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Challenge: Posthumous Ribbon (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Home
Date: Nov 25, 2010
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2010



[Dec. 2nd, 2010 01:59:08 AM]

I spent much time thinking about my entry for this challenge. I just can't define what "mainstream" is. I do believe that any topic can be covered creatively, even wine glasses or water drops. It is just quite hard to come up with something really original regarding these kind of shots, since lots of things have already been done. On the other hand, it is also not enough to shoot a sepia or b&w blurry scene, and pretend it to be art: it is much more complicated than that to really communicate a particular mood efficiently, imho. So I was stuck in that thinking, considering lots of options. In the end, I caught myself thinking "I am not going to do things upside-down just for the sake of it!", and that's what I did ;) The bottle of wine is of course intentional, it embodies the "mainstreamness", and my inverted take on it.

Technically, some comments mentioned a 180į rotation: in fact there is none. There is also no harness or hidden cable. The trick here is that I attached my tripod to the ceiling of the room: the camera is pointing down to the floor. I am lying on my side, looking up, and the table is simply attached to the wall horizontally. The illusion would be much better with a more interesting background, such as an outdoor scene, but then some montage or heavy and unauthorized post-processing work would have been needed. The whole thing has been done fully alone during an 8h long session, so lots of tries and retakes as you can imagine.

Statistics
Place: 14 out of 133
Avg (all users): 6.3111
Avg (commenters): 7.6774
Avg (participants): 5.9634
Avg (non-participants): 6.6020
Views since voting: 3199
Views during voting: 478
Votes: 180
Comments: 51
Favorites: 10 (view)


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07/18/2012 08:51:37 PM
wow, look at the score histogram. i've never seen voters with such divided opinions on any image.
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01/22/2011 06:01:47 PM
Just wanted to let you know I think this is an incredible shot and I meant to take away nothing when questioning the background. Hope you understand that.
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01/22/2011 12:36:05 PM
half the fun of viewing this is to read how it was done - amazing picture, excellent work! What dedication to the challenge! Congrats.
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12/07/2010 08:45:58 AM
Originally posted by De Sousa:

The idea behind the Posthumous Ribbon is to encourage you to break the rules, to find new and different ways to express yourself. To free your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come, to laugh at world and at life, not doing what others are expecting you to do, but just following and listening to what's in your heart. DPC itís a wonderful learning place where everyone should be supported on their way to be a photographer. A special attention should be aimed to those working hard with different views and approaches to photography, those not aligned with the mainstream taste and receiving no recognition. Itís our responsibility to support these photographers creating diversity and expressing different visions. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to do it. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to protect your and the otherís freedom of being different. Thanks for taking the time to enter this challenge. Stay wild.


Since a lot of people think you broke the rules in this contest with this photo...not being "posthumous"...didn't you actually go right along with the idea? referring to Member freakin_hilarious and others. I didn't vote but I love this photo.

Message edited by author 2010-12-07 08:46:37.
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12/05/2010 04:45:32 PM
This is a "10" in my book, but not for this challenge. Beautiful image. One of my favs overall. But, it really DNMC.
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12/04/2010 07:17:01 PM
I totally agree with ace - what a creative soul you are!!
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12/04/2010 06:20:10 PM
Your work simply amazes me.
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12/03/2010 10:05:12 PM
i gave a 7. a standout for me and technically sound as well as artistic.
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12/03/2010 10:00:52 PM
So cool to have such strong creativity back here at DPC. The lighting in your studio shots appears so right on and used as creative as the ideas you come up with. Your work is Amazing! Congrats on another Great Shot!
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12/03/2010 07:41:27 AM
The way you did this is genius and so simple! Well done! :-)
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12/03/2010 04:45:30 AM
The way you work out technicalities is simply astounding. I truly learn so much from you. Wonderful image.

