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Spirits of the Glen by Athansor Spirits of the Glen by Athansor
Another piece in my "Visions" project: an ongoing exploration of fantasy; pre-Raphaelite; and Victorian classicism inspired images.

This piece is, believe it or not, very heavily manipulated--just in a highly realistic fashion. It is all the same scene, but I did a lot of painting on the girls (the photo was very noisy--this showed very heavily in their faces, and other skin tones); put in a flowered meadow behind them, instead of the ugly asphalt road and passing bicyclist...

I'm particularly pleased with the depth of field and shadow variations that I got when putting in the flowery meadow. The flowers were taken from a large potted daisy-ish sort of plant that I carted to this shoot...along with bags and bags of other interesting props that I forgot to use! ;-)

The other particularly interesting thing about this photo (to me, anyway!) is that it was the first time I used a wonderful technique by Kevin Ames, to smooth skin tones on Stephanie's (the model in brown) legs. (For those who like to know that sort of thing--you add a small amount of monochromatic noise, followed by a gaussian blur, to a layer with the legs masked off on it--then switch the blend mode of the layer to darken, then lowered the opacity to taste. It's counterintuitive--but highly effective! :-))
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La-Fee-KKO Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2010
very beautiful !!!
:clap: :rose: :+fav:
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sparkeyboy09 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
this is so lovely ,a real gem.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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onicecrikie Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009   Digital Artist
impressive fairies. woaaa
Mezarth.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :)
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009   Photographer
Lovely work - it much reminds me of Julie Margaret Cameron.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Well, it's taken me almost a year to unearth this comment--but thank you, nonetheless! :D Julia Margaret Cameron has probably influenced my work more than any other photographer--so that's a great compliment! :)
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Photographer
Better late than never. :)

It's a lovely image - thanks for sharing with us.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
Well...that's the theory I'm operating on, anyway! ;) And you're most welcome! :D
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
A lovely image. Your whole gallery is so magical :heart:
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Athansor Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I'm sorry for this generic note but I just wanted to let you know that I've featured this image on my latest journal -> [link]
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Athansor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
And thank you, again! :D This is another favorite of mine...because the three young ladies in it are such lovely people. :D
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WalhallaGods Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
so much beautiful :aww:
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Athansor Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D :hug:
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Einheitstochter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wonderfull picrure.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :)
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cowmo69 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
:headbang:
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Athansor Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
:D :hug:
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aixado Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
fantastic ¡¡¡ I like very much all your photos ¡¡¡¡
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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aixado Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
my pleasure dear friend ¡¡:hug:some day, I would like a lot to paint some of your pictures, if your you give me permission ¡¡¡¡:hug:
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Of course! :) I never have a problem with people using my photos as subjects for paintings, and your work is lovely! :D :hug:
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aixado Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
wow ¡¡ thankssssss a lot Aurora ¡¡:blowkiss:
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ForlornExistence Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
you are professional! it cleary shows that you really know what you are doing.love all of your works! congrats!
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
And a very, very belated--but heartfelt--THANK you! :D It's always terrific to hear such encouragement! :hug:
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artaslife Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Absolutely beautiful...and the epitome of what I would like to paint in the traditional manner! I love it!!
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D Yes, if I could paint, I think I'd paint something like this, too...but since I can't--I make do with the camera! ;)
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bunnypixie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful but they look like fea with NO wings ??? soft feathered wings! but a lovely picture just the same!A Joy to look at!
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Athansor Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D

And believe it or not...the are all wearing wings, actually! :D That white, behind Stephanie (the girl sitting up high) is butterfly wings...and you can just barely see the green luna moth wings Kaitlin (the girl with her back to us) is wearing...and Becca...the fairy in moss green--is wearing the largest wings of all...but they were so heavy that they kept drooping down behind her. You can see what they really look like in this image: [link] and in this one, you can see how long they are--see the white way down on her left side? [link] They're monster wings! We had a DREADFUL time managing them, during the shoot! :D

I actually have a whole box full of various types of wings I use on different shoots...but they're harder than you'd think, to get them in the photo AND have the model looking good at the same time! :/ Ah well--one does what one can! ;)
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mybluemoonstudio Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Very beautiful shot. I would never have known you manipulated it if you hadn't said so. Lovely work. Lovely models.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
My apologies for the belated response--but thank you so much, for the encouraging words! :D :hug:
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Winter-Simbelmyne Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Student Photographer
Beautiful!
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Winter-Simbelmyne Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Student Photographer
Beautiful!
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tishidelishi Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
Stephanie looks mysterious in this one - very intriguing.
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Photographer
She does that really well--look mysterious, I mean. ;) It's something about her eyes...
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d-creator Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007
Real Angelic Art Work. Kudo's To You. It's A Beauty.

-X-



"If You Want Something You Never Had, Do Something You Have Never Done"...
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Athansor Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
And a very belated "thank you" to you! :D :hug:
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GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007
Lovely scene, I love how not everyone is looking at the camera and it seems like we just stumbled in :)
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :D That was very much what I was going for! (And it certainly helps to have such lovely and enthusiastic young models! ;))
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mindofka Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
Wow!
This is such a gorgeous shot!
You know i always try to fight fairies, but when something is made so good, and look at their expressions!
Your last photo sessions are really amazing, weekend well spent, after such works who cares about internet!!! :D ;)
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Athansor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D Coming from you--that means a great deal indeed! :hug:

And yes, I'm REALLY pleased with my recent shoots...it's exhausting...but very rewarding. And such a growth opportunity! Sleep? Who needs it?! ;)
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cyrano82 Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It's simply gorgeous :)
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Athansor Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :D :hug:
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Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Professional General Artist
This is a beautiful piece. And the girls are so sweet looking, *lol*. But like most kids, I bet looks are decieveing ;)
My 2 are grown now. (I'm waiting on grandchildren ) *giggles*
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Athansor Featured By Owner May 22, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! :) Oddly enough, while full of mischief, these three girls ARE actually remarkably polite and sweet. Two of them have gone on a couple of medical missions to Guyana, and one cut off her long hair to donate to Locks of Love...and they're still under 18!

But definitely mischievous! ;)

Bet it's nice to have yours out of the house eh--and yes, to be waiting on some grandies that you can spoil rotten, and then send home, when they're all wound up! ;)
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Just-A-Little-Knotty Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
I see good things ahead for them ;)
Isnt it great having good kids? *lol*
I'm so glad mine weren't like I was
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Athansor Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
I agree--good things are definitely in store for all of 'em--although I can't claim 'em as my own, except in spirit. ;) (I do know their parents are mighty proud, though--and who wouldn't be?! :D) :hug:
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ADYJB Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
That is a v good photo manip, i wouldn't have known that field wasn't there if i hadn't read your comment! Lovely overall.
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