Falling Apart

© Laura E. Swan

Falling Apart

Ann Coates level-classic 10/27/2012 12:19:22 AM

It's so nice to see you on here at this time Laura. You must be up late to be here. I love this effect, it is so cool. This is so creative. Brilliant work. #1494729

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/27/2012 12:58:56 AM

A truly fabulous creation, Sister. And yet, I find it so painfull to look at your beautiful face like this. It almost makes me cry. #10386012

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/27/2012 1:00:12 AM

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Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/27/2012 1:11:19 AM

Ann, it's 2:11 a.m. here, Oct 27th. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! #10386016

Avril Young level-classic 10/27/2012 1:31:44 AM

they both look wonderful, great DD work love the cracked look ;) #10386021

Jeff Robinson level-classic 10/27/2012 3:02:16 AM

This is Outstanding Laura! #10386064

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/27/2012 3:09:16 AM

Thank you, Sister. Now I fell much better :) Huggies and good night to you. #10386081

JudyAnn Rector level-classic 10/27/2012 10:17:15 AM

Oh, Laura, your artwork is truly wonderful! Looks and sounds like a LOT of work, but so well worth it. You know how I love to 'mess' with my photos, but for this super effect I would not even know where to begin! Excellent work, my friend. #10386610

Dale Hardin level-classic 10/27/2012 1:44:18 PM

Hi Laura. Out standing effect and so well done. Time to break out the Jergens.

Was this done using contour mapping? #10386842

John Connolly level-classic 10/27/2012 2:29:40 PM

Reminiscent of the incredible melting man, Sister Laura! A superb effect and outstanding DD work! You certainly are a night owl! #10386927

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/27/2012 4:11:18 PM

Hi Avril, Jeff, SSSKiki, JudyAnn, Dale and John! :)

So good to see you all! :))) If you don't already have the Smart Photo Editor that is offered on the ads on BP, I highly recommend it! :) It's user friendly and although it look intimidating at first a person can stumble along and do some neat things. :)

If you like playing it DDR (which I know many of you do) then this program is for you!

I got a good night sleep last night and am ready to go today and will make something new to share soon.

Thanks again my BP Family and Friends!
-Laura :D #10387022

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/27/2012 4:20:56 PM

Sorry, Dale. I didn't answer you. No. No mapping involved. :) I'm tickled that you like the end results.

All of you! Thanks again!!! #10387032

Colette M. Metcalf level-classic 10/27/2012 4:26:36 PM

GREAT work here!!! #10387041

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 10/27/2012 5:50:29 PM

Yep, this softer look is YOU for sure-pretty lady!!
Gorgeous, creative YOU!
Smiling With You,
ChriS #10387142

Mary K. Robison level-classic 10/28/2012 2:51:13 AM

Pom, I like both photos here, a LOT, but I think your main post with the "Cracked Paint" effect suits the mood of Autumn --- and the effect seems to make your features into a series of falling leaves. Your title's great, too.
So that's my 2c on the matter! #10387495

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 10/28/2012 11:45:32 AM

Hi Laura,Beautiful DD work.I fell apart years ago my friend.Wonderful capture,I hope the weather being nice for you!!!! #10388100

Stephen Zacker level-classic 10/28/2012 2:12:25 PM

Wonderful work.. who is that Beautiful woman #10388284

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/28/2012 2:37:29 PM

Hi Colette, Christine, Mare, Bobby Ray and Steve! :D

Thanks for your feedback and kind words. :))) They make my day...Oh and Steve, I asked her. She said her name is "DD"...Her last name starts with an "R", she added...???

DDR??? Hmmmmmmmmmm....Ha!

