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On the deck, bubbles in one hand, a lollipop in the other, what could be better?
On the deck, bubbles in one hand, a lollipop in the other, what could be better?
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Challenge: Home Sweet Home II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Aug 18, 2011
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2011

although I think some might have thought this was set up, it was not. My youngest came home from a birthday party with bubbles and a few treats in a bag she immediately opened up her lollipop and bubbles. I was blowing them with her and noticed how beautiful the sky was behind her. I grabbed my camera and shot a few, I did try using a flash but for some reason it washed the background out and you could not even see the bubbles. I could not do multiple exposures with a moving object. So I had to use post processing to lighten her up a bit. I didn't really use the dodge and burn tool much at all. I did however use layers to process the sky and my little girl seprately. Honestly I did a poor job of it. I thought of not entering because I didn't like how it turned out and I didn't have time for a re-edit. But I entered it anyway and I'm glad I did.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 76
Avg (all users): 6.5610
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 6.3030
Avg (non-participants): 6.6556
Views since voting: 1470
Views during voting: 296
Votes: 123
Comments: 23
Favorites: 0


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09/01/2011 01:33:52 PM
Jenn, you are SO BLESSED to live there! That place sooooo has a piece of my heart forever :)

Message edited by author 2011-09-01 13:34:12.
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08/30/2011 09:36:48 PM
whoo hooo! Congrats on the top 10!
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08/26/2011 03:39:26 PM
I have seen this view a few times in your images before and it's hard to believe what a beautiful view you have!!! Cute photo! It would have been amazing if you had the tools to back-light the bubbles ... then they would have really popped instead of sort of getting lost in the sky.

Message edited by author 2011-08-26 17:54:22.
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08/26/2011 06:38:26 AM
I love the exposure on the mountains and bubbles, but I have to be honest; the dodging on the girl is really distracting. It seems so random. This application suggests that the light hits hard and then instantly dies off. Maybe a softer brush would help feather the effect in the future? Another thing that bothers me is the dark lollipop. That should most certainly be included in the brightening process.

This image has such potential to be so great, but lighting her definitely seems as though it were an afterthought. Had a reflector or flash been used you'd have a damn solid image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2011 11:40:16 PM
This is the best...moving from an 8 to a 10 with twenty minutes left.
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08/25/2011 04:10:53 PM
Nothing
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08/25/2011 01:49:21 PM
Nice highlight detail in the clouds, good DOF to keep bubbles and background reasonably sharp, good composition, I might have shot from a slightly higher angle to include a bit more of the water in the background.
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08/24/2011 01:35:13 PM
Wishing for star bubbles!
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08/24/2011 11:53:51 AM
cute kid, great mountain range- excellent bubble clarity.
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08/23/2011 11:44:08 PM
a shorter title? */* gl
silhouette a bit radical - makes it look like two images.
08/23/2011 04:33:27 PM
Love the details and the colors!!!
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08/22/2011 01:39:45 PM
Amazingly cute image with a great composition.
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08/22/2011 11:38:17 AM
In the thumbnail it looks like she's blowing the cloud out like smoke. :-D Cute moment.
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08/21/2011 05:23:30 PM
Beasutiful capture and cute little lady also. Nice setting.
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08/21/2011 11:32:43 AM
wonderful colours. The bubbles are amazing.
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08/21/2011 10:49:26 AM
Cute and what a great sky.
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08/20/2011 08:31:49 AM
I love bubble photos, this is too cute Jen, is that really your view from your balcony? WOW.
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08/20/2011 12:09:17 AM
Love the bubbles, Jenn. I feel like the lighting is a bit odd on her dress and face, but it's a very compelling image.
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08/19/2011 10:34:57 PM
Well done! Top ten for sure. Only thing I am unsure of is the burning and dodging job.. Maybe a bit harsh around her hand with the lollipop and her shoulder. Maybe also on her leg. Other than that though.. Well done.
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08/19/2011 07:20:37 PM
Cute, I like the colored outlines of the bubbles.
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08/19/2011 12:12:40 PM
Nothing's better than that...well done.
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08/19/2011 10:11:14 AM
A bit contrived, but darling. If it were me, I'd have shot, so that you see her, the star bubble maker and the clouds and bubbles only. Just me. She's precious.
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08/19/2011 01:57:33 AM
Wow... this is great! Great pose, expression, and view. Terrific execution of this photograph!!!
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