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An Evening by the Pool
3rd PlaceAn Evening by the Pool
Artan


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Dreams (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon Digital IXUS v3
Location: Whitminster, Gloucestershire, UK
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Emotive, Panoramic
Date Uploaded: May 5, 2005

This is how I see a great evening, sitting by a blue pool a few lilly pad around, and some enjoyable nibbles and a beverage or two.

This is an abandoned stretch of canal in the village.

Now the details on how it was achieved, very simple and a bit of a cheat.

In Photoshop
1. Neat Image
2. Feivels Gothic Glow Action.
( the cheat, as it was too much of a pain to replicate this manually)
3. A little tweaking with Colour Balance and Selective Colour to get the greens in the background more even, which as a total surprise to me also introduced some iridescence into the leaves at the front
4. Played with levels to darken the image slightly.
5. Cropped and Sized for DPC.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 114
Avg (all users): 6.6468
Avg (commenters): 8.0645
Avg (participants): 6.4483
Avg (non-participants): 6.7786
Views since voting: 6534
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 218
Comments: 62
Favorites: 16 (view)


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05/19/2005 03:44:03 PM
One of the best photographs I've ever seen
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05/19/2005 09:04:13 AM
This is really moody and lovely Ian. Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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05/17/2005 08:31:20 AM
I would have picked this for the blue. Lovely shot. Well done!! Congratulations.
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05/14/2005 06:39:27 PM
Beautiful! Seems a tiny bit dark in the shadows on my monitor, but it's still a great image.

*fave*
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05/14/2005 01:53:22 AM
congrats on your first ribbon, you produce quality images
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05/13/2005 03:34:41 PM
I love to see first-time ribbon winners. This is such a deserving shot. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!
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05/13/2005 12:57:52 PM
Well done on the ribbon :)

George
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05/13/2005 11:58:46 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. This was a very beautiful shot!
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05/13/2005 11:01:15 AM
The colors are beautiful, almost dreamy like. Great shot! Congrats!
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05/13/2005 08:33:44 AM
Beautiful, great job!
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05/13/2005 07:39:05 AM
Thanks to everyone. I am truly chuffed with this result.
The irony was I only entered this at the last moment, I had gone to bed feeling unwell having not made a submission, but after a few hours I woke up and then could not get back to sleep.

So to occupy my mind I spent some time editing a number of images I had taken over the previous 7 days. And this was the outcome…

I decided to give it a shot and see as I was a little concerned that it would be knocked for some heavy processing…

I am surprised that this score got me got a ribbon. So as I said to someone a few minutes ago, I will now proudly hang this virtual ribbon on my virtual wall..
Thank to everyone in DPC land.

Ian

edited to put workflow details with the image info

Message edited by author 2005-05-14 10:26:22.
05/13/2005 07:38:20 AM
I don't normally contribute to the post-challenge congratulatory comments, but in this case, I'll make an exception. Well done Ian.
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05/13/2005 06:48:25 AM
Absolutely stunning - my fav! Congrats!
...time to change your stats!!

Message edited by author 2005-05-13 06:50:24.
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05/13/2005 04:44:56 AM
Congrats on the first ribbon! Lovely image!
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05/13/2005 04:15:10 AM
Fantastic picture ! Congratulations, well deserved ribbon !
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05/13/2005 03:44:20 AM
Ian - brilliant, you must feel like it's christmas morning again!
Inspirational image, just beautiful, congrats!
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05/13/2005 03:34:50 AM
Way to go Ian
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05/13/2005 03:33:20 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!

Very dreamy light and colors :)
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05/13/2005 12:58:04 AM
congrats! gorgeous :)
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05/13/2005 12:42:09 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon... may there be many more to come.
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05/13/2005 12:31:22 AM
Congratulations on your yellow. Truly exuding the qualities of a wondrous dream.
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05/13/2005 12:26:56 AM
Congrat's on your first ribbon! Beautiful shot.
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05/13/2005 12:26:23 AM
My choice for a ribbon, congradulationsD! awesome image, well done.
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05/13/2005 12:25:20 AM
Congratulations Ian. A beautiful photograph.

