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 Post subject: The Spirit Within
PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:56 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Brilliant! A half submerged head in a skull mask. I wasn't expecting to see that today.

A striking image and brilliantly executed. How did you do it? Is there any photography in there or is it all digital art? Not that I am bothered either way, it's all about the image as far as I am concerned.

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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I also would like to know more about how this image came to be. I really like the result good job.

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Same here. Timmy's "brilliant" is appropriate, a striking image. Even though there is so much going on, his eyes are still the focal point.

Also same here re how did you pull it off, Easy.

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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It was a photo, shot with the Nikon D90 and the 50mm lens - I shot close up of his face - did some minor tweaking to bring out the detailing in the skin and lightened the eye whites to bring them out. I used an action similar to a bleach bypass to mute the tones. then used flaming pear "flood" to bring in the water...I lowered the opacity to show some of the jaw of the mask thru the water. Thanks for looking and the comments. I wanted to create something to portray the feeling of that the mask gave me when watching the artist perform yesterday (Aztec drumming and dancers) - hopefully I succeeded :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Very strong image! Mind sharing the original?

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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I would be happy to..but may I do so tomorrow? I need to go to bed...up early (4am) for a 12 hr shift tomorrow :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Of'course :) Gnight!

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Thanks for 'splaining. But what is flaming pear "Flood"?

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Nicely done. I like the result of your processing here.

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Very creepy! Was that the feeling you got? Wonderful treatment!!

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Jon, yes, creepy, magical, piercing..powerful were the feelings I got from the mask...like voodoo or witchdoctor...

Walter, thanks :)

Greg, Flood is a plug-in by Flaming Pear that creates water with reflections..it's kind of neat although limited in use..works best for fantasy art

Here's the original:

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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This group btw was absolutely amazing..the dancers were powerful as was the beat and sound. Just hypnotic. I love aboriginal music - it's as raw as you can get - expressions of life and earth.


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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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You started with a very good image, and ended up with something special.

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 Post subject: Re: The Spirit Within
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Greg, Flood is a plug-in by Flaming Pear that creates water with reflections..it's kind of neat although limited in use..works best for fantasy art

Here's the original:

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Cool! Thanks for that, Easy.

Thanks also for showing us the original. Don't know how you ever thought to 'flood' him, incredibly clever and effective here.

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Scott and Greg..thank you for the comments...Greg, I was going to use fog, but it just didn't look right ;) Ask John.. he'll tell you...

Friends, I appreciate the comments and just the talk about the photo..it was refreshing and neat to get a reaction out of an image..thank you..


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