Celestial Guardian by Mariano57

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This is one of my favorite images: and it happened all by accident!!
The moon is a creation I stumbled on by accident when I was trying to make steam with PS3. The starlings just happened to be on my pallet. The rest was hours of fun, and excitment.(I bet you know what I mean!)
Nikon D40
Lens 70-300mm f/4-5.6
f/5.6 ISO 200
Photoshop CS3 post processing
Two images
Paiting & burning used as well as a clever technique from Greg Vander Houwen for removing edge pixels that contain the original backround color. (happy to share) :-)


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Fine art Studio Photographer and Physician, I am a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
My main interests are studio fine art figure work and HDR photography, although I love to experiment with Photoshop creations from time to time.
The greatest reward I get from this art is to be able to stir a memory, an emotion, a smile. In the end, touch a total stranger and connect.

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work, looks great, Congrats on your Digital Photography Feature!! :O)

  • thank you Vanessa. I am working on it and so proud to be able to create and tranmit my ideas and feelings through digital

    – Mariano57

  • Ivana Redwine
    Ivana Redwinealmost 5 years ago


  • Thanks Ivana.

    – Mariano57

  • greenstone
    greenstonealmost 5 years ago

    amazing shot!

  • Thankyou for your comment Greenstone!

    – Mariano57

  • TrishMarrs
    TrishMarrsalmost 5 years ago


  • I am glad you enjoyed it Trish. :-)

    – Mariano57

  • anandbakshi
    anandbakshialmost 5 years ago

    This is awesome marian……..brilliant….

  • Thanks for your kind remark.

    – Mariano57

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Angie!

    – Mariano57

  • Sally Green
    Sally Greenalmost 5 years ago

    this is such wonderful work mariano!! so simple and yet so amazing!! well done x

  • You hit it right on the head Sally. Thank you for your remarks.

    – Mariano57

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 5 years ago

    Very lovely work Mariano! :)

  • Thanks Ursula!!!
    This is the kind of Photgraphy that I am really getting into.

    – Mariano57

  • carlosramos
    carlosramosover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture !!

  • thank you carlos!

    – Mariano57

  • LavenderMoon
    LavenderMoonalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Mariano! This image has been selected as one of the features for the ‘Shoot The Moon’ group for the two week period leading up to Halloween on October 31, 2010. Thank you for adding it to our gallery!

  • It is an honor to be among such great images.

    – Mariano57

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