Mostly Starry, Partly Cloudy

© Janet Detota

Mostly Starry, Partly Cloudy

Janet Detota 11/20/2004 8:41:32 AM

Here's the original photo before PSE. #190023

Larry Lawhead 11/20/2004 8:54:17 AM

Great photo, Janet!! The digital enhancement really makes it, though!



Laura Berman 11/20/2004 8:58:43 AM

Absolutely gorgeous Janet! No other words for it :-)) #927628

Dale Gast 11/20/2004 9:13:58 AM

WOW!!! This is so whimsical!!! It takes a true artist to create such beautiful art!!! #927646

Dale Ann Cubbage 11/20/2004 9:42:45 AM

Very cool digital creation Janet!

da #927670

Karma Wilson 11/20/2004 10:20:16 AM

Reminds me of the song Starry, starry night! Lovely effects and photo.

Karma #927703

Patricia Marroquin 11/20/2004 10:24:17 AM

Wow, what a lovely work of art, Janet! Very well done! :-) #927708

Murry Grigsby 11/20/2004 11:21:02 AM

The digital version is SOOO much better than original Janet that the only lecture you'll get from me is why did you wait so long to do this? :0) Terrific effects creating a mystical image!! Great work! #927825

Janet Detota 11/20/2004 11:31:02 AM

Thanks, everybody! So glad you appreciate it! Had fun creating it!! I thought of the title Starry, Starry Night, but didn't want to steal from another artist. I believe it was Vincent VanGogh who painted it and Don McLean who wrote the song about him. #927852

Patricia A. Kuniega 11/20/2004 12:34:55 PM

Love the rich, dark blue background and the white clouds that remind you of snow, and all those painted stars! I think if you also did one where you painted a larger star off to the upper right, it would make a great holiday card. #927947

Janet Detota 11/20/2004 12:38:22 PM

Thanks, Pat! And I'll give that a larger star idea shot! :-) #927950

Allan L. Whitehead 11/20/2004 1:44:52 PM

Well Janet, "a Rose, is a Rose, is a Rose", eh… Wonderful presentation and magical effects. I love everything about this. Very well done, my dear friend - your good friend, Allan #928017

Stanley J. Contrades 11/20/2004 2:15:50 PM

It's screaming to be a Christmas card, Janet, and have to agree with Patricia's response!! This is just a fabulous piece of creative work! Excellent in all respects!!
Stan #928053

Stephen Zacker 11/20/2004 2:32:23 PM

Are you SURE this is real?! JK! LOL!
I really like your creativity on this. Very unique! #928087

Sharon Day 11/20/2004 5:26:14 PM

Absolutely totally fantastic, Janet!!! I love it! Neat title too! #928237

Terry R. Hatfield 11/20/2004 5:39:45 PM

Nice Effects Janet It Looks Great:-) #928265

Gloria B. Wood 11/20/2004 5:52:47 PM

Hi Janet,
What a wonderful right-brain you have! This is magnificent! Pure fantasy and creativity! the original was a spring board to this more transcendent work of art! Extremely well done! #928294

Janet Detota 11/20/2004 6:16:32 PM

Wow, you guys! I'm rather stunned at the response this is getting! Don't stop! LOL!
Thank you all so much!! #928359

Cindy Paquette 11/20/2004 6:24:38 PM

This ROCKS Janet! I just love it! Wow..this makes for a great work of art my dear!!! Congratulations!! #928395

Audrea Telkamp 11/20/2004 6:28:36 PM

Wow Janet!! This is wonderful!! I am so glad you "severely" wrangled this image into shape - excellent work!! #928413

Evy Johansen 11/20/2004 6:30:36 PM

Beautiful image, Janet! Great work!! #928424

Janet Detota 11/20/2004 6:33:42 PM

Hey Cindy, Audrea and Evy! Thanks for dropping in on my starry night! I appreciate your comments and feedback! #928437

Nobu Nagase 11/20/2004 7:22:43 PM

Very creative, beautiful work!!! #928561

Darren K. Fisher 11/20/2004 7:45:41 PM

Janet awesome and very creative. It makes me want to grab a blanket and run out to lay under the stars. Great stuff. Now something is bothering me. I get the idea that some one has been giving you a hard time about something? Whats up with that? #928601

Janet Detota 11/20/2004 8:43:57 PM

Thank you, Nobi and Darren!! Not me specifically, Darren. Actually all of us who like to use Photoshop or other software to enhance or manipulate our photos. They claim it's not 'real' photography. Check out the comments under Monika Sapek's most recent finalist to see what I mean. #928687

Pamela K 11/20/2004 9:55:26 PM

Great shot! I love the effects! especially the glowing twigs... It gives it a mystical feel.

