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Challenge: Magic & Mystery II (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Feb 2, 2012
Date Uploaded: Feb 2, 2012

Thank you so much everyone! I started this project as a little personal experiment, I really had no idea it would receive such votes and comments. I'm extremely proud and happy.

The original image is very big: 10.000x10.000 pixels (i.e. 100Mp). I decided to work on such canvas because of this strange looking sky: while I started with several photos of the sky that I deformed accordingly, I painted the colors by hand (using a graphics tablet). Such size helped to hide brush strokes as much as possible. This is the first time I dared to venture in that area, and I must confess I really had a blast doing so, even if I am terrible at it!
Once the sky was done, I decided to go on working on the same file without resizing, just for fun... which forced me to stitch several photos as a panorama to create the ground (7 vertical photos I believe). I found this place while venturing through the woods and moor next to where I live.

The overall idea was adjusted several times, I really had a hard time to define what action to depict. I finally opted for these "priests" in red, and this slick orange sphere. Another option would have been a black monolith, but someone else already chose that option ;-)

Thank you all again, I'm very grateful.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 55
Avg (all users): 8.1899
Avg (commenters): 9.4783
Avg (participants): 7.6579
Avg (non-participants): 8.3583
Views since voting: 6790
Views during voting: 487
Votes: 158
Comments: 59
Favorites: 18 (view)


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02/15/2012 05:41:53 PM
I scored you 10. Whether people like your expert editing level or not... I bet each and every one of them secretly can't wait to see what you produce next.

Was it Albert Einstein who said; "Imagination is more important than knowledge" ? ;)
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02/13/2012 09:01:55 PM
I really like this. But how much of it is actual photography?
To me it's (Digiatl Art at it's Best) but not Photography, and isn't that what this website is all about? Photography.

Message edited by author 2012-02-13 22:57:14.
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02/13/2012 02:03:59 PM
Wow, great photoshop work. This shouldn't win a photography challenge. Sorry.
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02/13/2012 01:24:36 AM
Congratulations, Christophe. Wonderful, imaginative and creative image. Thank you for including your notes.
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02/12/2012 10:12:32 PM
dude, this is awesome....

you are more than just a photographer...probably the best creative person I have seen on DPC :)
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02/12/2012 08:27:47 PM
I think you are an amazing artist . congrats on Blue :) My Husband loves your work as well ..
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02/12/2012 05:51:43 PM
Originally posted by gyaban:

Originally posted by tate:


Amazing as always. However, like I said, the reflection should be more on top of the sphere IMO.


Thanks :-) I don't mind criticism at all. After all, I can always simply discard it ;-)

About the shadow and reflections, I made real life simulation of the situation (using a ping-pong ball and a glass ball as well) in order to reproduce something sensible. According to my observations, the results highly depends on the material of the sphere and of course its color. With materials that are a bit mat, objects reflected gets blurry very quickly with the distance, which is why I mostly reflected sky colors on the upper part. Maybe I overdid that effect though. Thanks a lot anyway for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it a lot!


You're attention to detail and your humbleness after winning inspires me. There are really only 2 people that I religiously check online for new work. You and Max Sauco. I thought it was cool that you mentioned him in your DPchat interview.

Congrats again on your win and Thank you for the explanations that you give.
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02/11/2012 06:36:19 PM
AMAZING!!!!

But....

It's hardly a photograph....this is why I don't enter Expert....

Good on you though....well done...
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02/10/2012 04:08:57 PM
Amazing congratulations
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02/10/2012 03:34:15 PM
Ok, i`m not a great fan of digital art here at DPC probably because i`m crap at it.
But by George this is just unbelievable. I didn`t vote but how can anyone score this less than 10.
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02/10/2012 12:27:09 PM
a mind blowing masterpiece!!! Congrats Christophe.
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02/10/2012 10:57:18 AM
Just amazing!!!! Congrats on your Blue.
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02/10/2012 10:37:27 AM
Originally posted by NiallOTuama:

Did a quick query there, and Librodo, you and William88 are tied for the most 8's. Reckon you have more in you? :-)


Well, while these stats are fun stuff, it is always hard to compare such scores (different challenges, different rules sets, different voters, etc). All I can say is that I'll keep entering challenges that inspire me, and I'll try to do my best each time!
02/10/2012 10:36:01 AM
=D
Ha -You are a roll model for sure
You should be teaching a class in this stuff.

Originally posted by gyaban:

I made real life simulation of the situation (using a ping-pong ball and a glass ball as well) in order to reproduce something sensible.
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02/10/2012 10:31:20 AM
Did a quick query there, and Librodo, you and William88 are tied for the most 8's. Reckon you have more in you? :-)
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02/10/2012 10:26:42 AM
Originally posted by tate:


Amazing as always. However, like I said, the reflection should be more on top of the sphere IMO.


Thanks :-) I don't mind criticism at all. After all, I can always simply discard it ;-)

About the shadow and reflections, I made real life simulation of the situation (using a ping-pong ball and a glass ball as well) in order to reproduce something sensible. According to my observations, the results highly depends on the material of the sphere and of course its color. With materials that are a bit mat, objects reflected gets blurry very quickly with the distance, which is why I mostly reflected sky colors on the upper part. Maybe I overdid that effect though. Thanks a lot anyway for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate it a lot!
02/10/2012 10:18:58 AM
the reflection and shadows seem a bit off ;)

^ Why would I criticize this? Well, I know you strive for perfection and never fail to amaze. But don't want you to get too comfortable ;D
I've been reading about the mind and the best way to improve is for a person to focus on his/her mistakes. e.g. Michael Jordan missed more shots than anyone hehe.
So going against the grain and telling you something feels off to me here. Meaning I would have given it an 8. Harsh I know ;)
Amazing as always. However, like I said, the reflection should be more on top of the sphere IMO.
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02/10/2012 10:14:57 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon,it just had to be.
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02/10/2012 09:13:44 AM
Just two more and you'll have a profile full of 8's. Wonderful image and title. Favourite parts are the distortion and reflection.