Thanks lots all. :)

-Laura :D #10388365

Val Feldman level-classic 10/28/2012 5:56:05 PM

LOTW, you have more creative talent in your tiny, dainty, pinky finger than I have in my entire body! A fantastic creation...I'm incredulous at what you do when you "stumble along", as you put it...Ha! That's SOME spectacular stumbling, my dear! :) Good to see you back - keep those creative juices flowing...and...Proceed! :) #10388598

Terry Cervi level-classic 10/28/2012 6:12:23 PM

Oh, I hate following Ms.V. LOL! Now I'm trying to figure out what LOTW means?? I have an idea but I don't want to say. Anyway, Ms. Laura! You haven't worn out your Smart Photo Editor yet!! LOL!! A very creative and artistic work! #10388614

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/28/2012 11:51:09 PM

Well, hello ladies! I have been sitting here with my cursor blinking for like 38 seconds wondering how I can thank you enough for your kind words that totally inspire me to keep creating. So, I read the entire thread again and I am just taken back by how much support I receive on BetterPhoto. You aren't just family and friends to me but you are my fans and I am your fan and all of us together make a network of immeasurable support. People who believe in us and if one of us makes something great or get recognized in this world we hear cheers from all over the world. Literally! What more can any of us ask for? (Except fame and fortune of course! Lol...)

You are my fame and you are my fortune and I value you all very much.

Thank you all. :) You have a way of lifting me up in ways I cannot express. I am so grateful for each of you.

-Laura :) #10389078

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/29/2012 12:10:48 AM

P.S. LOTW = Lady of The Woods. :) Val deemed me with this name because of a layered imaged she liked of me. :D And of course ALL of my nick names stick so there you are! I will always and forever answer to LOTW. :) !!! #10389139

Lorna Shutter 10/29/2012 8:46:23 AM

Laura, Gooners, LOTW, DDR, Sis ... whatever your name is, your work is beautiful ... just like you! This is so cool and reminds me of Hawaii (because it looks like you're wearing a lei!). The cracked paint is such a neat effect, when you know how and when to use it ... and you seem to be an excellent judge of that! This image is fantastic! Another FAVE for me! I just LOVE it! :) #10390557

Nadia Paul 10/30/2012 2:12:46 AM

This is just wonderful Laura - fantastic DD work! #10393842

Wm Nosal 10/30/2012 12:59:29 PM

COOL Image Laura! #10394961

Tammy Espino 10/30/2012 4:44:54 PM

You do such amazing ddr, awesome!:) #10395820

Alex T. Mizuno 10/31/2012 12:49:18 AM

You're so creative Laura! Your imagination has no limit. It's a real work of art! #10396603

Emile Abbott level-classic 11/1/2012 8:31:30 AM

Very tearful Laura. Amazing DD work you do my friend. #10399105

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 11/2/2012 5:44:27 AM

Wow....Laura....another captivating work of art! Enjoyed to reading all the comments.....Have a glorious day my night time friend.....I'm up with the chickens & rooster.... #10400648

Amanda J. Tanner level-classic 11/3/2012 11:23:44 PM

Beautiful work Laura! You are so artistic. I hope you are doing well. #10403051

Rona L. Schwarz 11/5/2012 9:50:02 PM

Painful as it is to look at what you have done to your beautiful face, Laura, this is extremely artistic and creative! #10406242

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/6/2012 7:19:06 AM

Soooo...you are half cracked? lol

I must say, even with all tyhe "cracks" you still are BEAUTIFUL Laura

Congrats on the magazine choosing your image too girl!

jo ann c. #10406859

Stan Kwasniowski 11/29/2012 7:49:38 PM

Laura, congratulations #10438894

Raymond Pauly level-classic 11/29/2012 7:53:12 PM

Great work, Laura. Big congratulations on your finalist... but whatever you do, don't you fall apart like that!! Ya hear?? #10438911

Raymond Pauly level-classic 11/29/2012 7:53:12 PM

Great work, Laura. Big congratulations on your finalist... but whatever you do, don't you fall apart like that!! Ya hear?? #10438912

Kathy Salerni level-classic 11/29/2012 8:42:38 PM

Woo Hoo, Congratulations on your well deserved Finalist, Laura! #10439156

Sherran Andersen level-classic 11/29/2012 8:54:57 PM

Congrats Laura. #10439201

Nadia Paul 11/29/2012 9:27:17 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Laura! #10439329

Ann Coates level-classic 11/29/2012 10:14:46 PM

This is so cool Laura, congratulations on your finalist. #10439476

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/29/2012 10:18:34 PM

Hi Everyone! Wow! What a wonderful surprise. I just got home from a very long day out in -13* c weather, and this is really so great.

