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Her Moment
Her Moment
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D100
Lens: Tamron SP MF 28-105mm f/2.8 LD Aspherical IF Adaptall
Date: Mar 10, 2009
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

First off...I would like to give out a ***huge*** thanks to everyone that commented on this photo. I can't thank you all enough for seeing this photo as it was meant to be seen. My best showing yet IMO. I'm happy with the score, love the comments and......5 favs to boot. Much <3 to the peeps who added it to their favs.

Now - for the story.
This is a High School friend of mine. Her name is Kelly. It was her Birthday and every Tuesday a bunch of us meet at a Salsa club and let it rip. I almost left my camera at home but decided to take it on a whim. Good thing I did. "Her Moment" was based on a couple of things. I waffled on this title for a while but ended up with this simply because it was her Birthday, she was dancing and in her moment. Not just any ole moment, but a moment where she's just being herself, living and enjoying life without any inhabitions. A true Gem! =)

The photo itself was surprisingly pretty much what you see. She was dancing when this was caught. Which gives it the soft, blur look. The camera did all the work here and very little PP was done. Again, I would like to thank everyone for seeing the beauty within this capture and how it is shown. Many thanks to Kelly for letting me post this - she truly made this capture...beautiful.

Statistics
Place: 734 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.3093
Avg (commenters): 6.4203
Avg (participants): 5.3581
Avg (non-participants): 5.0595
Views since voting: 717
Views during voting: 691
Votes: 514
Comments: 78
Favorites: 5 (view)


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03/21/2009 09:06:58 AM
Originally posted by eschelar:

this really is a remarkable shot. I put ya down for 10 during the voting and am shocked to see how low it is. sad indeed.


I appreciate your sentiment, truly I do. I knew going in it probably wouldn't score well. But it didn't matter. Simply for the fact of how many people enjoyed it (like yourself), commented and saved it as their fav. That to me, made it the "best" challenge and entry to date. Thanks again for your comment and also everyone else who made this by far the best experince on DPC yet.

Sincerely,

T.

Message edited by author 2009-03-22 10:13:07.
03/21/2009 06:49:23 AM
this really is a remarkable shot. I put ya down for 10 during the voting and am shocked to see how low it is. sad indeed.
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03/19/2009 04:24:06 PM
Almost looks like a painting. I love the blur and color on this. It was one of my favorites during the voting.
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03/18/2009 11:37:28 AM
Wow love the story behind this. I think it is a lovely photo and with the story it is superb. should have finished higher. Definately should have finished higher than mine.

Oh forgot to mention. I really like the warm deep rich colors you have captured.

Message edited by author 2009-03-18 11:38:12.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:12:18 PM
I liked this one at first sight, your photo reminds me a painting.
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03/17/2009 09:46:05 PM
Great post processing! I really like this alot, but I would have maybe softend the dark smile line on her cheek, but other than that I love it!
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03/17/2009 06:12:55 PM
Beautufully subtle! 7
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03/17/2009 01:01:53 PM
Wonderful composition and highlighting of the subject.

Not voting yet.
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03/17/2009 11:33:18 AM
Lovely portrait.
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03/17/2009 08:11:25 AM
nope , does not hit the right note with me, sorry.

Back to comment again an bumping up.
On looking at this image longer, I am starting to like it more, the tones and warmth from the image is starting to grow on me. Also from the post processing, I can see the care that you have taken to retain details in the background. Sorry for the initial vote bumping up to 6
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03/17/2009 04:00:03 AM
I really like this , I'm not sure why! the soft focus and the title make me want to know more about the setting and the reason for the photo.
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03/17/2009 01:25:33 AM
Beautiful soft and mellow lighting. Lovely portrait.
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03/16/2009 06:34:54 PM
Nice, soft light, and soft focus portrait.
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03/16/2009 01:04:05 PM
Looks like a floating head. Good expression and good pic.
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03/16/2009 11:26:57 AM
Wow, a very surreal, almost ghost-like image. Very interesting.
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03/16/2009 08:50:11 AM
Elegant model and I like her facial expression however I do feel her face is a bit soft. I would have liked to seen at least a portion of her face sharper. Nice composition and negative space around the model.
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03/15/2009 09:39:31 PM
love the soft focus
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03/15/2009 09:10:29 PM
not sure what's going on here
03/15/2009 08:49:26 PM
Intersting portrait.
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03/15/2009 08:06:57 PM
Like the softness of the dress. Would have liked the face a little sharper for impact.
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03/15/2009 07:37:22 PM
The photo definitely has a story to tell. Nicely intriguing.
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03/15/2009 03:24:36 PM
fabulous, Rembrandt quality light and tones. I imagine most voters won't get this, but I love it.
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03/15/2009 03:14:17 PM
I really like this image. Very much in the mode of some of my work. Color, mystery, soft touch. I think if she was not so high in the composition it would have worked even better.
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03/15/2009 10:38:07 AM
Dreamy. I like it.
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03/15/2009 06:06:53 AM
im trying to figure out what is the moment about but maybe its enough that she knows...

;D brano
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03/15/2009 01:30:11 AM
I'm curious to know how exactly you did this shot, but its beautifully done whatever you did. Well done. 8.
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03/15/2009 12:17:21 AM
Interesting expression, use of red against the black; dark hair. Not sure hwo it ties into the title.
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03/14/2009 11:36:37 PM
You've made this into a painting, pretty cool.
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03/14/2009 10:13:11 PM
nice soft focus, lot of intrigue with this shot.
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03/14/2009 07:21:36 PM
This would be better cropped.. the left side is not needed
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03/14/2009 03:50:23 PM
Very rich colors, but her moment eludes me.
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03/14/2009 03:39:28 PM
Like a painting, like a view on a moment a long long long time ago. Super.
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03/14/2009 03:12:56 PM
Vermeer-esque!
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03/14/2009 02:54:08 PM
Coming back to comment...

