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the Principle of Diminishing Returns

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I was thinking about a few things when making this. This was another stream of consciousness approach where I started with nothing and added and removed elements to see where it would take me. It evolved fairly quickly into a satirical take on the law or principle of diminishing returns, and I was thinking mainly about agriculture, where we are engineering our food to be larger and larger, but losing a lot in the process, and possibly risking our collective health. But this concept of enhancement and augmentation also speaks to the human condition where we witness the fruits of our youth falling away over time, and the vitality and health give way to ailments and eventually death.

So while this was meant to be light-hearted and satirical, it still has its fangs in my constant companion - the woes of fading youth!

model: Gilberto Mendez

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:7 Oct 2012 - 1:58 AM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.4
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:the Principle of Diminishing Returns
Username:MichaelBilottaPhotography MichaelBilottaPhotography
Uploaded:19 Jan 2013 - 7:37 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Portraits / people, Specialist / abstract
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abeeror2
abeeror2 e2 Member 2abeeror2 vcard Australia
19 Jan 2013 - 7:55 PM

Beautiful and interesting as always, love your work.

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MichaelBilottaPhotography

Thank you!

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NDODS e2 Member 43230 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2013 - 7:59 PM

Indeed a satirical slant, yet at the same time an issue which may raise more than one eyebrow in the halls of power.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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MichaelBilottaPhotography

Thanks Nathan, I was watching Invasion of the Body Snatchers a few days ago, so maybe that had a hand in this too Smile

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NDODS e2 Member 43230 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2013 - 8:08 PM

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is that not just a simile to mask what is really happening. We have no independence as we once new it, freedom of speech is a joke, and CCTV is becoming more invasive as each day passes. Our bodies are truly being snatched from within us.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Snaphappyannie
19 Jan 2013 - 8:13 PM

Wow! Some deep thinking going on here! Absolutely LOVE the end result! Any chance you can divulge a few "secrets" to us? Wink

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Hi Shaph,

Well, I was thinking this one might be good fodder for a tutorial blog - I do them occasionally on my website - so I think that may have to be posted soon once I make it!

For now though - it involved one model shot, two shots of a red apple, three leaves against white paper, some branches that were against sky, a boring field of dandelions, and a nice cloudy sky shot I took in September. The rest is all masking masking masking, levels, curves, and more masking Smile

if you want some masking tips, until I do this one, I have a video up on my blog at: www.michaelbilotta.com/blog

Cheers!

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MichaelBilottaPhotography

definitely true Nathan, the freedoms we have were stolen or never existed, and we are all trying to be the same it seems Smile

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Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2013 - 8:29 PM

Beautiful, wonderful work!

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Bzox
Bzox e2 Member 1Bzox vcard Bosnia and Herzegovina
19 Jan 2013 - 10:07 PM

Excellent conceptual image! Grin

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 3:44 AM

Nice one.
Great concept.
Tarek

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64426 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 9:51 AM

Oh yes. This says so much.
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p12owe
p12owe  1101 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jan 2013 - 2:28 PM

Very clever concept

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