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Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her sheep ...
2nd PlaceLittle Bo Peep Has Lost Her sheep ...
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Challenge: Nursery Rhymes (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Aug 22, 2012
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2012


[Aug. 26th, 2012 02:48:36 AM]

Thanks for all the great comments, I don't think I have received so many in quite awhile and I really appreciate all of them :)

I got a few requests for editing steps. I will even post the original photos once the challenge ends so you can get a better idea of how I achieved this photo. It took me awhile to wrap my head around this. I started the edit wed night and had to sleep on it and start fresh the next day. Even then I was frustrated at first, I had to walk away from it for about an hour and come back with a new mindset. Finally changing out bo peep with a different pose and cropping it in closer made all the difference and I got to work. Here is what I did basically it is like baking a cake get all the ingredients and blend them together:

This image was made up of 7 different photos.
#1 landcape
#2 bo peep in studio holding up a white sheet
#3,4,5 sheep
#6 sunflowers
#7 foreground grass

I started with the landscape:
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I added the studio shot of bo peep over the top of the landscape and sort of did a rough mask over parts just so I could get her placement right,
Here is my studio shot of bo-peep:
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once I got a good placement of bo peep, I did a detailed mask of the sheet and floor. slowly masking over the sheet until just enough of the background showed through. It took several different edits I think 10 in all to get just the right amount of sheet and background ratio.

It took awhile to place the sheep just right so you could see enough of them but not too much. Here is one of the sheep I used:
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Then came the foreground first I placed a strip of grass from the same landscape over the top of bo peep. The focal point was on the foreground grass so it helped with perspective. I then carefully masked around individual blades of grass to partially cover her shoes and dress. I still thought she needed more cover to settle her into the photo so I added the shots of the sunflowers. Plus I like the contrast of yellow and blue I always think blue and yellow together make a pleasing country feel to an image.

Sunflowers the final touch:
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Once it was all together the way I wanted it I applied some filters to bring out the detail in bo peep the sheep and the clouds. Then I added shadows by burning to add the final touch to things.

Really all in all not a complicated edit. Once I got my head wrapped around it:)

Original photos to come soon, I can't post them until after roll over so I will try to get them up as soon as I can.

[Aug. 30th, 2012 09:00:53 AM]

Last day until roll over and I am keeping my fingers crossed that my score will hold for a personal best. THANKS SHEZ FOR THE BLUE I REALLY WAS EXCITED ABOUT THAT. and all the other great comments as well.

I got a few comments on the veil, and wanted to say a bit more about that. Veils of this sort play a big part of what I believe in religiously. So I suppose coming up with an image like this was not a stretch. Sometimes I wonder what we as humans could see if we just had the ability to lift the veil in our own lives, I think we would be amazed at the people and things all around us everyday that influence us and guide us through this life.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 41
Avg (all users): 8.1575
Avg (commenters): 8.5556
Avg (participants): 7.2667
Avg (non-participants): 8.4330
Views since voting: 5998
Views during voting: 455
Votes: 127
Comments: 63
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09/05/2012 02:04:42 PM
Inspirational - thanks.
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09/01/2012 11:01:03 PM
This is such a clever scene. Beautifully thought out and shot.
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09/01/2012 03:24:30 PM
Oh Jennifer! You are a genius! This is museum work! Congratulations!
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08/31/2012 11:45:21 PM
THANKS FOR SHARING THE PROCESSING ABOVE AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THIS ONE... WHAT AN AMAZING SCORE YOU GOT AND SO DID THE OTHER TWO RE THE ON BEFORE AND THE ONE AFTER... LOVED IT XOX
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08/31/2012 08:59:18 PM
Very clever and very well executed!
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08/31/2012 08:03:41 PM
Congratulations!!! Well deserved! So well created, thank you for sharing how it was put together.
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08/31/2012 05:11:30 PM
Outstanding work here!
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08/31/2012 05:07:00 PM
Very well done, Jenn! Congrats!
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08/31/2012 04:02:32 PM
Congrats on the red and PB. :) I do very much love the creativity here. Very outside the box. LOVE it!! I do agree with one comment below on the lighting. The lighting of Bo Peep and the rest of the photo is a bit off. I also figured it was the studio lights. But other than that, stellar idea!
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08/31/2012 01:43:53 PM
Whoooo hoooo!!! Way to go, Jenn! Huge congrats on the PB!
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08/31/2012 01:12:31 PM
Congrats! Love it!
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08/31/2012 12:26:55 PM
A Fab score Jenn, congrats.
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08/31/2012 12:22:06 PM
Yep I can pick em... Wished I could shoot em!! LOL Seriously Congratulations on a WELL deserved red!!
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08/31/2012 10:43:45 AM
Fabulous, as Lydia would say :) I love the fresh feel of this creation, the fit with the rhyme, and the symbolism that takes it beyond a child's tale - so fitting for a nursery rhyme challenge since many many of those old rhymes had double meanings. Congratulations on the ribbon and the PB, Jenn.
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08/31/2012 10:05:51 AM
Well done Jenn! A very effective image with a minimal of expert editing. Congrats on the Red and a new PB! Wow, all 8's in the top 3. Don't think I have seen that here before.
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08/31/2012 07:14:14 AM
Extraordinary image, a fav. Congrats !
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08/31/2012 05:55:49 AM
We all knew it had to be near here somewhere,Congrats on ribbon,lovely stuff.
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08/31/2012 05:36:54 AM
Couldn't help but ribbon. Congrats, Jenn
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08/31/2012 02:14:27 AM
Congratulations, Jen! This is just such a wonderful creation - thanks for sharing the 'how'.

Message edited by author 2012-08-31 02:22:18.
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08/31/2012 01:23:48 AM
"Sometimes I wonder what we as humans could see if we just had the ability to lift the veil in our own lives, I think we would be amazed at the people and things all around us everyday that influence us and guide us through this life."

That is beautiful(love your words of wisdom!) as is your picture!! It was my favorite from the beginning and I am really glad you got a ribbon!
CONGRATULATIONS!
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08/31/2012 12:09:36 AM
I cannot fathom how anyone wouldn't see this as tops.

Congrats, though, on your RED! I totally LOVE this image.

Your brain... I want to be inside it for a few challenges...
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08/31/2012 12:05:05 AM
Congrats on your new PB, great shot which really fit this challenge, now how am I going to get some of those mountains.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/30/2012 11:57:24 PM
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08/30/2012 11:53:35 PM
Gorgeous image, wonderful work! 10! Fave.
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08/30/2012 11:22:51 PM
Your the winner :)
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08/30/2012 10:31:12 PM
Clever.
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08/30/2012 09:54:48 PM
If only she had it so easy at your hands. Nice work.
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08/30/2012 09:09:59 PM
my favorite of this challenge
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08/30/2012 08:58:57 PM
FABULOUS, Jenn!!

I'm so hoping this is the BLUE. It's really ingenious and really well done.

Yours girls are marvelous actresses!


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08/30/2012 08:09:04 PM
Top 10 for sure. Great work and effect on the 'curtain'.
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08/30/2012 09:00:37 AM
cute (on more than one level)! on with the show!
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08/30/2012 07:53:01 AM
Very very well done and inspired. Should do well.
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08/29/2012 11:19:36 PM
THIS IS AWESOME KEEP COMING BACK TO LOOK AT IT AND YES I LOVE IT... I LOVE THE SIMPLICITY EVEN THOUGH IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF PROCESSING TO GET THIS RESULT....

LOVE IT VERY MUCH AND I WILL BE BACK FROM SHEZ

YES HERE I AM TO GIVE YOU MY 21_F.gif SHERPET BLUE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE... I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOU THOUGHT THIS OUT AND EXECUTED IT AS IT LOOKS LIKE A COLOURFUL PAGE OUT OF A NUERSERY RHYME BOOK...AWESOME AND YES I LOVED IT AND STILL DO...FROM SHEZ

21_F.gif SHERPET BLUE STAR AWARD TO 'LITTLE BO PEEP HAS LOST HER SHEEP'..... FROM SHEZ

Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1025374.jpg CONGRATULATIONS
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08/29/2012 02:16:29 PM
Extremely creative. Sometimes I wish I could pull away the veil of the earth.
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08/29/2012 09:43:57 AM
This is actually pretty cool. I love the creativity here.
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08/29/2012 06:27:55 AM
Like this, great idea and lovely image, would of liked a bit more contrast in the sky, really nice tho non the less !
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08/28/2012 01:29:18 AM
Clever imagination. But looks abit too fake.
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08/26/2012 11:34:45 AM
Very nice idea, well executed!
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08/26/2012 09:51:00 AM
ok so I hope you let us in on how you edited this, it's very clever esp the lifting of the veil, well done, front page for sure.
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08/26/2012 01:40:07 AM
The winner. What I like about this is that it still looks like a photograph. Great concept, perfectly executed.
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08/26/2012 12:23:06 AM
I hope this ribbons, this is so clever and well put togehter. Im very interested in how you made one scene look like a curtain she is lifting up. I have an idea, but Im still kind of stumped!
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08/26/2012 12:10:35 AM
AWESOME to the inth degree!!!!!... I'm pretty sure by the mountains and the little girl I know who this is... Jen?? If not Jen you still get a 10 (I made a rhyme) LOL
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08/25/2012 06:34:22 PM
Adorable. Looks like Jenn's work. Nicely done.
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08/25/2012 06:12:40 PM
Excellent concept and well executed!
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08/25/2012 05:05:23 PM
This is such a clever idea. Love it. Definitely a ribbon winner - hope it gets the blue.
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08/25/2012 11:47:15 AM
Top 5
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08/25/2012 11:45:17 AM
Very cute!!
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08/25/2012 09:56:30 AM
Excellent..beautifully done. The best of them all imo. 10
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08/25/2012 08:37:04 AM
Fun concept! Love those sheep. :)
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08/25/2012 05:58:03 AM
Classic rhyme and wonderful creative imagery.
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08/25/2012 04:35:48 AM
Very clever composition and very well executed to the dime! Congrats!
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08/24/2012 08:36:19 PM
Brilliant, Jenn. Really truly marvelous. I've felt that life is like this sometimes :-)
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08/24/2012 06:58:43 PM
Wonderful creativity.

I think the lighting on lil' bo peep is a little too "studio" for the natural setting, but I could easily still see this with a ribbon. I wouldn't mind seeing this on the front page for a week.
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08/24/2012 04:57:30 PM
excellent Idea and execution.
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08/24/2012 03:15:12 PM
Now that is a unique idea. Fantastic.
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08/24/2012 02:04:35 PM
Nice work.
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08/24/2012 01:06:02 PM
Brilliant! Love it! My top choice
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08/24/2012 12:07:59 PM
This is really cute ,has to be in the top several.
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08/24/2012 10:26:03 AM
very cool idea!! :)
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08/24/2012 09:53:29 AM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Very clever presentation of the nursery rhyme! It is like she is on stage and lifting the curtain to show us where the sheep are hiding. Photo composition is well done and processing is spot on. The mood is bright, cheerful, and playful. I can easily see this being in the top ten. You get high marks for great effort and presentation:-)
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08/24/2012 09:09:11 AM
This is really nice, Jenn. A creative take very well implemented.
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08/24/2012 07:02:57 AM
fantastic concept well executed my winner 10
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08/24/2012 01:48:29 AM
Simply awesome...10
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