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This is my current favorite photo. That's why it is the cover photo on my book, "The Figure In Nature," which is available here: [link]

I had this photo in my head for a couple years and kept trying to shoot it while doing other figure shoots. Finally I decided to just do what needed to be done to get it captured. When I get something like this in my head I have to get it recorded or it just won't go away. So I called up one of my favorite models, Lani in the mountains of North Carolina. I knew she could do what it took to get the shot and that she would know a good stream to use. I told her to find the right stream and tell me the day and I'd drive down from Ohio. The day came, we hiked around and found just the right spot. Lani got in the freezing mountain stream and looked beautiful and serene.

Besides being a near perfect capture of the pre-visualized image, I like this shot because it embodies much of what I try to do with the figure in nature...showing the links between the forms and including symbolism. I hope you enjoy. I'll post more soon and you can always visit my website to see more right away.
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Lani by ~DaveL51 is absolutely stunning. The model seems like a goddess laying in the water. The colors, motion and movement of this image couldn't have been placed more perfectly. This is a magnificent representation of when artistic nude and nature come together to form something spectacular. ( Suggested by glisteninmoon and Featured by Teeslpscreations )
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fineartimages Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
I worked with Lani some years ago. Great model and that's a great photo.
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ah57lb Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
gorgeous
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carolinarocket Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Perfection!
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Jan-K-Fotografie Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolute captivating! Fabulous! :star:
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Kampat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
luv this photo, the composition, color lighting and all it just begs to be oil painted circa of those 19th century painters. Wonderful to look at.
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samsarasurfing1 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
a song [link]
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CrushedSnail Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow!
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FrancoisDeWynter Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
lovely
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wuruhi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Amazing photo.
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ravenstark Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
fantastic
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Rojpix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
cool as.. yeah I had a model and some bolts of satin cloth.. played around a bit [link]
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bullsnook Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
cant think of enough nice things to say about this wonderful, and beautiful model and image
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SilentXWatcher Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing picture. Reminds me of the Lady of Shallott poem. Minus the boat.
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BennyiLL Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
LOOKS LIKE A PAINTING!!! WOW! nice.
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Solus-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous picture, a fantastic end result that justifies your wonderful imagination.
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Thank you. Much appreciated.
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dem0n-be Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
forest nymphs! very beautiful picture.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
Beautiful work. Congratulations on the DD. :iconflowerheartplz:
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samsarasurfing1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
Wonderful.
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QuadropheniaG Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, isn't it?
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
I'm sorry, but I don't understand what you are talking about here.
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QuadropheniaG Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
are you serious? Don't you know the poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti? He and the pre-raphaelites are the reason why YOU do such things. Anyway I was wrong, it was not Rossetti but Millais who painted Ophelia.

Take a look here to understand what I'm talking about: [link]
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Sorry, I'm very much aware of those artists. However, they were not in my mind when I made this photo and it was not a conscious attempt to portray Ophelia. That interpretation has been applied to it by many viewers and I don't dispute that the viewer sees what they see in any art work, but that was not my intent.

And, frankly, I'm not that huge a fan of the pre-raphaelites...I think there are very important differences in intent and content with my work. But if you see that in what I do, I'll certainly not argue with you. And I'm always pleased that anyone likes what I do for any reason.

Thanks.
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QuadropheniaG Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Thank you for considering my comparison, even if with artists you're not fan of. Anyway I was only admitting your work striked me first because of that a priori comparison, but, I loved your work because it is clearly beautiful.
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theAnnastazia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
i love it
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OKvex Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
amazing
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Treasures-Of-Wisdom Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Phenomenal. Truth be told, I started browsing this area of the site to see if it would be anything other than just a showcase of sleaze ... This is an exception, one of the few, and it is simply stellar.
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CapnSassy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Outstanding! Really fantastic! Love this image!!!!
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MirachRavaia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! Your photo has been featured in this news article [link] You can :+fav: the article if you like it. :heart:
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BunniChan77 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   General Artist
And to add to my last comment this picture is just a whole lot of wonderful. The lighting is pure magic and the movement in this picture is just phenomenal and her hair is just so perfect for the pose and shot. Ethereal is the only word I can use to describe it.
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Thank you. This photo is an all-time favorite.
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BunniChan77 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   General Artist
Wow I am in awe, just magnificent.
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RedShuttleworth Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Writer
Exquisite... painterly. Beautiful!
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Nawilith Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
We can conclude that the woman's body is as beautiful as nature. You harmonize them perfectly with nature, it's beautiful.
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Thank you very much.
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Nawilith Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
You're welcome.

What you make is awesome.
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Solus-Photography Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Marvelous.
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Seraphine-Harmonium Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Wow.
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dreamsdismissed Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful photo and, as other have said, it reminds me of a specific painting of Shakespeare's Ophelia. I wish I remembered the painter though.
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SallyClaireWiseman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
love this picture, love this painting
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
That's no painting. It's a straight, unmanipulated photograph.
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SallyClaireWiseman Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
yes i know,
apologies i thought the inspiration for this photograph was a painting called ophelia by millais.
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DaveL51 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
No apology needed. I thought you were thinking that this was actually a painting or a very manipulated photo. I often get comments like that about it. And, although I was, of course, aware of Ophelia before I took this photo, I can honestly say that Ophelia never entered my mind while I was working on it. This photo came to me before I ever set out to shoot it. I had the idea completely pre-visualized and contacted Lani because I knew she could pull it off. I told her what I wanted to do and let her pick a location near her because I knew she knew lots of good spots. We hiked to the spot she had picked, hiked around a bit looking for just the right place, and then she laid down in that freezing mountain stream and took on the perfect, peaceful look that I was after. One reason I'm so very happy with this photo is that it is exactly as I imagined it long before we shot it.
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R-u-d-r-a Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
BEAUTIFUL!
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salem10 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
stunning
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Urikson Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Very pre-Raphaelite. I like!
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InstantesEternos Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture
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haziel02 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Amazing image!
Imagem incrivel!!!
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haziel02 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
This photograph is beautiful and well composed.
Totaly Artistc
Imagem muito bela!
Muito Artistica
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FallenBeliever Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
This is probably the most stunning photo I have ever seen. Breathtakingly beautiful and just...stunning in every aspect. Amazing job.
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