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Canada creates frozen clone army...plans to take over the world!
Canada creates frozen clone army...plans to take over the world!
DrAchoo


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Challenge: Conspiracy (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Studio, Vancouver, WA
Date: Sep 17, 2005
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60th
Date Uploaded: Sep 17, 2005

Step 1: Freeze block of ice size of head
Step 2: Remove from broken bucket (the ice expanded and destroyed the plastic bucket it was in.)
Step 3: Carve with hammer, screwdriver, and hair dryer the reverse contours of a face. Attempt to not destroy block.
Step 4: Take many test shots with myself or my adult sister.
Step 5: Give in to son to allow him to take a try. (Being "in the ice" is really hard. You get big time brain freeze.)
Step 6: Wonder if people are going to recognize son as being the same kid who had his head on the railroad track in Perspective and whether child protective services will be called.
Step 7: Screw it. Going with it anyway. Caden has loved being the subject in both these shots.

Post production: crop, mild levels, big hue shift to give frozen look on duplicate layer, decrease layer opacity to make him look a little alive, erase more of layer around lips and eyes to give them a little life as well, selective color to remove even more blue, USM, dust and speckles to remove a few ice bubbles, more USM, border.

WOW! This is great. Soooo close, but, hey, I'm really stoked about #4, even if it was a low rated challenge. The pic was a blast to do and I could post a few setup shots to give you a better idea of how it's done.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 114
Avg (all users): 6.3194
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.0128
Avg (non-participants): 6.4486
Views since voting: 13511
Views during voting: 706
Votes: 263
Comments: 48
Favorites: 6 (view)


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06/26/2008 06:14:44 AM
Hmm... Too many sci-fi films for you, my man!

It triggers a memory of a scene from the alien 'invasion' series, with about 25 people looking up out of a pond or lake, and they are all happy to be in there. I suspect that a clone would look asleep if there was one - he looks like he was snap-frozen alive

Nice shot - I would love to see the set up pix for it.

My only concern is that there are some real-life nutters (english phrase) or head-cases, who might try this for real - you just DONT want to give them ideas.

What would you do for a shot about the Resurrection, I wonder? - would love to see it
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02/19/2007 06:46:34 PM
Just NUTS! (I say that in a very friendly and complimentary way!)
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06/02/2006 05:21:42 PM
awesome
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01/03/2006 02:31:05 AM
Didn't see this the first time around but... bravo. This is one idea I feel compelled to ruthlessly steal. :)
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09/28/2005 08:15:53 PM
*Critique Club*

I think that this picture is VERY CREATIVE and you are just a genius. When I first saw it I was just in shock. At first glance it is kind of disturbing. The blue hue really adds to the frozen look. The topic you chose for the theme didn't really make sense to me. A frozen clone army of children from Canada? I don't get it. Overall I like the picture. I wouldn't change anything. This picture creeps me out.

Mandy
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09/26/2005 05:01:16 PM
I didn't realize how much effort you went through to get this picture. Knowing all that I wish it had gotten a ribbon but 4th isn't bad. Fantastic job!
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09/25/2005 12:13:49 PM
Congratulations on your top 5 finish with this complex emotional twirl image.
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09/25/2005 08:36:45 AM
I love it. Guy looks at his son, and thinks "Hey! Have I got a project for you... Wanna look dead?"

By the way, rumors about Canadians taking over the world are totally untrue.

We already have the largest country in the world. If we wanted to do something realy devious, we would just do something to make our winters less cold like oh, I don't know, maybe warm up the whole globe or something?

And it's not like THAT's going to happen RIGHT?
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09/25/2005 08:29:29 AM
Well... you got me! It was a good race right up until the end. Congrats on the top 5 finish. Don't worry though, we are not done yet!

ps. I had no clue this was your picture. Very creative.
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09/25/2005 08:15:02 AM
Very creative idea.. straight to my fav..

