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Cypress Tree Swamp   Featured in Digital Darkroom #023
  Cypress Tree Swamp
Cypress Tree Swamp
Taken yesterday midday. Autofocus and auto settings. Manipulated in Virtual Photographer and PSCS. Shoebox filter and diffuse glow. Cropped and contrast tweaked.
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Colleen Braun
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    Fabulous...

1/26/2005 2:32:39 AM

 
Paul Michko
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Fantastic swamp vista, Marsha. I love the effects.

1/26/2005 2:39:41 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you Colleen and Paul. You guys are up early too I see.

1/26/2005 2:49:31 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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This has a surreal feel to it, Marsha. Nicely done!

1/26/2005 3:37:13 AM

 
Arya Bandyopadhyay
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Ideal for the drawing room wall ... fabulous capture and terrific presentation, Marsha!!

1/26/2005 4:09:33 AM

 
Cindy Paquette
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WOW! This image is tremendous Marsha! So very beautiful! Where do you live?

1/26/2005 4:28:36 AM

 
S  J
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Beautiful image and excellent effects, Marsha!! Very well done!!

1/26/2005 5:46:16 AM

 
Kara Hendricks
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This is lovely Marsha!! Great effects.

1/26/2005 6:39:07 AM

 
ADILSON F. FERREIRA
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Wonderful image Marsha!!!

1/26/2005 6:53:03 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks to all you guys, Kathleen, Arya, Cindy, Sanjay, Kara and Adilson.
Cindy, I live in SE Texas just across the Louisiana line so we have swamps and bayous aplenty down here. This was actually taken in a local park. It is a huge pond with cypress trees and "gators" and ducks. I couldn't find a gator to shoot, though.

1/26/2005 12:08:16 PM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Nice pano image and effects Marxha!

1/26/2005 12:21:22 PM

 
William C. Raco
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I really like the color, tone, feel and look of this photo, Marsha. Very well taken and presented.
bill

1/26/2005 1:58:09 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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  The original of the Cypress Swamp
The original of the Cypress Swamp
Note the garbage can - just shows it is not as much wilderness as it appeared.
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Thank you Murry and Bill. I get kind of carried away sometimes with the post processing. Just in case anyone is interested I am posting the original of the photo.

1/26/2005 2:38:46 PM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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I love it! Super work!

1/26/2005 6:29:05 PM

 
Susan T. Parady
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Great effects! This looks super!! Well done!!!

1/26/2005 6:55:16 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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June & Susan - thank you very much. I really appreciate the feedback.

1/26/2005 7:13:01 PM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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WOW you have created a great piece of art here. I love it.

1/26/2005 8:42:55 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thanks so much, Darren.

1/27/2005 2:52:12 AM

 
Laura Berman
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You've really created an unusual, beautiful, atmospheric image here Marsha. It has such a surreal quality to it but I imagine that it is closer to the feeling of the real swamp than a straight photo of it is. Well done! I hope we see more of it mid month.

1/27/2005 4:50:43 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much Laura for those kind words. Sometimes I worry that I go overboard on the post processing so its nice to get positive feedback. Thanks again.

1/27/2005 12:04:54 PM

 
Paula Showen
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WOW! What awesome manipulation! You have done a fantastic job with this, Marsha! I LOVE your final result! Very nice!

1/31/2005 5:52:14 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much, Paula. I am kind of new to Photoshop so I just grab an image and apply every filter to it until I find one that works. Sometimes it works - sometimes it doesn't. I am learning with every step though. I appreciate the boost from comments like yours.

1/31/2005 6:45:36 PM

 
Cora Miller
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The effects you added to this are wonderful, Marsha! You've turned an ordinary photograph into an extraordinary work of art! Great job!

2/2/2005 9:26:57 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much for the kind words, Cora. I looove Photoshop.

2/3/2005 3:03:20 AM

 
Tammy McAllister
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I visited your gallery and this image really caught my attention. Wow....what an amazing perspective, and presentation. I hope to see this one again...it is so unique!

2/7/2005 7:07:47 AM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much Tammy. I really appreciate your input, especially after I visited your gallery and saw all those little medallions. Wonderful images.

2/7/2005 8:49:27 AM

 
Odelia 

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My first response to this was that it is absolutely gorgeous! Looks enchanted and magical. Wow.

3/2/2005 7:29:16 PM

 
Marsha S. Smith
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Thank you so much Odelia. Down here in SE Texas we have a lot of "swamps". With a little help from Photoshop and Virtual Photographer you can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

3/2/2005 8:11:15 PM

 
Lewis P. Church
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This is just so cool, It would make a great mural... Keep clicking!

3/8/2005 5:23:59 PM

 
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