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  #77 Science fiction, science fact
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Beam Me Up Scotty!       ©2010 Brett
Panasonic DMC-TZ15       4th place, 84 points
1/400s, f4.9, ISO 100, 280mm, Normal Program, Spot, no flash
Post-Processing: Hdr from single image. Reduced soft overlay. Cloned out bird and cropped. Reduced contrast.
Took image of Captain Kirk separately and layered into bg with a color halftone effect diffused for teleport. One final reduced overlay. Added a dissolved outer figure layer made from surface blur to make teleport area larger. Added lens flare as possible alien encounter.
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Mar 29, 2010
    Hi Dodrizzt,
The background to this shot was taken at a place called Kaikoura in NZ. It is more known for its whale watching but the coastal scenery and landscape is simply stunning. I travelled thru it many times without stopping (or noticing) but my brother got married there last week and I discovered a gem and could photograph there for weeks.
There is a quality lacking in this one that some of the others have so I have learnt a lot again and I'm sure your entry would have been one of them.

Mar 29, 2010
    When I read the theme "Science Fiction", the first thing I thought was "Beam me up, Scotty!!!" :-D :-D then I didn't have almost time to manage an entry... uff, better, 'cause I wouldn have made a shot as nice as this one!!
Great and impressive background, and very appealling PP work with Captain Kirk... a great LOL for a great pic, and my #2, well done!!!

Mar 29, 2010
    Yep, Boar the degree of teleport effect was tempered by the amount I wanted you to see the detail of Capt. Kirk of which my self timed shot with communicator in hand I was pleased with. I almost posted one with a full halftone colour figure which was more transparent and very much like original programme and another figure of Capt Kirk not yet teleported in same pic - because it took away from bg so much I went with a compromise of both I think. A lot of fun though but my behind has been seriously kicked in this challenge - you guys have taught me another lesson in presenting beautiful images that capture the theme far more imaginatively than my PP efforts.
Edited on Mar 29, 2010

Mar 29, 2010
    This one is too vintage!
...I'm in love with this!....Oh...I was a child....Ufff...Doesn't matter...
Great idea and well made!...One thing...You could have added a little transparency to Kirk (in this way he semmed to disappear)

Mar 29, 2010
    Yes Mepo - all sorts of effects could have been used: But I was trying to replicate the original Star Trek teleport. It looks a bit cheesy but maybe the original did too.

Mar 28, 2010
    What a great idea. I think the 'teleport beam' would have been better as a vertical cone reaching up to the sky. That said, I love the alien encounter and the landscape.

Mar 28, 2010
    High marks for ingenuity on this one. You've created a great Sci-fi photo that even Spock would approve of.

Old Finn
Mar 28, 2010
    Big work well done. Nicely composed. One of my favorites.

Mar 26, 2010
    neat idea. now i'll have to watch an old rerun and see how they did that. wild landscape. where is it.

Jade O.
Mar 26, 2010
    What's not to like here? Nicely framed and set up with a fine display of sci-fi PP skills.
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