Message edited by author 2005-05-13 01:31:30.
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05/13/2005 12:17:19 AM
Congratulations! I'd love to see a 'how they did it' kind of tutorial on this.
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05/13/2005 12:16:08 AM
Truly a dreamy landscape and an exquisite photo. Thanks & congrats.
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05/13/2005 12:06:08 AM
Many congrats on your first ribbon, Ian!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/12/2005 11:47:20 PM
Very pretty--great colors, love the softness. Bumping up!
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05/12/2005 05:44:31 PM
This has a nice, dreamy, surreal feeling.. i like it a lot
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05/12/2005 05:41:46 PM
Though I really like the colours this is a little too processed for my taste - everything is much too "soft" for me. Compositionally I would lose the right hand side to leave a very strongly framed image. Otherwise it is very well thought out with the plants in the foreground balancing the image out very nicely.
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05/12/2005 04:57:18 PM
Softness makes it dreamy. The green objects in front is what makes it work for me, I'm less interested in the top half. The dark blue and greens look great, the average tones of the top half do nothing. 7
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05/12/2005 08:03:05 AM
Well done. One of my top three.
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05/12/2005 05:25:59 AM
I love the dreamy, etheral feel, and the great colour.
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05/12/2005 03:25:24 AM
Looks more midday to my eye, but dreams can be anytime of day, and the photo es exquisite.
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05/11/2005 05:15:59 PM
The colours in this are so rich and vivid - and very dream-like. Beautiful work - 9
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05/10/2005 11:57:29 PM
Dreamy - good one!
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05/10/2005 05:47:03 PM
Reminiscent of 18/19th century pastoral landscape paintings. Check out //www.tate.org.uk/servlet/CollectionDisplays?roomid=1992 . Its a very evocative scene. I particularly like the shift from a dark foreground receding into a lit background with ones view partially obstructed by foliage thus creating a sense of unattainability. The lit fields are on the other side of the river bank/lake and beyond my reach. Congratulations on a truly beautiful photo. Wonder if you'd be willing to share the technique you used? I'd love to try and replicate something like this.
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05/10/2005 11:36:44 AM
Very dreamlike and atmospheric image with beautiful soft touch and wonderful colours. Great work!
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05/10/2005 08:08:29 AM
Very nice, very nice indeed. Wish my dreams looked this this, LOL! I like the feel of the overall shot, the composition, the balance, the only thing that throws me off just a bit is the dark lower left corner. Maybe you were going for the idea that the dream fades off into nothingness but I'm not really good at the in depth meaning of most shots, I just know if I like it or not, LOL! :O The corner doesn't really bother me so much, it does work well, it's just the way it suddenly goes black, a more subtle fade might have worked better for my taste personally.

A 9

Deannda
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05/10/2005 02:42:37 AM
This is a very soothing image...just beautiful. Very peaceful, and very much the misty surrealism that all the best dreams have :-) Great shot!
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05/09/2005 05:33:25 PM
A really dream-like picture.The lighting in the foreground (I presume it has been dodged and burned) is excellent. A nice glow o the picture.
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05/08/2005 09:53:47 PM
Very dreamlike! Lovely!
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05/07/2005 06:09:43 PM
I like the dreamy texture!
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05/07/2005 04:57:52 PM
Very dreamlike and the colors are so pretty
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05/07/2005 11:36:50 AM
Really nice image......9......
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05/06/2005 08:43:07 PM
This is my second go-around =) - Beautiful! I love the gentle feel of it. It feels like it should have a rectangular horizontal crop... the square crop doesn't feel right. However, great job!!!! 9
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05/06/2005 06:32:08 PM
Very nice dreamy effect however it's rather dark especially towards the bottom. I feel like there is a need for more light in many areas of the photo. 6.
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05/06/2005 06:07:24 PM
I really like the way this image looks. Almost like a painting. I would love to know the process used to produce this
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05/06/2005 03:06:52 PM
lovely dreamy quality!! How did you get that?
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05/06/2005 01:36:30 PM
You and I have a similar entry, altho I believe yours is a notch up from mine! :) I'm not doing as well as I had hoped with it. I hope my "9" will help out your average if you're suffering from the "don't like soft focus" crowd!
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05/06/2005 11:51:09 AM
If I could vote you'd be my one and only ten. This is the image i have in mind when i think of a "dream"
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05/06/2005 09:49:41 AM
I love the soft, misty quality! 10
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05/06/2005 09:15:07 AM
interesting concept for theme, can't tell what to look at, whites barely in, blacks good, nice dapples of light
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05/06/2005 08:30:41 AM
awesome
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05/06/2005 08:27:25 AM
Beautiful image. Very nice job on the post processing. Great colors.
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05/06/2005 04:37:56 AM
Pretty dream I love the tones of this image
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05/06/2005 02:42:44 AM
wow very nice, a touch dark and i have a bright LCD...so expect to see people hit you fairly hard on that account....

this is a great example of a soft focus done right and at the right time
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05/06/2005 02:07:08 AM
Gorgeous! One of the most beautiful images I've seen in a while. I would love to have a print of this framed on my wall.
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05/06/2005 01:42:49 AM
Excellent colors...very dreamy. 9
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05/06/2005 01:29:42 AM
Although I could not duplicate something this good, it is exactly what I pictured (or dreamed of) as an example of what one of the WOW shots would be for this challenge. It has everything.Very well done and a top pick for me.
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05/06/2005 12:13:09 AM
ooh, nice!
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05/06/2005 12:11:40 AM
A bit too dark around the edges... overall nice job.
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