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The House
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The House
The House
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Submitted for thee PG101 X-TREME Effects Theme
You will see more of this house and girl -- I'm working on an image for the poster for a school production of "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James. This is not my favorite angle of the house, but it's the one I chose to work on first.
Although I created the ghostly effect by layering a shot of the girl in front of the house over a shot of the house without her in it, her size and position relative to the house are as shot. I also layered in some free textures from TextureKing.com and applied filters from Virtual Photographer (also free) and Topaz Adjust (purchased). Mostly, I just had fun.
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Dominick M. Dimacale
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    WoW, lovely work, a bit scary but love the layering you have done, Nikki, HTD!!!

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9/30/2008 4:19:23 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Welp, this is a great image to usher in October's ghoulish ways!!!

Love this Nikki!!

Wonderful work!!!

HTD!!

9/30/2008 4:29:54 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Awesome work, Nikki ... the poster should be fabulous!

9/30/2008 4:35:48 AM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Oh my, Vicki!!! This is just great!

9/30/2008 4:46:23 AM

 
Deb Koskovich
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What a great creation, Nikki! I love your PS work here. I checked out the texture site you mentioned and have already downloaded a few...and started working on an image when I should already be dressed for work, LOL!

9/30/2008 5:01:28 AM

 
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Perfect October photo. Cool. :O)

9/30/2008 5:45:08 AM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Awesome, Vicki, I love it! This works together so well!

Happy Theme Day!

9/30/2008 6:15:41 AM

 
Jean Campbell Creamer
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Love it. Great work here!

9/30/2008 6:37:01 AM

 
Kristy A. Keene
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WONDERFUL!!!! HTD!!!

9/30/2008 6:56:17 AM

 
Joy Rector
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cool

9/30/2008 7:38:47 AM

 
janet williams
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Wow Nikki fantastic work. Love your cohice of colors for the womans dress to play off of the somber colors of the house. What DD program do you use?

9/30/2008 8:17:25 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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IS EXCELLENT Nikki, great treatment and idea for the Theme!!!...hope to see your poster when is ready :)))

9/30/2008 8:24:03 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Very unique and moody Nikki, great DD work. I love your textures and colors. I especially like the ghostly effect!! HTD!

9/30/2008 8:32:23 AM

 
Lisa D. Greer
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Ooooooooh! My fav so far! I LOOOOVE this! Added to my favs! :)

9/30/2008 8:41:20 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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I do love spooky and I do love this, Nikki. Wonderful shivery, cobwebby feel with the textures and effects on this great old house. And her color and transparency against the house leaves us wondering about what is real and what isn't.

9/30/2008 9:02:42 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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Will be perfect for POTD in Oct, 31.
Hope the Judges don't pass it over, because is Wonderful!!!

HAPPY THEME DAY!!!

9/30/2008 9:09:57 AM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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W O W ! ! ! OH I LOVE this!!!! Excellent work!! Cant wait to see more :0) HTD

9/30/2008 11:28:05 AM

 
MELODIE C. ROBERTS
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I Hope NOTHING Is Real Mitch!!!
Yikes NiK!!
This is Ghoulish Freaky and Creepy
Her Clenched Hands are Making me a bit Nervous and I think The Garden Statue is Wishing He had some clothes so He could leave Town

Awesome Work!!!

9/30/2008 11:46:42 AM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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LOLOL...I just read Mel's comment!!!!! LOLOL

This is KEWEL, Nikki!!!!!! Awesome work on it!!!!! ♫ k

9/30/2008 12:00:48 PM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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Wonderful work Nikki ~ your school must be thrilled to have such a talented artist in their midst .. this would be a good series for Halloween! HTD!

9/30/2008 4:15:31 PM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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This is so great, Nikki!! I love it!

9/30/2008 5:21:09 PM

 
eileen bedford
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This is SOO COOL Nikki, it's soo well done. just love it. ditto to Susie's comments. HTD...

9/30/2008 5:32:37 PM

 
Susan Fox
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Wonderful job Nikki!!! Love the low POV. Great PS work and effects.

