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This frog BETTER turn into a prince!
This frog BETTER turn into a prince!
walrus451


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Magic & Mystery (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Location: Columbus GA
Date: Aug 19, 2006
Aperture: f10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Portraiture, Children
Date Uploaded: Aug 20, 2006

Tough shoot. My model got disinterested after 7 or 8 shots. LOL

Thanks for all the great comments, I'm psyched to be in the top 20! Jade (the gorgeous model) was great but the location was last second due to me arriving late and we had to hurry to get some shots before the sun went down. I was hoping for a more wooded spot by a lake in a local park but I settled for this area right outside a highschool. In post I tried to make the background more "magical" by using a HUE blending mode. Flattened layers after that and used diffuse glow on the whole image. It was VERY difficult getting a shot where you could see the frog at all. I could not find a bigger frog to save my life.....lol

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 127
Avg (all users): 6.3119
Avg (commenters): 7.4615
Avg (participants): 6.2295
Avg (non-participants): 6.3439
Views since voting: 1721
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 218
Comments: 32
Favorites: 1 (view)


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07/23/2007 01:11:54 PM
So emotive and so beautiful..... I love it.....
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09/02/2006 02:26:45 PM
Critique Club Review:

I like the soft focus, and model's eyes really grab the attention. Kids are tough to work with, and here is would have helped to have her looking at the object of her "affection". One downside of the manipulation is that is almost leaves a wintery feel, which leaves the view wondering, if the frogs are active in the winter, and are they ever that color?

Good exposure and contrast control. Detail is everywhere. A little less depth of field might have helped remove the few background distractions.
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08/30/2006 03:10:04 AM
Congratulations on top 20 placing. Her disinterested look works very well with your title.
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08/28/2006 02:13:29 PM
Congrats man. TOP 20 Rules, Someday I will get that camera that I want and it will take a picture better then my phone. UGH.... Looks like the new camera you got paid off.

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08/28/2006 12:20:01 AM
Congratulations for making the top 20!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2006 11:23:38 PM
beautiful
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08/26/2006 01:53:10 PM
I like it. Frog isn't reall obvious, but IMO, picture works even without the frog. good luck.
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08/26/2006 01:42:04 PM
Very cute. I would have considered going closer and cropping closer on the right. Nice pleasing colors. Bump.
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08/26/2006 08:04:58 AM
Frankly, if this was my little girl, I would be more than hoppy for her to keep the toad.....
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08/26/2006 07:25:51 AM
This is agreat idea and a lovely pic. I love the softness of the little girl. Beautifully done. IMO the background steals some of the potential away from the pic. It's dull and the tree is distracting. Maybe a deeply saturated green backgound?...maybe even next to a little pond would have added a little something to the "fairy tale" feel. Still very nicely done and so I'm bumping you to 8.
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08/25/2006 09:09:55 PM
very nice...quite magical indeed gl 10+
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08/25/2006 07:12:59 PM
Nice use of the soft focus--it gives a nice feel. The blue eyes may be a little too saturated.
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08/25/2006 01:55:48 PM
Sweet shot!! I like the soft feel...very fairytale like. Nice work!!10
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08/24/2006 10:10:46 PM
lol! a little young to be wishing for a prince, dont ya think?
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08/24/2006 05:04:00 AM
good choice of background and the desat done.
softness on the overall is very pleasing and suitable.
Love it!
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08/23/2006 10:41:31 PM
Luckily, the title made me look closer to see that she's kissing a frog. But I almost missed it entirely, and just saw a cute girl dressed like a princess. Normally I don't like titles to tell me the story; I prefer that in the image.

But the rest of the image is so nice - the contrast between her coloring and that of her dress against the brown background, her expression, her gorgeous eyes ... and I like the soft focus.

Compositionally, the large empty space on the left doesn't do much for me.

With a tighter crop and maybe her hand lower so I could really see the frog, I would've voted higher. Still, I'm voting it a 6.
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08/23/2006 07:10:03 PM
Fun shot. I like the soft illusion to it. Give the girl an oversized frog. =) One that would stand out more in the picture. That would give some "magic" to the picture.

Have her looking at the frog with anticipation and hope. Her looking up (to whatever it is she sees), doesn't quite make her WISH come true.

Message edited by author 2006-08-30 04:27:22.
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08/23/2006 08:52:04 AM
i really like this, though my only wish is that we were a bit closer to the action regarding the kissing the amphibian bit. the fact that the kid is looking up makes me feel that you could almost dispense with the lower third of the image, and maybe crop the top centimeter, making it more panoramic / film like possibly? the colours are so rich; i love the autumnal colours with the diffused glow of the backgrounds... it's really a marvellous picture, funny, cute, and mystical too. 10.
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08/22/2006 10:30:15 PM
I like the concentration of blue in her eyes and the otherwise muted colors. However, I think the DOF could be better. The OOF arms yet well focused tree seems to indicate the focus is a little deep. Overall, well done I like the mood conveyed.
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08/22/2006 08:00:04 PM
Looking up is a visual metaphor and it works in this case. Nice use of focus or de-focus. 8.
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08/22/2006 07:40:50 PM
I love the softness in this picture as well as those striking blue eyes;-)
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08/22/2006 01:38:51 PM
Cute idea but a little too much eye saturation for me
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08/22/2006 06:16:01 AM
So so cute.....
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08/21/2006 09:50:23 PM
This one just brings a smile to my face. Great idea and nice capture.
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08/21/2006 09:20:21 PM
I really love this image. I particularly like the 'other worldly' nature of the girl. Her tiare is a bit dodgy, a bit too easily identified as plastic, but everything else is gorgeous.
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08/21/2006 09:10:47 PM
Cute.
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08/21/2006 07:14:39 PM
Cute. NI to the hilt, but to a good effect. Too bad it's the end of summer and everything is brown, eh? I had the same problem. 6
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08/21/2006 04:22:59 PM
Nicely coloured imag, pity we cant see a little more of the frog. Lovely shot though.
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08/21/2006 11:33:02 AM
what a great idea ... want to see more of the frog ...
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08/21/2006 11:16:00 AM
Nice soft focus and glow, great tones. What you did with the background was very smart, and I like the pink stone on the tiara. One idea tho, would be to keep a sharper focus on the frog legs - or at least make them a bit more greeny. They're almost lost in the blur.
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08/21/2006 03:38:35 AM
I love the soft focus on this and the light...she is gorgeous, a real princess with great eyes...perhaps a little closer would have ben better as the bg is a little distracting...you may have made her the focal point and still retained an interesting bg by going for a square crop and eliminating the left hand side...??? just a thought 8
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08/21/2006 12:41:22 AM
this is nice, her eyes really stand out
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