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Magical!
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
 
Magical!
Magical!
A fun one here - removed bubbles, added fairies and pixie dust!
For the fairies I photographed figurines under the same lighting conditions as the kids and resized them for this image.
1/100, f7.1, 50mm 1.4 lens, natural light with reflector.

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Tonya R. Boles
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    This is cute. I like what you did.

12/15/2006 6:02:10 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Jane, cute image; excellent lighting, composition and effects.

12/15/2006 8:55:21 PM

 
Ross Throndson
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Glad to see this one again, Jane...Really Wonderful Capture of your Kids....Fabulous Image....A Winner in my book!!! :^)

12/16/2006 7:18:26 AM

 
Jane M
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Tonya, Janine and Ross-thanks for commenting!

12/18/2006 5:30:08 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Fantastic work on this one Jane.

12/18/2006 5:55:47 AM

 
Jane M
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Thanks a lot Kay!

12/19/2006 5:07:10 AM

 
Melissa A. Mannon
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this is so creative! I love the lighting, expression, and the little fairies!

12/27/2006 4:04:03 PM

 
Jane M
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Thanks Melissa!

12/28/2006 12:23:15 PM

 
Megan p
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I have always LOVED this image, bubble or fairies! Congratulations Jane!

5/23/2007 5:30:02 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Jane. Hope to see it again. Good luck in the next round.

5/23/2007 8:11:04 PM

 
Marie Fields
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What a FUN image, Jane... Love it! Congratulations!

5/23/2007 8:35:41 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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Congratulations on your FINALIST!


Another PG101 WINNER

5/24/2007 12:09:38 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Terrific work; congratulations!!

5/24/2007 1:49:38 PM

 
Christy Nichols
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Congratulations on this super creative finalist, Jane!!

5/24/2007 5:19:28 PM

 
Jane M
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Congrats from everyone are much appreciated! Many thanks!

5/24/2007 8:01:09 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Awesome presentation, Jane! SUPERB WIN!

5/24/2007 10:41:43 PM

 
Wendy Bristol
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Well deserved win. Congrats!

5/24/2007 10:54:57 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Jane on your First Place win...Dominick

5/25/2007 12:59:30 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Easy to see why this is a winner, Jane ~
CONGRATULATIONS to you!

5/25/2007 1:26:21 AM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Huge Congratulations on this exceptionally creative and beautifurl First place Win, Jane!!

5/25/2007 4:31:43 AM

 
Megan p
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Oh Jane!!!!! I am SP thrilled for you on this win!!! Many Many Congratulations!

5/25/2007 5:02:30 AM

 
RC  Fritz
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Congratulations your First Place Win!

5/25/2007 5:23:45 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations on the gold, Jane!!

5/25/2007 5:34:58 AM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Beautiful Jane! Congratulations!

5/25/2007 5:36:20 AM

 
Denise M. Snyder
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This is so wonderful - congratulations on your well deserved win!

5/25/2007 5:40:39 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Jane ,Congratulations on your adorable first place winner. I knew this one would be in the top.

5/25/2007 6:06:31 AM

 
Dr Silly
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Congratulations on your Super Gold. :O)

5/25/2007 6:09:31 AM

 
Ross Throndson
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So they're a little slow.....Many Congratulations, Jane!!! Sorry I'm late....haven't had an internet connection. A Wonderful & Creative 1st Place Winner, Jane...WTG....I know it's one I've always loved!!!

5/25/2007 6:16:59 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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This is enchanting, Jane. I could see it on the cover of a book of children's stories. I love the expressions on their faces: your daughter, in her young innocence, is captivated by the fairies while your son's gaze seems slightly more mature--as if he is taking as much pleasure from his sister's delight as from these magical figures themselves. What a lovely 1st place winner!

5/25/2007 6:28:58 AM

 
Susan Fox
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Congratulations Jane on your first place win!

5/25/2007 8:22:50 AM

 
Jeana Clark
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CONGRATULATIONS JANE ON YOUR VERY BIG WIN!! EXCELLNT IMAGE!

~Jeana~

5/25/2007 11:52:15 AM

 
Jane M
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Wow! This is a nice way to start the holiday weekend. It's great to get an image picked with both my kids in it! Thanks to the judges and everyone for their congrats!

5/25/2007 11:58:57 AM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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Wonderful job Jane! A Very beautiful & well deserved Winner! Congratulations!

5/25/2007 1:12:46 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Simply wonderful and magical
Congratulations, Jane

Bill

5/25/2007 5:10:18 PM

 
Sharon K. King
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Oh Jane, this is just wonderful! Congratulations!

5/25/2007 6:10:32 PM

 
Datha Y. Thompson
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CONGRATULATIONS Jane on this magical WINNER!!! Precious capture and Beautiful work!! Love it :0)

5/25/2007 7:47:08 PM

 
Cora Miller
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Pure magic, and absolutely adorable! Congratulations on your win, Jane.

5/25/2007 8:43:08 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Jane, great colors, lighting and effects; BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your FIRST PLACE WIN!

5/25/2007 9:31:40 PM

 
Les Rhoades
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Congratulations on your WIN!

5/26/2007 12:36:18 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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Congratulations on this well-conceived and executed winner, Jane!

5/26/2007 3:27:58 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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A remarkable First Place win, Jane! Congratulations!

5/28/2007 8:11:00 PM

 
Betsy Labuschagne
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Huge congratulations Jane!!

5/29/2007 10:39:33 AM

 
Joan Kocak
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amazing shot Jane, very well done! CONGRATS~

6/1/2007 7:03:24 PM

 
Christy Nichols
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Congrats on your winner, Jane!!

6/1/2007 10:02:04 PM

 
Emily E. Bem
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I love fairies! This is so creative! EXCELLENT editing!

6/4/2007 4:54:15 AM

 
Jane M
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Thanks again everyone!

6/4/2007 7:05:19 PM

 
Patrick R. McMullen
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Congratulations Jane! Excellant PS work. Great composition too!
Pat

6/7/2007 1:23:13 PM

 
Leslie L. Gregg
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This is a wonderful composition. So well captured and imaginative. Definately deserving of the winning position. Congratulations and Hats off to you. I have to admit, I would love to know how you accomplished the fairy dust effect.

6/9/2007 8:48:55 PM

 
Sherrye Nozaki
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Too good this! Amazing creativity. So impressive:) Congratulations.

6/17/2007 2:25:02 AM

 
Toni Riggs
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Fun and creative image!

10/10/2007 11:52:10 PM

 
Jane M
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Thanks everyone, just found an older version of this photo where I said how the fairy dust was done:

1) Used clone tool to remove bubbles
2) Took new photograph of fairy figures in exact same lighting conditions as for original photo.
3) Selected fairy in new photo using lasoo tool, and used move tool to move it to the main photo which causes a new layer to be created with just the fairy in it.
4) Used the move tool to select the fairy then dragged in the corner points to scale it to the right size and move it to the right position.
5) Used the paintbrush tool (spatter brush) with color selected to match fairies dresses to make dust trails.
6) Then used star brush to make stars around faires, varying the size and colors
7) Used the star brush on a very large setting on a layer underneath the fairy layers to create background glow around the fairies.
8) Adjusted brightness/contrast/sharpness on the fairy layers to match original photo.

Hope my daughter enjoys it when she's older!

11/26/2007 6:45:13 PM

 
Sobia Chishti
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Jane, this is BRILLIENT!!
Thank you so much for sharing the technique and in so much detail. I will give it a try.

2/26/2009 8:49:31 PM

 
April  Riggs
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Perfection~

4/12/2010 6:39:02 PM

 
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