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For a while I've had this idea for a vi...
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Please check out my other work and my Blog over at

www.robertcorneliusphotography.com


For a while I've had this idea for a villain character that controls a swarm of birds. I had always pictured it with crows, but then I realized I'd seen pictures like that before and I already had a large batch of seagull pictures I took at the beach. Why couldn't the birds be seagulls?
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AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta September 04, 2014
Brilliant well-constructed image. Congratulations on being Featured.
philipbebbington
 
philipbebbington September 04, 2014
Blown away by this stunning masterpiece.Fantastic piece of work.Congrats
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan September 04, 2014
Wicked capture......congrats on the feature.
iceman2
 
iceman2 September 04, 2014
Beautiful editing.Congrats!
ArtofGretchenSmith
 
ArtofGretchenSmith September 04, 2014
Magical! Absolutely brilliant!
scottnmandy
 
scottnmandy September 04, 2014
I love the image, Congrats on being featured!
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morriskleyman September 04, 2014
Magnificent composition,congrats!!!!
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gondmagdi September 04, 2014
Stunning shot ! Congratulations !
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VenturaPics September 04, 2014
Great image! Congrats on the feature.
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sweetpea72 September 04, 2014
awesome..Congrats! ")
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debhall September 04, 2014
Superb! Congrats on your feature!
Liese
 
Liese September 04, 2014
Beyond Amazing!
Vilma
 
Vilma September 04, 2014
Nice, very creative.
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bbk September 04, 2014
Terrific creativity.Awesome work.Congrats on feature!!!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade September 04, 2014
Top work PERIOD....well done and congrats!....Brian
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alishastevens September 04, 2014
So artfully and beautifully created!
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traceprinslooreppin September 05, 2014
...absolutely stunning in every way...congrats on your Feature :-)
danielmartin
 
danielmartin September 05, 2014
GREAT creativity! Bravo!!
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Capture-Life September 05, 2014
this ROCKS !! Congrats !!
SpokeninRed
 
SpokeninRed September 05, 2014
Amazing detail and skill! GORGEOUS!! RIGHT ON!
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eternaldark September 06, 2014
Amazing!!
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verity September 09, 2014
wow amazing work
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AaronSalmon September 09, 2014
WOW
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loripeterson September 27, 2014
Gorgeous!
SpokeninRed
 
SpokeninRed October 10, 2014
GREAT work!!! so detailed! Really STUNNING.
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JoseV October 13, 2014
Amazing composition.
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Lmer November 26, 2014
Dramatic! Amazing image....
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radekgora December 25, 2014
Amazing
chica PRO+
 
chica December 28, 2014
Beautiful wonderful scene
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo February 21, 2015
Wonderfully creative, great imagination: love the dramatic scene, lighting and colours :-D
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serpico March 17, 2015
great work
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Julieweiss July 19, 2015
Absolutely amazing! This took some serious time and skill.
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LoanaLMP October 23, 2015
Wow! This is brilliant!
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maudrietjens October 06, 2016
wow! that looks amazing how did you do that
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adavies October 13, 2016
Awesome image...really well done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Spooky-ooky challenge:)
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Im feeling a little silly right now saying spooky-ooky in the same sentence with such a sophisticated piece of art...lol! :)
ArberElezi PRO
 
ArberElezi November 13, 2017
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in the studio where I work in Lebanon, PA. The background image, as well as all the seagull pictures, were shot on a vacation in Myrtle Beach.
Time
I took this picture after hours at the studio where I work. I do all of my personal shoots for my portfolio after we close.
Lighting
The main key light was a large Octobank in front of her, slightly off to camera left. Two flash-heads with small reflectors were fired into a white seamless background to mostly blow it out. Two more flash-heads with small reflectors were angled to hit from behind her on either side to add the edge light.
Equipment
This was shot with a Hasselblad H2 with a PhaseOne digital back. If my memory is correct, I was using an 80mm prime lens. As far as flash equipment goes, it was all older Commit Flashhead lighting gear. Other than that, just some seamless paper for a backdrop and a couple big pieces of foam-core to block the edge lights from flaring out the camera.
Inspiration
I had been on a beach trip and took a ton of images of seagulls in flight. I knew that one day I would use them for something. I had always had this idea to do an image of a girl whose large flowing dress is turning into crows. One day it dawned on me that the birds didn't necessarily have to be crows and I had all those pictures of seagulls. So, I shot my wife in the studio with the intention of creating some sort of dark villainess character.
Editing
As you probably guessed, this photo was heavily manipulated. I cut out and composited all the birds together and put my subject onto the background. During the shoot, I took several images of the thin black fabric being thrown up in the air, and I used those to extend the swirling dress. After all the pieces were in place, I did a lot of digital painting on top of the image to affect the coloring, shading, and details. I even changed her hair from blonde to black! Here is a before and after of this image if you'd like to take a look: :) https://www.facebook.com/RobertCorneliusPhotography/photos/a.1466072850270939.1073741836.1384225241789034/1467774366767454/?type=3&theater
In my camera bag
Because I work for a commercial photography studio, I have access to a LOT of equipment, but these are the items I use most. Hasselblad H2 with PhaseOne P45 Digital Back Canon EOS 5D MarkIII with Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Comet Flashheads With large light modifiers like soft boxes. Pocket Wizard Plus II Wacom Tablet
Feedback
To create an image like this, I would say the main thing to focus on has to be planning. This image would not be what it is if I had not formed a clear image in my head of what I was going for. Everything from costuming to makeup was planned out to create this dark yet beautiful (at least I hope it's beautiful) image. Take lots of notes before you start setting up the shoot. Write everything down, even if you're convinced it's an obviously little detail and you'll remember it.

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