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2nd PlaceLet my imagination flow

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Challenge: New Year's Resolution VI (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jan 2, 2014
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2014

I suppose everyone has his own little tricks for finding photos ideas. One of my personal favorite is to let my mind jump from an idea to another, like in a ping pong game. For example, it can start with something I see around me, then this thing reminds me of an old experience I had with it, then this situation reminds me my feelings that very day, which gives me memories of something totally different, and so on. I often land very far away from the initial idea when I play that game, and it is quite fun and often surprising I must say! In this image, I wanted to illustrate this flow: some droplets of imagination are poured in the ocean of mind, and various concepts and ideas emerge. So, what are your own techniques for finding ideas?

I would like to specially thank my dear wife. Not only did she accept to pose for that strange picture, but she also was of a great help with its creation. We spent several hours sketching the bodies again and again, imagining their shapes and arranging them on the canvas, before obtaining something we were happy with. I am a very lucky man.

A few technical notes:
- Stars, photographed around 1am at 6400 iso: the denoising software did a very good job on it.
- Wavelets on water: we went to a local lake in the morning, and positioned ourselves relatively to the sun to reproduce the desired lighting. We were worried a bit due to the presence of a fisherman, but we found a spot far enough of him so that throwing rocks in water wouldn't disturb him.
- Cloudy sky: shot at the same time just above the lake, so that the clouds reflections would match.
- Body parts: 16 photos were selected and arranged in the final composition. All of them were photographed at home, with 2 strobes: one for reproducing the main light source (we moved it during the shooting so that its position would be accurate for each part) and another as fill.
- Splashes: 16 photos are used here too. Most of them were achieved by throwing a rock in a bowl full of water. The lighting setup was designed to only light the water from the side, and keep a black background: this permitted an much easier insertion in the composite. I also had to clean the lens between each shot ;)

Thanks for watching!

Place: 2 out of 43
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01/12/2014 11:13:27 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this marvelous picture. Limitations on your imagination? Fuhgeddaboutit.
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01/11/2014 03:51:38 PM
If there's one reason to have DPC now and in the next years is to see your imagination flow. Huge effort as usual and great image.
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01/11/2014 07:20:16 AM
This is just absolutely amazing... one of your best i think.....
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01/10/2014 05:09:57 PM
Now that is ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' gyaban and I was expecting to you see on top!
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01/10/2014 01:35:19 PM
full of fantasy and a stunning creation, as usual. Congrats Christophe
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01/10/2014 06:29:51 AM
Congrats; magnificent.
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01/10/2014 04:17:41 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon and may you win many more, i'm sure that is certain.
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01/10/2014 12:15:10 AM
You have already exceeded the mortal limits of imagination, Christophe...

Very intriguing image. Congrats on the ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2014 03:23:03 PM
Impressive, particularly the face in the top left corner. A lot of work must have gone into this.
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01/08/2014 07:19:45 PM
Wish I had just a drop of this imagination. Excellent.
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01/07/2014 02:56:48 PM
If a drop in the ocean summons this wild abandon of imagination, a mere ounce... A tour de force. And what does that grasping hand hurtling towards the viewer portend?
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01/05/2014 01:08:27 PM
WOW! Yes, please!
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01/05/2014 12:56:58 AM
top 2
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01/03/2014 07:31:42 PM
Absolutely brilliant work.It looks like you are doing pretty well with that imagination thing.
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01/03/2014 12:20:57 PM
Your imagination always flows wonderfully into superb images. Another top ribbon in my opinion.
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01/03/2014 12:29:35 AM
WOW!! (speechless)
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