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Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
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gyaban


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Challenge: Heavy Metal Song Titles (Expert Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Dec 15, 2011
Date Uploaded: Dec 15, 2011

In order to create this image, I went through some heavy metal band's covers, and found that Iron Maiden's ones were quite interesting. They are consistent in style, feature "Eddie", their mascot, and depict dramatic situations: I liked them, and decided to try and create another one, exactly like for a "In the style of..." DPC challenge.

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" is one of their classic song. Instead of illustrating what is actually happening in it from an external point of view, I wanted to show how it could have been perceived by the sentenced unfortunate person, in his imagination. From there, the idea of using Eddie to represent the condemned man's perception of lack of God came quickly.

Some words about the photos:
- The background is composed of photos of sky, at night. I was out almost every night of the week with my camera, until I got lucky and shot what I was hoping for: the moon clearly appearing in a hole, in a very cloudy sky. There was a lot of wind, and the clouds were moving fast: I had to use a fast shutter, and consequently, rise the ISOs, even at f/2.8. Fortunately, the camera did the job well, and denoising the result was not a problem. As you probably guessed, these moon shots became the eyes of Eddie.
- The bell is the one at my garden's door. I had to unscrew it, bring it to the home studio, and shot it by emulating the light coming out of Eddie's eyes.
- The man is composed of 2 photos of me: one with a rope around the neck, but with the feet on the ground, and another where I lift myself, holding a beam, so that my legs were in adequate position. I blended the 2 photos in post production.

The processing wasn't too long. The light around the eyes was mostly good, so I didn't have to change much things: I simply burned darker lines in order to create the wrinkles, composing Eddie's face. I would have thought it to be extremely difficult, but in fact, using a tablet, it went quite smoothly. The same technique was used for the hand: I chose another image of clouds where the light was close to what I wanted, pasted it as a new layer over the picture, then masked it in the wanted shape and burned wrinkles again. Finally, I created some shadows on the bell, added the blood, some blue filters for good measure, and that was it.

Thank you all again for your votes and comments! Much appreciated. Regarding the "Digital art" VS "photo" controversy, honestly, I don't care much about it: as I stated several times, what I try to do is a convincing final result, whatever the tools used for that. One can use photos to create something that doesn't look like one - yet good photography skills are required (that is the case here), or one can paint a canvas and achieve a photo-realistic result (although this requires some serious painting skills). Debating over the categories names is nothing that excites me, I much prefer to spend my time creating stuff that I like.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 67
Avg (all users): 7.1129
Avg (commenters): 8.2667
Avg (participants): 7.0714
Avg (non-participants): 7.1341
Views since voting: 6673
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 124
Comments: 41
Favorites: 11 (view)


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12/28/2011 06:10:44 AM
Awesome! That is MUCH better than the new artist they have!
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12/25/2011 09:38:49 AM
Wow! What can I say. The artistry is amazing beyond words! Congratulations!
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12/24/2011 10:16:46 AM
It would be awesome if there was a way to submit this to the band. You're talent is lightyears ahead of most.
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12/24/2011 12:00:24 AM
This had winner written all over it!!!
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12/23/2011 10:43:57 PM
Awesome work, great description of your photo and editing process and excellent approach towards everything. I think those who balance both the technical and artistic qualities of photography produce the most consistent and compelling pieces of work. Getting it "right" in-camera is definitely important but so is expertise editing in post to bring out your vision.
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12/23/2011 04:24:23 PM
Great work as always Christophe, glad I was one of your 10s! And congrats too on sticking to your guns during that silly debate that keeps arising here.
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12/23/2011 02:49:46 PM
Well done on yet another ribbon. What struck me (pardon the pun) was the final touch of the bloodied marks on either side of the inside of the bell, where the blood soaked head mask has hit either side during rings. Odd no-one else picked up this little detail or that you mentioned it in your comments. Une image très macabre. Joyeux Noël à vous et votre femme. J'espère que vous obtenez quelques dormir ce soir!
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12/23/2011 01:00:59 PM
Congrats on the Blue with this most amazing creation. Your skill and imagination continues to evolve and give all of us inspiration. Thanks for commenting on how this image came into being. Wonderful work as always Cristophe.
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12/23/2011 11:28:41 AM
Great stuff Cristophe...this was one of my favorites...and my favorite Iron Maiden song! :-)
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12/23/2011 10:00:58 AM
i thought it was so kewl you got eddie in there!!! yay glad you won
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12/23/2011 06:39:05 AM
Congratulations on another fine image and ribbon,and thanks for all the info.
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12/23/2011 06:18:06 AM
Thought this was yours just from the style and professional look. Loved it in voting, it is a great piece.
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12/23/2011 01:51:25 AM
Congrats on the blue Christophe, for me this is one of your best and was a straigt 10. Please add a description as to how you made this image, I would love to know.
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12/23/2011 12:47:22 AM
Congrats on your ribbon Christophe! If I may be totally honest with you friend, I have to say I more appreciate your reality based images, but you did a great job with the digital art in this- and I really like the look of light on that bell photograph! ;)

