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water is wonderful.

My daughter Sóley and her fishes.
Shot at home in the living room.

Thanks to superkev for selecting this photo as a DD. :bow:

The fish bowl is placed on a thick glass window which is placed between two loudspeakers. Between the fish bowl and the glass is white paper. Underneath the fish bowl is a halogen lamp.
This was shot in the afternoon so it was bright outside as can be seen by the reflections in the fish bowl from a window on the right. I had to lay on the floor to get the low viewpoint and I used a tripod for the camera.

Her body is not visible through the fish bowl because of the light coming from below. The water is clean and fresh as can be seen by the air bubbles on the plastic plants.

I did some more shots but the expression on her face and the placement of the fishes were not as good. I also tried blocking the light so it would not light up the wall behind and that was better.

Post processing in PS:
. Levels
. Unsharp Mask
. Crop
. Resize
. Even out distracting shadows in the bottom right corner by cloning.

EXIF info:
. Model Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
. Date/time original 31.08.2004 18:47:18
. Shutter speed value 1/25 s
. Aperture value f/7.1
. ISO speed ratings 800
. Exposure bias value 0.00 EV
. Flash Flash did not fire.
. Focal length 25 mm
. White balance Auto white balance

I used a 18-55mm lens.
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Given 2005-01-03
give us a kiss by *Octavus reminds us that we should never lose the wonderment of childhood. ( Featured by superkev )
hank1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This thing is marvelous!
simpleoOgirl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
beautiful shot
Neosun7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Beautiful shot! Very well set up and her expression is priceless!
MehmetCicek Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Photographer
wonderfull light
Summership Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
This is really gorgeous. Absolutely luminous.
lichtfaengerin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009   Photographer

featured here: [link] :flowerpot:
hajime9yui Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009
oooh wow.
giant fishbowl for a lone goldfish XXD

great pick!!!

anitagr-93 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
featured here: [link]
EmbetanteYahi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008
poor fishes! all of their lives in that small place when they should be swiming thousands of milles in the ocean or river.
I like the pic but I don't like encaged fishes
Faded--Euphoria Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww this is such a cute picture.
I love how the light makes the water glow and the girl's curious expression ^^
poison89 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful picture!
Soooo cute! :)
minesweeperaddict Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2008
That's adorable, I love the effect that the lighting made!
Nejfi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey :wave:
I featured this photo here: [link]
thanks so much :heart:
InuYashasGirl14 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
she's a pretty girl =3 and i like the fish^^:D
electrophiliac Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
Hey. I’ve featured you here---> [link]
I hope you don’t mind ^^; and don’t hesitate to let me know if you do mind :)
keep up the great work :clap:
guyver-x Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
great composition, and above all, great lighting ! Somehow this is even better not to see your daughter's torso, it gives more depth to the fish ball.
hollyskzzit Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
amazing! love it!
VisualPoetress Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007   Digital Artist
This is still one of my favorites on DA :) I love it.
grandpawgonedigital Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
I like this shot very much. Good work.
LeeFran Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
this is too sweeeeeet :love:
crackerjack26 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007   Photographer
i was just browsing,
but this picture is amazing
i love the lighting, the clarity of the picture
its just so, well put together
i really like it
and your daughter is so cute !
oibyrd Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have featured your work in my recent journal. You can view it at the link below.
:heart: Sandi :heart:
Naqshbandi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
wonderful :)
DVentSaint Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
homofobia Featured By Owner May 7, 2007
great job!

martasmarta Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
This is just wonderful!!
twixler Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
The composition and colors are AMAZING! What a gorgeous image! :clap:
BrokenEver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2007
Gorgeous - the shot and the daughter. I'm envious. =D
Stock-By-Michelle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007   Photographer
I featured you in my journal: [link] this one has been a long time favorite of mine :)
Octavus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much :rose:
Xenxanbel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Beautifully done! It almost has an unreal quality to it. *fav*
SolinariBahamut Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart: I love this image, so much. The lighting is beautiful. Plus, I love goldfish! :heart:
HypnotiqDesir3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006
Amazing lighting!
walk-like-a-ghost Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
This is so so cute!!! Love the lighting...Magical!

walk-like-a-ghost Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2006
This is so so cute!!! Love the lighting...Magical!

anuki Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
very nice !
fav :)))
LDFranklin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2006   Photographer
Holy wow I love this photo!! Amazing job! :+fav: for sure!
disappearinggirl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2006
i love this! i hope you don't mind that this has been my desktop wallpaper for a while now. I live in a dorm, and everyone compliments it, so I figured you'd appreciate that, even if it is just a bunch of college kids ;o)
BrokenxStars Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2006
What a wonderful picture, I'm amazed I haven't found it before. :[

:heart: The lighting is wonderful and your daughter is beautiful. Hehe, such a curious one!
Feriberri Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's got a gorgeous glow to it....
The only critque I can really offer is just the frame. I think if you were to get her closer to the top of the picture and maybe center the bowl it'll add a more dramatic touch to it...
Apsolutley amazing work! :heart:
aeravi Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2006
:omg: this is gorgeous!
WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
Oops..Here it is.
WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
Thanks for the reply. Can I use this picture in my Photomanipulation? I posted it in my scraps until you tell me yes or no. If you say no, I will take it down. People really like this one.
Here it is :thumb36027347:
I will credit you in my gallery and journal if you say I can use it.
WicasaWakan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2006
I love this pic. May I use it in a manipulation I had in mind? I was going to put a water fairy and fancy it up some for the Sea Creatures competition a friend of mine is hosting. I was thinking of having your little girl speaking into the bowl. Nothig weird or freaky of course. All fantasy amd cute.
Ads-Triage Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Thats so cute... im just like that now too
wishkres Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2006
This is so beautiful, amazing lighting, amazing everything... I don't even know what to say.
SilverMirroredMoon Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006
This is so cute! I love the lighting and the girl's expression! Definately a :+fav:
Astarsia Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absutely awe inspiring.
may i ask... could i use this as a reference to practice light and reflections of light? i'm a learning digiartist, and i'm currently trying to tackle the concept of light, and you have a few light points in this picture, which might help me greatly..

oh.. its ok if you say no lol ;) in any case, this picture is awesome, and i must fave!
you're child has beautiful hair. :nod:
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