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The Demon of  Ghost Lake
The Demon of Ghost Lake
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: stories
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Ghost Lake, Shades of Death Road, Allamuchy, NJ
Date: Jan 29, 2006
Galleries: Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Mar 8, 2009

This is not a flipped image, it's a reflection.

Statistics
Place: 312 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 5.9242
Avg (commenters): 7.4066
Avg (participants): 6.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.5309
Views since voting: 1183
Views during voting: 756
Votes: 501
Comments: 105
Favorites: 17 (view)


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01/06/2017 12:48:44 AM
This is astonishing! Reminded me of Dorothea Tanning.
You must have had the largest number of comments ever. 2009, other times
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04/12/2009 01:55:40 AM
That was so well seen! As presented it is funny and intriguing - although as a photo, I have to profess to preferring it sideways on!
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03/20/2009 02:39:42 PM
i didn't comment when i voted, but i remember thinking what a creative way to show a reflection shot (after I figured out that is what it was)
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03/20/2009 12:30:49 PM
This would have been great in its natural orientation-- Even better this way! Good eye!
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03/18/2009 07:28:20 PM
One cool shot.
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03/18/2009 11:41:06 AM
Nice job Colleen. That is very cool.
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03/18/2009 09:57:37 AM
This is fascinating! Tell me more! I want to know what is going on here. lol I would have thought you were on some voodoo island instead of NJ. Of course, maybe NJ is some voodoo island (never been there - so what do I know?) hehe. Such a captivating image... great job.
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03/18/2009 03:05:17 AM
congrats on a stunning image, shame it didn't get the credit it deserved, I thought this was a ribbon chance or at least a top 10 shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:35:42 PM
Very very creative. I love it.
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03/17/2009 10:25:11 PM
Great eye. Love the colors.
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03/17/2009 07:57:31 PM
This is just brilliant this way up. (Lovely the other way, too.) 10 and into my favourites.
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03/17/2009 07:35:47 PM
Cool shot, I love that without a lot of time you wouldn't know what it is.
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03/17/2009 01:02:05 PM
Very cool idea, I love that you took a cool picture and did something unique with the display of it.
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03/17/2009 11:14:08 AM
nice abstract,
five from me ;D

brano
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03/17/2009 10:27:37 AM
Very unique picture!

Actually I am not able to understand what it is!
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03/17/2009 08:42:19 AM
Quite clever. Nice job.
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03/17/2009 04:05:02 AM
Creative!
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03/16/2009 11:33:39 PM
What a grand imagination you have, to rotate this shot. Fabulous! One of my favorites of this huge challenge.
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03/16/2009 07:10:31 PM
Wow. Took a few seconds to figure out this effect. Wonderful composition.
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03/16/2009 06:32:08 PM
Very interesting idea to rotate this 90 degrees. Great colors and textures and while it does look like a monster, I think it probably would have made and excellent landscape shot too.
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03/16/2009 06:20:27 PM
The rotation makes this just amazing, great eye and imagination. +1
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03/16/2009 03:29:22 PM
Very cool reflection, and leaves a creepy photo. Nicely done.
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03/16/2009 02:59:58 PM
Good creativity. Not sure how it was done but still good.
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03/16/2009 11:45:58 AM
Your way of presenting this certainly gives it an intriguing appeal, well spotted
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03/16/2009 11:05:55 AM
My first impression was "This is completely out of the box and illegal". My second impression was "OMG, this is a landscape shot inverted on end". My third impression was "What amazing colors and the illusion of a humanesque figure is incredible". My final overall impression was "WOW". You've earned my respect and admiration. Can't wait to see whose work this is... Bumping up. :-)
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03/16/2009 10:48:18 AM
Very interesting and nicely processed image. You turned that tree into a living totem pole piece of art. Very creative. 7
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03/16/2009 08:07:20 AM
very creative!
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03/16/2009 06:37:16 AM
Wow, what a brave orientation. Works brilliantly. The colours are great. I have also looked at this image side on and its lovely like that also.. Hope it does as well as it deserves to..
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03/16/2009 02:38:25 AM
I don't know... I see a butterfly... I always see butterflies. What does that mean? ;)

