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The Great Covfefe
1st PlaceThe Great Covfefe

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Challenge: Covfefe (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jun 18, 2017
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2017

[Jun. 25th, 2017 03:41:45 PM]

Categories are a very useful concept. Most evolved form of life would probably not exist without this concept. For example, distinguishing edible food from poison, distinguishing a nice road from a dangerous cliff, or distinguishing a friendly person from a serial killer are obvious cases. Based on this experience, human beings crafted many other categories: what is tasteful and what is not, what is beautiful and what is not, who drinks alcohol and who doesn't, who listens to heavy metal and who listens to jazz, who plays football and who plays chess, who earns a lot of money and who does not, who speaks English and who does not, the list goes on. Why this need of so many categories? I suppose that a first explanation is straightforward: when one wants to stay in his comfort zone, it is handy to quickly identify what or who corresponds to the criteria. Categories work as road signs: they help us taking the path we look for.

That being said, it is easy to see how having too many categories can quickly become counter-productive, just like hundreds of signs per mile wouldn't make a road safer nor easier to use. Yet, I have the feeling that we reached that point: it is like no decision, no opinion, no thought can be achieved without categorizing everything to the last extent. In fact, we are even educated this way: it is now extremely hard to avoid thinking within pre-made categories. This is quite sad, because all these categories create boxes around everything and everyone. Even sadder, our society looks at the situation as a normal fact, to the point we do ask for, and love this segregation.

It is nothing new, but electing leaders simply because they promise to segregate more, is disheartening. Categories were supposed to be a useful tool for everyone, not a convenient way for the cynical to gain power. Your voice for the promise of walls...

ETA: Thanks a lot for the wonderful feedback. I tried to enter several challenges those last few weeks, but the results weren't decent, so these ended in my "to improve one day" box. Boxes again, hmm. Sometimes, having a break is the key! Technically, for those who are wondering, there are 377 layers in this project, and the PS file weights 6.2Gb on the disk. The editing was quite usual, but very repetitive obviously. Anyway, I like the result, which is a relief after a few aborted projects. Thanks again for the motivation and support!

Place: 1 out of 37
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06/27/2017 09:54:52 AM
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06/27/2017 08:01:28 AM
Welcome to the Baldies
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06/26/2017 11:27:00 PM
Originally posted by posthumous:

Allegories are Fake News. Eat Freedom Fries!

+1 and congrats!
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06/26/2017 02:01:13 PM
Running out of things to say, so I'll just say what I always say..... Your work is absolutely brilliant!!!
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06/26/2017 11:40:31 AM
sooooo good! Congrats on the Blue, Christophe!
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06/26/2017 02:03:35 AM
Your work is brilliant, awesome and so much more. Your work is plotted and planned out like that of an engineer but with photos that tell a story like a philosopher. Congratulations on your Blue ribbon.
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06/26/2017 01:30:05 AM
Missed that bald head. Good to see it again :)
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06/26/2017 01:07:38 AM
Congratulations, Christophe. Brilliant creation as always. (Well, I would like to see some of those indecent abortions.)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2017 09:08:13 PM
Allegories are Fake News. Eat Freedom Fries!
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06/24/2017 10:19:04 PM
I was hoping you'd enter this challenge. Amazing to see how your technique continues to improve. This is a technically flawless image.

I'm really interested in your (as a non-american) explanation for this and nice details you always give your pieces.

How many layers is this?? :-D Unbelievable. I'd pay to see the psd.
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06/22/2017 11:33:16 PM
Nice composition, color and love the humor. 10 bump
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06/22/2017 10:51:58 PM
Together we are going to make America Great Again!
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06/22/2017 12:55:25 PM
The classical feeling lighting here is excellent. Some of your best stuff.
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06/21/2017 10:40:54 AM
Wow! Wow! Wow! That lighting... And the winner is....this fabulous image. I'd love to give this an eleven.
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06/19/2017 09:02:00 AM
....and....Christophe nails it yet again! great work as always!
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06/19/2017 07:06:23 AM
Quite frightening, I should say extremely frightening..
Thanks for coming back!
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06/19/2017 02:37:01 AM
So... the prophecy is true!
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