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Kissed By The Light Of Hope

Kissed By The Light Of Hope
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Copyright: Ay Da (chiaraluna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 90 N: 411] (1897)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02
Categories: Mood, Portrait
Camera: Toshiba PDR-4300
Exposure: f/2.8
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): *Textures Of The Heart* [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 5:35
Viewed: 3060
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 68
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how i wish i could be...


Ghosts of all my lovely sins,
Who attend too well my pillow,
Gay the wanton rain begins;
Hide the limp and tearful willow.

Turn aside your eyes and ears,
Trail away your robes of sorrow,
You shall have my further years --
You shall walk with me tomorrow.

I am sister to the rain;
Fey and sudden and unholy,
Petulant at the windowpane,
Quickly lost, remembered slowly.

I have lived with shades, a shade;
I am hung with graveyard flowers.
Let me be tonight arrayed
In the silver of the showers.

Every fragile thing shall rust;
When another April passes
I may be a furry dust,
Sifting through the brittle grasses.

All sweet sins shall be forgot;
Who will live to tell their siring?
Hear me now, nor let me rot
Wistful still, and still aspiring.

Ghosts of dear temptations, heed;
I am frail, be you forgiving.
See you not that I have need
To be living with the living?

Sail, tonight, the Styx's breast;
Glide among the dim processions
Of the exquisite unblest,
Spirits of my shared transgressions,

Roam with young Persephone.
Plucking poppies for your slumber . . .
With the morrow, there shall be
One more wraith among your number.

~ Dorothy Parker

dear friends.. i'm sorry my presence around here cannot be as active as i'd wish.. i'm not very well right now so need to take it easy.. i hate missing your lovely work and not being able to comment and give my support as much as i'd like but be assured my affection and admiration is there even if my words aren't always.. i'll try to visit most days to see what's new and comment as much as i can.. hopefully post now and again too.. just please don't think i've forgotten anyone if you don't see my comments as often! i promise that's not the case.. only very tired ^_^

hugs and best wishes to all..


oh and.. the PP here was simply usm, a high pass filter then a diffuse glow.. hope you like it :-)

p.s.. please excuse the absense of the tip of my nose.. it was invited to appear when i set up the shot but like often happens with self portraits.. it didn't turn up... next time i'll insist ^_^

alagoa, M4tej, Sutavugu, tashi-wangmo, stecotdon, joebatista, calamaro, wilkinsonsg, lancegreen, letr, mocha_bonita, Yogi, Dingo, erdna has marked this note useful
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I like it..........

Very sensual and creative, but you could have leaved her nose a little more place so that she could breath:D

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  • Venus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 118 W: 29 N: 10] (0)
  • [2005-06-22 5:44]

Dear Ayda!

Its so beautiful..shows the fragilness of your soul...the light colors and the profil of your face looks great..I like those little deatils, witch u left to be in color-hair,nose,lips and eyes...Really beautiful work my dear!

Take care!!!

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  • Mirty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 60 W: 69 N: 47] (275)
  • [2005-06-22 5:45]

Ciao Ayda,
mi spiace sentire che non stai bene e spero tu possa rimetterti al pi presto. La tua foto molto bella e molto toccante per me che pure attraverso un momento non proprio facile. Spero un giorno di poter realizzare dei lavori belli almeno la met dei tuoi! Mi piace molto quella lieve nota di colore ed un passo avanti rispetto alla consueta predominanza di bianco e nero! :)
Un abbraccio e a presto,

I too like it. :)Very nice effect created.

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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-06-22 5:45]

Wonderful and elegant....
I like the soft tones, nice face from this side, Ayda.
One little problem maybe, the face is placed too much in the right but as said, wonderful elegance !

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  • edie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 659 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-22 5:46]

Wonderful Ayda...I love it.

Lovly photo. But for me is the nose to close to the edge.



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  • M4tej Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 28 N: 82] (781)
  • [2005-06-22 6:19]

Hi Ayda!
No much words.
Just 3 of them.
OH MY GOOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You seem to be an elegant beauty from every side...
Reminds me of Nefertite (I'm sure you know who she is), though you show even more beauty.

I like the post processing, with the keeping of just a slight bit of colour. I was going to comment on the nose, but I saw you mentioned it yourself already...

Whispering, so no one can hear: Is it possible to do requests? In that case, please can you show your beautiful eyes, your red hair down, both in full color...? I am sure it would exhibit you beauty to the fullest extend... :)

It have a great style! THe face have pratically the light of the silver! It's wonderfull!

