Miss Understood

© Kelly Munce

Miss Understood

Daniel C. Tuck 1/12/2006 1:12:22 AM

Wow, Kelly - this is an amazing image. Dark but also colourful, and very emotive - hiding from a coming storm, perhaps? Reminds me of the Wizard of Oz for some reason :) Great job! #373382

Michelle J. Harvey 1/12/2006 5:53:58 AM

Wow Kelly this is an amazing Image!! Love the effects. #2280018

Flavio Carnevale 1/12/2006 8:33:05 AM

this image is simply great! a winner in my eyes! #2280598

Flavio Carnevale 1/12/2006 8:34:37 AM

this image is simply great! a winner in my eyes! #2280603

Marianne Andersson 1/12/2006 1:33:02 PM

What can I say? Absolutely stunning! #2281579

Marianne Andersson 1/12/2006 1:33:37 PM

What can I say? Absolutely stunning! #2281582

Linda C. Matta 1/12/2006 1:38:17 PM

This is a really gorgeous photo! Love the exposure and colours. #2281613

Jennifer Sinclair 1/12/2006 2:04:32 PM

What a great shot.. .the sky portrays the mood of the girl.. sulky maybe. the colours are excellent. I really like this shot #2281731

Colleen Farrell 1/12/2006 6:01:23 PM

Definitely has a Wizard of Oz feel to it. :) A mixture of foreboding, with the innocence and playfulness of the girl's socks and sneakers. Very creative and appealing! #2282254

Sue Daubert 1/12/2006 6:16:10 PM

LOVE IT!!!!!!! #2282304

Amanda Price 1/13/2006 5:19:47 PM

This is great! #2286009

Susana Ms Heide 1/14/2006 10:29:30 PM

AMAZING work!!!!!! I definitely expect to see this in the winner's cirlce!! The mood you've created portrays the sometimes confusing and troubling emotions of the early teen years! Should be in a teen magazine!! Can you tell I really love this??! #2289874

Jill Battaglia 2/21/2006 6:37:35 AM

Wow...this IS amazing! Love it!! Congrats! #2445559

Megan p 2/21/2006 6:59:49 AM

Amazing and Gorgeous, Congratulations!!!! #2445762

Geraldine E. Lefoe 2/21/2006 7:21:29 AM

Great composition Kelly - you've really captured teenage angst! Congratulations #2445953

Susana Ms Heide 2/21/2006 8:23:43 AM

Here it is just as I'd hoped!!! CONGRATS!!!!! Hope to see this in the golden round! #2446266

Marianne Andersson 2/21/2006 12:22:15 PM

I just know we have a winner here. #2447763

Debra LeVasseur 2/21/2006 12:50:44 PM

WOW, Great Work!! Congrats!! #2447894

Sandra Freyler 2/21/2006 3:44:18 PM

Awesome work, Congratulations, Kelly! :) #2448763

Lorri Shank 2/21/2006 5:34:37 PM

Amazing photo, Kelly. Congrats! #2449407

Armando -. Arturo 2/21/2006 5:53:10 PM

wonderful comp and perspective Kelly, congrats, great work. #2449537

Mary Dimitriw 2/21/2006 7:22:32 PM

Wow, absolutely amazing!! This just gave me goosebumps. Congrats! #2450251

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 2/22/2006 2:04:31 AM

A very nice composition. #2451569

Nicole Kessel 2/22/2006 8:08:35 AM

This is incredible!! Congratualtions!! #2453025

bob cornelison 2/22/2006 9:56:26 AM

Hope she is feeling better!
Congrats on this shot!
~:O) #2453398

Navin Talwar 2/22/2006 11:08:52 AM

Sure winner. #2453621

John Matthews 2/23/2006 5:09:46 AM

fantastic shot Kelly - everything about this is a winner!

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 2/23/2006 7:51:45 PM

Beautiful work, congratulations on your finalist win!! Very cool! #2460118

Guy D. Biechele 2/23/2006 10:13:59 PM

Congratulations on this artistic image. Outstanding! Good Luck. #2460480

Barbara Helgason 2/24/2006 8:25:23 AM

Wow, Kelly, this is one of my favorites. Fantastic, good luck with it! #2461755

Michelle R. Johnson 2/25/2006 6:56:08 AM

Amazing portrait, Kelly! A winner for sure! #2465108

Barbara Helgason 2/25/2006 12:45:18 PM

I knew it Kelly, congratulations on this most deserving win! #2466426

Kerby Pfrangle 2/25/2006 12:45:43 PM

Kelly congratulations on your first place winner. Great job. Kerby #2466432

Phillip D. Minnis 2/25/2006 12:50:31 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kelly, this is an outstanding image! Well done! I am so happy for you!


