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Copyright: Dot Dion (Dot) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-13
Categories: Nocturnal
Camera: Olympus stylus 730
Exposure: f/5.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday theme 2008/11/21 'Smile' [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-20 7:31
Viewed: 1426
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I started with photography I was taking shots everywhere I saw things that could help me learn.

Check out the smock the lady dentist is wearing
and the serious look... well who in their right mind smiles at the dentist.

Hope this qualifies for the theme. I entered this under nocturnal as its dark and creepy there.

norenastramus, dareco, tanburi, gnada, ubc64, mbrito, Hendrika, jean11-3, Romeu, prfry has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To prfry: Smile themeDot 1 02-05 11:20
To metamorphose: SmileDot 1 12-27 12:07
To ubc64: SmileDot 2 11-23 12:52
To GreenBaron: SmileDot 1 11-21 07:08
To boomcat: SmileDot 1 11-21 06:50
To kristina: SmileDot 1 11-20 10:51
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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-11-20 9:45]


Ha, le dentiste, un supplice, , mais parfaois indispensable, très belle image , superbe compo.

bravo et amitié


Hello Dot!
This one attract me more than anyone i see this day on TL! Great! I even can't imagine that somebody can shooting the patient of dentist!
And... "who smiles at the dentist?"
Me:)) Nice to meet You:)
I had liked dentists in my childhood, than i had got a small "in my great dentists depression period" and now...this is the one place, where you can lying and sleep in midday..of workday!:)
Graet shot! I like it very much! Keep You teeth healthy!

Bonjour Dot,
Lever la main ceux qui aiment se faire jouer dans les dents ou aller chez le dentiste ?...:( je pense que c'est seulement le chemisier du dentiste qui a le sourire et le dentiste aussi,, Mais un mal de dents ça ne s'endure pas...

Hi Dot.
This is beautiful composition with interesting idea.
beautiful contribution for the friday theme.TFS

Ciao Dot, original portrait, I never see on TL a photo from dentist, great idea, ciao Silvio

Hello Dot,

I'm not sure that many people would smile in this situation though 'Open wide!' is quite amusing.
This surely is a first for TL!
Your composition and you pov are great.
There is a little oe from the light but I think because of the intesity of the light and the proximity, this is unavoidable.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

your mom, Dot? i won't smile for the dentist if me.. brr.. everytime i had an appointment i always nervous.. a lovely capture.. i don't think i will able to capture this.. good one for the theme.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-11-20 22:23]

Oh, not fun! I'm not a huge fan of dentists :) A great picture though, and yes I like the smock. TFS

Open wide!! HAHA! Oh I don't like dentist, but I do like the drugs they give you! HAHA! Nice work on this, excellent lighting, very UNIQUE self-portrait here, a FIRST for TL I think! Nice work on this!

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2008-11-21 1:50]

Hi Dot,

A very little smile and I can understand that!
very nice idea, Good composition.

Best Regards, Marga

Hi Dot,
Smile at the dentist...well the smock she wears made me smile indeed. Wondering how you took this picture? Did stretched you arm with the camera? Anyway a brilianr idea and well executed! It does create a smile on my face for sure :-)

You only smile when the dentist is finished and sais: everything is oké, i will see you in 6 months again ha ha ha.

funny idea of you, great !

Hi Dot,
Difficult position for smiling.
Nice portrait, good using of light
Selahattin E

Ahi Ahi Dot! Really ahi ahi!!!! I don't envy you. Exciting and original idea.


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-11-21 6:12]

Hi Dot...
It's a lovely shot and beautifully composed...
Fine colors, image and details...
Well done.
Best regards,

ouch i can feel her pain realy nice add to the theme Dot
regards bryan

Hi Dot,
Very dramatic composition and its perfect details.
Focus and clarity are excellent.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
  • [2008-11-21 8:40]
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Hi Dot,

A very inventive approach to this week's "Smile" theme. It looks like your subject is you, from your Intro shot -- I quickly confirmed that by checking the discussion threads. There is obviously no need whatsoever to smile at that moment. The smiling comes after your dentist has finished, if the freezing permits. The smiles on the tooth characters of your dentist's smock are in dramatic contrast. Very interesting lighting. Perhaps, it's a little too much on your neck area -- but, it's a dentist's office after all, not a studio. Good contribution to this week's theme. TFS.


Hello Dot

Haha yes indeed I love her smiley smock! A nicely angled shot and the light does give an interesting eiry (not sure on spelling) feel to the image.

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-11-21 9:41]

Hello Dot!
Curious photo!
Very good composition and presentation.
Very nice picture nice light.
It pleases me.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-11-21 12:00]

Hello Dot,
This photo of yours made me smile; it is one of the few situations that I don't smile at all.
I hope you never had lost your smile too... it means that the doctor was realy good. Congrats for the great irony, and a very funny photo.

Oh NO Dot, I really can not smile thinking of the dentist, on the other hand you probably can smile after this visit - glad that it is over and the teeth polished to perfection.

Indeed I see the smileys on her smock......


TFS anyway ^-^


Boa tarde Dot
This is superb and really great.
Wonderful idea and great execution.
You make me laugh, indeed.
Have a nice WE
My regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-23 8:16]

Hahaha! Oui, excellente idée! Le dentiste ne me fait sourire habituellement! :-) Les détails sont supers et la lumière bien saisie, superbe travail.


Hello Dot, is the 'fun' smock supposed to make you feel better?
I am pleasantly surprised that you have such a patient dentist, waiting for you to get the shot right!
It is excellent;good sharpness and an interesting angle.
I think that you managed the light very well.
Keep smiling.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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  • Leica Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 54 N: 79] (3180)
  • [2008-11-28 12:50]

Cool shot! Very original and bold of you to bring your camera on the dentist chair. I like that. The light works well.

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-12-03 11:10]

Hi My friend
Great imagination. fun photo
My regards my friend

Bonjour Dot.

Cette photo, ainsi que ton commentaire m'a fait vraiment sourire; rire même. Il faut croire que ta dentiste est aussi patiente que toi dans cette histoire. Je te lève mon chapeau pour l'idée et l'exécution de cette prise ! J'avoue que je n'y aurait jamais pensé...

Note : puisque tu m'as réçamment écrit en français, je me permet de faire de même: ça me permet d'exprimer au mieux ce que j'ai à dire. J'espère que ça te va comme ça.


Hi Dot,
This is not the first time I look at this shot...))
It's a wonderfull portrait, and nicely done.
Hard to imagine to be so serein and peacefull sitting in a dentist chair...))) at least for most people, but personnaly I can related to it....I almost fall asleep on my visits..but I don't really appreciated those hooks.)))
Nicely lite and well exposed. Good sharpness, tones and contrast. Well done..))

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  • prfry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 60 N: 142] (727)
  • [2009-01-26 17:02]
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Hi Dot,
I'm a final year dental student and trust me, being at the dentist isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be! Just thought I'd let you know that I smile at the dentist ;) It's a great photograph, well composed and nice dim lighting in this setting. The patient looks like she has twinkles in her eyes! However, she should be wearing protective glasses! Well done.

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