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Challenge: April Fool (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Apr 12, 2014
Date Uploaded: Apr 12, 2014


[Apr. 19th, 2014 07:52:17 PM]

When I saw the challenge topic, I immediately remembered that one, for which was also needed a rubber ducky and some other peculiar items. Since my entry used the ducky as a central component back then, I decided to make the potato the hero this time.

From there, it was quite obvious to create a little being riding the ducky, seeking for adventure. But what kind of goals could a potato-man be after? This is how that potato masher came to mind. I decided to construct some kind of mountain, which would symbolize the knight's aim. During the afternoon, I took my wheelbarrow to the river next to my house, and transported some rocks back into my home-studio. I spent the evening arranging them, and added some old roots among them, to make the edifice look like it was an old construction.

The day after, I tried to create the potato-knight himself, but quickly ran into a proportion problem. The ducky I had was way too small, compared to the toothbrush, the watch, or even the coffee cup! In expert editing this would have been trivial to fix, but in advanced I had no choice but go to the toy store, where I finally found a bigger version that was much more suitable for my project.

Shooting the scene went smoothly: a main softbox from the upper left (to support the direction of the knight's look), a strobe from behind the rocks for some backlighting, a cobra pointing to the masher for drama, and a last softbox from behind/right at mid power, just for rim light. Some smoke for good measure, and that was it. On the computer, I spent a few hours carefully masking each portion of the photo, in order to be able to adjust colors independently (turned the background to green, the ducky to white, the toothbrush to red, etc.), which permitted to enforce the mysterious atmosphere I wanted for that shot.

Thank you for the kind votes and comments!

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Votes: 77
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04/24/2014 11:07:50 AM
Such exceptional creativity and implementation. You've crafted a wonderful story from mundane objects. Thanks.
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04/21/2014 06:54:03 AM
Congrats on the blue, Christophe!
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04/21/2014 01:07:17 AM
Archive Collection - Food Faces & Edible Effigy
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04/20/2014 05:37:39 PM
Definitely not a surprise this got the blue. Congrats Christophe.
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04/20/2014 12:18:29 PM
Back where you belong... Congrats once more!
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04/20/2014 10:15:02 AM
cool!
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04/20/2014 09:36:35 AM
Congratulations! Brilliant!!
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04/20/2014 08:13:38 AM
Originally posted by SandyP:

How fun it must be at your house... and how fun it would be to be in side your brilliantly creative head for an hour or so! Congratulations! This is wonderful!


this.

well done
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04/20/2014 07:47:07 AM
Congratulations! Well deserved. Its fun sharing the front page with you ;-)
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04/20/2014 01:28:19 AM
How fun it must be at your house... and how fun it would be to be in side your brilliantly creative head for an hour or so! Congratulations! This is wonderful!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/19/2014 11:38:47 PM
I love everything about this photo... Nice work!
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04/19/2014 07:51:36 PM
Wow what a composition
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04/18/2014 09:28:35 PM
Tragic, quixotic image of innocent adventurer thinking he's attained the Holy Grail, just to stumble upon Mt. Potato Soup. Co-favorite.
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04/18/2014 03:11:59 PM
Must be a Christophe -- Truly incredible!
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04/17/2014 09:32:34 PM
Absolutely fantastic. Great concept and execution.
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04/17/2014 12:25:57 AM
I know who this is.... :-)
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04/15/2014 10:01:07 AM
very artsy.. great rendering
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04/15/2014 08:55:59 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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04/13/2014 05:10:17 PM
brilliant and perfectly executed!
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04/13/2014 04:16:43 PM
ha! Love it
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04/13/2014 01:20:32 PM
This is awesome.
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04/13/2014 11:43:01 AM
Best in the Challenge! Christophe?
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04/13/2014 11:33:56 AM
Ha! what a cute little story!
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04/13/2014 12:16:08 AM
wow, i had the same concept, but you rocked this , 10 !!
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04/13/2014 12:14:16 AM
Very well done!
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04/13/2014 12:03:17 AM
Ribbon. amazing!


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