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Enchanted Forest
3rd PlaceEnchanted Forest
BobsterLobster


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Challenge: Something New II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ10
Location: Grimescar Wood, Huddersfield
Date: May 3, 2004
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2004

I've driven past this wood a ridiculous amount of times (it's on the way to the motorway from my house), but never stopped as it's a little hard to find somewhere to park up. This challenge provided the motivation I needed to check out the enticing bluebells. There's a path through the woods I was completely unaware of, and I'm very glad I checked it out, which is I guess the point of this challenge! I had no idea I lived so near somewhere so photogenic. The soft-focus effect was achieved with NeatImage.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 187
Avg (all users): 7.3041
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 7.0385
Avg (non-participants): 7.7164
Views since voting: 12281
Votes: 171
Comments: 77
Favorites: 109 (view)


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05/03/2006 06:53:13 AM
Almost nothing prettier than a bluebell wood. Absolutely gorgeous image. I love this.
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09/30/2005 01:29:21 PM
A really great shot
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09/22/2005 12:35:39 AM
I can't believe I've never seen this. It is truly captivating. You think you are in another world! It has a sense of whimsy and the title is perfect for this fairy like setting. I feel like little gnomes and nymphs are hiding behind the trees. The depth of color is just beautiful. Great perspective too!! Awesome, man.
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07/15/2005 03:34:13 PM
Originally posted by dartompkins:

This is really beautiful, but my eye is drawn to the one light spot in the forest. I am wondering if that was your intention here? It does make you look through the photo.


Never noticed that before!
07/14/2005 08:29:35 PM
This is really beautiful, but my eye is drawn to the one light spot in the forest. I am wondering if that was your intention here? It does make you look through the photo.
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05/16/2005 06:32:09 PM
This is a really neat shot. Reminds me of a dream or something that you would see on Lord of the Rings. Great job. Would have gotten a 10 from me too.
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05/19/2004 11:04:09 PM
this is lovely... I really like viewing it!
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05/19/2004 09:43:53 PM
lovely colors - tremendous shot. congrats!!
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05/19/2004 06:06:57 PM
Omg I see the animal spirits in the log! Its so obvious when its pointed out! Awesome man!!!
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05/19/2004 11:45:26 AM
Outstanding. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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05/18/2004 05:48:02 PM
Used NeatImage on entire image... I might put a tutorial on soon if I have the time and inclination. NeatImage is an excellent program used for reducing noise on digital photos. Particularly useful for shooting at high ISOs. Don't get too carried away with the NeatImage thing though... the original photo really isn't that far removed from what you see here!
05/18/2004 05:40:20 PM
What is neatimage?
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05/18/2004 04:52:09 PM
bob, did you use neatimage on the entire shot or on selections?
Thanks,
Tara
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05/18/2004 10:52:23 AM
awesome shot... it's beautiful!!!
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05/18/2004 07:33:49 AM
Great film, fabulous cgi... thanks for the compliment :-)
05/18/2004 05:29:26 AM
Congratulations Bob an enchanting shot indeed, it reminds me of the film "What Dreams May Come", I'll be looking up "Neatimage" to see how I may enchant my own images.

Keep up the great work.
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05/18/2004 02:28:37 AM
I am captivated by this beauty!!!
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05/17/2004 09:08:46 PM
Wonderful stuff, Bob! I love the softness and saturated colors. Congratulations on the ribbon!
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05/17/2004 05:49:47 PM
I love the work you did on this photo. The colors are great, and the softening made it a really magical image. It's bound to be a favorite with lots of people. Congrats!
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05/17/2004 04:33:24 PM
Back from a trip to win a ribbon, very nice reward. Congrats...
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05/17/2004 02:37:07 PM
Congrats, Bob, on your first "Fluzi" win! Keep 'em coming.
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05/17/2004 11:54:23 AM
Very beautiful. I like the dreamy, almost silky appearance - makes a very sensual photograph. Congratulations!
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05/17/2004 11:23:06 AM
Congratulations!!! Beautiful shot. Great job.
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05/17/2004 08:22:22 AM
Thanks for all your votes and comments, much appreciated!
05/17/2004 08:13:57 AM
Glad this shot ribboned, well done!
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05/17/2004 08:10:23 AM
very well done, congrats
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05/17/2004 07:25:25 AM
This is awesome man, Congratulations!
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05/17/2004 07:05:25 AM
well done - great photo
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05/17/2004 06:09:52 AM
That really looks wonderful. You can even make out some figures out in the fallen tree.. :D It's really enchanting after all.. :)
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05/17/2004 05:47:23 AM
Just beautiful
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05/17/2004 05:28:58 AM
Nice shot Bob ...Congrats
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05/17/2004 04:19:45 AM
I liked this better than mine !!
Great shot...congratulations Bob.

Gordon
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05/17/2004 03:42:47 AM
Well done Bob, flying the flag for the Brits!

Apparently the UK harbours 20% of the world's bluebells. Lovely job.
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05/17/2004 02:24:02 AM
Beautiful! Magical I love bluebells! nice colour, the greens and the bluebells are so lovely.
Well done! Congrats on your ribbon!

