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sjhuls


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Challenge: Fool the Viewer (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Sep 13, 2011
Galleries: Water, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2011

I'm fascinated with underwater photos and would love to try a real one sometime but for now this is as close as I can get. I'm hoping I did a good enough job that you will at least have to look twice to make sure it's real or fake. I know with close examination it is obviously not real.

Here is how I accomplished this photo:
1. Took a photo of my daughter laying on the ground on her side in the position I wanted so I could fit the bird cage in later. I arranged her hair and her skirt so that they would look like they are floating. Lit her from the top.
2. Went on a field trip to an aquarium got shots of a large tropical reef and then took more individual shots of fish to fill in later.
3. Took photos of birdcage and bubbles. The bubbles were the most challenging part of the whole photo. I discovered it wasn't enough to take photos of just some bubbles, I had to take photos of bubbles with different colored backgrounds. Since bubbles are transparent I had to take bubbles with black, blue and even flesh colored backgrounds. Then when I placed them in the photo I had to try many different shot to get the right look. I'm still not completely satisfied with the bubbles but after a whole day of editing bubbles I decided it was good enough.


Thanks for all the great comments, obviously I didn't fool too many people but I didn't expect I would so that is alright. I'm really excited to complete my goal of all 7's on my profile page. This will be a fun one to have on there. Only bad part of winning an H.M. is now I have to submit 19 photos for validation.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 65
Avg (all users): 7.1418
Avg (commenters): 7.3200
Avg (participants): 6.7188
Avg (non-participants): 7.2661
Views since voting: 3079
Views during voting: 549
Votes: 141
Comments: 41
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/11/2011 08:57:36 AM
Shots like this do such a great service to the era of photo-shop and post processing. After reading how much work you put into it, it really paid off, not in a fantastical fantasy sort of way- but an easy- perfectly believable and well done way. This and all your shots are works to aspire to. (gushing flattery session over.)
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09/23/2011 05:59:55 PM
Wonderful result out of all that effort. Congratulations on yet another 7+, your profile's looking awesome now. And you were here barely a year!! 8 can't be that far away...
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09/23/2011 02:41:35 PM
Wow you put a bit of work into this one. Great job.
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09/23/2011 01:00:32 PM
Well worth all the work for the superb image that resulted. Congrats on the placing.
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09/23/2011 12:00:19 PM
WOW you sure did a LOT of work, and it shows!! Wonderful put together!! You could now go animate a Disney movie!
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09/23/2011 07:01:24 AM
Thought this wonderful, cant believe those low scorers (probably why they are called low). See what you mean by the bubble troubles, but they still fit with the fantasy-like scene.
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09/23/2011 04:06:53 AM
Really well done!
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09/23/2011 02:41:54 AM
Well done Jenn, you'll wear yourself out at this rate:)
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09/23/2011 12:06:25 AM
Gave an 8 .....good job
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2011 11:56:40 PM
Wow, this is so well done... all of the elements make it not look real, but it's editing amazingly.
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09/22/2011 10:46:33 PM
Wonderfully done. Congratulations for the great technique. It does not touch me though but I admire it.
bump up
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09/22/2011 07:44:15 PM
Love this Jen....great post processing here. (voted earlier)
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09/22/2011 09:20:07 AM
Nice work.
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09/22/2011 08:56:22 AM
Nice work... love the bubbles
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09/21/2011 10:59:52 PM
photoshopped? quite the fantastical image.
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09/21/2011 10:58:45 PM
Awesome art. Really. Only thing missing are bubbles from her mouth.
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09/21/2011 05:12:02 PM
Well photoshopped! This is almost believable.
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09/21/2011 04:45:59 PM
This looks so real I can't believe all the work you put into it, excellent job!! Good luck!
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09/20/2011 10:55:48 AM
fake
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09/19/2011 07:51:16 PM
Photoshopped, but beautiful photograph! I love how magical this is. Makes me wish I was a mermaid!
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09/19/2011 04:43:14 PM
Fake, but great :-)
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09/19/2011 03:00:40 PM
Fabulous shooting and PP thereafter.
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09/19/2011 12:04:03 PM
Well, she doesn't seem to be wet, so she's not in the water. The next question is could she be behind an aquarium or reflected in the front of the aquarium. I'd say neither is the case, so I'm guessing you manufactured this image.
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09/18/2011 08:49:08 PM
not real... good picture..
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09/18/2011 01:17:30 PM
Like something out of a fairy tale. Or a little girl's dream. Excellent. I say it's B.
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09/18/2011 05:37:10 AM
Superbly done. The bubbles around her feet add a great touch. Ribbon material IMO.
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09/18/2011 03:52:48 AM
I would vote on this image if it were sharper, particularly the edges of the water. ;)
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09/17/2011 06:55:39 PM
Nicely done. I think you might see the front page with this one. Now, I definitely think it's composited, mainly because of the way her hair and skirt are falling; they seem to be pressed to the ground (gravity) as opposed to floating. Also, as my wife pointed out, where are the bubbles from her feet coming from? Also, I think the color matching is very well done, she really seems to be lit from inside the tank. It is a bit revealing to me, however, that she seems to be lit *as well* from her head to her feet; as in, the natural fall off of light in water (which is more than in air) does not seem to be affecting her.
Plus I know you wouldn't want to risk damaging all that coral! :) Still, extremely nice photoshop work. Like I said, I think we'll see this on the front page.
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09/17/2011 06:34:21 PM
Not real, but very very well done. Hair is a little too perfect. Light and shadow blending is convincing.
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09/17/2011 05:11:04 PM
Amazing photoshop work
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09/17/2011 02:58:25 PM
P.shopped. This is a beautiful, striking image. A few tweaks around the lighting of the legs- fish and bubble placement and I would have been sold! On second thought, now that I seem so certain- I could be totally wrong.... :D I wouldn't be surprised to see this ribbon!
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09/17/2011 09:32:37 AM
funky fun image, I don't think it's real from a fool the viewer standpoint but the colors for her underwater are pretty good and the bubbles are a nice touch.
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09/17/2011 09:02:14 AM
admirably done!
I reckon this is sjhuls and if that's the case you'll most likely have another blue on the way.
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09/17/2011 02:44:11 AM
Nicely Done!!!! I believe she is under water, the skirt just nails it home!
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09/17/2011 01:18:25 AM
fantastically lit...but why are there bubbles coming off here feet?
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09/17/2011 12:29:43 AM
This is really cool! First photo I've seen in this challenge that makes full use of expert editing.
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09/16/2011 08:22:21 PM
Too obviously Expert editing in my opinion. I highly doubt you (or aquarium officials) would let your daughter jump into an aquarium like that sjhuls ;-). That being said, you did a great job imitating the effect with the ruffled skirt and flowing hair. Great editing job
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09/16/2011 06:54:45 PM
Not real, the skin and hair give it away.
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09/16/2011 03:38:34 PM
Great idea!
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09/16/2011 11:35:56 AM
I'm guessing Jenn? You're getting really good at fooling the viewer :-)
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09/16/2011 12:25:47 AM
One of the better ones. 10
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