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Storm Siren

By K_T  
The story is of the siren, the lady of the sea. She sends her ravens out to sea to terrorise the foul crew to madness resulting in another ship wreck, like the anchor on the shore. The storm will pass and the sun will shine once again...she keeps balance.

The photo, again everything is from Whitby, UK. The lady has another ladies hair on as her original hair was a bit tatty and pinned up in buns, the raven was an orniment in a shop. The anchor was actually on the beach, not sure if it was an anchor or an old sea breaker, but it looked interesting. The birds I drew on my wacom and then saved it as a brush, I am sure they will come in handy again, I just drew a few then replicated them and decreased their size. Rays of sun is the aged old trick of radial blur on rendered clouds, nothing exciting but I do use it now and again.

Time, gee this took forever, I have so many versions of it. My favourite version is much more moody and dark, but poop for competitions as judges like to tick boxes and so changed it to conform to standards and make it more easy to look at =) So all in all about 30 hours. The hair alone took about 3 hours. It shouldn't have taken that long, it was only because of the version changes and the time does not always equal a good result, but I think I am at a point where this is finished now.

I know it is going to be very different from your deckchairs and kids playing in sand shots, but hey this is British seaside ^^

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tonyguitar 6 65 37 Canada
22 May 2012 1:21AM
Elvira and Sophia in one. Well done.. Count me in! TG

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22 May 2012 5:15AM
Wonderful stunning image. Superb. Deep
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
22 May 2012 5:45AM
Wow -- A lot of work but it sure paid off.
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
22 May 2012 6:20AM
i really admire your stunning images, great work.
MattB1987 6 458 England
22 May 2012 6:44AM
Stunning shot, you're images are amazing, you've truly mastered photoshop!
Well done, i think an award will be coming your way!
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
22 May 2012 7:17AM
Sorry not time to talk...
Vote from me...

A true work of art, well put together, time very well spent I say, 10++++

cassiecat 10 39 46 England
22 May 2012 8:33AM
what can i say, a fabulous result. love the accompanying narrative. lesley
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
22 May 2012 8:39AM
Superb image again from you. Love it.

PinkK 9 80 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2012 10:01AM
Another amazing creation, inspirational Grin
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
22 May 2012 10:09AM
Excellent work here.

LesF 11 182 9
22 May 2012 12:41PM
More superb work from you KT, it is so interesting to read how you put these together, 30 plus hrs wow, I hope you do well in the comps, you deserve too both form the time put into them and a visual point, they tell a story,besides they look great.

K_T 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2012 1:46PM
Thank you all and Mr Editor, had some lovely messages on this and previous images. The best comments are the ones where people tell me how it encourages them to and out of the camera. If I made you smile today then that makes me smile too.

I've added the original of the lady in the before version upload as I know some of you love seeing the befores, I know I certainly do. See some of your profiles and there is a lot of excellent work out there that I think wow, wish I could have taken that photo.

No marriage offers on this photo yet though...still giggling to myself about the Avenger image =P

KT x
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
22 May 2012 2:10PM
not surprised to see the EC, and the other awards. liked seeing the before pic too. looking forward to seeing more, although have neither the skill or patience to do this myself. lesley
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
23 May 2012 8:27AM
Am I the only contender in the marriage stakes? Lucky for me, but not so lucky for you, KTWink

More excellent work here, I see. You have set yourself a high and difficult standard to live up to.Smile

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
23 May 2012 8:35AM
Amazing skills you have.
Tricia 12 325 Ireland
23 May 2012 9:40AM
Wow! Simply Amazing!
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
23 May 2012 10:10AM
Superb creation - dedication well rewarded here. Amazing PS skills.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
25 May 2012 2:30PM
Well worked image KT, congrats on the EC.
Regards Richard
1881 6 India
27 May 2012 7:54PM
Regards - SANJEEV
Rollover 8 7 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 10:27PM
Great imagination to come up with this image.
I agree work like this does inspire.
h4rsx 8 17 5 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2012 12:55AM
Patience of a saint. Fantastic! Wink
9 Jun 2012 10:17AM

T__K Your are the best. There is no second place in your life . This is class and thanks for sharing the before and after versions. It is a real insight into what can be achieved. You have inspired me and I have decided I'm sticking with Birds on Sticks.

Well done on your EC. We will be seeing this image a lot more and rightly so.

Mr Thomas
K_T 6 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2012 10:25AM
Your a boob Mr Austin =P

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