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Challenge: Surrealism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Apartment - midnight - Arr
Date: Mar 6, 2005
Aperture: 8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2005

I had this perfect idea for the Surrealism challenge, involving a few friends, medieval armors, masks and some funky blood... but overall, i found that it slowly went away from the 'surrealism', but more into the 'Fantasy'. So, at midnight, as my friends were leaving, i decided to reshoot something that would look more conservative and 'surreal' for the challenge. And this is what i came up with!

Spent about 25 minutes setting up the shot, from getting the seat from my bedroom, to setting up a single 500w lighting bulb with umbrella (i so wished for a softbox grr) over the my friend's horsy head, took some real rhum as i didn't have any icedthe or something similar and did a few tests. Then dressed up the friend in my Mariage tox (no, not my marriage) and snaped a few thingies here and there.

Levels, sharpness, Hues and contrasts to the shot.. then a squary crop.


Place: 22 out of 271
Avg (all users): 6.2172
Avg (commenters): 7.6818
Avg (participants): 6.1712
Avg (non-participants): 6.2366
Views since voting: 1657
Views during voting: 654
Votes: 373
Comments: 30
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/13/2006 03:02:40 PM

Message edited by author 2007-09-10 20:27:54.
03/18/2005 01:35:10 PM
Hmm... I had this pegged for top 5, and gave it a 9. I'm really surprised that it didn't place higher.
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03/16/2005 10:48:32 AM
I think you placed so low only because many people don't understand what Surrealism in art means.
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03/16/2005 12:32:45 AM
Antoine: just want you to know that this is a great image and one that should have finished in the top 5. Certainly beats my attempt because you approached it from the angle of sheer humor and the image is just great. As a matter of fact I am placing it in my favs.

Message edited by author 2005-03-16 00:57:19.
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03/16/2005 12:28:07 AM
Nothing against the photos with ribbons, but I really thought this would win. I meant to comment earlier - but bravo - this is excellent.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2005 11:43:17 PM
Fits to the challenge very well. Excellent.
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03/15/2005 09:47:23 PM
This image is simply stunning because of strong visual impact. Very well done. bumping up.
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03/15/2005 05:56:51 PM
soo surreal and powerfull shot..horsepower! great job
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03/15/2005 09:46:11 AM
hilarious -- captures the surreal essence
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03/14/2005 12:51:42 AM
Ugly shirt .....nice shot :)
03/13/2005 05:43:28 PM
I like this photo. I would love to see this with a blurred background and in black and white.
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03/12/2005 04:37:42 AM
Overall, interesting and technically sound shot.
As far as ways to improve the shot, lighting could've been more dramatic by making the light from the side instead of the top.
One thing I find weird is that the horse's hair looks out of focus on the top of the head. Probably because of the lighting making it a little overexposed though.

Would've also been nice to have a lower source of light to see the legs and see a little bit more of the chair's material since the leather has a nice texture.

I think this photo should rate the highest in your submissions and is also one of the few who in my opinion, respects the challenge's theme.

Nice job dude!

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03/11/2005 04:55:11 PM
Great idea to revive and reverse the classic Centaur theme- this horse sure knows how to enjoy life! Technically nearly flawless photo- however, the unidirectional ight seems to bleach the top portion of the frame, it disturbs the elegance of the surrounding and classiness of the subject. A++ for clear idea, good use of elements and composition.
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03/11/2005 08:57:55 AM
i love this, very clever!
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03/10/2005 06:24:24 PM
Most excellent.
03/10/2005 12:55:14 PM
my eyes literally popped out of my head. I think I may have to rethink my ribbon picks. 10
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03/10/2005 11:46:37 AM
Equus........wherefore art thou romeo?
03/10/2005 12:56:22 AM
headless horseman?
03/09/2005 11:37:12 PM
Thats a handsome horse.
03/09/2005 05:36:37 PM
Great lighting and a really good composition make this a shot above the rest. I'm glad to see someone using proper lighting.
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03/09/2005 05:34:47 PM
Great! not like I haven't seen this before, but it still is a wonderful photo!
Definately surreal. 8
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03/09/2005 03:14:38 PM
my personal favorite..
well done! great idea.
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03/09/2005 02:24:20 PM
So thats what happened to Mr. Ed...8
03/09/2005 01:51:24 PM
Yes yes Yes, finally someone who actually attempted surrealism, and an excellent photo as well. A ten! 10
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03/09/2005 01:14:30 PM
Outstanding surrealism. Sure to be in the top 5, if not a ribbon. I wouldn't be surprised at all if that suit belongs to a Canadian banker. ;-)
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03/09/2005 10:02:17 AM
oh thats great! lots of oomph
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03/09/2005 08:12:08 AM
Definitely in the challenge. A little politically subversive, perhaps? The strong lighting is both its strong point and its weakness. It flatters the background; I love the curtain. But it both forces blown highlights in all the white materials and huge flat areas of blackness in the dark leather and clothing. Without these flaws, I think this could be a solid contender for a top spot.
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03/09/2005 03:59:21 AM
that horse head is superCREEEEEPY! but overall it's a very striking image!
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03/09/2005 01:13:56 AM
Yawn; been done too many times.
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03/09/2005 12:26:55 AM
ahhh, creepy! good work.

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