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Once were Fairys
Once were Fairys
Lozza


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Challenge: Magic & Mystery (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax FA J 18-35mm f/4.0-5.6 AL
Date: Aug 20, 2006
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/90
Date Uploaded: Aug 20, 2006

12th? I'm stunned. There were so many amazing images in this challenge!

A heartfelt thank you to all those who took the time to comment and thought this was worthy of such high votes.

The image was taken at my favourite place here in Auckland - Cornwall Park. This was actually the Plan B. My Plan A involved getting my teenage daughter to run through the thick rows of spruce pines at the park, but she chickened out on me.

Oh, and those white spots? ... ummm, that's bird poop... but they do look a little like fossilised fairies, right? ;D

Also, many thanks to my wife, Rina, who patiently guided me through post processing til I achieved what I wanted.

The steps:
- Cloned out cars and bits of sky in background, as well as some minor distractions in and around the tree roots.
- Channels adjustment layer, monochrome. Played around with channels to brighten light areas.
- Levels adjustment layer to darken shadows a little more, rather than using burn tool.
- Resize.
- Smart Sharpen, 50% 1.0
- Smart Blur, 1.0 10.0
- Gaussian Blur @ 5.0 then faded to 20%

Here's the original, if anyone's interested...
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Statistics
Place: 12 out of 127
Avg (all users): 6.5694
Avg (commenters): 7.3500
Avg (participants): 6.2593
Avg (non-participants): 6.6728
Views since voting: 1561
Views during voting: 449
Votes: 216
Comments: 29
Favorites: 5 (view)


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AuthorThread
08/31/2006 10:07:15 AM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish. Wonderful shot!
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08/28/2006 08:56:55 AM
Congrats! And thanks for explaining the title. :)
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08/28/2006 08:45:36 AM
one of my favs, should have ribboned ;)
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08/28/2006 12:48:40 AM
Impressive with its undine travel. Congratulations on your 12th place finish.
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08/28/2006 12:24:24 AM
Almost first page! I am right there with ya. Great image and score.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/27/2006 08:34:26 PM
Spooky
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08/27/2006 07:13:53 PM
very very nice! great work. this photo comes at you, if it doesn't check your pulse!...10
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08/27/2006 03:55:08 PM
I like it--just otherworldly enough, and the lack of a human is good.
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08/27/2006 12:37:17 PM
This is an image in which you've been able to create mystery by your tones and point of view. Well done.
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08/27/2006 10:00:53 AM
This is a really melancholy, yet beautiful picture.
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08/27/2006 09:24:03 AM
Very nice.
This makes me think of something along the lines of the Whomping Willow.
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08/27/2006 12:21:32 AM
good use of delirious perspective to make mysterious. and what are those white spots on everything? they really complete the effect. 7
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08/26/2006 08:20:20 PM
Eerie and ideal for b/w. very nice capture. Bump.
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08/26/2006 02:23:36 AM
Fantastic!
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08/25/2006 01:44:55 PM
I absolutely love this picture!!! It has to be one of my all time favorites -
it has an enchanted feel - nice work!! 10
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08/25/2006 12:15:48 AM
San Diego??? Balboa park???
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08/24/2006 08:28:58 PM
Love this. My fave
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08/24/2006 03:02:09 AM
Very nice. B/W adds surreality.
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08/23/2006 11:41:11 PM
Looks like a magic tree with tentacles to me. I like the composition, esp. the two roots reaching toward the viewer. The title leaves me wondering what it was that used to be fairies. With more contrast, I would've voted higher. 5.
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08/23/2006 04:19:43 PM
Nice! Great composition and excellent B&W conversion. Feels mysterious and magical even outside the title (which helps). 7, perhaps 8 later.
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08/23/2006 09:30:59 AM
this is creppy looking...; )
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08/22/2006 09:52:05 PM
I like it very much. Cativating mood. I continue to look expecting the fairy to come out from behind the tree.
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08/22/2006 12:10:21 PM
Nice job. Kind of Abstract and "Lord of the Rings"ish :)
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08/22/2006 08:00:21 AM
Very elf forest like. I like it.
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08/22/2006 06:51:58 AM
Like this alot it definately has that magical feel to it.
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08/21/2006 11:11:42 PM
wow..
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08/21/2006 02:21:33 PM
Wow, simply beautiful! I love the strong b/w tones, the vertical composition, and the strong fit to the challenge - 10
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08/21/2006 11:19:04 AM
I really really love this, the range of tones is great, and the white specs add to the magic. One of my favorites! good luck ;)
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08/21/2006 03:50:08 AM
love the wide angle effect...well done on a great image...glad you went b and w
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