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The Balcony (Tribute to P. Ramette)
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Famous Photograph (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: France
Date: Jun 13, 2010
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Water
Date Uploaded: Jun 13, 2010

For this challenge, I decided to reproduce a surrealistic shot originally created by the french photographer Philippe Ramette. It is called "The Balcony", and won several prizes.

This was quite EPIC to shoot.
- First I had to buy the wood and build the structure.
- Then, I traveled a first time to a lake a few kilometers away from my house, and measured the depth of the water at various locations, in order to build the feet of the structure with appropriate lengths.
- After that, I cut the feet at home, and transported everything back to the lake. Believe me, this thing is heavy! My wife and I had a hard time installing it.
- Shoot!

Was a very fun day :-)
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Edit:
Thank you all for all your kind comments and votes! I am really happy my work got rewarded. Many things could have turned wrong in this setup, but the risk paid off.

Also, congratulations to every photographer in that challenge, it was a tough one!

Go Jawbones :-)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 92
Avg (all users): 7.6709
Avg (commenters): 9.0400
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.9138
Views since voting: 13144
Views during voting: 584
Votes: 158
Comments: 110
Favorites: 69 (view)


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01/15/2013 01:28:25 AM
Originally posted by LanndonKane:

would have preferred if your coat wasn't hanging downwards. kinds of ruins the illusion.


Indeed. And without a vertical lake would have been better too I suppose, since it kind of gives a clue.
01/14/2013 08:44:47 PM
would have preferred if your coat wasn't hanging downwards. kinds of ruins the illusion.
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04/08/2011 03:30:59 PM
Your hard work definitely paid off! Amazing shot...Congrats on a well deserved blue!
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06/28/2010 12:42:47 AM
SNAPS on all your effort! Congratulations on the Blue! Truly a WORTHY Photo! :)
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06/24/2010 09:11:07 PM
Too cool. The vibrant colors really make this pop! Great job.
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06/23/2010 06:10:58 PM
Outstanding image AND set up...! Brilliant - congrats on the ribbon :o) Looking forward to see what you come up with next :o)
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06/23/2010 12:39:48 PM
This is one of the coolest pictures i've ever seen. Even better than the original image
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06/23/2010 09:46:42 AM
that was well worth the work it took to create. i love it. well done.
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06/22/2010 10:08:55 PM
I thought I went to lengths for DPC stuff this is an insanely awesome image from an effort unparalleled.
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06/22/2010 09:59:59 PM
Congratulations on your win. You really earned this ribbon. Wonderful work.
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06/22/2010 04:22:52 PM
C o n g r a t s ! ! ! :)
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06/22/2010 01:00:46 PM
Christopher, Congrats on the ribbon and PB. Great choice and a brilliant execution.

Looking at the efforts you have spent on this, I feel the score should have been 8+. Many, like I did would have thought that the wooden structure already existed there.
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06/22/2010 12:01:10 PM
One of my favorite dpc pictures in a while. Congrats!
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06/22/2010 03:17:15 AM
Christophe, qeu'est-ce une image fantastique. Travail acharné porte ses fruits!
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06/21/2010 08:53:02 PM
Amazing! Congratulations on a very deserved, and it appears hard earned, first place finish. It is quite appropriate that more people voted 10 on this, than any other score. Simply amazing!
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06/21/2010 08:25:57 PM
i guess we should of guessed it was you chris.....brilliant as usual.
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06/21/2010 05:50:07 PM
Simply put, this is awesome and what an effort. Congrads.
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06/21/2010 04:06:26 PM
excellent rendition. Your hard work paid off well! Congratulations!
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06/21/2010 03:47:36 PM
Did I mention flawless?
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06/21/2010 03:39:50 PM
Excellent, stellar, magnificent and brilliant and I was just talking about the work you did making the prop. :) The photo is beyond my abilities to comment on so I will just applaud you - and congratulate you on your so well deserved ribbon.
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06/21/2010 03:35:09 PM
Above and beyond. Congratulations.
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06/21/2010 03:24:13 PM
Amazing, inspiring, and well deserved win, you've made a fan out of me! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!
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06/21/2010 02:04:14 PM
Incredible dedication. Keep up the great work.
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06/21/2010 01:44:01 PM
Superb vision and execution. Congrats on another blue Christophe!
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06/21/2010 01:12:45 PM
Great work. I like seeing stuff done like this. Outside the box and some real thought put into it as so it seems.

