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Gold dust by Michelle-Fennel Gold dust by Michelle-Fennel
"how did it go so fast
you'll say as we are looking back
and then we'll understand
we held gold dust in our hands"
(Tori Amos "Gold dust")

Life is fragile. It's precious.
Moments are short terminated.


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i don't believe it!!!
my first DD :blushes:
thanks billion times to the sweet *naked-in-the-rain for suggesting :tighthug:
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Given 2010-06-17
"Gold dust by *MEgolddust is how we see life, if we look closer. The photo shows infinity of a secret little moment, closeness and distance, holding and letting go. In the end it sets you free, so you find yourself sitting there, in a far away place, where all that glitters is gold. We are all golden... sometimes, in someone else's life. This is priceless." ( Suggested by naked-in-the-rain and Featured by Katerina423 )
I'll start by saying that I love this photograph. It moves me and inspires me. Very well done. I normally don't categorize my critiques according to the rating given, but in this case, I think it will be beneficial.

Vision - High marks here. You aren't very blunt about what you are trying to convey with this photograph, but I like that. Adds mystery. I'm sure many people have simply looked at this picture and saw the title and though "huh, that does look like gold dust" and they move on. Gold Dust by Tori Amos is a wonderful song. I won't go into it much, as this is not a critique of that song, but this conveys the spirit and message of that song very well. I'd also like to point out that this image gives me a very distinct sense of delicacy and the fragile nature of sand (or gold dust as it were) slipping out of our hands, again matching the song well.

Originality - I dinged you here quite a bit. Two very simple reasons: This is a picture visually depicting a song. That gets done to death around here. I even do it myself quite a bit. Additionally, the idea of depicting sand slipping through someone's hands as a symbol for time slipping away/not know what we have until after we lose it is also an idea I have seen around DeviantART and in the photography industry in general. Not completely unoriginal, but to give you 5 stars would imply that this was an idea original and unique to you....and I would be lying if I said that.

Technique - Having said that, however, I cannot express well enough how impressed I am at how well you have executed this image. In a lot of ways, it can be harder, from a technical standpoint, to take a picture such as this that has been done elsewhere, and quite well I might add. The simple fact that you have competition speaks volumes. This is undoubtedly the best execution of a picture of this nature I have seen so far. The focus is tack sharp. I have no idea how much you did in Photoshop (if anything), but that is entirely the point. Whatever was done to this image looks very natural and I feel as though I am looking at what this sunset really looked like that day. There are no signs of banding or noise degradation I would expect to see if you had overdone color, tonal contrast or sharpness in Photoshop.

Technique Cont. - Compositionally this is masterfully done. The image is not very balanced and is weighted on the left. A bold move, but pulled off very well. The lighting is awesome. It was a perfect time of day for such a striking use of backlighting. Even though you can see the sun pretty much straight on, I don't feel as though it is overexposed at all, which can be quite tricky. The EXIF info is missing, but the exposure setting for this image were well thought out as well. The depth of field created by the aperture use is spot on. It throws off the background enough to where it is not distracting, but it is sharp enough to at least convey the idea of where this was taken. The horizon is also perfectly level.

Impact - Thought evoking, stunning and insightful. If I were in a crowded gallery full of bunches and bunches of other art, this would, without a doubt, stand out to me. Easy 5 out of 5 stars here.

I've looked through your gallery and this is easily your best work yet. Keep it up. This is absolutely amazing, but I would to see you somehow do even better. :D
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SKAJLA Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
#Shurima confirmed
Koyukichi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning picture!
Love the light effect and the dark colors ^^
PACEEION Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
life is like sand as it washes away, your life passes by and you wonder was my life well spent.

great photo :) 
Koyukichi Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow awesome picture!
Asieana Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Wonderful picture Hug Heart Hug 
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
archivopep Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I had to prove that I could amount to something I was so lucky to have found this now nobody disrespects me you can have a chance too
SammiJoPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Photographer
This reminds me of the sands of time. This is an amazing piece. It's very creative and beautifully done. Fantastic work!!!
BarbWireRose Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfection of Photography.
I tip my hat to you
malaugusto Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Photographer
This superb work has been featured here: 50 Gorgeous Examples of Sun Flare Photography.
JeeOneProd Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome ...
BirdVision Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
"sparkle sparkle sparkle!" if ya'll know what I mean
FromSleepyHollow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Your stunning work has been featured in my latest journal, if you want to you can take a peek here: [link]
KirbySquad101 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
raulpande Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Interface Designer
ladyzi Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
C'est magnifique... J'ai jamais rien vu d'aussi beau
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Michelle-Fennel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sorry, I'm an artist not a gold seller or buyer...i'm not dealing with gold.
All the best!
Bellasmina Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Beautiful :heart: Very expressive!
Tuesdaysangel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:w00t: Your wonderful work has been featured here: [link]
xLilianne Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
love it
Dustywallpaper Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
AMAZING its dust lol speakin of dust who likes my name ;D
SukhRiar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
lights add another dimension to it.
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Writer
I bought a small print of this a long time ago, and just now get around to thanking you for it and putting a 'fave' on it. I framed it and put it where my guests enjoy it very much. Now I see you have a DD Too. A very late Congratulations! And I hope you continue to be recognized in many good ways. :)
dsquaredgfx Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
beautiful photo!
deKoister Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
Awesome photo... just awesome!
YumiYoukkai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Simple but powerful. Excellent work. :la: :heart:
Misleading-Reaction Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student Photographer
outstanding picture !
123LicenseToPaint Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Spektakuläres Foto.
RawPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011   Photographer
Stunning, this is brilliantly well executed! :clap:
ingorla Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
Amazing photograph! Love it!
sradwan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
dermis109 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Extra schoen !!
xOronar Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wauw love it!
MaxKrow Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Utterly Wicked.
solotanz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
solotanz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
wow, awesome work. love it!
fireandrain97 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome... I love it :love: :wow:
sajadeghbalinasab Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Student Photographer
very NIce :)
mailn6 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing! You've really captured something deeper.
Beautiful capture!
WikiMia Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i really love this one
deadeps Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Beautiful!
Bluefairy-16 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
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