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Dogwood and Redbud
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Dogwood and Redbud
Dogwood and Redbud
A variety of effects in CS3 were done to this image.
© Sam Gray
Nikon D200 Digital...
 
 
 
Melissa A. Olsen
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    Beautiful color and light...very Oriental looking. Love it!

7/4/2008 8:46:34 AM

 
Martha R. Mazon
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This caught my eye right away. Lovely painterly quality.

7/4/2008 8:51:12 AM

 
Lisa D. Greer
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Very whimsical! Gorgeous!

7/4/2008 8:56:04 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Beautiful soft colors and effects, Sam! It does have an Asian feel!

7/4/2008 9:13:07 AM

 
Susan Heath
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What a piece of art! Spectacular!

7/4/2008 9:53:18 AM

 
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Terrific spring-time feel and glow Sam! Super image design and effects also!! Care to share which filters you used?

7/4/2008 10:42:54 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Lovely florals and work, Sam.


Dominick

7/4/2008 11:39:10 AM

 
Keith Butler
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very nice work on this Sam. nice gallery also

7/4/2008 12:00:39 PM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Lovely work,great effects and colors,Sam!

7/4/2008 4:15:57 PM

 
Sam Gray
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Thanks for the kind comments...
Here is a breakdown of how the image was created:
1. Original Photo shot with telephoto lens to put a soft wash of color behind the dogwood using a Tony Sweet Singh-Ray Soft-Ray Diffuser.
2. Adjusted in Lightroon and brought into Photoshop CS3.
3. Curves layer with Luminosity blend mode to remove some contrast.
4 Fractalius filter, Sketch BW 01 adjusted to soften edges applied with Luminosity blend mode.
5. Curves layer clipped to the Fractalius layer to adjust contrast and color.
6. Levels layer next to bring up the color.
7. Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Tonal Contrast filter to further adjust contrast.
Some of these were applied globally and some locally to the image. Thanks again for the comments...

7/4/2008 6:33:33 PM

 
Arlene Krassner
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Wow am, that was an impressive amount of work on this. It is stunning.

I wonder if you would share how you do your signature. I like that look.

7/5/2008 3:31:18 AM

 
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Thanks for the info on your terrific image Sam!!

7/5/2008 4:11:05 AM

 
A P
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First I agree that it has an Asian look. And that it's just lovely. Comp, colors and treatment are all wonderful, Sam. Second OMG I wish I understood half of what you did to this photo!!!!

7/7/2008 5:43:43 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Outstanding, Sam!

7/7/2008 6:42:42 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Excellent image and technique, very creative Sam!

7/20/2008 4:55:50 PM

 
Kate Baumgartner
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Truly a work of art and very impressive. Well done, Sam.

7/28/2008 5:55:03 PM

 
A P
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CONGRATULATIONS on this well deserved Finalist, Sam. My money is on this will go on for the WIN!!

8/21/2008 4:20:05 PM

 
Wanda Judd
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Yeah, congratulations...it's a fantastic image and just think, I was standing right behind you when you shot this... I'm truly happy for you.

8/22/2008 6:49:00 AM

 
Wendy Moghadam
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Lovely! The colors and composition are fantastic- it has a real asian art feel. Congratulations on your finalist

8/22/2008 5:53:55 PM

 
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My money was correct. Knew this was a winner from the moment I laid eyes on it. Congratulations on this well deserved win, Sam

8/25/2008 10:34:57 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Sam on your Win.


Dominick

8/25/2008 10:59:06 AM

 
Elida Gutierrez
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 "The Fairy Trophy"

A Special Trophy for

"July Winners"

8/25/2008 1:48:42 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Sam on your beautiful win!

8/25/2008 3:58:06 PM

 
Charlene Taylor
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Hi Sam,
How absolutely beautiful! Congratulations!!

8/25/2008 4:11:07 PM

 
KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S.
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MY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN.!!!

KARU,

8/25/2008 5:59:33 PM

 
Wendy Moghadam
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN.!!!

8/25/2008 7:14:51 PM

 
Cora Miller
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Congratulations on your win with this fine piece of artwork.

8/26/2008 12:39:25 AM

 
Nemil B. Chabebe
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Congratulations!

8/26/2008 10:28:43 PM

 
Jeffrey D. Estacio
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lovely and congratulations.

9/20/2008 10:37:42 PM

 
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