Phil #2466475

Renee Doyle 2/25/2006 12:58:52 PM

Congratulations on this stunning image!!! Well deserved 1st place win Kelly!!!!

Terrill Province 2/25/2006 1:15:09 PM


A wonderful image ~ striking and unique ~ love your fresh approach. #2466694

Karen Rahlf 2/25/2006 1:15:15 PM

Congratulations on your win! #2466696

Jill Flynn 2/25/2006 1:25:47 PM

Congratulations on your FIRST PLACE win Kelly! Beautiful and emotional image. #2466804

Phillip D. Minnis 2/25/2006 1:26:12 PM

Once again, Congratulations on your 1st placing! Cheers Phil #2466808

Mike F. Anderson 2/25/2006 1:43:05 PM

Kelly - such a well presented image. A beautiful moment captured for others to share. Congratulations on your win. #2466967

Mick Burkey 2/25/2006 1:47:30 PM

Incredible image, Kelly. Such emotion and story. Great job on the colors and tone. A winner in many ways. Congrats. #2466991

Susana Ms Heide 2/25/2006 1:53:03 PM

YAY!!!!!!!! I'm truly happy to see this here Kelly!!! I believed in this image from the start! A hearty CONGRATS!! #2467020

Isabel L 2/25/2006 1:56:10 PM

Fantastic shot!! Congratulations! #2467038

Cathy Barrows 2/25/2006 2:11:10 PM

congrats...this is fantastic #2467113

Kelly Munce 2/25/2006 2:11:18 PM

OH WOW WOW WOW... im in total shock here...THANK YOU so much everyone, im on cloud nine....!!!!
made my day so much better..:))))
kel #2467116

William F. Clair 2/25/2006 2:16:08 PM

The only reason you should be in total shock is because you didn't win the grand prize. This would have been my pick. I suppose that is because this is a style I just love. Thank god I'm not a judge. #2467131

Sylvia Rossler 2/25/2006 2:17:32 PM

Lolll Kelly i'm in the same state of shock too :O)
Big congrats on your wonderful first place winner !! It is simply gorgeous ! #2467139

Mary Clarke 2/25/2006 2:42:45 PM

Many congratulations on this beautiful and moody First Place winner Kelly #2467266

bob cornelison 2/25/2006 3:03:37 PM

Glad to see this a winner! Congrats!
~:O) #2467353

Heather L. Jacks 2/25/2006 3:04:37 PM

Congratulations! I am glad to see this one win. Well done. #2467355

RC Fritz 2/25/2006 3:18:53 PM

SSSSimply great !!!

Digvijay P 2/25/2006 3:22:50 PM

Congrats on your First Place !!

..Jay #2467427

Ronald F. Fischer 2/25/2006 4:32:47 PM

Congratulations on this awesome winner!!! #2467699

William C. Raco 2/25/2006 6:23:33 PM

This is beautiful, Kelly

Bill #2468133

Garth D. Beatty 2/25/2006 6:30:29 PM

Congratulations! #2468167

Chris Macer 2/25/2006 7:14:47 PM

Wow! Amazing capture, Kelly! Congrats on your win! :) #2468384

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 2/25/2006 7:14:56 PM

Outstanding winning image, congratulations!!! #2468385

Kara L. Hendricks 2/25/2006 9:08:17 PM

I swear I commented on this!!! I have visited it a hundred times admiring the tones and composition... Well done Kelly.. A Most deserving first place win!!! Way to go!! #2468840

Robert K. Bemus 2/25/2006 9:27:02 PM

Well deserved 1st place win...one word...INSPIRED...Congratulations!!! #2468883

Judyann Plante 2/25/2006 9:33:58 PM

One of my favorite images. Congratulations on a well-deserved win! #2468898

Irmita Amador 2/26/2006 1:12:54 AM

Outstanding winning image. Congratulations Kelly!!


