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3rd PlaceS-T-I-T-C-H-E-S
Shermy


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Challenge: Gold (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Home
Date: Jul 23, 2006
Date Uploaded: Jul 23, 2006

WooHooo! I am really excited about winning my first ribbon, and I would really like to thank everyone for their votes and comments.

If you are wondering about the stitches, they are pieces of gold embroidery floss glued on my face with spirit-gum, as well as the buttons :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.9158
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 6.8167
Avg (non-participants): 7.0610
Views since voting: 11858
Views during voting: 446
Votes: 202
Comments: 85
Favorites: 23 (view)


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12/11/2008 10:37:37 PM
Best self portrait photo I have ever seen..... Miss you my friend form shez
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12/13/2006 09:32:39 PM
you remind me of Natalie Maines (the lead singer of the Dixie Chicks) and that's a good thing.

Very belated congratultions.
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08/04/2006 10:44:57 AM
I'm very late, with the heat and all, "doing my rounds" on the challenge winners. Fascinating shot, and congrats on your first ribbon!
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08/03/2006 01:23:03 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! That is a very imaginative shot and well executed!...a tad spooky but it worked! :)
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08/03/2006 12:35:14 AM
THATS GREAT VISION FOR YOUR AGE . GREAT TALENT.YOUR BEYOND YOUR YEARS.CANT WAIT TO SEE YOUR NEXT CHALLENGE ENTRY
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08/02/2006 04:09:08 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Great idea and excellent work!
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08/01/2006 10:14:57 PM
This is amazing work, a BIG CONGRATS!
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08/01/2006 01:52:41 PM
so fresh and flawless, except that for that nasty scarring, stitching thing...happy for you.
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08/01/2006 01:21:07 PM
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Wootieflakes! Been away camping and just got back & saw this, big congrats, ways to go, awesome idea!!! :-)

Wootieflakes is right. :-) Your technical ability is catching up with all those great ideas you have. Nice work man and congrats
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08/01/2006 12:55:45 PM
Wow, gratz on this amazing shot! and as for the ribbon, well that's just bling you get to flash around now!
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08/01/2006 12:29:50 PM
This is such a well-deserved ribbon! You have such an eye for detail, and you're obviously incredibly creative!
Looking forward to many more amazing photos from you :)
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07/31/2006 10:23:38 PM
Hi MacKenzie! I hope you don't mind that I really don't like this shot. This is a personal statement. But I am amazed at the detail that you went through and the the technical perfection (though nothing's perfect) of this shot! The dark is almost "ghostly" dark - GREAT job! The hair looking "almost" blured, the crisp, clear feel of the face, the hauntingly realistic staples in the face, and those eyes!! Again, this is not a photo that appeals to me, but I bet if I put this much effort into a shot, I could get a ribbon too. I didn't vote on this challenge (shame on me), but I probably would have voted it low. (Shame on us who don't "REALLY" look at the challenge photos!!!) Since it's on the "Front Page", I've had time to look at it. Now, I am so very much impressed with your work! If you nailed the challenge or not is not the issue. You have used your creativety and your photographic talent to make me, someone who really dosn't like this shot personnally, to stand up and take notice. I am extremely impressed with your work! I will be looking for more winners from you!!:) Ray
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07/31/2006 10:06:34 PM
AH! My net has been broken all day and then I get on finally and WAM! RIBBON FOR YOU!!!! HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE CONGRATS MY FRIEND!!!!!!!
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07/31/2006 06:42:47 PM
Wootieflakes! Been away camping and just got back & saw this, big congrats, ways to go, awesome idea!!! :-)
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07/31/2006 05:44:19 PM
Congratulations on an excellent image and a RIBBON well done.
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07/31/2006 05:25:37 PM
Creative and well-done. Congratulations!
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07/31/2006 03:38:37 PM
aMAZING!!!!! I knew the minute I saw this that it was a ribbon worthy photo, but I'm so impressed at your talent at 17!!!!! What a glorious future you have in photography! :)

CONGRATULATIONS on this stunning -- well-deserved ribbon!

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07/31/2006 03:09:00 PM
hey congratulations on your first ribbon. Fantastic photo!
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07/31/2006 12:59:36 PM
Many congratulations on your very first ribbon here! This is very creative. It must have taken you all day to do this. You pulled it off just right.
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07/31/2006 11:54:36 AM
congrats on your first ribbon:D
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07/31/2006 11:17:47 AM
It was only a matter of time before you won a ribbon. Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!
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07/31/2006 07:59:20 AM
Wow! I didn't see even one comment about the Bride of Frankenstein sporting the latest trends (ala Gold Buttons.) Guess I had to do it! Man! You do have a singular skill because you lit the "staples" so well that I thought, "Those are real! She must be into the goth lifestyle! She's tougher than I am! I couldn't take the pain!"
Then I read your explanation & thought, "Dude, you are such a sophomore! The upper 'stitches' would have proved fatal!"
The Bottom Line is that you are a GREAT photographer when you can create "REAL" from faux! Nice job! :)
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07/31/2006 07:47:59 AM
WAY TO GO DAUGHTER, I'M VERY PROUD!!!!!!
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07/31/2006 07:32:21 AM
Clever and well done. Congrats.
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07/31/2006 07:15:26 AM
Yeah Shermy!!! WOOOHOOOoooo0000OOOOO000!!