Message edited by author 2011-12-23 00:48:05.
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12/23/2011 12:27:14 AM
You should sell it to Iron Maiden to use it as an album cover - at least you can try ;)
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12/23/2011 12:15:12 AM
Congratulations! I miss having you describe how you set up the shot and what you did to create the final image.
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12/23/2011 12:04:31 AM
Congrats, Christophe, on your RIBBON!!
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12/23/2011 12:02:54 AM
Congratulations Christophe! I was pretty sure this was yours, and that it was blue. I'm honoured to be standing next to you!
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12/23/2011 12:01:25 AM
Congrats! Your skills will never cease to amaze me!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/22/2011 05:04:29 PM
fantastic!
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12/22/2011 10:25:00 AM
Masterful digital image and fits the song extremely well.. this could be an album cover for the band.
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12/21/2011 12:59:23 PM
Compared to the rest of the entries, this seems to be the best edit. But IMO it crosses into Digital Art and is a bit too far from photography as the rule set requires. No doubt a tremendous example of extremely creative work, but I think SC should consider a new category identified as "Digital Art" for works of this level.
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12/21/2011 12:29:04 AM
Totaly Awesome
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12/20/2011 06:19:53 PM
Good illustrative idea but less appealing artistic result.
no vote
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12/20/2011 11:55:58 AM
Now that's an album cover if I ever saw one! Well done.
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12/17/2011 08:46:06 PM
Very nice collage.
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12/17/2011 07:47:32 PM
One of your more disturbing images, Christophe!
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12/17/2011 05:45:13 PM
I like the artwork, but despite Eddie and supernatural is so much part of Iron Maiden visuals, many of their songs are, at least as I see it, much more about real life with no supernatural interventions. An Hallowed by Thy Name really is about the indifference of god, rather than his active interest in human sufference. But I love the bell touch :)
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12/17/2011 01:01:20 PM
Very creative, and such masterful editing.
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12/17/2011 11:47:25 AM
Nice could be a cd cover
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12/17/2011 09:42:03 AM
A really great shot, I think a ribbon may be inevitable for you! How you achieved this, I have no idea, so I can't say much from a technical standpoint other than your "image" seems properly exposed, haha. I'm not sure how the song you've associated this image with goes, and I don't exactly see the connection between title and content, but I think you've done an excellent job with this.
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12/17/2011 05:56:55 AM
Christophe, one of your best images! My prediction is that it will go close or ever over 8 - at least it would deserve it!
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12/17/2011 04:29:06 AM
Amazing thought and processing the use of the elements.....8
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12/17/2011 02:02:25 AM
This is fantastic! I love everything about it. 10. (It could also be Hell's Bells.)
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12/16/2011 10:42:12 PM
nice
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12/16/2011 04:49:00 PM
And Gyaban takes it again...wiiiiiiiiicked!!!!
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12/16/2011 01:21:32 PM
Wow! This is an amazing piece of work. Fits Iron Maiden to a T.
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12/16/2011 11:08:12 AM
Very nice work,near the top in my opinion.
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12/16/2011 08:29:02 AM
Terrific. Certainly worthy of an album cover.
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12/16/2011 07:26:31 AM
christoph? nice skull how did you do that? drew it photoshop or photographed a mask etc? love the detail on the hand of teh beast, and the attention to detail in no shoes and feet hanging down. giles
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12/16/2011 12:48:53 AM
My pick of the challenge. Amazing!
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