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Jon Snow and his icy Longclaw
1st PlaceJon Snow and his icy Longclaw

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Challenge: Fire and Ice (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD for Nikon
Location: Montesilvano
Date: Jun 12, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2013

[Jun. 20th, 2013 11:13:38 AM]

Few hours before rollover - a nice 6.86 :)

The guy in the photo is Daniel - I'm his guitar teacher. He's a great fan of the tv series and his fovourite character is really Jon Snow, so I immediately thought of him for this role.

Not an easy stuff to do: first of all I needed to find a real sword. A friend of mine, Jacopo, borrowed me a real (and expensive) one. But I needed a frozen one. Another friend of mine, Gianluca, explained me how to create a fake frozen effect. Albumen of an egg spread on the blade and then 20 minutes later sugar on it. It worked.

But I needed fire as well. Therefore I asked for some old magazines to burn to my hairdresser (Rocco) and to Omar who runs a tobacco shop.

Everything started at 4pm.
At 11 p.m. I met Daniel and Edmondo (my assistent) and we went to the sea. In summer the place is quite crowded with people so I was afraid that someone could call the police (you know - fire, a real sword etc.) but it didn't happen.

I don't wanna waste your time telling you of my issues with triggers (I am sure I have a curse about those infernal devices)... at the end of the story I'm quite satisfied of what I got!

Last but least, I'm a huge fan of the George R.R. Martin's books - IMO they are the best fantasy novels of the last decades.


Wow! A Blue for this image makes me soooo happy! Daniel will be happy too :)

I have to thank Gyaban for this result: I asked him an advice about the editing and his suggestions improved the photo quite a lot.

Johanna don't worry, what you pointed out about this photo is absolutely real... I could make better stuff taking care of some details, but still I'm quite excited for this win! :)

Place: 1 out of 24
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06/22/2013 07:39:41 PM
Congrats brother!...great work. So nice to see two of your images on the front page!
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06/22/2013 12:32:54 AM
Great work. I'm proud to call you my friend and team mate ... Go Longshots!
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06/21/2013 07:50:23 PM
congrats alex this is a great image and I'm just now watching the series, but it's definitely representative of the feeling of the show.
great stuff.
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06/21/2013 10:12:17 AM
Me neither but a great image wins any hows.Congratulations.
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06/21/2013 09:53:08 AM
I have no idea what TV series this challenge was about, but you have done a great job at producing a great work here Alessandro. Congratulations!
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06/21/2013 09:16:28 AM
Congratulations Alessandro. I am glad if my little advice was useful, but the quality of the photo was excellent to begin with: once again you prove that planning, dedication and hard work are a key to obtain great results!
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06/21/2013 03:17:19 AM
Congrats - great shot! Both my sons (13&17) are great fans of the books, and they were both 100% positive that your shot would win...
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06/21/2013 01:33:51 AM
Congratulations, well done! Thanks for including the notes. It's always good to read what went into the making of great shots.
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06/21/2013 12:54:18 AM
Congrats! It's an awesome shot!
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06/21/2013 12:28:27 AM
Great setup, congrats Alessandro!
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06/21/2013 12:15:27 AM
Didn't vote in this challenge but saw this one and thought it would be the one to beat, it's very much like something on a movie set, well done!
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06/21/2013 12:06:13 AM
That'll teach you to ask for my opinion :-) Congrats on the blue.
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06/21/2013 12:02:47 AM
WTG Alessandro- another well earned blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/20/2013 03:56:38 PM
I pictured Longclaw being much longer when I read the book. However, I don't fault your image for that. Excellent image.
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06/18/2013 01:22:54 PM
This is great
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06/18/2013 12:11:12 PM
This is great
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06/17/2013 04:26:43 PM
nice lighting and complementing colors.
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06/16/2013 02:33:12 AM
I had to think this one through! I kept seeing these different flash color values....nicely done!
one of my top picks!
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06/14/2013 07:00:16 AM
My favorite in this challenge. Very nicely executed and the person in the photo even looks a lot like John Snow in the series.
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