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A New Beginning by kmh108 A New Beginning by kmh108
As I see it in my mind, a great many years have passed after an unknown event knocked out all of the power. Enough years for the trees to mature and the house to fail. However, this house is still very much inhabited by a new family that was seeking a new shelter to call home.

I have never attempted a photo-manipulation on such a scale before to be honest as I have always enjoyed painting. I did however, find this to be quite enjoyable and very much a challenge trying to get the lighting and colors and such to all match up correctly through out all the photos.

Since this is a contest for a stock photo company I decided to use only their photos. None of my own were used. I also decided to keep it as realistic feeling as was in my ability, rather than go to crazy with it. As stated before a lot of photos were used but, there is also quite a bit of hand painting involved as well. I hope you enjoy.

As always constructive criticism very much welcomed.

Photos Used and Used For . . .

[link] Flag

[link] Pitchfork/Rake

[link] Teddy Bear

[link] Ground Cover

[link] Sheep and Treeline

[link] Ground Cover and Small Tree

[link] Ground Cover

[link] Cart

[link] Wood Pile

[link] Ground Cover

[link] Ground Cover and Sky

[link] Loop on Fence Post

[link] Blocking Entrance to Lower Window

[link] Boards on Window, Board Behind Falling Gutter, and Roof Framing
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nevs28 Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

especially when you've used only the images from the stock photo company ... great job with the lighting as well ... the whole scene feels like it's one photograph .. no signs of manipulation at all ....

all the best to you!
kmh108 Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much =). That was my goal. I personally do not feel like I met my goal but, was getting there.
nevs28 Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand ...
The quest for perfection will always be there ... That's what pushes you to the next level ....

All the luck to you!
minecraftcreeper1 Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yes ehwn the end of the world comes this is what will happen the end of the world just means a new beggining
kmh108 Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed =)
minecraftcreeper1 Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yup :D
christopherball1980 Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry, I was referring to the whole effect of the picture, but thats cleared up for me. This must of took you some time.
My vines? I didn't do any lol. After seeing the runners up for this competition I realised how crap mine were lol. But it has showed me how good I need to be. It has encouraged me to work harder and take longer on my photomanipulations. Once again, great pic :)
kmh108 Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aah I clicked on your favorites rather than your gallery. That is where I saw the vines. I need more sleep lol.
kmh108 Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I have a ton of time in this and it still needs a lot more to be honest but, work and motivation must come first lol. The biggest part of photo-manipulation in my opinion, is lighting. It takes awhile to get the lighting from all the different photos to appear to match up. Light affects so much, such as color values and contrast and etc.

a good rule I learned a while back was the brighter the light, the less saturation the color will have, the darker the light or shadow the more saturation color will have. Also it helps to walk away for a bit and come back and look at your work as a whole and your mind will tell you what stands out as wrong.

I thought I saw vines on yours before. I must have clicked on the wrong link. Thanks again =)
christopherball1980 Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great. How did you create that beautiful effect? And how did you do the vines? Excellent!
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