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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Collection: DPC Entries
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: My House, Indianapolis, IN
Date: Aug 18, 2002
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002

My friend Hana, my only long-haired friend, who graciously allowed me to shoot her.

Place: 14 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.4453
Avg (commenters): 7.9091
Avg (participants): 6.5515
Avg (non-participants): 6.3333
Views since voting: 2598
Votes: 265
Comments: 36
Favorites: 10 (view)

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08/17/2006 09:27:56 PM
I like the tones on this one. Soft and well composed.
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03/27/2006 12:40:24 AM
what an excellent take on the challenge! great shot.

so, when ya coming back this way?
08/26/2002 12:50:00 AM
Congrats! I knew yours would do well. I think it might have hurt mine to have two so similar. The viewer can't help but compare the two, and yours wins hands down. Now stop stealing my ideas *wink*
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 06:33:00 PM
very nice. lighting is good although she almost seems to blend into the background a little....still, nice work! 9.
08/23/2002 03:32:00 PM
Beautiful portrait andrewm
08/23/2002 09:35:00 AM
This is a great shot. I love the atmosphere and composition of the picture, especially the lighting and use of B&W. It is also the subtlest use of pencils I've seen thus far. I cannot provide useful comment on the general photography; it has no faults as far as I can see. Other pictures have used a similar idea, but I don't think that should affect my originality vote; this shot has class and deserves to score high… (10)
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08/23/2002 06:37:00 AM
Lovely shot. I can feel the softness of her back - the light on it is beautiful. I think it would be nice to have just a little side light on her face, to separate the skin of her face from her hair.
6, Kavey
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08/23/2002 02:56:00 AM
great lighting
08/23/2002 12:12:00 AM
the towel is a little distracting...
08/22/2002 08:12:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing7,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 5,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
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08/22/2002 08:07:00 PM
would have been better without the towel in the shot
08/22/2002 05:49:00 PM
nice touch
08/22/2002 03:14:00 AM
beautiful composition and lighting and refreshingly different 9 Lisa
08/22/2002 01:50:00 AM
nice photo. it has a lovely tone. (7) ~mcmurma
08/21/2002 10:54:00 PM
Composition - very good
Technical Aspects - very good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality – high/ quite good
Other suggestions – I wonder if a light sepia would have set this off better? I still like it.

Jim msp
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08/21/2002 05:50:00 PM
Beautiful light on a beautiful back!
08/21/2002 03:04:00 PM
Very elegant looking. I almost think cropping it just above the towel(?) would have been effective too, with more space at the top. karmat
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08/21/2002 03:19:00 AM
Cool! Very nice picture. Very good composition and the light is just perfect.
08/20/2002 02:44:00 PM
This is certainly a nice shot, but something doesn't seem right to me. It may be that the lack of contrast between the subject and the background makes it seem kind of flat.
08/20/2002 11:27:00 AM
Beautiful. It's a shame there's another one so similar :). The duotone is beautiful and soft, and well exposed. 10 from me - lisae
08/20/2002 09:02:00 AM
very very nice.
08/20/2002 08:36:00 AM
This is a picture to be proud of. Perfect 10.
08/20/2002 06:49:00 AM
beautiful image :) The soft lighting and overall softness of this image is working well in this 'portrait'. The angle of the lighting does a nice job of highlighting the muscule structure... great shot! = 10 - jmsetzler
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08/19/2002 09:44:00 PM
This is very beautiful. The lighting is just right and her skin is very very smoothe which creates a pleasing subject to look at. I think it may be more sensual if she were wearing some kind of soft cloth such as sick or rayon instead of what looks like a towel. Yup, I see pencils! I could hang this in my livingroom. Great photo. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/19/2002 09:07:00 PM
very nicely done. Good soft focus/ finishing, love the blue tone, very subtle. Interesting pose, certainly the best out of the 'pencils in the hair' shots. Perhaps the shadow on her back is a bit too strong and could have been softened a bit with some fill light ?
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08/19/2002 08:51:00 PM
very pretty. lighting is excellent.
08/19/2002 07:07:00 PM
Meets Challenge Theme:yes
Technical :good...very nice lighting
Remarks:very pretty image.
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08/19/2002 06:55:00 PM
If she had moved a few steps away from the wall, you probably could have avoidied the shadow, but I don't know what your lighting source was, so that may or may not have been possible. I like the composition and the lighting, but not so sure about that earring...
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08/19/2002 03:47:00 PM
What a beautiful shot! The lighting is just perfect and I think that b&w was a good choice. The contrast is great too. Good job! :) -KrazyKat
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08/19/2002 11:00:00 AM
very nice. why isnt' she looking back, that would've been great...
08/19/2002 09:54:00 AM
Beautiful. Love the b&w, and especially love the lighting. This is just a gorgeous shot. Great work. lhall-9
08/19/2002 09:35:00 AM
Nice idea. Composition, lighting. Soft where it should be, and sharp where it should be.
08/19/2002 08:51:00 AM
Lovely picture ! I wonder whether it would gain by being cropped a bit more ... not sure. It's probably best as it is.
08/19/2002 05:59:00 AM
Wonderful lighting and arrangement. A great take on the challenge and a heck of a good portrait. Superb work. 10
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08/19/2002 02:22:00 AM
Lovely portrait. I wonder if her head were lifted just a bit. Still, very beautifully done. 9
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08/19/2002 01:18:00 AM
Beautiful! This is almost identical to mine, but I like yours better. The blue works well, and your lighting is superb.
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