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Matryoshka - Little Russian Nesting Doll(s)
3rd PlaceMatryoshka - Little Russian Nesting Doll(s)
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Spirit Of A Country (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Location: Indoors
Date: Nov 14, 2009
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2009

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When I saw the challenge I first thought: bagpipes and a Scottish gent in a kilt playing it on a hillside. Then reality set in. I don't know anyone who has a bagpipe nor of any gent who would dress up in traditional Scottish dress...and I am nowhere near the scenic Scottish highlands:-)

I phrase I have said a lot lately is 'use what you have'. I then remembered my youngest has traditional Russian Nesting Dolls. For those interested in learning more about this cultural Russian Dolls: Matryoshka Nesting Dolls My thanks to my youngest doll for posing with her Matryoshka dolls:-) Hope this is well received.

UPDATE 11/25/09

Thank you everyone for the great compliments and the votes. Tis much appreciated - and a ribbon to boot:-) My daughter is pleased to have helped me get another ribbon:-) She even wanted to stay up til rollover to see the score - ack the update button bug is spreading LOL!:-) And no, she did not stay up.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 63
Avg (all users): 6.8233
Avg (commenters): 8.1875
Avg (participants): 6.4706
Avg (non-participants): 6.8791
Views since voting: 4632
Views during voting: 424
Votes: 249
Comments: 29
Favorites: 5 (view)


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12/01/2009 10:15:30 PM
Congrats on your ribbon winning image, and on such a sweet faced youngster as the model. For what it's worth, I think you should have let her stay up just this once for the rollover.
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11/28/2009 01:52:16 PM
Absolutely sweet!
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11/28/2009 09:33:40 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!

I came across the first use of the Matryoshka dolls in a David Ogilvy piece where it was stated that the dolls were used by Ogilvy to convey a powerful message to his managers contained in a slip of paper inside the last doll - if you hire someone less capable than you, this is what you will end up with.

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11/27/2009 11:31:53 PM
VERY clever! Well done! Congrats
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11/25/2009 10:19:45 AM
Great job, Congrats on the yellow!
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11/25/2009 10:18:08 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! Very nice image.
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11/25/2009 09:33:25 AM
huge congrats on the ribbon and this beautiful image!
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11/25/2009 03:49:41 AM
Superb...
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11/25/2009 02:52:06 AM
Updated my comment, didn't expect it to look like code, as I always only saw the cyrillic. Good to see this get a ribbon.

Message edited by author 2009-11-25 02:52:25.
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11/25/2009 01:44:40 AM
Nice idea; the little girl even looks Russian in my opinion. Congrats on the ribbon
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11/25/2009 01:00:49 AM
Very pretty. Lovely portrait. Many congrats on your ribbon.
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11/25/2009 12:44:28 AM
Lovely portrait - nice use of the light! Congrats on your ribbon! And I don't think Sander's comment in Russian translated very well... :-) I do like how you can see the differences in the dolls - that's one of the fun things to find with these.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/24/2009 11:13:34 AM
This is my favorite of the group! A wonderful capture beautifully presented that perfectly fits the spirit of the challenge. Well done~
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11/24/2009 02:01:21 AM
Nice! This is a great idea, and well executed picture
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11/23/2009 05:07:06 PM
This is beautifully lit, love the duotone and emotions shown in the shot. I just don't like the background, I have a feeling its a bed-sheet to give a faux wallpaper look, but the wrinkels are giving it away. Still one of the better shots in the challenge! 8
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11/21/2009 04:14:12 PM
nice capture...like the B&W
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11/20/2009 11:16:38 PM
excellent photo, love B&W's and this is no exception. The little girl is so classically Russian in appearance it adds a nostalgic feel to the photo. good lighting. I would have gone even higher with a little shallower DOF. Nice 7
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11/20/2009 09:49:00 PM
This is a very sweet and charming photograph and the lighting is exceptional...nicely done!
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11/20/2009 02:13:59 PM
Nice capture!
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11/19/2009 09:34:45 PM
Very nice, love the tones. Really nice.
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11/19/2009 09:32:43 PM
Well done.
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11/19/2009 01:01:28 PM
toooo gooooood
11/18/2009 08:39:18 PM
gorgeous
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11/18/2009 05:00:05 PM
Моладетц, супер раъота. Я лйюблю матрёшек. )))

The gibberish above was this on my entry fields on all my computers:

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/3032/800/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_835512.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/0-4999/3032/800/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_835512.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

And it translates to: Good work, I love matryoshek.


Message edited by author 2009-11-25 02:51:29.
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11/18/2009 04:48:34 PM
They just keep getting smaller!
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11/18/2009 03:56:37 PM
great idea- beautfiul shot, great expression. top 5
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11/18/2009 01:57:36 AM
A fantastic shot and it captures many aspects that we associate with Russia: the dolls, youth, and a certain sadness that we glimpse in her eyes. Well done.
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11/18/2009 01:01:06 AM
I think this is a beautiful photograph! This is one of my favorites of the challenge, well done!
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11/18/2009 12:35:28 AM
love the tones, comp is really good also, 7.
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