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Jack-o'-Scarecrow by gyaban Jack-o'-Scarecrow by gyaban
As usual, everything shot and edited by me.

A month ago, I spotted a dead tree while driving on the highway. There was lots of fog that day, and it looked perfectly creepy, covered with myriads of ravens on its branches. I immediately thought: "I need this one for a Halloween image!".

So I went there a few weeks later. When I arrived I realized that unfortunately, it was standing in the middle of a sand quarry. It was of course forbidden to enter, but since there was no worker, I parked my car a bit further away and climbed over the fence. The area was mostly a swamp with high herbs, and very quickly I got wet and covered in mud to the belt. Fantastic. When I finally reached the damn tree, there was not a single raven in view, to my disappointment. I took some photos of the tree nonetheless, and headed back to my car, with a new mission: find ravens on the way back to home.

Who knew these damn birds were such a pain to photograph?! I saw some of these in fields along the road: cars were passing by, and they just didn't care about, so I was quite confident that it would be an easy task... but as soon as I actually stopped the car, they immediately flew away! Each and every time! Damn birds. No way to reach them by walking to them, the results were even worse. Damn birds. In the end I was driving slowly, windows opened, the 600mm on the knees, playing the sniper through the windows, as fast as possible, as soon as the car was stopped. The 5D2 auto-focus not being the fastest one out there, it proved to be rather challenging, but I managed to grab some decent shots after a few hours of chase.

Back at home, my wife took care of the pumpkin carving, while I prepared the scarecrow outfit. We photographed both in the home studio, using quite different settings, since the light emitted by the candle in the pumpkin required a long exposure. I also took some feather photos while I was at it. Finally, around midnight, I took the barbecue outside, and snapped some flames and smoke.

The post-processing phase was not too complicated from a technical point of view (just the regular masking/blending stuff), but it wasn't easy to place the birds in a believable way. Lots of tries and discussions with my wife, but it was worth it, since we both like the final result.
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   General Artist
Great teamwork :clap: And like always, I enjoyed the story :D
FARTYTREEFROG Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
WOW!! ,what a scary atmosphere . what a story .---BEAUTIFUL STUFF.Clap
BananaChoc Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Únorme : :p
ForeverBigBlue68 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I love this, fantastic work and the amazing effort you put into this is somewhat unheard of. :D
Akumeoi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I really like how you provide a short explanation for your work, being your conceptual idea or just how you got the pictures, as with this piece. I think the artist's viewpoint really adds a layer of understanding to the work.
By the way, I think you did a good job with the placement of the birds in spite of all the trouble you went through to get them!
gyaban Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, very glad you liked it. After all chasing these birds was worth it ;)
chryssalis Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I've expressed my admiration for your work a hundred times,
even if i never got an answer to my comments..;)
I can't help mysef to do it once again..It is brilliant as always!!:clap:
gyaban Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for all you very kind comments, they are much much appreciated! Sorry for my lack of answer, I will do my best to suck a bit less on that.
chryssalis Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I didn't mean to complain..I understand,I'm alot late myself..
I really adore your work!It is BRILLIANT!!!:)
megan7 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Featured here [link] :heart:
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