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best friend
best friend

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Challenge: Best of 2005 (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM
Location: backyard in arizona
Date: Dec 29, 2005
Aperture: F5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/640s
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 13, 2006

my girlfriend in our backyard

Place: 226 out of 833
Avg (all users): 6.0651
Avg (commenters): 7.0278
Avg (participants): 5.9973
Avg (non-participants): 6.3690
Views since voting: 1473
Views during voting: 893
Votes: 461
Comments: 39
Favorites: 6 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 10:30:52 PM
Now aren't you cute?! And you know it, too! Don't cha?!
01/31/2006 09:04:10 PM
Love this pic, the composition, soft focus and the colors are wonderful. I like the perspective also.
01/28/2006 04:57:51 PM
Nice post processing work. She really pops out.
01/27/2006 06:56:56 PM
An interesting shot. I like the pose and composition. I guess some might find her head looking too big given the wide angle but it doesn't bother me too much. The one thing I don't really care for is the treatment of the grass which looks too painterly-like. If the whole image was like that it wouldn't be a big deal.
01/26/2006 04:31:46 PM
Lovely angle for this shot. Is a little centred, but great colours etc.
01/26/2006 05:48:52 AM
Unusual angle, nice shot...
01/26/2006 05:10:30 AM
Nice interesting quirky portrait, unusual angle.
01/23/2006 08:49:46 PM
nice colors
01/23/2006 12:48:52 PM
so you must be a woman if she's only a friend :)

beautiful image, love the pose
01/22/2006 03:00:51 PM
This looks to have been smoothed so much that the grass has lost all texture completely, and rockets this shot into the land of make-believe. It's an interesting take on a portrait, but the processing leaves me flat.
01/22/2006 12:09:41 PM
I love the angle and the colors!
01/21/2006 02:04:20 PM
good color and composition
01/21/2006 10:23:59 AM
This angle of shot makes her head look way larger than the rest of her body giving the shot an almost comical impression. As pretty as she is, as her best friend, it would have been much nicer of you to portray her in a much more flattering angle and composition, IMO.

Technically, this shot needs work also. Her forehead appears to "melt" into her hairline. You also seemed to either oversatuarate or oversharpen (note her tank top is white with green glows.) Lastly, the grass looks smudged, blurry in some spots and almost in focus in others. This photo could be salvaged by cropping out everything up to her head and shoulders, making it an edgy sort of head shot.
01/20/2006 04:48:00 PM
I made this a ten now because it just grabbed me. She is lovely. Excellent post production as well.
01/20/2006 12:03:12 PM
This looks too processed to me. Her skin has an overlly smooth, plastic quality that I find unsettling. It is an interest POV for a portrait.
01/20/2006 10:44:35 AM
There is a innocence yet sexiness about this. Very nice.
01/20/2006 09:39:34 AM
Great portrait. Beautiful colors. Her eyes really pop!
01/19/2006 08:56:46 PM
cool angle. nice girl.
01/19/2006 06:44:55 PM
Seems like neat image was applied a bit too strongly here, but I like the pose and the effect from using the wide angle lens. The head is a bit close to the top of the frame in my opinion though.
01/19/2006 03:46:52 PM
Great lens and focus. i love this view. It makes her even more captivating than she already is. Nice job.
01/19/2006 08:40:37 AM
The background is a littel distracting( maby just a bit overdone)
otherwise i like your perspetiv and momment
Cute model=)
01/19/2006 03:20:51 AM
Aah, background! If you could only have her sit half a meter to the back (or two feet, either one) - then you would not have had that unfortunate attention-grabbing transition from the grassy area to the gravel or whatever that is. Nice wide angle shot and nice perspective. Good luck to both of you in the challenge!
01/19/2006 02:33:26 AM
This perspective can work well but this image looks a bit unusual to me. Sorry. 5.
01/18/2006 10:30:46 PM
10 from me....good luck! nice angle...
01/18/2006 03:31:05 PM
Whoa, nice looking girl, I would definately exploit her as a model if she was in my circle of friends, the camera appears to like her.
01/18/2006 09:41:39 AM
I don`t normally like the neatimaged, plastic looking skin but here it makes for a great effect. I may have cloned the grass in all the way to the top. 9
01/18/2006 07:57:04 AM
The pose is not very flattering she looks to have a giant head on a little body. Otherwise very nice photo good lighting and color, and an attractive model to boot.
01/18/2006 07:41:55 AM
The blurred grass looks a little fake to me ... dunno why :s Like the posture and focus on the subject.
01/18/2006 05:50:15 AM
Like the pose but somehow the skin seems a bit too soft and there is a dark "halo" around her head.
01/17/2006 08:09:13 PM
Interesting angle and perspective of your friend. Like it. The grass is oddly spotty, though, and is a bit distracting.
01/17/2006 05:19:38 PM
great perspective...nice shot...
01/17/2006 03:35:45 PM
very cool perspective - a 3d effect. I like it. Great job on the skin tones for the most part - the hands look a bit pale though. Your friend should be real happy with this photo you took of her.
01/17/2006 01:33:09 AM
Very nice angle. Great use of a wide angle lens for a portrait. The chair is a little distracting in the lower right.
01/16/2006 10:00:26 PM
A perfect face, a perfect pose and a very perfect composition. Congrats on a very worthy ribbon contender. Very well done... :)
01/16/2006 08:02:59 PM
Pretty girl, nice soft look, but the perspective makes her legs look very thin.
01/16/2006 07:43:02 PM
Great shot, gorgeous girl. 9
01/16/2006 02:27:10 PM
Lucy went to tennis lessons in her pajamas...that instructor would indeed notice her now.

I like the sensuality that is present here, however unintended it might have been. The soft look of innocence, but yet...a hint of something else. Nice capture, lovely model.
01/16/2006 05:06:33 AM
The perspective doesn't really help too much, but everything else is very nice. Her face and the way you've captured this make the image. 8/10
01/16/2006 01:37:48 AM
First thought: I hope she's 18! (I'm sure she is, so that isn't offered as criticism, merely to let you know my gut reaction to the shot.) Unpon further viewing, the lens distorion, combined with the pose (the way she's leaning forward) give the impression of sitting on a toilet - the panties probably further that impression. The softening of the skin is too much for my taste, and the removal/cloning of the wrinkling in her forhead seems off to me. By that I mean both that I can see remnants of the process of removal, and that it seems unnatural with her eyebrows raised like that for there not to be some wrinkling in her forhead.

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