Linda Boehme 2/26/2006 5:09:32 AM

Congratulations on your win for this superb image, Kelly! #2469622

Donna W. Neal 2/26/2006 5:13:39 AM

Congratulations on this outstanding winner Kelly! #2469644

Nan Fischer 2/26/2006 6:14:31 AM

Excellent metaphorical shot. Congratulations on your win! Well-deserved. #2470009

Chris Welch 2/26/2006 8:31:36 AM

Great shot, I like the felling. Congratulations. #2470571

Leanne M.E. Boyd 2/26/2006 8:49:42 AM

Excellent moody image, Kelly! Congratulations on your win! #2470625

Stefan G 2/26/2006 11:13:01 AM

Congratulations Kelly! Outstanding work! #2471096

Murry Grigsby 2/26/2006 11:13:22 AM

Wonderful image and win Kelly! Love your design, lighting, timing, pose, colors and mood. Well done!! #2471097

Megan p 2/26/2006 12:26:52 PM

Big Huge Congratulations to you!!!!! #2471281

Lorri Shank 2/26/2006 12:49:29 PM

Kelly, I am so glad you placed. This is so wonderful and so creative. Nice work!!! #2471358

Wendy Stevenson 2/26/2006 1:16:19 PM

Big Congrats to you Kelly on your FIRST PLACE win - this image has done very well for you:-) and rightly so!!! #2471419

Erica Murphy 2/26/2006 2:34:16 PM

Congratulations on your winning photo Kelly! I'm not sure what you did to this, but it's just stunning. It reminded me of the Wizard of Oz for some reason. Love it!

Erica #2471582

Geraldine E. Lefoe 2/26/2006 2:42:24 PM

Fantastic to see you get a first with this - well done. Perhaps you could share with us how you achieved this amazing shot?

Jeffrey Smith 2/26/2006 6:19:54 PM

Wow, Great image, Congrats on your win! Love to see more of your work but your Galley is not activated. #2472038

Flavio Carnevale 2/26/2006 11:40:22 PM

Kelly... I told you! Congratulations for this great win! #2472749

Toni Hopper 2/26/2006 11:51:14 PM

Wow Kelly, the emotion on this child's face is heart grabbing, with the addition of the surroundings. Fantastic win! #2472758

Christine Byrne 2/27/2006 9:00:14 AM

WOW! Now THIS is ART! Amazing image. Truly deserving of the win. Congrats! #2474758

Marvin H. Gohlke Jr. 2/27/2006 9:28:48 AM

Congratulations on your win for this very emotional shot. Great work!!! #2474934

KHAWLA Haddad 2/27/2006 11:28:22 AM


Patricia (Pat) C. Exum 2/28/2006 3:39:37 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful moody shot! Outstanding! #2477757

Milan Banik 2/28/2006 11:57:47 AM

big congratulation on your first place winner.like the dreamy effect with girl emotion,superb painting it is Kelly .waiting for more of this. #2479934

Douglas Currie 2/28/2006 4:04:16 PM

congratulation Kelly this is an absolutely wonderful shot. #2480702

Richard D. Cox 3/1/2006 1:34:12 AM

It is rare to see a photo with such impact and so expertly captured. Perfect in every way. #2481946

Carrie Scruggs 3/1/2006 6:02:21 AM

What a wonderful picture! would you mind sharing how you got this beatiful effect? #2482984

Jennifer Jones 3/1/2006 3:40:10 PM

WOW! Congratulations Kelly on your first place win! This is such an amazing image. I love the perspective, the mood, the tones... everything!
Great work! :o) #2485206

Anita Taylor 3/1/2006 5:52:02 PM

Very strong emotion in this image and I love the aged feeling of the color. Congratulations, Kelly! #2485554

Kelly Munce 3/2/2006 2:05:30 PM

Thank you so much everyone, I have been totally overwhelmed the past few days.. I have loved every minute of it. Ok a couple of you have asked how I did this. I was very lucky, the day was a gorgeous spring day, in the afternoon a storm seemed to split half the sky in half, one side was lovely and sunny, the other was coming over very cloudy, I used three filters on the outside of the camera, blue and grey grad for the sky, and the orange filter for the forground. I have since discovered, my little cheap filters weren't really that great,, as the sky didn't show up anywhere near what it looked like on the day. I also bounced the on camera flash ( covered it with my hand) off the shed wall next to us. Post Processing was mainly selecting different parts of the sky and 'helping ' the proper colours come through, I cloned out two small power lines that ran throught the sky, slightly dodge/burned the grass area, not a lot though, if I didn't do it you would never have known, then I used neat image and ran over whole shot, I then selectivly sharpened areas, like the grass and such....i bumped up the saturation a hint for a final touch.... I personally think the effects of the photo have come down to the light that day, and the glow it was giving off, I just added some help in what was really there on the day in photoshop. If I went back today to get this shot, it would look totally different.Photography to me really depends on the day, the light, and time... you can never reshoot somthing and get it the same....
again, thanks all so much for all the wonderful congratulations I have received on this shot... I really have a head swell now... :)))))
kel #2488950

