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Challenge: Texture (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DCR-TRV30
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Date: Jul 20, 2002
Aperture: 1.8
Shutter: 60
Galleries: Fashion, Interior
Date Uploaded: Jul 21, 2002

Real women's hair, braided together. The need of a flash complicated things.

Place: 113 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.1623
Avg (commenters): 6.0870
Avg (participants): 5.1338
Avg (non-participants): 5.2037
Views since voting: 1118
Votes: 265
Comments: 29
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/29/2002 06:11:00 PM
I am so disappointed that you didn't place much higher. I love this image, and it is definitely one of my favorites.
07/29/2002 03:10:00 PM
I appreciate very much all the good and helpful comments I received this week. I have to confess I was baffled at the results I obtained with my entry this last week. I honestly didn't entertain the illusion as a real possibility of ending in the top 10, but I do not understand ending this low in the list, trying hard to be objective about the other pictures presented. With my previous submissions I considered the results acceptable, even a little surprising in one of them, but for me the voting process and criteria applied has become an utter mystery. Quite discouraging, at first. I'll leave this behind me for now and wait for this week's results.

Thank you gr8photos for your supporting comment, what can I say? I absolutely agree with you... :)
07/29/2002 01:33:00 PM
i can't believe you rated that low. this was one of my very top votes!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/27/2002 10:28:00 PM
missing a focal point; texture is interesting though
07/27/2002 09:48:00 AM
Very creative idea! I almost did hair too, but never thought up braiding two together! Fits the challege well. Good job!
07/27/2002 05:52:00 AM
Neat-o! Although I would have probably eliminated the two side braids. The point is made well enough with the center one, and it would have made the black and brown hair more touchable. Maybe zoom in closer...
07/27/2002 01:43:00 AM
Funny, but I'd like it to be sharper ... 4 sjgleah
07/25/2002 05:56:00 PM
This is an interesting lesson in how difficult it can be to photograph textures in black... this image looks good, but the lighting has caused a lot of detail washout in the black hair. I also think the perfectly vertical braids could possibly make a higher impact on the viewer if they were diagonal in the frame... = 5 - jmsetzler
07/25/2002 07:52:00 AM
That is a very interesting idea! A nice transition of colours and textures!
07/24/2002 11:40:00 PM
Very good picture. I like your idea and the way you carried it out. One idea I had would be to position the brown braid against the black background and the black braid in front of the brown, but I like your way of doing it also.
07/24/2002 11:11:00 AM
this is a wonderful idea! have you considered sending your shot to bennetton? they might be interested! i certainly have this in my top 5 list and will add it to my favorites when the voting is over. -- gr8photos (10)
07/23/2002 06:58:00 PM
I really like the concept of this shot. Reminds me of a hair coloring commercial. The only reason I didn't give you a 10 was the black hair, at the top and bottom is sooo black, definition is lost. I'm guessing, but I think a flash was used to create the lighting, strong diffused light would have shown the black more, then flash it to give your accent. I really like the mixed braid, especially the strand of black and brown hair. Guess you figured it out, you got a 9, Swash
07/23/2002 11:54:00 AM
That's great! Very creative 7
07/23/2002 06:07:00 AM
I think it would be better if ponny tails are closer to each other and photo is closed up on them.
07/23/2002 02:55:00 AM
a great idea, but needs something more, something to give it more interest. the image is composed entirely of vertical lines, which gets tiring to look at, so a different composition could help a lot. also, your flash kind of killed the texture. try lighting from the side instead of straight on.
07/22/2002 10:15:00 PM
This was creative. I think it would also look good if there was more texture to the hair. Looks like you used a flash that made quite a glare. Maybe more diffuse lighting without loosing the detail?
07/22/2002 09:30:00 PM
Nice job. I like the idea. I also think it would have been really cool if the one on the right was a bleached blond or something, to provide even more contrast. karmat
07/22/2002 07:57:00 PM
Okay, I see hair and braids but wonder of any context. Are these wigs? Wig shop? Don't like the black area in top left.
07/22/2002 04:06:00 PM
nice idea, benetton style. I don't know the macro capabilities of your camera, but I think a close-up of just the mixed braid and the two "ingredients" as a background would have looked a lot better for texture. 5 beegee
07/22/2002 03:20:00 PM
O'how fun. Great. Creative. Kee
07/22/2002 02:59:00 PM
I really like it but it would be better with out the streak of light down the middle. I imagine it was very to get the lighting right on black hair. Could you have diffused the light with something?
07/22/2002 02:41:00 PM
Great Idea, the lighting seems to band across the middle. - 7
07/22/2002 11:48:00 AM
closer...much closer one plait would be nice.
07/22/2002 11:32:00 AM
good use of 3 statges of entanglement
07/22/2002 09:09:00 AM
I love this photo, great for this challenge.
07/22/2002 08:04:00 AM
I like the contrast of the straight and wavy hair. If only you could have found someone with blonde wavy hair instead of brown.
07/22/2002 03:38:00 AM
clever concept
07/22/2002 03:07:00 AM
is that real hair?
07/22/2002 01:43:00 AM
An interesting concept, and a neato picture! 6

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