The Gate

Uploaded: November 22, 2005 12:53:41


1/500th @ F7.1, ISO 200, Nikon D70, 18-70mm @ 70 mm.
This is a crop of the original photo wherein my intent was to capture this small child running to have her picture taken under the arch with her parents close behind running with their cameras ready. I was hoping to capture the motion and anticipation of the event. However, after reviewing the original photo, I was unhappy with a multitude of distractions in the background, so I decided to manipulate the image and create something new.

Exif: FNumber: 7.1, ExposureBiasValue: 0/6, ExposureTime: 0.002, Flash: flash did not fire, ISO: , WhiteBalance: auto white balance


Brian A. Wolter November 22, 2005

Very nice effects Mike.....I like it... #348438

Dee Caraballo November 22, 2005

Wow! Very creative. I really like how it turned out. #2107935

Ev Deena November 22, 2005

Well done, I love to work with photos like that myself and I know the work that goes into it. I think it is not as much appriciated. #2108607

Pat Gamwell November 22, 2005

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, Mike! Really like the effects. Crop, clarity & composition are perfect. What effect did you use for the blur? #2108640

Mike F. Anderson level-classic November 22, 2005

Thanks everyone for your comments. I had a lot of fun doing this, but you're right, it takes a lot of time.

Pat, I'll be honest with you, I can't remember all that I did with this picture. It was a while ago and I didn't record a complete list of steps. I'll have to be more diligent now that I've joined Better Photo so I can answer peoples questions accurately. I work in Paint Shop Pro as an editor and if by the blur effect you mean the wavy effects on the side of the gate, that was done with the "Wave" distortion effect and the lights were done with the
"Lights" and "Sunburst" effect. Additionally, it was cloned, smudged, sharpened and then smoothed as a final step to soften everything down and balance it. That's the best I can tell from looking at it. Might have been some other stuff, because you know how it goes when you start experimenting with things ... :-) #2108824

Kaye Burazin November 25, 2005

Mike, this is exceptional!!! Very creative effects, so dreamy and enchanting. Wow, looks like a winner! #2120164

Cynthia M. Wiles level-deluxe January 03, 2006

This is fantastic, Mike! A sure winner!
Cindy #2247373

Life Expressions January 03, 2006

Very cool effects, great image Mike! #2249298

Alisha L. Ekstrom January 03, 2006

WOWOWOW!!! This is OUTSTANDING!! Fantastic PS work...I bet we see this one again:) #2249413

bob cornelison January 08, 2006

Nice work! I especially like the softness of the background with the sharpness of the little girl.
~:O) #2263889

Mike F. Anderson level-classic January 08, 2006

Thanks everyone for your nice comments! #2265090

Kay Beausoleil January 30, 2006

Wonderful concept and execution, Mike -- reminds me of Jerry Uelsmann. The contrast between the light and haunting moods is superb! #2356127

Mike F. Anderson level-classic January 30, 2006

Thank you for the compliment Kay! #2356392

February 22, 2006

Beautiful, subltle colors. #2451764

Mike F. Anderson level-classic February 22, 2006

Thank you Judges for adding your comments to this photo. I appreciate your time and consideration of it. #2455264

Evy Johansen level-classic July 26, 2006

Very beautiful finalist, Mike! Big congratulations!! #3081846

Mike F. Anderson level-classic July 26, 2006

Thanks for your comment, Evy! #3084237

Patrick Rouzes level-classic April 14, 2007

This is breathtaking, Mike.Patrick #4167331

Karolyn J. Seeley September 29, 2007

This is a knockout fabulous shot. You have a great gallery, I think I may have told you that b4....i get pretty confused on who I've chatted with, very difficult ot keep things straight. :-) #4862594

Mike F. Anderson level-classic September 29, 2007

Thank you Karolyn - This has always been one of my personal favorites. Not quite what it started out to be but never-the-less I was pleased with the final result, Thank you for taking the time to browse through my gallery. #4862942

Dianna Murphy November 11, 2008

This is outstanding Mike. I love playing with images... you never know where its going to go. Often where you never imagined. With an end result like this you ought to be trying things like this a lot more. #6742099

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