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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2007-08-09
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Nikon
Location: Trail, BC (Canada)
Date: Aug 10, 2008
ISO: 100
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

It's very hard to figure out which image you think is your best. I picked this one because it is very "me", it is my style, my colours, my subject even maybe, the kind of photo I love to make. And I think that it is pretty good. But my best image is yet to come!

I really hope nobody asks how it was edited, because I did it in August or September of last year, and I can't remember how, except that at the time I was experimenting with split tone and Baryta papers, and I converted it to a split tone in RAW bridge (the blue/orangeish tones), then in PSCS3 I did the usual adjustments (probably a bit of a crop?, curves, clean up any distractions, adjust colours, dodge/burn, resize, sharpen for web).

Statistics
Place: 55 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.5992
Avg (commenters): 8.3273
Avg (participants): 6.6779
Avg (non-participants): 6.1625
Views since voting: 1785
Views during voting: 812
Votes: 524
Comments: 119
Favorites: 27 (view)


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03/19/2009 07:13:54 PM
Hah, I suspected this might have been yours! I wasn't sure, though, so I didn't want to comment like I knew it was during the challenge... I know, CHICKEN! Good to see you in a challenge again, and with a beautiful image to boot.
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03/18/2009 02:23:34 PM
Since you are at top of my favorite photogs (and people!) list, this photo must instantly go into my favs as its breathtaking beauty captures so much of the essence of you! I am annoyed to see that this one didn't land much much higher.
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03/18/2009 10:20:03 AM
this to me is stunning , well done
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03/18/2009 08:44:14 AM
the best one - great!
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03/18/2009 06:28:20 AM
A bit underrated, in my opinion. Thought I would see this on the front page. It's a beautiful image. Gave it a 9.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 09:59:22 PM
Wonderful capture.
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03/17/2009 09:50:52 PM
lovely!
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03/17/2009 09:48:35 PM
This is Excellent. I like the color treatment, composition and focus.
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03/17/2009 08:32:25 PM
Has to be Ursula. This is just beautiful. It's kind of a comforting image to me. It reminds me of pillows, or the softness of pillows, hence the comfort. Lovely as always. Bumping to 10!
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03/17/2009 08:25:00 PM
Yeah yeah this is pretty good. :)
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03/17/2009 07:36:27 PM
Wonderfully subtle.

