Desert Light Fantasy

© Carolina K. Smith

Desert Light Fantasy

Julie Turner 4/24/2004 5:20:17 PM

Carolina, this is gorgeous. I love the rich vibrant colors. #120962

Carolina K. Smith 4/24/2004 6:03:11 PM

Thank you, Julie :) While I think we are lucky, as photographers, to capture a moment, this was my first real try at compositing to get an idea out of my head. I used 4 of my pictures, which were originally 1) a hawk flying overhead, 2) a sunset, 3) the mountains/desert (taken from a plane as we approached the airport), and 4) a cactus. I used some PS plug-ins (Mystical Lighting, Mystical Tint and Color, Shadow) as well as PS tools, and will probably make the cactus shadows more evident in a redo. One thing I realized from doing this project is that some pictures you take may not be so great in and of themselves, but they may have promising elements to use in the future. (Isn't digital photography great? We can be closet pack rats!) Thus, I am now not so quick to delete some photos. #500338

Julie Turner 4/24/2004 6:15:14 PM

You did a great job. I have photo suite 7, but I haven't mastered it yet. The only plug in I have used is dreamy suite so I'll have to check the sites for the ones you mentioned. Thanks for giving me more information on it. I'm still learning... #500359

Carolina K. Smith 4/24/2004 6:35:51 PM

Mystical series at
Shadow at

Note: if you are a teacher/faculty or student and can prove it w/ID, Adobe has some software at ~50% or more off.

BTW, is offering an incredible bundle of $1000 stuff for $200. No I don't work for them! Just passing the info on since I'm on their email list :) #500400

Julie Turner 4/24/2004 6:52:42 PM

Thanks for the info, I'll check it out. #500424

Evy Johansen 4/24/2004 11:34:29 PM

Beautiful image and a great work, Carolina! #500536

Carolina K. Smith 4/25/2004 8:25:29 AM

Thank you, Evy:) I enjoyed visiting your gallery and look forward to viewing your future work :) #501412

Dale Ann Cubbage 5/15/2004 10:24:52 AM

Wow, stunning! Congrats on another finalist Carolina! #541723

Carolina K. Smith 5/16/2004 10:49:04 AM

Thank you Dale Ann :) #543586

Susie Peek-Swint 5/16/2004 4:08:27 PM

Many congrats on this cool image Carolina! You did a lot of work and it's paid off ~ well done! #543861

Carolina K. Smith 5/16/2004 4:17:33 PM

Thanks Susan, I sure did sweat over this, but I couldn't quit until I was somewhat satisfied with it. Some things you could tweek forever, I guess... #543868

Susana Matos 5/19/2004 2:32:19 AM

Congratulations on this great photo! I love the creative world you created here!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers from Portugal, Su #548581

Carolina K. Smith 5/19/2004 2:35:29 AM

Thank you Su, the whole process almost felt like having a baby... the labor pains...
Thanks again :) #548592

Mitesh Desai 5/30/2004 11:50:37 AM

While I must admit it is a creative piece, Mother Nathure is no where around ! Forgive my harsh comment. I stil feel Digital Photography is great but only when used to create which looks natural and produce something which human eye can believe it. No matter , how much saturation and creativty your photo has ,it will sooth a common man only if is natural or made look natural. Debate must go on . Is art in Nature or art is something which is not natural. #567586

Mitesh Desai 5/30/2004 11:56:15 AM

No additional comments. but Natural Desert with man made cables, man fed camles and mad made railing is attached one. #567595

Carolina K. Smith 5/31/2004 1:08:55 PM

Mitesh, Thank you for your comments. One of the things I love most about digital photography is that it can capture AND enable one to produce something not only what the human eye can believe, but WHAT THE HUMAN MIND CAN CONCEIVE...

Much of art, no matter what the medium, comes from the mind and people resonate with it, or are moved by it, precisely because we are more than the sum of the natural elements.

I do think you hint at something which is important in photography, since such 'mind concepts' were not as easy before the advent of programs such as Photoshop. That is, that I think it is preferable that when an image is heavily manipulated, like doing composites, it should be noted, so people can know what was real (the way photography used to be thought of as capturing reality. That is why I labeled mine a 'Fantasy'. Just my thoughts...

I have uploaded the original 'natural' photographs to show what I started with. #569299

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Neon cacti help light the desert

Uploaded on 4/24/2004 1:39:27 PM Photo Contest Finalist

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