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The Tale of Tress-Lock Forest (enitrely of hair!)
The Tale of Tress-Lock Forest (enitrely of hair!)
LaMas


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hair (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
Location: Home Studio
Date: Apr 16, 2007
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60th
Galleries: Abstract, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Apr 16, 2007

Yes, the photo is completely made of photos of hair. from the lake to the leaves to the background filled with trees. This is the story of Tress-Lock Forest.

I really just wanted to do something completely different from anything I've seen thus far on this site. It probably won't do well because it's not a crisp sharp photo like everyone is used to. But that's me, I like to experiment a bit and see how far I can push some of these ideas.

The photo is made from pasteing, clipping, copying and tormenting four photos I took of my and my fiance's hair. I created the scene from scratch but was inspired by a painting I had done some time back. It took probably about 4 hours from time of taking the photos to submittal.
-The Foreground and tree are made from her wavy hair that was let down;
-The branches from her hair in braids as well as the forest in the background;
-I rotated her photo around numerous times to get the right angles for the trees, the trunk and roots.
-The lake is also her hair after tinting it a bit blue and tuning in the opacity to create a nice reflection.
-I made the reflection from the same tree, just rotated and copied.
-The man is actually from my hair as a negative(inverting the color) and changed to black and white. I actually had a big blob to start and erased the body and form of the man gazing into the forest.

Like I said, I don't expect it to score high, so thank you for all your support, and I do understand that this is not going to appeal to everyone's taste. But it's simply an image to just enjoy.

..and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

Statistics
Place: 38 out of 170
Avg (all users): 5.9924
Avg (commenters): 8.0741
Avg (participants): 6.0294
Avg (non-participants): 5.9796
Views since voting: 1551
Views during voting: 524
Votes: 264
Comments: 49
Favorites: 17 (view)


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05/09/2008 02:29:12 PM
Awesome. Never saw this one. Bored at work so looking through your portfolio. absolutely stunning...
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11/12/2007 04:13:25 PM
Wow, this is absolutely amazing. Apparently this challenge happened during my recovery from the accident, otherwise you'd have had another 10 to add to your grouping.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME.
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07/25/2007 05:02:48 PM
Just came across this amazing photo of yours. What creativity and inspiration. And you really used the Expert Editing to its fullest. Sorry it didn't score higher, but know you created a beautiful piece of art that apparently many have enjoyed, and I do, too!
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05/04/2007 09:08:45 PM
Originally posted by Wildcard:

How did I miss this, it's an instant favorite and the most creative image I've seen on this site. This would make such a wonderful illustration in a childrens book, there are so many stories that can be woven out of this. But to me it tells the tale of a gentle man in the Autumn of his life that is now facing life alone. He doesn't seem bitter or terribly lonely but is reflecting on the happy times he's shared with another in this beautiful place. I could while away hours in front of this image, thank you for sharing it with us.


You are a very creative individual. Did you ever think about writing a book or short story on something you see? Definitely look into it, you seem to have very descriptive thought!

and Thank you for the nice comments.
05/04/2007 05:36:51 PM
I Did it mom- I scored an OOBIE!!!
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Thanks everyone for all your great comments and support!
05/03/2007 08:48:25 PM
Congrats on the OOBIE! I thought this was cool and gave it a 7 during the challenge. Very symbolic and surreal. The leaves are my favorite part.
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05/03/2007 01:03:09 PM
Wow! I wish I could add this as a favorite more than once! It is just too good. :)
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05/03/2007 10:36:16 AM
How did I miss this, it's an instant favorite and the most creative image I've seen on this site. This would make such a wonderful illustration in a childrens book, there are so many stories that can be woven out of this. But to me it tells the tale of a gentle man in the Autumn of his life that is now facing life alone. He doesn't seem bitter or terribly lonely but is reflecting on the happy times he's shared with another in this beautiful place. I could while away hours in front of this image, thank you for sharing it with us.
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04/30/2007 07:50:11 PM
Greetings from the CC,

Wow! What a labour of love! I feel like I'm critiquing a painting rather than a photograph, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. All photographs have an art component to some degree, and you have certainly conveyed your artistic side here. There are great colours, interesting textures, and good contrast in this image.

The problem many had, I believe, is that it no longer appears to be a photograph. This is certainly a work of art (and a good one, in my opinion), but this is primarily a competition of photography. Although the pictures of the hair are your originals, they've been used as a texture to create a painting, not a photograph.

With that being said, there's not much technically lacking with this shot. Everything is crisp (except the outline of the tree bark along the trunk), and actually looks like a forest scene if you let your imagination run wild a bit. The tree is well-positioned, and the falling leaves are a nice touch.

I can't do much else to critique this image, since there aren't many photographic elements beyond those I've already discussed. Artistically, this is stunning, so I can see why it scored as well as it did. Since this is a photography site, I can also see why it didn't score even better.

Overall, I like it!

