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The Nest
gyaban


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Challenge: Bits & Pieces II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jan 2, 2011
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2011

In this photo, I tried to convey the idea that we are actors of our own lives. Day after day, we build it using what we find on our ways, a bit like a bird constructing his nest with branches.

I suppose the nudity and attitude is what got me some low votes. However, it is not gratuitous here: a man with a tailored suit and luxury clothes would not have to build his home from scratch like that... so it just had to be this way.

The setup is quite simple. I constructed the nest using wood collected in my garden. We use these small branches to start chimney fires. The lighting was also strightforward: black backdrop, and 3 flashes (backlight, main light from above, frontal fill). I do agree that it would have more impact outdoor, but it was just too cold and rainy these days... I might reshoot it someday when the weather's better.

As per usual, thank you all for your comments!

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 107
Avg (all users): 6.2650
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0192
Avg (non-participants): 6.4615
Views since voting: 2765
Views during voting: 303
Votes: 117
Comments: 32
Favorites: 4 (view)


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01/18/2011 12:22:39 AM
Really intersting image must have been take some time too take this awesome shot should have got the ribbon??
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Earl Nunes
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01/12/2011 10:18:58 AM
I love this!
Kudos for idea, setup , lighting and a great body (nude)
Debbi
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01/11/2011 08:37:48 PM
Very interesting. Nice place good job.
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01/10/2011 09:59:59 PM
you have a niche. very humorous and odd (these are BIG praises =)
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01/10/2011 11:52:18 AM
What a shame that this didn't ribbon!!! It SHOULD HAVE!!! I gave it a 10 because I thought it was not only brilliantly creative and well done technically but, it made me smile! Kudos to you for such a comically intriguing shot and BAH HUMBUG to those voters who gave this those 1's, 2's, 3's and 4's!
ETA: The "D" in DPC...apparently doesn't stand for "Deep" LOL

Message edited by author 2011-01-10 11:55:00.
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01/10/2011 09:28:36 AM
Great take on the topic, and a pleasure to not see nuts and bolts. You know, you really should have stepped it up a notch and put this beast of a nest on a cliff. Well done.
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01/10/2011 03:00:31 AM
I really missed your fantastic imagery, Christophe. This should have ribboned IMO. However, congrats on the HM!
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01/10/2011 01:33:57 AM
Congratz on top finish. I did expect this to finish in the top 3 though.
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01/10/2011 12:35:21 AM
One of your best, should have ribboned. You were robbed by those 1,2,3 voters. =P
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01/10/2011 12:32:23 AM
How did this fail to ribbon?!!
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01/10/2011 12:03:53 AM
and... can you please give us some details on the construction/idea of the nest? If you don't, I might not sleep tonight. You constantly confound me.
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01/10/2011 12:03:02 AM
Please tell me you didn't step in that huge bird pooh...

:)

Congrats! So perfect...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2011 10:51:46 PM
Another ribbon for you, I would guess. As always, extremely creative and well done. I'm sure the ladies are appreciating this one!
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01/09/2011 09:29:23 PM
surely this will ribbon (unless the voters can't figure out the challenge connection duh) ... even so, I have to give you a 7 for the sheer absurdity of this image. well done.
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01/09/2011 02:07:23 PM
Love the concept, and the execution. Superb.
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01/07/2011 10:25:16 PM
Dude, how are we supposed to score such a bizarre image? It makes me laugh, makes me shake my head, makes me smile knowing you put immeasurable time into the concept and then making it a reality. You have my respect for being the most creative and outlandish photographer I know. In my own interpretation of the challenge, I'm not sure you fully 100% satisfied it.
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01/07/2011 02:32:41 PM
Even the hair is feather like... :-)
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01/06/2011 12:22:51 PM
Fabulously insane. Your unending creativity is only matched by your technical prowess. Always a delight to see what you're up to and how you've done it. Stellar.
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01/06/2011 11:07:04 AM
Surreal, unique and well done!
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01/05/2011 11:08:13 AM
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No.....it's Superman. Well set up with good lighting. One of my top favorites. Should ribbon and possibly it will be the Blue ribbon. Certainly quite ingenious.
(Not voting as I have an entry in this challenge myself)
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01/04/2011 08:53:18 PM
Ah, Gyban...I don't like this one as much as your previous work. Lighting is spot on as usual as are the technicals.
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01/04/2011 03:44:10 PM
great job on this, clearly took some time to put together.
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01/04/2011 12:47:25 AM
I'm dying to know how you came up with this inspiration! Love it.
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01/03/2011 11:26:54 PM
Wow , love the commitment here, I think it payed off, well done
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01/03/2011 11:18:53 PM
I guess I kind of see the bits and pieces, I just don't understand what the naked guy has to do with it. Does he have bits and pieces too?
01/03/2011 11:15:11 AM
talk about out of the box. 8
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01/03/2011 10:43:43 AM
Brilliantly elaborate and well done shot that made me chuckle and sit in awe...all at the same time! Sure to be a fave and if it isn't....there's something wrong.
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01/03/2011 02:19:11 AM
Ha Ha! That nest must have been a ton of work! I'm giving you points just for that. 8
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01/03/2011 12:59:25 AM
Here's the blue. I quickly perused the thumbnails and this image just jumped out at me. Your dedication to complexity and construction of concepts is unequaled. A bit of a departure, too, in b/w. Wonderful.
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01/03/2011 12:37:45 AM
Wow... now... that's weird. :) BUT, well shot. (not voting)
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01/03/2011 12:10:44 AM
LOL, I was wondering if you would enter this challenge, as we haven't seen you for a while. I was going to enter a nest, but glad i didn't this is pretty amazing Chris. No need to say you've won a ribbon.
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01/03/2011 12:09:02 AM
interesting...great image 8
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