Saving Face

© Laura E. Swan

Saving Face

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/3/2010 10:46:33 PM

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Tiia Vissak 8/4/2010 12:10:15 AM

very cute! #8804896

Dick W. Wyatt 8/4/2010 12:26:56 AM

Cute kitty ! #8804908

Renee Doyle level-classic 8/4/2010 12:31:30 AM

Very cute kitty and wonderful effects Laura!! #8804913

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/4/2010 12:44:53 AM

Thank you! Can you believe he is abut 18 years old??? :D Still doing great, too!

Tiia, Dick and Renee, I sure appreciate the visit to LUCKY and for checking out the DDR techniques. #8804930

Mary K. Robison level-classic 8/4/2010 1:39:39 AM

Hi, Pommers!
You captured a sweet shot of Lucky Boy to start with, and used the selective color/selective Frac filter so well ~ your DDR work produced some striking and beautiful results. If anyone is going to go through Photoshop from first page to last, it'll be YOU! #8804950

Michelle Alton level-classic 8/4/2010 1:46:12 AM

I must admit that I have been "Frac'd Out" for a long time, but you keep finding ways to get a smile out of me. This is nicely done and the kitty is just SO cute! Like the ecru beam better than the green on this. #8804955

Gord MacEachern level-classic 8/4/2010 3:28:08 AM

Good stuff Laura, he is a cute little guy!! #8805033

Jeff Robinson level-classic 8/4/2010 3:43:49 AM

Excellent pov and use of effects Laura! Jeff #8805066

Ray Thoms level-classic 8/4/2010 4:13:49 AM

Interesting results with the filter Laura.... #8805121

Julie Burnett level-classic 8/4/2010 5:26:58 AM

Wonderful filter work, Laura, and what a handsome cat! #8805374

Monnie Ryan level-classic 8/4/2010 6:12:25 AM

Cool use of the filter, Laura -- and if you ever get tired of Lucky Boy, send him my way! ;-D #8805529

Nancy L. Green level-classic 8/4/2010 7:58:57 AM


Douglas Pignet level-classic 8/4/2010 12:04:10 PM

Wonderful job and great looking kitty, well done #8806086

Kathy Salerni level-classic 8/4/2010 12:19:11 PM

Outstanding work with the frac filter, Laura! I love all of your shots of your beautiful Lucky!! #8806111

Tammy Espino 8/4/2010 1:48:17 PM

He looks like a youngin'! :) What a great capture & ddr work! #8806245

John Connolly level-classic 8/4/2010 3:36:10 PM

A super image from the colorful world you live in Laura! Wonderful DD and filter work! I just love mary's comment! #8806429

Karen Kessler 8/4/2010 3:51:25 PM

Neat assignment because you got to use all of your favorite tools! :) This looks great with the frac filter! #8806452

Renata Gusciora 8/4/2010 7:07:28 PM

So cute!Fabulous effects and lovely result,Laura!Creative! #8806825

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/4/2010 8:48:17 PM

Gosh! I thought I came here before NOW to thank you guys!!! Sorry!!! :D

I have SO enjoyed your great comments. Thank you SO VERY MUCH!!!

You know what"...I really believe it's important to push our creative edges to see what new things we can do. Each time I do this so many more doors open.

The possibilities are limitless. THe thought overwhelms me with interest and joy.

You are one great group to tolerate my many experiments. Thanks so much for being a terrific group of people in my life.

I hope I make a difference in yours, too!



Tommy E. Burgess 8/4/2010 10:08:57 PM

Absolutely fractabulous capture Laura!! And everyone knows it doesn't really get any better then fractabulous! :) Wonderful work as always my friend AKA partner in crime and over indulgence in popcorn! #8807033

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/5/2010 12:36:33 AM

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Ready Any Time You Are! :)

Thanks Tommy!

Fractabulous, hey? Okay. I will take your word for it! :D

We need to get POPPIN' SOON! While we still have time! Ha!

Gosh...all of a sudden I TOTALLY feel like complaining!!!

Thanks lots!

-Laura #8807149

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 8/5/2010 4:52:05 PM

Now I get your title... cool DDR work here Laura...
Lucky Boy is lucky to get to go camping with you!!
Congrats to you on the EP!!

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/5/2010 5:50:43 PM

He LOVES Camping, Sis! LOVES IT! I really do think he was a DOG in his last life! Hehe!

Thanks Chrissy! xo

-Lala #8808811

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic 8/5/2010 5:55:51 PM

He is so beautiful. It is amazing he is 18 years old. You did a beautiful job with this Laura! #8808818

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/5/2010 6:37:49 PM

Thank you Amanda! :))) He is such a sweet old kitty, too. Gets more lovey dovey the older he gets.

