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With your feet on the air by excess1ve With your feet on the air by excess1ve
My first digital photo-manipulation. Done in CS6. Criticism and comments are encouraged! :)

The background was shot by me while backpacking in the southern French countryside.

Edit: 11/2/12, Flipped balloons so lighting would match up with white dress.

BG Balloons
First Balloon
Woman
Trampoline

Edit: Took away the trampoline, better or worse?
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For a first attempt at photo manipulation, this is pretty good. The borders around the stock images, for the most part, appear to have been fully removed, and the idea is clever & imaginative.

Now, for some of the other technical aspects. First of all, the white dress that the female is wearing should be translucent; you should be able to see the background vaguely through the fabric. Using a software like PhotoShop can help you make this effect.

Also, there seems to be a lot of red in the grass...did you add the poppies onto the grass, or were they already part of the stock you used for the background? If you did add them in, my suggestion is that less is more. It does add vibrant colour to the piece, but I think that it detracts from the focus of the image; which is the female. One suggestion is to only have the poppies in the foreground, or bottom half of the image, below the female. This will help the viewer focus more on the female & less on the background.

As I said before, this is very good for a first attempt. I would suggest that more practice would help to refine those things that need touching up; and don't be disheartened, because it will improve.
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my first impression here is: wow, colourful!

Vision: I really like the idea here! A nice warm day, a girl running through a field and the ballons : very nice!
but should is seem like she is flying away? because she is holding one balloon...

Originality: Like I said before, the idea is really nice, nothing veeeery special I have never seen before but nice^^

Technique: I think for your first manip this is really good! The girl is cut out very well and it almost seems like she was really there. What distracts a bit is that everything is really sharp and colourfull. The viewers eye can not rest on an object. I guess the main focus should be the girl but the grass and the flowers distract a bit. Maybe a blurred background would fit better altough it is really hard to blur it in photoshop :P
another thing I don't like is that two balloons are cut of but that would be easy to change.
For the next manip I sugges to focus on the main subject, so it really stands out :)

Impact: What should I say? Very colourful, happy, nice :D
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Roadkill-Sarny Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Someone has very pretty soles. 
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AngeliqueChan Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favourite ever. Everything is just harmonious!!
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derekdavalos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Colors are great, nice surreal play on girl holding hot air balloon!
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ChinaJB Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a nice happy picture. Very well done.
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San-T Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
What a fun looking image, well done!
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FabulousMaggot Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
Awesomeness! I like how the ballons look like they're surrounding her. Much better than I could do.
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jnnmusicklover Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Writer
I love the vibrant colors and the imagination of this image. Really well done.
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MyChibiKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous. I love all of the bright colors and very imaginative. Cannot believe that this was your first time a photo manipulation. :o
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DonJaun Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful!
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Oilux Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Writer
Hello! You're wonderful photography has been featured on my Sunday Selects!
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