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Set them free by alltelleringet Set them free by alltelleringet
Maybe this is what "A painting too real" should have been like or maybe a sequel. Either way I felt like it had to be realized. It became quite dark, but I wanted a contrast between the warm and happy painting and the cold, free, real world. I also wanted the water effect to be as realistic as possible so I built a small container behind an empty frame that I could fill with water so the woman pouring water into the water is actually there doing that. I put a flash in the upper part of the frame to illustrate the sun and and to give a nice warm light to the area the paining would lit up. I will make a blog post about how it was made in a few days. All stock my own.

I've been working myself blind now, I would appreciate your opinion on it! Thanx!

EDIT: Thank you so much for all the kind feedback and the DD! <3 Makes me keep creating!

EDIT 2: Check out this blog post about how the photo was shot: [link]
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Given 2012-09-23
Set them free by *alltelleringet ( Suggested by BellaSylph and Featured by Aeirmid )
I'll avoid hollow phrases like 'awesome' and tell you that this is immediately attention grabbing and original. Even if a viewer had just been looking at picture after picture for an hour or two, like some users do (which makes each picture seem a little less special), they would still be impressed, and more importantly, INSPIRED, by this idea. Excellent job and brilliant execution; I'm very curious to read about how you did this. My only true criticism would be that not enough attention is called to the painting behind the woman. I think the idea of the water level staying the same outside and inside of the picture is really cool, and the fact that the picture frame adds boats onto the water that is inside of the frame is really cool. I hope I was able to put that last sentence into words well enough : 0 I just think that it's a cool concept deserving of more attention, but mayhaps you prefer more subtlety for it. Anyways, I find it interesting that the boats on the horizon, relative to their size, seem to be full-size boats. Maybe they are normal boats, maybe the released boats are growing? Interesting. Also interesting is the reason WHY the woman is doing this, corresponding with the title "Set them free." Maybe this woman was able to talk to the people within the frame. Anyways, this picture is magic. As with all works of magic, however, there are always more possibilities for it; I hope you make a few more pictures like this or expand off of this one to really grasp and realize more of the incredible potential within such a concept!
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Very special piece of work. I am a manipulator myself but i have to use other designers/photographers images. That is the best thing about your work. You use your own images which makes it that much more impressive. The vision required for this is outstanding and the lighting is perfect. The only critisim I would suggest would be the rock in the background the quality isn't great but you possibly added a blur to make the front have more of an impact. Overall a very nice piece and very well edited. The boats look very detailed and dont have that "cut out" feel when a designer takes it from another image. I have the skill to do this type of work but not the creativity it seems. Very well done.

P.S what camera do you suggest for this type of work?
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littlemissy457 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of the voyage of the dawn treader :) i love it
BloodMoonEquinox Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: This is amazing! :love: The concept is very creative and the technical aspects of it are wonderful! :) Congrats on the DD, you deserve it!
RainyStorm Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Love it <3
VicEberly Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Featured: [Link] :sun:
n-th-green Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist
It reminds me of a song by Regina Spektor that I really like, about captains of painted boats who just want to sail away.
Johnsonchulin Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student General Artist
eabhaciar Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this. Ive wanted to dump out boat paintings & p,ay with them. I think the dark tones help enhance the amasing feat that is occuring. And really wouldnt a child go to some secluded place to keep this trasure to themselves. It reminds me of the book "The Indian in the Cupboard".
treddinger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
truly amazing and wonderful so entrancing 
myowndoppelganger Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Wow! Your work is awesome! I love the way your mind works. Really incredible.
ForgottenFears Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
Very beautiful. This image is quite impressive, the elements in it and the way you use them give an almost moving quality to it which is very impressive for any photo/image.
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