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By Dave87
Been through a few world wars this shot of Karen. Started life as a slide that got left on my desk and made it through three weeks of hovering in this house. Held it up to the light this afternoon and looked a bit dusty so like a complete **** - I blew on it and made it even worse. Then I rubbed it on my tee-shirt and must say - what a mess. Then I washed it in the sink and dried it with the dearest wifeís hairdryer for a quick result - some girls never clean the air filter on their hairdryers!! Have no fear because fairy liquid and a bowl of warm water was near. After being allowed to dry naturally - scanned it - then uploaded it. Three clicks to the first person to say - why did you bother Dave!!

Thanks a bundle for looking and wish you a great day tomorrow.

PS. Used an imitation animal skin because - I love animals.

Tags: Portrait Traditional darkroom Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: Cormy, woolybill1, PatriciaWilson and 50 more

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Cormy 15 3 England
3 Nov 2007 5:48PM
Wonderful portrait
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2007 5:56PM
Really good portrait, Dave, I like the bit of mystery imparted by the half-concealed eye. I'm very glad you did bother with the recovery process.
Imitation fur it may be, but Karen is real, though, unless my eyes deceive me.
Wonderful image
User_Removed 15 485 13 England
3 Nov 2007 11:49PM
LOL Dave, the lengths you go to, a great portrait even more so knowing the trials you have been through to upload it

imagio 16 12 1 England
4 Nov 2007 7:56AM
Worth the wait and the enormous trouble getting it on here,Lol love it..nice one Dave..

matt5791 18 747 1 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2007 8:48AM
Great story, but definitely worth it as it represents a beautiful and, critically, natural portrait with great colour and skin tones.
proz 18 205 United States
4 Nov 2007 2:54PM
love it Dave myour model is a beuty and frames so well by the pseudo-fur I am gald you went through all the trouble.
4 Nov 2007 5:39PM
She washes up well Dave. Lovely face, nice teeth, and looking very seasonal. A smashing pic' of a lovely looking young Lady. Was it worth it?------------------------------------ Yeah!!!

All the best to you Dave, and by the way, Julies hair dryer almost blew up on Friday, plenty of black smoke and smell. ( Another none cleaned filter I suspect.)

John Smile
Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
4 Nov 2007 11:53PM
Excellent portrait Dave, she looks very comfy in the imitation fur, well worth saving,
5 Nov 2007 12:31AM
Very "warm" portrait. lol. i might be the only one who gets the joke in that.
bayleaf 15 8 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2007 10:32AM
Stunning and incredibly beautiful considering what it's been subjected too. I can definitely see the effect of the blow-dryier Wink.

Best wishes Dave and great to see one of your pics up Smile

GeorgeRusky 16 1 4
5 Nov 2007 1:38PM
Hi Dave
Amazingly beautiful girl and well taken shot.
Hope to upload something distantly lovely to read your comments Smile
Diana 16 2.0k 19 Netherlands
5 Nov 2007 9:59PM
scrubs up nice Smile

she has great face for a portrait, something about her lips makes it work so well
MickyMc 15 8 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2007 8:58AM
I missed this lovely portrait the other day, and as a new member had not seen your portfolio. Will definately look from now on.
danbrann 18 640 17
8 Nov 2007 3:24PM
Good clean portrait of a pretty well handled young lady.
Dave87 15 42 5 England
9 Nov 2007 9:03PM
Thanks to you all - lovely people - for taking the time to click and/or commenting on young Karen. Donít know about you but - I think taking pictures is more fun than - digging the garden.

Thanks again.

chrissd 17 304 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2007 6:17AM
thats a cracker, well worth the effort
Dave87 15 42 5 England
11 Nov 2007 8:42AM
Thanks Chris.

13 Nov 2007 10:33AM
Beautiful shot. Biggy
Dave87 15 42 5 England
13 Nov 2007 6:32PM
Thanks Biggy.

User_Removed 18 239 7 England
17 Nov 2007 9:24AM
gets a comment for the story. are you crazy or something? i reckon the answer is yes. nonetheless after the special treatment (beats photoshop; bet they will never clone your actions!) not bad.

Dave87 15 42 5 England
17 Nov 2007 10:15AM
Thanks Gerry made me smile.

MorneR 15 South Africa
17 Nov 2007 8:44PM
Love it...nice crop...after all the loving treatment it came out great. Thanks Dave for all you comments and votes on my portfolio, really appreciate it. When you are not doing gardening next weekend...send us more photos!!! Mornť
nasia 15 Greece
17 Nov 2007 9:15PM
beautiful portrait!
Nettles 15 England
18 Nov 2007 7:36AM
Pleased to make this #30. A great shot and well worth the effort of cleaning - how many times !
Nice one. Annette
User_Removed 15 485 13 England
20 Nov 2007 11:27AM
Dave, nice to see this as the featured photo on the site, well deserved mate

AlanBW 16 20 England
21 Nov 2007 10:49AM
Impressive portrait, her eyes are stunning
wyatturp 17 2 England
26 Nov 2007 7:57AM
Nice work well done that man

akw 15 341 3 England
26 Nov 2007 10:36AM
Superb image, gorgeous model
leons29 15 South Africa
9 Dec 2007 8:55PM
Click for the story, click for the photo and one big one for the effort
stevieasp 15 7 England
15 Dec 2007 7:05PM
Does,nt imitation fur fluff up well with fairy liquid!!!
great pic,
23 Jul 2008 8:46AM
This picture reminds me very much of a picture that David Bailey took of Mick Jagger.

Excellent picture, well worth the effort.
Dave87 15 42 5 England
23 Jul 2008 10:09PM
Spot on Jon - thatís where the idea came from. Better looking than Mick Jagger donít you think?

Best regards to you and the other smashing people above.

hebdens 17 5
27 Oct 2008 8:28AM
a real beauty, love the expression and eye contact.
Your story made me laugh, glad you made the image 'clean' sounds like a story my husband would tell. Only his involved two very expensive lenses rolling of the pier into the water! Not a happy chap that day.
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
4 Mar 2009 10:28PM
Such a beautiful face and the detail in the fur is outstanding, don't know how I missed this one Dave, think I will put my shots on slides and wash them in fairy liquid if this is the result Wink
tommyegan 15 5 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2011 5:46PM
Nice snug portriat Dave
well worth saving
Maybe your cleaning treatment gave it an old world feel
well done mate
it's a cracker
8 Jan 2014 8:07AM
It's a stunning portrait and a great story.
Dave87 15 42 5 England
2 Feb 2014 11:39PM
Thanks Rick. Taken some years ago but the lady here is still worth viewing.

Thanks for your comment.


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