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Dont blink this Halloween

Mercys has a great costume this year Laughing out loud

Halloween (Samhain) is always a big thing in our home.

We go all out, decorating the hall and door, buying in sweets for weeks previously, making 'eyeballs' out of lychees and strawberry laces, carving pumpkins etc, and the girls always dress up.

This year Mercy told me WELL in advance of her ideas for dressing up, and I spent the following weeks putting together bits and pieces and using up a LOT of grey and stone paint..

We did a trial run of her outfit so I coud get a few shots, using one light with barn doors  and with Mercy against the wall of the dining room..

A LOT of dodge, burn, smudge and clone..and overlaying layers for the composite later and the images of Mercy were done..

(They are also in my gallery but I have popped them in a blog as I am going to try to overhaul to gallery soon)


Later tonight I will get a few images of the older girls(who are getting a bit too old to go as all out as Mercys likes too) and add them to this blog..


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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 11:30

My oh my,

Another sleepless night coming up!! haha.  Wonderful stuff,  Mercy certainly has your creative side in her genes.

Looking forward (through my fingers!!) to the shots being added later.



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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 12:15

Good stuff, I presume the teeth are some sort of digital trickery?

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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 14:02

  Scary Shanea ~ very effective costume and very effective photography. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your night.

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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 15:15

Thanks guys Laughing out loud

Mercy is already climbing the walls with excitment..heh


Yes Steve the teeth were done by elongating the tooth itself using the clone tool on a soft brush on a  duplicate layer thinning the size of the brush towards the tip.

Then using the dodge and burn tool I painted in the shadow and highlights for tooth texture and burnt in the gums and mouth insides.

Then using a medium harsh smudge brush I gently swooshed the teeth downwards  again making the brush smaller for the very tip.. then again I used the burn tool to darken and shadow the edges giving a bit of depth..

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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 15:37

Great images - and really scary!

Please visit my photoblogs - comments welcome, Hurtigruten is my favourite!

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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 15:40

Jeez, don't let her trick and treat at ours, the wife will die of fright!!

Brilliant as usual, love all your stuff.


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Date Sun, 31/10/2010 - 19:21

Don't know what seems harder all the work to create the images or all the makeup. Brilliant photos. Wish my two girls (21 23) were as young as Mercy again. Every time I point a camera all I get is Daaaaad.                                           

Looking forward to more.


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