Pam #928723

Stanley J. Contrades 11/20/2004 11:12:47 PM

My, my, how some people get all bent out of shape because of photo manipulations! If you're wondering what Janet is talking about and have nothing better to do (maybe this site should have a 'rant' link, nah, that's ridiculous!!) you can find her image on Page 10, 'Pink Companion' of the October Finalists. WARNING! It gets heated!!
It's always been my view that if I find something that I would like to critique, I personally contact the photographer instead of blasting it all over this site. Then, if the photographer wants to share it, it's the photographer's perogative!
I wonder if my turning, what will be my next upload, from its original color to B&W be not considered as a photograph! Hmmmm, it started off as a photograph :-)!! Go figure!
Everybody have a fabulous weekend ... I know I will!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #928733

Janet Detota 11/21/2004 6:42:33 AM

Hey Pam and Stan! Thanks for taking the time to leave such great comments! Just to clarify, it's Monika Sapek's finalist on page 10 that prompted me to write what I did above. There is a rant section for questions and venting. It's called Q&A. People should learn where it is instead of tainting talented artists' comment threads with their narrow minded dribble. #929194

Eric Highfield 12/14/2004 11:41:40 PM

This is a gorgeous image, Janet. Well done! #972377

Janet Detota 12/15/2004 12:46:50 PM

Thank you, Eric!! #973691

Barbara Kehoe 12/15/2004 1:44:12 PM

It's a beautiful shot Janet. #973737

Janet Detota 12/15/2004 9:11:59 PM

Thank you, Barb! #974222

Dan Holm 12/15/2004 10:44:20 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, Janet!! A VERY well deserved FINALIST!! Woo Hoo! #974417

Eric Highfield 12/15/2004 10:54:29 PM

Congratulations, Janet!! Good luck in the next round! #974464

Diane Addonizio 12/16/2004 4:12:48 AM

Congratulations, Janet! #975353

Tammy McAllister 12/16/2004 4:14:46 AM

Just wonderful what you did to this....congratulations! #975368

Allan L. Whitehead 12/16/2004 4:18:38 AM

Janet, congratulations on both your finalist selections. Well done, and good luck in the next step - your good friend, Allan #975397

Cindy Paquette 12/16/2004 4:26:51 AM

YAY!!! This is such a beauty Janet!!
CONGRATULATIONS on this shot!!! #975454

Patricia A. Kuniega 12/16/2004 4:58:18 AM

Yipee! Congratulations on this really marvelous creation Janet! It has magic! #975621

Donna J. Taff 12/16/2004 6:52:36 AM

Congrats, Janet!!! #976177

Candice C. Calhoun 12/16/2004 7:39:40 AM

Congratulations, Janet...and by the way, you KNOW where I stand on the issue of image abstraction. My view is that a photograph is like a piece of raw marble. A famous sculptor once said, I just remove everything that is not a part of the figure. To me, that's what we do here. We remove, add, adjust whatever is necessary to realize the vision we see in our mind. Whatever we use as tools, lenses, filters, lighting, or PS and the like are like the chisels and brushes of an artist. I think some people are resistant because they lack the skill or courage to reach out for new brushes.

Merry Christmas!

Candice #976401

Karen Engelbreth 12/16/2004 8:51:24 AM

Congratulations Janet!! #976685

Stacey A. Bates 12/16/2004 9:33:54 AM

Congrats Janet!! #976985

Terry R. Hatfield 12/16/2004 9:52:13 AM

Congratulations,On A Great Finalist Janet:-) #977075

Laurence Saliba 12/16/2004 10:16:13 AM

Great work Janet! Congratulations. #977240

Kathleen Clemons 12/16/2004 11:03:49 AM

Congrats to you, Janet! #977412

Colleen Braun 12/16/2004 11:26:06 AM

congratulations... #977471

Mary K. Robison 12/16/2004 11:43:46 AM

Candice knows what it's all about, Janet... this is a work of art, and you definitely earned your finalist spot for it!!!

Lisa Deaton 12/16/2004 12:42:18 PM

Fantastic image. It is awesome to see where you started with this image and where you took it to. A real piece of Art!! Congrats to you for your efforts!!! #977823

Stanley J. Contrades 12/16/2004 1:59:22 PM

Love seeing this as a Finalist; richly deserved, Janet!! CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done, and much Good Luck in the next stage!! Fabulous win!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #978176

Anette Linnea Rasmussen 12/16/2004 6:31:13 PM

Great job Janet!
Congrats on this finalist!

