Spirit of The Forest

© Laura E. Swan

Spirit of The Forest

Tammy D. Ferren level-deluxe 5/17/2010 5:46:06 PM

Love this beautiful and creative image, Laura! #1269708

Ann Coates level-deluxe 5/17/2010 6:04:38 PM

Look at you watching over everybody. This is really beautiful Laura. #8618309

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe 5/17/2010 6:08:46 PM

Cool creation (and, of course, wonderful use of frac). #8618319

Douglas Perry level-deluxe 5/17/2010 6:19:42 PM

Follow the wood nymph! #8618345

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 5/17/2010 6:31:59 PM

WOW, a magnificent, beautiful & creative work of art! Would love to walk this path, Swanee Laura! Your title & image creates a tranquil & meditative mood indeed! Love it! #8618383

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay level-deluxe 5/17/2010 6:40:48 PM

Beautiful Laura! Your creativity is wonderful! WTG! #8618413

Monnie Ryan level-deluxe 5/17/2010 7:05:39 PM

Ah, take me away with you, Laura! Beautiful creation! #8618490

Shelly A. Van Camp level-deluxe 5/17/2010 7:11:14 PM

Beautiful place and love the effects too, Laura.....Well done! #8618507

Teresa Moore level-deluxe 5/17/2010 7:28:50 PM

Very well done Laura! Great effects, and lovely imagination you have displayed. #8618539

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna level-deluxe 5/17/2010 8:01:38 PM

AWESOME DDR work on this gorgeous image, Laura! :-) k #8618583

Ellen Hodges level-deluxe 5/17/2010 9:03:21 PM

Looks sooooo pretty, Laura! Love it!! #8618645

maria Warren 5/17/2010 10:59:01 PM

sis. this is very pretty very nice work :)

(((hugs)))♥♥♥ #8618692

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/17/2010 11:06:24 PM

Hi Everybody! Thank you so much for all that you said! I was hoping these two images would look good together.

I appreciate your encouragement! :) !!!


P.S. Come And Walk With Me.


Graham Robards level-deluxe 5/17/2010 11:23:03 PM

Oh wow little sister, this is the best yet you have done!

Love it! I still haven't written about the layers yet. TIME, where has it gone!

~Pat #8618711

Barbara Waldoch 5/18/2010 1:15:34 AM

Beautiful job, Laura! Complete with a guiding fairy :-) #8618769

Michelle Alton 5/18/2010 2:12:45 AM

Gosh...another one of your enigmatic alter egos! This one is most intriguing, Laura. I'd feel safe alone on that path. #8618816

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe 5/18/2010 3:16:58 AM

The spirit of the forest?
Great capture and love your fxs Laura!!!! #8618918

Stephen Zacker level-deluxe 5/18/2010 3:29:41 AM

Very cool. My 1st thought was spirit of the forest also :-) #8618961

Ron McEwan level-deluxe 5/18/2010 4:46:38 AM

Beautiful trail Laura can't wait to get on it with you guys. #8619125

Douglas Pignet level-deluxe 5/18/2010 5:24:25 AM

Lovely work on this image lAURA, WELL DONE #8619243

Christine Lobsinger level-deluxe 5/18/2010 5:58:21 AM

I'd follow the forest guide! Again sis, your creative juices amaze me! Gorgeous frac work/colours!

Karen Celella level-deluxe 5/18/2010 9:35:46 AM

Wonderfully creative Laura. I still have to learn how to work with layers! uugghhhh! #8619711

Nancy L. Green level-deluxe 5/18/2010 9:52:13 AM

This is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME Laura, a winner in my book!!! <>< #8619743

Gina M. Savage level-deluxe 5/18/2010 11:01:51 PM

OMG...LOVE IT, Laura. This is so artistic...wow!!! A fav for me. #8620958

Tommy E. Burgess 5/18/2010 11:41:21 PM

WOW Laura this is really awesome!! I hope we see this one again, it's fantastic. A fav for me as well. Beautiful work!! #8620975

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/19/2010 1:10:41 AM

Thank you everyone! So pleased that you are really liking this creation!

The Path is from one I did a month or two ago called "Peaceful Pathways", (when I did my bear series). My face I shot a few months ago...ran it through curves. (Of course! What else?!).

Karen, Layer work can be very difficult. I could never take all the credit. My time here at BP has been invaluable. The help I have received has been amazing from others who share my passion for photography. The unsung hero's know who they are.

We all help each other. I am so grateful for this.

Thanks everyone for all that you said!


