Losing My Religion by billyboy

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February, 2015:
299 faves ♥
7 sales
83 features
28 Challenge wins

Losing My Religion

Life is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour I’m
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I’ve said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream



All the elements used in this collage are my own…
All but the water were shot with a Canon 5D MkI and 16-35mm lens.

The image started with this picture of the beautifully melancholic ruins of the ancient abbey at Villers la Ville south of Waterloo, Belgium.
This is the middle exposure of the three bracketed takes I used to create an HDR image (with Photomatix) of the main section. As I used a wide angle lens to include the vaulted ceiling, I also needed to correct the sloping verticals using the Transform tool in CS2

The water on the floor is from a shot I took on film a few years ago at Gibraltar in southern Spain (EOS 100 + 24-80mm on Fuji Reala 100 ISO)…

The sky through the windows in the back of the abbey was taken from this shot from Flagler Beach in Florida (neva know when yer gonna need a dynamic sky… always good to keep a couple in your library).

The original picture had 6 round windows in the back… I replaced them with a segment of this window from another section of the abbey, just cuz it looked cooler.

The birds are from this other take of the sky over Flagler Beach. No idea what they are, but as I didn’t have one single shot of vampire bats (which actually surprised me…), I settled for these guys.

The roots growing up the columns in the foreground were actually growing up the outer wall of the abbey… so I planted them inside with CS2 and couldn’t believe how quickly they spread….

And finally… the 7th element. Reeled off 60 shots of myself in lots of poses and a couple of different shirts. Did it on the pattio with the self timer and totally frustrated the next door neighbor as he could see the set up but I kept myself out of view. If it were me, I would have had the kid kick a football over the hedge and told him to have a good look while he fetched it!

Thanks for looking :-)


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Thanx to everyone who dug this enough to click!


  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 5 years ago

    Wow….This is amazing!!!! And I have always loved the song too….the go so well together. Di

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 5 years ago

    P.S. very wonderful in large…..thanks for showing all of the elements, found all of them…

  • Hi Di!
    Thanks for the encouragement, and for digging the large view.
    I wasn’t sure about the elements thing on the side, but lots of people seemed to get off on it so guess the idea panned out in the end.
    Cheers for stopping by!

    – billyboy

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 5 years ago

    wow…fantastic image! :)

  • Cheers mate, and thanx for faving!

    – billyboy

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 5 years ago

    Hey… love this ..

  • Hey Raymondo!
    Cheers for the love… and for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 5 years ago

    What an amazing image,great amagination and PS skill and thank you for sharing how it was done…………I have a long long way to go

  • Hans, I’d been through your pf not long ago and can tell you catagorically you have NOT got a long way to go cause you’ve been there for quite a while now and as a photographer have gone far beyond…
    But thanks for the compliment and for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvillealmost 5 years ago

    Nondeju (Nom de Dieu) Bill! Fabulous job in blending them all together Bill! Makes a great conceptual piece!! Would have loved to see your nieghbors face ( i know from experience belgium people are nosy)! Love to you! XXX!

  • Daisy, where did you get that Bruxellois accent??
    And yeah, I was having so much fun KNOWING that I was driving him nutz!!
    Thanks so much for the nice words and the fave.
    And love backatchaxo!

    – billyboy

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosalmost 5 years ago


  • Cheers for that John, and for the fave!

    – billyboy

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    Wow Bill, this is an epic production! Makes my compilations look clumsy, that’s for sure! I’m so impressed by the way everything comes together so well here! Very inspiring work, buddy, thank you for sharing! I’ll be humming this all day. ;) What a star you are!

  • Mel, the only way your comps would look clumsy is if I took ‘em out to a Brussels bar and got them drunk off their butts.
    But those are nice things you said here and that’s why I want you to take this and stick it on yer forehead cuz if I’m a star, you’re a gold one!

    And cheers for faving!!

    – billyboy

  • monaiman
    monaimanalmost 5 years ago

    SUPERB work Billy ! I still have a lot to learn ;)

  • Don’t be silly Mona, your work is stunning.
    And anything you learn from me would probably just give you a massive hangover.
    But cheers for the compliment!

    – billyboy

  • DBArt
    DBArtalmost 5 years ago

    excellent work. great imagintation and mastery of the camera and the tools.

  • Thanks for that DB, you’re welcome back any time!!

    – billyboy

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