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MOOMMMM!!  Billy chopped off Barbie's head!!!
MOOMMMM!! Billy chopped off Barbie's head!!!

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Challenge: Children's Toy III (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2010 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: la kitchen dans la Chateau Snaffles
Date: Mar 5, 2010
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 3 seconds
Galleries: Humorous, Action
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2010

I was a tomboy, so I never owned a Barbie. But I don't doubt for a second that any Barbie I may have owned would have suffered a fate like this at the hands of at least one of my three older brothers! That's not being stereotypical, just a plain and simple acknowledgement of fact. Little boys love to torment little sisters by doing things like this to their toys. End of story.

The original idea was to have the chopper, which is Ryan's toy, flying off with Barbie's head, but the tiny size of the chopper and instability of the head made that an impossibility. Suspending the head from the ceiling was an idea, but the fishing line would have shown and this is only a Basic challenge.

So I sat the Barbie atop the ladder, where you're NEVER meant to sit or stand, and set up the camera on a tripod with a handheld remote flash. Ryan was in charge of flying the copter, which wasn't too easy in a darkened kitchen! I would hit the shutter, then the flash at the same time he flew the copter into the airspace around Barbie. It actually only took about 3 dozen takes before we got the shot, and I am amazed at how many good shots we got out of this shoot. Thanks babe!

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Place: 101 out of 139
Avg (all users): 4.6901
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 4.3103
Avg (non-participants): 4.8323
Views since voting: 844
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 213
Comments: 9
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03/19/2010 03:09:10 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Aww and so I return the favour with a critique for you! Memory jog - you critiqued my Fine Arts pic.

First Impression:
I thought this was a pretty funny picture, sure there's some distracting elements in it but I still liked it and gave you a 6. Too bad more people didn't agree with me.

Composition: Some of your commenters covered it but there are a few things that could be improved. There's a strange white mark on the left and I think maybe the shadow of the tail of the helicopter? Also I would have liked it more if the ceiling to wall line wasn't visible, just all beige. But you're shooting up at a ladder so not much you can do there, maybe shoot more straight on so the line isn't diagonal?

Subject: You covered a few childhood toys, barbies, helicopters, ladders. Alright I never played with barbies.

Final thoughts: I judged your photo on the artistic side more than the technicals, it was under appreciated though by the masses. Barbie deserved it, says right there DO NOT STAND OR SIT, psh blondes :)

If you have any questions click here to message me!

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03/17/2010 11:55:42 AM
Susan, great photo for this challenge. My husband cut a few barbie heads in his day.
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03/17/2010 10:05:43 AM
Hey snaffles....I too was a tomboy and reading your photographers comments....well I could relate. I thought you might be able to relate to mine as well. Take a look....' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1178/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_859181.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1178/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_859181.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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Message edited by author 2010-03-17 10:06:21.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2010 04:48:31 PM
Cool idea for the picture and i can really imagine Billy doing this but the top of the ladder is very distracting.
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03/15/2010 10:28:01 PM
Silly image
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03/13/2010 05:45:07 PM
Well it's Barbie's own fault, it does say DANGER. Funny idea :D
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03/11/2010 07:58:53 AM
nice humor and oh so very real! lol as far as the photo, the lighting is harsh, and that shadow floting there on the left is a distraction, but it's obvious some thought and work went into this picture
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03/10/2010 02:03:43 PM
My first laugh of this challenge.
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03/10/2010 12:11:14 AM
great idea
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