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ICARUS FALLEN with cardboard wings...
ICARUS FALLEN with cardboard wings...
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Cardboard Box (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Hidden Valley Ranch, Sage, CA
Date: Jul 27, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Portraiture, History
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2008

It took a lot of work to get this shot. Creating the props took the longest. I collected ahuge appliance box from my local Lowes (thanks guys!), loaded it up into my tiny Honda Civic and carted it home. I cut a backer out of the box for the wing to mount the feathers on- then proceeded to cut out the feathers one-by-one, soak them briefly in water to release the adhesive and peel off the paper faces- just leaving the corrgation on one side- whew! Let em dry for 1/2 a day, then on to mounting with rubber cement- The finished product was worth it though!

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' cutlassdude70was my awesome and very patient model- standing through a couple of hours of alternately holding his arm with wing above his head (not easy for extended periods) and laying on the floor in my office with every scrap of black cloth(including my favorite dresses) underneath him.


Editing: Worked in LAB, did multiple curves and levels adjustment layers with masks to enhance the detail and place focus where I wanted it in the picture- Very Carravaggio-esque.

Hoping it does well! - Either way, comments- especially constructive criticism are very appreciated!

Thanks!

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 95
Avg (all users): 6.1099
Avg (commenters): 7.0588
Avg (participants): 5.9123
Avg (non-participants): 6.1940
Views since voting: 3284
Views during voting: 570
Votes: 191
Comments: 28
Favorites: 3 (view)


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04/20/2009 04:52:35 PM
wow amazing! so creative
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08/04/2008 08:24:49 AM
Wow! I am impressed with the amount of work and effort you put into this. Congradulations on creating such a wonderful photo. The level of detail in the wings (holy hannah you had a lot of patience with 'carving' those cardboard feathers), the pose, the expression of the models face -ALL- together is what makes this a fantastic composition. The lighting in this one is also very good for as Icarus 'falls' the darkness is decending upon him - at least that is the way I read the image. I am glad that your composition did not get slammed by the DNMC crowd. It would be nice if it had placed a little highter BUT you made it into the top 25% and earned over a 6 on the final score. Not to mention the most important thing: you created an image you should be very proud of.
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08/04/2008 03:23:35 AM
As soon as I saw this I fav'd it. Exceptinal work and gorgeous photo.
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08/04/2008 02:50:48 AM
What can I say this was one of the most lovely images in the challenge... you were robbed! But the reward is not a virtual ribbon it is knowing that you touched fellow photographers with your image and judging by the comments below you were quite successful on that score!
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08/04/2008 01:44:56 AM
I loved this image....I am shocked it finished so low!!! I was expecting to see it on the front page!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2008 09:58:49 AM
I love the concept on this shot. I am fascinated by the detail in the feathers. But I am afraid you might get dinged for the lack of a box.
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08/03/2008 08:55:09 AM
Very creative!
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08/02/2008 06:25:26 PM
wish the contrast was a little more dramatic, but still a nice image
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08/02/2008 02:32:35 PM
allright 8
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08/02/2008 12:19:41 AM
very creative...
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08/01/2008 10:54:33 AM
Excellent idea and photo - kinda 'shoehornish' using the title to make it fit in.
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07/30/2008 02:23:37 PM
Great concept. Great shot.
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07/30/2008 01:50:04 PM
I abso-frickin-lutley LOVE this! Easily the most creative use of cardboard in the entire bunch. This must have taken forrrrrrrrever!.

This is either going to ribbon or flail miserably, as it is definitely out-of-the-box (he, he pun intended.) I'm hoping for ribbon.
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07/29/2008 11:08:08 PM
very creative...you get my vote!
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07/29/2008 08:01:29 PM
Beautiful. It's a *tiny* bit hard to see that the wings are cardboard but when I look and can see that they are, it then meets the challenge because you used a box to be creative! Didn't say it had to stay a box. Composition and lighting are very nice and this just seems to be a very lovely modern interpretation of the Icarus myth. Good job.
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07/29/2008 07:21:58 PM
interesting shot.. although it doesnt really make me think of a cardboard box.. the wings look like a fun project.. 6
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07/29/2008 01:32:57 AM
Very beautiful and serene image, thoughtful and provacative in that it made me think and dwell on it a while. One of the best in the challenge!
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07/28/2008 11:37:32 PM
Wow, that's a neat interpretation of the topic.
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07/28/2008 07:34:42 PM
Well done and very creative, but I have to mark down a tad (one point) for not including a box. *sigh* I'm sorry. I think it's amazing how you've made the wings.
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07/28/2008 01:05:03 PM
Excellent craftsmanship on the wings there. Pretty nifty lighting, too. 7
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07/28/2008 07:54:55 AM
Doh! Bet you were grumpy when you saw the challenge that was just announced!
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07/28/2008 07:47:44 AM
Nicely composed shot and great lighting. Well done!
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07/28/2008 07:39:21 AM
Wrong contest?
07/28/2008 02:32:46 AM
Cool. Such creativity - and great work on those wings.
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07/28/2008 01:11:07 AM
stunning
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07/28/2008 12:56:16 AM
must have been fun to make the wings. how did you think up this idea?
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07/28/2008 12:12:52 AM
Nice but i'm sure the DNMC police will hit you with a you know what. I love this shot. His look is relaxed and heavenly. Beautiful tones too.
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07/28/2008 12:04:05 AM
nice photo the softness works well, a bit of a squeeze to include it in the challenge imo.
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