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Challenge: Wacky Photographic Definitions (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Mar 6, 2014
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2014

Most of my photos are inspired by personal events, or at least views and thoughts about things happening around me. This is perhaps the most personal creation I ever made: if you are interested in the story behind it, you can read it there.

Thanks a lot for watching, and thanks for the ribbon!


ETA: Thank you so much everyone for all the very kind comments and warm feedback! It is very much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 46
Avg (all users): 7.0909
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 7.0417
Avg (non-participants): 7.1132
Views since voting: 2426
Views during voting: 256
Votes: 77
Comments: 41
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/16/2014 04:25:04 PM
This image is so incredible.. and the story behind it even greater! Many congratulations to you and your wife! I can only imagine what a bright and creative child you'll have! I hope your wife is feeling better these days. :)
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03/19/2014 07:38:52 AM
A very belated congratulations to you and your good lady. Being a daddy is the best thing ever! I also really enjoyed your website - it was the first time I had seen it.
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03/19/2014 07:38:51 AM
Oops pressed the button twice:)

Message edited by author 2014-03-19 07:39:36.
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03/18/2014 11:16:25 PM
congrats sir
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03/16/2014 05:45:36 PM
I'd be interested to see what you create when you receive bad news...
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03/16/2014 03:18:39 AM
Wow, read your story behind the photo... I thought it was heading towards tragedy...
You are a great story teller, both in writing and of course your images.
WOW, and congrats :)

(I'm glad I didn't read the other comments first. They would have spoiled the story.)
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03/16/2014 12:38:42 AM
Yes, I was really worried reading your story, I thought - has the photography taken over everything in your life!?? How serious is the disease?? Why not see the doctor instead of taking photos!!? :) Anyway, I read it to the end - congrats!! I hope she feels better soon. Great image and great cooperation on all levels. I am looking forward to your take on new life :)
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03/15/2014 10:04:48 PM
Congratulations on the photo and the Baby in the oven, that kid will definitely have the most interesting photos growing up!
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03/15/2014 08:42:40 PM
Yee Haw! Gonna name the kid Gyaban? That'd be so cool :-)
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03/15/2014 03:44:26 AM
Congrats Dad (to be)
I was fearing the worst reading your write up but I'm glad to see it was a wonderful happy ending. Hope everything goes well. Fatherhood is awesome but does consume your photography time...
Congrats on another ribbon as well. Well deserved
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03/14/2014 08:57:27 PM
Congratulations Christophe and Mrs. Christophe! Impending parenthood! You are the master of suspense, Christophe. I'm glad that story took a happy turn! (oh, and congrats for the well deserved ribbon, too.)
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03/14/2014 08:09:36 PM
You scared the crap out of me, Christophe!! You need a warning at the beginning of the story!!!!

Huge congrats!! I do remember the beginning of pregnancy, feeling so incredibly worn out, I didn't think I could move. Luckily it didn't last long, and the rest of the pregnancy was wonderful!! I'd skip the delivery part, though. Been there, done that twice, and it's not much fun. :)

The funny thing was, I thought of fire arms, too, and figured I couldn't do fire nearly as well as Christophe's fire stuff, so I'm not going there. :)

Congrats on everything!! When is she due?
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03/14/2014 04:49:34 PM
A BIG congrats to you and your wife; wonderful news. Also, a wonderful image.
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03/14/2014 02:47:53 PM
Oh my goodness, Christophe. Huge congratulations to you and your wife. I can't tell you how much relief I felt as I got to the end of your story and my heart went back where it belongs :) Wonderful work on both counts, of course, and I wish her a speedy recovery of strength. Bless you both.
Oh, and congrats on the Red, too.
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03/14/2014 02:41:24 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!! I can't wait to see your new model!! :D

Oh... and congrats on the ribbon, too!

I'm pleased as punch for you (that's good)!
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03/14/2014 01:24:32 PM
Congratulations all round, to you and your wife, we are very happy for you. Congrats on the ribbon and great image also.
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03/14/2014 12:35:51 PM
Congratulations, soon to be dad!! Great news. Your wife's a vet? Awesome. I love her even more :-)
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03/14/2014 11:59:32 AM
Excellent work as always, Christophe. Grats on the red!

ETA: Wow, what a story. I do hope she recovers fully.

Message edited by author 2014-03-14 12:01:25.
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03/14/2014 11:51:25 AM
Fantastic image. Congratulations on many fronts. Hopefully your wife will be feeling better soon. It won't be long until you two will be burning the candle at both ends.
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03/14/2014 11:31:30 AM
Congrats Christophe. I'm sure your child will grow up with one Hell of an imagination, how could she (he) not?