Edit to add:

You're very bendy :-)

Message edited by author 2010-12-03 04:46:25.
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12/03/2010 02:08:42 AM
Dang, you DO work hard, don't you? I'm glad you finished so well with what, to many, must have seemed a determinedly non-posthumous type of image. I'm glad to see the man himself appreciated the result :-) As always, with your work, well done.

FWIW, remove the ten 1-votes altogether and you have 170 votes averaging 6.6235, for a 6th-place finish :-)
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12/03/2010 12:38:45 AM
Originally posted by Neat:

Chris you get a 10 for your dedication to your art, 8 hrs, setting this up very impressive. You must have a very patient wife.


Thanks. My wife was working that day, I was alone at home.
12/03/2010 12:37:15 AM
Chris you get a 10 for your dedication to your art, 8 hrs, setting this up very impressive. You must have a very patient wife.
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12/03/2010 12:08:39 AM
wow..... So disappointing.....
This should definitely have placed on the top 3.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2010 10:18:13 PM
Some will say that it doesn't quite fit a PH challenge, and maybe it doesn't because it's too clean lol. But you are a master in your creations. I love how you created a story here that is abstract in a way. And I would love it if someone presented my champagne this way :D
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12/02/2010 10:14:35 PM
amazing...10
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12/02/2010 08:09:00 PM
do it again with gin.

I actually think this is an entirely appropriate nod to the Surrealists. I'm giving you a 7.
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12/02/2010 07:49:29 PM
The idea behind the Posthumous Ribbon is to encourage you to break the rules, to find new and different ways to express yourself. To free your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come, to laugh at world and at life, not doing what others are expecting you to do, but just following and listening to what's in your heart. DPC itís a wonderful learning place where everyone should be supported on their way to be a photographer. A special attention should be aimed to those working hard with different views and approaches to photography, those not aligned with the mainstream taste and receiving no recognition. Itís our responsibility to support these photographers creating diversity and expressing different visions. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to do it. Being active at the Posthumous thread itís the best way to protect your and the otherís freedom of being different. Thanks for taking the time to enter this challenge. Stay wild.
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12/02/2010 06:03:22 PM
It'll be interesting to see how this does. In my mind, it's the exact opposite of a posthumous ribbon shot, so I'd expect it to do very poorly. On the other hand, you've won a bunch of ribbons lately so the voters obviously like your style. Will the voters ignore the challenge enough to let this score well?
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12/02/2010 03:07:06 AM
I have no idea how you pull off these shots time after time, so technically competent - amazing.

Alignment with the intentions of this challenge is low though, so I'm sure this reflects the relatively low score (for you) that you have posted in the forum.
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12/02/2010 01:24:39 AM
Funny, love the smug expression, as if you couldn't create anything but this.
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12/01/2010 11:40:05 PM
An amazing illusion! Well done.
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12/01/2010 12:58:08 PM
now you're just showing off!! Very nice!
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12/01/2010 05:57:15 AM
Remarkable. Looks like you are packing heat, or are you just happy to see posthumous?
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11/30/2010 10:11:34 PM
Amazing photograph - The lighting is spot on, the focus is perfect, the shot is captivating and has that 'wow' factor.
The ONLY comment I will add is that the legs of the table look a wee bit too sharp in comparison to the blurred "floor".. to the point where I'm asking myself whether it's actually touching it, or simply hovering over it.
In any case, my vote will be relative.
10, and will look forward to seeing it in the top three.
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11/30/2010 09:29:47 PM
someone is having fun in his studio. This is amazing.
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11/29/2010 08:17:10 PM
What? No wine glass? This will never ribbon.

