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Challenge: Video Games (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jun 18, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jun 18, 2013



[Jun. 25th, 2013 10:32:54 AM]

I arrived in this world exactly when the golden age of video arcade games started (1978: Space Invaders). As a little boy, I was fascinated by those games. I remember staring at the demonstration screens in the mall, insisting for my parents to leave me there while they were buying food for the week.

For some reason, my parents were quite reluctant towards video games. I believe they have always considered them as some kind of silly activity. On the other hand, they also understood the importance of computers as tools: this is how I ended up with a PC at the age of 8. This was not the ideal gaming platform, but given the fact I had no choice, I started to learn how it worked. I was already a curious boy, so I asked for programming books, and a few months later I was playing my own little games (their code was no longer than a few hundreds lines, but I was so proud regardless!). Long story short, but this is probably how I ended up in a IT school, and also currently working in that field.

A few years later, while being a student, I started playing MMOs (massively multiplayer online games). I was an avid "EverQuest" player: I remember averaging 12h per day on the game. This lasted about 2 years, then I stopped when I met my wife. Or, more precisely, I stopped in order to find a wife ;-) More recently, like many I also played to "World of Warcraft", which inspired my image: still addictive, but I was managing to restrain my play time to around 20h per week. I stopped about a year ago, to give photography all my free time.

Creating that image was a bit challenging: usually, I am able to photograph all the different parts of my composites and directly arrange them on the canvas, but here, there was no way to shoot a big monster exploding a wall with a strange giant hammer. This requested some creativity: for example the explosion is made of ordinary cloud photos, that I slowly deformed to give them the needed shape. Similarly, the monster face is made of a human skull photo, altered to suit my needs. Of course, the overall result is just a fun image, without any profound meaning or anything like that, but I am sure the new techniques I learned there will prove to be useful in the future.

Thanks a lot for all your kind votes and comments, I am very grateful.

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Place: 1 out of 31
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Views since voting: 2678
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Votes: 102
Comments: 25
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06/28/2013 01:08:29 PM
It had to be you. Great work.
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06/27/2013 01:10:32 PM
This is excellent...love it Congratulations!
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06/26/2013 03:45:16 PM
I don't just see one ribbon in your future - I see LOADS of them ;-) Many congrats, Christophe.
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06/26/2013 12:35:30 PM
As usual: a great image full of fantasy. Congrats Christophe
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06/26/2013 09:54:06 AM
Congrats Christophe! I am glad everyone appreciated the difficulty in producing this one. :) Very nice work!
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06/26/2013 07:10:12 AM
Congrats,had to be here.great stuff.
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06/26/2013 05:50:09 AM
Fabulous!!!!
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06/26/2013 03:40:10 AM
congratulations! nice job!
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06/26/2013 03:28:45 AM
Congratulations master
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06/26/2013 02:31:33 AM
Originally posted by Kevin_Flynn:

Congratulation, which WoW Player from the first hour wouldn`t recognize the epic (and sometime endless) battles against the first Raid End Boss Ragnaros. Let me guess your role in the Raid was a Mage ? Greetings from an old Elfen priest.


Thanks a lot! In fact I was the main tank, so priests were my friends ;-)
06/26/2013 02:31:13 AM
Wow !!!! Beautifully done
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06/26/2013 01:43:55 AM
Congratulation, which WoW Player from the first hour wouldn`t recognize the epic (and sometime endless) battles against the first Raid End Boss Ragnaros. Let me guess your role in the Raid was a Mage ? Greetings from an old Elfen priest.
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06/26/2013 01:41:21 AM
Congratulations Hotshot!
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06/26/2013 12:11:28 AM
Great work as usual, congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/25/2013 11:21:45 PM
great work 9
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06/25/2013 09:12:32 PM
Ha!
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06/24/2013 10:54:18 AM
Ooooh, cool! He kind of looks like the last guy in Plants vs. Zombies.
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06/23/2013 03:24:58 PM
I see a ribbon in your future. Again. Brilliant work.
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06/22/2013 12:54:15 AM
Best in show award, congrats again. great work
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06/21/2013 06:15:02 PM
Just fantastic. Inspiring stuff. 10!
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06/21/2013 09:53:22 AM
You are insanely Artistic, Imaginative, and Processing Genius! I'd love to watch u shoot n hang over your head while you do your magic!
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06/21/2013 03:19:44 AM
Great creation!
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06/20/2013 08:41:53 AM
Wow!!! Blue ribbon for sure!! Would love to know how you did this.
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06/19/2013 11:50:38 AM
This looks like the winner for sure.
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06/19/2013 08:55:23 AM
The longer you look the better it gets.
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