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Halloween in Hamelin
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Challenge: Halloween V (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Nov 2, 2014
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2014

Lobbyists are found in most communities. The most obvious ones are present in politics, or religion, but one can observe them in virtually any field, at much more modest scales. I suppose we all know a colleague telling everyone what they should eat or not, or a neighbor explaining the whole street how lawn is supposed to be mowed. Some would tell everyone around them how kids should be raised, some would spend hours explaining why some TV show should be seen, or why something is art or is not. There are hundreds of similar examples.

What I find dangerous about these persons, is when they act in a unsolicited way. It is one thing to give your opinion when asked for it, but it is a whole another one to stuff your ideas into random mouths. Of course, such little propaganda has often some success, since at a given time, one will always find weaker members in a given community, either affected by personal problems hence more vulnerable, or simply newcomers, uninitiated minds. Rallying others to some cause (even an insignificant one) gives some kind of power, which polishes the ego. It is an easy way to feel important: I suspect this is the reason why I see so many so-called opinion leaders wandering around.

In the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" legend, the piper has the power of luring rats and children away using the sound of his instrument. I decided to use this story as a metaphor for my observations. Moreover, referring to the Halloween theme was a good way to mix folklores, which I always find interesting.

Technically, I started the project by a rough sketch, in order to keep in mind all the different photos I had to take. Then, I brought several rocks in my studio, and photographed them under various angles using the same lighting setup, in order to assemble them in post-processing and create that dangerous path. Meanwhile, my dear wife carved the pumpkin in order to give it a demoniacal smile, which I photographed lit by a mix of candle light and studio strobes, using a long exposure. Then I had to wait for the night, and started a fire in my garden to photograph flames and smoke. Last but not least, I also posed for the piper and the victims: jumping and fooling around naked with a bag on the head was quite interesting ;-)

Thank you so much for the great votes and kind comments! I am very glad this one received such a feedback, it is very motivating.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 45
Avg (all users): 7.8506
Avg (commenters): 9.4167
Avg (participants): 7.1379
Avg (non-participants): 8.2069
Views since voting: 1841
Views during voting: 274
Votes: 87
Comments: 23
Favorites: 5 (view)


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11/12/2014 06:27:24 AM
Congrats on the Blue Christophe, I am in awe of your imagination and creativity,(not to mention your photoshop skills) Thanks for sharing through your notes.
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11/11/2014 02:13:29 AM
Exceptional work, Christophe. Superbly scary.
Hope your leg is getting better.
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11/10/2014 05:10:23 PM
This freaking rocks!
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11/10/2014 01:31:19 PM
Originally posted by vikas:

You didn't take the 'easy' route of tying the bag once and shooting all the required images, you actually made sure each bag was tied differently!
Ah, bags! I thought they were kerchiefs on clumsy people.
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11/10/2014 09:21:53 AM
Wonderful creation and very fitting for the challenge. Congratulations.
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11/10/2014 09:20:20 AM
Congratulations on the blue! Very creative and spooky.
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11/10/2014 09:03:28 AM
You didn't take the 'easy' route of tying the bag once and shooting all the required images, you actually made sure each bag was tied differently!
Your art always makes me stop and look out for details - and everytime I look closer I find something new and it lights me up!

I hope to see all your work in a gallery some day!
Congrats Christophe, and thank you for sharing your work!
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11/10/2014 01:34:10 AM
A superb piece of work. Congrats on a well deserved blue.
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11/10/2014 12:20:54 AM
Congrats on the blue, Christophe. This piece is incredible.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/09/2014 08:21:31 PM
Exceptional work, top shot. 10 Fave.
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11/09/2014 03:05:22 PM
Wow!!
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11/08/2014 12:04:21 PM
wonderful story. LOVE the detail of the floating embers and also the overall 'light'. 10
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11/08/2014 11:37:14 AM
Excellent scares the crap outta me!!!
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11/08/2014 07:57:40 AM
I think we have a ribbon! Not sure which colour, as you have some stiff competition :) You're work never stops to amaze!
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11/08/2014 12:23:05 AM
Absolutely stunning! I may have nightmares about a fire breathing pumpkin.
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11/07/2014 08:00:46 PM
OMG!!!! incredible!
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11/06/2014 04:21:04 PM
This is really creepy and surreal. Great job.
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11/05/2014 09:09:14 PM
Beautifully composed, as usual.
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11/05/2014 08:04:58 PM
If I were a voting member again, this would definitely get one of my ultra-rare 10s.
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11/05/2014 09:56:49 AM
wow
masterful work !
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11/04/2014 03:27:11 PM
gaaah!! Don't tell me you shaved your head for this, Christophe! A ribboner as always ;-)
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11/03/2014 12:02:30 PM
Best in show award, congrats , fun image
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11/03/2014 09:23:47 AM
i guess naked is really scary for some people ;-)
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