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Challenge: Motivational/Demotivational Poster (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Sep 29, 2011
Date Uploaded: Sep 29, 2011

There have been several discussions recently on DPC about what is art, or what it is not. As in my picture quote, my view on the subject is that one shouldn't care much about definitions nor categories. I don't believe it is important at all how a work is called: if it is good enough, if it creates interest, rules will be stretched so that it fits in whatever box people feel it belongs to.

In that sense, I really like Dadaism. The well-known example of Marcel Duchamp's Fountain is quite interesting: a simple object ("readymade", an urinal in that case) became a piece of art for many (even "the most influential work of modern art" for many art experts), simply because it was not supposed to be one. The irony amuses me much.

Some words about my picture:
- The background is real, it is a church located in Dabo, a town in the East of France. I drove a few kilometers around it until I found an angle that I liked.
- The sky was taken the same day, a bit later: the sun was moved to the center of the scene though. If you look carefully, you will notice tree's shadows are not consistent with the sun, but I ran out of time to address that problem.
- Elephants are toys, shot at home: the photos have been textured and deformed for more realism.
- The sign was shot not far from my house, although its content have been changed from a speed limit to that more fantasist one.
- The rock, balloons and strings have been also shot in my home studio.

I didn't tweak things much, mainly colours and curves adjustments so that the different photos would fit together in a convincing way.

Finally, I had a hard time fitting the image in a 3:2 formatted poster, but I really disliked the 4:3 or more "close-to-square" ratios for it.

Thank you very much for all the great votes and comments, as usual, I really appreciate the time you take to tell me your opinion about my stuff.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 111
Avg (all users): 7.4250
Avg (commenters): 8.9583
Avg (participants): 7.2500
Avg (non-participants): 7.5300
Views since voting: 4986
Views during voting: 527
Votes: 160
Comments: 52
Favorites: 23 (view)


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10/11/2011 11:27:27 AM
Been gone and getting ready to leave again today.. but I just had to say OMG Your mind, is a work of art! Who'd EVER think of this and then pull it off to perfection! Appaluse and making it a fav! Congratulations!!!
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10/09/2011 05:18:09 PM
Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel are my two favorite composers.

Sorry for getting off track here. Great image.
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10/08/2011 10:09:58 PM
another fantastic product of your madness Christophe !!!
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10/07/2011 08:42:07 PM
Great Job...a nine from me Congrats!
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10/07/2011 06:19:37 PM
Congrats again Christophe - Love your image! I need PP lessons from you and some of your imagination too. :-)

It reminds me of this quote by Katharine Hepburn "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun." And this is a FUN image!
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10/07/2011 02:15:02 PM
Very cool, congratulations on your win.
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10/07/2011 12:00:25 PM
Quite magnificent !
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10/07/2011 10:44:34 AM
It had to be you. Super,smashin' image it had to be 10 also.Whoever gave you 3 needs specs and maybe more.
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10/07/2011 09:59:15 AM
This is beautiful and I thought it was the blue ribbon winner. Congrats on such a magnificant picture.
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10/07/2011 09:50:10 AM
What a fun one! Congrats.
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10/07/2011 09:36:23 AM
Congrats! Of all your work, I think I appreciate this one the most. Well done.
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10/07/2011 08:57:08 AM
Huge congrats!!!! The sign was a touch of genius, btw!
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10/07/2011 08:54:26 AM
Congratulations!!!
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10/07/2011 08:12:48 AM
This one really makes me smile, Christophe. The colors are just so very lush. And of course, flying elephants... I want to buy one of those signs :-)
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10/07/2011 05:10:59 AM
Rian Botes is the king of the mountains. You are king of Expert Editing. Once again great job and good thinking. Congrats on the Red
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10/07/2011 02:34:43 AM
Well done Christophe! Fantastic image and imagination as usual :)
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10/07/2011 02:16:04 AM
Fantastic image. I can't believe I beat you in this type of challenge. That would have to be a first and last for that happening..lol!
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10/07/2011 01:32:12 AM
Way to go! Love that you decided to do this subject.
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10/07/2011 01:06:50 AM
gyaban_congrats.png
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10/07/2011 12:55:59 AM
Anything with elephants doing silly (and/or illegal) things gets me in. Great work. Congratulations.
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10/07/2011 12:37:52 AM
I love looking at your descriptions - how exceptionally kind of you to share how you created your entries. Congratulations!
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10/07/2011 12:33:34 AM
Tres magnifique.
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10/07/2011 12:28:33 AM
Brilliant work...I love it!
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10/07/2011 12:08:32 AM
The more I get to know you, Christophe, the more I like you.

