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Challenge: In the Rain (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: May 17, 2012
Date Uploaded: May 17, 2012



[May. 23rd, 2012 09:37:35 AM]

Time was really lacking this week: no opportunity to really catch great shots, no advanced processing. I simply took some photos on the way back from a family visit (some landscapes and trees along the road), and processed them a few hours, trying to obtain something interesting. It's obviously not an unforgettable image, but at least I hope it is a bit fun!

Thanks all for your votes and comments, always much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.3788
Avg (commenters): 8.8000
Avg (participants): 6.8235
Avg (non-participants): 7.5714
Views since voting: 4611
Views during voting: 481
Votes: 132
Comments: 57
Favorites: 10 (view)


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04/07/2013 10:30:46 AM
So Magritte, and so spectacular!
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05/29/2012 08:11:40 PM
A constant inspiration Cristophe! If John Lennon was a photographer... lol
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05/27/2012 03:36:03 PM
Congrats on the ribbon and Sigma award, Christophe! I especially like how you managed the background on this one.
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05/27/2012 11:16:02 AM
Christophe, I evidently failed to congratulate you for your latest ribbon, I'm sorry. This is wildly whimsical and very nicely done. Congrats!
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05/27/2012 08:54:03 AM
Congrats on the ribbon and 1x publish.
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05/26/2012 06:19:58 PM
Originally posted by gyaban:

I'm not sure to understand your reasoning. You're of course free to think what you want, but with all respect due, many photos (even achieved with no or minimal editing) are nothing that could be seen with one's eyes directly (lens baby, B&W, wide angle, fisheye, long exposure, etc.). Consequently, I don't believe that if a scene can't be seen as such with one's eyes, then it automatically isn't photography. I also don't believe photography can only depict hard cold reality, many other uses are possible. IMHO, of course.


I 100% agree with you. Well said.

Part of the appeal for me to your composite images is that they look photo-realistic. In a lot of cases with composites, that's hard to pull off.

I am a big fan of conceptual/abstract/surreal photography and the appeal to that style for me is when it looks like a photograph at first, then you realize it can't be...but that part of you wants to believe that it is and that it was taken in some weird world of altered physics and extraordinary coincidences.

I suppose it depends on one's...Point of View.
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05/26/2012 02:40:02 PM
Originally posted by Beni Rodriguez:

Would love to see a tutorial on how you achieved the effect for the tree looking like "you?"


Thanks.
For the tree, it's just basic layer masking stuff: I put all the layers relative to the tree in a group, then created a mask for that group. For that mask, I used a photo of my face, modified so that the face was fully white over a black background (i.e. a mask). The effect was almost done. To complete the effect, I removed some leaves here and there (to create an irregular border), and added some shadows (to suggest a human face even more).
05/26/2012 09:41:54 AM
Congratulations,the best entry for me.
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05/26/2012 08:45:04 AM
Not your best image, but your imagination and skills are always amazing. The impressive side of your creations is that you never copy any of the stuff (I mean tutorials) that we can find on the net. 70% of the expert entries here are only imitations of something that other people have already done. I try to do the same but I don't have your skills. You got awesome results very fast (one week for an artwork is a very short time).
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05/26/2012 08:42:46 AM
can't decide if the birds are coming or going away. I like the touch of lighting on the Belgian umbrella.
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05/26/2012 02:04:51 AM
great image, and well deserved blue ribbon!

Would love to see a tutorial on how you achieved the effect for the tree looking like "you?" :) if you could explain?, if not maybe forward to an external link? thanks :)
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05/25/2012 11:55:29 PM
i had to stare a while to get it -.-

but its quite nice once i did get it.
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05/25/2012 08:36:15 PM
it may not be pure photography as in captured in one shot with no processing(but not much is these days), but its a wonderful surreal montage and beautifully done congrats :) and i speak from both a photographer and an artists point of view!
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05/25/2012 08:33:25 PM
fun idea Christophe, and great execution as usual. Congrats!
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05/25/2012 06:44:24 PM
I knew this one would take the blue!
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05/25/2012 06:29:00 PM
That's really nice.
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05/25/2012 11:51:21 AM
Originally posted by gyaban:

I'm not sure to understand your reasoning. You're of course free to think what you want, but with all respect due, many photos (even achieved with no or minimal editing) are nothing that could be seen with one's eyes directly (lens baby, B&W, wide angle, fisheye, long exposure, etc.). Consequently, I don't believe that if a scene can't be seen as such with one's eyes, then it automatically isn't photography. I also don't believe photography can only depict hard cold reality, many other uses are possible. IMHO, of course.