Best wishes Linnea #979392

Debbie Fleri 12/16/2004 7:59:26 PM

Janet great picture,,,have bee out for a while and missed this one,,,great job on both orig. & manp...Congrats on the win...thanks for the note on my "Fall Feline"

Debbie : ) #979682

Darren K. Fisher 12/16/2004 8:25:20 PM

Way to go Janet. Congratulations!! #979763

Audrea Telkamp 12/16/2004 8:30:11 PM

Congratulations Janet!!!! #979781

Deborah C. Lewinson 12/17/2004 12:00:02 AM

Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Janet!

Best Wishes,
Debby #980127

Janet Detota 12/17/2004 8:38:34 AM

Thanks so much everyone! I really appreciate your great comments and wishes! And the same back at ya! :-) #981309

Debra Booth 12/17/2004 12:00:06 PM

Wow, Janet! I love the 'Severe manipulations' of your right brain! LOL!Congrats!! #981560

Sharon Day 12/17/2004 1:06:38 PM

Congratulations Janet!!! Outstanding image! Good luck! #981674

Patricia A. Kuniega 12/17/2004 5:17:38 PM

Congratulations, Janet, on this terrific win and for your creative vision! #982169

Mellanie 12/17/2004 5:22:04 PM

Congrats, Janet! This is terrific! #982206

Terry R. Hatfield 12/17/2004 5:22:20 PM

Congratulations Janet On Your Win!! #982210

Kathleen Clemons 12/17/2004 5:39:15 PM

Congratulations on your win, Janet! #982327

Dan Holm 12/17/2004 5:39:57 PM

Alright, Janet!! Big CONGRATULATIONS on your WIN!!!! #982331

Anette Linnea Rasmussen 12/17/2004 5:52:01 PM

Great work Janet!
Congrats on your win!

Best wishes
Linnea #982402

William C. Raco 12/17/2004 5:54:23 PM

Congratulations on the win, Janet!

bill #982424

Wally Orlowsky 12/17/2004 5:59:09 PM

Congratulations on this very artful winner, Janet. #982469

Mary K. Robison 12/17/2004 5:59:51 PM


Cindy Paquette 12/17/2004 6:00:15 PM

Nice to have right brain manipulations, huh??? This is a wonderful recognition for your creativity and hard work on this beautiful image Janet! A heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to you!!!
Cindy #982478

Julie Abston 12/17/2004 6:17:20 PM

Congratulations on this awesome image, Janet!!! #982583

Allan L. Whitehead 12/17/2004 6:24:23 PM

Janet, congratulations on this wonderful win, its richly deserved, my dear friend - your good friend, Allan #982628

Claudia Kuhn 12/17/2004 6:37:43 PM

Congratulations Janet! #982690

Susan T. Parady 12/17/2004 6:40:13 PM

Congrats, Janet! #982704

Donna J. Taff 12/17/2004 7:32:20 PM

Congratulation's on your second place win, Janet!!!!! #982883

Sharon Day 12/17/2004 7:33:26 PM

Congratulations on this gorgeous winner, Janet!!! Outstanding! WTG! #982888

Larry Lawhead 12/17/2004 7:39:26 PM

congrats on the 2nd place, Janet!!!




Debra Booth 12/17/2004 7:48:27 PM

Congratulations, Janet!! #982936

Charlene Bayerle 12/17/2004 7:56:23 PM

Ditto on Candice's comments!!!
Congratulations Janet!!!! #982951

Eric Highfield 12/17/2004 8:00:15 PM

Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Janet!! #982962

Stanley J. Contrades 12/17/2004 9:24:01 PM

Just absolutely love seeing this here, Janet, and guess the naysayers may be biting their tongues!! Fabulous win and Congratulations once again!!
Much Aloha,
Stan #983126

Deborah C. Lewinson 12/17/2004 9:48:56 PM

Congratulations on your win, Janet!!! #983180

Carol Brill 12/17/2004 9:52:49 PM

Absolutely splendid work, Janet, congratulations on your winning finish this month! #983189

Evy Johansen 12/17/2004 10:44:40 PM

Many congratulations on your win, Janet! #983273

Karen Engelbreth 12/18/2004 12:39:14 AM

Congratulations on your final win, Janet!