This is but the first in a long line of ribbons for you!!

Major congrats! :) :)
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07/31/2006 07:12:19 AM
Yet another superb shot. Brilliant and intriguing.
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07/31/2006 06:48:19 AM
Many Congrats on the ribbon. A very creative image.
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07/31/2006 06:11:24 AM
congrats Shermy
its great to see one of your creative ideas wich u seem to have plenty rewarded this way
i like the way u always have this superb eye for little details too
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07/31/2006 04:50:43 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon.
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07/31/2006 03:24:13 AM
Fantastic! Great effort and superb execution on all counts. I'd add you to my fav's but it says you are already there. :) Congratulations Mackenzie, you are a super photographer with broad talents! :)
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07/31/2006 02:38:36 AM
Amazing - I thought those were real stitches. ;)
You healed well :)
Congrats - You certainly have a flair for creativity!

Message edited by author 2006-07-31 02:39:01.
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07/31/2006 02:33:42 AM
Wow, look at you, with golden stiches AND ribbon too! :D

Congratulations on a well deserved ribbon Mackenzie!
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07/31/2006 02:08:25 AM
I'm glad this one ribboned, like I thought it would!
Congrats!!
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07/31/2006 01:58:01 AM
congratulations.................~!
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07/31/2006 01:26:19 AM
this was my favorite shot of the challenge...congrats on the ribbon :)
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07/31/2006 01:24:06 AM
Excellent depiction and smashing model. Congratulations on your Yellow.
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07/31/2006 01:04:58 AM
Woohoo, you go girl! Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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07/31/2006 12:58:49 AM
"WOW"..... Way to go girl, and I am just so proud of you dear sweet Mackenzie.....
You just rock, and this is so well deserved, for such a talanted and magical image.....
I loved it, as it was one of my favorites in this challenge.....
A "yellow" ribbbon, for a very special person, who so deserved it....."C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S"

Message edited by author 2006-07-31 09:58:01.
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07/31/2006 12:50:44 AM
awesome picture...man is canada full of talented youth or what?...if you hook up with joey L ...one can only imagine the talented photographers your kids would be ;-)...seriously...how'd ya do the stitches?look REAL to me...great job
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07/31/2006 12:40:15 AM
Well done Shermy! Congrats on your ribbon and a great image!
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07/31/2006 12:35:57 AM
Congratulations of your first ribbon Mackenzie!!! Hope you get heaps more...there's a lot of creativity and quality in this shot...all the best for the future
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07/31/2006 12:20:17 AM
very unique and creative!! you're gorgeous! love it :)
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07/31/2006 12:17:32 AM
Pretty Pretty Princess. Congrats on the ribbon with a really eye catching shot. You go girl.
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07/31/2006 12:17:05 AM
Awesome!! Congrats on your first and well deserved ribbon Mackenzie!!
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07/31/2006 12:14:52 AM
congrats on the ribbon!!
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07/31/2006 12:12:23 AM
Congratulations on an image that will prove to be memorable.
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07/31/2006 12:09:32 AM
congrats man!
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07/31/2006 12:08:56 AM
Fantastic, Wonderful, Awesome! Congrats Shermy on you first ribbon!

