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Challenge: Zodiac II (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Sep 20, 2012
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2012

Thanks a lot everyone.

I found this challenge to be relatively closed to creativity, as all the ideas I found were necessarily putting the zodiac sign a bit out of his usual environment, resulting in an off-topic rendering.

So I went for this Aquarius giant, made of stone. For it to be consistent, I textured it using various photos of the cliffs around the scene. I simply tried to bend the stone to kind of follow the body curves. Then I added some grass and trees on it, to give the impression he's been there for a long time, filling the sea with his amphora. The background is mostly untouched: in particular, the sunset, colors and clouds are those that were there that day. The stars and the nebula were of course added in post-production.

Here is a link to a bigger version: if you would like a particular resolution feel free to contact me in pm.

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Place: 1 out of 39
Avg (all users): 7.4622
Avg (commenters): 8.6923
Avg (participants): 7.3704
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Views since voting: 3925
Views during voting: 409
Votes: 119
Comments: 25
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09/28/2012 03:46:25 PM
Hmmmm...my wayward opinion has decided to behave itself today...::beams:: So, I will just say that I love the deep twilight of the beach especially with clouds. Must have been a lovely evening...;-)
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09/28/2012 03:41:16 PM
So glad you this won blue! Congrats!
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09/28/2012 03:02:18 PM
nice work, Christophe. I especially like the backlighting on the figure. The only odd thing is a dark shadow on the sea surface to right from the splash

Message edited by author 2012-09-28 15:03:07.
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09/28/2012 12:55:37 PM
I have to say that in hi-res is MUCH better. It lost a lot of details at 800px.
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09/28/2012 12:50:59 PM
Originally posted by yanko:

The overall rendering is nice, but the "natural" lighting isn't believable, IMO. It looks more like a staged photo shoot with mix lighting.


It's a deliberate choice. I opted for what I found prettier, rather than sticking to cold hard physical realism. It's what I appreciate the most about the expert rules: one can create things the way he likes freely.
09/28/2012 12:43:51 PM
The overall rendering is nice, but the "natural" lighting isn't believable, IMO. It looks more like a staged photo shoot with mix lighting.
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09/28/2012 11:25:14 AM
Great creation and obviously great camera work to start with. I really like this shot.
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09/28/2012 11:20:47 AM
Congrats on the blue!
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09/28/2012 11:15:20 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Christophe. Well thought out as always.
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09/28/2012 11:00:42 AM
Congratulations Christophe.
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09/28/2012 02:38:04 AM
congrats once again christophe!
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09/28/2012 01:01:17 AM
Congratulations on the blue, Christophe. Great work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2012 10:42:45 PM
We have here here a collage of too many things, each one with a different texture and degree of noise. We even got Etretat's famous rock, reduced to a dainty miniature.
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09/27/2012 04:04:57 AM
Not hard to guess this is yours since this is Etretat :)

Different than usual and interesting. I have to take a look when I'm fully awake ;)
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09/27/2012 01:27:09 AM
Great image, beautifully done. Top 5.
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09/25/2012 01:25:26 AM
Damn it this better win! This will def ribbon but it better win. The only aquarius ive seen and I love it(partly because im aquarius) but a lot of technique in this and its seamless. I wish I had a hi res-version of this to make it my desktop background its that good to me!

Def beats the only other aquarius by a mile. Great job.
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09/24/2012 10:47:54 AM
Loving the galaxy in the sky.
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09/23/2012 03:36:05 PM
amazing
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09/22/2012 04:29:35 PM
Well done. Pretty, too.
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09/22/2012 12:20:33 PM
Looks like the winner if the trend follows the usual path,a very good image.
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09/21/2012 06:49:02 PM
Freakin amazing. If this isn't gyaban I will be surprised. What an amazing photo.
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09/21/2012 11:28:50 AM
Oh those little trees! even a distant bird, as though a stone virgin as big as a mountain was an everyday occurrence. And the light is beautifully done.
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09/21/2012 09:00:42 AM
Interesting
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09/21/2012 08:57:21 AM
So creative, wonderful composition. 10
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09/21/2012 12:07:01 AM
This one will ribbon. :)
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