Ron...This trail is near Lake Louise. In the backwoods at a more private Lake. I will steer you guys in the right direction once you leave base camp! :) #8621027

Yulianto Soeroso 5/19/2010 1:47:34 AM

wow imaginative #8621074

Stephen Mimms level-deluxe 5/19/2010 6:12:03 AM

Great work Laura. #8621612

ROLAN NARMAN 5/19/2010 10:36:23 AM

Creative and beautiful! Certainly with that lovely face! Wonderful job sis! #8622130

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/19/2010 10:55:43 AM

Thank you so much Yuianto, Stephen and Brother Rolan! :)

I cant wait to get out there and trail walk next month. I will look for her when I go! :D

-Laura/Sister Lu


Renata Gusciora 5/19/2010 11:10:51 AM

Wonderful creation with lovely effects,mood and colors,Laura!Creative as always! #8622213

Val Feldman level-deluxe 5/19/2010 12:11:55 PM

I took one look at this and didn't see a spirit but a beautiful fairy queen guarding this deep, magical woods and remembered reading a poem:

Come follow me, follow me,
You fairy elves that be,
and circle round this green,
come follow me, your Queen.
Hand in hand let's dance around
For this place is - Fairy Ground.

Fairy Queen, definitely! As always, Laura, amazing and creative fantasy work..your mind is always churning and we all get to benefit from the beautiful end results! #8622361

Tammy Espino level-deluxe 5/19/2010 1:21:29 PM

Beautiful work and I bet you are an awesome guide!! :) #8622472

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/19/2010 1:33:18 PM

WOW! You guys! Thank you so much! I really am enjoying all the positive and fun remarks! And now even a poem! A fairy Queen?! COOL!

Love it and I sure appreciate the visits!



Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-deluxe 5/19/2010 2:21:20 PM

And into my favs it went!! This is awesome, SSSLala. Too beautiful for words! I love it a lot! #8622598

Anita Hogue 5/19/2010 2:28:17 PM

WOW, such a beautiful creation! #8622614

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/19/2010 2:45:44 PM

Thanks SIS! So, SSSKiki...do you think it's a SPIRIT or a Nymph? (Fairy) :)


Hi Anita! WOW! Thanks!!! :D

Appreciate you two stopping in!


Mary K. Robison 5/19/2010 8:37:35 PM

Pom, you've earned all the enthusiastic responses to this sweet creation.
I love the version of Frac you used (as in the bear images), and the soft colors, too.
And there is a sort of symbiosis here: you are the forest's spirit, and the spirit of the forest is IN you. Does that make sense?
Regardless, this is another fine example of the creativity that develops in your Digital Darkroom. #8623201

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/19/2010 8:45:31 PM

Mary, your comments mean so much to me. They are always so kind and inspirational. You enter into an image and feel around in the heart of things emerging with it's deeper meanings! I love doing this, too. This way we can see into the heart of the artist. If I ever meet you in person I would LOVE going to an art gallery with you and hearing what the paintings and pieces say to you! What fun this would be!

Thank you so much!

-Yoyomama Swanee Pom-pom. (HA!)


Rony Sagy 5/19/2010 9:25:05 PM

Laura, this is so beautiful. #8623267

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/19/2010 9:48:11 PM

Thank you Rony! :) !!! #8623300

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 5/21/2010 2:06:37 AM

Very creative and beautiful effects, Laura. Love the title too!

UB. #8625809

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 5/21/2010 9:55:36 AM

Hi Usman! Long time no see! Thanks for the visit and kind comments!

-Laura #8626856

Tammy Espino 7/12/2010 2:24:45 PM

Congrats on your awesome finalist :) :::Smiling here:: Whoo #8751716

Bojan Bencic level-deluxe 7/12/2010 2:36:47 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Laura. #8751838

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/12/2010 2:37:13 PM

Hi Tammy! What a neat surprise this is!!! Thank You So Much!

WOW! I'd like to also thank the BP JUDGES for selecting this creation out of 17,800 entries! How neat is THAT??? This month there were 1,312 finalists.

What a delight to be among them!

Have A Wonderful Day All! :))))))

-Laura #8751843

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/12/2010 3:16:17 PM

Thank you Bojan! :D I didn't see you there! This is a real honor for me.

-Laura #8752360

John Connolly level-deluxe 7/12/2010 3:37:42 PM

Congratulation on your finalist Laura, well done! #8752564

Nancyj E. Hovey level-deluxe 7/12/2010 3:51:06 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #8752692

maria Warren 7/12/2010 3:58:41 PM

Big congrats sis. this is such an amazing photo :) good luck in the next round (((hugs))) love ya♥♥♥ #8752760

Kathleen Brennan 7/12/2010 4:05:20 PM

Congrats on your finalists! Beautiful and creative work #8752832

Patrick Rouzes level-deluxe 7/12/2010 4:15:19 PM

Congratulations on this superb & creative finalist, Swanee! WTG! #8752929

Jack R. Perry level-deluxe 7/12/2010 4:24:18 PM

Congrats #8753032

Lorna Shutter level-deluxe 7/12/2010 4:33:27 PM

This one's gorgeous, Sis! I really hope it goes further! You look beautiful and that frac effect is wonderful!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! :)
Photobucket #8753154

