This image was a little more work than the others. I created a background
(inspired by Polina's medallion) specifically to be a good recipient for the
portrait. I produced the background using Corel Photopaint 10, I went a bit
wild using gradient/fountain fills in multiple planes, but this technique
was a real time saver. After creation of the background Polina was added and
then I did a number of minor touch ups to make her placement look a bit more
authentic. The image was created at 4,500 x 3000 pixels (13.5 megapixels) and
the above is a greatly reduced version (1024 x 683, 0.7 megapixels) to really
appreciate the detail in the full sized image you should take a glance at the
next photo in this gallery which is a small section of the above image at
its original size.
Portrait by Oleg Birioukov.