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Challenge: Halloween Song Titles (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Home
Date: Oct 21, 2010
Galleries: Digital Art, Horror
Date Uploaded: Oct 21, 2010

[Oct. 25th, 2010 07:52:01 PM]

Thanks all for all the kind comments and votes, looks like this is going to finish well.

Honestly, I am a bit surprised since I really lacked time this week. In the end I was quite unhappy with the processing, and would have loved to polish it a few more hours. Challenges ending a Friday are quite hard to fit in my week! Anyway, some notes about the setup:
- the bed has been shot separately and empty.
- the background is a cloudy sky shot
- hands have been shot separately on the same bed and without touching the camera nor lighting
- the moon has been shot using my telephoto lens
- the model has been shot horizontally lying on a chair

Then everything was blended together, distorded, dodged/burned. As someone suggested it, I had in mind to integrate the moon better; I will do it when I have some time.

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Thank you all :-)
If you would like to see the fully finalized version of the picture, you can do so here.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 45
Avg (all users): 7.6484
Avg (commenters): 9.8000
Avg (participants): 7.6400
Avg (non-participants): 7.6505
Views since voting: 7876
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 128
Comments: 34
Favorites: 24 (view)


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11/02/2010 06:21:20 AM
Fantastic work yet again! Great work Christophe! :-)
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10/30/2010 05:43:59 AM
You are an amazing photographer! Another ribbon!
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10/29/2010 11:58:52 PM
Congrats Christophe! Considering you were pushed for time even you really did a nice job on this one- very creative.
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10/29/2010 06:15:10 PM
WOW!!! This is absolutely creative genius! Mega Congratulations!
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10/29/2010 04:49:14 PM
Wow! Amazing.I just love the processing and the colours. Well done!
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10/29/2010 07:26:29 AM
congrats! once i saw this I knew who did it, and I knew you'd win a ribbon. Great JOB!
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10/29/2010 05:35:49 AM
Congrats on the ribbon,great image.
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10/29/2010 02:08:18 AM
Congratulations! What a fantastic image!
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10/29/2010 01:59:15 AM
You are very much in the DeSousa territory. Fantastic job!
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10/29/2010 01:30:15 AM
You lacked time to do this, and still take the blue ribbon. Dude, you're one amazingly extraordinarily talented genius. And that's an understatement.
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10/29/2010 01:22:49 AM
Well done, you certainly have a magical vision.
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10/29/2010 01:09:11 AM
"....Ooops we appear to be having technical difficulties, we have ran out of ribbons thanks to christophe. thank you good bye."

Sorry man couldn't resist... ;-)
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10/29/2010 01:06:12 AM
fantastic! very deserved ribbon! congrats!
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10/29/2010 12:58:11 AM
....again christophe....fantastic, absoultly amazing.
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10/29/2010 12:37:25 AM
this was cool. Even I gave it a 7.
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10/29/2010 12:19:38 AM
Seriously, dude. You are unstoppable, and a photographic force of nature. I am so humbled by your extraordinary talent.
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10/29/2010 12:11:50 AM
Avg (commenters): 9.8000 Wow, you must be really proud of yourself. And you should be, congrats, this is awesome!
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10/29/2010 12:08:17 AM
Super Job! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/28/2010 09:47:56 PM
Amazing, just looked over it, changed it from 9 to a 10. i really have nothing bad to comment. its too perfect.
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10/27/2010 05:36:45 PM
With the warped arms and the stretched body of the woman it makes me think of the poster for Gilliams' 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. However, the overall warped style makes me think Tim Burton/Burtonesque. Composition is very well done and I can very well see this in the top 10. This captures the fear of falling and the fear of being 'chased/captured'. Those disembodied hands reaching out to grab her is very macabre and frightening when you think about it. The full moon is a nice touch for one thinks of all the supernatural beasties that come out during a full moon.
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10/27/2010 01:58:23 AM
Excellent processing adding to the concept! Expert editing at it's best :)
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10/25/2010 04:22:13 PM
Back to comment...

Fantasmagorical! My absolute favorite of the bunch! This must have taken a lot of processing work.
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10/24/2010 08:54:53 PM
Well done.
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10/24/2010 06:14:28 PM
This is brilliant!!

I can stare at this for ages and find more to appreciate. The circular motion works so well. For me it would have worked a bit better without the moon or to have the moon slightly distorted as if being pulled into the singularity. I can not give this any lower than a 10. Well done!
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10/24/2010 05:08:02 AM
Incredible. my pick for the blue.
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10/24/2010 01:25:44 AM
I absolutely love this image, it's my new wallpaper for a while and I hope to be inspired by it. Perfect 10.

That said, I think the moon is too crisp and bright. I feel it needs to be tamed somehow.
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10/22/2010 04:35:43 PM
wow excellent shot and edit! I have just been a member for a few weeks, but have voted in several competitions, yours is the first 10 I have given. Great job!
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10/22/2010 03:04:13 PM
This is my pick for the top spot - 10
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10/22/2010 01:01:30 PM
And we have our winner...:) Awesomely edited. It reminds me of the work of kiwiness.
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10/22/2010 11:57:15 AM
Truly horrifying and fabulous. This image is a masterpiece of surrealism. Incredible lighting and processing. My pick for the blue.
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10/22/2010 10:12:41 AM
Very cool
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10/22/2010 08:45:22 AM
Oh this is terrific!!! I love to see how far people can go with expert editing. You did a great job. Love the arms.
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10/22/2010 01:21:49 AM
I won't sleep tonight! The whole creation is great, but it's those arms and hands that get to me.
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10/22/2010 12:54:35 AM
I think this one is going to win the blue. Great job
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