This is quite beautiful! Love the softness and the gorgeous lighting on her face! 10
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03/14/2009 11:05:09 AM
would like to see something in sharp focus
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03/14/2009 09:19:41 AM
She seems removed from the rest of the photograph; on her own.
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03/14/2009 12:16:01 AM
weird. I like it.
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03/13/2009 11:55:17 PM
A bit too much negative space but a nice shot otherwise
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03/13/2009 10:37:41 PM
I really like this. There's so much that is not shown here. This leaves a lot of room for the imagination. The soft fuzzy shadowy areas in the bottom left really work nicely to get the curiosity and imagination to start working overtime.

The expression on her face starts the ball rolling and every time the eye comes back to it it shows a different emot10n.
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03/13/2009 10:08:09 PM
Cool, confident, mysterious. She has a plan. Does it include you?
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03/13/2009 05:36:10 PM
This is quite interesting. Lo0ks like an old painting
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03/13/2009 03:16:03 PM
amazing, i could write a lot in the comment area, but my english dont let me, anyway, i like the blur, i like the shake i like everything 11 :P
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03/13/2009 12:27:25 PM
interesting image, I've looked at it a couple of times trying to figure it out, what's in the background, etc.. it works well as a soft image and I do like the red
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03/13/2009 11:12:15 AM
seems a little dark, but thats just my opinion.
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03/13/2009 10:26:22 AM
This is almost like an oil painting. I love the reds.
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03/13/2009 09:25:40 AM
I like the soft dreamy effect
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03/13/2009 08:15:16 AM
Nice soft looking portrait. I like the subtle use of light and colors here.
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03/13/2009 07:04:22 AM
Hard to tell what's going on, but still very intruiging. I like that there's so much negative space.
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03/13/2009 03:27:56 AM
its too blurry and wird for me - i dont get it - maybe its just me - sorry
03/13/2009 03:21:22 AM
Great soft glow. I like that we can really only see her face.
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03/13/2009 02:03:29 AM
Not sure about "her moment" but it's a great image I like very much. Sort of Mona Lisa smile adds intrigue. She has a powerful self confidence and sense of mirth. More I look, better I like!
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03/13/2009 01:58:32 AM
WOW, this has to be one of the best shot's I've come across in this challenge. Love the post work and the softness just pulls you into this dreamy shot. 10 and into my faves!
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03/12/2009 09:04:41 PM
Looks like a painting. Nice abstract type portrait.
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03/12/2009 08:30:36 PM
very impressionistic style. i like the figure's attitude. 6
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03/12/2009 08:21:26 PM
I like the overall look and feel but I fear the soft focus could hurt it.
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03/12/2009 08:16:05 PM
Very surreal
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03/12/2009 08:02:53 PM
Interesting composition and processing. The yellow light cast could be toned down a tad. And the posterizing in the blurred parts is a bit distracting.
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03/12/2009 07:47:06 PM
Reminds me of an old masters type of painting.
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03/12/2009 04:07:34 PM
This is very artistic. I would make it a print if I were you.
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03/12/2009 03:42:40 PM
This is lovely. From the blur to the beautiful colors, it's very instriguing.
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03/12/2009 03:41:02 PM
Really unique
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03/12/2009 02:29:24 PM
There is something creepy yet romantic to me about this shot. I think it's the warmth of the hues combined with the darkness.
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03/12/2009 02:16:23 PM
Nice mood piece.
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03/12/2009 12:56:10 PM
Back to comment and bump: Softly focused, dark, and oh so appealing.
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03/12/2009 12:26:12 PM
Extraordinary, my favorite portrait yet!!
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03/12/2009 11:19:11 AM
Wow! This is lovely. I love the soft artistic effect. It is very unique and stands out.
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03/12/2009 10:11:28 AM
I think you were trying to make the picture blurry for artistic reasons, but I know that dp users will have to score it down because of the blurryness. You would make the picture better if her face was at least sharp. And then I would also bring the crop down. I feel that her head is too high in the picture.
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03/11/2009 06:48:07 PM
I hope this doesn't get killed in scoring, I really do. It's beautiful and timeless, and you were right to enter this true Hidden Gem. :)
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03/11/2009 04:42:32 PM
The softness here is just lovely.
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03/11/2009 02:24:05 PM
nice light, but a too soft to be a nice portrait
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03/11/2009 11:58:42 AM
This is gorgeous, a photograph melts into a patinaed painting before my very eyes. The expression on her face is perfect...strong and sure.
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03/11/2009 11:29:02 AM
So gorgeous! I love the muted colors with that shot of color by her face. Looks like a painting! She looks like she's got a really good secret.
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03/11/2009 10:05:19 AM
Disconnected and ghostly... kind of abstract and I like it.
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03/11/2009 10:01:15 AM
Interesting portrait, I woul'd prefer a tighter crop.
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03/11/2009 05:00:08 AM
she looks so painted.
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03/11/2009 03:57:11 AM
oof a little
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03/11/2009 02:44:29 AM
cant tell what her story is?
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03/11/2009 02:35:35 AM
Moving image, love the title that goes along with it. The crop and colours are FABULOUS!
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