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Me as a mother
2nd PlaceMe as a mother
unneva

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mother (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: At home
Date: Jan 1, 2006
Aperture: F 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30 sec
Galleries: Family, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2006

This photo was not easy to make. I was the photographer, model and makeup artist. Plus I had a cold and my son was not in his best mood.
The focus may be a little of but I still like it and I hope it shows what a proud mother I am. :)

In Photoshop I did a few things. I used channel mixer to turn it b/w, used gaussian blur to smooth the skin out a little, did some sharpening and fiddled with levels and contrast.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 125
Avg (all users): 7.2271
Avg (commenters): 8.0400
Avg (participants): 6.6753
Avg (non-participants): 7.4220
Views since voting: 28830
Views during voting: 897
Votes: 295
Comments: 117
Favorites: 46 (view)


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03/16/2008 08:34:28 PM
I love your picture. I reminds me of a painting in the Czech National Gallery, a 16th century nursing Madonna... not one of those horrible stylized monstrosities, but a peasant girl nursing a real child... painted at the time the child just falls asleep. It is my favorite image... yours has risen to a close second.
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12/12/2007 06:01:34 AM
This is an AMAZING shot of such a BEAUTIFUL, PASSIONATE and CARING MOTHER, no matter what the circumstances...you did a FABULOUS JOB!
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks for sharing,
LoneWolf Photography
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05/06/2007 04:10:21 PM
beautiful ......well done
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08/08/2006 01:43:28 AM
Very beautiful photo. There is so much love radiating from your expression, and I think it captures an emotive example of motherhood. As for the technical aspects, I think that high-key works very well for this shot, and all the skin tones are really nice and soft. The composition is excellent, and everything is in nice sharp focus. The plain white background is great since it leaves all the viewer's focus on the primary subjects. Wonderful job!
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07/18/2006 11:04:25 PM
Talented and gorgeous!
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07/08/2006 02:42:52 AM
Self Portrait? Great Image!
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06/30/2006 08:10:53 AM
Such a wonderful photo, full of emotion. Beautiful tones in the image. B&W works brilliantly for it.
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01/14/2006 06:44:09 AM
Beautiful image!
and you've really expressed the theme
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01/13/2006 11:38:51 PM
Really nice photo. It absorbs me in the emotional moment. My wife breast feed 4 children. There is a special bond. I am glad you captured it.
JD
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01/12/2006 02:22:34 AM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi, my name is Kari and from the critique club.

The critique I am doing is for "me as a mother" picture.

First Impression - the most important one:
my god, why did I draw this one, its great, its perfect .. she actually tells me the whole story of the picture!

Composition:
I like the composition of this shot. Black and white really did work, and I like the leading lines that go from your babies face to yours. You can tell that is one lucky wee man, cos his mum loves him.

Subject:
You can't really get a better choice of subject matter, as shown by eight of the top ten pictures.

Technical (Colour and light):
The use of contrast and lighting here is great. I also like the way the light plays on your hair.

To grow its vote?:
Do you need to grow the vote. Not this time really. This was a good scoring challenge, and you did score well.

Summary:
You have done some awesome work .. your portfolio really shows that.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

Cheers

Kari
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01/11/2006 12:44:20 PM
beautiful image gud job
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01/11/2006 11:02:46 AM
exelent to infinity
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01/10/2006 10:00:11 PM
Awesome Pic is all I can say. Keep up the good work ( as a Mom !! )

