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Girl You Know Someday We'll Even Touch The Sky (From 'Wings of my Love')
1st PlaceGirl You Know Someday We'll Even Touch The Sky (From 'Wings of my Love')
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Challenge: Michael Jackson Song/Lyrics (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: Palm Beach Gardens
Date: Jul 5, 2009
Aperture: variable
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125sec
Galleries: Emotive, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2009

Those of us who are severely handicapped in the creativity department have no choice but to cop….I mean to be inspired by the work of others. Ben Goossens gets the credit for the original escalator idea.

Thank you so much for the generous score and the flattering comments. I never thought this image would do so well. I had a different idea in mind but my model could not make it, so it had to be plan B.

I shot the escalator at a local shopping center, luckily just before a security guard politely pointed out that it was forbidden to ‘take pictures of the premises with a professional camera’. Then back to a park close to my house for a picture of the sky.

The rest was all Photoshop using the usual tools. The hardest part was drawing the silhouette; this was first drawn as a path using the pen tool, my Aiptek drawing tablet was a lot of help. I used old pictures of Michael Jackson as models. The path was then converted to a selection and filled with black paint using the paint bucket. Then I refined the edges using a semi-soft brush and added some hair and other details to the best of my limited ability. All of the ‘details’ seemed to lump together upon resizing to 720 pixels upon which I thought the alleged MJ silhouette ended up looking weird, a bit fat and with no visible hand. I guess you guys thought it didn’t look so bad after all. Thank you again.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 75
Avg (all users): 7.7470
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 7.1395
Avg (non-participants): 7.9593
Views since voting: 16138
Views during voting: 646
Votes: 166
Comments: 51
Favorites: 18 (view)


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07/18/2009 11:50:04 PM
Fabulous! Congrats!!
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07/16/2009 11:08:46 AM
Ummmm. . .you lost all credibility about the "severely handicapped in the creativity department" thing with this one :) WOW! THIS IS CREATIVE GENIUS! Even tho you got the idea from someone else, it was your creativity that pulled it off -- and it is nothing short of amazing! Congratulations on taking the top spot with this deserving photo!

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07/14/2009 10:09:23 PM
What an excellent tribute. It is the best one by far.
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07/14/2009 07:49:51 AM
Congrats on your Ribbon this is wonderful!!!
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07/14/2009 04:59:10 AM
:-) very cool. :-) congrats on the ribbon!
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07/14/2009 04:58:40 AM
I am not surprised you got the Blue. What an outstanding combination of images.
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07/13/2009 02:42:13 PM
Fabulous!
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07/13/2009 11:46:15 AM
stunning image. well done.
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07/13/2009 11:20:01 AM
Such an awesome awesome image. I love it. Congratz.
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07/13/2009 10:06:53 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. Well deserved.
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07/13/2009 05:40:07 AM
Outstanding job! Congratulations.
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07/13/2009 03:34:28 AM
Excellent image and amazing work, Andres. Many congratulations on your shiny blue ribbon.
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07/13/2009 03:27:45 AM
Congrats on the blue.
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07/13/2009 03:16:47 AM
called it! A most excellent image, deserving the blue. can't believe you 'drew' the Michael, haha
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07/13/2009 03:16:46 AM
called it! A most excellent image, deserving the blue. can't believe you 'drew' the Michael, haha
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07/13/2009 02:24:04 AM
This is a fabulous shot and a great Idea and execution
I didnt even realise we could put different images together I thought they all had to be of the same subject and the drawing bit well I have learned something today
Congratulations on your Blue
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07/13/2009 01:28:12 AM
Originally posted by yanko:

Come on man, DPC copying 1x? We're suppose to be better! :P

Btw, didn't Ben's shot get rejected at 1x before being accepted? I seem to recall they had editing issues with it at first.


There are no editing limits in 1x that I know of.
07/13/2009 12:55:23 AM
Knew this would be a contender...well done
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07/13/2009 12:40:21 AM
Come on man, DPC copying 1x? We're suppose to be better! :P

Btw, didn't Ben's shot get rejected at 1x before being accepted? I seem to recall they had editing issues with it at first.
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07/13/2009 12:39:59 AM
Originally posted by freakin_hilarious:

Great concept. I pegged this for a ribbon as soon as I saw it. I'm a little worried about drawing in the MJ. That could be a DQable offense even in expert.

I reviewed the precedent before proceeding with the idea. These are photos from previous expert editing challenges where drawings were important parts of the composition:
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07/13/2009 12:35:01 AM
Great Image!...Congrats!
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07/13/2009 12:30:29 AM
Great concept. I pegged this for a ribbon as soon as I saw it. I'm a little worried about drawing in the MJ. That could be a DQable offense even in expert.
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07/13/2009 12:15:26 AM
just awesome
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07/13/2009 12:14:10 AM
Absolutely deserved a 10!!! Congrats on a great blue ribbon photo.
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07/13/2009 12:04:31 AM
i was one of your many 10s. excellent job, huge congrats on the blue
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07/13/2009 12:03:49 AM
Felicitaciones, Andrés! No debía ser menos que ASÍ! Un regalo más de cumple!
Excellent image, very well done, as always...Congrats, Genius!
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07/13/2009 12:03:00 AM
Congratulations brother for the deserved blue and the PB!!! Outstanding work, and excellent use of expert editing rules!!!

Message edited by author 2009-07-13 14:53:09.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2009 11:16:36 PM
Touching and symbolic. Cool idea.
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07/12/2009 02:12:29 PM
Definitely in my top three. Fabulous image.
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07/12/2009 11:02:23 AM
winner!
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07/12/2009 09:59:01 AM
I can't vote, but this is awesome.
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07/10/2009 08:59:26 AM
Very cool, and very well done.
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07/10/2009 04:29:48 AM
just amazing {my pick for blue}
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07/08/2009 07:22:11 PM
Fantastic! Love it! 10
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07/08/2009 05:27:26 PM
this is so freaking cool. omg i cant even explain how cool-10
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07/08/2009 10:02:13 AM
this is amazing
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07/08/2009 09:13:09 AM
Love this!
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07/07/2009 10:50:13 PM
Challenge Relevance:7 Impact/Emotion/Mood:8 Technicals:8 Processing:8 Creativity:8

Top 5 for me
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07/07/2009 10:43:34 PM
This is a great image...even though I know u edited heavily...good job
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07/07/2009 08:55:46 AM
seen a lot like this but very good just the same
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07/06/2009 09:22:02 PM
Awesome idea, concept, and execution. Very well done 10
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07/06/2009 08:59:43 AM
Wouldn't it have been ultra cool to have a guy dressed as him, arms outstretched in that famous white shirt, blowing in the wind? Love the clouds and the escalator. This challenge was just too much fun.
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07/06/2009 08:00:32 AM
Brilliant, just love it. 9
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07/06/2009 06:57:43 AM
Fantastic - my favorite for this challenge.
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07/06/2009 02:54:02 AM
Great use of Expert Editing Tools. Super composition. One of my picks for top 3.
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07/06/2009 02:51:25 AM
Very nice setup and use of processing, the color on the stairs adds a cripness..
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07/06/2009 01:31:16 AM
a real contender...well done and congrats in advance 8
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07/06/2009 12:24:26 AM
Outstanding! Love it!
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07/06/2009 12:24:01 AM
winnnnnnerrrrr

eta: by a mile
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07/06/2009 12:19:22 AM
Superbly shot and edited ! 10
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07/06/2009 12:06:48 AM
Blue...no question about it! What a tribute. 10
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