Happy Birthday, Laura Ballard!

© Marsha S. Smith

Happy Birthday, Laura Ballard!

Uploaded: June 29, 2005 02:32:56


Taken full sun, hand held, zoom, auto settings, manual focus.
Lots done in PSCS - can't even remember what!


Judy S. Fung June 29, 2005

Wonderful capture and effects, Marsha!! Happy Birthday, Laura!! #270754

Donald K. Cherry June 29, 2005

Terrific image and effects, Marsha!! HBD Laura!! #1533882

Roxanne M. Bubar June 29, 2005

Fantastic image and effects. Happy Birthday Laura. I hope you have a great one. #1533889

Gail Vitikacs level-classic June 29, 2005

LOVE the effects you added to this jewel! WOW!!! #1533907

Mata Patan June 29, 2005

Happy Birthday LAURA!!!! Have a great day!!!!
Nice dedication MArsha!! Very nice shot! #1533934

Tammy Scott June 29, 2005

Great image and nice dedication to Laura, Marsha!

Happy Birthday, Laura! #1533986

Jordi Delgado June 29, 2005

Whatever it was you did, you did perfect!!!

Fantastic shot and work, Marsha!!

:-)) #1534025

Paul Michko June 29, 2005

Beautiful image, Marsha. HBD Laura. #1534075

Cindy Paquette June 29, 2005

Oh, oh, ohhhhhhhhhhh WOW...I LOVE how the dragonfly looks in this image Marsha...love the textured background..boyo...this is just beautiful! Bravo! #1534144

Jessica L. Richard June 29, 2005

very beautiful, great ps work! #1534209

Karen E. Michaels level-deluxe June 29, 2005

Fabulous Marsha, Love the composition and what you did with it. Way Cool. Peace, karen #1534271

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe June 29, 2005

Beautiful shot!! Happy BD, Laura! #1534273

Jenny Bosmans June 29, 2005

Fantastic image, Marsha!! Love it!! Happy Birthday, Laura!! #1534312

Cathy Gregor June 29, 2005

Wonderful capture and effects, Marsha!

HBD, Laura! #1534436

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe June 29, 2005

Nice shot and work!!! Happy Birthday Laura! #1534442

Bill Houghton June 29, 2005

This is absolutely beautiful. You did a super job. #1534478

Linda D. Lester level-classic June 29, 2005

Just Beautiful!!!Love the color! #1534680

Deb Holmes-Hatfield June 29, 2005

Wonderful Marsha, I love the effects, very well presented! #1534801

Carla Metzler June 29, 2005

Wonderful capture and effects, Marsha! Happy Birthday, Laura! #1534843

Kelly Abernathy level-classic June 29, 2005

Wonderful capture! Happy Birthday Laura! -K #1534895

Roger Bernabo June 29, 2005

Beautiful macro and HB Laura! #1534909

KHAWLA Haddad June 29, 2005

Great capture!!!
Happy Birthday Laura!! #1535030

Laura Clay-Ballard June 29, 2005

You are so incredibly sweet and thoughtful! love this image! #1535063

Kara L. Hendricks June 29, 2005

Great shot!!!!! I love the clarity on this Marsha.. And your effects... WOW!! Happy Birthday to you Laura!! #1535088

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic June 29, 2005

Beautiful and love the green background...Happy Birthday, Laura!! :) #1535114

S J June 29, 2005

Excellent capture, neat effects and presentation, Marsha!! Happy Birthday, Laura!! #1535148

Vicki Hunt June 29, 2005

My first thought is of an oriental painting! this is very beautiful. I love what you have done! #1535445

cj patterson June 29, 2005

terrific image...wow!! and happy bday to laura! #1535452

Lori Carlson June 29, 2005

Wonderful Marsha! Love what you did with it, whatever that may be...ha! :0) Great image!
Happy Birthday Laura!! :0) #1535779

Cathy Stancil June 29, 2005

Beautifully done Marsha ! #1535877

Marsha S. Smith June 29, 2005

Thanks so much everyone. I am reading some books on PSCS and trying out all kinds of new things - so when something doesn't work I backup and go another direction. I need to keep some kind of log I guess, but that is why I have no idea exactly what I did.
Vicki - interesting that you say that about the oriental painting. I didn't do it on purpose, but this reminds me of the scenes you used to see on the bamboo calendars that were oriental. #1535949

Goshka G. June 29, 2005

This is sooo lovely, Marsha!! #1536110

Terry L. Ellis level-classic June 29, 2005

My first thought was an oriental painting too. This is really lovely, Marsha! And, nice dedication to Laura. HB, again, Laura! #1536335

William C. Raco level-classic June 29, 2005

Excellent photo, Marsha!
Love the effects and vertical composition
Happy Birthday, Laura!!


Bobbie Davis June 29, 2005

Love the effects Marsha! Great capture! #1536439

Jill Flynn June 29, 2005

I like the long vertical orientation. This image has a watercolor feel to it Marsha. Looks nice. Again, great PS work! And Happy Birthday Laura! #1536474

Laura Clay-Ballard June 29, 2005

Marsha, I started keeping a journal by my computer. when I find I'm getting really carried away with photoshop (I'm learning it, too) I totally forget what I did, so, I jot down notes. Nothing elaborate .. just some notes! #1536708

Marsha S. Smith June 29, 2005

Thanks loads - Terry, Goshka, Bill, Bobbie and Jill. And thanks Laura for the ideas. I would love to start doing that! #1536770

Claudia Kuhn level-classic June 29, 2005

Beautiful Marsha!! #1536929

Noel Baebler June 29, 2005

Way to work that dragonfly, Marsha! #1536953

Terry R. Hatfield June 29, 2005

Beautiful Dragonfly Image With Excellent Colors Marsha!! #1536965

Marsha S. Smith June 29, 2005

Thanks Claudia, Noel and Terry - you guys are so great! #1537146

Patty Razonable June 29, 2005

Beautiful image and the effects is outstanding!! Very well done, Marsha!! #1537298

Jennifer Rennison June 29, 2005

OH, Wow, Marsha!! Love this, beautiful colors and effects, wonderful work!! #1537299

Casey A. Hanson June 29, 2005

Awesome effects Marsha! Very cool! Happy B-day Laura! I hope you had a great day :0) #1537410

Marsha S. Smith June 29, 2005

Thank you so much Patty, Jennifer and Casey. I appreciate your input very much! #1537528

Carol Brill June 29, 2005

Love the sketchy strokes in this image, Marsha, it looks like it was painted with a haiku brush! Exceptionally well executed and presented!! #1537566

Gordon B. Keyes June 30, 2005

This is so well done, Marsha!!! I, too, thought of an oriental painting when I saw it.
Gordon #1538219

Kathryn (Love) Scheet June 30, 2005

fantastic Marsha!!!
HP Laura! #1538242

Dolores Neilson June 30, 2005

Very lovely treatment, Marsha!! And the vertical format was an excellent choice! #1538407

Marsha S. Smith June 30, 2005

Thanks Carol, Gordon, Kathryn and Dolores - You guys are always so appreciated. #1538722

Cathy Barrows June 30, 2005

i need the birthday list if you have it

this is fab...love how the wings go away except the tips #1539163

Laurence Saliba level-classic June 30, 2005

Beautiful dedication Marsha!!! Happy Birthday Laura!!! #1539799

Jonna Bergström June 30, 2005

Wonderful image with great effects and colours! Love it! #1540256

Marsha S. Smith June 30, 2005

Thanks so much Cathy, Laurence, Jonna!
Cathy - send me an email address and I will send what I have to you. #1540293

Laura E. OConnor June 30, 2005


I'd LOVE a copy of the list, too!


DiAnna F. Paulk June 30, 2005

Wow, this is great, Marsha!!

What's the birthday list? #1540833

Jane Summa June 30, 2005

Awesome color BG, Marsha!! love the texture, too! Fantastic work on this..lots of detail and style!

I missed Laura's b-day.... :-(
Happy B-Lated Birthday Laura! #1541245

Julianne K. First June 30, 2005

Very cool, love the effects! Good job #1541252

Marsha S. Smith June 30, 2005

Thanks, Laura, DiAnna, Jane and Julianne.
DiAnna - I will email you the list also! #1541582

Steve Mescha July 02, 2005

Really lovely, Marsha :-) #1547718

Connie J. Bagot July 02, 2005

I love the graceful, almost Oriental, feel to this one. Lovely work Marsha. #1548101

Marsha S. Smith July 02, 2005

Thank you so much, Steve and Connie. I visited your gallery Connie and it is amazing. Beautiful and creative things. #1548140