:- )
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01/10/2006 08:16:03 PM
It's been said a hundred times, but I'll say once again, "Absolutely Beautiful image". One that I'm sure will be treasured for years to come. Congrats!!! Also amoung my 'Favorites'.
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01/10/2006 03:21:11 PM
Til hamingju með góða mynd og frábæran árangur. Ég reikna með að sjá fleiri góðar myndir frá þér í framtíðinni.
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01/10/2006 09:48:45 AM
A beautiful photograph .....very touching !!!
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01/10/2006 05:48:52 AM
Til hamingju Unnur Eva með hreint glæsilega mynd!
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01/10/2006 05:35:55 AM
stunningly beautiful!
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01/10/2006 01:48:51 AM
wow. this is absolutley beautiful.
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01/10/2006 12:50:12 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this magical image!
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01/09/2006 09:10:10 PM
Stunning photograph, Congratulations on your ribbon. :)
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01/09/2006 08:00:16 PM
Great Photo. I love the way you did not lose any of the detail or clarity in the picture and gave it a great feel with the B&W and white balance. I give you kudos in being photographer, model..etc. I know how hard it is to get right with the addition of a leading man that may or may not be willing to co-operate..great job and congrats.
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01/09/2006 06:27:51 PM
Very nice photo, congrats
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01/09/2006 03:44:55 PM
Congrats on your second ribbon. Very loving atmosphere. Flott stemmning. Spurning hvort yfirlýsing hársins er til ama eins og sumum finnst. Mér finnst frekar að fingur þínir séu ekki nógu afslappaðir og skapi óþarfa spennu. Samt frábær mynd.
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01/09/2006 03:04:28 PM
Congrats on your red. Flott mynd.
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01/09/2006 02:05:05 PM
Clean and simple and achingly sweet. Congrats!
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01/09/2006 01:00:00 PM
æðisleg mynd...
tilhamingju með borðann :D
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01/09/2006 12:51:11 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon win with this wonderful materal image. Beautifully done!
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01/09/2006 12:47:59 PM
Congrats on your first ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib2.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/rib2.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Unnur.
Very tender and well done precious memory.
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01/09/2006 12:35:31 PM
To me there is no better way for a mother to give love to a child. I loved this and was hoping you would win the blue, but second is good too since I also had given the number one image a ten s well.

You did great and I am sure as your child grows older they will cherish this image.

Mike
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01/09/2006 12:23:09 PM
Simply beautiful. Very nicely done. Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/09/2006 12:00:51 PM
Told ya I saw a ribbon. :-) Congrats!
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01/09/2006 11:49:26 AM
My favourite for this challenge, such a personal and courageous photo, thank you for sharing it with us. Congratulations.
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01/09/2006 11:24:53 AM
I am so glad to see this get a ribbon, it was one of my favorites in the challenge. I wondered, when I was looking at it, if you were the photographer as well as the model; you did a superb job with this. Congratulations!
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01/09/2006 10:08:55 AM
Such a sweet shot. Great job all the way around. Congrats. on 2nd place.
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01/09/2006 10:05:03 AM
Absolutely fantastic work! You are really doing great here earning your second ribbon!
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01/09/2006 09:21:53 AM
Stunning image! Even moreso considering it's a self portrait! Great job and congrats on your well deserved ribbon!

Yanik
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01/09/2006 08:25:39 AM
What a beautiful, loving photo.
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01/09/2006 07:49:53 AM
Beautiful work of art! Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon!
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01/09/2006 06:48:01 AM
You certainly put the work in for this.
Glad to see it got the success it deserved.
Congratulations
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01/09/2006 04:40:52 AM
Congratilations on your personal best and second ribbon.
Spot on for the challenge.
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01/09/2006 04:29:03 AM
Congrats on your second ribbon, nice work.
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01/09/2006 03:46:08 AM
Til hamingju. frábær mynd.
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01/09/2006 03:06:47 AM
Congratulations...you were my number 1 choice and I gave you a 9. Well done.
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01/09/2006 02:55:51 AM
Congratulations Unneva! this one had to be top three! Til hamingju fallegasta myndin í keppninni!
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01/09/2006 02:52:45 AM
Til hamingju með annað sætið, flott mynd.
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01/09/2006 02:13:59 AM
Beautiful shot and well deserved ribbon
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01/09/2006 02:05:42 AM
Wonderful shot, Congratulations on your ribbon
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01/09/2006 01:40:35 AM
Thank you everyone for my second ribbon. I am so happy :) This is propably my most emotional and difficult entry so far but also my favorite.
01/09/2006 01:17:17 AM
This captures so well a special time in a mothers life. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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01/09/2006 01:07:56 AM
Congratulations Unnur, great work.
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01/09/2006 12:43:58 AM
Congratulations on second place. Beautiful work.
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01/09/2006 12:43:19 AM
I love this even more now, because you were not only the photographer, but also the mother and make-up artist. Wow, what a combination..... You so deserved the Red Ribbon. What a wonderful image you can both look at, many years down the track, so perfect.