Trust me, your greatest creation is yet to come.
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03/14/2014 11:23:46 AM
Congratulations! this is so nice, as is the story, and the way you tell it.

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03/14/2014 08:13:31 AM
Reading your thoughts on this shot put it in a whole new light and it makes it that much more powerful. Love your work and so happy for you and your wife :)
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03/14/2014 05:07:43 AM
Congratulations Christophe!!
On the ribbon, but I think that this time there's another event even more worth to congratulate you and your wife on :)
Daddy... :)
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03/14/2014 04:48:07 AM
Congratulations Christophe!!! My best wishes to both of you - or rather, to the three of you :-).
Btw I hope you didn't use this storytelling to break the news to your family. It starts off really scary, you can give someone a heart attack! :)

The image is undoubtedly one of your best. IMHO, looking at this as a concept, I would have stayed at two arms. The whole setup - the angle, look, fire, the constraining black hands are already so striking and at least for me, less would give more impact - just my two cents. Congrats on the ribbon!
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03/14/2014 04:47:03 AM
Huge congratulations Christophe for everything!!!
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03/14/2014 04:15:35 AM
So glad you will finally experience life with a child, very happy for you. I was only thinking today what it would like if you had a child and if you ever would incorporate him/her in any of your photos, and then I read your blog, congratulations to both of you; and I do hope her pregnancy goes well.

I have to admit those charred fingers freaked me out!!

Message edited by author 2014-03-14 04:16:10.
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03/14/2014 03:25:57 AM
I never looked at this challenge during voting but noticed this on the front page.

As you know I'm a fan of your work, because of the communication of process along with the final product.

Here though, you have surpassed yourself - I think this is the best image I've seen from you; as ever it has supreme clarity and technical mastery but what shines through are things like tenderness, beauty and vulnerability. I found the paper tears in the skin quite moving but the stoic expression and the rays of light from the top right communicate a sense of strength and even peace. All of this from an image that could easily have channeled violence and dread.

We are used to the quality of your work by now and your mastery of Photoshop is so consistent that we do perhaps take it for granted. For me, it's important that we continue to take the time to look at your work with fresh eyes from time to time and reconnect with the artistic and visionary process that underpins it.

As you know, I'm a fan of blur, of low fidelity, of street, of black and white - frequently favouring such in my own commenting, but I also really value your pristine, colourful and necessarily contrived art - where others create through reinterpreting the real world, overlaying grain, pushing contrast and creating through the constraining of a scene (or moment), you create your own - it's another, and wholly legitimate, route to creating photographic art - and here, for me, you've demonstrated how emotive, personal and powerful that can be.

I very much value your contributions here at DPC - you've raised the bar for such high fidelity work so effortlessly that I think we sometimes forget the contribution you have made to changing the expectations of this small community in relation to such work.

I for one want to acknowledge that, to say thank you and to pass on a hope that you keep submitting and allow us to enjoy both your creations and the creative process that is so central to your work.

Thank you.

I read the accompanying piece too - congratulations!
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03/14/2014 03:06:44 AM
Cool story! Congratulations! Pregnancy isn't easy, but it's only 9 months - they seem to go slowly, but they actually fly. As horrible as it can be, take it in and enjoy it. It's such a defining and beautiful part of life.
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03/14/2014 02:53:50 AM
Wowowowowowowowowowowowowwwww!!! Christophe! I just read your story......... CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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03/14/2014 02:35:35 AM
Congrats on the baby :-)
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03/14/2014 01:03:52 AM
You crazy man with the incredibly patient wife :)
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03/14/2014 12:38:41 AM
another brilliant image from the master .. congrats on the red Christophe ..:)
lol .. i just noticed after i wrote that that 21_F.gif littlemav has called you a master too .. but it totally fits .. :)
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03/14/2014 12:32:08 AM
Awesome work mate, this was my favourite.
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03/14/2014 12:15:39 AM
I bow to the master! This amazed me!
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03/14/2014 12:04:44 AM
Christophe, this is stunning. A bit gruesome, but I like it...

I'd actually like to see a version of this without the missing digits - slightly less gruesome and slightly more conceptual....
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/13/2014 01:31:48 PM
Wow very clever indeed! Super entry
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03/13/2014 08:40:17 AM
The winner from here. Great stuff.
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03/08/2014 12:19:33 PM
Front page stuff
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03/08/2014 06:21:03 AM
Excellent. If I can be picky I think the crop is too tight... makes the shot a little cramped IMO
This is my pick for the blue.
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03/07/2014 03:11:41 PM
Ah, I recognixe your lovely wife all too easily, Christophe! Hope she survived :-)
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03/07/2014 08:08:59 AM
Looks like a poster from a contemporary movie. Crazy creepy.......
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