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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: What Doesn't Belong? (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Feb 6, 2011
Date Uploaded: Feb 6, 2011

Setup: the paper butterflies were hanging on wires (cloned out in post-production). About 6h were needed just for cutting paper. And a few more to actually install them correctly. Fun fun!

Lighting this wasn't easy at all: I wanted to avoid any frontal light on the lantern's butterflies, while still lighting evenly the other ones. I ended up with this setup:
- 1x speedlight inside the lantern
- 1x 400w strobe hanging right behing it, and pointing to a black backdrop, to create the glow
- 1x 400w stripped strobe on the floor, to light the bottom line of butterlies
- 1x 500w grided strobe from the upper left, on the model and upper butterflies
- 1x silver reflector on the right, to fill model's left (or right as you look at it)
- 1x speedlight on the big butterfly
Everything triggered with PocketWizards.

Given the numerous questions and doubts that appeared during setting all of this, I am very pleased with the result.

About the DQ: what a poor 2011 start for me! I was expecting this to ribbon, so I'm quite disappointed. This DQ is due to a reflector that was present on the right of the picture, that disappeared in the vignette. I thought this wouldn't be a major element of the photo, but looks like I was wrong. Technically, I needed some light from the right, and the room where I shot this was not bigger than that, I had no other choice... oh well. I now am suspended, so see you in a while.
Disqualification Details
You may not use ANY editing tool to move, remove or duplicate any element of your photograph that would change a typical viewer's description of the photograph (aside from color), even if the tool is otherwise legal, and regardless of whether you intended the change when the photograph was taken.

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06/24/2013 11:07:59 PM
just saw that i never commented on this - only came up when i was looking for it for some discussion in the forums. Probably one of my favorites from you.
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06/24/2011 10:16:17 PM
I've just come across this. What a shame about the DQ. The image is fabulous.
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06/16/2011 03:15:02 AM
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

I wonder now... if you could have cropped out the reflector, added a border to give you space. But, I often wonder too much. *sigh*


I did think about that too, but to my knowledge, the border has to be distinguishable from the picture itself, otherwise, it's a DQ...
06/15/2011 09:01:22 PM
I wonder now... if you could have cropped out the reflector, added a border to give you space. But, I often wonder too much. *sigh*
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03/11/2011 12:31:51 PM
This is a stunning image. I expected you to ribbon too. So sorry about the DQ.
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03/09/2011 12:11:10 AM
Still.. a wonderful image, Christophe!
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02/28/2011 05:04:39 AM
looking forward to your return
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02/22/2011 03:56:43 PM
I'm quite surprised that a reflector right over to one side would be considered a major element. Shame as it's great work as always Christoph. Don't let a small suspension get you down, I look forward to seeing more of your creative flare soon!!
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02/20/2011 02:28:18 PM
Originally posted by LevT:

amazing work Christoph! Shame about DQ! Hard to tell without seeing the original of course, but I can't imagine you (with your imagination!) could not think of some way to provide light from the right from outside the frame. I usually try to stay far away from a potential DQ territory, even at the expense of the final result, but you seem to like the thrill :).


Thanks Lev!
I must confess I don't particularly like being disqualified. But it is so frustrating to not shoot your best idea just because of some physical constraints ;-)
02/20/2011 01:29:07 PM
amazing work Christoph! Shame about DQ! Hard to tell without seeing the original of course, but I can't imagine you (with your imagination!) could not think of some way to provide light from the right from outside the frame. I usually try to stay far away from a potential DQ territory, even at the expense of the final result, but you seem to like the thrill :).

Message edited by author 2011-02-20 14:16:51.
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02/19/2011 08:12:34 AM
I was just looking at the front page and was wondering why I didn't see any of your pictures here, this explains it!

Shame about the DQ, it's always great to see your images, and even though this one was DQ'd, it's still stunning and very well done.

Looking forward to seeing you back in the challenges after your suspension, you set a high benchmark for the rest of us to chase!
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02/16/2011 09:18:29 AM
Sorry about the DQ. Definitely would have ribboned -- spectacular image! FYI: I've come across this before. It seems if you leave just a faint hint of it showing, that works, but if it disappears completely, it's removing an aspect of the photo. Normally if you leave just a little showing, it really isn't as distracting as you think, and then it can pass the test.
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02/14/2011 03:08:27 PM
DQ or not its still stunning.
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02/14/2011 01:31:35 AM
NOOOOO!!!! Cannot be! I don't know how I could have possibly missed this in voting. And just can't stand that you've been suspended.
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02/14/2011 12:53:22 AM
Another gorgeous creation that has 1X.com written all over it. This got a 10 from me and was the best image by far. Sorry about the DQ.
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02/14/2011 12:25:14 AM
I thought I dreamed about this image. went looking for it one day and it was gone and I was disappointed.
was the runaway winner in my opinion. excellent excellent shot. shame about dq for sure.
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02/14/2011 12:05:50 AM
uh oh, hope we're not in for another tirade! :) beautiful work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2011 02:08:08 PM
My My My this is beautiful - I'm stunned! I don't even know what challenge I'm voting in and frankly, I don't care!
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02/08/2011 11:29:34 PM
beautiful and enchanting, looks like a Cristophe production. Don't quite see how it ties into the challenge description but that does not change my vote much.
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02/08/2011 08:13:27 PM
Definitely a top 3 contestant! Wonderfully composed -- and 8 from me!
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02/07/2011 05:55:18 PM
wow you are the hardest working man in dpc... remarkable
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02/07/2011 01:42:32 PM
not my style, too much editing for my taste. The girl is nicely exposed though
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02/07/2011 11:29:18 AM
damnit gyaban how can we not score this a 9, so good
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02/07/2011 09:52:44 AM
Nice work
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02/07/2011 09:46:39 AM
Wow, what an elaborate setup. This can only be by one person, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' gyaban.
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02/07/2011 03:00:50 AM
An excellent image that is hardly meeting challenge
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02/07/2011 01:48:54 AM
What can I say, Christophe! "10" without a whisper
PS I have hand painted butterflies similar to the ones in your photo, they are stuck all over my computer gear, I love them!
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02/07/2011 01:33:02 AM
nipple doesn't belong?
02/07/2011 12:52:50 AM
You did it again... STUNNING!!!!!
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02/07/2011 12:19:11 AM
Boy You really have a vivid imagination, and you must also have too much time on your hand to come up with all these images, Well done.
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02/07/2011 12:11:09 AM
I'm compelled to comment on your work every time. This is so beautiful!
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