Message edited by author 2006-01-09 00:45:43.
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01/09/2006 12:38:12 AM
Beautiful image! Love the soft lighting. Congrats!
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01/09/2006 12:28:16 AM
Congratulations on your RED with this lovely nirturing b/w high key study! Nicely done.
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01/09/2006 12:21:54 AM
I hoped this would do good and feared it wouldn't. This is the most natural bonding moment between child and mother but in this pc world it's some kinda taboo. Glad to see this shot achieve what this voter believes to be it's value!
Kudos
TC
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01/09/2006 12:12:41 AM
Very moving image! Congratulations on your ribbon!
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01/09/2006 12:09:42 AM
Awesome shot--I gave it an 8. A well-deserved ribbon for sure.
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01/09/2006 12:06:58 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. This is a wonderful photo. Very emotive.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2006 11:41:09 PM
absolutely beautiful!!!! 10

will probably ribbon
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01/08/2006 07:58:17 PM
This one is going to be up there. Good luck.
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01/08/2006 04:59:33 PM
Just a beautiful picture.
10
Hope this does well for you.
Fits the challenge perfectly.

Kev
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01/08/2006 03:41:39 PM
I like the high-key, but would like to have seen a little more of the dark tones introduced, maybe bump levels a bit. Very sweet shot though.
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01/08/2006 10:14:02 AM
Clean, sharp, and nice lighting. Really like the high contrast on moms hair
Definitely in the ribbons. Good luck
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01/08/2006 03:14:56 AM
I like this. Soft in spite of the high key. Other then the small blown out area on the hair this is a great image.
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01/07/2006 05:12:34 PM
7 - Nice and the toning works well here. Good composition and capture on 'Mother's' face. Criticism; mainly the 'blowing' on the Mother's hair, but very difficult I imagine to control, especially using this toning. Perhaps a variation in lighting may have helped. Having said that, it does add a certain element to this shot, but if it were a fraction more subtle, make this even better in my opinion. Perhaps a slightly tighter crop on the right, and more 'baby' on the left (dependent of course what you had to work with) may also have made this even better.
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01/07/2006 12:38:54 PM
very nice high key effect remaining well in the comfortable zone. Bumping up.
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01/07/2006 01:53:40 AM
AWESOME! I miss those days. This really makes me say "awwww!"
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01/06/2006 07:14:34 PM
What a sweet, sweet, sweet baby. Congratulations! Nice lighting and composition.
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01/06/2006 02:07:20 PM
Seems a light blown out on your hair a little bit and a tad too much gray... More contrast would have been nice. But otherwise a lovely photo.

Makes me remember the days... Enjoy them while they last... It passes in a blur.