Grats on the blue.

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06/21/2010 01:06:48 PM
Congrats on blue. All your hard work and talent paid off!
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06/21/2010 12:58:07 PM
Congrats. This is just too terrific.
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06/21/2010 11:54:50 AM
What an amazing shot. Love the amount of work and detail you put into the setup. Congrats on the blue!
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06/21/2010 11:29:33 AM
Incredible shot. Absolutely deserving of the blue ribbon. Congratulations. And thank you for creating a piece of art like this for us.
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06/21/2010 11:28:22 AM
I'm speechless! Instant FAV! Your Ribbon should be ULTRA BLUE! Congrats!

Message edited by author 2010-06-21 11:32:44.
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06/21/2010 11:09:43 AM
Great work! Keep 'em coming! Congrats!!
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06/21/2010 10:06:17 AM
Congratulations. Congrats on the Blue!
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06/21/2010 09:45:02 AM
Congrats, impressed by the work1
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06/21/2010 08:44:48 AM
Absolutely, positively fantastic shot! I'm happy to see your efforts rewarded with the Blue - CONGRATULATIONS!
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06/21/2010 08:44:24 AM
When I first looked at this photo, I spent several minutes staring at it. What an amazing job! All that hard work certainly paid off! I would love to see this as a print! It is superb!
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06/21/2010 08:38:53 AM
Awesome shot Christophe! Congrats on the beautiful interpretation!
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06/21/2010 08:24:58 AM
Impressive!!! Not only the picture but all the effort and time you put into this....Well deserved ribbon!!
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06/21/2010 08:05:19 AM
Awesome stuff Christophe! You are an amazing photographer!
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06/21/2010 07:43:26 AM
Yayyyy!! Go Christophe! Go Jawbones!! Really awesome picture, kudos on the setup, glad that you and your wife have so much fun with the challenges:D I am glad to see your hard work paid off.
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06/21/2010 06:52:58 AM
What a hell of a lot of work... well-*earned* ribbon :-)
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06/21/2010 06:26:03 AM
Wonderful job,well worth the effort,congrats to you !
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06/21/2010 05:59:07 AM
No words, but amazing!
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06/21/2010 05:39:35 AM
Originally posted by nutzito:


ETA: I say he should be banned for DPL3 :-)


Haha, thanks Alfredo for all the kind words :-)

I would add that I started photography 1 year ago due to my wife working almost every Saturday, which means I have a full day every week that I can affect to my shots... I am aware this is a great advantage over persons that have kids or family to take care of, which also explains why I am able to fool around with wood sticks ;-)
06/21/2010 05:35:18 AM
congrats on the blue
i looked up the original image and man you so pulled it off
well done
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06/21/2010 04:54:19 AM
Congrats on a very well deserved blue. Excellent work.
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06/21/2010 04:07:11 AM
congratulations! Well deserved!
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06/21/2010 04:00:00 AM
Originally posted by ErinKirsten:

...... Go Jawbones!!


After seeing the Jawbones profile page, I think it would be more appropriate to say Go Gyaban! JK :-) you are all very talented

Gyaban joined DPC less than 4 months ago, got a red on his 1st free study entry, then a blue... and (so far) has grabbed 5 ribbons during DPL2
5 out of his team's top 6 percentiles are his
Portraiture, indoor setup, outdoor setup, landscape, color, b&w, he's done it all with tons of talent
..... what an outstanding performance!
I don't know if that is a record for DPL, but I am sure it will hardly be matched in the future.
Huge congrats Christophe!!!

