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"Best/Favorite Film Shot"

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Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2001-04
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Minolta SRT-101, Tokina 20-35mm f3.5-4.5, Kodak 35mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Children(2), Friday Theme 2009/05/22 "Best Film Shot" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-21 5:36
Viewed: 2036
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well, I'll just kick off this theme by posting mine today. This is a shot I took, a short time after Shelby and I left out on our own. We were both sad and so a friend took us shopping out of town. It was a cold April day, raining, but we stopped for a while and Shelby went over to pose in front of a large oak tree. Shelby was 10.

I've had this picture framed in my bedroom for years. While I was trying to decide on what I would post for the Best Film Shot Theme I saw this. Of course, it's been my favorite for years. Her hair blowing makes the shot for me.

Have a great day!

Fortuna, chrisJ, ShellyOB, Teresat, dareco, salomaoquaresma, werdir, mbrito has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To lisapw1: Thanks Miss Weeza!shelbeesmom 1 05-21 19:13
To salomaoquaresma: Thanks Salomao!shelbeesmom 1 05-21 17:46
To Janice: Thanks Jannie!shelbeesmom 2 05-21 15:56
To trampas: Film is....shelbeesmom 6 05-21 14:19
To Teresat: Thanks Teresa!shelbeesmom 3 05-21 12:46
To daisydaisy: Thanks Daisy!shelbeesmom 3 05-21 11:21
To mporterf: I fixed it!!shelbeesmom 1 05-21 10:58
To mporterf: Did I put 5/20???shelbeesmom 1 05-21 10:56
To chrisJ: Cool Chris!shelbeesmom 1 05-21 07:28
To ShellyOB: Thanks Shelly!shelbeesmom 1 05-21 06:45
To Fortuna: YES!shelbeesmom 1 05-21 05:44
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Hello Linda,

Excellent B&W portrait of your lovely daughter!
The past was sad but the present is full of happiness, am I right?
Excellent contribution to the friday's theme!
Um gande abraço of your friend,


Ciao Linda, i'm little late today,someone between un, fascinating B&W portrait with lovely model, wonderful light and fantastic expression, very well done, ciao Silvio

a good portrait indeed. I like the b&w here and the hair floating over her face.

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  • rlrad Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 142 W: 8 N: 375] (1374)
  • [2009-05-21 5:57]

Hi Linda,

I can see why you have kept it framed and somewhere that you would be sure to see it every day. It is a wonderful capture of a moment in your daughter's life that you will never see again. The blowing hair lightens the mood and I'm sure the memory for you, as well.

Have a great day!

Hi Linda

I like the wavy hair. It reminds me of a classical painting or sculpture. Hang on, I'll go look it up...

Found it: Botticelli - Birth of Venus

Superb shadow detail at left, with good sharpness, & tonal range. Thanks for joining in the theme!

Hi, Linda,
there is a poignancy to this shot you can feel without even knowing anything about it. A moment in time stopped and captured with the wind blowing her hair, lovely detail and excellent tones in the B&W shot. It really is a wonderful shot. Many thanks and warmest wishes,

Hi Linda...I can understand why this shot means so much to you...very emotional shot of Shelby...this one I am sure you will treasure for ever....



At first the hair in the eyes bothered me—I wanted to reach out and move it for Shelby! But then it grew on me (well, actually, I guess it grew on her!) and is part of the character of the portrait.

Also, I couldn't find an offline contact for you but shouldn't the theme be 5/22 instead of 5/20? Not a big deal, I guess...


Hi Linda

You have a lovely daughter , you have to be proud of her.
A shot from mother's ♥.
( now you know to make ♥...lol)

The hair in the wind is a so kind moment well captuerd here.
Gone with the wind... Scarlett ? no !Shelby
It is a beautiful b&w portrait.
Thanks to sharing with us.

Best regards

Boa tarde Linda
She was blonde...the same beautiful eyes.
Great expression...and very emotional post.
I am sure I will remember this post for a long time...too.
I love blowing hairs...for me they speak about personnel freedom.
Um abraço

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-05-21 13:10]

I see you always had a flare for photography. I also like the blowing hair and expression. She looks very sweet :) Nice b&w. TFS

hi linda.
a picture says a thousand words.

what's film????

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-05-21 14:38]
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What a lovely photo of Shelbee, Linda. And the memory of the time you took it makes it even better.
It's a good one my friend

I love this image, Linda. She's very natural and has such an appealing expression with her hair blowing across her face. Great tones - comes across so great in b&w. I don't know much about film shooting (I'm new to this game and have only used digital) but the quality seems really great. Well done.

Hi Linda:
interesting picture, but too focused.
the capture and good, but loses to occupy the whole picture.


Hi Linda,

I think you can tell a lot about the personality of people by how their hair looks in a shot. She doesn't seem to be bothered by her hair blowing in the wind. She has such a sweet expression in the photo. Her eyes are intently looking at you. I can certainly understand how this is a favorite.

:) Lisa

A lovely genuine portrait - it's a beautiful one. I can see why you've had it on display for so long.

I'm glad you didn't do any retouching to this. I think people are beautiful as they are and don't need enhancement!


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-05-22 6:05]

Hi Linda,

This is a nice portrait of Shelby, taken at a time that must have been very difficult for the both of you. It’s this kind of photo that speaks volumes and her blowing hair signifies a certain realism in your photo. Thank you for sharing your favorite with us on TL.

Warm regards,

Wonderful portrait of Shelby!
The emotion in her eyes speaks a thousand words.
Great image for the theme
Regards Tracey

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-05-23 7:49]

Hi again Linda,
I love the freshness of the face expression that you've captured here; the movement of the hair adds a great beauty and delicacy to the portrait. I understand very well why this one had been one of your favourites ... there are magic moments that we can't create in a studio... you get it or... you lose it forever... And you did it.
Have a peaceful we, mb

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