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Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon D700 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:50mm
Title:SPEAK
Username:BreadandShutter BreadandShutter
Uploaded:28 Jan 2011 - 5:46 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General, Portraits / people
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 5:57 AM

Stunning! Love the colour tones. Very artistically created........Sandy

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 6:26 AM

Lovely natural looking portrait, and those eyes look amazing.
have a great weekend
Yung

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MartinAgius
28 Jan 2011 - 6:40 AM

Beautifully Done and Composed

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 699 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 6:51 AM

Reminiscent of another image I've seen somewhere....now where was it?

Anyway it is stunning, beautifully lit and those eyes....

Andy

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jonathanbp
jonathanbp e2 Member 694 forum postsjonathanbp vcard Indonesia
28 Jan 2011 - 6:58 AM

Stunning, first class photography.....it had better get some decent awards here! - Jonathan

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rontear
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28 Jan 2011 - 7:03 AM

Macurry homage, the eye's have it !! Ron.

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BreadandShutter

well done ron
this is my attempt at his "afghan girl" turned into a beautiful woman

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johnnyboy114
28 Jan 2011 - 7:34 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a superb rendition of that classic McCurry image........I guess it works on all levels as the original had a certain rustic beauty about it as well, which is what made the original such an arresting and iconic image. If those eyes on the original were on someone, for want of a better description, "less attractive", then I don't think the image would have worked. This on the other hand is MADE to look beautiful, each image standing alone in what they offer......this is beautiful Barry, really very, very well shot indeed....love it!

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 7:44 AM

Great eyes ,and fine details and tones.
Good work Barry.
Regards Richard.

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ollimar71
ollimar71 e2 Member 4ollimar71 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 7:56 AM

Well recreated.

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DeSilver
DeSilver e2 Member 6DeSilver vcard England11 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:24 AM

I hope that you or the model don't mind me saying this but the image has to me, a peasant/ agriculturalist type. Its just that it reminds me of the beauty that lives in the small village. I know its called Afghan woman to me its English Peasant Girl. Smile

No matter what one reads into it you have to admit that its a lovely bit of processing matched only by a beautiful girl.
Please pass on my complements to the young lady. Thank you.


David.

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:25 AM

The Steve McCurry "original" had a power and a haunting quality that this can't possibly have, but I see the allusion and it's cleverly done. A beautiful image in it's own right, gorgeous green eyes, wonderful colour combinations and a winner all the way. I doff my cap to your skills.

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andmolliethedog

I doff my cap to your skills.

ditto

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:44 AM

Quality work!

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fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 8:44 AM

The quality of your work, particularly this series, constantly amazes me.
Fraser

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jken
jken  81672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 9:06 AM

Absolutely superb Bread.....pure quality.

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Cat&Mouse
Cat&Mouse  10101 forum posts Russian Federation
28 Jan 2011 - 9:52 AM

Nice work!

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 10:21 AM

Quality! Thought that the last one was my fave' but have changed my mind now! Mesmerising eyes and gorgeous rich colours! Excellent work B'as always Smile

Sarah *

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AndreG
AndreG e2 Member 8AndreG vcard England
28 Jan 2011 - 11:56 AM

I love this shot & your work, it's fantastic, but how do you get that effect? Is it done in Photoshop or is it the lighting you use??
Once again lovely shot.

Andre.

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Tonyd3
Tonyd3  101009 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 12:04 PM

Just a slight turn to her left is all that is needed Barry for ultimate sucess

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 12:39 PM

Quality Barry, simple as

LesF

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 12:42 PM

Your own interpretation of that iconic shot and I think you've done it beautifully Barry. Wonderful clarity in the eyes. Superb work.
Barbara

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 1:19 PM

The red and the green really stand well together, superb work.

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Tonyd3
Tonyd3  101009 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 2:30 PM

Hi Barrie

i have had to come back to this, something made me think that this would be even stronger with a crop above the eyes into a letterbox image.
this would relly make this a first class and stonger visual content on a different line to McCurry's image.
Regards
Tony

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 3:28 PM

outstanding work love the colour combination the detail and that gaze.... wonderful

Linda

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TonyDy
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28 Jan 2011 - 5:19 PM

This is a superb homage to Steve McCurry, well presented.
Tony

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2011 - 6:29 PM

Superb image again top marks.

Tim

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Eviscera
Eviscera  81097 forum posts United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2011 - 6:44 PM

Mesmerising gaze and what a beautiful combo of reds and greens and tones !

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focused-photography

Outstanding work.

Carsten

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BreadandShutter

THANKS CARSTEN VERY MUCH FOR YOUR AWARD

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Dave_Holdham
29 Jan 2011 - 11:38 PM

Superb work Smile

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2011 - 1:33 AM

congrats on your UA and ECm very well deserved.
regards
Yung

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paulcr
paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2011 - 2:55 AM

Simply superb! Paul

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BreadandShutter

THANKS ALOT PETE FOR THE EC
AND EVERYONES LOVELY WORDS

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2011 - 7:31 AM

Barry it just had to be, congrats on the EC won't be surprised if it's not POTW

LesF

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Alan_Coles
30 Jan 2011 - 9:23 AM

Superb image....has a quality to it that oozes out of the screen at you.