Really cool.
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11/29/2010 05:07:32 PM
Absolutely love this shot, and no doubt it will ribbon. Not sure it really meets the challenge though as Posthumous Ribbons are usually saved for those images that are "overlooked" in the voting. I can't ever imagine that this would be overlooked by voters. In a normal challenge I would unfalteringly give this a 10. Wonderfully creative as usual. In this challenge though I'm going to have to knock a few points off. I still believe this will be on the front page though.
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11/29/2010 08:59:16 AM
Great picture, although I'm not sure if it really met the challenge...
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11/29/2010 08:27:57 AM
Wow! this is perfction it it best! Fantastic!
My only 10 in teh challenge!
Please, if you would just show us your setup after challenge?
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11/28/2010 07:18:05 PM
Scoring this challenge is so difficult. You have so much life and present time creativeness, that it seems to contradict what this challenge is about. Nevertheless, you always have excellent technical images. The very definition of this challenge is difficult to define though.
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11/28/2010 12:31:57 PM
How on earth did you pull this off? Unreal. Lighting is excellent, the background is dream-like. "Always with style" is right. Excellent.
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11/27/2010 11:53:19 PM
Don't know how you did it but it had to be complicated.
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11/27/2010 03:48:08 PM
Oh, GOLLY! You're hilarious, and brilliant, and so very creative!

I fear (two times in a row now) that this is too far away from the challenge topic to ribbon. But, I was totally wrong last time. *grin* (not voting)
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11/27/2010 08:28:51 AM
COOL SHOT!
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11/27/2010 06:02:07 AM
This must get a ribbon
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11/27/2010 12:44:46 AM
another great shot Christopher, very fun, but I think it misses for this challenge imo
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11/26/2010 09:07:25 PM
I HAVE to find out how you did this!!!! LOL 10!!
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11/26/2010 12:55:36 PM
Title fits all of your images,another cracker.
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11/26/2010 12:01:21 PM
Really don't know what to do with this one, but, I know that I like it, and I suspect that Don probably didn't hate it, so I'm gonna drop a 10 on you here, as this is pretty freaking surreal (for a single shot anyway)..
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11/26/2010 10:15:38 AM
The wine bottle represents the eye-candy, which is the opposite of what everyone expects to ribbon in this challenge, which is the perpect definition of what a posthumous entry should be. The crisp, sharp details and the lighting setup demonstrate your loyalty to your style. People may ask me to take a photo of something according to how they want it to be photographed, and I would do that, but I will not betray my own style. The inverted "you" is what this challenge asks every technically good photographer in the DPC community to be. I give this a 10, and i hope you win.
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11/26/2010 05:00:02 AM
Very well done. I love it actually. The colors are also all matching including the background. No doubt profesionally done.
I still hope it doesn't win this particular challenge though since I don't feel that this is typical "under appreciated by the masses" posthumous material.
But I still feel the need to give you a high score. 8
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11/26/2010 03:46:05 AM
In any case too much style to ribbon in this challenge. On the other hand, Frank Zappa already noted "Brown shoes don't make it". Unfortunately that's also true for brown ties. 10 for disrespecting all the rules.
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11/26/2010 03:37:14 AM
gyaban, your having way too much fun - but once again I'm impressed.
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11/26/2010 02:01:10 AM
dang!!! you are making it hard to vote here. this normally wouldn't get a posthumous because it would probably have the blue ribbon. so i'm forced to vote this lower. this is crazy. i'm going to give it a fav nonetheless.
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11/26/2010 01:58:26 AM
Should be interesting to see how this does. Reminds me of Sam Taylor Wood.
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11/26/2010 01:46:12 AM
I'm not sure this would be considered "posthumous", but stunning work and creativity as usual. I've just started playing with levitation images, and am enjoying trying to figure this out :-)
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11/26/2010 12:50:19 AM
A great shot from you, as usual, and I'll be interested in finding out how you set it all up (My guess is this is upside down from how it was shot). I doubt this is the sort of shot Posthumous would go for, but ya' never know.
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11/26/2010 12:24:51 AM
Nicely done. No way in hell it's gonna win this challenge, but I like it. :) My initial guess is the shot is rotated 180 degrees.
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11/26/2010 12:13:49 AM
Lol, your socks don't match your pants. Fun Pic Chris.
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