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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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GwynConawayArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional
it's absolutely beautiful! My only hang up is the trampoline in the bottom right corner - I think it draws focus and causes imbalance in your composition
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the input, still undecided on it haha
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AiniRahma Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
love the colors! amazing
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
What a bright, colourful piece! Fine manipulation work.
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faunwolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the colors!
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leonardosdream Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Digital Artist
this is great. I love the strong colors
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TWObyKAY Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the colours are so lively and fantastic! beautiful work! i adore every bit of this!

I know this sounds cheesy and you immediately want to stop reading, but I'd really appreciate it if something with your talent were to look over my own gallery and give me a few tips, trips and feedback to help me improve, that is my goal after all.
Id really appreciate it, thank you
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sure!
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:iconiennas:
iennas Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Photographer
Very nice work! Love the colours and setting.
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anpati92 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
it's a nice work, I like the quality and movement :D
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MEBwrittings Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Great work! The picture really comes alive :D
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xxStarpelt Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Photographer
Looks great! I saw that you were still deciding on wheter or not to keep the trampoline, and I vote no trampoline, it makes for a cool illusion without it. Plus, right now it seems to close for her to have even jumped off of it. :) Overall, great job!
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Still deciding :B
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SkittlesGal Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
for a first time, pretty good. I love the vibrant colors and design, it looks amazing. I have 2 suggestions that could make this a tad better. There's a slight lack of contrast. Maybe darken just parts of the grass or any shadows just a little bit. No more than 10%, just a tad. The other thing is the brightness of the dress against the clouds. If there would be a way to darken the clouds just a hair it could also add to the contrast. That may just be me though. It is a gorgeous photo :)
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips!
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Paul774 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
what??? photomanipulation? ok.... my first impression was "awesome photo". but it's still awesome, that's for sure. amazing job.

Did you try to cut the trampoline out??? I think it would be cool if the woman looked as if she was flying over the fields.
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I'm still deciding whether to leave the trampoline in or out.
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For your first photo manipulation, this is amazing. Your use of color is fantastic; I love how vibrant everything is.

I would just suggest watching your light sources. Some of the balloons don't match up with the lighting on the model.

Keep up with the great work, though. :)
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How do you suggest I go about fixing that?
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The simplest way would be to just flip the balloons so that the lighting is on the right side (since that is where it seems to be on the model).
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excess1ve Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hmm I honestly didn't even see the lighting on the balloons, but now that you pointed it out it's pretty glaring, thanks for the tip!
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