Thank you for coming by to congratulate me! :))) It's always such an honor!!

My best to all of you!
-Laura :D


Stefania Barbier level-classic 11/29/2012 10:28:16 PM

congratulations for your beautiful finalist Lala! #10439525

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 11/30/2012 4:00:40 AM

Hi Laura,Big Congratulations my friend on this beautiful finalist!!!! #10440109

Christine Lobsinger level-classic 11/30/2012 4:38:28 AM

Congratulations Sister!!!
A lovely Finalist!
Go for GOLD!!!!
Smiling Big,
Chris #10440302

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 11/30/2012 5:04:14 AM

Congratulations, Laura, on your fantastic finalist!!! It has a real Hawaiian feel to it and you look so beautiful even if you are all cracked up :) Excellent DD work... you are so creative and talented! All the best in the next round. Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!!! #10440431

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 11/30/2012 5:12:54 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Laura. Love your fantastic gallery of photos. Keep up the good work. Good luck in the next round. #10440469

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 11/30/2012 6:37:35 AM

Hi my Canadian Kin.......CONGRATULATIONS........all the very best in the next round.....this one is still a winner in my book! Have a glorious day (and stay warm) Hugs...... #10440769

Bojan Bencic level-classic 11/30/2012 7:50:49 AM

Congratulations on your cracked finalist, Laura. #10441008

Wm Nosal 11/30/2012 8:16:50 AM

Congratulations, Laura! #10441184

Emile Abbott level-classic 11/30/2012 8:17:57 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, Laura. WTG #10441193

Carol Flisak level-classic 11/30/2012 8:32:27 AM

Fabulous image, Laura... excellent dd work! Hube congrats on your well-deserved finalist! #10441285

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/30/2012 9:24:02 AM

Gosh Everyone. I am sitting here so honored with a huge smile on my face. I so much appreciate your support and friendship!

You guys are the best!

Thank You Each One!
-Laura :D #10441578

Stephen Zacker level-classic 11/30/2012 10:16:41 AM

Great work. This is really cool and unique. Congratulations #10441772

Nancy L. Green level-classic 11/30/2012 10:28:23 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Laura on this wonderful finalist, WTG!!! <>< #10441844

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 11/30/2012 10:40:25 AM

Okay! I'm getting used to seeing it now :)
Congratulations on another most fabulous finalist, Sister. WooHoo!!! #10441887

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/30/2012 10:56:30 AM

You're so sweet! :) All of you!

Thank you so very much!!!

Sister Laura :D

Val Feldman level-classic 11/30/2012 12:06:55 PM

Super superb - but I'm beginning to expect nothing else from our LOTW! Ya know, dear friend, I'm betting this one is going to be back wearing the Gold! Hope so - Fingers (and toes!) crossed!!! #10442195

Tammy Espino level-classic 11/30/2012 1:50:35 PM

Congrats you queen of digital art!!! :))) #10442516

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/30/2012 5:15:50 PM

You guys are so good to me. Love you both!

-Laura :D xoxo #10443417

Mary K. Robison level-classic 11/30/2012 6:10:52 PM

Hey, Pom! I must have been really bleary-eyed in the early AM not to have seen this creative sp had a Finalist badge on it!
CONGRATULATIONS to you, and best of luck next round with both your worthy Finalists!

Laura E. Swan level-classic 11/30/2012 6:17:24 PM

Hi Birthday Girl! :D Well, it looks like the Golds are out. I just saw one...so I think maybe FINALIST is "it" for this s image....?

Thank You for your vote on confidence!! :D you're the best!!!

-Laura :D #10443578

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/1/2012 9:40:58 AM


Stan Kwasniowski level-classic 12/1/2012 9:43:49 AM

Laura, congratulations, well done #10444949

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/1/2012 9:46:58 AM

Hi Stan. Boy are you fast. This just went Gold! :D

Thank You. I'm so thrilled.

