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Challenge: Easter Eggs (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Mar 28, 2013
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2013



[Apr. 4th, 2013 06:23:16 AM]

It is always difficult to find a creative way to interpret challenges themes, but this one was perhaps even more problematic. I really wanted to avoid the usual Easter postcards (painted eggs, bunny, chocolate, bells, etc.), but at the same time, I wanted to stay within that spirit. So I thought hard about the subject, and decided that instead of directly depicting those common items, my approach would focus on the feeling of joy provided by Easter: children getting excited, families getting together, etc.

At this stage, I didn't have a very precise view of the project. However, given that I had to show some happiness in a way or another, I decided that I first needed an austere background, something lifeless, almost cold, so that the scene of joy would pop to the eye, as an obvious opposition in the middle of it. So I went to the sea one more time, and took various shots of the beach, despite the lack of light, the flat sky, and the cold temperature: not the best walk I've ever had!

Back at home, I quickly looked at the photos, but frankly, they were totally boring, and they inspired me nothing. So again, I spent 2 more days thinking about the topic, and finally, I decided that this need of sharing joyful moments could be symbolized by a giant egg composed of human beings, getting together, unified. Ideally, I would have used photos of different persons, but there wasn't enough time for that. After some hours of sketching the project with the help of my wife, the various positions were identified, and I photographed myself as many times as needed, using different lighting setups, to comply with the final position of each man. I also shot the big red ribbon, to give it a better Easter feeling, rather than showing just a random big egg. I was still lacking a worthy sky, so I took my camera at work three days in a row until some sun finally got through the clouds: this was quite important as my lighting setup was based on it!

I assembled everything, and finally, toned the final image using warm yellow tones, that I thought would better suit the concept than other options. I am quite pleased with the result, as I think the image manages to instantly say "Easter" to the viewer (at least it worked with my parents, which is a good test!), while being a bit different than the usual images on that theme.

Thank you very much for watching! I hope you had a fun and joyful Easter.




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Place: 1 out of 51
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05/09/2013 01:39:06 PM
Got the asigmatic for this'un!
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04/10/2013 04:45:39 AM
Wow, congratulations on fantastic work and excellent image!
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04/09/2013 08:40:36 AM
OMG! 2 1's R U kidding me?
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04/09/2013 08:39:18 AM
Just amazing! As always! Congrats!
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04/07/2013 07:03:48 PM
You amaze me
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04/07/2013 06:11:27 PM
Brilliant work and image!!!!
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04/07/2013 10:20:48 AM
This is astonishingly creative and artistic. Congratulations!
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04/06/2013 10:44:24 PM
You never fail to give a different, unique, and/or interesting perspective to your work. As always, lighting and composition are very well done and thought out. I think it is very interesting that the main man with the splash of red ribbon tied around his neck is in a pose that is a nod to Christ on the sacrificial cross or a cross pose- that is a nice little detail that I wonder how many picked up. Congrats on on the blue!
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04/05/2013 09:27:52 PM
And THAT is how to make a photo. Well done. I am in awe of your imagination, talent and persistence! And congratulations on the Blue!
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04/05/2013 05:36:15 PM
Just Brilliant
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04/05/2013 03:03:23 PM
What a great composition! You did a great job with the light. Thanks for the whole story and congrats with the blue!
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04/05/2013 10:20:28 AM
There was never any doubt, on this one. Love the tint you've chosen. As always, the craftsmanship is impeccable. Congrats on the blue.
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04/05/2013 10:00:45 AM
magnificent. as always.

Congratulations!
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04/05/2013 09:37:27 AM
Incredibly well done as always, Christophe. Congratulations on the blue.
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04/05/2013 09:19:52 AM
You have an amazing mind! Plus, amazing talent. Nice job again.
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04/05/2013 07:10:22 AM
congrats, this is just amazing work
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04/05/2013 05:00:19 AM
congrats!
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04/05/2013 04:22:54 AM
A lot of people out there sir! You had to wait a lot to get a good sky but in the end you found an amazing one and it fits perfectly the image. Your ideas will never end :)
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04/05/2013 04:08:23 AM
Totally amazing image. Outstanding work, Christophe. Congrats!
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04/05/2013 03:24:51 AM
you, sir, rock. congrats!
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04/05/2013 03:02:29 AM
You could be a bit of a genius Monsieur.
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04/05/2013 02:35:33 AM
If only it was as easy to just clone you! You are a genius when it comes to these pictures. Congrats for the umpteen time.
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04/05/2013 02:15:27 AM
Hahaha, I can't believe I didn't notice the bunny!!! Congrats, Christophe
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04/05/2013 02:06:13 AM
awesome job, I am humbled to be on the front page with you, your skills are amazing!!
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04/05/2013 01:53:45 AM
Congratulations. Excellent work, and original idea.
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04/05/2013 12:02:57 AM
Fantastic as always! Love reading your thoughts and how you achieved the final result!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2013 02:07:44 PM
Awesome idea - executed greatly. My top pick!
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04/04/2013 01:50:58 PM
love the color
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04/04/2013 11:10:37 AM
You .... just blow me away again!!
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04/02/2013 10:01:26 PM
Fantastic!
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04/02/2013 09:56:28 AM
Excellent this is one of my favorites from the challenge 10
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04/02/2013 07:04:01 AM
wow - that is so creative! a rather large egg for the little bunny :))
it would be interesting to know (more or less) how you could do this!
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04/02/2013 06:36:50 AM
amazing
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03/31/2013 12:17:48 PM
Wonderfully done, Christophe. I guess I just don't get the vision/concept. The link between Easter eggs and the title alludes me. Undoubtedly, you'll leave great notes as always clarifying this.
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03/31/2013 10:20:11 AM
I imagine this image will do well. Good stuff.
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03/31/2013 04:26:29 AM
Blue!:)
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03/30/2013 11:26:54 PM
Well done!
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03/30/2013 09:16:39 PM
Wow! Very nice!
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03/30/2013 01:37:09 PM
All together ovoid
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03/30/2013 11:52:52 AM
How fun! Best in show award, congrats, well thought out
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03/30/2013 06:51:18 AM
another Masterpiece, Beautiful.
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03/29/2013 03:30:33 PM
WOW - that took some time and creativity!!!
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03/29/2013 10:58:44 AM
Fascinating and well done.



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03/29/2013 09:42:16 AM
good lord you have too much free time on your hands :) perfect lighting as usual.

well done, as usual...
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03/29/2013 09:24:25 AM
I know this will win ... outstanding
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03/29/2013 06:14:50 AM
Love the figure on the lower left who appears to be balancing the egg with his toes - brilliant.
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03/29/2013 05:16:44 AM
yes, of course you win :)
excellent work, perfect lighting. Don't care for the hare, though
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03/29/2013 02:00:25 AM
OMG! Just what we need! A whole army of Christophes!!!! Love the setting. Amazing how you visualize these things.
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