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Challenge: Emotive Architecture (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Paris
Date: Jan 12, 2012
Aperture: F/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Galleries: Emotive, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2012

This kind of shot is not my specialty, so I was really clueless about the best location for it. It took me lots of research until I ran into that sculpture by Igor Mitoraj. It is located in "La Defense", the business district next to Paris, where are all the big companies towers.

There was a lot of wind this day, and my shooting window was very narrow due to an appointment: I really hoped for some blue sky through the clouds. Everything was ready and set: tripod, composition, aperture, manual focus on hyperfocal, remote in hand... I finally got some luck just before leaving the place. This file was the last on my memory card.

I really liked the irony of such sculpture - a man who lost the major part of his head - just next to that endless, megalomaniac tower. I tried to catch that cold irony I felt in my photo.

Thank you all for the great comments and votes. I'm very happy if I managed to surprise some of you.

Fully processed photo.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 86
Avg (all users): 7.0000
Avg (commenters): 9.0667
Avg (participants): 6.8913
Avg (non-participants): 7.0658
Views since voting: 4591
Views during voting: 323
Votes: 122
Comments: 42
Favorites: 11 (view)


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01/21/2012 05:21:46 PM
You are a f**king legend. No matter what you turn your hand to you produce gold. Inspiring as always.
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01/21/2012 04:50:40 PM
WOW WOW WOW
Congratulations very nice
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01/21/2012 12:13:25 AM
Perfect representation and for me in the spirit. The missing brain certainly embodies the vacuousness of the ivory tower it stands alongside. Une déclaration intelligente poétiques Cristophe.
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01/20/2012 05:09:23 PM
love this. Amazing to see you 3x on the front page. Almost seems like a rule has been broken ;)
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01/20/2012 02:40:18 PM
Great work Christophe...I love the composition of this shot...just great lines!..congrats on the Red!

Message edited by author 2012-01-20 14:40:52.
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01/20/2012 12:37:47 PM
Originally posted by caba:

Your image is a wonderful piece of art, very hard to stop looking at it, so, I guess I'll have to order a print. Will it be available?


Thanks a lot Frank. I just uploaded a fully processed version to DPCPrints: it should be available there shortly. If you'd prefer the "basic edited" version, PM me, I'll send you a link to the full-sized file.
01/20/2012 12:20:16 PM
You just never fail to amaze me! Congratulations to a very talented fellow.
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01/20/2012 12:19:19 PM
Your image is a wonderful piece of art, very hard to stop looking at it, so, I guess I'll have to order a print. Will it be available?
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01/20/2012 11:47:24 AM
Congratulations to you, Christophe, for doing something that you aren't comfortable with... and in Basic editing... all for the team!

And... you've done it very well (duh)!

:D
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01/20/2012 11:34:37 AM
Wow, brilliant shot. Congrats, much deserved ribbon.
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01/20/2012 11:18:19 AM
very nice photo, Christophe! Congrats
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01/20/2012 11:08:05 AM
Nice work, Congrats to you.
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01/20/2012 10:59:31 AM
Christophe, your work is always pretty much identifiable. But this time it was not. It's a good thing to shoot outside the area's of your own preference. Doing so brings in new elements that would normally be absent. Big congrats on all your achievements the last 3 challenges! And thanks for posting that link to John Arnold Tutorials, I have been watching and learning.
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01/20/2012 09:57:44 AM
Congratulations. This was my clear favorite of the challenge. Wonderfully done.
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01/20/2012 09:15:58 AM
Great shot Christophe, esp as it's so far out of your usual zone. Never would have guessed it as one of yours!
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01/20/2012 05:40:13 AM
When I've been to Paris the bad weather conditions didn't allow me to go to the Defense. It was a place I really wanted to visit.

Even if it's not your usual style I guess this is a great image. This week 3 completely different photos and 3 ribbons, you're a wonderful photographer.
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01/20/2012 04:01:32 AM
Excellent photography, congratulations, seriously.
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01/20/2012 01:51:07 AM
I don't mean this negatively, but this is never something I would picture coming from you. I really enjoy the sense of scale, and the message is interesting, as well. Having read your interview, it makes more sense, considering those you admire, as well as considering your "after man" entry, but it is still rather dystopic. Very nice. I didn't vote in this, but would have given this high marks.
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01/20/2012 01:12:03 AM
Congrats Christophe on this image and a great personal performance in the PhotoBowl. You certainly did your part for a win, but you need several players having a good week to win these rounds.

Message edited by author 2012-01-20 01:13:10.
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01/20/2012 01:11:40 AM
amazing...3 ribbons in the front page. Has it happened before?
don't you ever take vacations, I mean dpc vacations ? :-)
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01/20/2012 12:41:52 AM
You just proved one more time that you're not only a genius of PhotoShop, but also a very good photographer who knows what "perspective" means.

Congrats :)
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01/20/2012 12:21:01 AM
Congratulations on your red ribbon - an exquisite and engaging composition! Great week for you - 3 ribbons in a row!!!
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01/20/2012 12:11:38 AM
Congratulations on yet another ribbon... Christophe your consistency is amazing, you're a machine :-)
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01/20/2012 12:10:51 AM
Superbly played, Christophe. Congrats on the ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/19/2012 08:49:24 PM
Excellent choice of perspective, infinite ascension and sucked in by the blue sky itself.
I like how the image illustrates the effect of progressive desaturation due to the angle of incidence of light. 8
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01/19/2012 12:59:28 PM
very cool - I love the juxtaposition here and the exposure is spot on.
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01/18/2012 09:50:13 PM
Majestic
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01/18/2012 07:56:49 PM
Really interesting compositon and elements. I am impressed with the good focus throughout the entire statue, and most of the building. I'm new to photography, so I may not say this the right way, but if you had more selective focus, the image would not have the impact it does. Hope this makes sense. The title is perfect. Very nice!
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01/18/2012 09:54:10 AM
This should be contender for a ribbon. Nice comp.
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01/18/2012 07:50:48 AM
9
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01/18/2012 01:09:04 AM
This is unique! Love the contrast of the "floating" rough surreal bust against the squares and converging lines. Smart composition - congratulations!
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01/16/2012 04:52:05 PM
Sublime image... 9 from me. Well done.
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01/16/2012 12:41:18 PM
The mix of straight lines vs the curves/rough is very powerful.
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01/15/2012 05:35:30 PM
Excellent vision, combination of subjects. Even the reflections of clouds in a bright, blue sky are not enough to detract from the utter dominance of those who built those walls.
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01/15/2012 03:11:17 PM
Great picture! I love the perspective that you used! Top 5!
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01/14/2012 12:04:58 PM
Best in show
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01/13/2012 01:18:17 PM
I think this one fits the challenge the most. Love the perspective, perfect exposure, great crisp focus and a very interesting subject. Well done, ribbon ahead hopefully?
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01/13/2012 11:07:25 AM
Definitely the best in the challenge
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01/13/2012 01:28:14 AM
This just takes my breath away! Amazing your angle is perfection..
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01/13/2012 01:05:43 AM
This must be the most arresting image of this challenge. I love it.
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01/13/2012 12:52:46 AM
Wow, what an image. I love that the building tapers off into the sky at the top, like never ends. It kind of does give a feel of hopelessness and intimidation.
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01/13/2012 12:48:29 AM
I adore the clouds on the building surface. Something very appealing about this image. Just wondering about the little box on the chest...
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