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Fairy in the Forest
Fairy in the Forest
manic35


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Fantasy (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 DC for Pentax
Location: New Farm Park, Brisbane, Australia
Date: Jan 19, 2006
Aperture: f4.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/90
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2006

This shot was taken in the busiest park in Brisbane, New Farm Park. On the day about 100 kids were running through these trees. Thankfully, I only needed 1/90 second and through they all came again! The trees are Moreton Bay Figs are create a nice image for the forest look.

Post - unsharp mask, level, saturation, dodge & burn, Neat Image, resize, save for web.

I took a leaf out of BobsterLobsters' book and used Neat Image to create a soft whispy look through the image. Thanks for the tip, Bob.

I'm hoping for top 20 and secretly top 10 with this image. Only my second members' challenge - the competition is so high so hopefully I'm not unrealistic.

Nic

Statistics
Place: 17 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.4161
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 6.1884
Avg (non-participants): 6.4885
Views since voting: 2699
Views during voting: 629
Votes: 286
Comments: 31
Favorites: 4 (view)


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03/11/2006 01:41:24 AM
Thats a wonderful shot!!!! You should have placed even higher....
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02/02/2006 05:31:56 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

You have a charming image that scored exceptionally well in the Fantasy Challenge. It certainly is one you can be proud of and if there wasn't such fierce competition, you would probably have another ribbon on your Profile Page.

So, I'm going to end my "critique" here and go on to the next person on our very long list.

My best wishes for your continued success in DPC.

Alice
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01/30/2006 09:26:47 AM
Sweet and fanciful. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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01/30/2006 12:25:06 AM
congratulations on a strong finish and your highest scoring image to date! after a closer inspection, it looks like the parts of her face (eyebrows and mouth) that conveyed sadness to me only looked like they did because of the motion blur - I was reading the downward-to-the-left dark lines as a frown or pout. weird. So I wasn't a big fan of that, but the tree is really great. The smoothly varied tones and the rich texture are really beautiful. I hope to see more from you in the future.
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01/30/2006 12:16:39 AM
My daughter tells me thats a Barbie Pegasus costume :)

I suspected this would be yours or Matt's. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/29/2006 11:43:00 PM
People might complain that the fairy is a bit blurred but I'm guessing that that was your intention? The blurriness actually helps enhance the photograph. The dark area (shadow?) across the top kind of threw me off, but it's not too bad. Congratulations on picking a cute model and shooting a lovely picture!
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01/29/2006 10:06:53 PM
What lovely trees to frame this beauty. Bumping up.
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01/29/2006 03:33:09 PM
stunning
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01/27/2006 12:34:30 PM
Very nice picture, good composition and the girl really stands out, and make me feel like I am in an fantasy world.
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01/26/2006 10:59:54 PM
l<3ve it
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01/26/2006 12:36:11 AM
i hope people don't get pissed off at you for the blurred girl. Because that enhances the idea, story and execution of this obvious gem. top marks from me. please ribbon.
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01/25/2006 11:07:47 PM
This has such a nice feel to it. Almost fairy tale like ;) Great!
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01/25/2006 07:02:41 PM
Grate Fantasy
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01/25/2006 09:57:07 AM
IMHO this would have been better if she was in full focus.
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01/25/2006 05:47:19 AM
So cute, so very cute.....
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01/25/2006 05:20:25 AM
Finally! An image that really says "Fantasy". I was beginning to wonder if I was really voting in the "Fantasy" challenge.

I really like this, would have liked to have seen a slight dreamy blur applied to the whole image - the starkness of the foreground trees detracts slightly for me, nevertheless, the trees are a very intriguing element in the shot, and I love the sharp angle of the large tree - it creates unexpected visual interest. Very cool.
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01/25/2006 01:33:40 AM
Beautiful imagery!
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01/24/2006 10:36:59 PM
very nice picture!
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01/24/2006 09:54:11 PM
too precious!
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01/24/2006 08:46:16 AM
Wonderful picture. Love how that tree frames the subject and she is just a tad oof. Thats how I usually picture them in my head. Well done!
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01/24/2006 02:04:47 AM
I love this shot, the small degree of movement on the fairy gives the perception that she is moving quickly through the forest. I also like the slight blur you have added to some of the background tree roots. The whole image is quite magical and I will be disappointed if it doesn't get a ribbon. Good luck 10.
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01/23/2006 10:49:42 PM
I really like this photo...... the crisp focus of the tree makes a good contrast to the soft focus of the fairy, making her look even more ethereal. The purple of her dress makes the photo very eye catching
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01/23/2006 10:13:38 PM
Is that a banyan tree? I love those.

I like the framing here a lot in fact I really like the overall look of the image with one (fairly major) exception... the blured girl. That is just not working for me. I think I get what you were going for... trying to portray getting a quick fleeting glimpse of a fairy in the forest... however it just looks like a blurry kid in a princess costume.
01/23/2006 07:46:43 PM
Very cute - nicely done! Love the color contrast, large tree, DOF - the blur works as well. Great shot!
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01/23/2006 05:37:37 PM
love the movement, comours, composition...it looks like she is trying to quickly hide. this shot should do very wel and finish in the top 10, maybe even top 5
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01/23/2006 04:10:17 PM
charming composition
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01/23/2006 02:26:20 PM
very cute idea, i just wish the child was more in focus
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01/23/2006 09:27:41 AM
gorgeous photo.
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01/23/2006 07:18:14 AM
lovely.. just what i woulde have done in this challenge.. but ofcourse so much better done :)
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01/23/2006 05:11:45 AM
the fairy looks rather upset :(
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01/23/2006 03:30:38 AM
This is just the subject and approach that I had planned, but then withdrew, so I admire this all the more. Great framing, and effective burning. Cute model. I wish the focus was more strongly on her, instead of on the foreground frame. But, very nice....
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