Also on the log to the right it looks as if there is a mystical beast with antlers
(Just a thought!)
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05/17/2004 01:12:20 AM
Congratulations on getting 3rd with this beautiful photo. I gave this a 10.
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05/17/2004 01:08:39 AM
Congrats! Great NeatImage effect! Well done! :D
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05/17/2004 12:31:01 AM
same place??? //www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=1473374&size=lg

Message edited by author 2004-05-17 00:31:19.
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05/17/2004 12:21:08 AM
10 from me (sorry about the typos in the challenge comment, I type faster when I am being effusive about something I really like). You just keep impressing me. Congrats!
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05/17/2004 12:21:04 AM
Congratulations. Fantastic image, well deserved ribbon!
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05/17/2004 12:13:20 AM
I love this a lot,gave it a 10. Congrats!!
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05/17/2004 12:11:00 AM
Wow, awesome shot. I love the neatimage effect. Great work.
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05/17/2004 12:03:58 AM
One of my favorite images in this series. I did think it was a touch overprocessed, but still gave it a 7! If the distant bluebells didn't look so painted in it would have been an 8 or 9 (which I don't give out lightly!)

Congrats on the ribbon!
TC
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2004 10:36:54 PM
Very beautiful; I love the "darkness" of it, combined with the rich colors. It might have been nice to have some more of the tree tops/greenery though.
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05/16/2004 09:45:51 PM
I am in awe of how absolutely lovely all these purple flowers are and the way they merge together and form a misty purple sea towards the background...the colors in this are wonderful and I like the darkness...almost a painting....super!

Message edited by author 2004-08-12 22:13:07.
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05/16/2004 06:35:34 PM
Good title ... has a soft look like a painting or a scene from Fantasia
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05/16/2004 06:20:26 PM
This is so Sidwell-esque. I think that's a compliment, too! :) I LOVE the soft focus and the UNBELIEVABLY dreamlike quality here. I'd love to know what the original looked like and how you PP'd it. 10.
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05/16/2004 05:08:32 PM
Really like this picture.
And i'm not sure why...
Good luck, i hope you do well 9
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05/16/2004 03:51:52 PM
I`m guessing England because 50% of the worlds bluebells are here. I shot some yesterday but nothing as good as this. 10
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05/16/2004 11:55:09 AM
I absolutely love the ethereal quality you've given this scene with the focus and lighting that you chose. Beautiful picture.
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05/16/2004 06:27:13 AM
I like how the moss coverd log(?) in the right forground seems to have a couple of animal spirits hiding in it. I swear I see faces.
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05/15/2004 09:41:11 PM
awesome ... 9
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05/15/2004 07:18:22 PM
This is so beautiful! Like a painting, I sink into the forrest! Awesome man
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05/15/2004 01:54:26 PM
Looks like a dream! :-)

A really good shot, I love the blue ground covering going off into the background.
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05/14/2004 03:33:37 PM
Beautiful.
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05/14/2004 01:29:03 PM
Looks dreamy. Wow!! Great composition and DOF. Good job.
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05/13/2004 10:50:53 PM
very nice
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05/13/2004 06:31:44 PM
Wow...I expect woodland sprites and fairies to burst from the treeline at any second! Gorgeous colors and soft quality...love it!!!
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05/13/2004 12:03:04 PM
I like the soft look to this image. The colors are very rich and vibrant. This is a very lovely scene.
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05/12/2004 08:42:22 PM
Nice misty feel to the flowers. Really enjoyed it.
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05/12/2004 08:28:19 PM
beautiful! i love the view looking down the hill to the wonderful mass of flowers. looks like something from a storybook. well done!
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05/12/2004 04:59:30 PM
The leading lines are nicely done. I think that this photo should / will make you lots of money. This is just beautiful.
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05/12/2004 02:41:41 PM
Very surreal and beautiful. I love the mist of blue in the grass.
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05/12/2004 01:51:25 AM
great startling color and I like the light level... not sure about the blur though... maybe
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05/11/2004 03:49:41 PM
Lovely composition and good use of light and colour
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05/11/2004 03:37:24 PM
I would have liked this a little bit brighter because it is sucha happy mood! Wonderful shot.
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05/11/2004 05:37:38 AM
Beautiful composition. Hapy memories for me growing up, a very different climate than here in Australia. I still miss bluebells.
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05/11/2004 03:46:15 AM
So sureal. Looks almost like digital art, not a photograph, amazing. Was there a filter applied to this to achieve this look? I like it though. Very sureal.
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05/10/2004 11:02:17 PM
Looks like a magical land.
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05/10/2004 10:33:45 PM
This is exceptional and I certainly hope it does well in the challenge. The field of blue is technically beautifully done.
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05/10/2004 04:19:25 PM
Beautiful shot. Looks much like an illustration from a storybook. The green transitioning to blue is really well done.
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05/10/2004 03:31:07 PM
very mistic and enchanting, looks like you stepped into a fairytale
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05/10/2004 03:04:04 PM
good color combination
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05/10/2004 04:50:14 AM
Looks like something from a romance novel. Sweet.
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05/10/2004 02:55:39 AM
I like how the blue flowers blend together in the background. Great work
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05/10/2004 02:51:39 AM
so soft and colorful, great work here, 9
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05/10/2004 12:38:35 AM
Enchanting imagery!
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05/10/2004 12:13:21 AM
Very pretty, painterly look.
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