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The Immortal Bride
The Immortal Bride
jomari


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Grunge II (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Location: Ballarat Cemetery, Vic. Australia
Date: Apr 8, 2012
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/300
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2012

Main photo is of my 12 year old granddaughter, Brooke, dressed in a 20+ year old deb dress which belonged to my daughter. She did her modelling/acting at the local cemetery. (Good sport, because it was cold.)
Although this old and dilapidated grave seemed ideal for what I wanted at first, it dawned on me later that a mourning bride would be grieving over a fresh one - hence the title, her immortality explains the passage of time.

Open PSCS3
Topaz adjust spicify
Topaz Black + White effects, high key
Open image of coarse pink paper
Convert to black + white
Copy
Paste into main photo
Blend mode soft light
Erase some of texture
Flatten
Duplicate layer
Open image of rust
Convert to black + white
Blend mode multiply 50%
Erase some of texture
Flatten
Crop
Topaz adjust setting sun dynamic
Fade soft light 50%ish
Used clone tool and patch tool to remove a distant tombstone poking up from her shoulder/head.
Crop
Soft brush at 24% opacity and varying sizes to create frame in several passes
Duplicate layer
Stroke
Flatten
Image size
SFW

Woohoo! A PB for this, and it was a fun day.
Brooke, thank you for modeling for me. Stacey, thank you for doing her hair and makeup.

Thank you DPCers for all the nice comments and generous votes. I had quite a number of possibilities from this shoot and I don't know how many versions I did of this shot. I put one in and replaced it because I didn't know if a Filter Forge border would have been legal. Then I did other versions and was still fiddling with 'the best one' when rollover beat me.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 120
Avg (all users): 7.0606
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.9242
Avg (non-participants): 7.1970
Views since voting: 1959
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 132
Comments: 31
Favorites: 5 (view)


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08/21/2014 03:46:16 PM
Such a moving image. Well composed and executed. Love it.
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06/15/2012 12:05:57 PM
Excellent! I can't see the detail of the writing on the gravestone, but it certainly shows its age. I think the most important thing in this for me is that the grave cover seems to have been damaged.

Being as the Corpse Bride is one of my favorites of all times, my imagination had all kinds of fun with this little 800 pixel wide story.
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04/21/2012 02:37:57 PM
Congrats on your HM!

Lovely work.
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04/20/2012 05:36:38 PM
A very moody and emotional image Marion. Congrats on a new PB and HM in a tough challenge.
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04/20/2012 05:35:00 PM
Congrats on a new PB and an HM! Lovely Grunge image.
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04/20/2012 02:12:36 PM
Congrats on your PB, Marion! Very nicely done!
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04/20/2012 11:59:44 AM
Congratulations on a top 5 and a 7+ score. Really nice job on this.
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04/20/2012 08:39:45 AM
Congratulations on a fantastic image, an HM, and a personal best. Great job.
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04/20/2012 08:07:07 AM
Wonderfully done!! Congrats on the HM!
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04/20/2012 07:51:55 AM
congrats on your HM and new PB..

Message edited by author 2012-04-20 07:52:28.
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04/20/2012 03:45:24 AM
very nice - captures the feeling perfectly and nice title
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04/20/2012 02:47:32 AM
Spectacular. Congrats on 5th!
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04/20/2012 02:45:14 AM
How did I miss commenting on this? Congrats on the HM! Intriguing concept.
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04/20/2012 12:08:11 AM
Congrats on HM!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/19/2012 07:55:02 PM
Great image, love the tones!
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04/19/2012 02:58:20 PM
Really like the hair and makeup.
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04/19/2012 10:35:42 AM
looks Goth, too. so many interesting details. the right arm/hand look beastly, a bit, maybe she's a werewolf when she's not a bride? Good job PP this.
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04/18/2012 10:07:35 PM
Marvelous and powerful image!
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04/16/2012 02:14:26 PM
well done - 9
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04/15/2012 10:45:01 PM
Nice combination of effects and a very lovely model!
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04/15/2012 05:40:50 PM
I don't know how to judge this challenge topic... but I think this is very well done.

(commenting only)
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04/15/2012 03:13:32 PM
This is grunge, should do well.
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04/15/2012 07:56:04 AM
great!
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04/14/2012 03:31:28 PM
This is awesome! (non-voting)
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04/14/2012 12:02:22 PM
Top 3
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04/13/2012 08:26:35 PM
What a beautiful image. This is stunning. The grunge bride... I LOVE IT!! 10!
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04/13/2012 06:24:02 PM
This is a dark yet lovely shot. Nicely composed and presented.
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04/13/2012 05:06:27 PM
very nice ! suits the challenge well !
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04/13/2012 01:00:48 PM
I like it!
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04/13/2012 09:19:15 AM
Is she substituting for Helena Bonham Carter? LOL Good stuff.
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04/13/2012 12:57:56 AM
As strange as this sounds, I would have brightened it up a tad more with some more contrast, but very well done. 7
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