He was a total SPIT FIRE when young! WOW! Quite the fighter and bully of the neighbour hood.

THEN WE GOT HIM FIXED! Hehe! #8808920

Ron McEwan 8/5/2010 7:05:01 PM

Your work has your name all over it Laura, well done indeed. Heading out tomorrow are you for what a week? #8808984

Wm Nosal 8/7/2010 1:37:27 AM

Cool Stuff, Laura! #8811350

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 8/8/2010 3:21:18 AM

FANTASTIC image, MSSLala! SUPER work with this. #8812981

Chris Ebben 8/8/2010 5:05:17 PM

Lucky Boy certainly looks good on his camping holiday. I think Kody liked her camping holiday but would have liked warmer weather. Great use of filter, you do this well=^..^= #8814156

Cynthia M. Yarde-Kiernan 8/9/2010 12:33:41 PM

Lovely job on the edits #8816053

Graham Robards level-classic 8/10/2010 7:07:21 PM

Cute Lala
xxxx #8819019

adrifil 8/15/2010 7:12:48 AM

It's a very original portrait, congratulations! #8835721

Laura E. Swan level-classic 8/15/2010 8:35:35 AM

Hi Everyone! Thank you VERY VERY much!!! Loved reading your comments!

-Laura :) #8836018

Patrick Rouzes level-classic 2/5/2011 8:27:26 AM

You did a miraculous on all these, Laura! Exceptional DD work, indeed! WTG! #9214469

Laura E. Swan level-classic 2/5/2011 11:06:07 AM

Hi Paddy! THANK YOU DEAR ONE! You are such an encouragement to me!!!

-Swaneeeeee #9214755

Tammy Espino level-classic 3/20/2011 5:39:07 PM

Big congrats on this wonderful finalist!! :) Lauraloo loo, whooooooo #9301721

Monnie Ryan level-classic 3/20/2011 5:50:51 PM

Congratulations on your Finalist award, Miss Laura! #9301853

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/20/2011 5:51:27 PM

Hi Sweetie! Thanks!!! :))) -LooLoo #9301863

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 3/20/2011 6:20:39 PM


HUGE CONGRATS on your finalist!
Best of luck in the next round!


Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 3/20/2011 6:24:25 PM

Cute.....Congrats! #9302166

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/20/2011 6:35:34 PM

Hi Ladies! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! :))) #9302245

Karen Kessler level-classic 3/20/2011 6:51:03 PM

Looks like "Lucky Boy" brought some good luck on this one, Sis! Congrats on the Finalist!!! WOOHOO!!! #9302325

Lorna Shutter level-classic 3/20/2011 7:05:20 PM

What a Lucky Boy!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this Fabulous Frac Kitty Portrait, Sis!!!!! WTG!!! :)
Photobucket #9302421

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 3/20/2011 7:05:29 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9302422

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna level-classic 3/20/2011 7:30:40 PM

WTG on this AWESOME February Finalists, NL! :-) k #9302594

Irene Colling level-classic 3/20/2011 7:37:32 PM

Congratulations Laura. A finalist for this skillfully edited image.

You always seem to have so much fun trying out different looks on your images. #9302641

Daniella Puente level-classic 3/20/2011 8:07:01 PM

Very cool DD work Laura! Congrats and good luck next :) #9302757

Ellen Hodges level-classic 3/20/2011 8:27:19 PM

Huge congrats on an awesome finalist, Laura!! Very best luck!! #9302816

Kathy Salerni level-classic 3/20/2011 9:13:35 PM

Big congrats on your well deserved finalist, Laura! WTG! #9303024

Patti Coblentz level-classic 3/20/2011 9:51:36 PM

Huge smile :)) Congratulations, Laura!! #9303157

Bojan Bencic level-classic 3/21/2011 1:34:55 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, Laura! #9303630

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 3/21/2011 2:05:50 AM

This artistically well performed and beautiful image, Lucky and you deserve this win, SSSLala.
Huge Congratulations!!! #9303663

maria Warren 3/21/2011 2:06:06 AM

what a great photo sis:) big congrats :) (((hugs)))♥♥♥♥ I am finally back everyday here now :) #9303664

Renee Doyle level-classic 3/21/2011 2:35:57 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura! #9303733

Kim Andelkovic level-classic 3/21/2011 2:43:57 AM

Congrats Laura.....great job :-) #9303754

Anita Hogue 3/21/2011 5:03:07 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Laura! #9304179

Courtenay Vanderbilt 3/21/2011 6:13:36 AM

CONGRATULATIONS, Laura! #9304548

Jessica Jenney level-classic 3/21/2011 7:03:11 AM

Congratulations, Laura on your terrific finalist! #9304805

Graham Robards level-classic 3/21/2011 7:14:28 AM

Well done litle sister!

xx #9304839

JO ANN CLEVELAND 3/21/2011 8:53:48 AM

Awesome! Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura, brilliant dd!

jo ann c #9305137

Dawn M. Schneider 3/21/2011 11:45:39 AM

what a great creation!!! love the use of frac filter! Wonderful Finalist Congrats Laura! #9305668

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/21/2011 12:54:19 PM

Hi Everyone! Thank you VERY much for the congratulations!!!

