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Picking up the pieces
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Picking up the pieces
Picking up the pieces
Camera: NIKON E5200
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter speed: 64
Focal length: 7.8

© Brian D. Watters
Nikon Coolpix 5200...
 
 
 
S  J
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    Splendid shot, Brian! Very very creative!

12/12/2004 12:05:18 AM

 
Rob Bishop
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Very creative, and excellent execution of the idea. Nice work, Brian!

12/12/2004 12:20:32 AM

 
Tracy D. Siermachesky
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Amazing work, Brian. How very creative, and well done.

12/12/2004 12:25:38 AM

 
Phil S
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Brian,

Excellent photograph! Very creative and original. Wonderful detail and excellent work!!!

12/12/2004 10:00:52 AM

 
Roseann E. Dreasher
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Fun!! Great PS work!!

12/12/2004 12:00:57 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Terrific image and excellent work, Brian! Very creative!

12/14/2004 4:39:34 PM

 
Brian D. Watters
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Thanks! just a note on the shadows. I duplicated my cut out layers, then used the magic wand to select all the ares around one, inverted the selection and hit delete. Then I used the paint bucket to fill the void with black, reduced the opacity of the layer, then used Photo-shops Gaussian Blur filter, and finally used Photo-shops Transform > Distort utility to give a distorted perspective.
For the puzzle piece cutout, I used photo-shops Layer Style, Bevel, then created a new empty layer, linked the empty layer with the puzzle piece layer and merged linked layers to turn off or lock the layer style. Then I used the rotate and again the distort to line it up between my fingers. Applied the same shadow technique for the puzzle too.
I've included the original file below if anyone wants a peek.

12/14/2004 4:56:11 PM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Nicely done Brian! Very cool idea!

12/14/2004 4:58:25 PM

 
S  J
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Congratulations on this one of the most outstanding finalist, Brian!! I must admit that this is one of the best and creative work I've seen!! Good luck in the next round of judging!!

1/18/2005 6:34:53 AM

 
Lori Ditlefsen

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Cool! Very creative! Congrats!

1/18/2005 8:55:52 AM

 
Brian D. Watters
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Thank you for your encouraging thoughts and words. I'm keeping my fingers crosses. :)
Brian

1/18/2005 12:39:42 PM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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GREAT to see this here Brian - best of luck to you in the next round!!!

1/18/2005 4:09:04 PM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats, Brian!

1/18/2005 4:39:27 PM

 
Kristi A. Howson
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Congratulations Brian...fantastic!!!!!

1/18/2005 6:55:54 PM

 
S  J
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Many CONGRATULATIONS on your second place win, Brian!!!

1/20/2005 1:53:34 AM

 
Judy S. Fung
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Congrats on your second place win, Brian!

1/20/2005 2:15:29 AM

 
Wendy Stevenson
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A big congratulations on your win Brian - I love that imagination of yours!!!

1/20/2005 6:08:06 AM

 
Dolores Neilson
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You know how I feel about this one! SUperb!! Big congrats, Brian!! What tool do you use to cut?? And do you use a 2 or 3 feather with the selection tool??? I don't cut well...not sure what I'm doing.

1/20/2005 6:45:17 AM

 
Cathy Stancil
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Congratulations Brian ! This is such an amazing shot !

1/20/2005 8:03:05 AM

 
Audrea Telkamp
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Congratulations Brian!!!! Excellent PS work!!!!

1/20/2005 8:25:56 AM

 
Kip T. Berger
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Congrats Brian for this well thought out piece!

1/20/2005 11:36:34 PM

 
Leonard Pierce
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Congratulations on your Second Place win Brian!!!

1/23/2005 6:14:08 PM

 
Andrew Laverghetta
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Ok, this is hard to put into type, but if you're a car guy and you see a nice clean Mercedes or something that's like a glossy black and you say, "That's niiiiiiccce," that's kinda what I'm thinking right now. Great job!

2/9/2005 10:39:40 PM

 
Kymm C. Gardner
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What an amazing, creative mind you have!

6/16/2005 6:46:55 PM

 
Brian D. Watters
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It might just be the Meds...
Thank you very much, I sure don't feel creative sometimes, but usually just tinker around in photoshop to relax. Sometimes I kind of see something starting and run with it. But it always feels really good when I get nice comments like your.
Thanks Again.
Brian

6/16/2005 6:51:11 PM

 
Susana Heide
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This is the first time I come across this photo and it's AWESOME! I've been staring at it for some time and everything is just perfect right down to the gap of the puzzle showing in the shadow of the subject! This is creative beyond words! Love the title also! Would be a great photo for a magazine article about relationship break-ups :o)

8/7/2005 12:45:42 PM

 
Brian D. Watters
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Grin... Thanks Susana, Funny you say that, but a Polish Digital Photo magazine contacted me about featuring it in a full page display, with write-up on how I created it and my Bio. I was hoping they might offer to pay me, but they offered 12 months free subscription and a couple copies of the one they printed. Alas, they starving artist continues to starve, but now has a new incentive to learn how to read the polish language. :)

8/7/2005 2:03:13 PM

 
Susana Heide
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LOL!! Congratulations on this "sale"! It's an accomplishment even if you're not getting cash for it. Good luck with your polish :o)

8/7/2005 2:35:23 PM

 
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