Carol L. Fowler 7/12/2010 4:55:05 PM

Creative Image! Congrats #8753402

Jean-Pierre Ducondi level-deluxe 7/12/2010 4:56:02 PM

Big congrats on all your wonderful finalists Swanee.
JP #8753414

Cassie L. Woodlee 7/12/2010 5:26:35 PM

Awesome, congratulations!!!!! #8753729

Wm Nosal 7/12/2010 6:18:21 PM

COOL IMAGE! Congratulations #8754237

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/12/2010 6:30:00 PM

WTG on your fantastic finalists, Laura! :-) k #8754333

Usman M. Bajwa level-deluxe 7/12/2010 7:13:59 PM

Hey Laura... so happy to see this with a Finalist badge, hope it goes a step further, good luck!!

UB. #8754656

Mukesh Srivastava 7/12/2010 8:05:11 PM

Huge congrats for the wonderful Finalist Win, Laura!!!! Good luck for the Gold!!!!! #8755007

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/12/2010 9:10:04 PM

Thank you my dear sweet BP family and friends! I really appreciate the congratulations. More than you know.

Night night all!
-Laura :D #8755333

Irene Colling level-deluxe 7/12/2010 9:32:56 PM

Yeah Laura, a finalist on this very appealing image.
Congratulations and good luck in the next round. #8755481

Sherran Andersen level-deluxe 7/12/2010 9:45:47 PM

Congrats Laura... one of these days you will have to show me how to do this DD. #8755536

Patti Coblentz level-deluxe 7/12/2010 10:05:07 PM

Congratulations, Laura...this is awesome!!! WTG! #8755608

Christine Lobsinger level-deluxe 7/12/2010 10:41:16 PM

Right on SIS...
Awaiting the GOLD!!!!!!!!
SMILING #8755672

Tommy E. Burgess 7/13/2010 12:04:33 AM

Huge congratulations on your beautiful and well deserved finalist my partner in crime!! Best of luck in the next round! #8755788

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/13/2010 12:25:44 AM

HEY Crime boss! HA! You are still awake after reading the latest chapter of the book? AMAZING! I commend that!

HEY! We didn't even need popcorn this round!? What gives?


Hi All! I have really enjoyed your comments VERY MUCH! Chrissy. GOLD??? :D

This Walking Path Is Up By Lake Louise In Banff...The Blended Face I Shot Under Strobe Lighting indoors. Put them together and they really make an interesting look!

So glad you like it and glad the BP Judges do, too! Very honored.

Thanks To Photo Friends Like You That Have Helped Me Along The Way, Too...


-Laura :) #8755822

Carol Teal 7/13/2010 12:39:40 AM

Very beautiful Laura and you are just so great with Frac! Glad to see you win a finalist with this one! #8755838

Mary K. Robison 7/13/2010 12:57:46 AM

So very deserving to be among the finalists, Pom!
Congratulations, and best of luck to you in the next round!

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/13/2010 1:21:05 AM

Thank you ladies!!! :D I had fun creating the two separate images. Putting them together just seemed to make sense. Thanks to so many BP friends who have helped me along the way.

-Lala Pompom


Stephen Zacker 7/13/2010 3:30:56 AM

Very Cool. Congratulations Laura #8756126

Val Feldman level-deluxe 7/13/2010 5:04:13 AM

Fairy Queen! :) Big congratulations to you on this most deserving Finalist and all the best in the upcoming round! ~Val #8756476

Stefania Barbier level-deluxe 7/13/2010 7:58:25 AM

WTG, congrats! #8757427

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay level-deluxe 7/13/2010 11:11:05 AM

Congrats Laura on your finalist! This was absolutely outstanding! You rock!
:-) #8758294

Graham Robards level-deluxe 7/13/2010 11:17:31 AM

Love it. Best of luck in the next round. ~Pat xxx #8758321

Julie Burnett 7/13/2010 1:27:17 PM

So creative, and so very deserving of finalist and beyond, congratulations, Laura!! #8758759

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/13/2010 2:08:46 PM

Hi Guys! What a thrill! Thanks so much for ALL your good congrats. They mean a lot to me. :)))

-Laura #8758882

Sharon Sawyer level-deluxe 7/13/2010 3:55:48 PM

Whoooooooooo Hoooooooooo!!! WTG, Laura! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding finalist and all the best in the next round!!! #8759309

