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One of the things I talked about during my recent Dramatic Post-Production workshop for Creative Live was the importance of previsualing an image as you take the shot: going beyond how it looks in the viewfinder by imagining how it could look after it's post-produced.

This shot started out in that vein but, as you will have noticed if you've already taken a look at the original, it didn't end there.

When I took the shot I was thinking about creating an image that captured something of the nature of long-haul flying: the long, tedious hours sat in one place, and the various things we do to entertain ourselves en route.

When I looked at the image later though I decided that it wasn't particularly interesting (I'm as bored with looking at Suduko as I am with playing it) so started thinking about what I could have done instead. After playing around with various alternatives I ended up with this image: a photograph of a photograph.

In this case both were taken with my Ricoh GRD III (and the added shot was taken during the same trip, 17 minutes before the main one), then the images were blended in Photoshop. The only thing that was a bit tricky was getting the reflection looking right - I almost forgot to flip it horizontally - but other than that the post-production was relatively straightforward.

As always, let me know what you think.

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comment by Carlos Garcia at 02:59 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2011

I am still trying to frame and compose a shot, not quite to the previz level. Love this creative image. Although, at first I thought there was a hole at the bottom of the window! Whew!

comment by djn1 at 03:05 PM (GMT) on 21 October, 2011

There is a hole. Fortunately though it doesn't go all the way through :)

comment by Dan Kaufman at 12:27 AM (GMT) on 22 October, 2011

I agree.

comment by Euan at 02:40 PM (GMT) on 22 October, 2011

Very creative and imaginative. It gets the mind thinking.

comment by martin at 02:23 PM (GMT) on 25 October, 2011

Which Sudoku app is that? :)

comment by djn1 at 04:30 PM (GMT) on 25 October, 2011

Martin: It's just called Sudoko, but I checked the App Store and couldn't find it so I guess it might not be available.

comment by Jason at 04:28 PM (GMT) on 27 October, 2011

Hey Dave, this is a really cool idea. Very creative and clever. It works really well. I would have cloned the bullet hole though as it really is very distracting...

comment by Christiane Nicely at 11:05 AM (GMT) on 2 November, 2011

Was just going to ask if you had been under siege... lol.... Cool photo in photo idea!