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Vita Post Mortis
Vita Post Mortis

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Challenge: Ghosts (Expert Editing)
Collection: Collodion
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.2L
Location: St Andrews Church, Chew Stoke
Date: May 6, 2012
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2012

My daughter Caitlin 11 in my wife's wedding dress in the grave yard of the church in which we were married.

I have tried to reproduce a Wet Plate Collodion style photo, as photographs of ghosts deserve a little history. The early days of photography were a wonderful playground for the 'pullers of one's leg' and what better way to celebrate their leg pulling.

Simple set up and edit...

Photo of scene without Caitlin
Photo of scene with Caitlin - reduce opacity
Overlay 'wet plate' layer - reduce opacity
Add vignette (using Tilt-Shift App of Mac)
Gradient Map + Colorize in CS5 (colorize 42 25 I think)
Burn grave stone
Re-size and save as JPEG

Place: 14 out of 63
Avg (all users): 6.3182
Avg (commenters): 8.3333
Avg (participants): 6.2121
Avg (non-participants): 6.3535
Views since voting: 644
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 132
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/18/2012 12:07:14 AM
Beautiful... this was my favorite of the bunch
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2012 11:14:13 PM
dead on with the effect
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05/17/2012 01:09:41 PM
One of my favorites. I would say make the girl a little more tranparent so it looks less like an old photo and more like an old photo with a ghost. I'm talking one or two percent more nothing drastic.
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05/16/2012 11:25:17 AM
I like it - makes me want to know the full story!
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05/16/2012 04:45:12 AM
Expert editing at its best. Wonderful!
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05/13/2012 11:21:34 AM
This is awesome. I love how you made it look like an old photograph. This image was meant for this challenge.

This shot is one of my top 3 shots although I feel others may not think it fits DPC the best. I hope not.
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05/11/2012 02:36:03 PM
great texture on this. i like the blending of the layers - great opacity.
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05/11/2012 02:01:29 AM
Beautiful creation!
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