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Challenge: Deep in the Heart of December (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L MF
Date: Dec 27, 2012
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2012



[Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:52:32 AM]

This year, I visited my parents for Christmas. I knew a new contemporary art museum had opened next to their place, and the curiosity dragged me there. Among other things, I especially liked the work of Sandy Skoglund: in her photos, she would often paint a whole room in one color, then add repetitive items of another color, resulting in incredible surreal images.

She inspired me, and I decided to wrap up a few things: sofa, table, lamp, pedestal, chair, walls, chimney... and add some Christmas balls! Special thanks to my father who agreed to pose for that one.

On a fun note, I had to take various photos of my father (holding the position) from all around the room, in order to have various points of view available to create the appropriate reflections in the balls.

Happy New Year everyone!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 35
Avg (all users): 7.4729
Avg (commenters): 8.5625
Avg (participants): 7.1200
Avg (non-participants): 7.5577
Views since voting: 3154
Views during voting: 381
Votes: 129
Comments: 38
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/06/2013 12:47:01 PM
Always a pleasure to view your images before the roll-over - enhanced by the chance to read your comments and explore them again, notes in hand. No exception here. Congratulations on the blue - your father must be very pleased.
BTW, has anyone ever told you your English is as good as your photography and digital darkroom work?
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01/04/2013 11:50:29 PM
Congrats on the ribbon, this is such a fun image. And Happy New Year to you as well!
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01/04/2013 07:56:49 PM
congrats on this image! very well put together!
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01/04/2013 12:17:28 PM
Oh, and Happy New Year to you too Gyaban! I'll be happy if I can only see more pictures like that! :)
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01/04/2013 12:16:30 PM
Like I said before I had no doubts it was going to ribbon. I admire your work so much! Congratulations on another excellent blue! :)
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01/04/2013 11:51:30 AM
Another wonderful image,Congratulations once more and I hope there is many more.
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01/04/2013 11:44:47 AM
I especially like the torn thread, which apparently was not strong enough to hold the giant ball.
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01/04/2013 10:02:18 AM
I love the green!! Congrats on your (Dad's) blue! :)
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01/04/2013 08:15:46 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

Teehee! So should we continue to call you Christophe, or are you going to change your name to Christo? :-)

Grats as always on the blue!


Thanks a lot Susan. No name change for now, I think I'm done with wrapping things for a while ;-)
01/04/2013 08:09:37 AM
Teehee! So should we continue to call you Christophe, or are you going to change your name to Christo? :-)

Grats as always on the blue!
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01/04/2013 07:49:27 AM
Originally posted by mike_311:

you really wrapped up the furniture?


Yup. I always do as much as I can in reality, it is much easier than doing it afterwards in post-processing.
01/04/2013 07:43:00 AM
Wonderful result - Congrats on the Blue!
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01/04/2013 06:32:13 AM
you do go into details. you really wrapped up the furniture?
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01/04/2013 06:15:48 AM
Great vision Christophe. Always fun to discover the details!
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01/04/2013 03:11:15 AM
a wonderful congrats for an image full of wonder... congrats christophe!
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01/04/2013 03:07:23 AM
another great shot! Blue or not Blue this is really an awesome image... i love your fantasy and your technique Gyaban!
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01/04/2013 02:20:14 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

I'm dying to know what your dad thought of it all, especially the wrapped furniture....


My parents are always very entertained by my "strange ideas", as they call them. The wrapped furniture was no exception: they even kept them wrapped a few days for fun. While they know I enter my images in online challenges, they don't know about DPC, and were very curious about the result: I will call them tomorrow - my father is going to be very proud of winning his first ribbon :)
01/04/2013 12:49:21 AM
Sheesh! Who am I to critique YOU??? I'm dying to know what your dad thought of it all, especially the wrapped furniture....
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01/04/2013 12:43:13 AM
Well done Christophe! I remember your father also posing for you in your "Iron man" image what seems like ages ago. Possibly your first "expert" image too?
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01/04/2013 12:30:55 AM
This time I was only 'almost' sure it was yours :)

In any case it was my highest vote in the challenge. This time I am not too far from you ;)

Congrats on the blue - if I'm not wrong you reached IreneM as the top ribbons winner!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2013 03:31:11 PM
Happens every year
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01/03/2013 10:49:53 AM
An A for creativity and another A for execution,an A for pulling it all off. Well done.
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01/03/2013 10:10:27 AM
I love the humour of this. Very well done.
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01/03/2013 12:13:14 AM
Very creative!
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01/02/2013 03:57:50 PM
Great horrorized Christmas colors. The abundance of elements feels gyabanesque :) especially the ball in front. But for this scene, I honestly think it's not the right approach. The wrapped furniture a-la Raymond's parents will get you a ribbon for sure! :)).
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01/01/2013 10:50:31 PM
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The Flying Pig Honorable Mention awarded in recognition of fine art created with photography, especially in Expert editing challenge entries. See previous awards & comments in The Flying Pig thread.

This is amazing. On the surface, at first glance, it's so real, so accessible. In the details, it's so surreal. I zoomed my screen to the max on it, & WOW. This composition seems to illustrate a story that is unfamiliar, that I can't figure out. I enjoy the looking.
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12/30/2012 12:56:52 PM
Oh how cute and clever!!
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12/30/2012 07:35:45 AM
Wow, you even got the reflections in the balls. Nice.
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12/29/2012 01:32:26 PM
Top 3
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12/29/2012 10:20:39 AM
nice use of the rule set to create an otherworldly scene - the reflection of the man in the ball is wonderful
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12/28/2012 09:30:41 PM
Totally fun.
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12/28/2012 09:17:40 PM
This is so beautiful and strange. The wrapped furniture is wicked clever. Not sure why he's poking the ornament but the red and green light works well. A technical nit for me is that the source light for his face is a mystery. It is neither glowing from the fire (which would be the logical source, but it is hidden behind the ornament) or the right color.
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12/28/2012 05:32:58 PM
So well done.
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12/28/2012 11:51:48 AM
Cool! Love the red and green, too!

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12/28/2012 10:44:31 AM
Those darn ornaments keeping getting bigger every year.
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12/28/2012 08:02:38 AM
I have no doubt it's gonna ribbon. Amazing idea, great colors, perfectly done! Congrats! A 10 from me.
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12/28/2012 05:53:11 AM
Looks complex,is that your father?
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12/28/2012 12:02:15 AM
amazing...well done 9
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