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Shielding the Pain



A figurative description of us, as humans, shielding our problems in the wake of bad times.

A figurative description of us, as humans, shielding our problems in the wake of bad times.
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48 Comments | Report
tissa7
 
tissa7 January 15, 2014
Just because this is an image that looks like the works of Misha Gordin, I will vote for it
tomtran
 
tomtran January 16, 2014
Great impact. Voted.
becapics
 
becapics January 16, 2014
Awesome creativity! Love it!
micmac1007
 
micmac1007 January 23, 2014
Excellent! Voted!
johnmdavies PRO
 
johnmdavies August 21, 2014
love it voted
Joanna101
 
Joanna101 August 21, 2014
An eternal truth!!!! Love this.
catini
 
catini August 21, 2014
Great composite, congrats on your feature!
GWarrenPhotog
 
GWarrenPhotog August 21, 2014
HAHAHA! Love this! :)
iceman2
 
iceman2 August 21, 2014
Beautiful editing shot.Congrats!
TheChad
 
TheChad August 21, 2014
This is awesome! Congratulations on your feature
ELundCreatives Platinum
 
ELundCreatives August 21, 2014
Outstanding work Ricardo!
lydialindsay
 
lydialindsay August 21, 2014
Love it.
jokaniekwaterman
 
jokaniekwaterman August 21, 2014
Excellent picture Mr. Williams
catherinegoon
 
catherinegoon August 21, 2014
i love it!! Congrats mi negro!!!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 August 21, 2014
very creative...Congrats! ")
dianaboyd
 
dianaboyd August 21, 2014
excellent image, congrats!
simoneastop
 
simoneastop August 21, 2014
Wonderful. Love it!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi August 21, 2014
fantastic shot ! Congratulations !
Bruz Ultimate
 
Bruz August 21, 2014
Originality and Impactful. Congrats on the feature
vojce
 
vojce August 22, 2014
awesome
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta August 22, 2014
Fabulous image - excellent work. Congratulations on being Featured.
EyeArtsbyMichael Platinum
 
EyeArtsbyMichael August 22, 2014
amazing concept
philipbebbington
 
philipbebbington August 23, 2014
Stunning piece of artistic work,love the mono touch.Congrats
DAPhotography
 
DAPhotography August 26, 2014
Congratulations! Nicely done.
DAPhotography
 
DAPhotography August 26, 2014
Congratulations! Nicely done.
DAPhotography
 
DAPhotography August 26, 2014
Congratulations! Nicely done.
DaveLoucks PRO+
 
DaveLoucks August 27, 2014
There is something Terry Gilliam wonderful about this, very nice
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita August 28, 2014
superb...congrats on the Feature
faithless
 
faithless August 29, 2014
excellent image well conceived good work
sastimos Premium
 
sastimos September 04, 2014
Love it, great shot
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More September 24, 2014
Wow Awesome!!
rachmonte
 
rachmonte October 09, 2014
I too can see the Misha Gordin influence here.
bennettimages PRO+
 
bennettimages December 11, 2014
What an awesome photo!
nathanaelmatthewasaro
 
nathanaelmatthewasaro December 20, 2014
reminds me of Jerry Eulsmann
marinasilnovic
 
marinasilnovic January 06, 2015
top choice
kylefitzgerald
 
kylefitzgerald January 22, 2015
This reminds me of the work of Jerry Ulesmann, I know he did this style with film, whereas this looks a little more digital. Powerful message, congrats!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold January 28, 2015
very creative! Congratulation!
ellenellen PRO+
 
ellenellen March 05, 2015
very creative and unique.
VHiggins
 
VHiggins July 20, 2015
wow! Your work is so creative and unique! Excellent!
Tongue
 
Tongue August 27, 2015
Steady hand sir! haha
KevinStiffler PRO+
 
KevinStiffler September 14, 2015
We've all had days like this! Great idea and execution....
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone February 21, 2017
Stunningly creative, magical image.
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana November 20, 2019
Nice idea! Great shot!
ricardowilliams Ultimate
ricardowilliams June 05, 2020
Thank you very much for your feedback. Really appreciate it.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography November 23, 2019
Outstanding work.
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ricardowilliams June 05, 2020
Thank you very much
Montethephotographer PRO+
 
Montethephotographer December 16, 2019
I'll admit, I've been reluctant to get interested in compositing...you may have pushed me over the line...
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ricardowilliams June 05, 2020
Thank you very much
Trudie
 
Trudie February 02, 2020
Outstanding creativity Ricardo!! ...;)
ricardowilliams Ultimate
ricardowilliams June 04, 2020
Thank you very much
vitor Platinum
 
vitor February 08, 2020
very good composition
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ricardowilliams May 08, 2020
Thank you very much
bobtoye Platinum
 
bobtoye May 01, 2020
Shades (darker) of the old Monty Python motif. Nicely done!
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ricardowilliams May 04, 2020
Thank you very much

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in my living room, with a white backdrop as my background. Sitting on the floor with the aid of 2 speedlights, camera front at a 45 degree angle towards me.
Time
It was in the evening if I recall correctly. Most of my portraits are done in the evenings after work or on the weekends.
Lighting
Yes. I used 2 soft boxes which contained 1 speedlight each. Both were camera front at about a 45 degree angle. One is an SB-900 and the other an SB-700, used the TTL system from Nikon and the pop-up flash on my D90 to trigger them. A bit of fill light from the pop up flash and the softboxes were 2 - 3 feet away from my body.
Equipment
Nikon D90 Nikkor 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 SB-900 SB-700 Softboxes Remote trigger
Inspiration
The inspiration of this photo came by the trials and tribulations that we all go through in life. We all experience different circumstances and some of them take a lot out of you. Although you sometimes you feel you are protected and prepared as represented by the umbrella and wearing a suit, sometimes our idea of prepared is nothing compared to what life has ready for you, represented by the fist coming down on you in a deserted place with no one to help.
Editing
Oh there is some post processing. The black and white treatment to start off. The rain was also added in Photoshop as well as the fist. The fist was an isolated photo of my own fist shot only because of the idea I had on creating this image. Some layers and adding the background to blend it all in and provide a vision of depth, loneliness and distress.
In my camera bag
I normally carry my D90 obviously, lens cleaner cloth, my 50mm nikkor lens, extra SD Cards, extra batteries, filters, 18-105mm lens, small mini tripod, battery charger, remote trigger, intervalometer and sometimes a book.
Feedback
My first advice is always patience and practice. Sometimes it is hard to project your vision onto your photo, but you have to keep trying. Also at times, it is very important to change the perspective, angle, lens, POV, lighting and wardrobe of your shoot. Sometimes that small little change will provide the solution you want or steer you in a complete different direction that will help you create another work of art you didnt even had in mind.

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