Uploaded: August 15, 2007


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


Amanda Chapman August 20, 2007

So mysterious and beautiful!!

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

Emily E. Bem August 20, 2007

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

Melissa Olsen August 20, 2007

Thanks so much guys!!!1

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

cheryl m. phillips August 20, 2007

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 August 20, 2007

Thank you so much Cheryl!!!!

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

Jennifer L. Alder August 21, 2007

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 August 21, 2007

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 August 23, 2007

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

Luigi Di Serio level-classic September 05, 2007

AMAZING! Great colour #4749800

Derek D. Dafoe September 05, 2007

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

Jennifer L. Alder September 21, 2007

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

Joan Powell September 21, 2007

Congrats on this outstanding portrait ! #4824622

Emily E. Bem September 21, 2007

WOW! Congrats! I love this! #4824808

Donna La Mattino Pagakis September 22, 2007

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

Colleen Farrell September 23, 2007

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

Joan Kocak September 23, 2007

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

Sherry Sturgis September 23, 2007

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

Melissa Olsen September 24, 2007

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

Rakesh Syal level-classic December 19, 2007

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

Hector Contreras January 11, 2008

Mysterious and gorgeous,LOVE it
Heco #5327073

Jennifer L. Alder February 20, 2008

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

Michelle L. Frick February 20, 2008

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

Cyn Valentine February 21, 2008

Congratulations MElissa! #5525527

Angie Sidles level-classic February 21, 2008

BIG congrats Melssa!!! #5528382

Stefania Barbier level-addict February 22, 2008

congratulations Melissa!!!!!! #5529526

Jessie L. Cole February 24, 2008

Simply amazing....! :) #5542536

JO ANN CLEVELAND February 26, 2008

Congratulations on this fantastic portrait!

jo ann c. #5558493

Shari Kelly February 28, 2008

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 February 29, 2008

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 February 29, 2008

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 March 01, 2008

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

Laurence Saliba level-classic March 05, 2008

Wowwwwww congratulations Melissa!!!! #5598888

Max Aureli October 04, 2008

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

Leslie Carson Wolfe April 30, 2009

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

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