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Losing My Religion

All the elements used in this collage are my own…
All but the water were shot with a Canon 5D MkI and 16-35mm lens.

THE ELEMENTS:
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All the elements used in this collage are my own…
All but the water were shot with a Canon 5D MkI and 16-35mm lens.

THE ELEMENTS:


The image started with a picture of the beautifully melancholic ruins of the ancient abbey at Villers la Ville south of Waterloo, Belgium.
I made an HDR image of 3 exposures (with Photomatix) of the main section. As I used a wide angle lens to include the vaulted ceiling, I also needed to correct the sloping verticals using the Transform tool in CS2

The water on the floor is from a shot I took on film a few years ago at Gibraltar in southern Spain (EOS 100 + 24-80mm on Fuji Reala 100 ISO)…

The sky through the windows in the back of the abbey was taken from this shot from Flagler Beach in Florida (never know when yer gonna need a dynamic sky… always good to keep a couple in your library).

The original picture had 6 round windows in the back… I replaced them with a segment of this window from another section of the abbey, just cuz it looked cooler.

The birds are from this other take of the sky over Flagler Beach. No idea what they are, but as I didn’t have one single shot of vampire bats (which actually surprised me…), I settled for these guys.

The roots growing up the columns in the foreground were actually growing up the outer wall of the abbey… so I planted them inside with CS2 and couldn’t believe how quickly they spread….

And finally… the 7th element. Reeled off 60 shots of myself in lots of poses and a couple of different shirts. Did it on the pattio with the self timer and totally frustrated the next door neighbor as he could see the set up but I kept myself out of view. If it were me, I would have had the kid kick a football over the hedge and told him to have a good look while he fetched it!

Thanks for lookin' !
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evangelinechavez
 
evangelinechavez March 10, 2015
So much to see in this photo, it brings out the creativity that it took to reach the final outcome. Great job.
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Billyboy March 11, 2015
Thanks Evangeline, and for the award. This piece lives very close to my heart so your appreciation is way appreciated :-)
icey1962
 
icey1962 March 12, 2015
Love the sea in your own home :) Do you shoot all of the photos for your work or are some stock?
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Billyboy March 12, 2015
Thanks so much for the appreciation :-) I do make a point of shooting all the elements myself. In my description here to the right I pretty much explain the entire process. Again, cheers for the interest !
icey1962
 
icey1962 March 12, 2015
Sorry just read the details :( Awesome Shot and that it is all your own work, something to be proud of. :)
kellycoventry
 
kellycoventry March 12, 2015
Freakin' awesome! How do you come up with these ideas?
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Billyboy March 13, 2015
Funny you should ask... the direction this picture took actually evolved on its own as I added each element. I was kinda worried I wouldn`t know when to stop. But I feel I got it right. Sometimes inspiration comes from so far out in left field that you never find it again once it`s spent. So you just move on and hope something else comes along. Thanks for appreciating this, it`s pretty special to me :-)
Alicja
 
Alicja March 15, 2015
Well done:)
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Billyboy March 16, 2015
Thanks Alicja !
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rturnbow March 23, 2015
Def a masterpiece BB, well done, and tops in my gallery!
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Billyboy March 24, 2015
Cheers for that Randy, so cool to see you in here !
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KenBrakefield March 23, 2015
Brilliant image. Wonderful work. Well done sir.
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Billyboy March 24, 2015
Many thanks for the appreciation Ken, and for the award !!
sandrajohnson
 
sandrajohnson March 27, 2015
love the details and the explanation to your work process. thank you.
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Billyboy March 29, 2015
I`ve always felt it was a good thing to put an explanation in the description Sandra, if for no other reason than to show how much work went into the image :-) Thanks for the thanks !!
Karine
 
Karine April 16, 2015
great! great! great!
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Billyboy April 16, 2015
Thanks Karine, and for all the fabulous comments on my stuff. So cool of you to pass through my gallery :-)
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elued29 April 16, 2015
Oh! My..................!
Your outstanding talking creativity equals to new kind of ART.......
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Billyboy April 16, 2015
That's a wonderful thing to say, thank you so much for that appreciation !!
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verity April 19, 2015
wow, love it. Is the look achieved with the HDR or have you given it any other treatment?
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Billyboy May 04, 2015
Thanks for the love Verity :-) No other processing, except for adjusting levels and contrast in certain areas to up the dynamic a bit. I also used a white layer over the rear area and adjusted the opacity to simulate a bit of mist. The HDR was responsible for the overall vibe. Your appreciation made my day !
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donanzinger June 21, 2015
Outstanding creativity. Will be following your work - looking forward to more great images.
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Billyboy July 01, 2015
Many thanks for the compliment, look forward to seeing more of your work too !
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rturnbow August 22, 2015
Congrats on the challenge win my man, still loving this one!
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Billyboy August 22, 2015
Randy, I had no idea… just logged on and got your comment, so thanks for the heads up! It's my first challenge win. I would have won one the other day, but the challenge host's 5 year old son apparently wiped my entry from the challenge after it had been at the top of the voting list for over a week. I was really pissed off. When stuff like that happens you either feel like the universe is against you, or the host was up to something foul. But we're here to play nicely, right? Today the universe is on my side. As are you good man. Thanks agin !!

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