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THE DRUMMER'S DREAM

An iconic image of Africa is the sound of drums--powerful, rhythmic and deeply rooted. This photo attempts to visually create some of that sense. It is a comp...
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An iconic image of Africa is the sound of drums--powerful, rhythmic and deeply rooted. This photo attempts to visually create some of that sense. It is a composite of three photos--a Kenyan drummer and a Tsavo NP elephant set against a sunset overcast all recorded separately. With a little stretching of the imagination the sunset colors remind me of the dust rising off of the orange-reddish lateritic soil that characterizes parts of central and south Africa. Using photoshop the elephant was digitally cut from a herd and placed in the middle of the sunset. The opacity of the transfer was set at less than 100 percent in order to give the appearance of the elephant walking through a dusty scene. To further enhance this impression, a haze filter was used to create the appearance of rising dust around the elephant's feet. The drummer who is the dominate feature in the photo and for whom the story is about was reduced in opacity ever so lightly during the transfer so as to blend him into the scene just enough to suggest that he to is touched by the dusty atmosphere. Though the composite photo is not reality, it does portray a message that I hope is interpreted as positive and up lifting.
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susanplss-bryant PRO+
 
susanplss-bryant January 22, 2018
Powerful imagery! Nice
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CharlesPSchaefer January 22, 2018
Great creative work. Charles S.
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texaaronpueschel October 18, 2018
What creativity here. A visual triumph.
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ivatrocke December 12, 2019
Beautiful creative image! The photo expresses the spirit of Africa.