Not voting.
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03/17/2009 05:51:11 PM
I adore everything about the image. Perfect in my eyes.
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03/17/2009 05:30:01 PM
Interesting flower macro taken from below with some water drops to add interest. I like the monotone.
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03/17/2009 11:55:06 AM
Superb!!
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03/17/2009 10:39:27 AM
Artistically rendered image. Very nice processing. 7
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03/17/2009 09:19:59 AM
This looks ursula-esque. The type of shot I dream of taking. . . .
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03/16/2009 10:45:28 PM
This is gorgeous. The sharp, perfectly placed dew drops placed against the soft tones creates just enough contrast to draw the viewer in even more. Just a lovely image all around.
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03/16/2009 09:48:53 PM
Beautiful. Absolutely lovely.
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03/16/2009 08:36:49 PM
I like this a lot, the sharpness contrasted with the clarity is so cool.
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03/16/2009 05:23:01 PM
Beautiful abstract. We've seen a lot of this (so no points for out-of-the-box) but I always like looking at it. Very nicely done.
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03/16/2009 04:29:07 PM
Love the shallow DoF...the tones are perfect.
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03/16/2009 01:18:57 PM
Ursula? Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Like a painting.
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03/16/2009 12:59:36 PM
lovely soft abstract
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03/16/2009 11:08:20 AM
Reminds me a bit of Ursula's work. The DOF and/or lighting could be a little less intense (I can't decide which - or both). I like the composition and the overall tonal impact. Something about it prevents me from giving it a 9 or 10; but don't get me wrong, I REALLY like it! It provokes a strong emotional (positive) response. :-) 8
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03/16/2009 10:58:54 AM
nice abstract .. six from me ;D
brano
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03/16/2009 10:45:22 AM
Stunning image, perfectly composed. The detail being in the upper right quadrant really works for me, all the "movement" is in that direction. nicely done
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03/16/2009 10:38:07 AM
Almost looks like a painting. Good shot.
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03/16/2009 09:02:07 AM
wow, beautiful!!! wonderful colours and structure. 10.
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03/16/2009 07:56:49 AM
Beyond stunning. To say I love this is a gross understatement.
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03/15/2009 11:54:57 PM
Great macro. Looks like a painting.
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03/15/2009 11:44:14 PM
Looks very Ursula to me. 8
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03/15/2009 11:43:40 PM
Beautiful and soft photo. I know I have seen something very much like this before, I just cant place it.
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03/15/2009 09:59:10 PM
The perfect title for this lovely image!
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03/15/2009 07:23:29 PM
Nice abstract
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03/15/2009 07:19:21 PM
Lovely lighting and composition to emphasize the delicate seeds and water drops. Well done!
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03/15/2009 07:15:25 PM
beautiful abstract. Great use of 'unsharp'. Congrats
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03/15/2009 06:46:35 PM
very nicely done I like this a lot 8
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03/15/2009 05:39:39 PM
So beautiful - 10.
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03/15/2009 05:21:11 PM
Really great abstract macro. Reminds me ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ursula's style.
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03/15/2009 04:58:56 PM
Simple colors, beautiful shapes and drops as a final touch. It's almost a painting.
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03/15/2009 04:27:50 PM
Utterly absorbing.
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03/15/2009 04:18:44 PM
oh this is sooo lovely, you should make prints of this
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03/15/2009 04:16:56 PM
Stunning... Ursula? This is the type of shot that inspired me to get more involved in photography!
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03/15/2009 03:44:48 PM
Glorious! 10
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03/15/2009 03:10:46 PM
wwaaaww..! One of my fovorites so far..!9
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03/15/2009 12:28:18 PM
Stunningly delicate, the tone and colors work excellently with this image. The composition is simple yet strong.
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03/15/2009 12:05:55 PM
These kind of shots are either a hit or miss. They can look really bad or really good. I say you nailed it!
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03/15/2009 12:01:45 PM
I think the waterdrops make this image.
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03/15/2009 11:24:25 AM
arty
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03/15/2009 09:40:34 AM
thoughtful abstract.
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03/15/2009 06:04:26 AM
very surreal - should do VERY well.
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03/15/2009 05:27:38 AM
To sum up my feelings here- this is inspiring photography. Instant fav.
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03/15/2009 03:09:20 AM
nice capture here, excellent blend of abstractness. 7
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03/15/2009 01:25:40 AM
wow another that looks like its from Ursula! beautiful, moody, abstract... love it :) just my kind of photos. 9
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03/15/2009 12:53:54 AM
This is beautiful, almost magical. Love the light and shade, DOF is excellent IMO. Best of luck.
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03/15/2009 12:01:15 AM
It's the most lovely botanical photograph I've ever seen. If a photograph were a sweet, sad sonnet, this would be the photograph. And this would be the sonnet:

"When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restored and sorrows end."

- Wm. Shakespeare

10. And old Bill and I both award you the Order of the Thumb:
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03/14/2009 11:39:07 PM
Love the tone! Excellent!
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03/14/2009 10:19:15 PM
lovely tones, textures and softness, just beautiful.
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03/14/2009 09:14:13 PM
WoW! 10
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03/14/2009 08:02:51 PM
This lovely photo floats in gossamer yet carries a reflective mood as the light filters into the deeper rich hues of the blues. This photo carries an almost exotic mystical feeling with the jewels of water reflected in the light. The blend of softness with strength of line is perfect! Ummm...can I can borrow your camera?!!! ;-)
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03/14/2009 04:20:45 PM
Great macro study. I don't think it's possible to take a bad picture of dandelions :-) The tones and shapes in this are gorgeous. And I love the blur contrasting with the ultra sharp droplets. Nicely done.
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03/14/2009 02:55:03 PM
Coming back to comment...