So take care of yourself. I hope you will be in shape sooner!

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-06-22 9:44]

Beautiful soft image,Ayda! I love your profil! You like a goddess in the ancient Rome! Very well done! Bravo! Michel

Dear Ayda,
the picture is beautiful, you are beautiful, your imagination is beautiful...take care, hugs,

Hi Ayda,
Nice work. The soft glow really is a kiss of light, isn't it? Nice composition. And you just look beautiful in it. Glad to see an inspiring post from you. Well done.
Take care!

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  • aran Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 123 W: 21 N: 19] (396)
  • [2005-06-22 12:04]

Hi ayda, beautiful effect. Very simple and delicate shot. I like the way you look to your nose tip, it's very funny. Well done!

Hello Ayda,
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful..
I have no other word for this..

HI sweetheart,

Such a wonderful photograph you post today! It's gorgeous. I like the way you left some colours on your face and the glow just made such a beautiful effect. YOu know dear, thsi is such a different mood... Light tones and your stunning face for us :))) elegant, stylish

So well done sweety... And I SOOO hope you get beter soon. So we can see more of your beautiful work

Bih polar bear hugs for you my dear...


p.s: 1 day to go polar bear-chassing :)))

In questa foto, oltre alla tua tecnica elevata, ci lasci intravedere pi di qualcosa di te stessa. Ti mostri di profilo, quasi trasparente...


This is once more a wounderfull work Ayda...feminin-sensual and full of grace...
...please take good care of yourself, even if youre not so active at themoment, we know you dont forget us, and more important we dont forget you! :))
best regards,

Oh Ayda your words are hurting me...I know our at TL work give you little bit strenght. I hope also my note ;-)
I like this portrait very much, you've a classical beauty like mythological Princess.
I stop before I become shy ;-)


Everything is so good Ayda. The pose, the post processing, everything. One of my favourites.

Awesome picture Ayda
The soft look and feel of the image is extraordinary, its a piece of art.
Thanks for sharing

potrebbe sembrare un po' azzardato ma questa una foto quasi perfetta....bellissima, elegante, delicata, misteriosa...una delle pi belle che ho visto, non solo su TL, bravissima!

Beautiful ethereal quality to this shot :)

hey Ayda!! this is a really pretty and thought-provoking pic... it has a strange mood - kinda melancholy and faded. i really like the post-pro work you've done here, but i agree with the others... wish the tip of your nose was in there! :) i think a more centred composition would have worked better, or maybe even a half pic, with just the side profile of your face. on second thoughts though, the hair looks really pretty so it makes sense to keep that in there!
- Tina

Well my dear Chiaraluna, so sorry to hear that you are crashing. You know my thoughts are with you. You'll be back feeling better soon, I'm sure.

The Poem is touching yet worrying at the same time. I see no joy here, just a sombre and melancolic mood. You see hope, perhaps I'm reading it with the wrong hean on. Beautifully written, but to me, I find it disturbing. I see someone who is resigned to death, and even happy about the prospect.

The image suits the poem; soft, light, delicate, yet moody, wraith-like and sombre. I know that I would have gone dark - you kept it light but expressed such a powerful mood. Except the nose, your best effort yet.

Take Care and Wishing you Well,


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  • letr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1134 W: 420 N: 1093] (6670)
  • [2005-06-24 6:16]

Beautiful portrait Ayda, like the soft color tones here and the profile composition !!

This is very good Ayda.

One of your best imho.

Thanks much.


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2005-08-02 17:08]

Hey, how could I have missed this one ? Heck...
Mmm... I don't want to flatter you or anything, but I think you look like an ancient Greek godess in this one, Ayda - one that had her nose chopped off ;o).
I really like what you did with the colours in the shot. It makes it a very classic, also very classy one. TFS, TFS.

Traitement tres efficace mettant en valeur des traits et caracteres d'une fminit croquer....
Tres sensuel et plein de douceurs...

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2005-11-07 10:06]

A very beautiful picture. i have to click on it tbe one of my favorite though it could have been improved by putting more space on the right side and close cropping the left side.


Hi Chiara ,
this portrait if yourself is very beautiful , you are a very pretty girl. so well done, the PP is really great.points tomorrow

So good...
groetjes, Giuseppe.

This is wonderfull! Very good for inspiration! The tip of the nose is forgiven:))

Its in my favorites absolutely!
TFS !! Dorien

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  • WasP Silver Star Critiquer [C: 30 W: 8 N: 4] (87)
  • [2010-03-04 2:52]

So soft, so lovely and so pure... Beautiful.

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