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By messhai
I'm not too sure what to call it and finally decided on Realities because the shots (9 of them in total) were all taken at various places and at different times. To put all of them together.. it felt a bit like a science experiment gone wrong.. different realities merging and meshing together. And it's more a mental thing rather than something physical.. like, you know, it's all happening in my mind.. the different ideas that give birth to various of my shots.

Think of it as looking in my brain and seeing all these models/subjects waiting to be put on digital form (the camera).

Anyway, enough with the psychoanalysis! Enjoy! And yes, I charge 20 per hour for counselling fees. Please see my secretary to book appointments. Venue would be at your nearest Starbucks outlet...

Smile Ade

PS - Oh and if you're wondering what are the 9 shots that I used to make this... here's the list:
Red 2,
Rose 7,
Leeds City Market,
The Artist,
Curves and

... the 9th shot is the arches (the background to this shot)!

Tags: Digitally manipulated

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messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2004 1:43PM
Ooh yeah.. try and spot the 8 different original shots... pretty easy actually!

Ade Smile

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woodlark 13 539 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2004 2:07PM
Glad i looked at the bigger version, well put together shot. Like it!
Not sure whats going on in your mind but in my mind the guy in the chair would of had a remote control and not a cup of pencils.
Maybe that means your more artistic ?
amber 13 10
18 Nov 2004 2:12PM
i think this is amazing - wouldn't know where to start to produce something like this - but its really eye-catching.

messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2004 2:30PM
Thanks Karl and Amanda!

Smile Phew.. was a bit worried that nobody would be looking at this shot especially after I ruined my eyes sitting in front of the computer for hours to get this piece done! Plus a very sore bottom!! Wooden stool... away!!!

Ade Smile
pipapelada 13 135
18 Nov 2004 2:53PM
ADE! This is fantastic! It's a complete departure from the rest of your portfolio, I'm completely envious of your PS skills. I can't understand why this hasn't received more clicks!!! Anyway, thought you were supposed to be going cold turkey on the coffee and this site ;-D What happened??
ps, thank you for all your entertaining and informative comments on my pics, they make my day
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
18 Nov 2004 3:00PM
Really great shot, Ade. Its the sort that would be great to see at a much bigger size. The size of this does not do it justice. Well done on producing this.

deltafour 13 13
18 Nov 2004 3:14PM
Stunning,I have looked at all the link pictures;and I am just amazed Ade.Very, very impressive well done

*CLICK* Stewart. Smile
Johann 13 Canada
18 Nov 2004 3:23PM
Fantastic composition!
great choice B&W.
thanks for sharing Smile
18 Nov 2004 3:44PM
teddy 13 12 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2004 4:01PM
Good work.
sze4j 13 56 Singapore
18 Nov 2004 4:13PM
nice piece of creative work, Ade!! =)
shidee 13 9
18 Nov 2004 4:43PM
great idea. well done. and thanks sharing imfomation.
Ian G W 14 396 3 England
18 Nov 2004 6:01PM
Very good work - you've got the perpectives and scaling (or whatever the arty terms are!) just right.


itinerario 14 42 Netherlands
19 Nov 2004 12:01AM
Great image. The result has been worth the amount of work.
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 6:42AM
Thanks Pip, Mari, Stewart, Johann, Chris, Ted, Sze, Mushidi, Ian and Saskia!

Pip - Yeah.. everynow and then, I go a bit mental and overboard with Photoshop. Otherwise, I'm probably too lazy to do much digital work on my shots. Hahah! I WAS supposed to cut down on EPZ and also being on the computer.. but a once a geek, always a geek! I just like playing around on the computer and so I thought that I would use my time 'wisely' and work on a photographic piece! Hahah! And yes, sadly, I had Starbucks on Wednesday!! Not supposed to.. but at least, I got it for free! Weeeeeeeee.... so I guess I failed to stay away from EPZ and Starbucks! Hahaha!

Mari - I was a bit disappointed about not being able to display a bigger size cos the bits of digital manipulation in the background is a bit lost. Ah well.. once can't hope and get everything perfect! Hahah!

Johann - Well, the choice of B&W has two reasons.. I really do like B&W shots. And the second reason.. I find that doing digital manipulation with B&W shots is miles easier than on a coloured shot. I don't have to worry about getting the colours to match etc. It's just all about levels and contrast/brightness.