8
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01/06/2006 12:37:12 PM
Generally speaking, I am not keen on b+w photos, nor on the high key approach. Yet here you have combined both and I love it, it works. Lighting, composition, Mom's facial expression..... everything comes together into one very beautiful photo. 9
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01/06/2006 09:44:42 AM
Perfect representaion. Gave it an immediate 10. Cant see a thing wrong with this, the lighting, the texture of the hair, placement of the hands and the smile are perfect, if this doesnt ribbon....
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01/06/2006 07:50:04 AM
Beautiful shot
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01/06/2006 04:21:01 AM
Beautiful
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01/05/2006 11:10:47 PM
Beautiful!
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01/05/2006 07:27:33 PM
This is nice, but I think and this is only my opinion, but I think that sepia toning or even their actual skin tones would have worked better for this shot. To me its look metallic. I'm sorry I can't describe it any better.
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01/05/2006 07:16:27 PM
very nice, definitelly fits the theme, I like the high key style, just wish the hair wasn't overexposed. A little softer lighting would help. i'm curious about what lighting you used in this photo. There is a little bit of harsh shadow accross the left face.
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01/05/2006 07:14:02 PM
On my second look at this one, I'm bumping it up. Your hand around your baby's hand is just so tender.
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01/05/2006 03:59:23 PM
very nice...everything, except the harsh light from above
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01/05/2006 03:19:59 PM
This should do well. very nice picture. Small crit-- the piece of thumb in the bottom of the picture detracts slightly. Would removing it be moving a major element? bump to 8
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01/05/2006 11:29:25 AM
The silver tone on the skin and highlights on the hair adds so much to this photo. One of the best in this challenge, 10
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01/04/2006 10:40:58 PM
Bold.
I see the essence of purity in the way you lighted mom and child. Very nice - top three for me.
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01/04/2006 05:16:34 AM
This is a truly beautiful image, quintissential motherhood. Congatulations on a superb photograph - I wouldn't change one pixel! 10
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01/04/2006 01:32:30 AM
Extremely effective; nice use of black & white
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01/03/2006 10:43:04 PM
Beautiful high key shot. Really the nicest breast feeding picture I've ever seen. Bumping up.
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01/03/2006 09:50:16 PM
Composition is ok. Good choice of subject matter. Nice image quality. Very creative! - 6
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01/03/2006 09:29:13 PM
Almost too much white in the photo, but does give it an angelic feel.
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01/03/2006 09:02:47 PM
Sweet shot.
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01/03/2006 09:00:02 PM
I really like this photo. The bright spot across the hair is a bit distracting to me.
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01/03/2006 01:41:05 PM
Very nice, very strong image.
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01/03/2006 01:11:21 PM
Wow, Very tender moment. Love this one. The hair seems a bit blown but the composition is so powerful that it really minimizes the effect of it.
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01/03/2006 12:26:27 PM
Great portrait. Everything looks natural and beautiful. I think I would have burned mom's hair just a tiny bit to try to save that highlight. Otherwise the high key works well. 9
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01/03/2006 07:15:01 AM
Very nice picture! I like the tones, but the blown highlights in the hair are a bit overpowering.
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01/03/2006 06:43:48 AM
My favorite from the challenge. A wonderful image that just screams "mother" without having to look for it. I hope it's not too bold for the other voters and you end up on the front page for this one. Good luck.
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01/03/2006 05:43:13 AM
A Mothers love is never ending, and you can see the bond here in this loving image.........
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01/03/2006 02:35:57 AM
Words will not do this justice, this is a beautifully captured intimate bond between mother and child. 10.
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01/02/2006 11:12:57 PM
Very sweet image. Nicely done.
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01/02/2006 09:55:40 PM
Beautifully done. I like the high key aspect of the photo. Maybe the hair is a bit overdone, but this image is just too precious to let a little thing like that hold it back. I love it. Hope to see this as one of the top finishers.
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01/02/2006 09:48:30 PM
Pure love. Love it.
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01/02/2006 08:55:37 PM
Congratulations on capturing a truly beautiful image, The high key comp works perfectly here and the emotion shines thru... Very well done... :)
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01/02/2006 08:38:50 PM
I really wish I could vote on member's challenges (hoping the check will get three soon) ... great use of high key lighting and the subject is just touching. I believe I see a ribbon.
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01/02/2006 08:14:26 PM
A most endearing wonderful photo.
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01/02/2006 06:31:53 PM
This is absolutely beautiful! I think I would like it even more if it wasn't a tad over-exposed, but it stands out and is an amazing picture anyway! Good luck! 9
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01/02/2006 06:11:25 PM
my highest rated photo in this challenge...simply beautiful self portrait
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01/02/2006 05:48:49 PM
This is a very beautiful image, and you've really expressed the theme. If I could vote on this challenge, this would be a 10.
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01/02/2006 03:42:52 PM
Beautiful high key shot!
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01/02/2006 03:34:25 PM
Beautiful, the lighting and B&W are perfect.
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01/02/2006 02:00:56 PM
Beautiful!! sensitive, discrete, emotional, congratulations, one of my top picks. Hope she had a bit more detail on the hair.
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01/02/2006 01:42:42 PM
Very sweet photo -- I haven't nursed in three and a half years and I just about had a letdown. ;) I like the high-key lighting/background. Only problem is the shadow of the nose. 7.
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01/02/2006 12:05:26 PM
Perfectly meets the challenge stong image for mother well done
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01/02/2006 11:20:59 AM
deserve to bee close to top
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01/02/2006 09:36:38 AM
This one is my favourite!
I think you earn a ribbon with this!
-10-
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01/02/2006 08:57:45 AM
Wow, this is really beautiful, nicely done. I give it a 9
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01/02/2006 07:29:38 AM
wo.. 10+ from me
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01/02/2006 02:02:10 AM
lovely. i would have preferred the hair on mom to not be blown out. still, a lovely image.
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01/02/2006 01:08:52 AM
As only a mother can. :)
Only nitpick is the hotspot on mom's hair
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