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Yo Ho Ho!

"Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest,
Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo ho ho, and a ...
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"Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest,
Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest,
Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!"

(From "The Derelict", a song written in 1901 for a musical based on "Treasure Island".)
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trainwoman June 22, 2015
GREAT shot.........
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LookSee June 22, 2015
It's a composite. The character is from last year's carnival, and the background is an old, intentionally blurred image from the Adriatic coast. And the pirate's face reveals where the bottle o' rum is... ;)
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LookSee September 26, 2020
Thanks to all who voted for this image in the Steampunk Garb Challenge!
Much appreciated! :)
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Behind The Lens

It's a composite. The character is from the local carnival in Vevcani village, and the background is an old, (intentionally) blurred image made in Primosten, on the Adriatic coast. And the pirate's face reveals where the bottle o' rum is... ;)
June 15th 2015 12:29:08 is the date-time of creating the background content, while the foreground "pirate" was photographed in 2018, in the early afternoon, maybe around 1430 hours.
As stated above, it's a composite. But both the character and the background photos were shot in ambiental light, and the combination allowed me to play with the sunny - shady areas in a way that makes the result "credible".
The background photo has been extracted off the slidefilm frame and I think the camera was an Olympus Stylus (mju:) II loaded with Fujichrome Sensia (100ASA). The "pirate" was photographed with Olympus SP-570UZ. Both photos were shot out of hand, as I rarely ever use any artificial support such as a tripod, and if I need to stabilize myself I'd usually kneel when shooting (crossbow style), or lean against some naerby object. No added gear was used in either photo.
The "pirate" was obviously in the wrong spot... surrounded by other carnival figures and observers, while the seashore ambient appeared as a good substitution for the theme, since pirates belong near to the seas. So I carefully selected the area around the figure and pasted the sea background under it. The inspiration, thus, was a simple and direct association, relatively easy to accomplish.
Clearly there was a lot of post-processing, in order to make the results appear "credible". Both photos had to be color-balanced and special care had to be taken about the content placement, shadows, and cleaning the miniature errors that always happen during the procedure. Once combined (a JPEG over JPEG), the result was again balanced... I've had quite a fun combining the photos, even if it's impossible to recall the whole process in more detail. Main thing, you like it! :)
In my camera bag
A standard question gets a standard answer. I find it easier to carry a photo vest than a photo bag. So I load my photo vest with whatever I might need for my photo session, walk or trip, while my photo bags usually keep the equipment I'm not using at the moment. The vest's many pockets usually contain two cameras, spare batteries, ND and CPL filters, and one photo clamp standing in for a tripod. Recently I include a small action camera, mainly for its wide field of view and resistance to water and weather. The vest also has large-lens pockets that contain a small water bottle, sandwich, or a bar of chocolate if I plan on being out for the whole day. There is about three meters length of paracord or similar strong, thin rope, one hefty pocket knife, and a lighter. My smartphone comes along too. It has yet another spare camera, but more importantly the Spirit Level App wich I use to make the phone a perfectly horizontal surface under my camera. This is essential for panoramic sweeps. The app is free, and requires no extra permissions whatsoever. The large back pocket of the vest is reserved for a lightweight rain poncho. If the weather suddenly plays up, the poncho neatly covers all. Using the tools mentioned above, much can be improvised along the way, so that's all I need to make photos.
Photo-collaging and combining is fun in itself, but the procedure directly depends upon the content, and the idea about the final expression. It will also depend on the tools available, and how such tools are being used. Bearing all that in mind, one has to create a scenario and follow it concisely. The advice would thus be... work carefully, use plenty of time, pay attention to the smallest detail - and have fun! :)

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