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2nd PlaceTomato Ninja
gyaban


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Challenge: Off-Centered Subject III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Nov 14, 2010
Aperture: f/22,0
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Humorous, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2010



[Nov. 21st, 2010 07:46:19 PM]

Another self portrait... Sorry for those who are bored with my face.

No clue why this idea came to my mind, but I sure enjoyed its creation.
The tomato is hanging on black wires that were cloned out. However, I did not hang the tie as the resulting shape was not convincing enough, so I just re-shot the scene until I was satisfied with its position and movement. Took me about 500 tries (yes, I was tired after that!)

Lights setup:
- 1 silver umbrella from bottom left
- 1 softbox from upper right, slightly behind the subject
- 1 flash + red gel on a black backdrop
- 1 flash on the tomato
- 1 flash on the knife's blade.

Thank you for all the nice and constructive comments, I do appreciate them very much.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 154
Avg (all users): 7.0619
Avg (commenters): 8.7059
Avg (participants): 7.0980
Avg (non-participants): 7.0323
Views since voting: 6394
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 113
Comments: 65
Favorites: 23 (view)


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11/27/2010 02:31:55 AM
Huge CONGRATS !!!!! A master at work creating a masterpiece. Super !!
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11/26/2010 07:45:31 AM
Another cracker of a shot,Congratulations.
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11/25/2010 03:26:26 PM
Regarding your notes above, I'm not sure I'm getting bored with seeing your face. When I see one of your selfies it's more like, "Nuts, now there are only two ribbons left to fight over!" Gave this one a 9. I think this is one of my faves of your entries because it appeals to my love of quirky shots.
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11/24/2010 08:25:11 PM
Congratulations on the red ribbon (appropriate!) You have achieved a fantastic image and had to work hard to do it, so I'm glad that your effort rewarded you well.
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11/24/2010 05:53:59 PM
Nice :D
Thanks, congrats by the way, again ;-)
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11/24/2010 03:26:43 PM
Originally posted by hojop25:

Do you have lots pf different backdrops? or do you use gels?


I have a black one and a white one; other colors are achieved with gels indeed.

11/24/2010 03:21:20 PM
Do you have lots pf different backdrops? or do you use gels?

I also like how you have the "red" ribbon haha
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11/24/2010 09:23:39 AM
Congrats, really appreciate the lighting info.
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11/23/2010 11:28:31 PM
Very well done, congratulations
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11/23/2010 07:52:56 PM
you must play "fruit ninja" on the iPhone
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11/23/2010 06:56:01 PM
Congrats! Another great shot from a pro.
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11/23/2010 06:08:48 PM
Originally posted by Debbi:

Never bored with your face, LOVE IT!
Debbi
edit to say : you got f/22 on speedlites? Or was it speedlites?


Thanks Debbi. Speedlites were indeed used on the lower left (bounced off an umbrella), on the tomato and the knife. Both upper right softbox and backlight are 400w studio flashes.
11/23/2010 02:27:44 PM
Never bored with your face, LOVE IT!
Debbi
edit to say : you got f/22 on speedlites? Or was it speedlites?

Message edited by author 2010-11-23 14:30:04.
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11/23/2010 01:41:17 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!
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11/22/2010 11:14:49 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. Well executed photo. Love how clean it is.
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11/22/2010 07:02:44 PM
I like the Band-Aids on your left hand. It's the little things...

derrrr I mean right hand. it's the little things....

Message edited by author 2010-11-22 21:27:37.
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11/22/2010 03:44:44 PM
Wow. Excellent shot, and well deserved 7.x! I'm surprised you got so many below-5's to be honest. It was a great idea, well executed, and in terms of the challenge... only the rolled up sleeve on your left arm is central. It's about as far from dnmc as my left hand!
I loved the bandages on your right hand. Very nice touch.