You know I don't like what you do, but that's what makes the arts interesting. If everyone thought the same thing, it'd be boring as hell. I'll agree there are other techniques which lead to unnatural photos relative to what the eye can truly see, but for me it's the level at which it's done. This line will be different for everyone, and anyone will be hard pressed to sway me from it. But therein lies the beauty of this voting system, I'm only one vote in the average.
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05/25/2012 11:49:11 AM
Glad to hear you were able to hit the road to visit family Christophe, yet you still managed to come up with a nice creation with minimal time spent processing- congrats!
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05/25/2012 11:48:44 AM
Congrats on the Blue and Asigmatic prise together. That's quite an accomplishment.
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05/25/2012 11:28:52 AM
Originally posted by mlianopr:

Originally posted by hahn23:

It's a beautiful image, but it's not photographic in nature. By that, I mean one would never see this with one's eyes. It's a joy to view, but it's pure fantasy. Since this is an expert edit challenge, I will mark this 10, but I don't accept it as a photograph. Really enjoy your ability to draw and paint. No offense intended.


Was thinking almost the same!!


I'm not sure to understand your reasoning. You're of course free to think what you want, but with all respect due, many photos (even achieved with no or minimal editing) are nothing that could be seen with one's eyes directly (lens baby, B&W, wide angle, fisheye, long exposure, etc.). Consequently, I don't believe that if a scene can't be seen as such with one's eyes, then it automatically isn't photography. I also don't believe photography can only depict hard cold reality, many other uses are possible. IMHO, of course.
05/25/2012 11:22:38 AM
Congrats, Christophe!!
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05/25/2012 11:18:40 AM
Originally posted by hahn23:

It's a beautiful image, but it's not photographic in nature. By that, I mean one would never see this with one's eyes. It's a joy to view, but it's pure fantasy. Since this is an expert edit challenge, I will mark this 10, but I don't accept it as a photograph. Really enjoy your ability to draw and paint. No offense intended.


Was thinking almost the same!!
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05/25/2012 11:09:41 AM
Oh, enough already!
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05/25/2012 10:10:19 AM
A remarkable image considering by your own admission you were pushed for time, now if I could get some of those creativity pills you have been using I'm sure my average would increase.

Congratulations on the deserved blue.
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05/25/2012 09:36:04 AM
Love the imagination, when I think of rain it would have never occurred to me to make a man shaped tree with a bird shaped pipe that has rainbow smoke coming out of it with a person with an umbrella walking by in the shot. My mind just does not work that way, but I truly enjoy seeing shots like this. Your work always impresses and inspires!
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05/25/2012 09:23:05 AM
Nowadays your entries get a default Blue ribbon and an extraordinary score. And you make it look so easy. But, I understand you must be spending heck a lot of your family time to bring the picture in your brain on to the monitor. You are certainly one great photographer who has the right blend of creativity and hard work. A lot to learn from you. HUGE congrats!
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05/25/2012 08:09:51 AM
I have a thing for Magritte. And birds in formation. So this is right up there for me. I wonder if the person was a bit smaller if the scene would be even more grand. Regardless, I'm in love with this one.
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05/25/2012 05:23:07 AM
got yourself the asigmatic prize again!
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Congrats on your blue.
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05/25/2012 03:51:09 AM
Congratulations Christophe!
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05/25/2012 02:49:55 AM
Congrats - great bit of fantasy.
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05/25/2012 12:51:22 AM
congrats, another fav in my book
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/24/2012 11:51:45 PM
Ceci n'est ce pas une Magritte, c'est une Gyaban :-)
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05/24/2012 06:04:54 PM
Ha! Thats a cool tree!
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05/24/2012 09:20:47 AM
Awesome PP work
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05/24/2012 12:37:10 AM
Ha, how do you come up with these, you left a French feel to it, exceptional work.
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05/23/2012 07:35:46 PM
Very creative; looks like familiar work.
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05/23/2012 10:16:48 AM
only one word for this: fantastic
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05/23/2012 03:56:01 AM
I have a tree just like that. :P Very good work, as usual.
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05/22/2012 07:36:37 PM
WOW this is amazing! Excellent image! My prediction..this is a blue!! Good Luck! 10
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05/22/2012 07:06:42 PM
Nice shot, Christophe! Your creativity never ceases to amaze.
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05/22/2012 04:16:30 PM
wow, lots of work. Dali-esque.
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05/22/2012 02:34:20 PM
This is great and I recognize the profile of Christophe. I definitely see another ribbon here, and my only preference would be to remove the rainbow. Still, nicely done!

