful. Personally I find it a little to soft but still beautifull.
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01/03/2006 05:49:20 PM
Back for comments. The "mother" element is very strong and the hi-key treatment works very well. A great entry sure which will be popular with the voters.
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01/03/2006 01:57:41 PM
I really like softness and B&W. 9
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01/03/2006 12:41:46 PM
Slightly too soft for my touch, but the pose is wonderful. I like the high key too. 7
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01/03/2006 10:42:36 AM
Amazing. :)
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01/03/2006 08:49:19 AM
Wow, does she ALWAYS sleep with lipstick on? :) Just a thing I noticed. GREAT shot and nice processing. 10
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01/03/2006 08:26:50 AM
Great touch. Soft blend of black and White
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01/03/2006 07:50:06 AM
This is the first image I opened, and also the first one I have commented on in this challenge. How do you beat this image, as it is just perfect...... Number one in my book, and deserves a ribbon for sure...... Emotional, Senious, Moving, Great Composition, Wonderful B/W tones, and also a Magic image as well..... I love it.
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01/03/2006 05:24:12 AM
lovely, I like the high key, maybe a teeny bit oversoftened
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01/03/2006 12:02:54 AM
Beautiful!
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01/02/2006 11:17:42 PM
Great image!
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01/02/2006 09:53:54 PM
Beautiful. Precious. Hopefully you will frame it and hang it on the wall!
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01/02/2006 09:49:18 PM
More pure love. This is one of the most perfect B&W shots I have seen on DPC. 10
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01/02/2006 09:08:07 PM
Simply...simply...gosh...I have no words, you've left me speechless. I wish I could give it a 12.
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01/02/2006 08:52:37 PM
The stark white doesnt work for me, its very distracting. A tighter crop maybe would have made it a little softer.
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01/02/2006 06:57:01 PM
This is spectacular! But I'm sure you are hearing that a lot! If I had to guess, I'd say blue for sure! 10
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01/02/2006 06:08:01 PM
Looks like it could be in a bridal magazine, nice shot.
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01/02/2006 06:04:48 PM
lovely
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01/02/2006 03:51:18 PM
My fav for a ribbon! Just gorgeous shot! 10
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01/02/2006 03:34:47 PM
Very pretty.
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01/02/2006 02:58:29 PM
This is great! Top finisher I think! 10 Good luck!
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01/02/2006 12:04:40 PM
Nice portrait love the soft focus well done ..This shot will place high
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01/02/2006 11:40:22 AM
Beautiful high key shot. Really well done. A different border would work better for me though. I feel it's a little heavy for this. Great work!
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01/02/2006 11:20:14 AM
deserve to bee close to top
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01/02/2006 08:43:43 AM
Wow! what a beautiful picture. The best in the challenge and my only 10.
This has to be the blue ribbon. Well done.
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01/02/2006 01:42:59 AM
Lovely. Very professional entry. Composition and lighting are superb. The sbject matter is also beautiful.
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01/02/2006 12:54:58 AM
Beautiful. Dreamy and beautiful. 10
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01/02/2006 12:51:01 AM
I'm not into the high key pics, but this is lovely. 8
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01/02/2006 12:29:22 AM
gorgeous shot
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