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Challenge: Postage Stamp II (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Dec 29, 2016
Date Uploaded: Dec 29, 2016

When I started searching an idea for this challenge, I didn't know that traditional mail was called "snail mail" in English. So when I discovered it, I was quite fresh to the term, and immediately understood the obvious way of using it in an image. It sounded fun, so I decided to start working on it.

The initial sketch was straightforward: since it was supposed to be a postage stamp, I didn't want to include loads of details and small shapes everywhere, it had to be simple. I simply decided to turn the snail towards the camera, with a relatively wide lens, to make things punchier. From there, I went out for some photo hunting!

Regarding the snail shell, the editing was a bit tricky: I had to fully texture it using photos of metal parts, bending them to follow the original spiral shape. It took a few very boring hours, so I'm glad you liked the results :)

Thanks a lot for the great votes and comments, they made me very happy!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 28
Avg (all users): 7.9615
Avg (commenters): 9.2000
Avg (participants): 7.8125
Avg (non-participants): 8.0278
Views since voting: 753
Views during voting: 135
Votes: 52
Comments: 30
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/08/2017 12:46:45 AM
Congrats on the blue, Christophe. Brilliant!
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01/07/2017 05:27:04 PM
Maybe for the first time I didn't recognize your image in a challenge. But when I saw this one I was sure it should be the winner - and I was right. The concept/title is perfect so it's not a surprise to see this one getting the blue!
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01/07/2017 01:10:32 PM
Originally posted by NiallOTuama:

really great stuff. very funny too. enjoying this immensely :)

can i ask in the top middle, is there a patch of blue, or is it just a darker patch and a trick of light makes it look blue? half way along the image. at the top. just under the frilling.


Thanks a lot, very kind of you :)
Yes you are right, there is a patch of blue there. I didn't apply the toning at full opacity, so that some colors of the original photos would survive in the final image (even if the effect is very subtle). I thought it would be a bit richer this way.
01/06/2017 08:36:08 PM
You are an amazing talent. Wonderful image.
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01/06/2017 07:10:58 PM
really great stuff. very funny too. enjoying this immensely :)

can i ask in the top middle, is there a patch of blue, or is it just a darker patch and a trick of light makes it look blue? half way along the image. at the top. just under the frilling.
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01/06/2017 06:52:36 PM
Your attention to detail always amazes me, Christophe.

And the humor is so fun!

Congratulations on (another... ) BLUE! :D
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01/06/2017 04:32:39 PM
Coup de maître. C'est tout.
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01/06/2017 02:36:28 PM
I saw the Blue in my crystal ball
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01/06/2017 02:19:57 PM
Congratulations on the double blue, really awesome work of art.
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01/06/2017 01:55:54 PM
This is so awesome, Christophe :)
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01/06/2017 11:25:15 AM
The sheet metal shell and toning really create a believable story here. Congratulations on yet another fantastic creation!
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01/06/2017 05:07:57 AM
congrats on blue! knew that this was a top 3 material
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01/06/2017 04:50:40 AM
My favorite! Well imagined and executed. Congrats!
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01/06/2017 04:03:22 AM
Just brilliant Christophe!
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01/06/2017 02:19:27 AM
Huge Congrats Christophe!
This was my only ten- not only well crafted, the snail mail idea with its humour is outstanding. The snail house even looks like made of metal. Awesome.
Did you notice- putting this muddleheaded 1 aside - your worst rate was a 6....
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01/06/2017 01:38:38 AM
A well deserved win, congrats
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01/06/2017 12:52:28 AM
I bet a snail will adore to have those dainty wheels!
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01/06/2017 12:20:06 AM
A well deserved 10 from me! And so credible!
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01/06/2017 12:04:27 AM
Congratulations Christophe! I knew this one would out-pace the pack lol.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/05/2017 09:42:40 PM
Very imaginative and well constructed. bump
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01/05/2017 11:54:12 AM
There are several nice looking stamps in the challenge, this one in particular pays homage to mail being old as mentioned in the challenge description. It is also very well crafted with attention to detail (and one of the most realistic postmarks). Nicely done.
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01/03/2017 07:53:31 PM
Very well done, and for a nickel it will definitely be snail mail.
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12/30/2016 01:32:46 PM
A great sense of humour and wonderful execution! My pick for the blue. Bump.
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12/30/2016 01:21:19 PM
Hahahahahaha!
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12/30/2016 08:39:53 AM
bahahahahaaaa! 8 for public lol and brilliant idea/execution :-) wish I'd thought of this.
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12/30/2016 04:06:46 AM
The snail may be slow, but this image is way out ahead of the crowd!
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12/30/2016 03:52:44 AM
Winner!!!
Great idea and really well executed. I give you a 10 and my Blue Dragon Award
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12/30/2016 02:42:18 AM
great concept! hopefully top 3
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12/30/2016 02:18:16 AM
Love it !! Ireally hope this one gets the blue
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12/30/2016 12:13:34 AM
HA!!!!!!!! That is sooooooooo cool!! Brilliantly executed, everything!

10, and I don't normally hand out many of them!

Has to be the WINNER for sure!
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