Amanda Chapman 8/20/2007 8:46:29 AM

So mysterious and beautiful!!

Alot of your images embrace these qualities!!! #718915

Emily E. Bem 8/20/2007 8:52:44 AM

This is just so... WOW! The drama and MOOD are fabulous! I hope to see it again! #4673520

Melissa Olsen 8/20/2007 8:56:04 AM

Thanks so much guys!!!1

I am feeling limited at the moment...those are much appreciated comments!!!!! #4673536

cheryl m. phillips 8/20/2007 10:10:46 AM

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!
~cheryl #4673753

Melissa Olsen 8/20/2007 10:23:55 AM

Thank you so much Cheryl!!!!

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

Jennifer L. Alder 8/21/2007 7:55:20 AM

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!
:) #4678233

Melissa Olsen 8/21/2007 9:52:36 AM

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

These are my sons amazing eyes and lashes (I wish they were mine)! ;) #4678823

Lynne Morris 8/23/2007 2:45:49 PM

Wow Melissa this is a fantastic image, love what you have done with this, excellent work! #4689491

Luigi Di Serio 9/5/2007 6:46:44 AM

AMAZING! Great colour #4749800

Derek D. Dafoe 9/5/2007 10:09:51 AM

Beautifully done Melissa!! I just happened to stumble onto your gallery, nice work!! #4750692

Jennifer L. Alder 9/21/2007 10:56:35 AM

Wooo Hoooo----
I always loved this idea, lol!!!
GREAT finalist image, Melissa- CONGRATS
:) #4821130

Joan Powell 9/21/2007 7:15:25 PM

Congrats on this outstanding portrait ! #4824622

Emily E. Bem 9/21/2007 7:46:36 PM

WOW! Congrats! I love this! #4824808

Donna La Mattino Pagakis 9/22/2007 9:47:48 PM

Congratulations on your finalist win!! Creative and beautiful Melissa! #4830380

Colleen Farrell 9/23/2007 9:39:00 AM

Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist, Melissa! WTG! #4832423

Joan Kocak 9/23/2007 3:56:39 PM

Melissa this is spectacular! a huge CONGRATS to you~ #4833680

Sherry Sturgis 9/23/2007 6:42:58 PM

Congratulations on this magnificant portrait finalist, Melissa!!! #4834246

Melissa Olsen 9/24/2007 8:07:21 PM

Thanks BP friends...I was excited about my two finalists for August...my first time ;) #4841238

Rakesh Syal 12/19/2007 12:46:37 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Melissa!! Great capture and composition! #5228032

Hector Contreras 1/11/2008 9:11:49 PM

Mysterious and gorgeous,LOVE it
Heco #5327073

Jennifer L. Alder 2/20/2008 1:07:15 PM

Congrats on your HM, Mel-- how cool!! :) #5522667

Michelle L. Frick 2/20/2008 6:52:30 PM

Congratulations on the honorable mention Melissa! Beautifully done!! #5523853

Cyn Valentine 2/21/2008 4:58:04 AM

Congratulations MElissa! #5525527

Angie Sidles 2/21/2008 5:32:16 PM

BIG congrats Melssa!!! #5528382

Stefania Barbier 2/22/2008 12:25:33 AM

congratulations Melissa!!!!!! #5529526

Jessie L. Cole 2/24/2008 1:32:13 AM

Simply amazing....! :) #5542536

JO ANN CLEVELAND 2/26/2008 7:03:05 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic portrait!

jo ann c. #5558493

Shari Kelly 2/28/2008 5:12:32 PM

WOW---I thought this was you until I read the comments...
Amazing Eyes he has...just like yours...
Beautiful and Congrats!!!! Sharon #5569342

Husain Akhtar 2/29/2008 12:38:32 PM

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.

Melissa Olsen 2/29/2008 3:37:54 PM

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. ;) #5574397

Jean-Pierre Ducondi 3/1/2008 8:13:17 AM

Congratulations on your mention. I find this image so mysterious and attractive. A beautiful portrait.
JP #5577787

Laurence Saliba 3/5/2008 9:29:16 PM

Wowwwwww congratulations Melissa!!!! #5598888

Max Aureli 10/4/2008 9:35:17 PM

Well composed, great expression! Congratulations Melissa!!! #6554378

Leslie Carson Wolfe 4/30/2009 8:20:24 AM

Wonderful mystery, color, and light in the eyes ~ very, very nice, Melissa. #7468717

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