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Flying in Red over Blue



One of the first images I created for my "Flying Project Series"
I wanted an explosion of color and movement. I hope this image shows that :)
I ha...
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One of the first images I created for my "Flying Project Series"
I wanted an explosion of color and movement. I hope this image shows that :)
I had her standing on a chair while I shot from across the street. My sister and my assistant moved the dress while I directed. You would not believe the number of people that stopped and stared with a confusing look in their eyes. Also, there is a street in between her and I, so many cars stopped! I had to actually tell them that I appreciated their curiosity, but that they were in the shot! ;)

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ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake December 26, 2014
This is fabulous !!
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CasaBay_Photo December 26, 2014
Thank you RenneeBlake, I was really fun to shoot too. People kept stopping and asking questions : )
ETClark Premium
 
ETClark January 03, 2015
very impressive work... your whole Flying Project Series is awesome!!!
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CasaBay_Photo January 07, 2015
Thank you so much ETClark!
tammyswarek
 
tammyswarek January 27, 2015
Fantastic work!
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CasaBay_Photo January 28, 2015
Thanks for your comment tammyswarek!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq February 08, 2015
How fascinating! Beautiful!
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CasaBay_Photo February 08, 2015
thank you!
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AlanJakarta March 23, 2015
Brilliant image, which certainly shows your goal of a color & movement explosion. Congratulations on being Featured.
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
thank you so much for that comment. at took a lot of work to come up with the concept and so many hours to create the image... I am glad people appreciate it :)
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan March 23, 2015
Fabulous creation with colour explosion....terrific work. Congrats on the feature.
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thank you :) I love contrasting colors and this is one of the first times I allowed myself to go all out with it!
Bonnie_D PRO
 
Bonnie_D March 23, 2015
wow, amazing!!!
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thanks! :)
Remraf
 
Remraf March 23, 2015
Great shot!
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thanks! :)
dzinn1
 
dzinn1 March 23, 2015
All I can say is WOW. Congrats on a fantastic image.
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
So sweet! Thank you!
abkinga
 
abkinga March 23, 2015
Amazing shot
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thank you!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet March 23, 2015
beautiful image, great concept, congrats
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thanks!
noahshoaib
 
noahshoaib March 23, 2015
awesome ,,,,,, nice work ,,,
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
:)
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chuckrickman March 23, 2015
Spectacular! Congrats on being featured.
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thank you so much!
santoshshetty
 
santoshshetty March 23, 2015
Super stuff! Well deserved.
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
I love all the positive comments :) Thank you for yours!
Gwenrichardson
 
Gwenrichardson March 23, 2015
lovely photograph and i like the colours
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
Thank you, I LOVE colors!
AngelamTippett136
 
AngelamTippett136 March 23, 2015
Beautiful
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
:)
billndotnet
 
billndotnet March 23, 2015
Magnificent composition and execution, so well done!
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
:) Thank you. It took a lot to come up with a way to make this concept a reality, and a lot of work to do it well. :)
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq March 23, 2015
Amazing image! Very explosive and creative - such a visual impact!
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
thank you!!
Pebbaline
 
Pebbaline March 23, 2015
Absolutely stunning!
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
:)
MarcoPoveda
 
MarcoPoveda March 23, 2015
ESPECTACULAR
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
thank you!!
MarcoPoveda
 
MarcoPoveda March 23, 2015
ESPECTACULAR
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life March 23, 2015
LOVE it to bits!! :):)
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
thank you!
DutchTouch PRO+
 
DutchTouch March 23, 2015
Pure Art! Fantastic!
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CasaBay_Photo March 23, 2015
such a wonderful thing to say! thank you!
JoeyJ PRO
 
JoeyJ March 25, 2015
Intriguing and absolutely fascinating. Awesome creativity!
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CasaBay_Photo March 26, 2015
Thank you!
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-Time-In-Memories- March 27, 2015
Breathtaking!
CasaBay_Photo PRO
CasaBay_Photo March 27, 2015
:)
twilight65
 
twilight65 March 29, 2015
WOW!!!!!!!!......may be one word but it is powerful!.....
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CasaBay_Photo March 29, 2015
thank you so much! it is such a great feeling when people love what I do :)
Ton-E
 
Ton-E March 29, 2015
Amazing work..OMG
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CasaBay_Photo March 29, 2015
thanks! I will be posting more images in a couple of days :) hope you enjoy those too :)
searcy_photography
 
searcy_photography April 01, 2015
Show me the way. That's amazing
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CasaBay_Photo April 03, 2015
thank you!
Silverfox PRO
 
Silverfox April 02, 2015
I need to learn how to do that !
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CasaBay_Photo April 03, 2015
It is all photoshop: layers and brushes :) it does take a long time though!
FireLillyCreations
 
FireLillyCreations April 10, 2015
Beautiful beyond words!
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CasaBay_Photo April 12, 2015
thank you so much FireLillyCreations!
beatbox PRO
 
beatbox April 26, 2015
Amazing. :)
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CasaBay_Photo April 30, 2015
thanks! :)
jenkleitz
 
jenkleitz April 27, 2015
Fantastic
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CasaBay_Photo April 30, 2015
thanks! :)
dthurau
 
dthurau May 06, 2015
Great Vision, Planning and execution. Excellent work.
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CasaBay_Photo May 07, 2015
Thank you so much!
ramondkyaw
 
ramondkyaw May 06, 2015
Stunning.....!
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CasaBay_Photo May 07, 2015
:)
Q-Vision PRO+
 