So nice to have you all here. :))) I did many variations of this one. Glad the judges like this one, too. :)))

I haven't been able to put my PSE7 program into the new lap top here yet. Hope to soon. I feel lost without it!

-Laura #9305820

Ann H. Belus level-classic 3/21/2011 2:18:20 PM

Huge congratulations on this fantastic finalist, Laura! #9306162

Carla Capra level-classic 3/21/2011 2:57:21 PM

Congratulations, Laura.
Good luck in in the next round.
;) CC #9306320

Gina M. Savage level-classic 3/21/2011 5:54:05 PM

Love the effects on this one, Laura. Cute and sweet.:) #9306877

Susan Weisensel 3/21/2011 10:33:45 PM

Awesome Laura, Congratulations on this wonderful finalist. #9307509

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/21/2011 11:05:04 PM

Thank you so VERY much all. :) Great to see you again, too!!

-Laura :)))

Stephen Zacker 3/22/2011 4:07:07 AM

:-) Congratulations, Laura #9307866

Mary K. Robison 3/22/2011 6:46:04 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on Lucky Boy's selection as a Finalist, and you know I want to see this Fracky beauty in the next round!! #9308540

Wm Nosal 3/22/2011 7:30:23 AM

Congratulations, Laura #9308686

Rona L. Schwarz 3/22/2011 9:38:29 AM

This is great, Laura!! Very original and creative, as always, and beautiful DDR work! Sorry to be so absent myself these last two months...major work deadline...looking forward to catching up! Anyway, this is outstanding!!MANY CONGRATULATIONS on a superb Finalist and Good luck in the next round! #9309057

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/22/2011 10:33:28 AM

Hi You guys! I am on the run right now, heading to a birthday party but had to stop in and thank you all VERY VERY much!!!

-Laura :))) !!! #9309155

Lydia Williams level-classic 3/22/2011 10:42:29 AM

Amazing, Laura...did Lucky up great! Congratulations! #9309165

Julianne Bradford level-classic 3/22/2011 5:11:06 PM

What a great composition Laura! WTG! Congratulations! #9309916

Ann Coates level-classic 3/23/2011 11:17:27 AM

Congratulations on your fantastic finalist Laura. #9312654

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 3/23/2011 2:05:00 PM

Oh Sis, Congrats to you on your FINALIST... congrats to Lucky too!
Smiling Chris #9312976

Merna L. Nobile 3/24/2011 4:02:52 PM

Yes, you heard right! Congratulations you are a winner! Merna


Nancy J. Locke 3/25/2011 8:51:44 AM


How amazing you have a cat that goes camping. :D

Hugs, Nancy #9316789

Roxanne M. Bubar 3/26/2011 10:55:26 AM

Magnificent work and image.
Congrats.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #9318391

Renata Gusciora 3/27/2011 8:00:43 AM

Huge congratulations on your cute finalist,Laura!!!:-) #9319908

Stan Kwasniowski 3/27/2011 10:34:16 PM

Laura, what a gorgeous cat #9321269

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/27/2011 10:42:35 PM

Hi Everyone! Thanks so MUCH for the wonderful comments!

Great to see you all! :)))

-Laura #9321273

Gord MacEachern level-classic 3/28/2011 2:29:59 AM

Big congrats on this well deserved finalist Laura, great job!! #9321417

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 3/28/2011 7:24:18 PM

Whoooooooo Hoooooooo!!! WTG, Laura! HUGE congrats on your outstanding and well deserved finalist! #9323087

Lorna Shutter level-classic 4/20/2011 4:39:48 AM

Hey Sis! Been crazy busy lately, but had to drop by and CONGRATULATE you on your Feature Photo in this month's Digital Darkroom issue. WTG!!!!! :)
Photobucket #9359828

Lydia Williams level-classic 4/20/2011 4:53:56 AM

Nice to see this featured in DD...awesome! #9359861

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 4/20/2011 6:13:04 AM

Congrats to you Laura - found Lucky Boy featured in DDR # 97...
Smiling Christine #9360063

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/20/2011 9:15:48 AM

Hi Gord, Sharon, Dooners, Lydia and Chrissy! Where can I find this featured event??? How exciting!!

