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'Warming Her Pearls'  - Poem by Carol Ann Duffy
'Warming Her Pearls' - Poem by Carol Ann Duffy

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Literary Adventure (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: Mar 12, 2006
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Mar 12, 2006

Crop, Layer Bright/Contrast, Clipping Mask Layer Saturation, Clipping Mask Layer Saturation, Spot Heal

Warming Her Pearls
for Judith Radstone

Next to my own skin, her pearls. My mistress
bids me wear them, warm them, until evening
when I´ll brush her hair. At six, I place them
round her cool, white throat. All day I think of her,

resting in the Yellow Room, contemplating silk
or taffeta, which gown tonight? She fans herself
whilst I work willingly, my slow heat entering
each pearl. Slack on my neck, her rope.

She´s beautiful. I dream about her
in my attic bed; picture her dancing
with tall men, puzzled by my faint, persistent scent
beneath her French perfume, her milky stones.

I dust her shoulders with a rabbit´s foot,
watch the soft blush seep through her skin
like an indolent sigh. In her looking-glass
my red lips part as though I want to speak.

Full moon. Her carriage brings her home. I see
her every movement in my head.... Undressing,
taking off her jewels, her slim hand reaching
for the case, slipping naked into bed, the way

she always does.... And I lie here awake,
knowing the pearls are cooling even now
in the room where my mistress sleeps. All night
I feel their absence and I burn.

Carol Ann Duffy (b. 1955), from: Selling Manhattan (Anvil Press Poetry 1987)

Place: 108 out of 165
Avg (all users): 5.3587
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.3824
Avg (non-participants): 5.3448
Views since voting: 29406
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 184
Comments: 9
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/26/2006 03:53:30 AM
Nice picture... maybe the subject was a little obscure for some of the voters! :-)
How about 'Pearl Necklace" ZZ Top ! LOL
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03/25/2006 01:16:29 AM
::: Critique Club :::

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

First Impression - the most important one:
Way cool .. this is a woman .. and she is real! ... not only this but this is a photographer who hasn't done too much to the image.

I really do like this composition. I found hte crop took in just enough of the woman to let the viewer decide it was. My only thought is to the background - I think this is where you slightly lost out - it is quite bland (we all get told this at least once).

Meets the challenge and through even showing the poem meets it well.

Technical (Colour and light):
I see no major issues with this - the lighting is good ... and the picture is well focused. I may have tried a little more light - just slightly from the side to highlight the definition of her a little more.

To grow its vote?:
Think about the background - have a good look at the winners and take a little of what they do and try it out.

Remember to keep on shooting and enjoy what you are doing - or there is no point!

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


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03/20/2006 02:24:20 AM
I wish I could have voted; I love it :D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2006 03:17:55 PM
gr8 skin texture
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03/16/2006 06:30:35 PM
Perhaps a different crop would have been more effective.
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03/14/2006 09:50:14 AM
Good lighting, and great sharpnes... focus and DOF well under your control. Interesting composition. Nicely framed.
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03/14/2006 01:22:05 AM
stunning shot with great detail and mood...well done, love the pearls
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03/13/2006 06:03:59 PM
This shot has an 'honest class' feel to it. Pearls, black dress and (dare I say it) a mature women whos kept her figure. I think its an excellent shot and bumping up 2 (on closer inspection)
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03/13/2006 01:04:02 AM
Thank you for not using Neat Image.
Thank you for photographing a woman with natural, believable, beautiful skin and bones.
Thank you for this lovely, nearly abstract, very real image.
10, and added to my favorites. :)
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