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Rectangles of surrealism - an alternative family portrait
2nd PlaceRectangles of surrealism - an alternative family portrait
sarampo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Rectangle (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Lisboa
Date: Jul 12, 2010
Aperture: f/5,6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Jul 12, 2010


[Jul. 15th, 2010 10:42:02 AM]

This has been an amazing 2 days into voting, I already got 100 votes and 21 comments, how crazy is that??

But they are in fact great comments, and I really agree with what is said.

I wish I could have had more time to redo this, but it was just on short notice.

The whole thing was prepared and shot in one hour, after work.

Got some friends (thank you guys!!) and went to a nearby location.
As you realize, I first had to place the people with empty frames in front, then take the pictures to print inside the frames, go to my car (where I had brought a home printer and a power supply), print the shots, frame them, and then recompose the shot with the people, to see if it all lined up.

Unfortunately, the sun was on when we took the pictures for the frames, and between that and the final picture it went into hiding, hence the difference in the light.

I do wish I had a clutter-free background, and also more time, so I could compose more carefully, but it was the best we could do.

Sitting at 7.2 with 100 votes is a very good feeling, let's see if it's enough to ribbon.

After challenge
Whoohoo!!
This was so much fun, and a record for comments, it was my most commented image during voting, amazing!
Thanks for all the wonderful opinions, they are very important for me.
Thanks to Bárbara, Sam, Telma and Filipe for their patience and for being such good sports :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.2398
Avg (commenters): 8.3611
Avg (participants): 6.5405
Avg (non-participants): 7.3636
Views since voting: 7233
Views during voting: 418
Votes: 246
Comments: 65
Favorites: 11 (view)


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08/04/2010 08:19:24 AM
They say better late than never, so here I go:
Great idea and execution to match. I think your description is worth an "How did they do it" tutorial. Regarding the cluttered background, maybe if you could add a 6th picture of that bg, it wouldn't be perceived as distracting but as part of the image.

Great job!
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07/27/2010 07:53:52 PM
This is wonderfully quirky and creative. Congrats!
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07/25/2010 11:11:32 PM
Very nice work
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07/25/2010 06:50:03 PM
It's nice to see creativity rewarded, good job.
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07/25/2010 01:02:53 PM
Hi Joao, congrats for the ribbon. I am very happy for you :)
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07/24/2010 12:45:31 AM
so nice,i like this photo
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07/23/2010 07:41:41 PM
I love this!
As you know yourself, this photo has a number of technical flaws.
However, I'm not sure if it would have the same make-you-smile charm if it was technically perfect.
Lovely idea, and a big pat on the back to everyone for the effort.
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07/22/2010 06:02:51 PM
A photo that makes you want to stare and figure it all out. :) Congrats! Seems like you went to a LOT of trouble to get this shot, including bringing along a printer and power supply! :) Well deserved.
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07/22/2010 12:10:14 PM
This pic is awsome, i loved how the photographs fall into place with the figures.
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07/22/2010 11:01:54 AM
What a fun shoot and great resulting image, Joao! Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/22/2010 05:35:59 AM
i like it
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07/21/2010 10:50:27 PM
I just realized that YOU got the second place...this is a wonderful picture and so well planned out...it's absolutely great...good job
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07/21/2010 01:30:27 PM
Congrats! All that work really paid off :-)
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07/21/2010 12:40:09 PM
Congrats like this one very much.
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07/21/2010 11:26:38 AM
Definitely not the best photo of the bunch in terms of technical merit... but one of the MOST creative photos on this site in ages. WELL DONE!
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07/21/2010 10:36:00 AM
cool!!
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07/21/2010 10:19:49 AM
Very creative! Congrats! :)
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07/21/2010 10:09:10 AM
Wow...Great shot! Not easy to line all that up but you did an excellent job. Kudos to you! :D
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07/21/2010 09:47:35 AM
Very creative. I like this one a lot! Congrats
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07/21/2010 08:40:57 AM
Congratulations on the red - your photo was unique and well done.
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07/21/2010 05:32:23 AM
Your brilliant mind has the recognition deserved.

