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Challenge: How to Change a Light Bulb (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Feb 24, 2015
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2015

[Mar. 3rd, 2015 10:57:21 AM]

What a frustrating challenge! My time was quite limited for this one: 3 available evenings, much less than what I usually spend on an entry. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try, but the project was probably too ambitious, and the result is not as polished as I would have wanted to. Most of the time, when I am not totally happy with a result, I simply skip the challenge despite the work that went into it, and keep the concept for another time (too bad there is no such thing as a monthly 'Free Study' in expert editing!), but for some reason I decided to enter it anyway.

That being said, I believe the concept is not totally pointless: I suppose everyone experiences various feelings of failure in life. Sometimes, you really want to understand something, you really do, you work hard for it, but it simply is too much, too difficult for your brain to grasp, and you fail. From there, one can either stop, give up and try something else, or try over and over again, until some progress is noticed, and ultimately success is reached.

Choosing between those two types of behaviors is not that simple. If you keep striving, but still can't get where you wanted even after years of tries, you may regret all the time that went into it, that could have been spent on something more successful. Similarly, if you give up too quickly, you may regret it later. It obviously is a personal decision, even if the environment often guides you into one of the paths.

In my image, I wanted to symbolize that man, definitely trying to solve some problem (hence all the little characters, searching for answers), whose mind just failed. Here, he's starting to unscrew the bulb, but does he have any spare? Is he going to leave it, or not? You decide!

Thanks for watching, I am glad some liked it despite the "not-totally-finished" look it may have.

Place: 2 out of 30
Avg (all users): 7.3659
Avg (commenters): 8.2353
Avg (participants): 7.1429
Avg (non-participants): 7.4118
Views since voting: 1851
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 123
Comments: 25
Favorites: 0

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03/12/2015 09:37:07 AM
Such a fun image! Congratulations on your red ribbon.
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03/08/2015 02:36:58 PM
You are simply brilliant!
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03/05/2015 02:23:50 AM
The brow furrow/thread is pure genius. The pov/perspective on you is unusual and highly effective.

Great concept and much better executed than you would have us believe!

I never tire of seeing inside your head and this time we are able to do that quite literally!
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03/04/2015 07:35:33 AM
Another outstanding image, congrats on the red.
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03/04/2015 04:28:20 AM
I believe you if you say this was not finished but still is a superb creation. I cannot believe this one didn't win.
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03/04/2015 01:56:22 AM
Congrats on a great finish for a superb entry. Ah yes I know that concept all too well - have spent many hours trying to master various musical instruments with no success. Time wasted or not?! Anyway sorry to hear about your frustration with this one. Your creations are very time consuming and I am always amazed how you can turn these around within 7 days especially with a young child and a job too. Thanks as always for the background info.
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03/04/2015 01:42:17 AM
Congrats once again :) Your creativity is mind blowing and then you got mad skills to follow them trough.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/03/2015 10:48:24 PM
Fabulous light bulb.
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03/03/2015 10:25:25 PM
Nice editing
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03/03/2015 08:22:05 PM
Clever, as always. One of my ribbon choices.
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03/03/2015 04:54:35 PM
Once again, putting my creativity and Expert Editing skills in the proper perspective. I am operating somewhere at the elementary school level and you have mastered the graduate school level. Thanks for illustrating what's possible. Masterfully done down to the smallest detail.
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03/03/2015 06:27:37 AM
a unique take on the classic "I have an idea" theme:
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03/01/2015 11:52:00 PM
I like the one crawling out of your skull :)
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03/01/2015 03:51:38 PM
You sure have a lot of light bulb moments!! Fabulous as always!!
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03/01/2015 12:29:12 PM
Amazing and very creative.
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02/28/2015 08:13:55 PM
Your mind scares me sometimes Gyaban LOL! If this is who it is again awesome as always you have this mastered.. I hope to be your competition soon!
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02/27/2015 09:30:37 PM
Very fun! LOVE the top of the head being the base. And the expression and the hands on his "head". The characters... well... something's not right....

I think it's the one with his head in the upper right corner... stepping off into nothing instead of "fighting the edges" as the others are doing (except for the one who is falling and can't fight the edges). The others all look like gravity is working against them (as it naturally does), but with him... it doesn't seem to work.

When I hold my hand over that guy, I give this a 10. When I take my hand away, I give this a 9.

I have to take my hand away to vote... so... 9 it is.

Well done. The colors are so wonderful, too!
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02/27/2015 05:59:46 PM
So brilliantly creative! Love it!
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02/26/2015 10:42:24 PM
Very nice 8 for me
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02/26/2015 02:45:26 PM
Wow...the treads blow me away...amazing picture.
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02/26/2015 12:38:05 AM
Eeeuw.. Good one.
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02/25/2015 04:55:37 PM
And it's another autoblue for Christophe! I don't know which I envy more...your creative ideas which you bring to life, or the technical skillz. Or all of the above!
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02/25/2015 11:07:29 AM
Top 2, I think the 2 girls changing edged you out for the blue, but I expect your score will be high as well. Great concept as well.
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02/25/2015 08:16:34 AM
I love how the wrinkles in the head align with the threads of the bulb. A brilliant touch. As always, the thoughtful metaphors create an image capable of doing what art should do: challenge the mind.
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02/25/2015 02:27:14 AM
cool idea I like it
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