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:heart: What do you think? I'll gladly accept constructive criticism.

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Edit: Oh, my god! A DD! You are all so amazing! Thank you!
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Given 2012-07-17
:iconchaoskirin:
I love this. I was really drawn to the colors. Everything is in perfect blue/orange contrast, with the blue on the horse drawing me into that around the picture and to the saddle. One thing I can really suggest is that the cottonball 'cloud' in front of the horse seems more in focus than the horse itself, and I feel that with the horse's color, it is meant to be the focal point in the piece. If you were to shoot this again, I would definitely work on re-arranging the focus.

The composition is excellent and works well with the title. I can't really tell if the book is on a table or soaring through the clouds with a child's dreams. :D One thing I would suggest to make the composition really amazing is to work on your depth of field. Your aperture was at 5.3... What if you moved the background back and set the f-stop at, say, 20? Your background would blur, still giving you the appearance of the clouds while providing a more striking contrast between foreground and background. It could really make the subject of your photo pop.

Overall, very nice work, and congratulations on the DD. :D
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sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
hi there!
I just wanted to let you know I think your work is lovely so I featured it here
if you've time to check it out, it would be most awesome. ♥ ♥ ♥

congratulations on your DD too! ^^
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:iconmrsscreece:
MrsScreece Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
It's a very emotional and beautiful shot. I love it. :heart:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconhayzy:
hayzy Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
featured here [link] :iconnewyearplz:
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:iconcocooue:
Cocooue Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student Photographer
Hi :)
I've featured your work in my latest journal
[link]
:heart:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :aww:
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
My pleasure! :)
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:iconcatali:
Catali Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Writer
Lovely! :heart::heart::heart:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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Brainy-theNewSexy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Is the book underneath The Princess Bride????? :D
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No, it's "Inheritance" by Christopher Paolini. :)
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:iconwhatthepumpkin:
WhatThePumpkin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
; v ; It looks so cute. Kinda reminds me of cute fluffy dreams I had as a child. It's kinda dark, lighting-wise, but that doesn't distract me too much from the point of this.
Thanks for sharing it with us~
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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:iconwhatthepumpkin:
WhatThePumpkin Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem~
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:iconkimwild:
kimwild Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Cute! Remembers me of a book "El Prncipe de los Ladrones" (The prince of thieves, thats teh tanslation from Spanish but I'm not sure it is the origina title), by Cornelia Funke.
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :) I think it's "The Thief Lord". Awesome book!
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:iconkimwild:
kimwild Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Np, n' Sure!! I love that book!! Althogh my favourite one (by that same author, btw) is "Sangre de tinta" ("Ink's Blood?" maybe xD dunno teh original title either u_u)
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
"Inkheart". Yeah, that one is great, too! :)
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:iconkimwild:
kimwild Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Good! I meant the second one, though. but the first one is really good too! xD
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Atenea217 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I love it!!!
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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pyonkotchi96 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute, but it's lacking a bit of contrast and the image is just a bit dark overall. I think it would also look better if the sparkles were actually sparkling, otherwise it's hard to tell what they are. Other than that, I like it. Congrats on the DD! :aww:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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SwiftyLikesArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
It's beautiful!
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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DulcisTrado Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Simple but gorgeous and well done :)
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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:iconbunnyteethowner:
BunnyTeethOwner Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
how adorable! :heart:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Toxic-Innocence Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Congratulations on the DD! :)
Just curious, what book is it?
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D It's "Inheritance" by Christopher Paolini.
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Toxic-Innocence Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
You're welcome! :)
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:iconpandoralewis:
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So lovely and beautiful!
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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SuperAimster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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plaidedbra Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Adorable image; congrats on your DD!

The only thing I can note that could be changed is the lighting/contrast, just a quick photoshop fix. The book pages, background, and horse seem to blend together a bit, and the dark parts of the horse's decorations seem almost too dark. With a small adjustment of lighting/contrast, I think it would catch more eyes. On the other hand, if the blend of tones is intentional, it's still dark-ish overall - less of an adjustment would be needed.

I love the touches of glitter on the cloud in front and on the book pages. If you choose to take more photographs with glitter, try playing around with the lighting so that it catches all the sparkles. With the blur of your depth of field, the reflections of the glitter might create some nice bokeh (blurred spots of light; there are TONS of bokeh pics and tutorials on dA) to help add to the dreamy look.

Though this image might miss a few nit-picky elements that would enhance things, I can definitely see why you have earned a DD. Excellent concept!
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww: And thanks for the comments.
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luckygirl14 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very cute.
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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luckygirl14 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
anytime
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:iconxchristalle:
xChristalle Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Congrats on the DD, Silver! :heart: You deserve it- it's an amazing work! :D
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :aww:
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triangulor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great use of the muted palette and those few bright accents on the horse. Also I LOVE the cotton wool clouds, they work surprisingly well. I don't know if the glitter is doing you any favours though, its ok but I just think it could be doing more or the picture could do without it, but I can see what you were trying to achieve with it and it almost works, perhaps if there was more so it would actually shine?? Overall the picture is really lovely though, I do have a special spot for the horse as I had one just like that:) It definitely pulls on those nostalgia strings:P
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VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww: And thanks for the comments.
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:iconhetare-muni:
Hetare-muni Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute
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:iconvisualpoems:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconhetare-muni:
Hetare-muni Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NP ^^
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