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Show this image in the streets of Lowell, MA. This is my wonderful neighbor! She was nice enough to come with me and climb on a ladder for me :) This is place t...
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Show this image in the streets of Lowell, MA. This is my wonderful neighbor! She was nice enough to come with me and climb on a ladder for me :) This is place that is really close to a river and lots of people walk by every day. We had so many people stop and ask what we were doing :) It was fun, but because we had so many people watching it took quite a bit to get the shots necessary for the composite. I had to use many different layers and brushes to get the effect, but I love the results. The many hours of photoshop were worth it! Don't you think?
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DanielGagne Premium
 
DanielGagne October 22, 2015
Very well done ;-)
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CasaBay_Photo November 16, 2015
thank you :)
AlyciaAngel
 
AlyciaAngel November 15, 2015
Wow! This is so beautiful!! They way you've edited her dress is incredible! :) Amazing job!
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CasaBay_Photo November 16, 2015
Thanks! It took a lot of work! hehehe
munecito PRO
 
munecito November 20, 2015
WOW! Are you serious?

This is fantastic!
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CasaBay_Photo November 22, 2015
Thank you! Hehehehe
LisaVan
 
LisaVan December 02, 2015
photo "blows me away!"
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CasaBay_Photo December 02, 2015
:) thanks :)
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ThruDawnsEye December 26, 2015
Amazing. Beautiful.
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CasaBay_Photo December 28, 2015
:) Thank you. This was a really fun project.
StefanOlafsson
 
StefanOlafsson January 03, 2016
So well done! Love it...
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CasaBay_Photo January 04, 2016
Thank you :)
Harpreetmeenu
 
Harpreetmeenu January 08, 2016
Beautiful effect! Great composition and creativity :)
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CasaBay_Photo January 09, 2016
Thank you so much for that :)
kevinroyal
 
kevinroyal March 27, 2016
WOW One day I will reach your level but what an inspiration to keep playing with my pics
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CasaBay_Photo March 27, 2016
hehehe... I am not sure if it is inspiration or jus plain obsession, but thank you! All you have to do is don't stop until you are happy with the results... and if you have any questions, I am here to help!
janetkeenartistteacher
 
janetkeenartistteacher July 07, 2016
Love tghis creativity and colour , magcal and inspiring
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CasaBay_Photo July 08, 2016
Thank you so much Janet :)
EdithNero
 
EdithNero March 14, 2017
Original work
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CasaBay_Photo March 21, 2017
Thanks! :)
remustoderici
 
remustoderici March 14, 2017
beautiful!
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CasaBay_Photo March 21, 2017
Thanks!
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gregedwards March 17, 2017
What a fun photo!
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CasaBay_Photo March 21, 2017
:) Thanks!
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YDSpitek March 29, 2017
Amazing!!!
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CasaBay_Photo April 11, 2017
:)
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petercundill December 28, 2017
Wow! Amazing edit. Was well worth it!! Well done with the awards, well deserved :)
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CasaBay_Photo January 01, 2018
Thank you for your amazing comments! You made my day!
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michelletracey February 05, 2018
Wow! Great job!
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bobbytaylor71 August 30, 2018
Outstanding skill and creativity ... Congrats on your awards, well done.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I made this image in the old industrial city of Lowell, MA. This particular location is a beautiful spot by the Merrimack River in one of the old mills. The city is full of fantastic spots that are both historic and beautiful. I would usually walk by this wall and wonder what I could do with it, I knew I had to use it for one of my images. The beautiful woman in the image is my neighbor and really good friend, she was kind enough to help me :)
Time
This is a wall that is protected from direct light most of the day, so I decided to shoot at around noon. This way, even though we were going to work int he shade, I would have enough light to play around. The day was beautiful and I had plenty of natural diffused light to work with.
Lighting
I love working with natural light, specially for this type of work. I believe that when it comes to surreal images flash can sometimes contribute to the "fake" look some struggle with. This is why I prefer choosing my time of day carefully. I usually want to shoot an image with very low contrast so I can have some wiggle room in post production. Working with the models on location is also something that can be helpful. It not only gives them a better sense of what I am envisioning for the image, but it also allows us to play around with different options and ideas.
Equipment
I shot this with my wonderful Canon 7D using a 24-70 mm lens. I always use a tripod for composites ;) not a really good one, but one that is stable. Also, I should mention that she was standing on a ladder at the time. This particular location is pretty close to my old apartment, so it was a fairly interesting walk... with all my equipment and the ladder ;)
Inspiration
2 things inspired me, the location and my model. I met Jen because we were neighbors. She is such a strong woman, honest, hardworking, and smart. Her favorite color is yellow, and this is how I chose the effect. I think she is a force to be reckoned with! Also, the location is beautiful, it is a structure that has been there for a long time, has seen many changes, and is still standing. I believe they both had many things in common and I wanted to be able to create something that would reflect that.
Editing
Many many hours of photoshop. If you have seen some of my other images of dresses you will notice that I use only one brush to create the illusion of the dress; I change the color, orientation, and size of the brush, but I usually only have to use one. This image is different, I used 18 brushes for the effect of fire, all of them different. If I had used only one brush the effect would have been repetitive and not looked believable, so I had to work with 18 brushes... it added quite a bit of time to my process, but I love the result!
In my camera bag
I carry two camera bodies just in case I drop one (I am a little clumsier than I would like to admit) : 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
Plan ahead! Think about what you want to create before you leave your house! Also, know that these images take a lot of time to create and be prepared for a process that can sometimes seem a little boring and repetitive. The magic is in the details!

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