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 "broken."
The concept I wanted to use was the comic book cover for the Death of Superman issue. It featured his ripped cape on a pole. Looks like this:
Then I tried fabric spray paint, and that worked really well. I glued (using kids crafting glue sticks) the logo to a piece of yellow fabric from my wife's quilting stash, then sprayed the whole thing with red fabric paint.
I used a mix of wire brushes, nails hammered into boards, and other implements of destruction to shred the cape to look similar to the comic cover.
The next step was to make a big pile of rubble. I used my favourite diorama material, XPS foam, for this. I cut a bunch of concrete bricks - 1"x 2" painted them up to look grey, then glued them all in a pile. I also made a couple broken I-beams, to give that fresh "fallen from a building" look that is so in vogue these days. I grabbed a dead branch from outside to act as the pole.
So my processed shot is a complete redo.
I reshot the same pile of rubble and the same cape in my lightbox. Then I composited in some ruined buildings I downloaded from PixelSquid. I added a sky from my archives, and added some textures and smoke effects. This is the vision I actually had in my head: