I'm Busy Elvis!

Simon Groves

Joined May 2010

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Elvis in the Jungle Room maybe? :)

HDR Details ~ Stock images used as the root images from which the HDR process was generated. As opposed to using a camera to capture separate exposures, the HDR effect was created using photoshop to create different density of tones in several layers.
The Elvis image (separate from the zebra) was made into around 5 layers…each of differing contrast and light-to-shade value…. And in order to make the zebra realistic within this environment up to 10 layers were used of the zebra and each adjusted, partially erased and then conjoined to create this seemless image. The zebra is a stock image as is Elvis.

You know, when I was about a year old, Elvis would come to see my Mom. (She once had a court order against him ’cos he would play that Love me Tender Song outside our house late at night!….She would throw ’tater peelings and compost and stuff onto his head out of the window…but he was one determined son of a zebra!)

See, he was convinced I was his son! But no! My Mom knew I wasn’t ‘cos she couldn’t have children and had never slept with no man!

As I grew up Elvis kind of adopted me, as my Mom had done previously, and I think, inside, in a part of his heart he still believed I was his boy!

I remember once, when I had learned to walk, and was able to catch flights on my own out to Memphis, I visited him at Gracelands… and you know, they still keep the zebras there…!!! They house train them with the same Hungarian trainer that Elvis and Priscilla employed through the early seventies.

Anyway, Elvis has moved on, (passed on actually) (although some still think…..you know…) but he gave my Mom this picture of him while he was in the U.S. Army… His zebra trainer had paid a visit and as always a modest party would just develop….(Just Elvis playing a few songs.)

In this shot Sándor Bortnyik (the trainer – out of shot) is teaching Elvis’s new house-pet how to cope with Elvis’s singing without smashing vases and other small bric-a-brac.

(Disclaimer: Some Fabrication was used in the making of this picture and the accompanying dialogue.)









Black Velvet
By Allanah Myles
(Written as a tribute to Elvis Presley)

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