Beautiful, stunning, vibrant, delicate, I could go on and on, but... 10
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03/14/2009 01:57:52 PM
Absolutely stunning image
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03/14/2009 12:50:52 PM
Extraordinary image, pure elegance.
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03/14/2009 12:41:06 PM
Great choice of cool and warm tones.
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03/14/2009 12:40:45 PM
beautiful dof, the bottom part of the image is so soft and sensual.. this is art
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03/14/2009 11:54:01 AM
what a beautiful abstract (??) really like this...8
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03/14/2009 10:55:38 AM
Beauitful use of light and great textures here.
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03/14/2009 08:17:35 AM
nice
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03/14/2009 06:54:34 AM
You must have been very pleased with this photo. great work.
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03/14/2009 12:09:47 AM
Gorgeous. A symphony.
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03/13/2009 08:19:12 PM
Pretty, dream like image.
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03/13/2009 03:32:15 PM
absolutely beautiful. Looks familiar, no matter. love the color palette. 8
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03/13/2009 03:15:32 PM
This is lovely, and fits its title well. 10 from me.
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03/13/2009 03:01:51 PM
Love the style here with some subtle tones, great abstract, I like the bit of detail in the top right corner of the image. It has a painterly quality to it Excellent.
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03/13/2009 02:19:38 PM
Too abstract for me. But thats me. Nice colors. 7.
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03/13/2009 01:50:44 PM
Your photo is delicate, soft, dreamy, magic.
It's about light, life, feelings, memories...
Impossible to get tired of watching it, I love it!
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03/13/2009 10:20:42 AM
Lovely shot, love the textures and mood it conveys.
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03/13/2009 09:22:14 AM
Nice shot, good details, lighting good.
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03/13/2009 05:28:00 AM
very delicate
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03/13/2009 04:15:05 AM
If this isn't Ursula or influenced by Ursula then I'd be surprised. Wonderful mix of clarity and mystery
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03/13/2009 03:09:15 AM
wish i could see more droplets and details
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03/13/2009 02:47:09 AM
This is so cool, 10
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03/12/2009 11:46:21 PM
nice soft image - I like the droplets...
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03/12/2009 10:56:01 PM
Wait - i thought I already saw an "Ursula" image! Are YOU Ursula?? Now I'm all confused! Ursula or not, this is gorgeous!
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03/12/2009 10:01:45 PM
There are a couple of similar shots in this challenge, but this one has to be ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ursula's. Yep, just checked your 1x profile. :) Great choice. I really like this one, and I think it represents your likes and style quite well. On a second runthrough, it looks like you made my top 8! Up to a 9 you go! And thanks for the PM. :)
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03/12/2009 08:26:46 PM
Lovely ethereal composition. Almost a painting. Excellent.
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03/12/2009 08:23:44 PM
Not much for the tones but a very nice abstract.
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03/12/2009 03:39:56 PM
Beautiful macro, well done.
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03/12/2009 02:15:37 PM
This would make a great portrait background!
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03/12/2009 11:03:02 AM
Looks like an ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ursula to me. Lovely.
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03/12/2009 09:49:33 AM
This is gorgeous, fine art at its best, fabulous colours and shades
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03/12/2009 08:59:54 AM
One of my very favorites in the challenge. it's very beautiful. I'm faving this, and I hope you'll have some notes on how to accomplish this - I'd love to know how to be this kind of photographer.
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03/12/2009 07:19:45 AM
Usrsula-esque to the point that I kinda have to think it IS Ursula's. Regardless of whose this is, "Ursula-esque" is its own high praise in my book.
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03/12/2009 05:22:38 AM
I like this one. The soft strokes of texture leading to the pocket of clarity. I'd hang this on my wall.
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03/12/2009 03:46:34 AM
Oh, this is pure poetry! Just gorgeous!
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03/12/2009 01:44:48 AM
Stunning capture, beautiful.
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03/12/2009 01:40:55 AM
great abstract image. Color is super.
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03/12/2009 01:05:16 AM
Nice "romantic" macro, great tones.
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03/11/2009 11:31:32 PM
Excellent use of split toning!
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03/11/2009 10:56:31 PM
Beautifully done. Very graphic, lovely detail. Quite exceptional. 10
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03/11/2009 08:54:12 PM
very pretty, perfect title, I can see this on a wall
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03/11/2009 08:53:00 PM
Great macro shot. Very nice abstract effect.
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03/11/2009 08:18:16 PM
Great macro. I love the included of the water droplets.
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03/11/2009 05:14:49 PM
looks suspiciously like a UA picture ;) beautiful...
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03/11/2009 04:38:46 PM
Great macro I like thelitte dew drop
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03/11/2009 04:38:36 PM
A beautiful ballet play right before my eyes.
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03/11/2009 03:33:16 PM
This is like a painting, I really like it
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03/11/2009 03:32:20 PM
Soft and wistful. Might be Ursula? Lovely entry whoever.
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03/11/2009 02:40:52 PM
6
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03/11/2009 01:29:36 PM
great shot
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03/11/2009 12:27:10 PM
Really lovely. Love the deep rich dark tones. Ethereal!
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03/11/2009 11:59:02 AM
Very Ursulaesch. Stunning!! One of my faves so far!
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03/11/2009 08:30:10 AM
Very painterly and abstract. I could see this hanging in an art gallery
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03/11/2009 08:19:12 AM
distracting and hard to work out what its meant to be
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03/11/2009 05:19:43 AM
amazing, its like a really soft painting, maybe the greatest photo ever seen, it has a soul, this picture draws you inside it. 10 wished i could rate it higher
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03/11/2009 04:34:35 AM
Perfect! Exquisite dof, tone and composition.
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03/11/2009 02:16:34 AM
Top 10 at least for sure with this shot. Beautiful work, good luck.
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03/11/2009 01:00:33 AM
OK, there's TWO shots that make me think Ursula. I'm gonna explode. Sweeping is the other. In any case the delicacy of this shot's tones and light is delectable.
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