The only slight criticism I'd have with it was that when I looked at it your marriage ring was a little prominent. Ninjas woudln't be married I'd've thought :)
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11/22/2010 03:36:41 PM
this is very creative and it showes that you are a real artist deep inside.
keep using your imagination and suprise us each time.
love this.
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11/22/2010 03:23:20 PM
You ROCK at creativity and photography. What a wonderful combination. But, add in humor as you do... and well... you see... it's a ribbon every time! Congrats on another one!
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11/22/2010 03:16:42 PM
Jeez, Christophe, aren't you getting a little tired of winning ribbons pretty much each time out?! :-)

Another wonderful quirky idea, great lighting, flawless execution, and nope don't think anyone's sick of your face yet! Keep up the great work, and oh yeah congrats on the red!
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11/22/2010 03:15:39 PM
this should have been first :)
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11/22/2010 01:59:52 PM
congratulations! tu est vraiment bon!
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11/22/2010 01:46:07 PM
Knew you would ribbon! Well done
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11/22/2010 11:45:51 AM
love this!!! congrats!!!
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11/22/2010 11:03:22 AM
So basically, you don't go to the gym. You just do 500 Tomato Slice Lunges. You, Sir, are a fixture on the front page, and for very good reason. Congrats on the tomato red.

Message edited by author 2010-11-22 11:03:54.
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11/22/2010 11:02:24 AM
What a bunch of loosers.. 1s and a 2.... even 3s. Bull crappers. I am open to any fight (discussion) with those clowns.

Anywho, that rant out of the way, I think a blue next time is in correct order looking at this lineup :)

gyaban.jpg

Message edited by author 2010-11-22 11:02:50.
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11/22/2010 11:01:46 AM
You are too funny Christophe - congrats AGAIN for another creative image!
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11/22/2010 09:56:29 AM
Amazing! Thanks for telling us your lighting set up too. I never get bored with self-portraits -- because with self-portraits the subject is mastering the perfect vision of the photographer -- which as a photographer, I find it so hard to do when you're trying to get someone else to see it. This is perfection!
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11/22/2010 09:07:17 AM
hahaha. i gave this a 10 as usual. i did not comment during voting coz im getting tired of saying "Awesome! Great shot!" week after week after week coz you never seem to run out of ideas of outdoing yourself. You're the best and you're still getting better. thanks for always sharing your lighting setup and other details of your shot.

oh by the way, Awesome! Great shot!
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11/22/2010 08:07:31 AM
haha definitely made me think of this iphone app
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11/22/2010 07:41:59 AM
You are a photography machine. Keep em coming!
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11/22/2010 07:24:29 AM
Another fantastic and fun image, congrats on the ribbon!
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11/22/2010 07:10:44 AM
Originally posted by h2:

Excellent setup, lighting and execution again, Christophe. Congrats on the red (what else could it be). Some remarks I'd have, though: there should be tomato juice on the knife and overall I don't find this to be an off-centered composition. Great image, anyway.


Thanks for your comment Oliver! I do agree with you: usually I compose the shot from the challenge's topic, but this one was done the other way. It just popped in my head, and then I thought it could fit in this challenge, even if the off-centered elements tend to balance each other.

As for the juice on knife, or even spraying from the slices, I tried... and failed :) We need more expert editing challenges! ;-)
11/22/2010 04:45:33 AM
i think at this point you're simply my idol.
tell me where you got the supplies to built your well of endless imagination.
i want one, too.