Your "stuff" is wonderful. But, not as much wonderful as your "being".

CONGRATS on your ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/06/2011 11:51:37 PM
This must be Christophe or admirer who made an image to accompany Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi des elephants"
or
"Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut"
Well done illustration, like always; in a book for children would be sheer delight but for a motivational poster the graphic design should have been a touch more ambitious and daring. (No italics in white, for instance; a better marriage between illustration and text.) The thin border gives a dated look for an image that is meant to be timeless.

I have to take back my comment regarding the formatting. Sheer ignorance from my part. You created a true motivational poster, formatting and all. Should have done my homework. Oh boy, who invented this design for motivational posters? Got me thouroughly demotivated.
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10/06/2011 11:31:35 PM
Hehe...this made me smile:) 9
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10/06/2011 11:59:40 AM
oh yeah.....WINNER!!!!! although I dont even think art makes rules....
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10/06/2011 11:46:36 AM
The winner? Could well be, great image,idea and production. ( may well have been made in France)
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10/05/2011 10:15:18 PM
Well done.... plus Debussy is one of my favorite composers.
danseuses de Delphes comes to mind here.... or yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain, a choir piece which I performed.
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10/05/2011 09:55:57 AM
clever
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10/04/2011 08:23:39 PM
21.gif Gyaban? If not, take that as a compliment.
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10/04/2011 04:30:15 PM
Definitely one of my favorites!
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10/04/2011 01:09:38 PM
Got to be a 21.gif Gyaban entry. Probably. But since I didn't see it in the team thread beforehand, that's just a guess and I' will feel free to give it the good vote it deserves.
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10/03/2011 06:57:01 PM
At first I thought "holy crap- is this going to win? maybe its too perfect and it shouldn't." and yet I gave it a 10, and coming back to it after seeing all the others, it is the best, graphically, message wise, in all aspects. If this does not win blue I will be shocked and disappointed that others don't see the perfection.
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10/03/2011 04:08:06 AM
No doubt this digital masterpiece will get you on the front page...again :)
Great concept and processing.
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10/01/2011 11:25:59 PM
Congratulations.
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10/01/2011 09:26:06 PM
Quite obviously the winner in this challenge. Compositionally, I'd guess this is a Christophe image, but the processing is different. Irrespective, a beautiful image, great imagination and execution! Expect to see this on the front page in a couple of days!
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10/01/2011 03:40:57 PM
Tltally cool.
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10/01/2011 02:50:21 PM
"When elephants fly I will give an entry a 10".... time to pay up :-) 10, great entry!
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10/01/2011 02:22:45 PM
Beautiful and gyaban-esque.
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10/01/2011 02:05:33 PM
Awesome work; should do well for you.
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10/01/2011 12:53:10 AM
Ha! Very fun, very cute!
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09/30/2011 04:26:58 PM
This has to ribbon, wonderful job. Love the no elephant balloons sign. Only thing I can think to improve, is the top border looks off to me, being smaller than the sides. But that's a very minor gripe on an excellent job taking advantage of the expert ruleset.
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09/30/2011 12:44:56 PM
My favorite so far, very creative and well executed - 9
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09/30/2011 11:13:36 AM
Now why does this one makes me think it's 21.gif gyaban's?
Otherwise a very good approach on his style.
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09/30/2011 10:33:01 AM
aw dang, a week too early for the Nonsense challenge. Still lots of fun and excellent pp. 10
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09/30/2011 10:11:36 AM
Wowww... what an amazing picture. If this isn't top 3, then it will be an outrage. 10!!!
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09/30/2011 10:03:34 AM
Fantastic!!!!!
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09/30/2011 08:12:21 AM
stunning image
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09/30/2011 06:29:56 AM
Original idea and expert PP.
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09/30/2011 12:29:03 AM
Soar! Follow your dreams!

(I love this!)

I think, though, that if the sign were not there... that I could imagine that this were real... *contented sigh*
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09/30/2011 12:16:10 AM
Incredible work You got my 10!
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