Regards,
Geoff Ball
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04/29/2007 04:28:05 PM
This is fantastic and it looks to me like a great children's book illustration (hope you don't find that comparison insulting). There's a delightful whimsy to it - a wonderfully creative and OOB take on the challenge requirements!
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04/25/2007 09:20:51 PM
this is a great shot! I was one of your 10s, this is so original in its creation! I think you should have ribboned! I award you the Most Creative Photo I've Ever Seen blue!!
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04/25/2007 06:10:46 PM
Beautiful and a very creative take on the challenge!
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04/25/2007 01:50:23 PM
Wow, this is very interesting! I believe you could definitely sell this. And look at that - 8 favorites!
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04/25/2007 12:59:23 PM
what a great story and a cool concept.
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04/25/2007 11:55:56 AM
Glad to see you did so well on this. Without these Expert Editing rules we would not have seen your creative image. Nice one...
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04/25/2007 11:45:47 AM
Thank you guys and gals for all of your support on this photo. Your comments lifted my spirits pretty high and they were definitely greatly appreciated!

I don't mind that this photo placed where it did. It was meant to be rather controversial to begin with due to the Expert editing, but the fact that you are suppose to stay true to the "integrity" of the photo. I like to take different spins on that. Most people think that you add to photos to enhance them, instead of enhancing my photo by adding, I simple subtracted the surroundings of the photos in order to get a surreal, or as most of you thought, a "publication or illustration" type photo. Still felt I was true to photo quality, but I guess you can only add images or filters in order for a picture to stay true.

I had fun doing it though and it's permanentely part of my portfolio now.

Thank you again for all of your support, I love hearing from you all. Hopefully, there will be more creative original ideas that come out to add some more controversy and discussion. (And maybe a ribbon in the distant, distant future!)

okay, enough now, my head is swelling! (no sexual undertone intended)

04/25/2007 06:43:16 AM
Completely underrated image - It is amazing to look at the histogram of voting and seeing 23 10s and a score of only 5.9. I think some 'got' the image a little more than others...
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04/25/2007 06:17:27 AM
i gave this a 9 - it thought it a wonderful, creative reaction to the challenge. nicely done.
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04/25/2007 02:00:26 AM
Wow, great score/placement and yay favorites! Congrats!!
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04/25/2007 01:53:47 AM
You are BRILLIANT!!!!! I LOVE this!!!
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04/25/2007 12:55:15 AM
Super job of using all the tools the challenge allows to create a true work of art.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/24/2007 06:08:31 PM
Really neat. 10.
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04/24/2007 01:32:01 PM
This is gorgeous! One of my top 5 in the challenge. Great job! 10
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04/23/2007 09:28:43 PM
i would give this a 12 if i could, this is so beautiful. artistic and creative! 10 from me, i just hope that the other voters so against post processing and heavy editing have honestly looked at this picture for what beauty it has to give, and havent voted you down. :)
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04/23/2007 03:54:28 PM
wow
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04/23/2007 03:28:07 PM
I don´t know what to say to this - it´s so creative and well done - I like that you used the expert editing
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04/23/2007 10:45:29 AM
Don't see how this is a photo...but it is one of the coolest images in the challenge. Great piece of digital art.
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04/22/2007 04:19:33 PM
While this may be legal in expert and while I think it is very creative and artistic, it will probably be relinquished to the middle of the pack because of its "digital art" factor. I like it though - would make a nioce print actually.
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04/21/2007 07:41:39 PM
okay, how'd you do this?? 10
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04/21/2007 08:44:24 AM
awesome shot! creativity + + + + 10
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04/20/2007 10:08:23 PM
Wow, I love this creation. Nice use of those special brushes. 10
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04/20/2007 06:47:44 PM
Simply gorgeous. This would make a great illustration in a book or publication. Simply great using the expert editing rules~! 10
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04/20/2007 05:53:05 PM
Fantastic! 10
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04/19/2007 04:37:36 PM
Very cool!
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04/19/2007 12:59:59 PM
Very cool. Really "out there". The individual in the shot really grounds the picture on just this side of reality. Well done.
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04/19/2007 11:58:38 AM
i really like thi image its like a seen in a childrens book
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04/19/2007 10:03:43 AM
This montage is an incredible show of skill. You fit the project well and came up with something truly original.
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04/18/2007 08:26:19 PM
Interesting concept, but lost it's "photo" quality (to me)
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04/18/2007 02:10:29 PM
Ok, that is just wonderful. My first 10 of the challenge.
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04/18/2007 01:32:59 PM
Hope you didn't cough up a hair-ball after this one. I can't imagine the time required to build this painting. And, hmmmmm I'm a little worried about where some of this hair came from! The most unique in the challenge so far. Good luck.
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04/18/2007 12:47:18 PM
Love this painting, very well done. Pity it won't do so well on this "pure fanatical photography only" site :( The border is not really my cup of tea especially contrasting against the lighter luminance values at the top of the image. (8)....
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04/18/2007 12:33:11 PM
Nice idea. I like the style, so to speak.
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04/18/2007 12:24:09 PM
This looks likea painting to me.... In no way i see this directly related to hair...
04/18/2007 11:37:03 AM
the BG forest is so subtle it's almost lost. dreamy feel, though, and not bad.
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04/18/2007 11:28:12 AM
This is a very out-of-the-box shot. I love it. 9
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04/18/2007 10:19:00 AM
Interesting. I doubt the DPC crowd will appreciate it. FUN post editing.
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04/18/2007 01:50:23 AM
well edited...a real fantasy shot...9
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04/18/2007 12:57:13 AM
so awesome and cute, put a big smile on my face.
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04/18/2007 12:42:34 AM
Too much like digital art sorry
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