incredible image. congrats.
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11/22/2010 03:10:40 AM
you are just getting better and better! congrats again Christophe ;)
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11/22/2010 03:06:18 AM
Excellent setup, lighting and execution again, Christophe. Congrats on the red (what else could it be). Some remarks I'd have, though: there should be tomato juice on the knife and overall I don't find this to be an off-centered composition. Great image, anyway.
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11/22/2010 02:15:48 AM
never mind that I can't see the photo at the moment - I've seen it on 1x. Congrats Christophe, two birds with one stone!
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11/22/2010 01:57:07 AM
Wow great shot. Excellent work CHristophe !
The 1x link : //1x.com/photos/member/48485/37824/
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11/22/2010 12:54:23 AM
Congrats Christophe. I saw this photo at 1X. Awesome job and very creative!
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11/22/2010 12:10:14 AM
I can not see your photo because the site is down. I am sure it's great and congratulations are in order. Really worth the ribbon. Way to go!Great 2 place.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/21/2010 03:32:34 PM
Yet another ribbon for gyaban I suspect!
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11/20/2010 09:37:37 AM
Very unusual idea really well carried out.
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11/18/2010 02:21:15 PM
Well done!
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11/18/2010 09:04:54 AM
Always creative and superb execution, if you will pardon the pun.
Only flaw, the tomatoe (you say tomato) should only have one slice through it :) The plastered fingers show 3 misses :) It would be difficult to throw it up in three pieces and keep them together as photographed.
But what do I know, I'm not Gordon Ramsay :)
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11/17/2010 02:14:11 PM
dude, you are awesome! 10
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11/16/2010 10:12:24 PM
This is a very well done staged shot. Nice lighting, posing, effect, attention to details (the bandaids are an excellent addition).
(not voting, fellow entrant)
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11/16/2010 09:55:26 PM
An easy pick for a blue ribbon this week... very nice!
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11/16/2010 09:28:01 PM
I can't wait to see how you did this. You are my top pick, I would have given you a 10, but since I'm not exactly sure if this is a truly off centered photo I had to just give you a 9.
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11/16/2010 06:39:55 PM
Beautiful
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11/16/2010 05:00:59 PM
Very Nice!!!
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11/16/2010 03:12:05 PM
Pleeeease let us know how you set this up!! One of the best compositions I've seen on DPC. A 10 and (rare) fav from me.
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11/16/2010 06:32:42 AM
Such a great shot. I might be wrong, but personally I perceive this is a centered composition since the ninja, knife and tomatoe is one object and perfectly centered. Still an 8 from me.
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11/15/2010 11:48:06 PM
holy sh*t! how can you out-do yourself so much?
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11/15/2010 10:49:28 PM
WOW- suspended tie? suspended tomato slices ! animated expression- very very cool imagine- gonna guess ribbon on this 1 :-) very original idea- and sharp focus! :-) (not voting just commenting)
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11/15/2010 05:39:50 PM
What a lovely capture, full of color and movement. Very well executed.
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11/15/2010 05:29:16 PM
Your work continues to amaze me. Again, perfectly lit, razor sharp, excellent display of motion, and another uniquely creative and this time humorous scene. And every time it just looks like you have so much fun with all of it. Dude, you're an inspiration.
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11/15/2010 05:19:04 PM
ok, this is very cool and I want to see the set up. I would like to see the tomato and knife sprayed with water
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11/15/2010 03:38:56 PM
Now this is funny. Nice job.
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11/15/2010 12:14:45 PM
Nice one 21.gif gyaban!
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11/15/2010 07:12:00 AM
Winner winner er... uh... tomato dinner. Gets my blue vote.
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11/15/2010 06:59:10 AM
One of the best so far!
I think it's the band-aids in the righ hand that completes it for me!
10, and I'd imagine I will be seeing it in the top-three.
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11/15/2010 06:25:59 AM
How the hell do you think of these things?? Just amazing!
the position of...everything, is just perfection! Well done :D
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11/15/2010 01:28:53 AM
You are, without a doubt, the most passionate photographer I have ever seen. Your photography is excellent, but so is your art direction, lighting. I'd give anything to be inside your mind for just an hour :-)
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11/15/2010 12:48:47 AM
awesome...as usual...hope you ribbon 9
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11/15/2010 12:19:22 AM
I LOVE the wrapped fingers, but I fear that... this will be an anamoly for you, and won't ribbon... because to me there are two off-centered subjects... maybe three (face tomato knife).

And they all balance out too much for "off-centeredness".

But, I'm sure I'm wrong. I always love your work.
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