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One Way Ticket by gyaban One Way Ticket by gyaban
All photos and editing by me.

"No man is rich enough to buy back his past", once said a clever man. I must confess that I often contemplate my previous choices, even though I cannot change them. Imagining "what could have happened if..." is a favorite game of my mind. While some may say that spending time looking behind is useless, I believe that analyzing my past behavior in such or such situation helps me handling things better in the present. This is not really nostalgia, but rather the need to learn as much as possible from each experience. I suppose many persons tend to think a lot about their own path, do you?

In any case, it is also wise to not forget that there is a mandatory departure waiting for each of use, and enjoy each moment of that travel as much as possible. After all, life is a one way ticket to death.


Some technical notes about the image:
- The stairs are absolutely real, they are located in the Montmartre hill, in the north of Paris. The famous Basilica of the Sacré Coeur is also here. To get the clearest possible shot of the place, I went there in the middle of the night, around 4am. Most tourists were sleeping, and I spent about 2 hours in those stairs shooting them from various angles.
- In that season, one can't see the road going that far towards the horizon, due to trees. So I spent some time in post-processing cloning out vegetation and houses on the sides, to isolate the path in an empty place. I also made it a bit longer: I love the Eiffel tower shape it gave to it, very Parisian don't you think?
- Back at home, I used my staircase to shoot my portrait as realistically as possible. I carefully put my camera on its tripod in the very same position that is was in Montmartre, and positioned strobes as needed: one at the top right of my stairs, to simulate the closest lamp, and one at the bottom left of them to reproduce the light from the lamps further away. It worked very well, and next to nothing was adjusted for the composite (except of course the usual levels and white balance adjustments).

Thanks for watching!
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aDutchBoy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Brilliantly done! You wouldn't think this was a real place you're standing in, certainly not in the middle of Paris! :D
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CatoAelius Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Again you proved your artistic ability.
Way to go dude!!

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DriPoint Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Great perspective and lighting
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot.
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DriPoint Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Digital Artist
:thumbsup:
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have been featured. cinnamoncandy.deviantart.com/j… :heart:
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature, much appreciated :-)
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shiny-shadows-Art Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful work!! It's amazing Love
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, glad you liked it :-)
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shiny-shadows-Art Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome.:iconsaaptewt:
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roup14 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013   Digital Artist
this is also my favorite mind game and I learnt a lot from that ....my friends always suggest me to think about future and of course live in present ...but that is difficult for me . Analysis of people in my lifer their beahaviour and how I perfomed and what could be the other way to handle that situation ( I am talking about difficult persons in my life) . 
I don't know why I m writing that much but after reading u I did this (  I mean I shared what i do)
In this picture  I liked stairs coming to you & alongwith street lights nd you r looking away from stairs.........seems you're on the way .  
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad to see we share that common disease ;-) Thanks for your kind comment, much appreciated!
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:iconroup14:
roup14 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Digital Artist
My pleasure :D (Big Grin) 
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Deefreethinker Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant :)
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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CaptainTigglesworth Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting concept, and very well executed. Due to the angle of the figure, it almost has a sort of toony feel to it, though I'm not sure if that was intentional/if that's just me, ha ha. I really like it though, very nice work! :D
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
In fact my body has a toony feel whatever the angle ;-) Thanks for your comment, much appreciated!
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CaptainTigglesworth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome and keep up the good work! :D
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UziNinja Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I obsess over the past and never learn anything. Help!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I suggest creating some art expressing your situation, it could be a great way to take advantage of the situation :) Thanks for your comment!
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CatoAelius Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Do I ponder my past?, hell yea!!
"I suppose many persons tend to think a lot about their own path, do you?"
Again, hell yea!!
There are joys and regrets, and there are future possibilities, and then there is death.
It just is!
I have accepted that.
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
We're all on the same boat! Thanks for your comment, much appreciated.
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:iconcatoaelius:
CatoAelius Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Je vous en prie!
Look forward to your next submission.
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ribcage-menagerie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   Photographer
I really like this...it's different and unique and I like the angle too turquoise heart bullet
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, very glad you liked it :-)
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nevadajh Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
As usual awesome work! 
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, happy your liked it :-)
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Art-Kombinat Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Manip, i love your pictures ;-)
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :-)
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jillamos Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
And that ticket is a real ticket to a hot air balloon ride which you got to photograph XD Your back stories are always just as fun to read as the art itself. :) Were the leaves part of the stair photos or were they photographed separately? 

anyway awesome work as always!
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gyaban Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The ticket is made of an old paper photo and of the balloon shot :) As for the leaves, the ones on the ground were already there, and the flying ones were shot separately at home. Thanks a lot for your kind words :-)
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jillamos Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Filmographer
you're welcome! :D
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