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Faux-rora Borealis
2nd PlaceFaux-rora Borealis
aimeethetoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Homemade Landscapes (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Ohio
Date: Apr 5, 2008
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8.0
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2008

I figured if I had to make a homemade landscape, I might as well try to make it a rockin' Iceland sort of shot. Of course it looks like a cartoon Iceland but I'll take it!

An arts & crafts challenge is right up my alley. I had a great time poking pin holes in blue posterboard and making the majestic Mulch Mountain range (rear mountains are paper & chalk). The lights are glow bracelets done in the painting-with-light fashion. I had a light on for a couple of seconds behind my posterboard for the stars.

We all know Scalvert will win this challenge but I'm hoping for a decent score with this...but who knows?!

Shot in RAW - RAW conversions. PS3 - hue/sat, selective color (over & over again), neat image, crop, save for web.

YAY!!! A ribbon!!! Thanks for all the comments and votes. I must admit I originally liked the stars - gave it a fun cartoon feel I thought - then the comments started rolling in and I learned quickly to dislike my stars and would have loved a chance to reshoot! Funny how that can happen! Don't worry all you star police...I've learned my lesson!! Only realistic night skies in my fake landscapes from here on out

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 70
Avg (all users): 7.1860
Avg (commenters): 8.2955
Avg (participants): 6.5938
Avg (non-participants): 7.2468
Views since voting: 7411
Views during voting: 779
Votes: 344
Comments: 69
Favorites: 2 (view)


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04/20/2008 03:10:43 PM
I like the stars! Creations should have a different "feel" to them! If I had the privilege of directing a play that needed a nighttime set, then yours would be the first number that I would call.

Excellent manipulation of mixed-media, including the pixels used to render a marvelous end-photo! Congratulations on your excellent use of the skills entrusted to you! :)
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04/16/2008 12:19:23 PM
Aimee - you're unstoppable at the moment !!

Congrats on another ribbon :- )
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04/16/2008 11:21:12 AM
So very creatively done Aimee!! right down to the title! HEHEHE!!
Congrats!
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04/16/2008 10:36:39 AM
This was one of my top scores. Great job Aimee! :)
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04/16/2008 10:18:26 AM
Aimee!!! Wow! You are a genius. SCalvert look out, you got nothin' on Aimeethetoo! :)

I love this, and considering how many people were whining over the stars, which for a homemade landscape, I think are VERY nice by the way, it speaks volumes for what a beautiful, strong photo this is. CONGRATULATIONS on having the last word with a ribbon :) VERY deserving!!!

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04/16/2008 09:49:54 AM
Congratulations, you did great. Might even be 100% Organic, too. So you've got cow manure mountains in the foregroung? firtilizer/mulch
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04/16/2008 09:26:21 AM
Love the stars! Congratulations.
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04/16/2008 08:58:36 AM
Congrats on a very well deserved Ribbon! {{HUGS}} :o)
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04/16/2008 06:56:56 AM
Im so happy yuou won! I meant to leave a coment, but didn't have the time to go back and do that after I rated you. Your picture is excellent!!!!!
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04/16/2008 06:32:23 AM
Aimee! Congrats on the ribbon! This one was so creative and distinct.
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04/16/2008 03:28:49 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. It's an amazing photo
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04/16/2008 02:56:51 AM
wonderful,well done/congratulations
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04/16/2008 01:22:58 AM
Beautifully done.
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04/16/2008 01:10:03 AM
Congrats Aimee, well deserved ribbon for a wonderful effort!
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04/16/2008 12:52:15 AM
Brilliant, Aimee. Scalvert will be VERY envious ;-)) Congrats on the ribbon.
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04/16/2008 12:20:35 AM
Well done Aimee! Congrats on the ribbon
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04/16/2008 12:15:10 AM
You were up to the challenge for sure :)
I am glad my 9 helped ;)
All the best,
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04/16/2008 12:14:52 AM
Clever creation, but I thought the stars were too fake, being mostly the same size and luminosity. Congratulations on the ribbon. ;-)
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04/16/2008 12:13:59 AM
Congrats. Nicely done!
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04/16/2008 12:12:51 AM
Nice addition to the Too family ribbon collection! Really a very impressive craft project, too. I'd never have thought of mulch!
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04/16/2008 12:11:41 AM
This is soooo good! You are so creative to think of the glow bracelets! Well done and congrats!
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04/16/2008 12:07:21 AM
Haha... I didn't even enter (nyah!). Very impressive aurora and mountains. The stars, well... not so much. They're too regular and evenly distributed IMO. Who can argue with a 7.18 though? Congrats!
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04/16/2008 12:06:14 AM
My 9 helped, cool. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/15/2008 11:14:30 PM
I am a sucker for northern light even fake ones. Very Nice
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04/15/2008 03:27:23 PM
great idea and title
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04/15/2008 02:54:12 PM
GREAT !! i really want to know how it was done.
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04/15/2008 02:02:15 PM
I likes it, obviously front page =p
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04/15/2008 01:01:53 PM
Love the sky.
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04/14/2008 09:41:40 PM
Very nice hue of colors. Love it.
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04/14/2008 06:39:15 PM
This is awesome looking. Nice idea and job. The color is amazing.
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04/14/2008 06:30:09 PM
nice!
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04/13/2008 09:34:53 PM
Awesome! Fantastic landscape and AB -- A few too many stars to feel real but the idea pushes this into 8-dome.
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04/13/2008 08:19:56 PM
nice title.
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04/13/2008 07:22:03 PM
Outstanding!
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04/13/2008 06:10:38 PM
WOW! amazing photo!
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04/12/2008 09:59:32 PM
Nice work!
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04/12/2008 07:01:02 PM
Excellent! 10
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04/12/2008 05:09:14 PM
what are the mountains made of?
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04/12/2008 01:54:49 PM
Brilliantly conceived and executed. Beautiful colors. Almost looks real. An eight for you.
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04/12/2008 10:02:37 AM
The colors really pop in this photograph. The stars are also nicely done, as there are some groupings that could be constilations.
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04/11/2008 06:12:11 PM
Very clever and a great overall impact. The mountains look good and the starfield and green light really fits together.
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04/11/2008 10:20:59 AM
this is nearly perfect. the lights and mountain look really nice, but the stars are out of control. There is sooo many, it almost looks like a dotted background. maybe limiting the dots could help kepp focus on the mountains and light
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04/11/2008 09:21:56 AM
Very creative take on the challenge; the borealis is spot on, the colors work well, and the starry night lends a perfect background to the landscape. 10
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04/10/2008 06:28:11 PM
I like this Lots of color,interesting. very well done.
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04/10/2008 04:45:55 PM
Love the pun title (always a bonus point from me) and a great nod to the always-flipping-ribbon-winning-grrr-it-makes-me-sick shots ;-)

Can't wait to find out how you did it :-)
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04/10/2008 03:06:32 PM
too creative. glad i didnt enter this challenge, i would have been put to shame by this entry alone
10
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04/10/2008 01:44:18 PM
This is well done. Good idea on how you created the aurora borealis. I wonder what the mountains are made out of. They look very real. 8
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04/10/2008 01:06:04 PM
Very nice, but I wonder how it would look with slightly fewer stars? Still, well-deserved 8!
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04/10/2008 12:00:43 PM
I love it! My fav so far. 30 seconds? f2.8? What a fabulous foreground, bet you had to travel all the way to the living room to get this! 8
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04/10/2008 10:36:14 AM
One of my two tens in the competition. Expect a ribbon out of this. Larus, this had better not be yours :-)
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04/10/2008 10:16:59 AM
This is wonderful. I can't wait until roll-over to see how you got the borealis in there.
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04/09/2008 10:58:31 PM
Well taken, this
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04/09/2008 10:23:38 PM
Clever work in the sky. Well done with the light play!
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04/09/2008 10:16:57 PM
Nice work. Almost seems real.
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04/09/2008 09:56:32 PM
Very beautiful and creative.
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04/09/2008 07:16:32 PM
All the stars! All the stars! We must be in Iceland...Nice work - a good shot, well constructed and the snow is a nice touch...but where is the pretty blonde model coming out of the scene with wind blown hair? LOL

Good work!
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04/09/2008 02:37:34 PM
Wow this is stunning! Other than the stars (there are a bit too many), it looks real.
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04/09/2008 01:44:24 PM
Neat little effect with the light. Trying to figure out the foreground. A little bit of a harsh edge between sky and back "mountain range" but overall nicely done. Good luck in the challenge.
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04/09/2008 11:52:34 AM
wow, very dramatic! maybe a few less stars or more obvious constellations so it'd look more realistic, but still a good amount of work went into this. 7
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04/09/2008 10:13:48 AM
excellent work. It already looks like a real landscape. great work on the aurora borealis.
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04/09/2008 10:10:07 AM
a contender for a ribbon in my view...colours are spot on...a 9 from me
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04/09/2008 09:54:01 AM
I like how you are able to see everything and tell what everything is
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04/09/2008 09:06:07 AM
amazing creativity ... I'm guessing this will ribbon ... good luck
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04/09/2008 08:35:48 AM
Cool , nicely done. Minor comment too many stars 7
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04/09/2008 05:27:28 AM
nice
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04/09/2008 03:20:45 AM
Nice Title. My only criticism would be that the stars look too perfect!
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04/09/2008 01:58:43 AM
I think a few less white dots/ stars would have helped here. 5
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04/09/2008 01:08:32 AM
An awesome concept with the only flaw in the execution being the stars - all too consistently bright and uniformly sized. Still a great idea and good effort should be rewarded with a 7.
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04/09/2008 01:07:44 AM
This is good. My only complaint is that you have too many stars. Still the best in the challenge.
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