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Tandberg Plus
14 1.2k 2 England
2 Aug 2006 6:22PM
Another classic lit Portrait K

The light is great as in your other work!!

All the best

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Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
2 Aug 2006 6:22PM
Wow, stunning! Don't suppose you can just lift the top from the background so you get a bit more outline can you?
proberts Plus
13 218 4 Wales
2 Aug 2006 6:22PM
Another stunning shot K,very well taken.
Edit,congrats on the EC.
.Atire suits her look and great lighting.Spot on.
2 Aug 2006 6:29PM
Another super shot,excellent work.
CathyT Plus
11 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 6:32PM
Stunning K, congrats on your EC.
2 Aug 2006 6:35PM
Excellent Portrait with very good use of light.I like her dress and eye contact.
Congrats on the EC.

xanda Plus
13 244 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 6:44PM
Wow. I thought this was a good shot but looking at the large version...awesome. Not at all surprised to see a shot like this rewarded. Congrats on the EC!

2 Aug 2006 6:46PM
Blimey! Thanks Pete and everyone Smile

The blouse wasn't so close to the background on the original, something always happens in upload - either light or darker, didn't check this before I went for a shower just hit upload and ... well I'm babbling, really chuffed - this was a great shoot and I hope I've got some images for Elle's portfolio.

C_Daniels Plus
13 399 10 England
2 Aug 2006 6:57PM
Very nice K.

Stunning model - great pose and expression...
My only niggle is the fact that her top blends too much into the background but apart from that the rest of the clothing and shot is very exciting :O)
JouŠo Plus
13 56 Finland
2 Aug 2006 7:21PM


chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
2 Aug 2006 7:23PM
Lovely photography K,exceptional lighting,brilliant expression.Very good work,well done.
Congratulations on the EC for this truly exquisite portrait.
Absolute perfection!
11 21 6 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2006 8:38PM
I just popped out for a while and you have put another picture up got 25 clicks and an award, congratulations.

Boyd Plus
14 11.2k 11 Wales
2 Aug 2006 9:14PM
Hmm..not too sure about this. As Pete has already mentioned this would've benefited from the background being lit - honeycomb, snoot, acute angled direct light, etc.?
TBH I'm a little confused as I thought an EC was Pete's idea of a shot executed very well but, as he has already mentioned, this could have been done so much better had it been a little more considered regarding the lighting.
2 Aug 2006 9:44PM
Thanks for all the comments folks. As I've already mentioned the blouse was defined from the background in the original and on the one I edited, its only on upload that the definition was removed, why I don't know but on reflection I should have looked at it on upload. I'm sure you know that there are many reasons for Pete giving ECs, sorry you don't think this is worthy.
paulcr Plus
13 1.5k 9 Ireland
2 Aug 2006 9:50PM
Hi K, superb lighting (as usual) welldeserving of the EC. Love the relaxed pose too. Glad to see Pete making a comment with the award. Paul
Boyd Plus
14 11.2k 11 Wales
2 Aug 2006 10:09PM
The point is that Pete thinks it is worthy of an EC.
From his own explanation on how an EC is chosen:

Quote: * Technical excellence
Includes photographs that are razor sharp, perfectly exposed, superbly composed, fantastically edited.
* Innovative
Includes photographs that are original, not run of the mill, different than the norm. Ones that make me think 'wow never seen that before!'
* Treatment of the subject matter
The way a particular subject is approached, shallow depth-of-field for a wild flower may do better than a front to back sharp meadow. A side profile of a fox may do better than a head on shot, a racing car panned is likely to work better than one that looks as though it's stood still etc.
* Creativity
Includes photographs that break rules, stand out for odd colours, interesting compositions, selective focus etc.
* Personal appeal to me for one reason or another.
Yes I do have a liking of certain styles. I think paintings by Salvador Dali and surrealists like him are fascinating. I find Bob Carlos Clarke's pictures highly erotic, I love the infrared work of Simon Marsden, I enjoy the still lifes of Irvin Penn, I admire the landscapes of Ansel Adams. As a youth I was often engrossed in books of birds of prey by Eric Hoskins. I could go on, and on, and on.
* Presentation
A badly framed or titled photo may lose mental points and a perfectly presented photo may gain points, but essentially it's the centre that counts.

So, IMO, it's down to personal appeal which justifies it as Pete's choice.
However, just because an image is awarded the much coveted EC award I don't think it should be exempt from critique or advice on which one could improve the image.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3809 Canada
2 Aug 2006 10:31PM
Very nice shot.

Skier Plus
14 203 China
2 Aug 2006 10:38PM
You're spoiling us again!! Another wonderful shot and a great compliment to the close crop from yesterday (?)

For what it's worth, I like the way the top blends into the background - it's what really attracted me in the thumbnail beyong recognising the model.

It focuses you on the model's eyes so it is like a face portrait but you are also able to see the rest of the body so it becomes 'full length' - you get the whole in one go. Sorry, I know what I mean!! Late and tired!

great shot
stevemelvin Plus
12 675 2 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2006 12:33AM
Excellent shot. I LIKE the top blending in with the background - it adds an extra dimension that keeps you looking at the picture. Well done on the EC.

3 Aug 2006 3:44AM
great portrait..
3 Aug 2006 6:37AM
Thanks very much everyone, was up until midnight and still not finished, glad you like this. K.
3 Aug 2006 6:41AM
Wonderful capture, really like the mood, very well done on your much desereved EC!! Lyns x
Keelo Plus
14 18 Australia
3 Aug 2006 7:03AM
Excellent portrait, beautiful skin tones K, congrats.
Nic_WA Plus
13 179 2 Australia
3 Aug 2006 9:11AM
I bet Elle's delighted with this...congratulations K Smile
funkeldink Plus
14 1.6k 1 Australia
3 Aug 2006 11:25AM
great work ... hope your as good
julesm Plus
13 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2006 4:58PM
Boyd, dont worry so much about it.
Some images dont need to be 100% to get an EC and others do, its the way it is.

My Lily picture wasnt worthy as the babies expression wasnt quite right, which obviously spoils all the innovation and originality. I think the more EC's you have under your belt the easier it is to get more.

julesm Plus
13 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2006 11:08PM
strange, im sure I had a comment on here thats gone missing!!
8 Aug 2006 8:49AM
Thanks for the kind comments, glad you like it, Fred nice to see you back if only briefly and glad things are going well for you. K.
julesm Plus
13 1.7k 7 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2006 9:20AM
Perhaps I was seeing things, (or not Smile, as it seems to be back again. Very strange!

nice regards!!
18 Aug 2006 7:47PM
Stunning, absolutely gorgeous shot. (and model!)
Carabosse Plus
14 41.0k 269 England
5 Jul 2008 2:22AM
Good stuff but I'm inclined agree with Pete that the top needs to be separated rather more from the background.

However if you were actually aiming at the opposite effect of blending the top into the background you could have got the model to put her arms behind her torso. The arms look just a little awkwardly placed here and "break up" the tartan skirt so to speak.

Anyway, I have uploaded a mod which I hope you will find helpful. Smile

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