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Heliconia Man

By ChiliMan
First off, thanks so much again to CarolG for her UA on my kamikaze fly Smile

And thanks for the lovely comments, people.


Now then…here’s another case of the unexpected. Not to do with timing this time, but rather a face in the crowd. Or half a face.

9.53am on Sunday. I looked out the living room window and loved the look of the heliconia leaves catching the morning sun. I grabbed the cam for one of those “just for me” shots since I don’t reckon a shot like this would hold much interest for anyone else. Stuck the cam through the window grille and *click*.

On the LCD, I saw the half face – so clear and distinct (actually a dried leaf, I discovered). Like half of an Ultraman type mask. And that’s when I decided that the pic was EPZworthy…lol.

Now I’d initially meant to crop in close and then mirror and paste to complete the face. In the end I went with straightening and mirroring the whole image…and I’m glad I did. ‘Cos then I noticed the legs of the masked man as he leaps into the air and does a split with his skinny arms pointing down.

He also seems to be wearing puffy sleeves but I don’t know what that’s about. And he’s wearing a chain whose pointy pendant seems to be aligned with his crotch so he might wanna be careful with that.

I shall name him Heliconia Man, and he shall marshall the garden with fair leaves but a firm trunk.


PS…V2 is the original image.

Tags: Heliconia Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Superhero Humour and fun Face in the landscape Masked man

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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 9:00AM
Andrew, this is absolutely superb! A masterpiece of digital art. Well spotted in the first instance and very well worked to create this wonderful image. I also love the presentation - well done all round and worth my UA this week! Have a great weekend!

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 9:06AM
10 out of 10 for this belter
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 9:07AM
Super work here Andrew.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Apr 2010 9:36AM
Amazing, Andrew, firstly for spotting an opportunity and secondly for the expert manipulation. Wonderful work. Carol
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
16 Apr 2010 9:39AM
1st class in every way!!

colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
16 Apr 2010 9:46AM
Superb manipulation of this well thought out image such creativeness in word and image Colin
TheWanderer 8 20 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 10:01AM
What a difference from v2. Good effect.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
16 Apr 2010 10:05AM
Amazing piece of work, love it, very cleverly done

Nicky x
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
16 Apr 2010 10:15AM
Oh wow...thanks, everyone...and thank you SO MUCH for your gorgeous gerberatic UA, Carol SmileSmile

Goodness...I've suddenly been getting UAs up the yinyang...amazing.

AND...a much belated thank you to Ed (Glostopcat) for his UA on '1936'. I've only just noticed Sad
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
16 Apr 2010 12:01PM
I see three people...the white guy and two black hooded body guards......
Well never know what worlds go on unnoticed before our eyes.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 12:29PM
very clever work a stunning image nice one Wink
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 1:35PM
This made me smile, excellent shot!
mondmagu 8 75 Ireland
16 Apr 2010 1:53PM
Superb manipulation,great vision!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 2:48PM
Great manipulatin on this Andrew, and so well spotted in the first place
well done on the UA
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
16 Apr 2010 3:41PM
What brilliant work Andrew, so very clever and well done.
Canadiann 8 2 Canada
16 Apr 2010 3:55PM
What an imagination LOL this will give me nightmares LOL just kidding Brilliant shot I love it. What an excellent idea and very well done. Andrew you are so talented.
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
16 Apr 2010 5:03PM
very well spotted and created, and really does like like a plastic toy lurking in the bushes. clever stuff chili, and congrats on the user award, you are making a fie collection of them.lesley x
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 5:12PM
super work here and a very attractive manipulation

dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2010 9:21PM
How clever is that ! Well done..I thought it was an enormous fly !
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2010 1:04PM
Wow. That's just amazing. An incredible find and your expert processing has turned the idea into a very strong photograph.
RobinF 11 83 1 England
18 Apr 2010 7:57AM
This is brilliant, your imagination and presentation skills are not letting you down!
kind regards,
crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
18 Apr 2010 11:01AM
Really clever! Sandra
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Apr 2010 11:42PM
A marvellous piece of manipulation Andrew, you have such a vivid imagination and your creativity knows no bounds. This character of yours looks like a mighty Morphin Power Ranger
astyag 10 12
20 Apr 2010 7:47PM
Clever stuff, some excellent processing
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
20 Apr 2010 9:15PM
Well done, Andrew.

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