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Occonaluftee Farm in the Mountains of North Carolina.
© Donna J. Eaton
Carol Keen
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member since: 3/5/2001
    Donna this is wonderful! I would love to know what filters you used to create the effect.

11/20/2001 7:48:33 AM

Dwayne D. Dowdell

member since: 1/12/2001

Awesome colours! I hope this is on a wall somewhere . . . DD

11/20/2001 10:39:26 AM

Shelley Sanders

member since: 10/15/2001

Wonderful photo, Donna, with a real rustic feel. Love the colors!

11/20/2001 10:40:02 AM

Donna J. Eaton
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Thanks so much for the nice comments. I did this using MGI Photosuite. I started by using the antique filter, then cloning out some things in the foreground. I adjusted the brightness/contrast and cropped slightly. I then added the oil painting filter. It made me think of Thanksgivings long past.

11/20/2001 9:18:21 PM

Lisa Young

member since: 9/1/2001

Wonderful DA, Donna.

11/21/2001 1:17:06 AM

Winston J. Russell

member since: 11/21/2001

I love this photo. In fact I have this very scene as the wallpaper on my laptop. Not yours but one of many I have taken on my many visits to this lovely living museum. When I was there this last September I got there just before sunup and got some great shots throughout the visiters center while the fog was low to the ground. Did you know that this cabbin is not original to the site? It is the cabbin of Joe Queen which was moved there by the Park Service because the original home of Abraham Ecloe had long sinse decayed. Some say that Abraham Ecloe may have been the father of Abraham Lincoln due to the fact that Nancy Hanks (Lincoln's mother) was a servant in the Ecloe home prior to Lincoln's birth.

I am curious about the smoke from the kitchen chiminy in your photo. Did the Park Service have a fire going or did you render it yourself. I visit there several times a year and there has never been a fire going.
I would realy like to see some of your other photos of this site especialy around the barn. Good Work!

11/22/2001 10:42:39 PM

Donna J. Eaton
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Hi Winston, I'm glad you liked the photo. I love this area of NC and we visit there 2 or 3 times a year. This was taken in October of this year. They actually had two fires going. It was the first time I'd seen them have actual fires there. It really created a mood as to how it must have been long ago. I didn't know about the facts you listed. That is really interesting. I have some other shots that I'm working on from the area. I would like to see some of your photos. The fog sounds like it would make for some good shots! Thanks again for commenting.

11/22/2001 10:51:30 PM

Beth McAdams

member since: 2/24/2001

Dear Donna, am curious to know if you took this with a digital camera as I'm not familiar with MGI photosuite and the oil painting filter. Wanting to get one and wondering if you can have all these options for your pictures. Thanks,

11/24/2001 10:24:15 PM

Nasko Parpulov

member since: 4/14/2001

Hi Donna,
It's greate.Wanting to get one,if you don't mind.
Thanks a

11/27/2001 1:53:22 PM

Jairo Leiva

member since: 1/17/2001

Congratulations my Friend, This is one of the best I've seen from you, I'm so happy for you. Jairo

12/12/2001 11:50:47 AM

peter paterson

member since: 8/29/2000

Absolutely stunning atmospheric image I especially like the painterly feel to the subject worthy winner

12/13/2001 4:36:29 PM

Shirley D. Cross
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Excellent use of the MGI Photosuite software! Congratulations, Donna!

12/13/2001 8:28:38 PM

James Bennett

member since: 1/22/2001

Simply stunning. This is why I bought a camera, hoping to be able to do this kind of thing. Never produced anything close to this. I'm so jealous. Keep up the good work.

12/21/2001 2:45:48 PM

Tom Forister

member since: 6/22/2002

Great picture. What kind of camera did you talk this with ? what resolution?

6/23/2002 7:57:16 PM

Donna J. Eaton
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Hi and thank you Tom. It was taken with a Nikon 950 Cool Pix digital camera.

6/24/2002 7:44:59 AM

Mary-Ella Bowles
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member since: 5/3/2003

Hi Donna! This popped up on the homepage when I logged on this morning. Not being a member back then, I had never seen it - bit I love it! Wonderful subtle colors, and a nostalgic feel to the image. Very nice....

(Hey, I started out with a Nikon 950 too - it served me well as I started to learn all this new fangled digital stuff, lol...)

3/1/2004 9:54:13 AM


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WoW, beautiful pic

11/26/2006 6:03:17 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Hi Donna, I just came across this very beautiful and artistic image. Great work!! Congratulations!

11/28/2006 7:44:07 PM

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