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The Raft of Halloween
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Challenge: Halloween VI (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Nov 3, 2015
Date Uploaded: Nov 3, 2015



[Nov. 10th, 2015 08:27:02 AM]

Looks like Halloween's candies can be hard on stomachs... even for monsters' ones!

Thanks a lot to all my coworkers who accepted to pose for this redux of the famous Gericault's painting, The Raft of the Medusa:
- Celine, the witch
- Thierry, the vampire
- Olivier, the zombie with an axe in the head
- Martin, the mage
- Aurelie, the corpse bride
- Clement, the vampire
- Yannick, Jack'O + the demon
- Simon, the Frankenstein creature
- Maxime, the fluffy thing

Last but not least, special thanks to my wife who helped me pose for all the other characters, and construct the raft in our garden!

Of course, thank you all for the kind comments and votes, always much appreciated.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 47
Avg (all users): 7.7927
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 7.1538
Avg (non-participants): 8.0893
Views since voting: 1543
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 82
Comments: 29
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/15/2015 10:32:24 AM
How you manage to recreate images in a fresh new perspective and create new ones on your own is not only a talent, but a gift. You never cease to amaze me. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I (among many) am grateful for your ability and generous nature.

Message edited by author 2015-11-15 10:33:17.
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11/12/2015 07:45:43 AM
Amazing as usual, congratulations on your blue.
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11/12/2015 01:26:09 AM
Originally posted by train:

Hi Christopher
Excellent work and amazing ideas but I do have to ask you do you have a life outside DPC?


Sally, thank you so much for you very kind comment, much appreciated!
In fact DPC (and photography in general) is a rather small part of my life, it is just a hobby, that adds some fun on top of an already very full calendar. It is one of the reasons I don't enter many challenges: I can pick one week from time to time during which I don't sleep much, but I wouldn't be able to do it permanently. Regarding my images, I upload them to several websites (the usual ones: 1X, Flickr, Deviantart, 500px, and my own), and sometimes enter other challenges with them, but I didn't create any book so far (even if my stuff has been included in several ones). Regarding your other questions, I took 1545 photos for this project, but it isn't very relevant: most are small variations of the same thing, so that I can cherry pick the best ones for each part (for example, 672 alone have been taken during my trip at the sea, because I wanted to be sure to have the appropriate waves pictures, but only 13 were actually used). As for the models, yes, they have been very kind to accept posing for this! However, I'll probably won't ask them to do it very often, because I also like to create images with more personal concepts, and I would be uncomfortable dragging someone else into them. Thanks again!
11/11/2015 10:57:58 PM
wonderful work Christophe. Congrats!!
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11/11/2015 07:42:00 PM
Hi Christopher
Excellent work and amazing ideas but I do have to ask you do you have a life outside DPC?you put so much work into a single image
What do you do with these images do you keep them all or just move on to the next project - have you a book or display them in some way
How many images did you take to produce this you say you uploaded 62 original images but how many did you actually take
It is great that you can visualise and create you also have many people to pose for you and no doubt excellent photographic equipment
But you are such a genius when it comes to editing I love the sea in this What more can I say
Sally
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11/11/2015 06:23:42 PM
What an extravaganza!
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11/11/2015 12:42:38 PM
I admire your dedication. Stunning work as usual. Congrats!
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11/11/2015 09:59:05 AM
Originally posted by tvsometime:

Congrats as usual. Just wondering how much time was spent on this project.


Thanks a lot. Regarding the time involved:
- A first shooting session at work took about 2h
- Then I had to drive to the sea to shoot some waves, took about 5h
- I had to pose for various characters and shoot various items, took about 3h
- We had to create the raft and shoot it, about 2h
- Processing, about 1h per character (18 of them), 3 hours on the sea, 2 hours of general editing
Total = about 35 hours of work, and 62 original photos to upload (1.33Gb, sigh).
11/11/2015 09:49:39 AM
Congrats as usual. Just wondering how much time was spent on this project.
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11/11/2015 09:30:26 AM
In some ways better than the original ... IMHO of course =)
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11/11/2015 04:18:05 AM
That is just awesome, Christophe. Congratulations.
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11/11/2015 03:41:04 AM
congratulations!
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11/11/2015 02:17:30 AM
Congrats Christophe. I always thoroughly enjoy your work and this one has not failed to entertain me to the max. A superb creation.
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11/11/2015 12:43:46 AM
Welcome back! You're insane, in an awesome way LOL
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/10/2015 11:34:49 PM
Way too much in my opinion - Gericault's raft and this and that - makes an elaborate illustration and a good spoof.
Voted earlier, marked 7
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11/10/2015 09:22:31 PM
Good Medusa parody.
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11/10/2015 07:32:07 PM
So much to see and beautifully done.
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11/10/2015 05:14:33 PM
I really like the idea and the post processing, but the fact that every single person is lit from a different angle and different amounts as well ruins this picture completely for me. A for effort, I give you that.
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11/10/2015 07:07:55 AM
So much to see. I even found Waldo.
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11/09/2015 08:33:13 AM
ofcourse 9
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11/08/2015 11:02:21 PM
So much going on in this image, quite the fascinating story. Love the cauldrons full of candy. Nicely done.
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11/07/2015 06:33:51 PM
All the hallmarks of an image by Christophe but (for me) I'm not sure about the wb on lots of the models though it's probably intended for the theme. Bumping +1 for the creativity.
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11/05/2015 10:36:33 AM
What a piece of art!!! Jean-Louis would be very happy and so do I.
I was waiting for so long to see the great Gyaban at work,but what a performance. This is by far the best in this challenge and it's one of your best, too. Monster score to be expected.
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11/04/2015 08:20:44 PM
LOVE!!! This is what I expect to see in this type of challenge 10
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11/04/2015 04:03:13 PM
very creative
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11/04/2015 03:18:56 PM
very good but also melodramatic
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11/04/2015 10:28:25 AM
I thought this challenge topic might lure you out from wherever you've been hiding lately, Christophe!

This is excellent. As usual.

Welcome back.
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11/04/2015 09:56:29 AM
Le Radeau de la Méduse - looks like you all had fun! :)
Great work as always
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11/04/2015 08:22:13 AM
Who else could turn the Raft of the Medusa into such an incredible image? Congrats on the blue Christophe!
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