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Don't lose your Head
Don't lose your Head

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Cardboard Box (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: Lahti
Date: Jul 26, 2008
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6s
Galleries: Humorous, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2008

ok here is how I did it...

All you need is:
- one kitchen
- one kitchen table
- some extra floor boards (left over from a floor job I did few months back)
- one cardboard box with a hole in the bottom.
- one handsome model (me)

I build a floor from the floor boards (actually I have no idea what to call them, but the "boards" click together easily) on top the kitchen table (in the corner) with a small (well small enough for my giant head) hole in it.

I put my camera on a tripod, placed the tripod on some kitchen chairs (so the height was right). I crawled underneath the fake floor. Sticked my head out of the hole in the floor. Placed the cardboard box over my head.

Then I did a few amazing poses with my eyes while triggering the camera with my free hands (used a laptop under the table that was connected to the camera with a usb cable).

I repeated this a few times until I got the model (still me) to do what I wanted to (I am not a professional model you know)

Selected the best capture and did some post processing ...

and the rest is ... well seventh place...

ps. I am a non-native English speaker (writing is even harder) so bare with me. I managed to misspell the title and most of you where kind enough to comment on it =)

Place: 7 out of 95
Avg (all users): 6.7487
Avg (commenters): 7.4000
Avg (participants): 6.4000
Avg (non-participants): 6.8993
Views since voting: 2703
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 199
Comments: 36
Favorites: 4 (view)

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11/05/2010 04:29:50 AM
Incredibly clever and perfectly processed. The model was perfect too :-)

And your English - adorable. You are very funny.
01/13/2009 08:58:13 PM
how brilliant is this .. !!!
love the way you've let your imagination soar on this challenge .. an excellent idea and executed to perfection .. the executed comment is a bit of a lame joke .. lol .. that 'lol' is really only a very small chuckle coz my lame joke doesnt deserve a belly laugh .. i didnt think you'd understand if i put 'vsc' instead of 'lol' tho .. :)
08/06/2008 01:43:30 PM
Really wonderful! Fantastic set-up!
08/06/2008 01:41:35 PM
it's amazing what you did!!
08/06/2008 05:29:04 AM
08/05/2008 05:13:30 PM
First of all, your English is excellent and your sense of humor is even better! Second, thanks so much for taking the time to explain how you did this - and for taking the time to put together such a fascinating shot! And you are a pretty good model, too, despite not being a professional. Congratulations on an excellent place and score!
08/05/2008 04:37:35 PM
Great trick! Thanks for giving away the secret. I love it!
08/05/2008 01:08:07 PM
I'm glad to see that your spelling did not affect your score! A fine finish! People point out spelling errors, but as far as I can tell, they/we don't cut the score for them in a photography contest. *smile*

By the way, I got a kick out of another error in your correction of the first one... you've asked us to "bare with you"... (take our clothes off) *grin* That should be "bear with you". *grin again*

I'll be the first to say that English makes no sense whatsoever. :)

Good, fun image. I'm glad it placed in the top ten for you.
08/05/2008 12:30:58 PM
Originally posted by tiggermo:

You spelled "lose" correctly! I can't believe how many people commented on this, that you spelled it wrong! Excellent shot, too btw.

I misspelled the word lose with two 'o's at first but the administrators where nice enough to correct it for me...

Message edited by author 2008-08-05 12:31:40.
08/05/2008 12:20:29 PM
You spelled "lose" correctly! I can't believe how many people commented on this, that you spelled it wrong! Excellent shot, too btw.
08/04/2008 06:33:14 PM
Ahh, we still want to see a setup shot!

This was great!
08/04/2008 06:31:25 PM
Great shot. Congrats on your high finish!
08/04/2008 12:38:28 PM
Very good idea. VERY creative. Congrats on 7th place, Jarno.
08/04/2008 10:05:43 AM
I hope you explain how you did this. It's too cool not to....
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2008 12:54:35 PM
Very well done! EXtremely surreal with a simple box in an uncluttered space and ... a head!
08/03/2008 10:08:56 AM
One of my favorites. For those of us creatively challenged, I hope you give us a quick "how I did this."
08/02/2008 05:55:23 PM
:) GREAT job!
08/02/2008 02:32:01 PM
nice one 8
08/01/2008 09:47:02 PM
08/01/2008 12:24:39 PM
This makes me think of that movie Seven. Nice job!
07/30/2008 04:27:45 AM
;-)...very good idea, and very well executed
07/29/2008 08:30:31 PM
This is very nice. Great execution.
07/29/2008 06:24:23 PM
Wonderful creativity here. Well done.
07/29/2008 05:58:56 PM
07/29/2008 09:50:00 AM
Grammatical errors make me TWITCH!!! Nice concept & execution. 6
07/28/2008 11:42:30 PM
Haha! That's a great idea!
07/28/2008 07:50:12 PM
cleverly done I do not know how you did this 10
07/28/2008 07:25:22 PM
LOL! Funny! It's a pity about the typo in the title ("lose"), but these things happen...

I like the textures you've caught here.
07/28/2008 04:24:29 PM
07/28/2008 01:31:55 PM
Ugh, that is one of my LEAST favorite spelling mistakes. Good thing I love the picture :P 9
07/28/2008 11:49:36 AM
Some people still don't know the difference between loose and lose!
07/28/2008 11:36:40 AM
Composition is mesmerizing. Superb.
07/28/2008 07:58:22 AM
This is great! Really makes you think. I'm sure this is well. It is was just a tad brighter, not much, just a little... I think it would win... it still may if people really take the time to appreciate the photo.
07/28/2008 12:37:51 AM
I thought of doing something like this & know even in advanced editing it's really not easy to execute it so nicely. I appreciate your efforts for this image.Honestly I didn't like the tones & composition too much.
07/28/2008 12:11:15 AM
Nice one, great lighting, no idea how you did it. Oh and you misspelled lose.
07/28/2008 12:09:42 AM
this should be popular...good stuff! I like the slight desaturation

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