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Magritte's Muse
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Challenge: DQ Deja Vu (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Sep 26, 2013
Date Uploaded: Sep 26, 2013

Thank you very much, I am glad this one finished well!

I still remember the frustration when I shot the first version. At the time, I had no way of really creating the image I had in mind, so everything had to be adjusted due to technical restrictions. The dining room ended up filled with various stuff, that got accumulated here due to all the shooting tries. Not mentioning my wife, totally exhausted by all the posing. Which all end up in a DQ.

While visually this version looks quite different than the previous one, it is using the same ingredients: Magritte's silhouette, his muse, an apple. Of course, the composition has been adjusted quite a bit, but he is still looking at his muse for inspiration, the broken glass symbolizing a new idea he found with her help. 21_F.gif CNovack said it much better than me in her comment: thank you Chrystyne!

For those wondering about the shards, an old glass table met my hammer: I knew it was a good idea to keep it in the basements ;-) If you would like to use glass or transparent/translucent material in your composites, an easy way to get there is to shoot it against a pure black background, then put it a "screen" mode layer. Play with the levels a bit, and here you are.

Oh, and the apple ended her career in a delicious crumble!


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 41
Avg (all users): 7.3580
Avg (commenters): 8.0833
Avg (participants): 7.3810
Avg (non-participants): 7.3500
Views since voting: 2693
Views during voting: 305
Votes: 81
Comments: 28
Favorites: 2 (view)


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10/10/2013 05:21:54 AM
Stunning creation, Christophe!
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10/09/2013 05:24:41 AM
Fantastic. as always, from the master.
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10/04/2013 11:21:25 AM
CONGRATS on the BLUE! :) I love this one. Such a cute dress! ;)
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10/04/2013 10:52:41 AM
As always, a fine rendition of the Challenge.
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10/04/2013 10:05:02 AM
Superb. Congratulations on the blue.
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10/04/2013 10:00:43 AM
Nothing could compete with this shot. This took considerable skill. Blue all the way!!!
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10/04/2013 08:27:33 AM
The glass, the light, and the hair- splendid. A mind boggling improvement on an already spectacular offering. Congrats once more Christophe!
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10/04/2013 06:04:58 AM
Really well done! Thanks for the tip on how to use glass - that is very useful. You are lucky to have a great model who also cooks yummy food:)
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10/04/2013 03:32:01 AM
Congratulations,it had to be really.
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10/04/2013 02:21:14 AM
Thank you Christophe. I learn something from you every time.
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10/04/2013 01:11:35 AM
Sigh I have to step down as The Gyaban "Expert" I did give both your pictures the same score! Just got the photographers wrong!!! LOL
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10/04/2013 12:42:47 AM
Very good stuff Christophe!
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10/04/2013 12:16:56 AM
A fantastic improvement of the original, well done!
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10/04/2013 12:09:03 AM
5 3s, I can't believe it. This is fantastic, Christophe.
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10/04/2013 12:02:45 AM
Told you ya'd win. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/03/2013 09:59:09 PM
Interesting composite, but I guess I just don't see how the parts fit together to tell a story. Seems very disjointed. That aside, very well done technically!
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10/03/2013 08:48:09 PM
A very fine effort. bump.
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10/03/2013 04:27:45 PM
Early congrats on your ribbon.
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10/03/2013 09:16:17 AM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

A great many of your entries on heavy on visual symbolism and/or meanings. The muse is no longer dancing like in the original. Instead, she is breaking free from the framed constraints the artist may or may not have placed on her. Magritte himself has broken the bonds of being 'boxed' in a 4 cornered room - the shape of his being acts as a door or perhaps shows the path to the unrestricted freedom of the open and wild blue yonder of the sky outside. The man with the bowler hat and the apple are the most recognized elements in Magritte's work. Except the apple is green while in both original and the redux it is red. Red for passion, energy, excitement, love, blood and all things 'intense'. Here I think it symbolizes Magritte's passion for creative expression and breaking free of constraints. Well done.
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10/03/2013 03:22:25 AM
Great image. It's not particularly like the original (though I suspect it might be the original artist).
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10/03/2013 12:38:33 AM
So much better than the original. I wasn't expecting anyone to use their own DQ work, though I guess there's no rule against it.
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10/02/2013 11:38:16 PM
Oh My Wonderful, I thought this was Gayban's entry until I see he actually redid Margritte's muse.... ++++++ for such a stunning edit !!!
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10/02/2013 05:44:59 AM
Wonderful work as usual
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09/30/2013 01:48:48 PM
Brilliantly done and far better than the original.
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09/29/2013 06:04:40 AM
Good stuff no doubt.12 or 3
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09/28/2013 06:54:52 PM
This is awesome. Seriously awesome.
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09/27/2013 01:42:52 PM
A very interesting interpretation of Christoph's DQ. I love the cutout Magritte, and feel that is an improvement on the original, but I'm not sure about the exploding glass. Love her dress!!
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09/27/2013 03:57:17 AM
Excellent! Second redo of that entry I have seen and I believe this one is Christophe's. If not, it's a compliment to your skills. :)
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