I'm coming back to add...I always admire the detail you put into your works so on that note I thought you would like a mention of a small point about the rainbow. The shadows of the tree and person indicate the source of light is in the same direction in the sky as the rainbow itself and this would not be possible unless this is a "moonbow," as rainbows are in the opposite side of the sky as the sun. I see the "point of view" is that the rainbow appears to be originating from the pipe, but I thought you'd appreciate somebody paying close attention. :) Again, well done and I love the effect. Now, I've got to comment on some other photos!
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05/21/2012 08:40:44 PM
It's a beautiful image, but it's not photographic in nature. By that, I mean one would never see this with one's eyes. It's a joy to view, but it's pure fantasy. Since this is an expert edit challenge, I will mark this 10, but I don't accept it as a photograph. Really enjoy your ability to draw and paint. No offense intended.
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05/21/2012 12:18:17 PM
This looks like Christophe's work.

Couple things I like about this.. One, the tree looks pretty awesome. Two, the rainbow perfectly centered over the pipe. One thing I don't like about this though is the person. In my opinion it doesn't add anything more. In fact to me it clutters it a little. Giving it an 8. Well done overall though.
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05/21/2012 06:35:46 AM
less is more. It tooke me a while to even notice that the tree was shaped like a man and he had a pipe, because I was so distracted by the girl with the umbrella. I love the creativity. Looks realistic. I can't put my finger on it, but something seems off....... maybe the framing, or maybe its the girl with umbrella, I am not sure. Overall, I think it is a nice picture.
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05/19/2012 11:41:14 AM
Best in show, again, congrats. A pleasure to view. Made my day.
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05/18/2012 10:12:39 PM
Even your TREES look like you! No escaping it. :D
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05/18/2012 05:27:50 PM
Fabulous image as always, gyaban. I don't care for the sporadic birds (upper right corner) they are a tad distracting. I am more of a minimalist, though. :)
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05/18/2012 02:47:02 PM
A wonderful creation again! Love the subtle things you take care while creating these beautiful pieces of art.
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05/18/2012 02:30:20 PM
Way cool editing. 10
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05/18/2012 11:49:48 AM
This looks very much like the top ribbon winner to me,wonderfully designed and compiled.Has to be a 10.
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05/18/2012 10:24:38 AM
Very amusing, Christophe. A tree that looks like you! Love the pipe.
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05/18/2012 09:17:37 AM
In my top 3 - I expect it will do exceedingly well - very whimsical but still technically awesome.
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05/18/2012 09:10:32 AM
Cool picture. I wish I could cut trees like that. Very creative, I like it.
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05/18/2012 06:54:25 AM
i'd love to spend one day inside your head.
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05/18/2012 04:49:33 AM
:) Nice but not your best. I think it is the ligther colors in the background that caused me lose the focus of this image. This is a bit contradictory, I know
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05/18/2012 12:07:52 AM
The editing is phenomenal.

I am speechless. I need to learn a thing or two from you
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