Falling Apart

Uploaded: October 26, 2012 23:56:19


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


Ann Coates level-classic October 27, 2012

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 October 27, 2012

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 October 27, 2012

* * * #10386013

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 27, 2012

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

Avril Young October 27, 2012

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

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe October 27, 2012

This is Outstanding Laura! #10386064

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer October 27, 2012

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

JudyAnn Rector level-classic October 27, 2012

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 October 27, 2012

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

Was this done using contour mapping? #10386842

John Connolly October 27, 2012

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 October 27, 2012

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 October 27, 2012

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 October 27, 2012

GREAT work here!!! #10387041

Christine Lobsinger level-classic October 27, 2012

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

Mary K. Robison October 28, 2012

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 October 28, 2012

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 October 28, 2012

Wonderful work.. who is that Beautiful woman #10388284

Laura E. Swan level-classic October 28, 2012

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 October 28, 2012

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-deluxe October 28, 2012

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 October 28, 2012

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 October 29, 2012

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 October 29, 2012

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 October 30, 2012

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

Wm Nosal October 30, 2012

COOL Image Laura! #10394961

Tammy Espino October 30, 2012

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

Alex T. Mizuno October 31, 2012

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

Emile Abbott level-classic November 01, 2012

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

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe November 02, 2012

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 November 03, 2012

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

Rona L. Schwarz November 05, 2012

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 November 06, 2012

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 November 29, 2012

Laura, congratulations #10438894

Raymond Pauly November 29, 2012

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

Raymond Pauly November 29, 2012

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 November 29, 2012

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

Sherran Andersen level-classic November 29, 2012

Congrats Laura. #10439201

Nadia Paul November 29, 2012

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Laura! #10439329

Ann Coates level-classic November 29, 2012

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 29, 2012

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 November 29, 2012

congratulations for your beautiful finalist Lala! #10439525

Robert R. Goodman November 30, 2012

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

Christine Lobsinger level-classic November 30, 2012

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

Sharon Sawyer November 30, 2012

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 November 30, 2012

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-deluxe November 30, 2012

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 November 30, 2012

Congratulations on your cracked finalist, Laura. #10441008

Wm Nosal November 30, 2012

Congratulations, Laura! #10441184

Emile Abbott level-classic November 30, 2012

Congratulations on your finalist, Laura. WTG #10441193

Carol Flisak level-classic November 30, 2012

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 30, 2012

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 November 30, 2012

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

Nancy L. Green level-classic November 30, 2012

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

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer November 30, 2012

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 30, 2012

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

Thank you so very much!!!

Sister Laura :D

Val Feldman level-classic November 30, 2012

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 November 30, 2012

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic November 30, 2012

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

-Laura :D xoxo #10443417

Mary K. Robison November 30, 2012

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 November 30, 2012

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 December 01, 2012


Stan Kwasniowski December 01, 2012

Laura, congratulations, well done #10444949

Laura E. Swan level-classic December 01, 2012

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

Thank You. I'm so thrilled.

-Laura :D #10444959

Emile Abbott level-classic December 01, 2012

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

Stan Kwasniowski December 01, 2012

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

Val Feldman level-classic December 01, 2012

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 December 01, 2012

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

Lorna Shutter December 01, 2012

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 December 01, 2012

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

Kerry Drager December 01, 2012

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 December 01, 2012

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-deluxe December 01, 2012

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 December 01, 2012

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 December 01, 2012



YSA... #10445916

Laura L. Gonzales level-classic December 01, 2012

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 December 02, 2012

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

Nadia Paul December 02, 2012

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

Avril Young December 02, 2012

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

Patricia A. Casey level-deluxe December 02, 2012

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

Ellen Hodges December 02, 2012

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 December 02, 2012

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic December 02, 2012


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 December 02, 2012

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

Carol L. Fowler December 02, 2012

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

Reynaldo D. Reyes level-classic December 02, 2012

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 December 02, 2012

:) Congratulations!
Laura :) #10447849

JO ANN CLEVELAND December 03, 2012

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 December 03, 2012

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 December 03, 2012

on your very deserving GOLD!

Outstanding! 8o) #10449366

Cindy Bendush level-classic December 03, 2012

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

Alex T. Mizuno December 04, 2012

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

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer December 04, 2012

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 December 04, 2012

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 December 04, 2012

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

Merna L. Nobile December 04, 2012

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

JudyAnn Rector level-classic December 04, 2012

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

Janice Mezzacappa December 18, 2012

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

Lydia Williams level-classic December 22, 2012

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 December 22, 2012

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 December 22, 2012 1

Thank you,Sis! You are amazing! #10475430

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 15, 2016

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 March 15, 2016

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

Ray level-classic March 26, 2016

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

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 26, 2016

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

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