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The Spirit Pool by novelhill The Spirit Pool by novelhill
Purchase this print here: [link]

Picture taken in Montana de Oro State Park, California; water entering weathered pool from Pacific Ocean.

Long exposure at site using HOYA ND 8 and ND 4 filters simultaneously, then, in Photoshop, using the camera RAW file, combined 2 different exposure layers. No manipulation was performed, unless you call color curves manipulation, which I do not. (And my version of color curves is not actual color curves -- I use Photoshop Elements, which doesn't have that feature.) I did, of course, change the rock to blue to give the picture a focal point.


[EDIT 6/2/09] Fixed problems with blended layers.
[EDIT 4.30.10] Updated border and improved color.


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[Personal reality check] A DD?! My first one?! I refreshed my internet after being away for a while and discovered this? Wow! I'm so grateful! Thank you to JacquiJax for suggesting and to Kkart for featuring it! I'm so jumpy with excitement right now!

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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-06-09
The Spirit Pool by *LethArt Suggester writes: "The surrealism on this photo makes you stare it for long times and try to understand what you are watching.. But I think that this photo is one of those that we will never fully understand unless we have seen it on real life. AMAZING!!!" ( Suggested by JacquiJax and Featured by kkart )
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous photo. :love: The stone is so smooth!
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zenoviablue4 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
thats cool
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:iconkoopa90:
Koopa90 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting picture. :)
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:iconbojkovski:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful
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:iconzokiart555:
ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very cool work!!!:D
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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:iconzokiart555:
ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!:)
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MarvinDiehl Featured By Owner May 23, 2011   Photographer
True art! Just great! =)
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Notashd Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely beautiful
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yulii Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
like looking at a totally strange different world. a dangerous beautiful looking shot :D
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StephanieSpanjian Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Incredible! I love it
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MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool, looks like a magical portal is opening to another world...
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:iconmightyflup:
mightyflup Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm 1023 :D
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
nice to meet you, 1023! haha, thanks.
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:icondragonovich:
Dragonovich Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Almost surreal...
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Photographer
:D
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:iconsnufke:
Snufke Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Love this image. Your editing is hereby excused.
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you :)

and I don't think there's anything wrong with editing when it's done properly.
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qurratulain Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
very minute detailing :) good job
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you :D
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:iconmaxre:
maxre Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
Love this photo!
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you!
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CodeM-Photography Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
easily your best piece.... ( at least for me !)
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novelhill Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'd have to agree with you! Everyone thinks the same. It was one of those lucky things we just stumble upon sometimes. I went and revisited the beach I found it at a month or so ago and it looks nothing the same. water changes the way rock looks so quickly.
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austinboothphoto Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo. It has been featured in my latest journal here:
[link]
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks, friend!
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:iconjusteline:
justeline Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
That's definitely a shot to be proud of! Congratulations on your DD, really well deserved!
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
thanks! :hug:
I'm pleased that you like it
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a beautiful shot! wonderful details to the textures :-)
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome :hug:
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GilWarzecha Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Such a LOVELY photo ... the movement in both the water and mud/sand(?) really have been elegantly captured! LOVE IT!
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novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
not mud or sand, but rock! The pounding of the waves carved the rock the way you see it.

I'm so glad you like this!
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GilWarzecha Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
TAh - rocks ... of COURSE ;P That makes the image even better ...
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novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
:dance:
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TY-Photography Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Photographer
I think you've proven there's such a thing as TOO good.
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
ooh, what a comment! Thank you!
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ivoryrose2122 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Beautiful, simply amazing! Wonderful textures. You're a great photographer. I can only hope that someday I will be as good of a photographer as you ^-^
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novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
:aww: thanks
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ivoryrose2122 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Aww :) np, really ^___^
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Matthias-Haker Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
omg that is beyond awesome!
those tones, the sharpness, the composition... i'm speachless!
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you! :D
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EmilyKPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing. just purchased one for myself!
:)
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novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
wait. . . . you purchased a print of this?!
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EmilyKPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:icongrin--plz:
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novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
It didn't show up in my message box. . . . Maybe it's still processing. So you really did? This would be my first sale! :dance:
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EmilyKPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes! I really did! I purchased a 16x24!

it could still be processing. I had some problems with "notifications" when some of my friends and relatives purchased my calendar over Christmas. It'll come through...I already have an email from DA saying it is "in process" :)
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:iconnovelhill:
novelhill Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! This is exciting. Let me know how it looks when you get it :D
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EmilyKPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
fo sho!
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maxre Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
outstanding composition and totally awesome find. never have seen this before. almost reminds me of a portion of zion NP at the subway.
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