ETA: I say he should be banned for DPL3 :-)

Message edited by author 2010-06-21 04:16:16.
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06/21/2010 03:57:40 AM
Dude! You are unbelievable! Awesome! Congratulations!
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06/21/2010 03:02:00 AM
You did it again !!!
Congrats !!!
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06/21/2010 02:34:50 AM
Sterling effort old chap. Proficiat on the Blue. Even better then the original imo. You really went all the way and spared no effort. I am impressed.
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06/21/2010 01:59:57 AM
Originally posted by nutzito:

Surprised this did not reached a 8+ score. It really deserved it.
How did you manage to get those concentric ripples? I think that is a major element in your amazing composition.


Thank you :-)
The concentric ripples were achieved by me stepping into the water a few seconds before shooting the photo. This is why my trousers are wet, and also the reason why I decided to not wear shoes.
06/21/2010 01:57:07 AM
Just Wow. Congrats.
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06/21/2010 01:38:11 AM
Congratulations on your win. Excellent concept and execution. Happy for you that your efforts paid off.
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06/21/2010 01:36:41 AM
Surprised this did not reach a 8+ score. It really deserved it.
How did you manage to get those concentric ripples? I think that is a major element in your amazing composition.

Message edited by author 2010-06-22 17:51:30.
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06/21/2010 12:46:43 AM
Brilliant and well done. Congrats on your reward!
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06/21/2010 12:43:05 AM
With all that effort you put into it, I'm glad you won the blue. Congrats!
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06/21/2010 12:35:09 AM
Fantastic effort, a great interpretation of the shot. Well deserved!
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06/21/2010 12:32:52 AM
Awesome!
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06/21/2010 12:31:21 AM
So cool Christophe. Congrats on the Blue!
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06/21/2010 12:29:32 AM
Congrats on a truly inspiring image.
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06/21/2010 12:24:08 AM
I thought I was nuts transporting a big cast iron tub to location! Iron Tub

Nice craftsmanship! (on the structure and the photo)
Congrats!!
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06/21/2010 12:23:50 AM
Excellent! Absolutely LOVE your interpretation of the original. Fabulous idea and so pleased it did well for you after all the work you put into it. HUGE congrats on your blue and your new PB, Christophe.
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06/21/2010 12:17:52 AM
Very cool. I didn't know the photography but when I looked it up, I was amazed. Congratulations!
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06/21/2010 12:13:55 AM
Absolutely amazing...you are one dedicated photographer!!!
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06/21/2010 12:11:41 AM
Well deserved! This was my only 10. Congrats!
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06/21/2010 12:08:00 AM
Congratulations Christophe! I hope people will realize all the effort you went to with this image. You spent a lot of time building that platform yourself and then captured it all superbly. So deserving of the blue!
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06/21/2010 12:06:49 AM
Awesome, awesome pic! Going to favorites.
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06/21/2010 12:06:07 AM
Huge Congrats to you!! Go Jawbones!! So pleased all your hard work paid off - you deserve this!!

Message edited by author 2010-06-21 00:52:33.
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06/21/2010 12:05:05 AM
congrats! I'm so glad your effort paid off =)
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06/21/2010 12:04:57 AM
Congrats on the well deserved Blue, such a fantastic image
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06/21/2010 12:04:12 AM
Wow, after reading what you did you deserve to win.
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06/21/2010 12:03:47 AM
I so called it! Congratulations, very deserving blue.
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06/21/2010 12:02:36 AM
Congrats on the blue. Its a great shot.
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06/21/2010 12:02:34 AM
AWESOME!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2010 11:55:23 PM
Ribbon
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06/20/2010 11:10:12 PM
Excellent interpretation. You are pretty darn strong!
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06/20/2010 09:48:29 AM
Well done!
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06/20/2010 12:21:25 AM
Amazing! Interested in knowing how you set this up. GREAT WORK and one of my top three picks.
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06/19/2010 07:27:38 PM
Looks like a ribbon winner to me. A seven for you.
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06/18/2010 03:31:49 PM
:)Very clever
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06/18/2010 03:48:46 AM
congrats in advance...those fantastic concentric ripples around the subject make the photo ....this has to be an 8+ finish...it deserves it. Looking forward to find out the final score...another 10 from me.
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06/17/2010 06:09:53 PM
Stunning! 10
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06/17/2010 04:04:15 PM
Marvelous! I cannot believe you would have constructed the "balcony" just for this challenge. The sky, the water, the perfectly reflected fringe of trees - I smell a winner here, and I've only just started looking at the entries. Incredible preparation and set up. An instant fave