should have got the ribbon though...
first place for sure..
cong
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09/25/2005 06:02:34 AM
GREAT shot... i LOVED the finished product , child services or not.. very well done.... top shot and congrats on 4th....
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09/25/2005 12:41:45 AM
GREAT finish, Doc. Congrats!!!!
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09/25/2005 12:30:55 AM
this was an awesome entry, still scared by it.
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09/25/2005 12:23:20 AM
I have alerted C.P.S. expect them to call upon you when you get back from the wedding. Great shot, very disturbing and creative, one of my top three
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09/25/2005 12:12:24 AM
Very creative and well done. I like it!
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09/25/2005 12:06:20 AM
hahaha! great story! great finish! congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/24/2005 02:47:39 AM
just plain creepy
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09/24/2005 12:51:20 AM
Great job that could be true......I'll look for the story in the enquirer.
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09/23/2005 08:15:03 AM
So...very...freaky... I hope no one got hurt during this photosession! Well to get to the point, this photo is mainly freaky because of the open eyes makes me feel like I am looking at someone that is deceased and even though I know that is not the case it freaks me out a little bit. I like the blue hue on the face, gives the photo a great deal of credibility. Technically very well done and not often a photo gets an emotional response from me so 8 from me.
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09/23/2005 03:25:45 AM
cute
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09/22/2005 10:04:23 PM
freaky stuff
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09/22/2005 08:34:45 PM
coooooooool...
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09/22/2005 02:01:38 PM
eeeww don't like it. it is spooky
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09/21/2005 11:56:46 PM
Creepy looking picture! Good job!
:o\
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09/21/2005 03:20:11 PM
Freaky freaky freaky. But well executed idea (at least I *hope* you didn't really freeze your son in ice. hahaha.

The purple color really adds to the realistic feeling of this.
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09/21/2005 02:38:28 PM
very nice
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09/20/2005 04:21:06 PM
I can see this as a shot of a sci-fi or sci-fi + horror movie or the front page of a newspaper or scientific journal. You title tells a lot, but I think it would have been better left for the viewer's imagination (Just a thought). Yes, we are all capable of making up our own conspiracies, but I also understand that it might now worlk on DPC. This is one of my top picks anyway.
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09/20/2005 03:55:45 PM
I love it!
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09/20/2005 01:35:25 PM
What kind of boy are you raising? First he's lying on a railroad track and now he's trying to freeze himself. Well, at least he's cute!!
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09/20/2005 10:01:28 AM
Wow! Twisted!
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09/19/2005 11:03:19 AM
This is really creepy.
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09/19/2005 07:23:37 AM
Viva la Revolution!
one of the most disturbing shots I've seen on DPC! great job
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09/18/2005 10:24:39 PM
this is freaky looking. nice concept.
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09/18/2005 06:41:29 PM
Wow... I have a baby head in my freezer too. What a coincidence.
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09/18/2005 06:28:32 PM
Those Canadians are creepy :) I have no clue how this shot was setup but it's amazing and the colors are quite effective.
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09/18/2005 01:36:12 PM
OMG- this is just too weird! I love it LOL :0)
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09/18/2005 10:38:36 AM
This is a pretty creepy shot, really well done! Can't think of any ways to improve it, otherwise I'd tell you some :)
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09/18/2005 09:45:22 AM
Wow! This is a Great picture. Definately hope you reveal how you did this one. Love the distortion through the ice and the color is perfect!
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09/18/2005 09:08:15 AM
quite creepy :) very creative and the coloring is spot on. One of my favorites this challenge
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09/18/2005 07:35:22 AM
Superb idea & execution!
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09/18/2005 05:55:27 AM
Oh wow...this is out of this world...fantastic capture and work.
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09/18/2005 02:10:30 AM
nice I like it
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09/18/2005 01:59:28 AM
freaky and weird, surely creative, but not very much a conspiracy.
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09/18/2005 01:00:05 AM
wow. Great idea, and excellent job bringing your idea to life
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09/18/2005 12:38:39 AM
OH YIKES!!!!! This is a great effect. A bit wordy on the title, but considering the challenge, it's allowed. ;~)
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09/18/2005 12:33:46 AM
For me, this is a disturbing photo, but I'll show it to a co-worker as he loves this kind of stuff. You definitely have creativity and a wild imagintation. I like the matching hairline border - nice touch.
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09/18/2005 12:30:37 AM
this freaks the shit out of me, 10
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09/18/2005 12:29:56 AM
That is just scary ... not only the photo, but the thought of that happening! :) Yikes! As for the photo, great job!
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