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The Collector
The Collector
Tully


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Challenge: Mythical Creatures (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM
Location: Berlin
Date: Jul 17, 2010
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 20, 2010

Two visits to the zoo, a couple dozen different animals and some tips on what would make a cool animal from my three year old son... a fun challenge, we'll see how it pans out...

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 83
Avg (all users): 6.9844
Avg (commenters): 8.5357
Avg (participants): 6.6875
Avg (non-participants): 7.0529
Views since voting: 4792
Views during voting: 628
Votes: 256
Comments: 41
Favorites: 5 (view)


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08/03/2010 08:19:36 AM
Would love to see a tutorial on how you did this, it is top notch!
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08/01/2010 05:00:40 PM
Now this is a good picture. I really like it. Good job!
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07/28/2010 06:47:10 PM
very creative! Well done!
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07/28/2010 04:48:46 PM
More Jan Svankmajer than Brothers Grimm. Congratulations!
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07/28/2010 02:06:33 PM
I am speechless looking at the efforts you have put on this image! Congrats on the HM!
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07/28/2010 12:42:36 PM
As I said great idea,glad you did well.
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07/28/2010 11:39:59 AM
oh, this is sooooo fantastic! It was my favorite shot in challenge. I'm impressed of your work!
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07/28/2010 06:16:55 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

Very good work, hope you realize it's a huge compliment to have it mistaken for ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi's entry!


ABSOLUTELY! I checked out ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi's work and actually appreciated the compliment more than getting a ribbon... I guess that also makes somebody a monkey's uncle ;)
07/28/2010 05:34:15 AM
Very good work, hope you realize it's a huge compliment to have it mistaken for ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi's entry!
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07/28/2010 04:16:31 AM
Thanks to all the (higher than 3) votes and the comments. I started making creatures after a trip to the zoo, and soon found that I was amassing too many creatures to decide which one to put into this challenge. That was when I came up with an idea of how to put more than one creature into the challenge. After a second trip to the zoo, I soon found things getting out of control and had to cut out some of the creatures simply from lack of space.

The hand holding the jar is my 3 year old's as I liked the idea of a young collector (though an old hand would have also worked well). I had him set his hand on the jar rather than hold it as it allowed a better view 'into' the jar without obstructing it with the hand. My biggest problem was that the jar was about 15cm (6 inches) in diameter and the shelves were only 2cm (less than an inch) deep, so I had to hope that I could slip this by unnoticed.

Of course I would have loved to ribbon on my 9th entry on DPC, but even more frustrating was the drop below seven on the last few votes - if only ONE of the people voting 1 on my image had decided to waste their time doing something constructive instead of voting down peoples scores, I would have broken the 7 mark overall.... and they didn't even take the time to leave a comment.... grrrrr - so it goes, I suppose.
07/28/2010 12:32:32 AM
"and some tips on what would make a cool animal from my three year old son"

AWESOME!

Congrats on your win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/27/2010 09:40:30 PM
I really like this one, dust and all, lol. 9
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07/27/2010 07:54:30 PM
Very cool. Validated? Wow.
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07/27/2010 04:42:10 PM
I would love to learn what you did here. Awesome!
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07/27/2010 03:01:44 PM
wow! props for the leading lines, different jar sizes and attention to every creature in each jar!
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07/27/2010 02:27:20 PM
funny stuff :)
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07/26/2010 11:31:27 PM
The hand doesn't look like it could actually hold the jar. That bothers me. But, I appreciate all the work that this obviously took, so you get a decent bump.
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07/26/2010 01:24:16 AM
Oh, excellent job!
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07/25/2010 10:49:18 AM
Good idea !
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07/25/2010 07:12:05 AM
Someone must of been busy shooting all those animals. Great shot with a bonus point added on top for the work that must of gone into this. 7 + 1 = 8!
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07/25/2010 03:14:30 AM
Huge amount of effort here, a great concept too. I really like Ll the various creatures and I like how it all makes sense in terms of story (perfect title). Given the efforts you have gone to, the flat lighting and lowish contrast is a bit of a niggle - I can think a slight vignette, a bit of diffusion in the highlights and a tad more contrast would have have made the whole scene look a little more real. I am sure you wanted to ensure that we could see all of your various creatures but I think sacrificing some clarity, especially towards the edges for the sake of making the whole scene seem more real might have been a better choice.

Still a 10 from me though, and of the three 10s I gave, I think this - for flat out effort, deserves the blue.
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07/24/2010 05:16:12 PM
Astounding!
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07/24/2010 04:30:51 PM
Feels more like "Impossible Creatures", still a refreshingly new concept.
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07/24/2010 03:18:29 PM
I love the creative imagination that I see in this composition! Makes me think of just who this collector of fantastical beasts is; a demigod - a child-god, etc. etc. But back to the beasts. The main creature - hmmm is that the Clazmonian Sow of Greek myths (although it is said to have pink flamingo wings;-) ) I think I also see a gryphon but it does not have wings. There are other 'created' beasts that I cannot tie to any known mythical beasts - I wish there were more identifiable ones for that would have further strengthened the connection to known mythical beasts as opposed to fantastical beasts. Still, a an above average composition that is well done.
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07/23/2010 09:03:51 PM
Judi, if this isn't your entry, and you don't ribbon, then I'm a monkey's uncle. Which is quite alarming, as I'm a woman! ;-0
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07/23/2010 07:09:15 PM
THIS is amazing! So creative and believable! I hope all of the images were taken during the challenge. Well done! (not voting)

ETA: Validated! Cool! You really took all of these and did all of this in the challenge period! I'm amazed and pleased. LOT of hard work... and a beautiful image to show for it.
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07/23/2010 09:54:21 AM
Amazing idea and execution. Coolest photo ever!
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07/22/2010 09:49:39 PM
nice job!
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07/22/2010 01:19:35 PM
Excellent!!!
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07/22/2010 09:56:26 AM
I love your take on the challenge... very creative!
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07/21/2010 10:26:25 PM
I really like the creativity in your idea..well done.
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07/21/2010 10:03:05 PM
In this particular challenge, you really have to stop and view these images for a while to get all that is going on. I love all the criters you have created and how you displayed them. Really well done. Just one nitpik is the tops of the jars don't match the angle of the shelve but who cares? This is awesome!
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07/21/2010 05:15:41 PM
fun! love the idea
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07/21/2010 01:22:36 PM
An enormous amount of work went into this! Kudos on all the work. Just about the only thing that doesn't work for me is the hand holding the jar. The lighting doesn't quite match, and the tension on the hand doesn't look like it is actually holding such a large jar in it.
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07/21/2010 01:09:16 PM
This is an amazing entry. It's creative, makes me smile and so well photographed. I see it on the front page. I voted earlier and gave it a 9
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07/21/2010 09:30:26 AM
This is my number 1. I can see you put a lot of work in this, and it is completely convincing. Can´t give it something else than a 10
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07/21/2010 09:10:16 AM
Great idea, but two things i noticed immediately was that the angle of the jars and shelf rack do not match. Another thing is i think your image would have had more impact if the "collector's" hand was that of an old person, it would give the sense that he/she has been at this twisted hobby for years. Just my 2 cents.
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07/21/2010 07:58:26 AM
Impressive amount of work to assemble this collection. I like the choice of the dusty shelves as it gives a slightly darker mood to the overall image - much more "Brothers Grimm" than "Disney".
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07/21/2010 07:45:01 AM
Have any eye of newt? hee hee
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07/21/2010 01:40:58 AM
cool
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07/21/2010 01:09:21 AM
Good job!
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