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Art Reconsiders the Wisdom of Reading Gulliver's Travels to the Woodies
2nd PlaceArt Reconsiders the Wisdom of Reading Gulliver's Travels to the Woodies

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Challenge: Where In The World Is Art Roflmao? (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Date: Nov 17, 2008
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Date Uploaded: Nov 18, 2008

[Nov. 20th, 2008 05:23:27 PM]

When I read the challenge description my first thought was "the woodies kidnapped him", thinking how that might look it just took a minute or two to come up with Gulliver's Travels.

I originally shot this in the grass in my backyard but the grass was too tall and obscured the woodies so I moved everything to the front yard and lay down in the dirt and took the photo. The strobes attracted a couple of neighbors who I don't think ever really understood what I was doing.

That is my arm in the photo, so that left only one are free to position the twine and woodies which was a lot more difficult than I had anticipated. Someone suggested that the woodies could be placed a little more dramatically but I was just happy they were standing up.

I only had a couple of hours Monday night before rollover to complete this photo and it almost didn't happen. I left work early to purchase the woodies from a local art supply store. Traffic was horrible and I arrived at the store 5 minutes after they had closed. The lights were off and a girl was locking the front door. I had to talk her into unlocking the door and selling me the woodies. It didn't help that she had never heard them called woodies and wasn't to clear on what I was talking about. Anyway thank you Sarah at University Art for re-opening the store for me.

This isn't a very well done photo technically, but I really like the story it tells.

Place: 2 out of 91
Avg (all users): 7.0825
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.9355
Avg (non-participants): 7.1104
Views since voting: 12635
Views during voting: 450
Votes: 194
Comments: 36
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12/01/2008 05:34:08 PM
Congratulations Craig. Great idea, excellent execution. Looks like you've come into some ribbon mojo. :)
11/28/2008 01:32:40 PM
Great job with this awesome idea!!!!! Congrats!! (i luv good ideas and creativity!!)
11/28/2008 05:29:50 AM
Great idea, congrats on the second place!
11/28/2008 02:06:30 AM
ha haaa! :-))) so funny, very cute idea!
11/28/2008 01:54:06 AM
Love the story - I could have sworn that was Don's arm, and I was wondering (correctly, but with your arm) how the photographer had managed this. And it seems that was almost the least of it.
11/27/2008 02:25:22 AM
A delightful shot - perfect for the challenge - and an even better story to go with it! Congrats on the huge payoff (ribbon!) as well! (And I know what you mean that you were just glad the woodies were standing - took mine out to play in the vineyard and could not get him to stay standing on the ground at all!)
11/26/2008 11:13:05 AM
It may not be great technically, but it's perfect nonetheless. Congrats!
11/26/2008 10:42:05 AM
Oh, this is GREAT! Photos with woodies in them HAD to win! CONGRATULATIONS on creative genius paying off :)

11/26/2008 05:11:37 AM
Great "story" indeed :O) Wow...back-to-back ribbons! Well done Craig! Thanks for sharing the details - it always adds so much to the image. Itwas definitely worth the effort. Congrats!
11/26/2008 03:33:26 AM
A very creative image and just perfect for the challenge. Big congrats on your ribbon, Craig.
11/26/2008 03:19:37 AM
"This isn't a very well done photo technically, but I really like the story it tells." - That's an Art Roflmao signature entry! ;-)

A superrifictastic job! Congrats on the ribbon!
11/26/2008 01:58:00 AM
lol i love this one:)
11/26/2008 01:52:49 AM
Originally posted by yospiff:

Not a bad score for one you didn't think was very good! You seem to have gone from "my photography sucks" to "ribbon hog" in a very short time. Congrats on nailing down the "secret".

I owe all my success to this wonderful site. Back when I wrote the "my photography sucks" thread, it really did suck, but people here were so helpful and gave me some great comments on how to improve. So I just applied myself to the task of getting better and it's has paid off. But I never would have gotten there without the wonderful feedback and support from the people here on DPC. Thanks to you all.
11/26/2008 12:45:02 AM
LOL @ you and Sarah. :) Congrats that it paid off in a fine win of Red Ribbon for you!
11/26/2008 12:19:35 AM
Not a bad score for one you didn't think was very good! You seem to have gone from "my photography sucks" to "ribbon hog" in a very short time. Congrats on nailing down the "secret".
11/26/2008 12:04:48 AM
Fantastic Job! Congrats.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/25/2008 02:35:26 PM
Hahaha, very nice. The lighting feels very fairy-tale to me.
11/25/2008 11:54:55 AM
very imaginative!
11/24/2008 07:38:07 PM
Different idea. I think the direct light is a little strong, as it overexposed areas ont he woodies and the arm, but lighting this was always going to be a bit difficult.
11/23/2008 02:07:29 PM
LOL! Brilliant!
11/23/2008 01:28:49 PM
LOL! So cleverly done! Perfect for the challenge.
11/22/2008 11:28:37 PM
Yes. (Posthumous?)
11/22/2008 07:50:43 PM
I really like your idea...although..I am very tired of the "woodies"
11/22/2008 06:14:42 AM
Like this one. good action on the woodies
11/21/2008 09:54:24 PM
lol funny cause I had a similar idea in mind, but this works very well! Love the woodies poses and the rope/stakes made of twine and toothpicks. Lighting very good, too easy to get glare in shots like this but you did very well 8
11/20/2008 10:14:15 PM
Nice set up and take on the challenge, reminds me of Army of darkness. Good work.
11/20/2008 09:14:54 PM
Very clever! Nice shot.
11/20/2008 08:57:23 PM
yap, this one I really like...
11/20/2008 05:39:52 PM
This was so my idea for a shot! Nicely done.
11/20/2008 10:47:15 AM
Wonderful all the way! 10.

(Just a small suggestion, the woodies could have been arranged more dramatically. But I can't subtract anything for that).
11/19/2008 02:11:04 PM
Brilliant!!!!! So creative.
11/19/2008 08:53:38 AM
LOL! I got this even before I read the title :-) Maybe a tad overexposed but very funny.
11/19/2008 04:21:32 AM
Too funny!
11/19/2008 04:12:32 AM
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11/19/2008 02:38:36 AM
LOL - Awesome idea!
11/19/2008 12:29:06 AM
Fantastic story . Composition could be better (maybe, I don't know, I'm referring to the arm placement)

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