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. 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.
; 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~
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!
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!
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