9/30/2008 6:10:33 PM

 
William C. Raco
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This came out beautifully, Nikki
Excellent idea and execution!

9/30/2008 7:35:48 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Very cool and creative, Nikki!
Well done!
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9/30/2008 7:41:17 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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GORGEOUS DD work Nikki!

9/30/2008 11:43:53 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Great work, Nikki! Hope you share your poster with us when it's done!

10/1/2008 5:00:49 AM

 
Mike Umbreit
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Nikki - This is way cool!! - Mike

10/1/2008 9:16:55 PM

 
Marisol Pastor
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Fantastic work Nikki. This is really great. Love the ghostly mood.

10/3/2008 12:01:30 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Now that is cool, great job!

jo ann c.

10/4/2008 7:09:03 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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WOW!!! This is amazing, Nikki! Definitely deserves to win, imho. Outstanding DD work!

10/4/2008 5:05:43 PM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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Fantastic DD artistry Nikki I am sure we will see again, deserves to win! The school is very fortunate!

10/5/2008 4:00:17 PM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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Wow, sensational photo for your school poster, really conveys the feel of that play...fantastic post work on this one, love the sc and textures!

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10/5/2008 6:41:30 PM

 
Susan M. Hembree
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Wow! It's wonderful, Nikki! I really like the pop of the purple dress against the B&W background. Wonderful textures give it an old feel, too.

10/11/2008 9:07:27 PM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Very cool, Nikki! I hope it does get a finalist!

10/17/2008 6:45:49 PM

 
Susan M. Campbell
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This is so very cool. Congrats on a well deserved finalist!!!

10/22/2008 6:55:47 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations!! Beautiful Nikki!

10/22/2008 7:11:07 PM

 
Dr Silly
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Congrats Nikki on your wonderful Finalist. :O)

10/22/2008 7:11:42 PM

 
Lisa D. Greer
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Congrats Nikki! I'm as pleased as punch to find this one here. One of my absolute favs! I love it!!! Best of luck in the next round! :)

10/22/2008 7:13:20 PM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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I was hoping we would see this with a finalist, Nikki and here it is! Congratulations, it's a great one!

10/22/2008 7:36:46 PM

 
Janice Mezzacappa
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Big congrats Nikki on your finalist!

10/22/2008 7:45:37 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Congratulations on your very cool finalist! Great work, Nikki!

10/22/2008 7:50:16 PM

 
Susana Heide
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I absolutely love this from a to z! You did an incredible job here Nikki!!! Many CONGRATS and hope to see this in the golden round!

10/22/2008 8:04:48 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Big congratz!
~Lisa

10/22/2008 8:13:54 PM

 
Cheryl E. Davis
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Congratulations on another wonderful finalist! I love the effects you did on this one!

10/22/2008 8:14:24 PM

 
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Congratulations on this wonderful picture getting into the qualifying round. Way to go Nikki

10/22/2008 8:52:01 PM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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I always knew this will go far.

Congratulations on your FINALIST!!!

10/22/2008 9:23:45 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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CONGRATS ON YOUR FINALIST!!!

10/22/2008 10:31:22 PM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Big Congrats, Nikki!

10/23/2008 3:42:41 AM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Congratulations on your third finalist Nikki and good luck next!

10/23/2008 4:05:48 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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Woohooo... I know you love this one... Me too.. Great image to go finalist right before Halloween!!

Congrats!!

10/23/2008 4:22:27 AM

 
Eugenio Diaz

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Congratulations on your AMAZING Finalist!!!
Well done!

10/23/2008 4:57:08 AM

 
Sherry L. Davis
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I love this one, Nikki! Congrats on your finalist! Awesome work!

10/23/2008 5:19:41 AM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your finalist Nikki. Your artistic talents deserve to be awarded. This should also be a book cover for a spooky story.

10/23/2008 6:46:49 AM

 
Stephanie Frey
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Congratulations on your Finalist, Nikki!

10/23/2008 7:46:49 AM

 
Gena L. Talbot
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Congratulations Nikki and such a FANTASTIC Finalist :)

10/23/2008 8:14:39 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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:):):):):):):):):):) Congratulations.