Message edited by author 2012-02-10 09:14:28.
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02/10/2012 08:47:19 AM
Incredible image! Congratulations on the 8+ well deserved. My scores always have a bell curve yours only has half a bell something I strive to get some day (hopefully on the positive side like yours),
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02/10/2012 08:31:55 AM
You never cease to amaze~ CONGRATS!
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02/10/2012 08:15:07 AM
Awesomely interesting, as always..... and beautifully edited. 'Grats on the Blue!
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02/10/2012 07:43:22 AM
The sky is truly incredible. I keep staring at it and trying to figure out how in the world you can create something like that! It truly boggles the mind.

Huge congrats!
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02/10/2012 06:49:57 AM
seriously, its time to retire. :)
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02/10/2012 05:34:13 AM
waw... :) i love, color of clouds
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02/10/2012 02:56:25 AM
wonderful! i'm in awe of vision and technique of this level.
Congratulations on the Blue!
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02/10/2012 01:55:27 AM
congratulations!
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02/10/2012 01:36:20 AM
Originally posted by Alexkc:

It's incredible how you get such stuff in just one week - planning, shooting and editing. Do you sleep at night?!

Is the title from Muse's song?

Congrats on your PB :)


Thanks a lot Alessandro :) Yes, I was actually listening to Muse's album when the final idea surfaced, so it was an obvious choice.
02/10/2012 01:33:39 AM
It's incredible how you get such stuff in just one week - planning, shooting and editing. Do you sleep at night?!

Is the title from Muse's song?

Congrats on your PB :)
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02/10/2012 12:23:32 AM
Good heavens, you cornered the market on 10's! I gave you one of them. Truly fabulous image; well-deserved ribbon. Congratulations!
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02/10/2012 12:11:17 AM
...and you are not working for Lucas Arts ILM why?
WD again.
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02/10/2012 12:10:43 AM
Oh, good grief, LOL. Frickin' masterpiece of the genre. Congrats! Strongest voting distribution I ever have seen.

Message edited by author 2012-02-10 00:11:56.
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02/10/2012 12:08:53 AM
Never a doubt, Christophe. Congrats.
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02/10/2012 12:06:54 AM
Congratulations!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/09/2012 11:41:48 PM
Go, Christophe! 9
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02/09/2012 07:57:10 PM
I don't know how to comment this. Well, I do, but I could go on and on.
Love it! Everything!
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02/09/2012 03:57:18 PM
This is stunning. It's exactly the location I'd choose to give birth to a sphere :) It can't roll away!. The post processing, light, shade, shadows, and cloud/sun vortex are stunning. The kiss of light (rimlight) on the fore priest and reduced kiss of light on the rear priests is masterful. Good luck.
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02/09/2012 11:46:05 AM
The graphic quality is unparalleled, but what takes it to the next level is the way you find and capture the photo graphical backgrounds. intense shot. 10 for sure.
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02/09/2012 10:01:04 AM
A new world is made.
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02/09/2012 05:14:43 AM
Brilliantly done, but I shudder to consider that that is a giant celestial birth canal. Conceptually classic, stunning lighting for this genre, right down to the reflections under the ball baby. I'd say the winner in this class.
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02/08/2012 02:13:11 PM
Amazing!
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02/08/2012 08:34:44 AM
That's extremely will done.
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02/07/2012 09:31:11 PM
Cool
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02/06/2012 10:22:10 PM
This must be getting a ton of comments. I have viewed it at least 10 times and each time I am in awe. The dessert setting is fantastic for this image to work well. The bare trees in the BG add immensely to the overall feel. Defines the challenge. And done with all the expert detail of a professional movie maker.
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02/06/2012 10:45:38 AM
10.
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02/04/2012 10:09:27 PM
Ummm, WOW!
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02/04/2012 09:34:24 PM
I like your use of red/orange as a unifying theme.
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02/04/2012 12:42:47 PM
WOW Have you ever thought of doing graphic work for oh like Disney or Pixar of some other BIG giants in the industry???
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02/04/2012 03:56:49 AM
Wonderful image. One of my two 10s.
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02/04/2012 02:07:26 AM
excellent!
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02/03/2012 01:24:23 PM
What an awesome idea and so well done! I love how the hands look almost skeleton-like.
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02/03/2012 12:32:16 PM
Phenomenally surreal! Love the light and swirling sky, and the reflection on the bottom of the newborn planet.
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02/03/2012 12:07:15 PM
I would imagine that this will be the winner of this challenge and I see no reason why that should not be.In my view it is excellent both technically and in its artistic vision.
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02/03/2012 09:18:52 AM
Mesmerizing. This is really cool, awesome work... lots of creativity, I'm guessing blue. T E N.
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02/03/2012 09:01:21 AM
[user]gyoban[/user], is that you??? This is amazing. 10
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02/03/2012 07:58:46 AM
Love how the landscape seems to bend around the ball here.
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02/03/2012 04:20:39 AM
for me the sphere is to perfect looks like a photoshop graphic, i like the excellent detail in the robes and the sticks in the ground, the work on the clouds is excellent as is the silhouette of the trees and the red tone, had it been a burning sun say then id have scored you higher. 8
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02/03/2012 01:03:35 AM
Outstanding! I love when a highly edited image looks like it COULD be a real photo (obviously the brain tells me it isn't, but the eyes tell me it could be). Nice work
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02/03/2012 12:25:15 AM
Spectacular, Christophe. The sphere is 3-d
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