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sam: napping

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Challenge: In The Style Of: bspurgeon (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Jul 9, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2011

I don't REALLY think this is terribly Ben-like, but it was taken in the spirit of Ben, and processed in his preferred tones. This is my cousin's gorgeous daughter, Sam, who succumbed to a nap while they were visiting yesterday. I had one of those moments when you realize you really ARE a photographer: I was chatting with her parents and saw her lying there, with that gorgeous light and had to jump up and take a picture.

convert from RAW
dodge and burn
Layer of blur, erased at lips, nose, and eyes
save for web

Oh wow! This had an unprecedented surge in the final lap. Lurking in the mid-5s all week, it eked out a 6 at the last minute. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments and votes. And thank you Ben for being such a galvanizing force on DPC. An honor and a pleasure to emulate you.

Place: 49 out of 156
Avg (all users): 6.0179
Avg (commenters): 6.8889
Avg (participants): 6.0125
Avg (non-participants): 6.0313
Views since voting: 478
Views during voting: 221
Votes: 112
Comments: 16
Favorites: 2 (view)

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09/08/2011 09:39:30 AM
Exquisitely subtle & peaceful....lovely!
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07/22/2011 11:45:39 AM
Johanna, this image is one that initially did not capture me, but the more I stared at it...the more enchanted I became with the quiescent lighting and immortal pose especially in her sleeping almost marbled face. I loved the way you processed this image as well. Nicely polished. 8
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07/22/2011 08:23:16 AM
This is so quietly beautiful and absorbing. Great job Johanna!
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07/22/2011 03:23:21 AM
Very impressive stuff, I agree with what somebody said about this being somehow disproportionate but it's disproportionate in a wonderfully magic way.
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07/22/2011 02:35:29 AM
HOLY COW....this is STUNNING> I love the mood, the tones, the light, and the calmness. Just perfect in my opinion!!!
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07/22/2011 01:39:56 AM
Only the clothes kept me from thinking of Paul. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/21/2011 08:46:25 PM
So pure and beautiful.
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07/21/2011 07:09:45 PM
Wonderful mood and tones! Great shot! By my count, this should ribbon.
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07/19/2011 04:23:04 PM
Beautiful portrait, rich tones.
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07/18/2011 04:49:46 AM
Reminds me distinctly of the paintings of Balthus.
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07/17/2011 11:06:55 PM
Something compellingly disproportionate about the scene, I like it.
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07/17/2011 01:28:28 AM
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07/16/2011 09:19:03 AM
Great shot of a beautiful girl.
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07/16/2011 07:24:07 AM
Wonderful pic, and really meets the challenge.
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07/15/2011 10:39:51 PM
I see we met halfway! Again, I love the feeling that we're slipping into dreams with her. And I imagine Ben does have a leather sofa.
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07/15/2011 01:20:26 PM
pretty. nice light. intriguing effect.
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