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Lise-Richer-David May 07, 2016
Wow that is nice work I love PhotoShop We could do some awsome work with it.
 
mariavittoriastasi June 01, 2016
Stunning work!! It's amazing how creative you are to even think about something like this. Congratulations!!
 
asia_krasuska June 17, 2016
Great creativity! Congrats!
 
sabrinasmith_6230 July 23, 2016
Wow I love this!!!
 
RenefromHolland September 24, 2016
Very very creative, congrats.
 
TracyDreyer December 13, 2016
Awesome work, love it
 
EricaAlmquist February 18, 2017
Wow, amazing!
 
Just-Agnes April 03, 2017
I think Dali would love it, just like I do!
 
martindingli February 12, 2018
well done.
 
DNproSTUDIO December 20, 2018
manipulation image that is very cool, good work to make it

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in a three-part studio setting to obtain the ideal composite images. The face was done with a white backdrop, the ink was done in a water glass with food coloring in the same miniature studio I took the photo of the pen in.
Time
It was taken over multiple days, and in mostly controlled settings so it didn't make a difference.
Lighting
The face was done in natural lighting as it was taken outdoors, mid-day with a defuser. The pen and ink were taken at the same controlled setting with a mechanic light to light them.
Equipment
I used a backdrop for the face and mechanic light for the pen and ink. I also set up a miniature studio in my room so that I could isolate the pen and ink before moving into post processing. I was worried my D5200, on my cheap tripod, and my lens wouldn't be sharp enough to capture the ink (as it can be hard to focus on) but I think it turned out fine in the end.
Inspiration
The photo was for my school's AP art class, in which I was attempting to make a piece that conveys a concept about the abilities of writers to develop multi-dimensional characters from a pen's tip.
Editing
The post processing isn't as intensive as it may look. I took a lot of shots from the red food coloring and merged/warped multiple ones into the final cascading black ink that you see in the final piece. Getting the pen to match with the ink was tricky, as they were different with's originally but with warping it wasn't too bad. The face was a simple layer mask that I lined up with where the ink stopped and the face started, before turning it all monochrome. The final touches were the gradients to really focus in the viewer's eyes and add depth to the image.
In my camera bag
I primarily use my Nikon D5200 with either a Tamron 18-200mm or 35mm prime. Other than that, my general style of photography is usually just using whatever I have around me. I didn't have black ink, so I used red food coloring. I didn't have a tank, so I used a water glass. I didn't even have a person to model for me at the time of the shoot, so I used an old portrait I did for my friend that matched what I was looking for.
Feedback
I'd recommend that even if you feel what you are doing is something above your level, or that you don't have the resources, just do it anyways. Going into this I didn't think it was going to work, but I gave it my all and this photo ended up becoming my first published photo. As far as the specifics, you don't need a studio to get studio shots. If you don't have a tablecloth for a miniature backdrop, use a tightened white t-shirt pinned to the wall, and if you don't have a full sized backdrop for your model, use a contrasting color wall and just cut them out in post. The only true limitation is one's work ethic. Other than that, the rest of the process was mentioned before.

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