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Archetypes.. The Shaman...

Posted by
Martin A. Mora (North Platte, United States) on 31 July 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

This is the second for my series.. "The Shaman...also known in Indian Lore.......
Unfortunatly I have to WM this one, had some copies of an earlier one done, srry
With my first Archetype... The Traveler... Wanderer....
being better than I expected, I unknowinly set a high bar for myself in this series, Im Hopeful this second one meets the standards of the first.. :)
I'v always have ideas or pictures in my head and recently concieved of a project dealing with Jungian Archetypes. My project is to show through Creative Photography ....personifications of different achretypes..

Canon EOS 7D 16/5 second F/4.0 ISO 100 70 mm

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Chris Anderson from New york, United States

Wow breathtaking shot. Fire looks amazing here.

31 Jul 2010 6:08am

@Chris Anderson: Thanks , that's actually a hand held shot of my campfire 2 nights ago. It's amazing what a little camera movement will do.

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Great atmosphere - super picture.

31 Jul 2010 7:27am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

special process and the

31 Jul 2010 8:08am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

interesting capture ,nice shot :)

31 Jul 2010 8:08am

k@ from Paris, France

SO strong (yes, the watermark kind of wastes our pleasure, but well, i won't discuss it here), colors & power & soul just shine & take me whole. Lines & vibes are just terrific, bravo ! (you can go & sleep now, my friend ;) - and thanks for your lovely comments here & there, you're really kind)

31 Jul 2010 8:12am

@k@: your one of the photographers amoung many I look up to, try to see theworld in a different way than I usually do, always learn from you, and appreciate your comments :)

QB from Canada

I feel like I am looking at a painting by a master, when I see your portraits. They are so classic in tone, mood, and lighting. The figure is very strong. The light on his face gives that Caravaggio effect. I wonder, though, whether this isn't one of those cases where a close focus on the figure of the man wouldn't be better...

Of course, it's impossible to know until it's tried. I expect that you have tried it, along with all sorts of framing. But if you're anything like me, you're still torn between different options sometimes. So a bit of off-the-cuff, immediate reaction type feedback can't hurt, I'm guessing.

31 Jul 2010 9:06am

@QB: If by close filter do you mean the man larger so you can see him better? If that's what you mean, rest assure the original image iv made here is a 5 foot tall photo. You can see him quite clearly.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Now this is amazing Martin! A very unique piece with this glowing tones and the smashing flames. You really have an extraordinary talent for portraying people - and catching atmospheres.
I won´t get any bad dreams about watermarkings, don´t worry ;D

31 Jul 2010 9:15am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Congratulations on another very creative picture, spirit, history, and tradition all feature strongly in this Martin.

31 Jul 2010 9:23am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow !!! I'm speechless... the atmosphere in this photo is so amazing ! The way you've processed the image really reflects the huge respect you have for this fantastic and fascinating community ! Congratulations Martin, this is just perfect ! Have a nice weekend :)

31 Jul 2010 9:50am

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

I did not understand your explanation (my English is too bad) but the image takes me back to a bygone era when man and nature lived closely related and the fire was a reassuring presence and conducive to the imagination oral tales.
I regret the big signing in the midst of the picture! You can not put it in a corner? (If it takes a truly ...)

31 Jul 2010 10:33am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Great fire, very mystic and spiritual mood... I think you succeeded well here, too.

31 Jul 2010 11:25am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


31 Jul 2010 1:48pm

Roman from Thunder Bay, Canada

Great piece, Martin. I really love the effect here. This is a very interesting project idea.
Here's my tip for you. It would be great if in the description of the each photo you included links to other pieces in the series that you've done so far.
I'm looking forward to see the rest.


31 Jul 2010 3:06pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars for this magic shot

31 Jul 2010 5:16pm

QB from Canada

Aminus3 needs to amend the code to permit replies to replies in comments!. Anyway, if that is a 5 foot tall photo when printed, all I can say is Exceptional!. The framing would be totally appropriate for a very large image. The big ones affect us differently. The eye travels differently. The impact is different.

That being said, yes, I might want a closer crop for a small version of this... for a web image, or a small print. Obviously, for the original, no change. You have it perfect.

31 Jul 2010 5:17pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I agree with QB. Your pictures are painterly and masterful at that. This is no exception. It's just extraordinary. I love it's color and scale, as you describe, the fire in the foreground, so bright and finely caught. The fact that the shaman stands behind the fire seems thematically appropriate. He is separated from the rest of the world by the spirit element. He traverses spiritual planes and places of fire to enter ours. His gift and his actions are a mystery and we can never really know them or know him. This is why your composition is perfection, besides the image being stunning aesthetic achievement. Fantastic, Martin! You slay!

31 Jul 2010 5:47pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is stunning! Love this composition and colors! WOW ,this should be on spotlight, and I give it a 10 **********! Your pics never disappoint me! Love this!!!

31 Jul 2010 6:03pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: That would be awsome to hit the spotlight :)

STEED from Somewhere, France

Mmmmmmmmm !!! Ghost of Geronimo coming out from the Sparkles...Colorist,Curious,Mysterious.....Opening on a lot of possibilities...I LOVE THIS PICTURE...

31 Jul 2010 8:09pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very cool processing here . It gives a feeling of looking at this Indian right here, in front of me, performing his play . Great one indeed !
Thx for your visits too .

31 Jul 2010 8:16pm

Madagascas from Singapore

absolutely stunning! Effect is simply outstanding!
I've been so busy lately that I had to stop for a while :(

1 Aug 2010 3:34am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Very very impressive Martin! Hand held shot of my campfire? You are the best!

1 Aug 2010 7:29am

@Sonia Nansid: Hi sonia, yes I just got home from a couple days camping in the Black Hills and took the fire shot of our campfire that night. this shot was on auto, and turned into a longer exposure than I anticipated, thus the wild camera movement. after reviewing the shot. it turned out to be the beet one.

Don from spokane, United States

What a striking picture of brilliance and action. An amazing shot.

1 Aug 2010 12:49pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic capture of the spirit and magic of the shaman in action!

1 Aug 2010 1:57pm

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Beautiful picture. The play with fire creates for me the whole mystic aspect. Really nice

2 Aug 2010 1:03am

Florence from Paris, France

That's a superb work again Martin. All the power of fire in there.

2 Aug 2010 9:22am

Landy from Miami, United States

Tremenda foto, no puedo imaginar el gran trabajo realizado en esta captura, fenomenal toma, mis respetos, saludos

2 Aug 2010 9:15pm

Canon EOS 7D
16/5 second
ISO 100
70 mm