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Bubbles on Black
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Bubbles on Black
Bubbles on Black


© Scott A. McDaniel
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Danielle Fuller
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member since: 7/18/2007
    From the CC.....Scott...I love this shot. Very cool shadow work going on here! I really don't think there is a lot more you can do to make this better. I love the colors and there isn't a lot of noise either! :) Wonderful job!

3/17/2008 5:25:06 AM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thanks Danielle. I wanted to see if the crop gave anyone any distress. It gives me a little and I'm not sure why. Not enough room for his legs? Maybe? Not sure. Thank you for the feedback.

3/17/2008 6:09:26 AM

 
Aimee c. Eisaman
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Great Shot Scott! This is very original and I just love the colors. I'm with you on the crop.....it is so hard to tell with portrait crops because I cannot view them in their entirety (spelling) on my screen. Maybe a tad too much blackness overall. I'd say try another crop and see what ya think. Great work though....I'm impressed!

3/17/2008 6:34:27 AM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thanks Aimee. The original photo was actually fairly bad. Nick was blowing bubbles in the backyard by a cinder block wall (lots of distractions). I went black to remove the distractions then started playing with removing parts of Nick to make him look like he was looking into a spotlight at night. I liked it considerably better black so I left it. Thanks for your feedback. I love CC, it has helped me so much.

3/17/2008 11:11:35 AM

 
Shannon D. Miller
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Scott! This is soooo....AWESOME!!! I can't get over the magnificent lighting and black bg yet those vibrant colors stand so bright! You are so creative my friend and this is a BEAUTIFUL capture!!! Excellent work! Shannon~

3/17/2008 1:41:57 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Come on Shannon, you're gonna make me blush. I'll show you what I did if you show me how to do the perfect black and white/burn treatment that you use...just kidding...kind of. Later tonight I will attach the original, you'll laugh, its "no es bueno"! Thank you for being so sweet to me.

3/17/2008 2:29:01 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Here is the original.

3/17/2008 5:51:15 PM

 
Jennifer L. Alder
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OH COOL! Scott-- this was a fantastic idea-- and it looks really good as is. I hear what you are saying about the space thing...the first thing that came to my mind was actually a crop. If it were me, I would crop up to a little below the blue bubble bottle and in from left for balance. This would make the bubbles follow the rule of thirds and make him look less like he was floating. I do love it, though... nicely done! :)

3/17/2008 7:40:54 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you Jennifer. I will play with the crop and see what I come up with.

3/18/2008 9:55:53 AM

 
Teresa Norris
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Wow, Scott...seeing the original and the result is amazing! The colors are fabulous against the black. With a little crop, I think this will be even more stunning. The way you used the black is so cool...it totally looks like he's under a spot.

3/18/2008 10:32:02 AM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you Teresa!

3/18/2008 11:00:10 AM

 
Brian Smyer
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Wow, very nice work. I almost passed over this as it looked very dark on the minipic. I'm glad I didn't, what a great suprise. All those colors and shadows are great.

3/18/2008 8:19:25 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you Brian.

3/19/2008 11:18:42 AM

 
Shannon D. Miller
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WOW!!! Well I would like to see the blushing Scott! You really knocked this one out my friend! I would have never guessed! I might share with you...just kidding. Have a great day!
Shannon!

3/19/2008 11:43:39 AM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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I can't bring myself to do a self portrait so you'll have to live with shots of my kids. :)

As far as your secret is concerned: I'll keep trying. What if I'll be your best friend? Yeah, that hasn't worked since I was 8 but it was so good to me from ages 6-8 that I just can't abandon the technique.

3/19/2008 2:03:32 PM

 
Flavio Carnevale
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Great image here, and great treatment.
Very well done, my friend.
Flavio

3/19/2008 3:51:40 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you my friend!

3/24/2008 9:41:47 AM

 
Joan E. Hoffman
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Absolutely Maaarrrvelllous! LOL This is a treat to look at! You really used a little of that ol black magic here! That is what it brings to mind... a mysterious magician show! Wonderful ~S~

3/27/2008 2:00:55 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you Joan. Sometimes its better to be lucky than good.

4/10/2008 2:37:06 PM

 
Dawn M. Schneider
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what a change from the original, this is so fantastic with the black and the light!! what talent!!

4/11/2008 8:54:23 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you Dawn.

4/14/2008 11:29:39 AM

 
Kimi A. Phillips
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Big congrats to you! It is an awesome image! :)

4/24/2008 1:07:24 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thanks so much Kimi. That was kind of a nice surprise.

4/24/2008 4:06:53 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Fabulous work, Scott!
Congratulation on your well-deserved HM!
~♥~Lisa

4/26/2008 4:03:19 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Very well done, Scott! Nice lighting and love the black BG!

4/27/2008 10:58:23 AM

 
Angie Sidles
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WOW, look at you and your honerable mention!! VERY IMPRESSIVE!! BIG CONGRATS to you Scott! You have really transformed this image into something dramatic and just amazing!! WTG!!! :)

4/28/2008 7:20:33 AM

 
Amy E. Schneider
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WTG Scott! Congrats on the Honorable Mention award. You do a great job transforming your images into masterpieces. :)Amy

5/16/2008 7:02:52 AM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you very much Lisa, Shelly, Angie and Amy

5/16/2008 7:21:28 AM

 
Teresa Norris
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Big, big congrats on this Honorable Mention, Scott!! So deserving...it's just wonderful!!

5/16/2008 8:34:15 AM

 
Colleen Farrell
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Wow, this is fabulous, Scott! Sorry I'm late in congratulating you--WTG on your HM!

7/3/2008 10:56:01 PM

 
Scott A. McDaniel
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Thank you Teresa and Colleen.

7/4/2008 7:48:43 AM

 
Jen M
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Wow! This is awesome! Great work!

4/10/2009 2:03:31 PM

 
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