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Jacob's Ladder
3rd PlaceJacob's Ladder
Samantha_T


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Biblical (Expert Editing)
Camera: Sony Alpha A77
Lens: Sony DT 1855mm f/3.55.6 SAM AF
Date: Jan 29, 2013
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2013

This one was a tough one to choose as I am not particularly religious, but it came together nicely. :)

I had to use a regular painter's ladder that happened to be two colors, so I had to make it look like a solid piece. The dress and wings are made from about 6 different photos of some Chiffon material I had laying around. I managed to wrap myself in a "toga" of sorts and used my remote on a 2sec timer as I flung the material in the air. I had positioned my flash (also triggered by the remote) on top of the ladder for the lighting from above and positioned myself onto the first rung. I managed to get REALLY lucky that one shot looked exactly like an "angel wing"!

Jason's costume came from a friend who went as a "Roman Gladiator" a few Halloween parties ago, so we had a tunic and the shin guards. The only thing drawn in this photo is the bottom portion of his shoe, and strap on his foot.

The clouds are all roughly different areas of the same photo with different blending modes and color overlays.

My hair was done on a separate background and placed in, in processing.

Thanks for all the votes and comments. :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.1778
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.5217
Avg (non-participants): 7.3125
Views since voting: 2311
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 135
Comments: 25
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/16/2013 07:38:41 AM
A little late... but better late than never, right?
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02/13/2013 05:44:58 PM
Originally posted by Michael James:

wow. u obviously have some graphic art training wot can us dum ole photographers do to top this ?? nada?? Well done


Thanks Michael. I actually have no graphic art training whatsoever. I have taught myself everything I know from free tutorials that I found online. :)
02/13/2013 03:20:32 AM
wow. u obviously have some graphic art training wot can us dum ole photographers do to top this ?? nada?? Well done
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02/09/2013 08:28:47 PM
Great processing. Beautifully done!
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02/08/2013 07:21:06 PM
Wow, amazing work Samantha! Envious esp of your billowing blonde locks :-) Grats on the ribbon!
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02/08/2013 05:48:21 PM
I just love your image Samantha. The color scheme is beautiful and immediately grasps the eye. The lighting and aerial dress add an wonderful poetic feeling to it. Jason is extremely convincing with his sandals ;-) One of your best in my opinion!
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02/08/2013 12:36:36 PM
Congratulations Samantha. I figured this would end in the top 3 - very glad to see that it did. You are an inspiring artist.
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02/08/2013 11:10:01 AM
Congratulations, Samantha. Epic image
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02/08/2013 06:19:58 AM
Congratulations,My winner.
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02/08/2013 12:17:52 AM
Pretty good except for the wings on the angel (they don't have them). Would have worked better with multiple angels as well, but still your artwork is wonderful.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/06/2013 05:40:06 PM
Great image, love those strong colours in the sky.
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02/06/2013 04:59:17 PM
I'd love to know the details with respect to how this was done.
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02/06/2013 01:19:25 PM
my kind of angel :) sexy siren.
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02/05/2013 12:47:21 AM
Masterfully done. Love the interaction of light and dark (but not too dark). Love the "wind" in angel's hair & dress. Interesting that while tradition has angels as women, the angels in the Bible all appeared to be men. Great job on Jacob's costume too - even though his whites look a bit too white, it is potential allegory for righteous, so it gets a pass regardless. Nice shot.
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02/04/2013 11:49:24 AM
AWESOME
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02/04/2013 09:29:28 AM
There is a lot of great technique in this picture, but it is a little too artificial in my opinion.
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02/03/2013 02:07:40 PM
9
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02/02/2013 10:03:07 PM
Wonderful colors. A little blown out on the front of her dress, but the lighting on him is splendid
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02/02/2013 03:48:36 PM
Nice work! It is a litle more art than photography in my opinion, but you did a great job sticking to the challenge, and it is a beautiful image.
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02/01/2013 04:43:40 PM
Shine a nice idea
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02/01/2013 06:21:38 AM
Certainly looks like a winner to me,very well done image.
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02/01/2013 04:17:58 AM
LOVE THIS AND ADDING IT AS A FAVORITE
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02/01/2013 04:05:57 AM
Pretty!
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02/01/2013 12:12:20 AM
Top 3
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02/01/2013 12:08:09 AM
up to the barbie treehouse
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