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Challenge: Steampunk (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Feb 12, 2015
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2015



[Feb. 19th, 2015 04:55:43 PM]

Have you ever wondered what part of you is really you? I mean, we all are the sum of various influences (parents, brothers, sisters, friends, wife, husband, kids, colleagues, etc.), and of various experiences (most of which we did not choose in the first place), but does some kind of personal core exist? Is there something inside you that is purely your own being? And if so, would it even be possible to identify it, to store it in some way, to clone it or transmit it?

I was day dreaming about that, when the idea of this recursive image appeared in my mind. I thought a steampunk environment would fit the project nicely. As usual, I started by drawing some rough sketches, which proved to be very useful here (preparing the appropriate position in order for the multiple photos to align well was important). Then I disguised myself with a hat and goggles I've bought a long time ago (for another project that I've never finished), and shot a self portrait as well as all the other items: flame, copper tubes, steam, and so on. The editing part was fun, because I was unsure of the result until the very last steps: I spent 90% of the time on the main character, and all the other copies were created at the end. It felt a bit like a little surprise ;-)

Thanks a lot for your kind votes, comments and for watching: much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 28
Avg (all users): 7.8043
Avg (commenters): 9.4000
Avg (participants): 7.4667
Avg (non-participants): 7.8701
Views since voting: 1844
Views during voting: 382
Votes: 92
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/23/2015 12:06:09 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon.
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02/20/2015 04:13:31 PM
Looks like you're the master of expert editing, but perhaps you already was ;) Congrats with the blue, and I always like your background information!
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02/20/2015 09:50:59 AM
Bravo!! Great finish. Congrats on the blue. And thank you for the interesting background information. It is a very interesting thought.
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02/20/2015 07:24:50 AM
Christophe...you never cease to amaze me. Your creativity is out of this world
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02/20/2015 07:24:49 AM
Christophe...you never cease to amaze me. Your creativity is out of this world
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02/20/2015 02:07:32 AM
fantastic!
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02/20/2015 01:11:20 AM
Congrats on the well deserved blue. Always great inspiring work from you.
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02/20/2015 12:43:19 AM
Congrats on first place...job well done.
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02/20/2015 12:25:48 AM
Congratulation Christophe. This is wonderfull
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02/20/2015 12:16:16 AM
Congrats, Christophe. I love the little puff of steam
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/19/2015 10:54:29 PM
Cool, one of my top three.
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02/19/2015 07:17:39 PM
Steampunk's all the way down
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02/19/2015 11:55:50 AM
Amazing!
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02/19/2015 06:04:27 AM
This can only be the master himself though you do have some stiff competition in this one - this is still my overall favourite. The furthest back instance adds a wonderful creepy feel to this and those light bulbs are just wonderful. 10 from me!
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02/16/2015 05:32:39 PM
wow

top of the challenge !
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02/16/2015 11:56:25 AM
This ends up being my top pick.
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02/14/2015 10:55:11 PM
So weird but so cool, makes me feel as if I am sitting right in the room looking at it. Love the lighting on this
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02/14/2015 11:08:47 AM
Grats on the ribbon, Christophe! Knowing how busy you must be these days, how you find the time to produce stuff like this just boggles the mind. 10
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02/13/2015 11:51:23 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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02/13/2015 05:39:52 AM
Very well done! reach for the numebr one in my own opinion
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02/13/2015 12:56:21 AM
What a fun image. Intricate, whimsical, and a bit demented
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