Just to give you an idea of the work that went into this image Steve’s head was stripped onto another body (there are 2 guys with a build like that? Yikes!). Detail was added to the neck showing more collar bone & muscle definition etc. Since the shot of Steve’s head was pretty blurry & low res looking detail had to be added along with lots of sharpening. Thanks to Joseph at BLT for a new sharpening technique involving the HiPass filter and the Linear Light blending mode. Cool new trick!
The background is built from various shots of crowds. Finally the smoke and color treatment was added overall to create the dark moodiness of the overall image.