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kosmikkreeper

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Fairy Tales (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Edja Lake
Date: Aug 29, 2004
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Emotive, Nude
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2004

It was raining hard all weekend but we did get about 30 mins of light drizzle to do the shot. It's not exactly like I wanted it but close enough... it was very cold so enough suffering for the model. :-)

The ear was cut out of cardboard and I had to play with saturation to make it the same color as the skin.

In PS... levels, exagerated USM and saturation, warm photofilter at 25%, warm difuse glow at 15% or so, Neat Image, some dodging and buring.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 104
Avg (all users): 7.5263
Avg (commenters): 8.5294
Avg (participants): 7.2794
Avg (non-participants): 7.6454
Views since voting: 26462
Views during voting: 552
Votes: 209
Comments: 66
Favorites: 34 (view)


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09/05/2007 11:16:26 PM
Wonderful
08/16/2005 11:06:55 AM
Really beautiful shot. Love it.
09/11/2004 10:38:25 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

It looks like you snuck into Fairy Tale Land and took a candid shot of one of its inhabitants. The vignetting puts the focus of attention on the subject where it belongs while allowing the setting to provide useful context without unwanted distraction. It's a lot more effective than cropping would have been. The softness and saturated colors create the desired ethereal effect, although I personally think both are just a bit overdone. Overall, a wonderful photo, but you already knew that!
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09/08/2004 08:47:01 PM
This is really delightful. Wonderful challenge articulation. Just a wonder to look at!
09/07/2004 04:12:08 AM
Gorgeous. Second-highest rated D70 shot ever!

P.S. Natator: ROTFL! I'll never be able to think of cropping the same way again.
09/06/2004 05:43:42 PM
Beautiful shot! Congrats on Your Blue!!
09/06/2004 12:50:26 PM
Beautiful shot!
Congrats on the blue
09/06/2004 11:28:22 AM
Great photo. I pegged this one for the blue. My favorite of the challenge.
09/06/2004 09:07:27 AM
Thanks to all who enjoyed this photo!!

And yes, Garry, it's a wig. :-)
09/06/2004 08:01:38 AM
Congrats on the blue ! Very well deserved !
09/06/2004 06:14:05 AM
Great idea and shot, congrats on the Blue!
09/06/2004 05:16:10 AM
Good one Yanik! Is that a wig she is wearing?
09/06/2004 05:15:14 AM
Definitely top shot...very well captured.
Congratulations
Gordon
09/06/2004 03:56:19 AM
Excellent Yanik. Very good PP you have done here. It truly looks like a fairy-land. My hats off to you!

Manny
09/06/2004 01:48:48 AM
Originally posted by computerking:

Wow. Amazing. Only suggestion would be a little more cropping on the bottom.


Why, has she been a naughty wood elf?

Sorry, couldn't resist ;)

Great shot, and the ear is a really great touch :)
09/06/2004 01:43:57 AM
Way to go, Yanik!!!!! Go Team Nikon!
09/06/2004 01:14:38 AM
Well deserved. This is exactly the entry I KNEW would win. Congrats
June
09/06/2004 12:48:32 AM
Congratulations, very well done
09/06/2004 12:45:19 AM
Congratulations! My 2 top picks came in 1st and 2nd! Woohoo,,,
09/06/2004 12:22:49 AM
Congratulations on your blue. Quite a winner. I mean, this looks like it took place in real life as a fantasy fot a challenge and you not only wound up scoring the blue, but what a lovely and timeless image. I am mad at myself because I missed this image so it only got my 5, which was my placeholder. Shame on me. Well, the more power to you, you won without my high vote.lol
09/06/2004 12:22:15 AM
Congrats! Well shot and realisticly looking I might add.
09/06/2004 12:12:34 AM
Congrats I really like the feeling this image portrays
09/06/2004 12:04:41 AM
Beautiful shot, well done blue ribbon
09/06/2004 12:04:22 AM
Woo Hoo! Congrats on the Blue.
This was very well done!
09/06/2004 12:03:24 AM
congrats on the blue,
It's a great shot and it's perfectly executed!
09/06/2004 12:01:24 AM
Congratulations on your first place ribbon. Beautiful image!!
09/06/2004 12:00:33 AM
yay i knew this would win, i gave it a 10. congrats
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2004 11:41:09 PM
A brilliant and tasteful work of art. The colors are spectacular. The pinpoint lighting and the soft focus a great addition to create the dream effect. 10
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09/05/2004 02:26:18 PM
I really like the balance of this phograph and the softness that has been added. Beautiful subject and nicely composed. Well done!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/05/2004 07:46:25 AM
Not a bad idea, but the burning is way too obvious. Real shadow and light could have made this really good.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/05/2004 07:38:10 AM
i think this is a really cool shot. i like it alot. i hope she didnt sit on any poison ivy ^_^
09/04/2004 10:55:59 PM
Interesting lighting and a pose that fits the title. Nice shot.
09/04/2004 09:30:22 AM
Very well done, I thought of a woodland nymph immediately before even reading the title. 10
09/04/2004 12:18:45 AM
i love this image! the first one so far that fits the challenge so perfectly and marvelously done! a 10.
09/03/2004 08:02:52 AM
beauty.
09/03/2004 12:36:18 AM
Great setup and composition and a really nice use of that softening effect. Since the central light doesn't seem to be coming from anywhere, you might want to tone down that effect a bit or alter it in some way. But overall, this is a really excellent photo - one of the best of the challenge.
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09/02/2004 05:07:36 PM
Too cool. Lighting, colors - everything works! Back to change from 9 to 10.
09/02/2004 10:46:19 AM
Not usually keen on the soft focus look but works well in this subtle image. 8
09/01/2004 11:54:18 PM
I thought this was very well done. Good luck.
09/01/2004 05:59:08 PM
Overt softened maybe but guess it adds to the fairy tale experience. Ther colours are excellent and the pic definately meets the challenge. I think i'd have liked to see some space between the models head and the dark background. I'm thinking this would be even better as an aged/sepia shot [7]
  Photographer found comment helpful.
09/01/2004 02:07:55 PM
Good choices, from the model to the post processing; I like the soft focus and vibrant colors. One of my tops this challenge.
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09/01/2004 08:46:25 AM
My favorite of the challenge! I love the lighting and the colors. The soft focus on the model is awesome, and really gives it that fairy tale feeling. I honestly can't think of a suggestion to improve it. - 10
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09/01/2004 06:18:45 AM
It's a shame you chose this position for her, because her hait almost gets lost in the shadowy backgorund. If she was a bit more to the left then her hair would be against the green and she would stand out better. I think the soft focus effect was applied a little too strongly too.
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09/01/2004 01:11:12 AM
Great picture really captivates the viewer.
08/31/2004 08:59:34 PM
Good composition...I like the little pointy ears
the lighting is nice and the use of soft focus works well for this fairy tales challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/31/2004 06:42:03 PM
Very cool and appropriate lighting and editing. Very magical. The ears are a great tough! Just perfect for this challenge.
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08/31/2004 12:36:36 PM
excellent!
I'm sure this will be in the top 3!
great shot :)
08/30/2004 11:34:12 PM
This is probably heavily photoshop'd, but that's okay, I love the effect. From the softness, to the lighting, to the colors. Great photo. Good luck in the challenge.
08/30/2004 10:45:23 PM
very magical, awesome job
08/30/2004 10:00:46 PM
Extremely well done! Only one of two I have seen so far I am sure will be in the top 3
08/30/2004 09:39:11 PM
outstanding, great work my pick for the blue ribbon.
08/30/2004 05:48:30 PM
The colors are great, but there's an awful lot of repetition on the left side of the image. Also, the transistion between dark and light is awfully abrupt.
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08/30/2004 03:54:51 PM
Like the ears. Great lighting. The nude theme is good too, after all why would a creature of the woods wear clothes. The outlying shadows and elf's expression shows a second party observing without the elf knowing which is a big part of challenge. -9-
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08/30/2004 12:51:41 PM
This should win, well done
08/30/2004 11:50:10 AM
It definitely gives a magic feel. Color, contrast and the soft blur are great! One of the best in this challenge!
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08/30/2004 10:55:40 AM
Neatly done, lovely model, just right.
08/30/2004 09:14:37 AM
cool
08/30/2004 08:53:51 AM
Amazing lighting and magical atmosphere just made me wanna look for her in the nearby forest.
Wonderful pic!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2004 08:53:33 AM
So far I have only found one word to describe this shot, PERFECT. I could start naming things that I like about this shot but the list would be way to long. I just love every single thing about this shot. You deserve much more than a 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2004 08:47:00 AM
Wow. Amazing. Only suggestion would be a little more cropping on the bottom.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2004 01:51:36 AM
very cool
08/30/2004 01:22:30 AM
well i think i'm in love
08/30/2004 01:04:01 AM
the colors, concept, and composition are great. the black vingete has a bit of a harsh transitoin and the background image feels a bit 2D. can't go wrong with elf ears though ;o)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2004 12:57:35 AM
Gorgeous! The soft focus *really* works with this picture. One could almost believe you actually ran into this woodland creature. Great job.
08/30/2004 12:37:35 AM
This photograph is one of my favorites in the challenge. So beautiful in fact that you didn't need to go overboard with the photoshop vignetting. Great model, lighting, and pose. 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/30/2004 12:34:24 AM
Very cool idea, I like the colors and burning. Definitely a 10...


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