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Hidden Cash Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Changed the color of the cloth and eyes, lighting effects, filters, layers, saturation, sharpening and blur in PS.

1/10s f/5.6 +0.67 ISO 100
© Melissa Olsen
Nikon D200 Digital...

Amanda Chapman
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    So mysterious and beautiful!!

Alot of your images embrace these qualities!!!

8/20/2007 8:46:29 AM

Emily E. Bem
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This is just so... WOW! The drama and MOOD are fabulous! I hope to see it again!

8/20/2007 8:52:44 AM

Melissa Olsen
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Thanks so much guys!!!1

I am feeling limited at the moment...those are much appreciated comments!!!!!

8/20/2007 8:56:04 AM

cheryl m. phillips
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How have I missed your work?
I ran across your gallery today and WOW!
Can't believe that I have not seen you before on BP!

8/20/2007 10:10:46 AM

Melissa Olsen
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Thank you so much Cheryl!!!!

I just recently began dedicating more tiime to my photography...comments like yours keep me going!!!!

8/20/2007 10:23:55 AM

Jennifer L. Alder
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wow!! I JUST Did something like this a few days ago-- LOVE IT!!
Seriously, a yellow wrap with my green eyes, LOL-- what a coincidence!

8/21/2007 7:55:20 AM

Melissa Olsen
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Jennifer...that's funny :) I'd love to see yours!

These are my sons amazing eyes and lashes (I wish they were mine)! ;)

8/21/2007 9:52:36 AM

Lynne Morris
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Wow Melissa this is a fantastic image, love what you have done with this, excellent work!

8/23/2007 2:45:49 PM

Luigi Di Serio
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AMAZING! Great colour

9/5/2007 6:46:44 AM

Derek D. Dafoe
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Beautifully done Melissa!! I just happened to stumble onto your gallery, nice work!!

9/5/2007 10:09:51 AM

Jennifer L. Alder
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Wooo Hoooo----
I always loved this idea, lol!!!
GREAT finalist image, Melissa- CONGRATS

9/21/2007 10:56:35 AM

Joan Powell
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Congrats on this outstanding portrait !

9/21/2007 7:15:25 PM

Emily E. Bem
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WOW! Congrats! I love this!

9/21/2007 7:46:36 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your finalist win!! Creative and beautiful Melissa!

9/22/2007 9:47:48 PM

Colleen Farrell
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Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Melissa! WTG!

9/23/2007 9:39:00 AM

Joan Kocak
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Melissa this is spectacular! a huge CONGRATS to you~

9/23/2007 3:56:39 PM

Sherry Sturgis
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Congratulations on this magnificant portrait finalist, Melissa!!!

9/23/2007 6:42:58 PM

Melissa Olsen
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Thanks BP friends...I was excited about my two finalists for first time ;)

9/24/2007 8:07:21 PM

Rakesh Syal
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Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa!! Great capture and composition!

12/19/2007 12:46:37 PM

Hector Contreras
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Mysterious and gorgeous,LOVE it

1/11/2008 9:11:49 PM

Jennifer L. Alder
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Congrats on your HM, Mel-- how cool!! :)

2/20/2008 1:07:15 PM

Michelle L. Frick
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Congratulations on the honorable mention Melissa! Beautifully done!!

2/20/2008 6:52:30 PM

Cyn D Valentine
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Congratulations MElissa!

2/21/2008 4:58:04 AM

Angie Sidles
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BIG congrats Melssa!!!

2/21/2008 5:32:16 PM

Stefania Barbier
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congratulations Melissa!!!!!!

2/22/2008 12:25:33 AM

Jessie L. Cole
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Simply amazing....! :)

2/24/2008 1:32:13 AM

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Congratulations on this fantastic portrait!

jo ann c.

2/26/2008 7:03:05 PM

Shari Kelly
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WOW---I thought this was you until I read the comments...
Amazing Eyes he has...just like yours...
Beautiful and Congrats!!!! Sharon

2/28/2008 5:12:32 PM

Husain Akhtar
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Attractive, glamorous and nicely done photo! Portrait?
As far as your efforts are concerned, they are excellent!
But I'm slightly surprised at the judges' evaluation.
A competition is a competition and photos, paid/ unpaid, have to be seen in that context and in a comparative situation! From this point of view one is looking for better texture of the skin, expressions (in this case the language of the eyes) and dynamic rather than flat outlook! The photo gives little idea about the character of the model.
In the last few years this type of half hidden close ups, with an oriental touch, have been tried in hundreds!
I think that we try to be too nice to each other in our comments and this gives wrong messages to petty judges.

2/29/2008 12:38:32 PM

Melissa Olsen
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Thanks BP friends!

Husain - I agree the judges' should be selective in their evaluations... however, we all need to remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that judges are not robots, but people who are ruled by their emotions just as we are. ;)

2/29/2008 3:37:54 PM

Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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Congratulations on your mention. I find this image so mysterious and attractive. A beautiful portrait.

3/1/2008 8:13:17 AM

Laurence Saliba
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Wowwwwww congratulations Melissa!!!!

3/5/2008 9:29:16 PM

Max Aureli
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Well composed, great expression! Congratulations Melissa!!!

10/4/2008 9:35:17 PM

Leslie Carson Wolfe
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Wonderful mystery, color, and light in the eyes ~ very, very nice, Melissa.

4/30/2009 8:20:24 AM

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