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Challenge: Jewelry Advertisement II (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Oct 30, 2014
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2014



[Nov. 6th, 2014 05:47:58 PM]

I am not really into goods photography, but for once, I decided to give it a try. As nor my wife nor I possess any valuable jewelry, fully designing one from scratch was the best option that came to my mind, not mentioning a fun one. My wife is quite good with a pencil, and she managed to sketch the main lines of the item on a piece of paper. I scanned it and used it as a reference in the project.

From there, I photographed a round, smooth metal bar that I deformed accordingly to create the legs, arms, torso and head of the ballet dancer. My expectations weren't too high, but in the end I was positively surprised by the result: this is definitely a technique I will use again, as it is not that hard and gives nice outputs. Very handy. That project was well worth it experience-wise!

Then, I photographed those little garnets flowers, moving them as needed to obtain the right angle for each shot. I assembled them on the canvas to create the dancer outfit. Technically not too hard (provided you have a macro lens and some lighting) but a bit time consuming.

Last but not least, photographing the cat did not work as expected: the model I originally wanted in my picture was not cooperating at all. In the end, one of my other cats came into the room with a posing mood, so I simply adjusted my plans. No regrets from that side, as I love how he looks in there :-)

Thank you for the comments and kind votes, they are much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 35
Avg (all users): 7.3654
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 7.2083
Avg (non-participants): 7.4125
Views since voting: 1528
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 104
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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11/12/2014 12:31:54 PM
This photograph is impressive! I was stunned by the creativity used to put this all together, great job.
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11/09/2014 11:54:44 AM
Terrific as usual!!!
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11/08/2014 12:20:48 PM
Originally posted by hiltonmd:

Congratulations on the ribbon. Nicely done.

I would love to find an arabesque figurine like that somewhere for my daughter. Can you share where you came across it?


Thanks a lot Mark.
Regarding the figurine, unfortunately, this one does not exist as such. As explained in my notes, I created it using different photos that I assembled in post-processing. I'm sure you'll find something nice for your daughter though!
11/08/2014 10:38:30 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. Nicely done.

I would love to find an arabesque figurine like that somewhere for my daughter. Can you share where you came across it?
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11/07/2014 08:45:01 PM
Congratulations, Christophe. Gorgeous creation (and cat). Thanks for the notes - always enlightening.
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11/07/2014 07:25:28 PM
For Christophe's next project - he will be assembling a 16th scale model of the Eiffel Tour, constructed only with toothpicks and chewing gum. In the dark. Blindfolded.

Congrats!
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11/07/2014 07:22:56 PM
As always, Christophe, your creativity is just outstanding. Love the cat - they earn another handful of kitty treats! - and the ballerina is just spectacular. Amazing that you just made her out of thin air (well and a metal bar :-) Congrats on the red!
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11/07/2014 11:17:48 AM
It was very disappointing to see another cat, because it was sooooo wonderful! What a great idea!
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11/07/2014 07:56:20 AM
Your images still amaze me and then your descriptions really make me stand in awe! Amazing work and detail.
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11/07/2014 05:23:58 AM
Very cleverly done. Congrats on the ribbon.
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11/07/2014 05:19:16 AM
You and your wife are amazing! :) So elegant
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11/07/2014 12:27:23 AM
I love the colors, and of course, the cat :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/06/2014 08:48:12 PM
So marvelous! I even love what you did with the text. :) (voted earlier)
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11/06/2014 05:26:32 PM
Beautiful! Blue.
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11/06/2014 05:16:19 PM
My favorite image in this challenge. I love the lighting and the colors.
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11/06/2014 11:05:43 AM
Where is the jewelry?
11/06/2014 10:44:29 AM
I'll just congratulate you on the blue now... by far the best of the bunch :)
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11/05/2014 08:33:38 PM
The blue light is very special as is the cat's gaze. This is just beautiful and very unusual to my eye. One of my top picks. 10
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11/05/2014 07:05:46 PM
I think this is beautiful art work. IMO, the ballerina without the cat would make a more convincing advertisement.
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11/04/2014 09:35:49 PM
Very elegant! I like the fascination of the cat.
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11/04/2014 07:15:53 PM
Beautifully done in every respect - in my top 5
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11/03/2014 09:42:45 AM
Super cool. Can't critique anything on this because it's way beyond my skill level, excellent job with this processing and creating such a mystical and surreal atmosphere.
That's a really cool looking cat, too.
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11/01/2014 09:53:55 PM
I totally love every single thing about your advertisement.

Well... except the cat's ears compete for the brightest part of your image and draw the eye too much away from the jewelry.

The eyes are great...

Love the light elsewhere and the sparkles!

9
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10/31/2014 08:43:44 PM
The light in the cat's eyes is a little distracting, but overall a good concept.
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10/31/2014 05:18:10 PM
A charming entry, Christophe
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10/31/2014 01:07:27 PM
Amazing Gyaban. One more blue. 10 from me. The looks like having diamond eyes
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10/31/2014 11:30:34 AM
Nicely done, guessing Christophe
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10/31/2014 08:51:47 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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10/31/2014 08:08:04 AM
amazing use of expert editing. even though I feel the jewelry is somewhat secondary this is a work of art & I am giving you a 10. Top 2.
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10/31/2014 04:40:06 AM
I like the cat He's a real star,Photo isn't bad either and I rated it highly for me should be a fight with the other cat shot for blue
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10/31/2014 04:31:32 AM
This is in a league of its own. A wonderful piece of work.
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