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The Iceman Cometh
The Iceman Cometh

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Challenge: Superpowers II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Location: A Digital Romance Studio
Date: May 22, 2012
Galleries: Action, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: May 22, 2012

I appreciate the feedback, especially ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' CNovack's comments which I completely agree with.

All elements of the shot were created in PP except for the image of me. I originally wanted a city-scape as the background, but I live in a city where there is no skyline. I could have fabricated one, but honestly just couldn't invest the time into it.

Regarding the spray, it was hard to find a balance between solid ice and just "blurry." I realize that's a limitation of my skill. I don't feel the final version has the "motion" of the shot that I originally intended for it to have.

Still, it was a fun experiment and the tutorial I was influenced by is here. I used a bit more dodging and burning layers to heighten the effect.

Finally, I used the Nik Color Efex 4 Bleach Bypass to heighten contrast and blacks.

Things to note:
Again, the background is an array of various filters and was entirely created in PP, filters used namely: render clouds, ocean ripple and glass. I painted with a few brushes to add variation and ice effects and duplicated and offset layers and filters to get more depth.

My legs and parts of my body are slightly transparent. Also, the ice layer behind my body is warped to indicate diffusion through the ice, but it's barely noticable. Originally, I wanted a skyscape and with that background it would have been more apparent.

Place: 12 out of 48
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/31/2012 10:20:36 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Cool! Er, I mean that is a cool idea to use Negative Image and blue tone it to present the imagery of freezing powers (at least that is how I think you accomplished some of the effect in this piece). The Power Stance on Iceman is great because he really does look like he is sliding on the ice to travel to his destination to fight crime. The cone of ice coming out of his hand looks a little to solid a 'block'. I wonder how it would have looked if you used an aerosol can (Lysol, hair spray, PAM cooking spray) to get a spray effect and just edit out the can showing in the hand? The other small critique I have is that the wall of ice as the backdrop makes the Iceman look like he is in a very remote location of the Artic and not anywhere close to a city/town. I think an urban backdrop would have complemented the crime fighter imagery better...the trick would have been to effectively combine the two without it clashing.
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05/31/2012 07:38:18 PM
A great image for the challnege. (voted earlier)
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05/31/2012 12:31:39 PM
inversion effect works well
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05/31/2012 06:26:08 AM
This is in my top 5 - loved it! Neat effects, and it was truly creative and unique!
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05/29/2012 11:49:47 PM
Clever use of inversion. I like it!
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05/25/2012 10:40:50 AM
almost hurts the eyes... but i still like it...
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05/25/2012 09:12:07 AM
Oh that's cool!!!!!
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