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pietnel November 19, 2015
well done love it
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adavies June 10, 2016
Great image! Nicely done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Illusions challenge:)
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terrysigns13 June 22, 2016
I love the concept and tones of this AWESOME piece of WORK!
 
lizvantonder July 25, 2016
Stunning!
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snowdon January 04, 2017
Congratulations Tammy on your Finalist Win in Fantasy World Competition... Well deserved
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beckyreding July 22, 2017
REALLY, REALLY COOL! GREAT JOB!
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snowdon January 03, 2018
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Post Editing Magic .. great work .. and for your previous success with the image
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Wow, that is a very beautiful picture and so powerful. Thank you for sharing this 🙏🏽

Awakening



"That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, ...
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"That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were. So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through." Eckhart Tolle
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Contest Finalist in Exploring Spirituality Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Post Editing Magic Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Double Exposure Games Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in A Fantasy World Photo Contest
People's Choice in Wistful Imagination Photo Challenge
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was shot outdoors about 5 feet from a tree line.
Time
I wanted dark and moody light so we shot around 7pm in the evening.
Lighting
The lighting in this image is a critical part of the story. I wanted a naturally dramatic look, but the trees blocked most of the directional light that was available. To compensate, I used a Speedlite in an octobox to enhance the scene.
Equipment
I used my Canon 5D Mark II on a tripod to capture the multiple frames needed. Lens was my all time favorite, the 50mm, which is on my camera 90% of the time. The Speedlite was a Canon 580 ex II.
Inspiration
This image is extremely personal to me. My mother developed Alzheimer's Disease early, and it has progressed rapidly. Photography, for me, is my form of therapy. I needed a way to express my sadness over what was happening with my mom, but something to remind me that she is heading to a better place.
Editing
Post processing was done in Photoshop to combine the two frames. I lowered the opacity of the "soul" image to around 40%. After that, I desaturated, added texture and increased contrast in the light.
In my camera bag
My two cameras, Canon 5D Mark II and 5D Mark IV. Lenses I use are 50mm, 85mm, 70-200 f/2.8L is II and the 25-104. I also pack pocket wizards, a Photoflex Octodome and a Westcott Rapidbox.
Feedback
Know in advance exactly what you want your final image to look like. Try to use a tripod if possible it makes layering the images easier in post.

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