:-D
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07/31/2006 12:08:21 AM
good for you shermy, knew you'd pull out a ribbon soon. :-)
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07/31/2006 12:06:43 AM
YAY!!!! go team!! congrats :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2006 11:12:43 PM
Although I'm a little confused about the buttons this is a great shot and you obviously put a lot of work into it. Hope it does well for you!
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07/30/2006 10:53:40 PM
This is probably one of the more interesting photos I have seen. I actually had to stop and look at this one for a while to determine how it made me feel. Great Job. 9
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07/29/2006 10:55:11 PM
This is a clever idea and I like it very much. My only criticism is the set up of the stitch line itself. The stitches are real, the buttons are real and while I realize your model probably wouldnt let you carve a real line on her face, this line looks like a soft felt marker. Perhaps you could have used something more substantial. Not that I could do this well - so take a grain of salt. This is an excellent image.
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07/27/2006 10:50:21 PM
Not something pretty to look at, but interesting all the same. I really like the eyes and the golden tone to the skin. I guess I'll give this a 10 just because it does really creep me out, even if its not my "style".
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07/26/2006 11:55:53 PM
Macab, erotic and gold - well done! Can't keep my eyes off it!
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07/26/2006 02:53:21 PM
cool! The eyes are very nice - great idea and execution!
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07/25/2006 02:06:12 PM
Despite the stitches and buttons, I'm drawn instanly to the eyes. The model has beautifuul eyes, but your capture of them is exquisite. Very nice!
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07/25/2006 11:22:56 AM
i love the effort you put into the challenges...something new and creative every time :)
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07/25/2006 12:56:42 AM
You are adorable in this one. Very creative. Pretty boring challenge until I came across yours. Nice. 10.
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07/24/2006 10:24:07 PM
Overall REALLY LIKE IT! i find the paint around the lower part of her neck and the "stiches" up her lower neck take away some from the overall photo. I'm pretty sure it's primarily because of your DOF, but also the soft, suttle focus, which, by the way, brings it all together! Very nice job!
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07/24/2006 08:56:44 PM
Great idea and picture - I'll bet you get a ribbon for sure.
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07/24/2006 06:27:48 PM
Perfect light, great framing, lovely idea, its a winner to me.
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07/24/2006 05:28:53 PM
very weird! I like your use of blank space. I understand what you were going for with the needle and thread in her mouth... and I see the need for it... but to be truthful the fact that the thread leads my eye out of the picture really bothers me - both in the thumbnail and the main image... I also would have liked to have perhaps seen her eyes not have that goldish tone. Nice sharp image though... imaginative... fun. -8-
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07/24/2006 05:07:01 PM
great portrait, i like the soft look on the face.
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07/24/2006 04:37:51 PM
It took me a minute to figure out what was in her mouth even though it should be obvious. lol
Nice and clean shot.
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07/24/2006 03:09:17 PM
Great idea! This should be in the top 3 for sure, a 10 from me.
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07/24/2006 12:33:44 PM
a bit over the top on the Neat Image. clever idea
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07/24/2006 12:18:37 PM
Oh this is cool! Love the smooth skin. Perfect lighting and use of neg. space. I like it. 9
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07/24/2006 11:33:22 AM
Interesting photo - creative!
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07/24/2006 10:48:12 AM
Interesting concept. Gorgeous model. Beautifully shot, lit, composed.
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07/24/2006 09:00:21 AM
Sorry, but as artistic and golden as those stitches are, for me they distract from an otherwise stunning portrait. Is there a message here? Outside of the stitches - the lighting is wonderful and the gold powder/coloring is nicely subtle. The model is lovely with fabulous skin and eyes. I'm not sure about all the empty space on the right.
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07/24/2006 08:37:00 AM
This to me is a winning image for this challange.....
It should be the "Blue"..... It could be the "Red".... or even the "Yellow", but it really does deserve to win..... I just "LOVE" it.....
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07/24/2006 08:03:47 AM
Nice!
Very interesting vision!
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07/24/2006 07:30:19 AM
Wow, so original, love the treatment of the skin, really great job!
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07/24/2006 07:26:04 AM
This one rates high on being different. It is also very well technically executed. The proportion of negative space and subject is just perfect. I really like the soft focus, warm lighting and the way eyes are getting highlighted. Goodluck.9.
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07/24/2006 03:46:26 AM
I want to be really positive about this shot, because you have one stunning woman and technically, a fantastci shot with great lighting and nice composition...my only problem is the 'why' factor...I don't get it...maybe I am slow...

I still love the shot and congratulate you for the effort and time...

8
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07/24/2006 03:23:29 AM
Ohh.. I really like this. Very beautiful!
This one will probably ribbon.
GOOD LUCK!!
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07/24/2006 02:27:09 AM
Good idea, good work, a touch too soft for me but on DPC it will do well :)
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07/24/2006 02:09:38 AM
This is a bit on the bizarre side...but it's done well. 8
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07/24/2006 01:09:09 AM
Nice. Love the lighting, etc. The composition bothers me a bit. I dont mind the negative space, but I think cutting off just a bit on the right might help some.
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07/24/2006 01:05:49 AM
Great Job! I loved the originality and sense of humor in this one!
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07/24/2006 12:55:42 AM
I Really like this shot... very original! The only thing that would make it better for me would be that if the "whites" of eyes were white.
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07/24/2006 12:40:47 AM
wowsers - great idea - thumbs up from me. The only thing I'd like to see is the needle a little better --
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07/24/2006 12:31:14 AM
woah... that's a lot of work and quite effective... 7
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07/24/2006 12:25:57 AM
This really is a great photo
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