Congrats on the EC

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2011 - 9:28 AM

For me, the best one of this series.

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ade_mcfade
ade_mcfade  1014728 forum posts England216 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2011 - 12:30 PM

yer getting good at these Wink

really like what you've done with her eyes - really grabs you

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BreadandShutter

THANKS COLE
YEP MY FAV TOO
AND LAST ONE OF THE SERIES TOO !

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 7:37 AM

outstanding and deserved all the awards.
regards
Yung

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BreadandShutter

WOW WHAT A START TO THE WEEK
THANKS ALL AND TOTALLY CHUFFED

THANK YOU PETE FOR THE POTW

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sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82276 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom123 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 8:21 AM

All the honors are well deserved Barry - a stunning image from a simply stunning serise. I'm glad one has been given this accolade, for me any one in the serise deserved it.

Rgds,

Adam

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BreadandShutter

THANKS ADAM AND THANKS FOR YOUR AWARD

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 8:57 AM

Photo of the week! Very well deserved,many congratulations!! Smile
Barbara

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LesF
LesF  7175 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 9:57 AM

Congrats Barry on POTW, great accolade for a great series

LesF

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dathersmith
31 Jan 2011 - 11:36 AM

Just had to be POTW, congratulations.

Darren.

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bfgstew
bfgstew  7668 forum posts England105 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2011 - 11:39 AM

Out of all the EC's this had POTW written all over it, well deserved Barry.

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KatrienaEmmanuel

well done portrait, reminds me of an old National Geographic's cover, I think the girl was also afghan and she had most beautiful eyes too like this model

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zed
zed  10551 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Jan 2011 - 4:24 PM

Quality!

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Consulo
Consulo  10763 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2011 - 2:44 PM

Incredible on almost every level.

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janeez
janeez e2 Member 51174 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2011 - 6:20 PM

The original was a stunning image and this is an excellent recreation. Everyone has commented on her eyes, which of course are beautiful, but you have captured her hands fantastically well. Hands can sometimes look oversized, not at all attractive and overposed. These hands look very much part of the story and are as beautiful as her eyes. Smile

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Cristian
Cristian  9950 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2011 - 6:22 PM

Well worthy of the PotW award.

Cristian Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2011 - 8:23 AM

I could happily give all of your images my award B' - this one really stood out for me though!
Congrat's for your EC & POTW awards too!

Sarah Smile

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collywobles
2 Feb 2011 - 9:17 AM

So much has been said about this image that there is little more left to be said, its a real stunner and is as good as my most favorite image of all time by Steve McCurry. Stunning. Most deserved POTW & EC. Colin

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BreadandShutter

THANK YOU SARAH AND MICHAEL FOR YOUR AWARDS Smile

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Kanovalov
Kanovalov  929 forum posts United States
3 Feb 2011 - 2:39 AM

Wow, Stunning!

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2011 - 8:29 PM

Just beautiful.
Mavis

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tuhin
tuhin  8
4 Feb 2011 - 3:36 PM

Great shot.
Tuhin

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astyag
astyag  712 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2011 - 9:57 PM

Sharbat Gola!
Astyag

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franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2011 - 11:19 PM

Those eyes are full of intrigue.
This is superb work, really striking

Fran

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sallybea
sallybea  441 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Feb 2011 - 8:24 PM

The eyes have it! Great portrait,
Sally

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aminnadi
aminnadi  4 Iran, Islamic Republic of
15 Mar 2011 - 5:41 AM

fantastic image
best regards

really impressing

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wattoj
wattoj  41 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 12:07 PM

A great shot, no doubt. Was this done in a studio?

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Helen_Speck
16 Mar 2011 - 8:19 PM

Fantastic Portrait

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Photo_Joker
24 Jun 2011 - 2:52 PM

Nice work!Smile

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faraidoon
faraidoon  6 Afghanistan
7 Jul 2011 - 8:21 AM

Great Job

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RickFreid
RickFreid  3 United States
31 Jul 2011 - 1:35 PM

Fantastic shot!

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
5 Aug 2011 - 2:45 PM

Fabulous work.

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MartinAgius
20 Sep 2011 - 6:04 AM

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2012 - 8:53 PM

Congratulations! This is an outstanding and beautiful natural portrait. I love absolutely everything about it. Wonderful!

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redwine13
redwine13  1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 - 8:34 PM

A gorgeous portrait! What fantastic eyes she has.

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Bernard Caulfield

I don't know which one was the original or whether it was taken by a Mr Steve McCurry - but is it a cover shot from a Nat Geo magazine you're talking about? If I remember correctly the really big thing about that picture (aside from it being a breathtakingly superb shot) is she was young Afghan women with "green eyes" making her some kind of genetic throwback. Course I'm probably wrong.

B. Caulfield.

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