Lorelei A. Hoffarth 3/5/2006 5:24:56 PM

Im late in commenting about this wonderful shot, but couldnt pass it up. It is beautiful and tells such a story... I love it! Congratulations! #2500343

Sue L. Cullumber 3/6/2006 3:25:10 PM

Kelly, Very cool - love her orange shoes. Took a look at your gallery, wonderful photos! #2503720

Fawn M. Schutt 3/6/2006 8:50:06 PM

This is an amazing Photo. I can identify with this girl very much. So many times I have felt this way and had no where to turn! You deserved this win more than any other person who won. Congrats.


Http://timeexposure.tripod.com #2504784

Karen E. Michaels 3/7/2006 4:43:11 AM

Just saw this for the first time. You really hit the emotion right on target. Not always easy to do with models, especially of the young adult set. Well done, and congradulations on this most wonderful display of emotion. I also like the pun of a title. Peace, karen #2505748

Inge S. Lasmana 3/7/2006 7:18:37 AM

Amazing Work. I really like the color and the mood in this picture. #2506438

Luigi Di Serio 3/7/2006 12:19:40 PM

WOW! Stunning. It can't get any better than this! #2507382

Saoirse Cogan 3/10/2006 3:41:00 PM

Not much to say but WOW! #2519255

Saoirse Cogan 3/10/2006 3:41:03 PM

Not much to say but WOW! #2519256

Jeff Scheerer 3/10/2006 6:56:12 PM

this is one of my favorite photos I have ever seen on this site its really wow. congrates on your win you really deserve it #2519688

Emanuel R.L Marcos 3/13/2006 3:37:47 PM

How the hell did u got that picture! lolol.
Stunning. Keep it up girl! #2528878

James E. Coleman 3/16/2006 12:10:40 PM

ditto on above. very nicely done esp. with the storm and the light! Your model was cool too, those socks and shoes were great!

Jim #2539491

Cathy M. Gromball 3/18/2006 1:02:46 PM

Congratulations on your First Place win, Kelly!

Cathy :) #2546965

Carolyn Foster Spano 5/1/2006 8:58:33 AM

This is absolutely stunning.
Cari #2712159

James E. Coleman 5/1/2006 3:56:02 PM

It really is a great shot! congrats again.

Jim #2713628

PhotographPerson Y. Nothing 2/25/2007 5:01:51 PM

Wow this is sooo good! I really like how the title is "Miss Understood" Because u wonder if its misunderstood or Miss Understood--sry I just thought that was really cool! great surreal color! #3993831

Colleen Farrell 2/26/2007 8:13:07 AM

Congratulations on a terrific first place winner! This is definitely a standout image! #3996764

Theresa J. Parisi 6/22/2007 10:33:01 AM

Wow this is a great photo!! I really like it alot!!
-Theresa #4424623

Erika L. Berryman 7/13/2007 12:12:08 AM

This is an AMAZING photo!! #4502807

Amanda Chapman 7/13/2007 2:24:26 PM

Can't believe I haven't seen this one before!
I LOVE the moody/gritty feel of this image!

Emily B. Byron 5/16/2008 10:33:23 PM

Magical... #5933336

Shaina L. Litman 5/19/2008 6:08:52 PM

Wow I am new to this site and an amatuer photographer I have been looking through everyones photos till I saw this one it grabbed me it is truely amazing. Gosh! I wish I could learn from you!!! Really awesome pick!! #5947115

Cathy Schoon 10/27/2009 7:57:24 PM

I love this! The moody feeling is powerful! #8080662

Diane Underwood 11/18/2012 11:32:42 AM

Excellent shot..I love the feel.. I can remember feeling this when I was a child. THE BATTLE WITHIN!

Great job capturing the feeling, with color and expression of deep thought. A grey moment for sure. :)

Ayaka Mizukami 10/23/2013 10:07:22 PM

I like this photo's atmosphere and color. #10879718

Cable Phillips 8/16/2014 8:19:42 AM

Oh, the shoes. Wow. Well done. #11109545

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