Laurence Saliba 12/18/2004 1:47:16 AM

Brilliant!! I knew you would make it too. Congrats Janet. #983473

S J 12/18/2004 1:57:52 AM

congratulations on this wonderful win, Janet! #983480

Allan L. Whitehead 12/18/2004 2:11:38 AM

Janet, congratulations on this wonderful win, its richly deserved, my dear friend - your good friend, Allan #983497

Kelly Abernathy 12/18/2004 4:30:27 AM

Congratulations on your win!! -K #983676

Donna W. Neal 12/18/2004 5:09:41 AM

Looks like your right brain paid off Janet! Congratulations on your win! #983737

Cathy Gregor 12/18/2004 6:26:01 AM

Way to go Janet! Very nicely done.
-cathy #984064

Colette M. Metcalf 12/18/2004 7:15:04 AM

Congratulations, Janet!!!! #984233

Brenda W. LaFleur 12/18/2004 7:23:55 AM

Congrats, Janet! Love your manipulations. #984284

kathy wolfe 12/18/2004 7:39:02 AM

Congratulations Janet!! Its fabulous! #984358

Janet Detota 12/18/2004 10:41:18 AM

Thank you all so much!! Had a lot of fun creating this. I appreciate your time and support! Nice to see being manipulative can have positive rewards. :-) #984856

Colette M. Metcalf 12/18/2004 11:42:40 AM

Congratulations, Donna!!! #984928

Monika Sapek 12/18/2004 1:44:21 PM

Many congratulations on your Second Place Win, Janet!

Dale Gast 12/18/2004 2:02:05 PM

When I first saw this, Janet, I thought "winner!" Now, it is where it belongs!!! In the winners circle! CONGRATULATIONS on a very beautiful piece of art!!!!! Dale #985134

Janet Detota 12/18/2004 3:54:00 PM

Thanks so much, Colette, Monika and Dale!! #985236

Elisabeth A. Gay 12/18/2004 4:14:18 PM

What an amazing transformation Janet!! Congratulations on your win!! Well deserved!
Ann #985248

Ellen Peach 12/18/2004 7:43:19 PM

Congrats, Janet! #985534

Leonard Pierce 12/18/2004 9:16:27 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your very well deserved Second Place win, Janet!!!!
Yeah, what Candice said!!! #985631

Kathleen R. Struckle 12/18/2004 10:58:07 PM

Congrats. on your win Janet!! Awesome image! #985764

Diane Addonizio 12/19/2004 5:08:53 PM

Congratulations, Janet!! #986908

Kristi A. Howson 12/19/2004 5:22:40 PM

Congratulations these light patterns.!!!!! #986931

Kristi A. Howson 12/19/2004 5:22:42 PM

Congratulations these light patterns.!!!!! #986932

Carolina K. Smith 12/19/2004 9:25:13 PM

What lecture? This is SUPER :) Congratulations! #987130

Janet Detota 12/20/2004 5:57:53 AM

Thank you all for your great comments! #987649

Candice C. Calhoun 12/20/2004 8:03:42 AM

How satisfying is it to win for an abstract???? Pretty nice, huh? Congratulations!

Candice #987985

Janet Detota 12/20/2004 8:28:10 AM

Thank, Candice! Yeah, it's pretty cool! :-) #988036

Murry Grigsby 12/20/2004 6:48:13 PM

Congrats on your win Janet! Wonderful effects and image!! #988833

Janet Detota 12/21/2004 4:53:21 AM

Thank you, Murry! #989561

Audrea Telkamp 12/22/2004 1:58:05 AM

Congratulations on this awesome win Janet!!!!!!!!! Excellent work!!!! #991057

Janet Detota 12/22/2004 4:31:31 AM

Thank you, Audrea!! #991238

Deborah Sandidge 1/13/2005 10:03:08 AM

Very creative and artistic, I just love this! Great work, Janet! #1031451

Janet Detota 1/13/2005 4:20:27 PM

Hey Deborah! Thank you! Where you been, girl?! #1031951

Deborah Sandidge 1/13/2005 4:29:03 PM

Moved, (what a job,) holidays, kaput camera - you name it, LOL! Missed you all, and I'm glad to be back! You really are doing fantastic with digital art! #1031962

Janet Detota 1/13/2005 4:37:03 PM

Thanks! Wow, you've been busy! Glad you're back! I've missed your wonderful silhouettes and sunsets! #1031969

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Original photo was of a tree in my yard with a bird's nest. The right side of my brain took over, and this is the result! It's entered in the Digital Darkroom category so please refrain from lecturing me on how it's not a real photograph. 'Severe manipulations' were done with PSE and Virtual Photographer.

Uploaded on 11/20/2004 8:40:28 AM Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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