-Laura :D #10444959

Emile Abbott level-classic 12/1/2012 10:04:55 AM

Congratulations on your second place gold, Laura. Well deserved. #10444995

Stan Kwasniowski level-classic 12/1/2012 10:18:11 AM

Laura, at 81 you have to be fast or you turn to stone lol #10445031

Val Feldman level-classic 12/1/2012 10:42:19 AM

Just when it seems so dark and hope seems to be lost...there's a light at the end of the tunnel...and it's getting brighter and brighter and moving closer and closer and look at that....it's turning to...GOLD!!! :) :) A "BP Miracle!! (This quirky circumstance could ONLY happen to you, LOTW!! :) :) Many, many huge congrats on a splendid Gold Win!!! #10445082

Ann Coates level-classic 12/1/2012 1:04:50 PM

Yippee, huge congratulations on your well deserved Gold Laura. #10445377

Lorna Shutter 12/1/2012 1:30:57 PM

Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved GOLD WIN, SIS!!!!! WTG!!! :)

Sorry I'm so late ... It's been a busy time for me and I had a problem with my computer. Seems to be fixed now. :) #10445398

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 12/1/2012 2:03:48 PM

Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! I'm so glad your images turned to GOLD... it is most deserving!!! Congratulations! #10445436

Kerry Drager 12/1/2012 2:50:47 PM

Congratulations, Laura! As you - and others - may know, there was a tech snag, in which a 1st Place image somehow was duplicated as a 2nd Place winner too. Well, that's now fixed :) Sorry for the inconvenice, everyone ... and, Laura, a very well-deserved Congrats!!

Kerry #10445479

Tammy Espino 12/1/2012 3:15:33 PM

Sure Laura loo loo take my second place since I got a first..I liked having bothh..LOL (Kidding) You deserve this and it's such a thrill you got a win!!! :) Way to go!!!! #10445510

Terry Cervi level-classic 12/1/2012 4:53:14 PM

I just saw that you took Tammy's 2nd place from her! Too funny!! Congrats, Ms.Laura on your win!! WTG!! #10445605

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 12/1/2012 5:24:03 PM

WooHoo Laura, so happy to see your remarkable face and editing on the Winners Page. You also now hold a BP World Record too, I believe, getting a Second Place Gold Badge after Winners are announced for the month. BIG CONGRATZ!!!

UB. #10445644

isabel C. Zepeda level-classic 12/1/2012 9:28:49 PM



YSA... #10445916

Laura L. Gonzales level-classic 12/1/2012 11:00:03 PM

Wow Emmy,
a huge congratulations my friend on this fantastic Gold winner!! your DDR work is outstanding, I really love this! The color, tones, and textures! everything about it super super super! Big hugs! :) #10445988

Lyn Darlington 12/2/2012 12:54:17 AM

Fantastic DD work! Huge congrats on the gold win! Well deserved!!!!!! #10446046

Nadia Paul 12/2/2012 12:58:40 AM

This one was always destined for gold Laura - congratulations! #10446050

Avril Young level-classic 12/2/2012 1:35:21 AM

wow, a huge congrats for your win, you are very talented Laura... #10446096

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 12/2/2012 4:57:52 AM

CONGRATULATIONS, LAURA......YAHOOOOOO....I'm so happy for the Gold on this.....Have a glorious day ahead! #10446289

Ellen Hodges level-classic 12/2/2012 8:19:53 AM

Huge congrats on this gorgeous win, Laura!! Sorry for the delay! Thought that I had commented already! Looks sooooo cool and such a fab win!!! #10446561

Robert R. Goodman level-classic 12/2/2012 11:51:03 AM

Hi Laura,Congratulations on this beautiful win.WTG My friend!!! #10446839

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/2/2012 12:22:09 PM


What An Honor This Is and Your Comments Mean So Much To Me!

THANK YOU BetterPhoto Judges, too! :D

Very Much!

-Laura #10446931

Stephen Zacker level-classic 12/2/2012 2:10:47 PM

You are SO good at these. Of course you have a very good subject. Congratulations #10447108

Carol L. Fowler 12/2/2012 6:34:34 PM

Big Congrats on the Win!!! Give your model a lifetime contract! LOL! #10447570

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic 12/2/2012 10:45:52 PM

Creativity definitely pays off and this is testament to your wonderful talents Laura. What a big win, and were so proud of you. Congratulations! #10447848

Wm Nosal 12/2/2012 10:48:22 PM

:) Congratulations!
Laura :) #10447849

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/3/2012 10:49:41 AM

Laura, you are the Queen of Creativity and Photo Shop! I love this...big congratulations on the 2nd Place Gold!

jo ann c. #10448746

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/3/2012 10:52:22 AM

Hi Everyone. I am so honored. Thank you all very much and thank you again BP Judges!!!