Back to marvel at this photo. To me it is even better than the original. My pick for the blue.
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06/17/2010 02:04:42 AM
LOVE IT!
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06/16/2010 10:14:41 PM
The amount of work that must have gone into this is just unthinkable. Incredible image.
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06/16/2010 07:19:31 PM
Wow - this must have taken a lot of set-up! Very cool. Extra points for the effort you obviously went to - plus it works.
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06/16/2010 05:48:13 PM
Congrats on the ribbon :-)
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06/16/2010 02:29:05 PM
Excellent and brilliantly interesting! That must have taken not only a lot of thought and set up but, also a great deal of strength for the model to hold himself up like that! I hope he was well rewarded! :)
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06/16/2010 12:32:20 PM
So so cool. What is the structure that makes up the balcony? Wonderful treeline and color of the water is lovely.
If you try this again, consider getting the camera a little closer to the water, and tilting a bit more up. Great shot.
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06/16/2010 12:26:06 AM
This is an amazing piece of work. If I don't see this at the top of this challenge I will be surprised.
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06/16/2010 12:23:17 AM
You didn't! Surely. I think you did...
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06/15/2010 11:02:14 PM
Wow, gotta give it to you for effort! And a great result!
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06/15/2010 06:00:03 PM
Nicely done.
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06/15/2010 08:55:18 AM
Certainly ribbon-worthy stuff... I love it!
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06/15/2010 01:17:49 AM
considering the location and the front-page quality of the photo, i would guess "gyaban" see you on the podium.
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06/14/2010 09:45:12 PM
and my fiance thought I went to a lot of trouble to set up my image, sheesh! Great take on the original, probably the freshest interpretation here

Additional comment: you know what? this is better than the original
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06/14/2010 09:29:24 PM
brilliant!!i'm in loss of words. my advanced wishes!!
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06/14/2010 06:41:31 PM
You appear to have gone to quite a lot of trouble on this one!

One of the first 10s I have given for a very long time. Excellent.
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06/14/2010 05:03:51 PM
Stunningly well done!
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06/14/2010 12:11:19 PM
nicely done!
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06/14/2010 11:30:58 AM
Fantastic...awesome composition and execution!
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06/14/2010 11:24:34 AM
Love this one, IMO, I would have cropped the bottom right in that split of the trees. Thats just me though....10
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06/14/2010 10:07:47 AM
Wow!
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06/14/2010 08:36:31 AM
Oh I saw this just the other day......excellent job!!!!!!!!!
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06/14/2010 07:46:44 AM
Very cool.
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06/14/2010 03:29:34 AM
AWESOME image! a ribbon winner...10 and congrats! really well done!
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06/14/2010 02:05:34 AM
Such commitment!! A fantastic result too! I haven't really looked at the other yet but this is absolutely fabulous (as distinct from relatively fabulous - no need to compare). Blue ribbon -surely.
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06/14/2010 12:43:50 AM
Wow!! The effort the tone - everything is so fantastical (is that a word?) Well - it is just amazing. Congrats on another ribbon - you and Shermy I think will be featured together. Fantastic!!
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06/14/2010 12:29:29 AM
never seen this one, but cool
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06/14/2010 12:21:40 AM
WOW, great homage! The lines in this image are just insane. I've only seen a few images so far but this is a ribbon contender. 10
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