Gord MacEachern level-deluxe 7/13/2010 5:12:56 PM

So glad to see this very well deserved finalist Laura, good luck! #8759703

Monnie Ryan level-deluxe 7/13/2010 5:24:41 PM

Fantastic -- congratulations, Laura! #8759741

Gail Vitikacs level-deluxe 7/13/2010 5:57:34 PM

Lovely and creative Laura...congratulations! #8759836

Julianne Bradford 7/13/2010 5:58:43 PM

Great spirit of the forest!! Congratulations Laura! Hope it goes Gold! #8759843

Cindy Bendush level-deluxe 7/13/2010 8:46:42 PM

FABULOUS!!! Congratulations on your Finalist Laura! #8760424

Denny E. Barnes level-deluxe 7/13/2010 9:31:44 PM

BIG CONGRATULATIONS, Laura!! Outstanding work and effect!! Well deserved to be a finalist!! WTG!! #8760526

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/13/2010 9:58:20 PM

Hi Everybody! Thank so very much! Cross your fingers for me okay? :)))

-Laura #8760548

Douglas Perry level-deluxe 7/14/2010 3:32:46 AM

WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!! #8760827

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-deluxe 7/14/2010 10:32:43 AM

Congratulations on your finalist! Creative and beautiful Laura! #8761907

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-deluxe 7/14/2010 2:57:47 PM

WOOOHOOOOO!!! My favorite image is a finalist! I KNEW it. I looked for it earlier and couldn't find it, MSSLala. CONGRATULATIONS BIG TIME!!!!!!!!! #8762950

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-deluxe 7/14/2010 3:05:46 PM

Wonderful work, it's like somebody watching over everyone who enters the forest. Inspired work Laura and a big Congrats on this one. #8763001

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/14/2010 3:55:09 PM

Hi D.P., D.P., K.K. and R.R! HA! That was fun to type. (Wouldn't be able to type it 5 times FAST however!!!)

I sure appreciate you coming to be my cheering section!

SSSKiki, I knew you would especially be thrilled! Is it still your desk top BG??? :D If it is, you must have made this happen because of all the good vibes! (Thanks MSS!)

FOLKS BP's very own Ron McEwan was just here with WONDERFUL wife Shirley and CUTE dog OSCAR. We had them ALL AFTERNOON! :) !!! Now they are headed straight into HEAVEN. (Banff!) So thrilled for them!


-Laura #8763193

Shelly A. Van Camp level-deluxe 7/15/2010 10:51:35 AM


Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 7/15/2010 11:31:27 AM

Thank you Shelly. I owe my success to others who have helped me along the way.

-Laura :) #8765755

Renata Gusciora 7/15/2010 3:26:38 PM

Big congratulations on your awesome finalist,Laura!!!:-) #8766150

Derek D. Dafoe 8/15/2010 11:16:40 AM

Super editing Laura! Congrats on the finalist! #8836495

Amanda D. Austwick level-deluxe 8/17/2010 3:42:19 PM

WOW Laura, another superb image and use of layers and filters. Congratulations on another well deserved Finalist! #8844147

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 8/17/2010 5:56:05 PM

Thank you very much for the wonderful comments and congratulations on this creation! :)

Honored to have you stop in to cheer me on.

-Laura #8844447

Rod Partington 8/18/2010 4:58:17 AM

Wow! Laura,this is WAAAY COOL!! Awesome image girl! Congrats on the finalist. Love your talent! #8845254

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 8/18/2010 8:16:16 AM

Hey, Thank you Rod! I appreciate hearing that!

-Laura :) #8845766

Nancy (Peaches) Harker 8/20/2010 9:57:31 AM

HUGE congrats on your BEAUTIFUL finalist!!! #8850844

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 8/20/2010 11:39:48 AM

Thank You Peachy Keen! Hey! I owe you a nice visit! See you soon!

-Laura #8850962

Randy L. Quast 8/21/2010 5:00:48 AM

Laura very interesting and Congrats on being a Finalist. #8852294

Jack R. Perry 9/8/2010 8:12:52 PM

A big CONGRATS Laura, I am sorry I am late to the party but your three finalist are wonderful! #8889824

Laura E. Swan level-deluxe 9/8/2010 8:20:01 PM

Hi Randy and Jack! Thanks so much and dont worry for being late Jack. Just nice to see you here.

Thanks for your support gentlemen! And Randy Sorry for ME being late in thanking YOU!

-Laura #8889830

Kim Andelkovic level-deluxe 5/17/2011 4:05:26 AM

And a Beautiful Spirit you are in the forest :-)

Amazing work Laura :-) #9408283

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TV 1/800 AV 2.8
Pathway Is In Banff National Park
The Guide...Well...Tis I.

(DDR) PSE7, Fractalius, Curves.

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Uploaded on 5/17/2010 5:37:19 PM

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