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Challenge: Absurdity (Expert Editing)
Collection: 2013 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Feb 13, 2013
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2013

Yeah, me again, along with a tap borrowed from the local salvage yard stuck into the bark of one of my few non-sap producing trees and a few other props. Like Christophe, ([user]gyaban[/user]), I believe in making a set as opposed to PhotoChopping in a whole whack of stuff. The signage, gas can, and money jar are all props. Only the pour has been placed in from a previous indoor shoot within the time frame.

Unlike Christophe, I lack his wacky surreal creativity and the staggering suite of editing skillz he has cultivated. So as always here is my one-shot wonder, PS'd to the best of my meagre abilities as I send it off to tilt against windmills.

I got the basic idea for this about a month ago. My oldest brother is coming to visit and offered, during his stay, to help with 'collecting syrup from the trees.' Of course I corrected him, as you collect sap then boil it down into syrup.

But his words came back to haunt me when this challenge was announced. It took a couple days for an idea to coalesce but once it did - starting with the basic faucet-in-the-tree,I decided to wear the bright orange hunter's cap, which of course is anything but inconspicuous when up to no good. A phone conversation with Ryan sparked the idea of additional props, mostly the signs, payment system and gas can. I already had the nefarious cartoony villian look down pat :-)

This is a single capture apart, from the stream of maple syrup, which I shot indoors, then PS'd more than anything else to get that flowy liquid look with realistic highlights.

Shot outdoors, camera on tripod, used self-triggered timer (my one remote is pretty much toast).

pp: shot RAW, rotate, crop, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, dodge and burn, clone stuff in and out as needed, more d&b, place syrup image, warp, resize, flatten, sharpen, save for web.

Place: 14 out of 47
Avg (all users): 6.0081
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8966
Avg (non-participants): 6.0421
Views since voting: 1279
Views during voting: 316
Votes: 124
Comments: 9
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02/27/2013 02:35:01 AM
Snaffles stealing maple syrup. I love it. Had a good laugh! :) Thanks
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02/23/2013 10:40:58 AM
You're the one!!!!

$18 million worth of maple syrup stolen
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02/22/2013 10:09:47 AM
You gave me a good laugh here......... thanks. probably shud have been higher too.
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02/22/2013 02:50:45 AM
This was my top pick, although I didn't believe it would make the front page. 14th seems way underrated, though.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2013 09:45:55 PM
Made me laugh, worth an extra point. (voted earlier)
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02/21/2013 12:58:28 PM
Colors are spot on. Love the outfit you chose. Funny too. Good stuff.
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02/17/2013 06:38:24 PM
OH I failed to say how much I love this!! Hillbilly Canook! hehehe
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02/15/2013 04:23:02 PM
hey snaff you got some spooge on your shirt there
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02/15/2013 11:07:55 AM
Wonderful colors and lines, very clean image, although the forced misspellings are a bit trite
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