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Challenge: Tilted Horizon II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L MF
Date: Apr 10, 2011
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Apr 10, 2011

As you guessed, it was much fun shooting this one. First, I made some quick tries at home, just to get a rough idea of the framing and angle that I wanted. Then, my wife and I traveled to the beach, on a spot I located using "The Photographer's Ephemeris": it is a handy little piece of software, based on Google Maps, that also gives you the position of the sun and the moon for any day of the year. It really helped me planning the lighting: for example, I knew a reflector would be necessary, to compensate for the high harsh sun.

Once there, we did some test shots without digging the sand, and after a few tries, we started using our shovels! At this point, walkers' faces became funny. But that was nothing compared to when I undressed myself, got down in the hole with the cap and glasses :-) My wife then kindly buried me... and we shot many photos, to be able to select the one with the most convincing position.
All in all, a very nice day at the beach!

As always, thank you all for your great comments and votes, they are extremely appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 90
Avg (all users): 7.2117
Avg (commenters): 8.7619
Avg (participants): 6.8372
Avg (non-participants): 7.3830
Views since voting: 8332
Views during voting: 460
Votes: 137
Comments: 59
Favorites: 7 (view)


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10/17/2011 05:07:29 PM
I thought, only Chuck Norris can swim on land :) Absolutely cool!!!
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04/23/2011 11:41:53 PM
Another awesome image! Really appreciate the notes on how you accomplished the shot. As always, your creativity is astounding. Congrats on the blue!
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04/23/2011 05:18:49 AM
It's a wonderfully creative idea and a brilliantly executed image. Congratz with a well deserved Blue. Just one little observation. You should have also mulled/roughed up the sand from behind your feet to the waters edge and also roughed up the sand on your back and around your head and chest to create an even stronger and more convincing impression that you just swam up the beach.

Message edited by author 2011-04-23 05:21:10.
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04/21/2011 02:27:30 PM
The compo is what makes this work so well for the challenge. The viewer doesn't really realize that the horizon is tiltled making this a very awesome image! Congrats again!
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04/20/2011 01:55:37 PM
Finally getting around to congratulating people -- I was out of town for a week, and just dabbling here and there.

Awesome shot! Incredibly well done! You must not have buried yourself too deep. I tried burying my husband

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but the problem was I put too much sand on him, and he found it difficult to breathe! I was so nervous, I forgot to change angles and experiment with the shot. :)

Great idea, wonderful -- as always!! Huge congrats!
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04/19/2011 07:17:08 AM
Un autre essai de prise? :D

Excellent idea. Wonderful for many reasons.
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04/19/2011 06:16:15 AM
I like this - its not at all *about* tilted horizon but uses tilted horizon to make the picutre, neat.
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04/19/2011 05:01:06 AM
As always with your work, I'm in awe!!!
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04/18/2011 10:16:05 PM
Very ingenious and well executed. Congrats!
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04/18/2011 09:43:48 PM
You know, of course, that you have the best wife in the world.
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04/18/2011 06:46:38 PM
Crazy fun. You are amazing. Congrats on the blue!
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04/18/2011 12:05:17 PM
Another superb image from the master,Congratulations once more.
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04/18/2011 11:36:13 AM
I love it when superhuman efforts get rewarded with first prize! This is so brilliantly creative and amazing! Congratulations on flawless, award-winning execution!

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04/18/2011 11:28:00 AM
Awesome! Literally laughing.
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04/18/2011 10:50:52 AM
You are SO funny! :) Congrats!
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04/18/2011 10:06:15 AM
I really love that you share your how to's with us! AND your crazy dedication!!! Your a Genius !!! Congratulations on a totaly awesome shot!!!!
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04/18/2011 09:22:24 AM
amazing concept!love it!
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04/18/2011 08:23:00 AM
You are extremely creative. As everyone has commented "unstoppable". Congratulations on the ribbon.
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04/18/2011 08:17:02 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, I guessed correctly!
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04/18/2011 07:51:48 AM
Christophe... the title suits best to you more than to the image... you are truly unstoppable... u rock! Huge congrats on the well deserved win! I cannot believe the efforts you put in bringing out what you have in mind... very inspiring, you are... :)

Message edited by author 2011-04-18 07:51:58.
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04/18/2011 06:22:44 AM
Ah the truly unstoppable Christophe strikes again! Great shot and creativity, and love the details of your setup. Thanks too for the info on the software :-0
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04/18/2011 05:50:29 AM
Congrats Christophe!! It's a real joy to see what you come up with next.
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04/18/2011 03:45:34 AM
I think I have to visit Art's "School of Village Burning" if you intend to make any more ribbons this year.

Congrats on a great shot and the well deserved blue.
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04/18/2011 01:08:58 AM
As CJ said, this image perfectly represents you as a photographer: unstoppable! Didn't get to voting in this challenge, but for sure, this would have made the top of my heap too. Congrats again, Christophe!
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04/18/2011 01:01:29 AM
CONGRATULATIONS........Again! YOU are unstoppable :-D
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04/18/2011 12:51:25 AM
congrats Christophe, Dude, love your stuff
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04/18/2011 12:28:46 AM
Congrats on blue! Well conceived and executed image!
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04/18/2011 12:10:52 AM
Congrats on the blue, I thought this was funny and I loved the light. My challenge fave, as well!
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04/18/2011 12:06:04 AM
I actually did'nt picture this as you Chris, Man the length you go to get a ribbon is UNBELIEVABLE, really quite admirable. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/17/2011 11:20:58 PM
Holy moly....Nice set up and shoot....This should win blue by 1 whole point.
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04/17/2011 10:55:03 PM
lol 7 ... bumping to 8 for effort
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04/17/2011 10:48:21 PM
clever :)...9
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04/17/2011 08:07:21 PM
Very imaginative and funny. 10 from me!
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04/16/2011 12:26:15 PM
Too much fun! Terrific idea- not voting
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04/15/2011 07:49:41 PM
LOL! this is very creative!
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04/15/2011 05:43:58 AM
I have seen this on 1x! Weren't you cold in April?!
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04/14/2011 03:35:31 PM
And making progress! Love the humor. Good one for the tilt.
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04/14/2011 02:09:33 PM
Nice angles. Nice tilt.
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04/14/2011 11:45:57 AM
Very well done! Bravo!
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04/12/2011 07:00:52 PM
Great perspective and idea. My pick for the challenge.
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04/12/2011 10:05:59 AM
Nice shot!! Very creative!
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04/12/2011 09:40:12 AM
oh, this is so funny and also a fantastic work. In my eyes it's the best in challenge. Good luck!
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04/11/2011 06:54:47 PM
Wow. That is commitment. Beautiful shot.
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04/11/2011 02:19:44 PM
very nice idea !!!! and good capture.
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04/11/2011 12:47:39 PM
Hope to see this near the top.
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04/11/2011 12:39:11 PM
This one made me laugh. :)
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04/11/2011 12:11:02 PM
Awesome image! 10 from me...I hope you see a ribbon.
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04/11/2011 11:18:18 AM
Brilliant... stunning image... clever use of tilt... smart title... actually title conveys the real intent of this image... beautiful... hoping to see this in the front page...
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04/11/2011 11:15:22 AM
OMG! This is hilarious. I just had to give this a 10. Very creative and love the humor. Love the title.
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04/11/2011 10:14:02 AM
This is hilarious!!!!!!!!!! 21.gif gyaban???
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04/11/2011 09:46:58 AM
Goofy and delightful - most excellent creativity here!
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04/11/2011 09:28:32 AM
Good one. Made me laugh. This is a winner.
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04/11/2011 08:46:41 AM
Oh that's wild and totally surreal. I love that one lens is reflecting the white light and the other one isn't. Hope you let that guy out of the sand right after the shoot. LOL This would be cool in a BW conversion too. :)
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04/11/2011 07:50:30 AM
nice photo and nice acting.. should be top 10..
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04/11/2011 06:46:45 AM
Excellent! This is definitely one of my top picks if not the top. Great tones. Great humor. Nice and sharp.
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04/11/2011 05:03:20 AM
Ah no its that French mad man again, great shot Christoph.
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04/11/2011 12:43:35 AM
Lol, ribbon for sure very humourous.
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04/11/2011 12:40:38 AM
ok im just imagining the looks you got, lol
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04/11/2011 12:28:38 AM
i like the humor of this picture.. the hands, the facial expression made it more dynamic.. 9/10
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