Q-Vision May 07, 2015
Amazing! Love the colour contrasts.
CasaBay_Photo PRO
CasaBay_Photo May 07, 2015
:) Thank you!
adriennecatherall
 
adriennecatherall June 04, 2015
Wonderful image!
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CasaBay_Photo June 05, 2015
Thank you so much adriennecatherall! I have a weakness for color :)
Blue-Maddness PRO
 
Blue-Maddness June 07, 2015
Fantastic!
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CasaBay_Photo June 08, 2015
:) Thank you so much!
katmouse PRO+
 
katmouse June 12, 2015
This is amazing
CasaBay_Photo PRO
CasaBay_Photo June 15, 2015
Thanks! I love it too :)
iandewitt
 
iandewitt June 28, 2015
Fantastic! Beautiful use of color.
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CasaBay_Photo June 30, 2015
Thank you so much! I love love love contrasting colors :)
gloglita
 
gloglita July 04, 2015
This is an amazing shot! Great idea and impressive execution
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CasaBay_Photo July 06, 2015
Thank you so much glogita! It took many hours of playing around to create the effect :)
mcjadick
 
mcjadick July 12, 2015
Wonderful creativity... love the contrasting combinations of the fine fashion she is wearing, the delicate element of the fleeing butterflies within the environment of a decaying building! Very engaging photo!
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CasaBay_Photo July 13, 2015
Thank you! I love this image and I am glad you love it too. This was one of the very first of my series so there was a lot of experimenting :)
CherylG
 
CherylG July 22, 2015
Incredible work of art!!!
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CasaBay_Photo July 24, 2015
Thank you so much!
lutherappling
 
lutherappling September 01, 2015
THE DOUBLE WHAMMY CONTRAST IS A BLaaaaaaast!!!!the black and red ontop of the blue and white,,whaaaammm!
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CasaBay_Photo September 15, 2015
:) thank you so much!
asomann
 
asomann September 21, 2015
beautiful...simply speechless wow
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CasaBay_Photo September 21, 2015
Thank you lots! You made my day!
lisarangelscharlau
 
lisarangelscharlau August 24, 2016
This is absolutely stunning!! Love it!
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CasaBay_Photo August 24, 2016
Thank you so much :)
ronsmith PRO
 
ronsmith August 24, 2016
Fantastic work, love the red and blue combination.
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CasaBay_Photo August 24, 2016
Thank you! I love opposite colors, they make everything more interesting :)
tjimz
 
tjimz September 09, 2016
so creative! seriously love the talent here.
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CasaBay_Photo September 10, 2016
Thank you so much :)
mariosikoracz
 
mariosikoracz November 03, 2018
Nice
sandrarust PRO+
 
sandrarust Oct 21
Phenomenal shot
margaretcumming
 
This is superb. I just love it and it feels joyful as well.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in front of an old house in Arequipa, Peru. I used to live less than a block away from it, and I always wanted to use it for something different and unique since the wall is so beautiful. The model is a friend of my sister's who was generous enough to donate her time. I also had my sister and assistant help with the dress and with holding the ladder the model was standing on. The building is located in an old part of town, so streets are very narrow. To get the shot, I had to stand on the opposite side of the street. People were very curious about what was going on and would stop frequently to look at the girls working the dress, I think I spent more time explaining what we were doing and politely asking people to move out of the way than actually shooting :)
Time
I shot this at about 10 am. The sun in Arequipa is quite strong, but I was planning on shooting using the shadow of the blue wall. The building behind me (facing the model) is almost completely white, creating a wonderful quality of light at that time so I wanted to take advantage of that.
Lighting
For my surreal photography I try to use exclusively natural light. I had a reflector with me at the time of the shoot, but the wall behind me acted as a reflector, so I didn't have to worry about that. I tend to look for shade and shoot at the brightest time of the day, however odd that may seem :)
Equipment
I used a tripod and my trusted Canon 7D with a 28-135 mm lens. Also, I used a chair or ladder to lift my model from the floor and create the levitation effect.
Inspiration
When we were shooting this image I kept asking the model to flip her hair. I loved how curly and wild it was. I decided to create an effect that would mimic the movement in her hair, as if it was flying away. That is why the dress turns into thousands of red birds. I wanted to convey a sense of freedom and joy :)
Editing
Yes! 8 hours and more than 50 layers of Photoshop are the secret behind this, and most of my images. I use the non-destructive method of editing, so this image killed my computer a couple of times because of its size. I used several brushes, textures, and effects. The effect of the dress alone is made up of about 20 layers. I love how Photoshop gives us the tools to show others what is going on in our minds.
In my camera bag
I carry two camera bodies: Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 7D. I also have a 50 mm prime, 70-200 mm, 24-70 mm, and a 10-22 mm. I always have a grey card, a tripod, and a reflector with me.
Feedback
The most important thing for surreal and levitation photography is to have a plan. One has to know in advance the effect you wish accomplish so you can get the necessary shots. It is like a puzzle that can't be put together without all the pieces. Take some time before the shoot to make a list of the images you will need and set up your shoot according to that list. Also, know your equipment. One has to have the ability to adapt to the lighting situations. Pay attention to your white balance, ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings . If you are trying to shoot in automatic settings the image quality, color, and feel of the images won't be consistent. This makes it extremely difficult to create a composite that is believable and looks natural.

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