Congratulations, it’s always a pleasure to appreciate and collaborate with your works.
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07/21/2010 03:38:11 AM
Congratulations man, this was a blast to help you with! Great vision to have thought this up and then actually manage to get it done in so little time.
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07/21/2010 03:35:01 AM
VERY creative, super imsge. Congrats on your well deserved ribbon, Joao.
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07/21/2010 02:42:07 AM
One of my fav's in the challenge! I love how this was put together - very well deserved ribbon!
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07/21/2010 12:58:58 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon and one more great shot!
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07/21/2010 12:27:13 AM
i love the idea and the photo, great turn out.
congrats!
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07/21/2010 12:21:00 AM
VERY creative! Congrats on such a fun photo!
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07/21/2010 12:03:53 AM
Congratulations! Ribbon for creativity!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2010 11:12:42 PM
how fun. I like this, good job.
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07/20/2010 11:10:27 PM
I'd say a top five. Maybe a ribbon.
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07/20/2010 07:11:38 PM
Very very nice idea and wonderfully done. Can hardly imagine this not getting a ribbon.
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07/20/2010 11:38:28 AM
Fantastic picture!
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07/19/2010 09:29:22 PM
Fun!
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07/19/2010 12:56:33 PM
exceptionally well done 9
the bird seems to be off but who cares when the rest is so nice
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07/18/2010 05:47:23 PM
My absolute favorite! 10
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07/18/2010 12:08:24 PM
Such a clever idea, you took time to put this together and I think it works really well. Goodluck!10
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07/18/2010 10:07:37 AM
great idea and good execution
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07/17/2010 02:41:07 PM
very nice - one of the most creative in the challenge
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07/17/2010 01:48:20 PM
what a superb job of pulling this off...very well done - I hope that you will add notes to your description
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07/16/2010 10:09:49 AM
It's a really good concept and the frames are placed in a very interesting way. Why did you choose that background? The bright area and the concrete building really draw away from what is a cool set-up.
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07/16/2010 04:00:58 AM
Great idea, well executed
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07/15/2010 11:53:31 PM
clever
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07/15/2010 09:57:02 PM
Think I've seen this on TV somewhere! Cool idea but the portraits are off a bit too much to look really great. Lots of hard work I know cause I have done something similar too.
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07/15/2010 09:17:40 PM
Vey clever... well thought out.
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07/15/2010 08:17:47 AM
great shot, very creative 9
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07/15/2010 06:56:58 AM
Way too much planning went into this for me to attempt something like this, so Im really glad you did and you did it really well.
Great imamge
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07/15/2010 05:59:39 AM
I really like the idea, my only criticisms would be that the lighting in the prints isn't exactly the same as the final shot and the area in the top right is blown out.
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07/14/2010 10:37:24 PM
Very clever!
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07/14/2010 10:27:56 PM
nice idea!
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07/14/2010 08:56:38 PM
one of two 10's!! I love the creativity, and the overall feel of this image!! nice job!!
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07/14/2010 04:23:30 PM
If you could have done this with a less cluttered background, it would probably have been a 9. The overly bright area in the right part of the background is distracting, and the trees and building also distract from the picture. The rest is very clever and well done. 7
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07/14/2010 03:12:48 PM
Very clever, and clearly a lot of thought and planning went into this. I'm curious about the black line that seems to connect the hummingbird shot to the woman's thigh? Also, the background is really distracting, plus I think that the image might have improved with more/different processing.
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07/14/2010 02:17:01 PM
Fun!!
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07/14/2010 01:28:38 PM
Amazing concept ..I love this! 10
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07/14/2010 11:19:01 AM
Perfect shot. Worthy of a blue for sure.
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07/14/2010 09:56:49 AM
awesome concept!
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07/14/2010 09:32:52 AM
This is so creative!
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07/14/2010 08:01:39 AM
Very fun setup, and great execution. I probably would have left the bird photo out, as it's the only one that feels out of place.
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07/14/2010 06:55:32 AM
This is a winner! :)
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07/14/2010 06:00:43 AM
rather intricately constructed :-) I'm impressed at that level. But technically, as far as lighting and all, as far as the ambiance of the thing, I'm sort of underwhelmed, so a mixed reaction from me.
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07/14/2010 04:20:47 AM
great shot and idea! Hopefully you will ribbon! Good Luck.
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07/14/2010 03:31:25 AM
This is just too clever. Well done! 7

Would have been higher except the background's a bit distracting - especially the blown highlighted section. I guess you needed this location for the multi leveled set up.
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07/14/2010 02:50:46 AM
Very creative :)
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07/14/2010 12:53:17 AM
wow!! a real great idea... good realization, i like it very very much! i hope a ribbon for you!
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07/14/2010 12:24:40 AM
clever
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