Kathleen K. Parker level-deluxe July 03, 2005

GORGEOUS, Marsha! I hav e been out of town and am behind ...picked this one of yours for starters. you know this would make a lovely fabric...FOR ME!
Love it love it love it...
kk #1549531

Marsha S. Smith July 03, 2005

Thanks so much, KK - If you can figure out how to turn it into fabric you can have it! ;D #1549956

Evy Johansen level-classic July 22, 2005

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Marsha! #1622722

Cathy Barrows July 22, 2005

Congrats on your finalist...excellent #1622945

Joannie Bertucci level-classic July 22, 2005

I have never seen such a beautiful piece of art like this before Marsha!
A very, very well deserved finalist, I can't imagine you not placing with this work! #1623218

Linda D. Lester level-classic July 22, 2005

Beautiful...awesome work!! Congrats!! #1623338

Terry L. Ellis level-classic July 22, 2005

Big congratulations, MARSHA!! Good luck in the next round! #1623384

Judy S. Fung July 22, 2005

Congrats, Marsha! #1623392

Melissa L. Zavadil July 22, 2005

Congrats Marsha!! I just love that green!! It is very beautiful!! #1623572

Kate Jackson July 23, 2005

Many congratulations Marsha on this very oriental looking finalist! #1624196

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic July 23, 2005

Congratulations on your win Marsha. Good luck in the next round. #1624769

Noel Baebler July 23, 2005

Huzzah, Marsha! #1625310

Kerby Pfrangle July 23, 2005


Congratulations on your finalist.

Best of luck in the following round.

Kerby #1625653

Donald K. Cherry July 23, 2005

Congrats on this very unique finalist, Marsha! #1626310

Marsha S. Smith July 23, 2005

Thank you so much to each and everyone of you. Your support and comments is what keeps me trying new stuff! #1626335

Donna J. Taff July 23, 2005

Congrats on you finalist wins, Marsha!!! #1626494

Lori Carlson July 23, 2005

Congrats Marsha~I still think this is so cool!! :0) And the celebration of Laura lives on!! :0) #1626902

Serena Pierce July 23, 2005

Very cool! Congratulations!! #1627153

Marie Fields July 23, 2005

Terrific image, Marsha! Congratulations!!! #1627177

Ermanno Radice July 23, 2005

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, good luck for the next round, Marsha! #1627292

Deb Holmes-Hatfield July 23, 2005

Congrats to you, Marsha, on this great finalist! Way to go! #1627333

Laura Clay-Ballard July 23, 2005

you know how much I love this one!
congratulations! #1627642

Marsha S. Smith July 23, 2005

Thank you all so much! Laura - this is the birthday that wouldn't go away! #1627715

Jill Flynn July 23, 2005

Congratulations on this terrific finalist Marsha! #1627749

Mata Patan July 23, 2005

Laura brought you luck!!!
Congratulations! #1628118

Tammy Scott July 23, 2005

Congratulations, Marsha! #1628498

Marsha S. Smith July 23, 2005

Thank you so much, Jill, Mata and Tammy! #1628695

Nobu Nagase July 23, 2005

Congratulations once again, Marsha!!! #1629698

Jonna Bergström July 24, 2005

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Marsha! #1630232

Marsha S. Smith July 24, 2005

Thanks a bunch, Nobi and Jonna! #1630371

Kara L. Hendricks July 24, 2005

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Marsha!!! Best of luck to you!! #1631097

S J July 24, 2005

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist, Marsha!! #1631261

Marsha S. Smith July 24, 2005

Kara and SJ - thank you both soooo much! #1631512

Laurence Saliba level-classic July 24, 2005

Congratulations, Marsha!! #1632024

Marsha S. Smith July 24, 2005

Thanks so much, Laurence! #1632119

Adilson F. Ferreira level-classic July 24, 2005

Congratulations on this wonserful finalist Marsha!!! #1632360

Marsha S. Smith July 24, 2005

Thanks so much, Adilson! #1632559

Kathleen K. Parker level-deluxe July 24, 2005

Congratulations, Marsha!! :-)


Wendy Stevenson July 25, 2005

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Marsha!! I really like this colour! #1635715

Marsha S. Smith July 25, 2005

Thanks Wendy and kk. I appreciate you guys a bunch. #1637224

RC Fritz June 08, 2006

Nice vertical composition, nice colors and very creative, Marsha. Congrats!! #2871204

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