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I aadded a similar shot without the fairy previously but the image lacked a model. MY computer had the little girl image and a butterfly on it so these have been used to position the fairy alongside the path.

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-5
Lens:E 30mm F3.5 Macro
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:31 May 2013 - 4:48 PM
Focal Length:30mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:My Fairy in a Woodland Glade
Username:charisma515 charisma515
Uploaded:19 Jul 2013 - 9:49 AM
Tags:Digitally manipulated, Fairy, Girl, Glade, Woodland, Yellow
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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 10:11 AM

Nice shot,
Matt

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
19 Jul 2013 - 2:31 PM

lovely photo like it. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2013 - 4:58 PM

The idea is perfect, Fred, but there are a few things to remember when pasting an image into a scene, which you might like to consider if you do this again.
Firstly, you have transformed the image completely, your fairy being the subject, but it is an excellent background and you may start looking for backgrounds like this, then doing a little trickery with it afterwards. It can be addictive.

In order for your fairy to look as if she was always there in the first place, she needs a shadow. The light is coming in from the right, from behind her, and therefore she needs a shadow in front of her. The one in my modification may be a bit of a dark colour, on reflection, and perhaps one with a green hue would work better, but it gives you the idea.
That same light needs to be showing on your fairy, lighter on the right and darker on the left, which I have also done, so the sole of her raised foot, her left arm, left side of her face, and right side of her dress are catching that light. I also slightly brightened the butterfly wing.
There are some small light areas around your fairy, particularly around her head, and I simply cloned a bit more of the background into them, zooming in very close and using a very small clone brush. Similarly, I put some foliage into the area between her left arm and dress, which you missed, and left it white.
Another little thing I did was to clone some grass and flowers over her right foot, the one on the ground, so that she is blending into the ground. If you stood with bare feet in grass, some of that grass would cover your foot. I considered bringing some of the large leaves on the right over to the left so that a few of them went over your fairy, but decided against it. I mention it because if you do have something you can overlap onto your introduced subject, it looks far less of a cut-and-paste.
I was also tempted to crop the image so that your fairy isn't so central, but I quite like it the way it is.
I hope some of that helps. Not as easy as you might at first imagine.
Pamela.

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charisma515
19 Jul 2013 - 5:20 PM

Pamela that's really helpful I realy appreciate the time you take to get the shot so much better.

Fred

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom854 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2013 - 7:22 AM

Now there is a subject indeed and the technique is not too bad. I think the dress colour is too near green in the colour wheel. It would have been better red to act as a complimentary.

Paul.

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