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Drawing Hands (after M.C.Escher)
Drawing Hands (after M.C.Escher)
MilesW


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Challenge: Crayons & Colored Pencils (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: Front Room
Date: Apr 11, 2009
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100s
Galleries: Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2009

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//www.worldofescher.com/gallery/A35L.html
which got me thinking of this
//www.worldofescher.com/gallery/A13L.html
and how I might do a version under advanced rules.

PC: Thanks for all the great comments and votes. For those who wanted to know the setup, it is as follows..

The cuffs are printed white cards fixed to the arms with elastic bands. For the effect to work, the card & background must match exactly and the card cannot cast a shadow. To do this, you must fractionally overexpose both card and background to get them as featureless white.

Control of shadows was a bit tricky.

The camera is looking down onto a piece of white card on the floor which is lit by softboxes (aka white plastic over picture frames) on left and right and a further piece of white card standing up along the top edge of the shot to make a box that is open on two sides (a sort of homemade light tent).

Now beg, steal or borrow some flash guns. One for left softbox, one for the right, one to bounce off the ceiling above the camera to light the card and tops of the hands evenly. Lift the hands away from the background card to diffuse the shadows everything casts, then fire another flash from the bottom of the shot and underneath the hands to wash out those shadows.

Press timer release, scrabble to get the pencils lined up on the card images whilst craning your neck to get your head out of the shot. Fiddle with flash power until you get the whites right but without washing out the other details.

Job done :-)

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.7941
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.7451
Avg (non-participants): 6.8151
Views since voting: 5359
Views during voting: 401
Votes: 170
Comments: 30
Favorites: 5 (view)


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04/22/2009 12:19:54 PM
Should have been a blue in my opinion. Congrats anyways :)
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04/20/2009 03:58:54 PM
Very impressive and thanks for including the details! Quite the feat!
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04/20/2009 03:48:19 PM
Excellent work here and thanks for the description.
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04/20/2009 12:52:01 PM
Wow, this is terrific! I love Eschers work so this beauty just jumped out at me straight away. GREAT work, Miles. Congrats on your HM.
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04/20/2009 08:42:36 AM
One of my top votes. Congrats on the HM.
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04/20/2009 01:24:14 AM
I'm surprised the inspiration didn't come from Incubus's music video "drive"
Nice finish and excellent execution
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04/20/2009 01:10:23 AM
Very well done! I gave it an 8 but did not think it would survive validation. Glad it did - would love to know your technique.
I did something very similar several years back.

Congrats on 5th!
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04/20/2009 12:55:17 AM
total stand out shot .. escher is one of my all time fav artists, so this really appealed to me when i saw it during voting .. congrats on your honourable mention (i think 5th gets an HM .. i'm not sure !!..:).. this is BRILLIANT .. !!..;)
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04/20/2009 12:04:56 AM
Would love to know how you did this, it's awesome...congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/19/2009 10:23:58 PM
Nice shot
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04/19/2009 09:40:38 PM
Very artistic and not overdone.
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04/19/2009 09:02:48 PM
Awesome entry..... love shez
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04/19/2009 03:43:19 AM
Hey i know this picture.... lol.
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04/18/2009 12:14:38 PM
Amazing.
There are a lot of very good image in this challenge, but this one adds a very creative idea to a perfect technique.
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04/18/2009 07:46:27 AM
Now why didn't I think of that. Brilliant and a good picture too.
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04/16/2009 08:12:49 PM
I love Escher and if this one was done legally and does not win the blue I would be surprised. Very Awesome detail. I cannot find anything wrong with this one. This will immediately be saved as a favorite. 10
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04/16/2009 12:02:30 AM
now i want to know how you did this. these things always throw me off lol
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04/15/2009 04:19:52 PM
I'm really curious to see how you did this. I thought of a similar idea, but couldn't think of the "trick" of photographing it. This is well done, and quite convincing. I'm guessing that the "cuffs" are on pieces of card and worn on your/your model's wrists. Very clever and maybe the best in challenge (though I haven't seen them all yet).
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04/15/2009 02:23:54 PM
Interesting!
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04/15/2009 10:02:04 AM
Great idea!
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04/14/2009 11:07:16 AM
totally, totally picky...why didn't your use a blue pencil in the other hand...good idea, excellent execution
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04/14/2009 10:42:34 AM
This is really well done. It's simple but it works well.
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04/14/2009 09:36:00 AM
Very well executed.
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04/13/2009 08:48:16 PM
Neat clean entry,will be interesting to see how the processing is received...7
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04/13/2009 05:15:53 PM
this is the best I've seen ! 10 !!
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04/13/2009 12:41:17 PM
This reviewer had to return to this image more than once to properly evaluate the image. Originally, the impression was good, but not outstanding. On further review, to began to have a positive impact - a very creative look at colored pencils - the image meets the subject matter dead on with subtle, yet detailed effect - perhaps a little too subtle. A terrific demonstration of the creative process in meeting the challenge in a very unusual way. Should be a sure bet to win a ribbon or place high as a top twenty image. A couple of minor detail problems not worth mentioning because they don't appear until you really get a critical eye and examine the image closely. Well done.
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04/13/2009 08:46:08 AM
Nicely done!
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04/13/2009 06:49:44 AM
Ah an intelligent composition. It requires one to sit and look for a while...hope voters take the time. Still contemplating whether or not a tighter crop would have been better....
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04/13/2009 12:35:59 AM
great job! I think you might be on a winner here
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04/13/2009 12:27:50 AM
great tribute...love the colors...10
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