I'll have to tell "Lucky Boy" when he wakes up! He is lounging at the moment! Lol!!!

I loved hearing from you all! Thanks! :)

-Laura :))) #9360335

Irene Colling level-classic 4/20/2011 5:28:21 PM

Just saw your pretty kitty in the Digital Darkroom newsletter.

Congratulations on your fine work Laura. #9360753

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/20/2011 6:14:07 PM

Hi Irene! Thanks so much!!! :)

-Laura #9360819

Mary K. Robison level-classic 4/20/2011 6:39:19 PM

Pom, it was wonderful to find Lucky's image in the Digital Darkroom newsletter! (He's 18 years old? Wow!)
Clearly the bp judges found him (and your DDR work) to be worthy of a display. BTW, Congrats again on his Finalist selection.
You can count on many more people swingin' by your gallery now. Remember your Vitamin E for energy ~ you'll need it to correspond with all the new friends you make! #9360845

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 4/21/2011 5:23:50 AM

on your Digital Darkroom Feature!!! 8o) #9361405

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/21/2011 9:38:52 AM

Hi Mare and Mumj! :))) Two of my favorite ladies here at once.

It was such an honor to learn that BP had chosen Lucky to be in their DDR News letter!

It will always stand as a tribute to him.

I love this piece. It was fun to do. Thanks so much for the congrats and for all you said.

ALSO for your support, too.

-Laura #9361887

Denny E. Barnes level-classic 4/21/2011 2:08:14 PM

Lucky Boy is becoming quite a celebrity! First a finalist and now a winner on the DDR news stage!! Outstanding!!
It is very creative and beautiful work, Laura! Congratulations!!

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/21/2011 7:18:56 PM

Lol...Thanks Denny! :) I'll be sure and tell Lucky Boy for you. He has always felt he was the KING but now....WOW! A FAMOUS KING??? I wonder if it will be too much for him? (I doubt it! Lol!!!!)

Fun to have you visiting!!!


-Laura #9362444

Nancy L. Green level-classic 4/22/2011 8:37:26 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Laura on this wonderful finalist, WTG!! <>< #9363514

Laura E. Swan level-classic 4/22/2011 11:18:20 AM

Hi Nancy! Thank you so much!!!! :)

-Laura :))) #9363760

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 4/28/2011 7:22:20 AM

Congrats on having this image make the finalist round. #9376837

Laura E. Swan level-classic 5/1/2011 2:35:30 AM


:) #9382267

Emile Abbott level-classic 5/2/2011 12:52:26 PM

Lucky is sure a Lucky Boy. #9385018

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/16/2011 9:20:28 PM

Emile, thank you for all of the special comments and visits to my gallery. I sure owe you a nice browse in return!

I'll make it there!

Thanks again, Laura :) #9873055

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 3/7/2015 2:58:11 PM 1

Belated Congratulations on this wonderful photo Laura! #11261964

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/7/2015 8:52:55 PM

Thank you Amanda! Nice to have you visiting my Gallery :) #11262165

James Kooper 3/9/2015 3:02:20 AM

Oh my god what a imagination and execution of artwork. #11262696

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/9/2015 9:02:26 AM

Wow! Thank you very much, Jannatul! I really appreciate your comment!! Amanda must have helped lift this image to the top again on the website so others could see it!! :D #11262860

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/9/2015 9:05:42 AM

(The odd part is this was a FINALIST on the site and I see no badge on it!! I wonder why not?) #11262864

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 3/11/2015 9:27:35 AM

Oh, what a beautiful image, where did the FINALIST go? #11264017

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 3/11/2015 9:28:20 AM

Oh, what a beautiful image, where did the FINALIST go? #11264019

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 3/11/2015 9:30:02 AM

Just looked at it on BP and 'Finalist' button is here!!! 8o) #11264021

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/11/2015 9:58:53 AM

Hi Young lady! Now that is weird because I cannot see it on my end! I wonder why not? Mine is not to question why. Lol...Interesting. Thanks for letting me know. Did you go to my actual gallery? I will try that too. #11264035

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On The Picnic Bench While Camping.

The Fractalius Filter and DDR

How Was This Done?
I Used and Selective Lasso On the Face.
Then Used The Fract Filter On All Else
Then: Curved To Lighten, Recurved to bring out Blacks.

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ISO 800 TV 1/60 AV 4.8
(DDR) 210710
Re-Submit Feb 2011
(Sorry To Be Absent So Much Folks! Full Plate right now! I'll Be Back!)

Uploaded on 8/3/2010 10:52:50 PM

Made With

Camera: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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