Week 9 – By The Seaside

Week 9 – By The Seaside
Back Pain
52 Weeks – Week 9

I love visiting Parée’s photostream, and seeing the composites that she puts together. Recently, she’d uploaded a couple of images using a tutorial I wanted to try, as well as a background that I absolutely loved. This is my first attempt at a composite similar to what Parée does, and I quite like the result, too.

Background Image: Eric Perrone
Glass Sphere Tutorial: ClaraDon
Model: Moi 😛
Best Viewed: On Black (of course!) or Original Size (to check out the processing on the eyes!)
Notes: Eric Perrone’s background was taken with a Nikon D300, and my SP, obviously, was taken with my Canon 50D, and getting the correct EXIF data to appear on Flickr was a bit of a trick given that Perrone’s photo was the background layer, but I figured out how to do it, nonetheless. 😛

For this image, the sky of Perrone’s image was processed differently from the rest of his photo, just as my face was processed a little differently, as well.

Although this was uploaded on March 26, I decided to not make this image public until March 27, and for good reason, too. It’s my favourite day of the year, because, no matter how old I get, no matter how much pain old age tries to put me through (and right now it’s making my neck and back very uncomfortable), no matter how wrinkly or ugly I may become, it will always be MY BIRTHDAY!

I took my mum out to dinner yesterday evening, as I usually do each week, and sitting at the table next to us was a young family with three children, two girls and a boy. Their oldest daughter was celebrating her birthday. I said hello, explained that my birthday was the 27th, and the next thing I knew, her family was singing happy birthday to the two of us. I don’t understand why it is, but I have met so many people whose birthdays are on either side of mine.

Many, many years ago, two friends, both girls, who were part of a group of people I used to hang out with all the time had neighbouring birthdays. One was born on March 26, I was born on March 27, and the other was born on March 28. Every year, when the time for our birthdays would come around, all three of us would either get taken out to dinner or treated to a birthday party (the party was often held on a day that was not our birthdays and was always a secret until the last minute; I don’t know how they did it, but those friends always managed to surprise us with those parties). 😀

FOOTNOTE: Due to a book I received from my mum for my birthday, it’s very possible that my photos may become even more surreal yet. This is something I’ve been wanting very much. Good lighting equipment, learning good lighting techniques, coupled with my love for surreal images. 😀

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