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inner (or outter) self-contentment
inner (or outter) self-contentment

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Challenge: Peace (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P5000
Location: home
Date: Feb 15, 2008
Galleries: Nude, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2008

decided on this one, instead of the original(late minute thoughts/doubts). i hope i made a good choice!
p.s. how nice a little shadowing can make you look ;-)

Post Challenge:
Thanks for making the gray specs in your brain work for this one! I appreciate it!

1. the tatto DOES NOT say anything. it is of a design i drew up, of a black and red nautical star with C-like curves.
2. the 'peace' challenge allowed: "take an image that conveys *harmonious relations, *reconciliation, *inner contentment, *serenity, & *balance. . ." for those of you who said: “this is peace?”
3. the lighting for the photo was very simple, but very effective! i wanted the tattoo to be ‘highlighted’. that is why i titled this one inner (or outter) self-contentment . . . LOL
4. this was not the original one i wanted to enter. i changed my mind at the last minute and entered this one instead. i am glad i did, because i am sure the original would not have done as well.
5. my score went up a bit nearing the end of the challenge, then dipped a tad again, buuuut i think this may be my favorite photo so far! ;-D

Place: 95 out of 149
Avg (all users): 4.8605
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 4.6444
Avg (non-participants): 4.9176
Views since voting: 5612
Views during voting: 511
Votes: 215
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/27/2008 04:35:50 PM
So you're a next to next door neighbour. You're looking good. This is disturbingly real looking. That might put people off thinking of it as 'peace', but disturbing doesn't exclude peace, so it's peacefully real. Thanks.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/25/2008 06:14:40 PM
Very moody, perhaps a bit creepy though with the lighting used.
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02/25/2008 09:59:59 AM
great picture i like the sutle black and white tones.
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02/24/2008 06:10:27 AM
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02/23/2008 09:02:18 PM
A little soft, I'm not quite sure what her tattoo is supposed to be.
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02/23/2008 03:58:51 PM
what does the tatoo say?
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02/21/2008 10:34:21 PM
Very nice. I think I'd like this better if it were either more clear (hair details, etc.) or less clear (Lens-Baby effects).
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02/21/2008 10:32:03 PM
nice shadowing here!
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02/21/2008 06:55:48 PM
how is this peace?
02/21/2008 09:45:45 AM
If the tattoo weren't there, this would be much more "peace"ful and pleasing. As it is, the eye stops at the tattoo and has a hard time moving through the photo. The lighting is really pleasing, though.
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02/21/2008 09:39:38 AM
Wow, this was a tough one to score. I keep coming back to it, and I still can't decide if I like it or not. That in itself is an accomplishment to many photogs, to evoke thought. There is something about the hand that detracts me. I don't know if it's the shadowing, or an effect of some sort. I find it to look almost skeletal, for lack of a better description. I wish I could make out what the tattoo on her back says -but not sure it would weigh me one way or the other to know that detail.
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