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Shangri-La by SilEnigmaArts Shangri-La by SilEnigmaArts
~The legend of the mythical place of Shangri-La was inspired by James Hilton's legendary novel Lost Horizon,
which evokes images of utopia and serenity. A tranquil haven perched high between mountains and
the fertile Blue Moon Valley in Tibet, Shangri-La casts a spell on all who resided there.
Today, Shangri-La stands as a synonym for paradise...~



An extra special thank you to Paul Butler of the UK for the use of his private Swiss Holiday Photographs. I found them on his personal website online [link]
and just knew there was a Shangri-La in them. Permission requested via email and Paul ever so kindly allowed it.

Pauls original valley photo [link]
Waterfalls :iconredheadstock: [link]


I remember seeing this film as a kid. It blew me away, the fantasy of it all and something thats always been one of those extra special memories of childhood that stays with you forever.
This little baby took 12 hours and 43 layers in PSP.
I do hope that everyone likes my interpretation of Shangri-La.

Eni

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Huntan-Peck Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Absolutely beautiful!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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Airforce1985 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Dan! I sure wish this place were real!! Unlike Eden, it's highly doubtful if this place ever existed. I was watching a show on The History Channel about Shangri-La, and the Buddist monks say it only exists in "spiritual enlightenment." I KNOW that Eden existed because it is mentioned in the Bible & it has a real location.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Digital Artist
If there really was a place like this....im sure that we would have found some way of stuffing it up big time. Its what mankind does :shrug:
Thanks for commenting on the piece and thank you too for the watch :)
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Airforce1985 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
Mankind are fools. It's a good thing we don't know about things.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011   Digital Artist
:nod:
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kittendreamz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Beautiful artwork! Wonderful job, really.

I wanted to follow the link to the original picture of the valley, but it appears that the website is down or it isn't working? Is there still any way that we can view the picture in it's original form?
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Digital Artist
Ive just had a look at his blog site and it seems he has closed the site. This shot was taken in late 2006 so I would say that he would either have taken his blog site down or made a new one. I have sent him an email and if i get a response from him with regard to a new site that he might be showing his holiday photo's on now, then I will let you know.
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this shot in my mountains-collection![link]
I hope you agreed!:wave:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009   Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much :)
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure and very welcome!:worship::wave:
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RooZombie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
This looks nothing like the hotel I stayed in, but it is very beautiful nevertheless. :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   Digital Artist
Lol....those bloody hotels are everywhere
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Biomech44 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
No such thing as "too busy"..just more to see and enjoy ;)I stick with my original opinion..Stunning :deviation:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007   Digital Artist
Awww thanks lol :hug:
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Biomech44 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007
Stunning :deviation:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2007   Digital Artist
I thought so at the time after I had made it lol. But I had a vision in my minds eye and come hell or high water I was going to recreate Shang lol. Man this one took forever to make but in hindsight now I think perhaps its too busy.
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
So vast! And very powerful!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007   Digital Artist
Thank you again. I worked hard on this one trying to keep it all in perspective. Im glad you like it. Thank you too for another :+fav:
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
It has a real, yet fantasy look to it all at the same time. :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007   Digital Artist
Its how I had hoped it would come across...seems I succeeded lol
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SilverMixx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you did ;)
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firewalker06 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
As if from Shire to Mount Doom... (Lord of The Rings)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007   Digital Artist
Well yes I guess in a way this is going in reverse...back to the Shire. The outside world was pretty ordinary in comparison to Shangri-La. I have been on Mt Doom in real and I can tell you its very very very barren.
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gabyhenri Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work !!!!
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks Geert. Glad you like it.
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redheadstock Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! You did a great job with this. :)
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Smiles...thank you very much. And thank you too for your brushes. Even though they are photoshop brushes you so kindly have catered for everyone else without photoshop, by making your brushes available as image packs. I prefer to work with them like this so its all good lol.
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ChrissieCool Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible work :+deviation:
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks again Chrissie.
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4420 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
I love it.
43 layers ...blimey,how do you keep track of them all?
Can I ask how many pictures this is made up of?I cant see the joins or seams atall.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Hey thanks Matt for the comment.
I used 7 of Pauls holiday shots. I just cut layers from various photos and blended them in as I needed to trying to make it as seamless as possible thus the 43 layers. I cloned a lot. The village I used 8 different layers alone to create the shape I wanted of the village (a lot of erasing lol). Did a lot of lighting changes. Made the clouds and mist myself. Filtering of the layers and also opacity plays a big part in how seamless you make it. Just takes a lot of time and patience. But I think it paid of in the end. Layers are easy to keep track of if you name them. This is the original shot that started me off on this tangent lol .... [link]
Thanks for the :+fav:
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4420 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
Your very welcome for the fave.
I hadnt realized that you had created the mist and clouds yourself ,id presumed they were a part already a part of the mountain stock.It really adds to the image as a whole and gives that sense of both scale and depth.
Im still amazed that you can manage to keep track of 43 layers ,I have panic attacks at 5 and cardiac arrest at 7.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007   Digital Artist
Its not hard really lol, as long as you name the layers as you go.
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SilEnigmaArts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007   Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment. I think its too late to enter it because I have already submitted it into photomanip/fantasy whereas all entries must be submitted as community projects etc etc etc. I am happy to just submit it in my gallery as a photomanip and hope that those that watch or visit enjoy what they see.
Thanks for your encouragement Lija. :hug:
Eni
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needpictures Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
*Anti-Cliché contest

should proofread my comments before submitting them.
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needpictures Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
I think you should submit this into the Anti-Cliche´.

Since it does not have a girl in a long skirt looking desolate(which according to the contest holder is a kind of photomanipulation cliché;).


And you have beautifully blended the green and blue.
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