The 29th round of the Photography Scavenger Hunt brought some interesting limitations: no Photoshop. None. Every image must be straight out of camera. For someone as Photoshop heavy as me that presented some interesting challenges. It meant I had to build my worlds in real life, instead of in Photoshop.
This is how I built the world for the word "path."
I came up with the idea for using an Indiana Jones type figure going on a quest and encountering a skull cave right away. Whenever I think path my first thoughts are a path through the woods, which makes me think of either Lord of the Rings, or Indiana Jones. I own a Kermit the Frog figure dressed as Indiana Jones so the Indiana/LotR choice was made for me. It was just a matter of building a background to fit.
I started by taking a skull left over from last years Halloween decorations, and making a rock wall to fit it in, all out of XPS foam. I also used some left over foam bits to make some rocks in the foreground.
I made a map out of muslin, aged with some brown and black inks, then drew on the map elements with a Sharpie.
When I put it all together and set up my camera, I sprayed some Atmospheric Aerosol into the scene to give a foggy mood to it. The result, straight out of camera, looked like this: