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gyaban


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Challenge: Tim Burton (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Nov 24, 2011
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2011



[Dec. 1st, 2011 06:49:05 PM]

"Corpse Bride" being one of my wife's favorite movie, it was an obvious choice.

However, advanced editing rules were quite limiting considering Tim Burton's style, so we had to keep the setup relatively simple. Quite frustrating, I would have loved to create a much more elaborated picture for such challenge. Anyway, twisted branches to the left were cut out in cardboard and painted black, then attached to a plank. We also bought a small smoke machine, for added mood: it was hard to control precisely, but the result is no too bad I suppose.

It is also the very first project were we both appear at the same time, which was a challenge by itself: our work hours do not match very well, and we ended having only a couple of hours for the shooting session. My wife did not even see the finished picture before the deadline: since the colors were heavily adjusted in post-processing (especially skin), it was a little shock to discover herself in blue :)

Thank you for your generous votes and kind comments, we both are delighted.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 34
Avg (all users): 7.9048
Avg (commenters): 9.0500
Avg (participants): 7.2105
Avg (non-participants): 8.0078
Views since voting: 6236
Views during voting: 640
Votes: 147
Comments: 52
Favorites: 9 (view)


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12/07/2011 01:00:30 AM
Congratulations, Christophe. Wonderful image, which as always displays your creative skill, attention to detail and your dedication (buying a smoke machine).
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12/03/2011 12:53:24 PM
fantastic, as always. Congrats!
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12/02/2011 05:01:05 PM
Originally posted by 1m1A:

Great work, you are really an inspiration with your continual excellence! As far as nightpixels' objection, I went back to look at the rules and here's what I found. Under the You May Not section it includes: "use distortions to create new effects or radically alter objects." So to me this means you can use distortions to alter objects in a subtle, non-radical way. Like nightpixels, I wasn't aware of that—good to know!


Thanks!
You might want to read this thread too, this is what convinced me it was legit. Good information.
12/02/2011 04:49:56 PM
Great work, you are really an inspiration with your continual excellence! As far as nightpixels' objection, I went back to look at the rules and here's what I found. Under the You May Not section it includes: "use distortions to create new effects or radically alter objects." So to me this means you can use distortions to alter objects in a subtle, non-radical way. Like nightpixels, I wasn't aware of that—good to know!
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12/02/2011 04:38:05 PM
Originally posted by gyaban:

Originally posted by nightpixels:


Yeah, I knew something was not right :) But is this legal in advanced editing? This almost falls into the expert editing territory. Maybe it is totally fine and I should go read the rules again. I though distortions were not allowed to a point where it changes the viewer's perspective on the image. Great final product regardless.


Distortions are allowed if they don't change the image too much. I don't think a bit longer fingers or bigger eyes change things radically. Moreover, the image is validated, so it looks like the council shares my opinion on this one :)


Congratulations! However with all due respect I completely disagree with the SC's decision on this. A little finger elongation, eyes enlargement, chin smaller, little here, little there, it does in fact change the image quite a bit. Of course, it is not my decision that matters, it is theirs and if they feel it is legit, then it is, however I don't. I think this is more like expert editing to me, just my opinion. Keep up the good work!
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12/02/2011 04:17:29 PM
Originally posted by nightpixels:


Yeah, I knew something was not right :) But is this legal in advanced editing? This almost falls into the expert editing territory. Maybe it is totally fine and I should go read the rules again. I though distortions were not allowed to a point where it changes the viewer's perspective on the image. Great final product regardless.


Distortions are allowed if they don't change the image too much. I don't think a bit longer fingers or bigger eyes change things radically. Moreover, the image is validated, so it looks like the council shares my opinion on this one :)
12/02/2011 04:07:46 PM
Originally posted by gyaban:

Originally posted by nightpixels:

Congrats Christophe! Did you have to do anything to her ring finger and her eyes since they look a tiny bit liquified (ring finger's knuckle looks bigger than it should, and her eyes a bit bigger than they should). Picture is not large enough to tell for sure, but just the impression that I am getting from this 800-pixel long image.


Thank you Allen! Yes you are very close to the truth: I used liquify to make her fingers a bit longer, and eyes a bit bigger. Also, I made my chin thinner to get closer to the original characters appearance. You have good eyes :)


Yeah, I knew something was not right :) But is this legal in advanced editing? This almost falls into the expert editing territory. Maybe it is totally fine and I should go read the rules again. I though distortions were not allowed to a point where it changes the viewer's perspective on the image. Great final product regardless.
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12/02/2011 04:01:24 PM
Originally posted by nightpixels:

Congrats Christophe! Did you have to do anything to her ring finger and her eyes since they look a tiny bit liquified (ring finger's knuckle looks bigger than it should, and her eyes a bit bigger than they should). Picture is not large enough to tell for sure, but just the impression that I am getting from this 800-pixel long image.


Thank you Allen! Yes you are very close to the truth: I used liquify to make her fingers a bit longer, and eyes a bit bigger. Also, I made my chin thinner to get closer to the original characters appearance. You have good eyes :)
12/02/2011 03:20:58 PM
Congrats Christophe! Did you have to do anything to her ring finger and her eyes since they look a tiny bit liquified (ring finger's knuckle looks bigger than it should, and her eyes a bit bigger than they should). Picture is not large enough to tell for sure, but just the impression that I am getting from this 800-pixel long image.
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12/02/2011 11:28:13 AM
Congrats to you both,fantastic stuff.
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12/02/2011 11:20:28 AM
Your work remains inspirational to me as to what can be done in shoots like this. Congrats
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12/02/2011 09:46:37 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

wondering if that's a slip or similar piece of lingerie your wife's wearing?


Yes indeed, it is a corset.
12/02/2011 09:32:13 AM
Another masterpiece. Congrats on your Red and score!!!
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12/02/2011 09:28:12 AM
Stunning work as always. Congrats on the red and as you already know, you two make a lovely couple!

ETA: Love the makeup and outfits on you, but your guyliner and dark hair really do help make you look a bit different. And wondering if that's a slip or similar piece of lingerie your wife's wearing?

Message edited by author 2011-12-02 09:33:58.
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12/02/2011 09:15:38 AM
Congratulations on your win. This is awesome. :)
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12/02/2011 07:36:12 AM
Nice work Christophe- as always, you photography and design skills are unmatched.
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12/02/2011 07:20:53 AM
Originally posted by gyaban:

The goal was to be as close as possible to the movie's aesthetic. The 1.85:1 ratio is another feature towards that goal.


And that is what I mean by your attention to detail. Most of us, myself included, probably didn't even notice that but the fact that you did it shows how much you think things through. Great work.
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12/02/2011 06:16:55 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

You look so young!!!! What a gorgeous wife! Congrats on the ribbon, Christophe. Thought this challenge was up your alley.


Thanks Johanna :-)
As for the young appearance, as you probably guessed, the skin was smoothed a lot to reach that "puppet" look. The goal was to be as close as possible to the movie's aesthetic. The 1.85:1 ratio is another feature towards that goal.
12/02/2011 05:22:20 AM
You look so young!!!! What a gorgeous wife! Congrats on the ribbon, Christophe. Thought this challenge was up your alley.
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12/02/2011 01:29:09 AM
I don't know how you can be second... when I saw the images I immediately thought you were easily going to win. Congrats for you effort and wonderful score. ETA: where the hell did you find her dress?! :)
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12/02/2011 01:14:05 AM
Excellent work as always.
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12/02/2011 01:08:09 AM
What a ... uhhh... uhhh... uhhh... delightful couple. :D

Congrats, Mr. and Mrs. Gyaban. :D
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12/02/2011 01:05:36 AM
Wonderful work, love your corpsey wife :-)
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12/02/2011 12:47:08 AM
You look so young in this photo, amazing what photoshop can do heh.
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12/02/2011 12:37:47 AM
Well aren't you just racking em' up... congrats yet again
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12/02/2011 12:10:32 AM
As I said before this was my favorite of the challenge. But it is a bit of fun to come out just ahead of you every once and awhile.:) congrats on the red.
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12/02/2011 12:06:56 AM
I soo love this.. and your still a turd!!! LOL Congratulations
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2011 04:34:28 PM
I guess I might as well congratulate you on another blue now Christophe, lol! You look so trim there, are your wearing a girdle? And I have to say your wife looks as beautiful as always even with blue skin :)
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12/01/2011 03:17:56 PM
1... 0.. 10!!!!!
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12/01/2011 03:02:18 PM
Another beautiful and wonderfully produced image Christophe. Well done!
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12/01/2011 07:50:24 AM
Blue...like Blue Ribbon !
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12/01/2011 05:14:15 AM
Congrats Christophe!
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11/28/2011 07:54:52 PM
She looks like Sarah Jessica Parker! Lovely tones. Wondering if you actually created smoke or used a brush or filter of some kind. Nice detail with the spiny vines on the left.
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11/28/2011 10:59:48 AM
This has Tim Burton's style written all over. Well done!
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11/27/2011 06:21:13 PM
I knew you'd be the winner as soon as the challenge was announced. The subject is perfect for your talents and imagination - and you haven't let us down.
Simply excellent.
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11/27/2011 05:54:06 AM
I really don't know Tim Burton's work but I like the picture. I can read the story in there. Very well depicted.
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11/27/2011 02:37:29 AM
Amazing!!! As usual...
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11/26/2011 12:19:20 PM
Well played
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11/26/2011 10:30:19 AM
nice work Christophe! :-)
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11/26/2011 04:27:22 AM
looks like a young gyabans as models? love the piping detail on her top and the skin tone. the thistles etc on the left dont do it for me they lack depth in an otherwise extremely 3d picture with plenty of depth they seem to flatten that side.
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11/25/2011 09:03:29 PM
Awesome job!
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11/25/2011 08:39:00 PM
The lighting, makeup, and composition are all excellent.
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11/25/2011 07:50:54 PM
Stunning work as always, love the added fog, your attention to the small things is wonderful
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11/25/2011 01:45:52 PM
Nice, spooky, very effective.
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11/25/2011 11:38:08 AM
Mr and Mrs K. I believe. Love the faces and the image in general.
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11/25/2011 10:31:43 AM
My favorite of the challenge, it's obvious a lot of thought and work went into this photo.
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11/25/2011 10:20:47 AM
Great setup, makeup and lighting!
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11/25/2011 10:20:11 AM
OMG Challenge winner.. hands down.. Turd!
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11/25/2011 06:31:45 AM
great job!
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11/25/2011 03:27:53 AM
Really nice! :)
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11/25/2011 02:59:23 AM
Love the expresion Christoph, that in itself is enough to win me over.
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11/25/2011 12:17:31 AM
Excellent! Love the post processing of this image. Very creative and well executed!
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