Great vision!
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03/15/2009 11:12:41 PM
Now THAT is creativity! 9
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03/15/2009 09:18:33 PM
Great idea!! Nice execution.
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03/15/2009 06:37:34 PM
Stunned silence...............Fave..........
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03/15/2009 04:44:40 PM
Really interesting choice on your rotation....
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03/15/2009 12:02:34 PM
I'm assuming this is post processing, or is it? really very cool image, what ever the heck it is.
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03/15/2009 11:55:47 AM
Clever to flip the photo, a good eye to see this. The colours are nice and this certainly is an interesting photo.
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03/15/2009 10:55:43 AM
my wife thinks it looks evil. then i turned the image sideways and she got it. very creative! 9
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03/15/2009 04:29:23 AM
Very abstract, like the rotation, nice colors and tones. Mystic and well done. High marks. Congrats!
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03/14/2009 08:02:55 PM
Very interesting abstract in nature, it really does appear to be some sort of demon. Cool thing is that it is a cool photo in either orientaiton.
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03/14/2009 07:32:48 PM
this is so bizarre... I guess it's a reflection.. cool abstract (I see faces!)
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03/14/2009 06:42:14 PM
this is soooooo brave to rotate this image like u did - and u got a stunning abstract image - superb job 10 10 10 10 10 .....
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03/14/2009 04:40:11 PM
Coming back to comment...

What a bizarre, surreal image! Love it!
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03/14/2009 03:40:06 PM
Good eye!
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03/14/2009 11:58:25 AM
this is really really cool...a water reflection of a fire...well done
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03/14/2009 11:32:23 AM
Nice. You have to look closely.
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03/14/2009 09:40:30 AM
Sure is creepy.
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03/14/2009 07:10:18 AM
I see what you are going for but I like the picture better in its normal rotation. The colors are beautiful.
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03/14/2009 05:10:24 AM
Nicely done! Took me a minute to find the real angle.
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03/14/2009 05:02:43 AM
Brilliant! Very very clever and well spotted
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03/13/2009 10:30:14 PM
this is really cool even though I'm not really sure what it is, there is plenty of interest in it
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03/13/2009 09:40:30 PM
good eye!!
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03/13/2009 09:03:26 PM
interesting colors and use of darkness on the left side of the symmetry.

although the shot may be a little too busy.
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03/13/2009 07:19:38 PM
I feel like I'm taking a Rorschach test.
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03/13/2009 06:09:35 PM
whoa, this is a little strange! I quite like it though
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03/13/2009 05:51:55 PM
Great shot, if it is a reflection it is simply extraordinary.
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03/13/2009 03:57:34 PM
Great idea for this shot and a fitting title.
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03/13/2009 03:50:22 PM
Very clever!!!!!!! Incredible clarity in the reflection. Hard to tell which is the real thing. This sideways treatment really transforms a wonderful nature shot into a completely different creature.
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03/13/2009 02:10:43 PM
Most unusual!! Certainly makes you look at it more closely.
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03/13/2009 01:13:50 PM
interesting angle. had to look twice at this one.
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03/13/2009 12:55:17 PM
Awesome!
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03/13/2009 12:51:38 PM
Great shot! I saw it right away. Good colors, great idea, but it feels a bit off center... maybe that's just me.
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03/13/2009 12:03:48 PM
I have to admit, it took me a little while to figure out what was going on in this picture. You got a huge smile on my face. THanks
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03/13/2009 10:24:23 AM
... and from out of the very ground before them it rose, seeming to be of the very soil and earth they walked upon, and the forest itself contorted and twisted around it to become a part of its being. Its body spouting fire and flame which burst about it, yet gave off no heat that they could feel. Indeed, quite the opposite, as the air around them seemed to grow chill and clammy, and their every breath was like drawing in crystals of ice to their lungs.

They stood in shock and stared at this being that formed, eyes large and empty, with a beak like to some monster out of fairy tales, its multiple arms of the trunks of trees, yet lithe and limber, swaying this way and that, and upon its shoulders, in pointed hat, a faery rider that glared at them without feeling.

The monster stood, or perhaps floated, they could not tell. Its very countenance shifting, blurring. It seemed not solid, yet far too solid, and its voice was like a thousand screeching banshees in the night.

What it was they could not say, nor had the breath to say it if they could, but they knew that they had disturbed something ancient here. Something of the earth and trees, some horror untold. They also knew, in some deep part of their minds, that were it not being controlled by its faery rider, they would have already been consumed by it, for it gazed upon them hungrily, and seemed only barely held back. Yet they were rooted there, held by the sight of it, by its gaze, and by the pull of a will from the creature upon it, and that creature leaned over, and spoke to them, not with voice but with power of mind, and it told them to follow.

So follow they did, though they wished not to, and the creature lumbered deeper into the forest, and the trees and bush parted for it as it went, and they follwed.