Mushidi - Whehey!! A fellow Malaysian! I'm from East Malaysia but now in the UK looking for jobs, now that I've graduated!

Ian - Thanks.. it did take me a while to tinker and change things just so it would look somewhat right! The amount of times I played with the shadows drove me a bit more potty-er than I already am!!

One thing I'm glad about doing this is that I think I learn a few more things about Photoshop. I'm very much an amateur as using Photoshop and a lot of manipulation were done with very basic tools. I would literally paint in shadows at times with a paintbrush. And I now love the polygonal lasso thingy. Used it loads to cut out unwanted bits. And also started to learn to use the Dodge/Burn tool. I still can't figure out how to use the masking tool so when I wanted to change the contrast for a small bit of the picture, I ended up using the Dodge/Burn tool..


Ade Smile
magda_indigo 14 418 England
19 Nov 2004 7:37AM
SURREAL, click (*:*)
mikears 13 89 Canada
19 Nov 2004 8:00AM
WOW - you've done well with this. In my mind, though, it WAY too much work for a 500-pixel upload Smile.

Way to go
deltafour 13 13
19 Nov 2004 8:53AM
Having another look,should have far more clicks Ade.

pipapelada 13 135
19 Nov 2004 8:54AM
whoops, I forgot to click yesterday! tis done now ;-D
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 9:16AM
Thanks Magda, Mike and Stewart and Pip (again)..

I sure would like more clicks.. hahahahhaha! And Pip!!! You FORGOT to click!?!?!? Hahah! Are your caffeine levels right!?

Ade Smile

PS - I think the low caffeine levels lifted a fog from my eyes.. and inspired with the beauty around me that is Manchester, I quickly took to the computer to unleash my creative passion onto the blank canvas of Photoshop. Hahhaha!
jmmd 13 1
19 Nov 2004 9:24AM
Excellent pic very well in mono click
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 10:35AM
Crikey! And I thought I was the one with the brain cells drowning in caffeine! Hahahah! Sorry mate, the name's Adrian! Hahahah! But thanks for the click anyway Jaime! Hahah!

Smile Ade
jmmd 13 1
19 Nov 2004 10:55AM
Yes Ade..I noticed now that I put the wrong name. Sorry
KaysCamera 13 2 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 10:56AM
Well! I'm gobsmacked. I recognised the dancers, but I would never have guessed 9 layers. Excellent work. Kay
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 11:35AM
No probs Jaime... don't take offence that easily! Hahaha! You just owe me a coffee treat! Hahahahha! Kidding!

Thanks Kay!!

Smile Ade
Dinda 13 90 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 1:03PM
This is great and it's good to have the links to the images you used to compose this one. Click..
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 1:40PM
Wonderfully surreal, Ade. Excellent. Expect a call from David Lynch shortly!
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 2:32PM
Thanks Georgina and Ian!

I do hope to get a call from David Lynch.. at least I know he has the dough to treat me to a coffee fix at Starbucks! Hahah!

Smile Ade
19 Nov 2004 2:48PM
youre a mad bugger ....but hey your and my therapist know that, this is brill not sure about pencils, maybe if you had used a deform tool on it wouldnt looks as outta it as it does allt he rest is amazing big click fae another nutter stuart
Atlas 14 621 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2004 8:08PM
Top work Adrian, you have a great portfolio too ☼☼☼☼☼

mellyleth 13 212 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2004 3:12AM
Great work Ade. This is really clever stuff. Question is, could you do it without caffeine???!!!
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
22 Nov 2004 5:51PM
Lots of interest in this shot. well done
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2004 4:52AM
Wow, well done you! I really like this - full of interest and depth and works really well in B&W.
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2004 8:44AM
Thanks Melanie, Sue and Jean!

Glad you like it!

Smile Ade

PS - I actually did it when I was low on caffeine! Hahah!
benedict 13 26
23 Nov 2004 9:03AM
Beautiful, it must have taken quite a long time to create this.. like the result. Works with b/w. CLick
messhai 13 8 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2004 3:58AM
Thanks Benedict!

Yes, it took quite a while!!

Smile Ade

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