10/23/2008 8:18:10 AM

 
Jean-Pierre Ducondi
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Congrats Nikki on this wonderful finalist image. A great work worth to go further in the contest.
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10/23/2008 8:53:17 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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WTG, Nikki!!! I know this one's going all the way!!

10/23/2008 9:49:03 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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BIG congrats on this Nikki. EXCELLENT!!!

10/23/2008 10:09:26 AM

 
Irene Colling
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Very creative and artistic photowrok Nikki.

Good design and skillfully applied effects.

Congratulations on the finalist.

10/23/2008 10:25:42 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Very nicely done, Nikki! Congratulations on your finalist!

10/23/2008 10:50:47 AM

 
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Outstanding DD work Nikki! Congratulations on your awesome finalist! B-

10/23/2008 12:19:07 PM

 
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This is a Winner

10/23/2008 1:41:37 PM

 
Laurie Daily
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Oh WoW...and fun you had, Nikki...sure did pay off. This is incredible...love all the layers, textures, tones, keeps me wanting to see more! Congratulations on this fabulous finalist!!!!

10/23/2008 3:02:24 PM

 
Max Aureli
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Congratulations for this Finalist, Nikki!!!

10/23/2008 3:28:01 PM

 
Susan Fox
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So glad to see this one make finalist! I hope it goes on to win!!! Congratulations Nikki :-)

10/23/2008 4:18:23 PM

 
Sam Britt
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Congratulations, Nikki!

10/23/2008 5:10:27 PM

 
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I'm sorry that I missed commenting on this B4 Nik...I'm sure you had a blast creating this!!! It's AWESOME WORK!!!
Best of luck to you and CONGRATS for your finalist!!!

~J~

10/23/2008 5:38:53 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Congrats on this amazing photo.

10/23/2008 6:15:39 PM

 
Ken Smith
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This is very cool, Nikki...congrats to you!!

10/23/2008 6:24:59 PM

 
Mitzie Loland
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Congratulations on your finalist!!

10/23/2008 11:11:53 PM

 
Mike Clime
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Congratulations on your finalist, Nikki! This is cool.

10/24/2008 4:29:10 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on this well deserved finalist Nikki! Love it....very interesting effects!

jo ann c.

10/24/2008 1:47:05 PM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS!

10/24/2008 5:32:08 PM

 
Susana Heide
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Nikki, I'm sorry to see this didn't make it to the golden round, but I still think it's a winner. Definitely a marketable image, like someone suggested maybe a book cover?

10/24/2008 8:14:47 PM

 
Mary E. Heinz
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this is great and inspiring ! I'm planning another possible Vintage Theme for our local festival in the Spring/ finding a similar place like we have downtown and getting permission to use it for the booth background would be great ..
great photo and thanks for the inspiration. I saw the BW ...and looked this up .

10/25/2008 10:25:07 AM

 
Susan J. Allen
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Congrats on your finalist, Nikki! Really think this deserved more though!

10/25/2008 11:16:58 AM

 
Derrald R. Farnsworth-Livingston
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Wow, great effect and use of the little bit of color. Congrats on the finalist as well!

10/26/2008 9:14:21 AM

 
Kathy L. Clark
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Congrats Nikki on your finalist.

10/31/2008 10:50:17 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Best of luck on this beauty!

11/26/2008 2:37:49 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Belated Congrats on your Finalist for this wonderful image Nikki!

12/7/2008 7:54:29 PM

 
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I can't believe I never got around to congratulating you on this fantastic finalist! So ... please accept my very belated congratulations!

1/2/2009 9:21:05 AM

 
Christine Pentecost
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What a great photo! There is an old house like this in Nevada City, Montana, an old mining/ghost town about 1 1/2 hours from me. I photographed the house extensively in June, with something "ghoulish" looking using PS, in the back of my mind. Great job and imagination on this one.

7/28/2009 4:35:59 PM

 
Toni A. Martin
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All that work payed off. Great image.

3/12/2010 8:53:18 AM

 
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I love the effects, Nikki. Fantastic DD work. Very well done.

Rick

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