Have a super day!!!!

-Laura :D #10448753

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 12/3/2012 7:50:31 PM

on your very deserving GOLD!

Outstanding! 8o) #10449366

Cindy Bendush level-classic 12/3/2012 10:14:18 PM

Cool - you look FABULOUS! Congratulations on your win! #10449559

Alex T. Mizuno 12/4/2012 1:55:39 AM

BIG CONGRATULATIONS on your win cousin Laura! Your artistry has no limit!!!

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 12/4/2012 9:43:02 AM

Sister, I am always so happy to see gold on your amazing artwork.
Huuge congratulations.
You deserve it so much. #10450488

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/4/2012 10:06:34 AM

Thank you so much Mumj, Cindy, Cousin Alex and SSSKiki. :)))

This was such a huge honor for me and it is to have you all here, too!!!

-SSSLala :D #10450512

David M. Montero 12/4/2012 1:23:09 PM

Absolutley awesome work Laura! Love it! Congratulations on your win!!! #10450852

Merna L. Nobile 12/4/2012 1:23:21 PM

To my photo friend:
Look back with pride,
Look forward with excitement,
Enjoy the success of the day.
\ #10450853

JudyAnn Rector level-classic 12/4/2012 1:32:02 PM

Oh, Laura, I loved your image when I first saw it and am delighted to be able to say CONGRATULATIONS on your well deserved win! #10450871

Sabrina Ryan level-classic 12/5/2012 7:26:24 AM

CONGRATULTIONS on your Wonderful Winning image, Laura! #10452041

Janice Mezzacappa level-classic 12/18/2012 7:25:11 AM

Laura just simply love and adore this amazing winner...Huge Congrats my friend!!!! #10469108

Lydia Williams level-classic 12/22/2012 12:11:20 PM

Yay, Laura! Sorry I am so late to congratulate you, but still on the mend...surgery 12/26..This is an awessome image...Happy for you! :) #10475132

Laura E. Swan level-classic 12/22/2012 12:22:24 PM

Hi Dave, Merna, JudyAnn, Sabrina, Janice and Lydia! :D

Thank you all so very much! I love having old and new friends dropping in to see my work. I'm honored!

I appreciate your support so much!

LYDIA!!!! I will be praying for you dear one!!!

-Laura :D #10475154

Lydia Williams level-classic 12/22/2012 3:47:17 PM 1

Thank you,Sis! You are amazing! #10475430

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/15/2016 12:54:39 AM

Hi Avril, Jeff, SSSKiki, Judy Ann and Dale. Thank you all so much. This was fun to make. I should try this again with another photo soon. :D Happy shooting and thank you lots!! #11447158

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/15/2016 1:57:07 AM

Thank you Big Sister Lydia!!! :D So are you!

Ray level-classic 3/26/2016 12:25:50 PM

Wonderfully creative, Laura. Superb work! Congratulations on your Gold! #11452089

Laura E. Swan level-classic 3/26/2016 12:54:39 PM

Thank you Ray! I appreciate the visit and great feedback!! #11452111

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This is the same treatment I used in the image named
"Cracked Paint"
"Cracked Paint" was chosen to be on a the cover of a music CD
Shortly Before It Became A Finalist In The BetterPhoto Contest.
I thought I'd try it again on a different image.
I liked how much more soft appearing this one turned out.

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f 2.8, 1/60
I used on this Image:
Portrait Professional
Smart Photo Editor for layering fall leaves and flowers.
Treatments; Extreme, Vector, Cracked
Adobe PSE7 for Touch ups

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/60 seconds, Flash: fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction mode, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 4.60 mm, Model: Canon PowerShot SD800 IS

Uploaded on 10/26/2012 11:56:19 PM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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