Reflection – Batgirl and the beginning of a new journey

Reflection.
 
This was created in August of 2015 with my dear friend Jaime and her new (at the time) amazing Batgirl cosplay. I will always fondly remember this piece, because it was my first attempt at posing a cosplayer on a prop, so we could create a new action scene. Rather than just having her stand in a typical hero pose with a generic background behind her, I wanted to create a piece that would be a perspective we don’t see often in cosplay photography artwork. At the time, compositing was relatively new to the scene in cosplay and most of it was just poster shots. Traditional artwork had been depicting amazing scenes for years and I wanted to touch on that.
 
I remember laying on the floor, looking up at Jaime and even though she was kneeling on a bright teal ottoman and the walls of my studio were behind her, I could clearly see the angry sky rolling behind Batgirl and I could see her constant, vigilant eyes roaming the streets of Gotham below.
 
I could see it all and it was a wonderful moment that pushed me further down the path that I have traveled.

batgirl picture

 
Cosplayer/costume: Jaime Hoskins
Cape floofer: Mike Hoskins
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#batgirl #dccomics #cosplay #composite #art #hero #gotham #reflections #photography #photoshop #realityreimagined
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Published in Shutter magazine and the meaning of it all – Part 2

It is an honor to share these next two images that were just published in the December issue of Shutter magazine. The honor of course is being featured in this fantastic magazine and to be among the amazing artists and their work.
 
However these two images represent something else to me. First and foremost, these two folks are married and are just about the best people that I know on this Earth. They do so much for their community and they go way beyond the term of cosplay; they become these characters for the audience around them. When you see them and their team at events, posing for photographs with children, they never drop character. They are Wonder Woman. They are Thor and the folks around them have absolutely no doubt of that, what-so-ever. It is amazing to watch and it fills my heart with unbelievable pride when a child approaches their hero and tells them how much they mean to them.
 
The image of Wonder Woman was captured the night that I found out I had won the Grand Award of the Shutterfest image competition. I celebrated with the folks at the shoot and then went to my parent’s home and was able to share the news with them. This was a about a month before my father passed away and I got to have one last, amazing conversation with him.
 
Several months later I found myself in the company of these heroes again and I wanted to specifically recreate a scene involving Thor from the recent Avengers: Infinity War film. Toward the end of the film when Thor rises above all of the pain, the sacrifice and loss to simply endure and do, “what heroes do” was so inspiring to me. I know how much the character of Thor means to my friend Jeff and I absolutely know that he is Thor and forever will be.
 
I am so very thankful to Sal Cincotta and his amazing team that has made this magazine, Shutterfest and all of their wisdom an unending source of guidance to this industry. I will forever be in his debt.
 
You can purchase a copy of this magazine at your local Barnes and Noble or visit the Shutter magazine site to read the issue online. https://www.behindtheshutter.com/shutter-magazine/


 
Cosplayers: Jenn Jackson and Jeff Jackson
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#wonderwoman #thor #cosplay #art #composites #heroes #published #magazine #shuttermagazine #shutterfest #competition #realityreimagined
 
 
 
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Blizzcon 2018 and the love of their games

#Blizzcon2018 is about to kick off the opening ceremonies and I am excited to be able to watch from home (while I work on a freelance assignment that kept me from being able to attend.)
 
I’ve been playing Blizzard’s video games since they started the company. I fondly remember in the mid 90s getting a new Packard Bell computer and among the included software was a disc featuring an orc and a human facing off. The game was the first four missions of the Warcraft RTS video game and I played those missions over and over again. I used to draw maps while I was at work at a call-center and then stay up into the wee hours of the morning, creating the maps for my friends and I to play in Warcraft 2. The first time I heard the haunting melody of the Rogue Encampment of Diablo 2 fame I was hooked and began a life long journey into the genre of ARPG video games. Epic battles at LAN parties playing Starcraft, destroying my friends, winning the games and not having to pay for pizza.
 
However none of these great memories will ever compare to the first time my best friend Joe Spina and I traversed the snowy mountains of Ironforge and began the long run across the Wetlands in the World of Warcraft:
 
David: “Dude, what are those names in red, in the distance.”
Joe: “Uh…those would be members of the Horde and we should, um, run.”
 
We turned around and started running back to safety and immediately encountered a wall of green names – members of the Alliance had come to fight the Horde. We watched as 20 or so players fought to the death and in that moment I became a fan of the World of Warcraft.
 
Overwatch has become my latest passion and I’m hoping for good news today at Blizzcon for this fantastic game. I am sad that I am not there today in Anaheim, to share in the celebration of a company that has changed the lives of so many around the world. The cosplayers are some of the best around and I hope to see them all next year and capture images to last another 25 years 🙂
 
In the meantime – Hailey S Cosplay and Reality Reimagined are reporting for duty 🙂


 
Cosplayer/Costume: Hailey S Cosplay
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#blizzardentertainment #overwatch #soldier76 #cosplay #composite #art #photoshop #haileyscosplay #realityreimagined
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BRING ME THANOS!

There are so many moments in the Marvel films that I have seen, that make me swell with that indomitable spirit of excitement, courage and power as a hero takes a stand and fights for the cause of justice.
 
But no moment can compare to a scene in the recent Avengers: Infinity War when Thor make his stand during the battle at Wakanda and rises to the skies, erupting in lightning and power, while his battle cry echoes for all to hear: “BRING ME THANOS!”
 
Thor said it best: “I choose to run toward my problems, not away from them. Because that’s what HEROES do.”
 
My dear friend Jeff Jackson is truly the embodiment of this God of Thunder (and hammers) and I admire his bravery, courage and being a living hero that runs right toward his problems and conquers them.


 
Cosplayer/Costume: Jeff Jackson
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
 
#marvel #thor #cosplay #composite #art #bringmethanos #avengers #infinitywar #godofthunder #hero #realityreimagined
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That moment when art steals your soul

THAT MOMENT.  You’re zoomed into the document, painting details, focusing on pixels rather than the over-all image. That shadow needs to be adjusted, that highlight is too strong. Where is that color coming from, how do I blend it – should I blend it. You get tired, you get lost, your mind is so focused on a million little details and then you hit Control-0 and zoom out to take in the whole piece and your breath freezes in your lungs in absolute joy.

That moment is so rare for me, but when it happens I take the time to give thanks for the abilities that I have and the gifts I have been given. I am so grateful to be able to create. This piece of art makes my heart swell with pride and joy and I hope it catches your eyes too

This image was captured from my recent weekend adventure in Wisconsin hosted by a mentor and now friend, Dan Frievalt. Also now a friend, artist and designer that I deeply admire, Rachel Frank. This image features the new-to-the-modeling-scene talent of the stunningly beautiful Cassi Dorff, who has a smile that will knock you on the floor and eyes that you can lose your soul in. Cassi – you truly have an amazing presence on camera and I want to see you make the most of it. I still wouldn’t cast you as the villain, but pretty much anything else is a go

So friends: “The Spirit of the Forest”

“The Spirit of the Forest”

Model: Cassi Dorff
Designer/HMUA: Rachel Frank
Hosted by: Dan Frievalt
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

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