What became of them, no tale tells, for they were never seen again on this side of the veil.
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03/13/2009 08:40:12 AM
Interesting you thought to take a reflection and flip it. It does add a lot of interest to it. Good detail and love the editing.
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03/13/2009 08:29:01 AM
Very different shot. Very abstract but I feel that it would have looked eaven nicer if it was not turned 90 degrees. Still original and it looks like you had just about perfect conditions for a very dreamy shot.
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03/13/2009 08:07:19 AM
Very cool idea to flip this image. :)
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03/13/2009 07:44:02 AM
this is really cool,so the left side is the reflection ...? 7
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03/13/2009 07:23:45 AM
The abstraction is a success!I like it as a reflection as well.
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03/13/2009 04:10:22 AM
I could look at this for hours trying to understand it - very interesting
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03/13/2009 02:28:20 AM
nice idea to turn it sideways, great title also, I like itmy first 10 and fav
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03/13/2009 01:11:06 AM
I like what you have done here. Quite clever.
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03/13/2009 01:08:33 AM
Effective take with good color and DOF.
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03/12/2009 11:10:41 PM
Great idea to rotate what would have been a pretty standard reflection shot. The added interest was worth it!
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03/12/2009 10:33:28 PM
Weird. It does look like a monster with many arms.
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03/12/2009 10:14:32 PM
Wonderful art. I like the colors and symmetry.
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03/12/2009 09:37:04 PM
Interesting, beautiful colors
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03/12/2009 09:12:25 PM
I would never have noticed this image in the reflection! Nice catch.
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03/12/2009 08:52:04 PM
This is going into my favorites list. This is a very interesting scene, and your choice of crop and composition add to it greatly. The colors add a great deal of depth to the capture and the reflection is prefect. This is a nice find and a terrific presentation.
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03/12/2009 06:19:11 PM
OK, I've been turning my head sideways from one side to the other for about 5 minutes now. I really enjoyed this. Great concept, great presentation. Good luck!
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03/12/2009 06:09:37 PM
Well, you've got cojones, I will give you that :-) I actually like this a lot, but I'm very strange too...
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03/12/2009 04:55:18 PM
This has Gorgeous lines, colour and feeling -- it would have stood easily right way up and I would have marked it much higher if it had. Beautiful.
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03/12/2009 01:53:49 PM
ok that's creepy man!!!!
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03/12/2009 12:29:45 PM
This is very creative and pretty darn cool! So much to look at and explore!
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03/12/2009 10:40:53 AM
cool idea to turn the image on it's side. very cool abstract, i think it would also be a good shot if presented in it;s natural form.... thanks for getting that kink out of my neck :)
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03/12/2009 04:23:45 AM
draws you into this nicely
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03/12/2009 03:08:23 AM
Creative and excellent..
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03/12/2009 12:34:36 AM
Awesome, Yup, nice! No comments......! Very very clever capture
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03/12/2009 12:27:57 AM
very freaky
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03/12/2009 12:13:54 AM
Semi-abstract, quite bizarre, and also fascinating to look at.
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03/12/2009 12:05:48 AM
you picked a great perspective on this one - very interesting image -10-
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03/11/2009 11:28:24 PM
That's creative thinkin'
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03/11/2009 09:32:58 PM
wow it does look like a demon.....cool colors
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03/11/2009 07:04:30 PM
Now thats wild.
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03/11/2009 07:03:35 PM
It took me a few seconds to realize it was sideways... Great picture, I love it. Well done.
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03/11/2009 06:43:52 PM
I can't believe how long this took me to figure out! It's a beautiful & intriguing image.
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03/11/2009 05:57:51 PM
You have a photographers eye!!!

let me rephrase that
AN EVIL PHOTOGRAPHERS EYE!!!
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03/11/2009 05:05:12 PM
Creative shot, took a chance flipping it, but shows good creativity.
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03/11/2009 02:51:53 PM
This is exceptional! I love the wonderful design effect you achieved with this reflection. It's very animated. One of the best I've seen! 10
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03/11/2009 01:46:14 PM
Like the way you turned the photo to gain the demon look.
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03/11/2009 09:25:02 AM
Now that's a fairly bizarre (in a good way) shot, it looks pretty cool at any orientation.
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03/11/2009 07:19:51 AM
This is amazing.... Sadly i think most of the voters here are not gonna take there time here to see the details:/ 7
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03/11/2009 05:55:09 AM
Outstanding illusion. Took me a few seconds to see what it is. Great color and detail.
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03/11/2009 05:35:23 AM
it really made me think, wierd picture, i am not 100% sure how you did it 8
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03/11/2009 03:50:47 AM
A totem built by all the grasshoppers that were eaten by the fish in the Lake,stream or pond! I like it!
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03/11/2009 02:22:28 AM
Interesting abstract, like the tones.
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03/11/2009 01:30:44 AM
I love this image and am trying to figure out what I'm seeing. It's surreal, and has hidden details that make me linger here. Hope you share where, when and how you made the image.
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