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I Dreamt I Was . . .
I Dreamt I Was . . .
Jovan


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Anything But Landscape (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Tokina AF 11-16mm f/2.8 116 AT-X Pro DX for Nikon
Location: Badlands National Park
Date: Jul 7, 2008
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/5000
Galleries: Portraiture, Rural
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2008

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Post Challenge:

Thanks to all who voted - my highest scoring image yet!

This was taken on our vacation in the Badlands National Park in South Dakota. My wife saw this field of flowers as we were approaching from a distance. We pulled the car over and I hiked over to the edge of the field. Next thing I know, I'm hearing a continous yelping noise coming from all around me. Not only was I standing in the middle of this beautiful field full of flowers - I was surrounded by praire dogs popping in and out of their holes. I'm sure they were wondering what the weird guy with the camera was doing in their field.

Anyway, I ran back to the car and told my wife and daughter that they'd never beileve what was up there. They came with me and brought the binoculars. This picture was more of a snapshot of my wife watching the praire dogs than anything else. I liked how her hair was blowing in wind and further distorted by the wide angle lens. I thought the area had a surreal, dreamy look and so that's how I decided to process it.

In CS3 (no particular order):
- RAW converted with ACR
- Cloned out dust spots
- Shadow/Highlights
- Levels
- Curves
- Color Balance
- B&W Conversion/Red Filter/Faded to around 25%
- Hue/Saturation (mainly, yellows greener and saturation increase)
- Neat Image
- Unsharp Mask
- Surface Blur with layer mask to smooth skin
- Gaussian Blur faded to 20-30% with using a layer mask
- Dodging & Burning
- Neat Image again
- Crop & Resize
- Sharpen further
- Save for Web

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 247
Avg (all users): 6.8049
Avg (commenters): 7.8235
Avg (participants): 6.7179
Avg (non-participants): 6.8837
Views since voting: 4704
Views during voting: 389
Votes: 164
Comments: 21
Favorites: 8 (view)


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06/08/2009 02:25:03 PM
I didn't get to see cool fields of flowers while I was there but this is really a great shot, certainly dreamlike, I just like it all around
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2008 04:21:32 PM
Processing goes with the title very well to give it a 'Dreamy look' : )
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07/19/2008 07:42:34 PM
I was thinking "dreamy" even before I read your title. You could have cloned out her brastrap, but that's just a nitpick. Edit: Bumping to a 10 and a fav.
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07/19/2008 08:22:07 AM
Great dreamy feel. Lovely colors and I like the softness. 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/18/2008 01:35:47 PM
Wow...!!! see that effect... very impressive work. The soft focus is a perfect fit.
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07/17/2008 03:00:11 PM
Love the distortion and really think the processing suits in this case. Nice portrait!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/17/2008 06:07:56 AM
cool portrait, well done
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07/16/2008 01:32:44 PM
Wonderful photo!
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07/16/2008 11:27:39 AM
Nice soft treatment and great comp.
I'm finding my eye drawn to her shoulder strap. I wonder if it would have been legal to clone it out?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2008 09:08:37 PM
this really does have a dream like quality to it! cool shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2008 07:24:31 PM
Wonderful capture and processing. This is in my top 3. Hope you ribbon.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2008 06:25:32 PM
Very nice job. 8
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07/15/2008 05:27:55 PM
Really has some wonderful qualities. The lack of shading and definition between your model's jawline and neck sort of makes her look a little alien-like. Perhaps just another 1/2 second before hitting the shutter and this could have been alieviated.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2008 12:50:50 AM
This does have a dreamy feeling to it. Nice! 7
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07/15/2008 12:08:54 AM
very nice -8
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07/14/2008 08:19:10 PM
I love this picture, it leaves me really wondering. Why is she standing in a field holding binoculars?? I love the way you've accomplished it too -- so lovely.

Back to add to favorites :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/14/2008 12:30:44 PM
This is awesome, I like it more the more I see it. One of my top 3 in the challenge. I'd be interested to hear about the processing on this one as it has a really soft dreamy feel to it that really makes it stand out. I even like the slightly awkward looking pose and slightly tilted horizon, as it makes for a nice balanced composition. - 9
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/14/2008 10:39:36 AM
very cool effect, the shot ends up implying movement, almost like a panning shot...really like this!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/14/2008 10:09:36 AM
I like it. God quality of light.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/14/2008 01:18:24 AM
Amazing!!!
its different and refreshing...
strong color and composition - 10
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07/14/2008 12:05:39 AM
Love the airy feel of it and the wind in her hair, but honestly the harsh black and the idea of the binoculars doesn't match the rest of the image to me. Great editing though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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