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The Dark Side of the Financial Crisis by gyaban The Dark Side of the Financial Crisis by gyaban
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One photo, one exposure, no composite.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

It is a period of financial crisis. Due to budget cuts, the evil Galactic Empire is getting weaker, day after day. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, are regularly winning battles.

The evil lord Darth Vader, seeing his end getting close, gathers his strengths, for the last battle. As the exceptional podracer pilot he always was, he decides to ride the very last experimental machine constructed by the Empire's best engineers. However, the insidious recession got there too, and things are not going as expected....


Yes, I am shamelessly having too much fun. I really hope I will manage to put some smiles on some faces with that photo.

Technically, it was a pain to obtain that result in one shot. In a nutshell, I constructed a structure around Vader, so that I could hang him to it using fishing lines. Of course, the whole thing had to be relatively light, so that it could be installed anywhere. Here is a little list (probably non comprehensive) of items used in that shot:
- 4 long metallic bars (measuring 2 meters each)
- Screws and bolts, in order to attach bars together two by two and construct two 4 meters long bars
- A rope, to link the two 4 meters bars at their top, and create an horizontal line over the scene
- Some fishing line, strong enough to resist the weight of Vader and his podracer
- A Darth Vader suit, that I stuffed with random fabric I had around (I had to buy the suit for the occasion)
- Planks of wood, to construct the oars
- Some paint for the oars
- Motorbike gloves for Vader's hands
- Of course, a large cardboard box
- Lots of duct tape and various wood pieces, in order to fix Vader and the oars in the box

A first try was made by my wife and me. It failed miserably: holding everything in place was too hard for the two of us. Fortunately, we were supposed to visit my parents this week, so I charged the car with all that stuff and took everything there.

My parents were very kind, and accepted to help us. In fact, I believe they find it quite funny too ;) That second try went much better: my dad was holding one of the 4 meter vertical bar (left side), while my wife and my mum were holding the other one (right side). I believe I had the easiest task with my camera taking photos: the structure proved to be heavy, as the podracer was pulling it towards the middle. The wind was also an enemy, but in the end we managed to get a few good shots. Back at home, I quickly processed one of them (by cloning out the fishing lines and adjusting the colors a bit), and that was it. I won't hide that I am very happy about the result.

A big special thanks to my wife and my parents for their great help.
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:iconsamijabrothers:
Samijabrothers Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
So awesome! And that story.. Please hollywood make it happen!
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:iconbigdaddypen1s:
bigDaddyPen1s Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Filmographer
:)))))))))
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:icontwilight16master:
Twilight16Master Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
trippy..... @_@
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:icondiegosch:
diegosch Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the smile mate!
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:iconcarolinecherry:
CarolineCherry Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Professional Photographer
That is just phenomenal.
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:iconarcedemius:
Arcedemius Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT is fantastically funny.
adding to favs so i can find it again when i need a laugh. :P
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:icontoddduquette:
ToddDuquette Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
This is too funny xD
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:iconanti-gog:
Anti-Gog Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Smiling. Awesome work!
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:iconkmnfive:
kmnfive Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
hahahaha
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:iconmypabeu:
MypaBeu Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Смеялся до слез!
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:iconamomedi:
AmoMeDi Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Cool story behind a quite amusing picture. Well done!
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:iconcoffekec:
CoffeKec Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahah EPIC!
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:iconcory-byrd:
Cory-Byrd Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am not sure which I like more... the picture or the back story. Both were great~~!!~~
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:iconliger0schnider:
liger0schnider Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
The best art and story by far! xD
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:iconlamouche14:
lamouche14 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
superbe idée, bien réalisée!
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:iconyesterdayslingo:
YesterdaysLingo Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
My god, it's beautiful
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:iconb13visuals:
b13visuals Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant.....
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:icongrote-design:
grote-design Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
haha! this is simply genious! :D
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, glad it made you laugh :)
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:icongrote-design:
grote-design Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
well ... thank you for that great work! ;)
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:icontedilicious:
TEDiLICIOUS Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Smile on face: Achieved
Nice job my good sir!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for your kind comment, much appreciated :)
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:icontedilicious:
TEDiLICIOUS Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
No problemo
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:iconwingdiamond:
WingDiamond Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
:icondarthvaderplz::iconsaysplz: Hoooot Baaaahh Hoooooot Baaaaaaaaaaah Hoooooooooooooo Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! There has gotta be a better way to get my cardio in!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahaha! Yes you are probably right :) Thanks for your very funny comment :o)
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:iconredbuck:
Redbuck Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student
AHAHAHAAHA XD
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad you liked it ;)
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:iconthiagosnp:
ThiagoSNP Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
great!
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconthiagosnp:
ThiagoSNP Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
hey an opinion on character I created 'Sniper Riders'
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:iconartapparent:
ArtApparent Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:-)
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:iconfoefriend:
FoeFriend Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
So Adorable!
by the way
say hello from me to your wife and parents (you have such a warm family :D)
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Will do so, thanks a lot for your kind words :-)
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:iconfoefriend:
FoeFriend Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
You're welcome dude :)
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:iconepicman08:
Epicman08 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
lol
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:-)
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:icontaz51:
Taz51 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good work xD
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
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:icontaz51:
Taz51 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :D
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LaiciPlaysPiano Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
at 1st i thought u had this Photoshopped by taking 2 different photo's and combining them. but when i read your artist comment. I was pretty surprised and amazed that you did all this in "hands on" way. especially getting the right timing of the weather to suit the subject. thats one tough and amazing work u did there. and its really funny idea. love it! ^^
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes sometimes doing it the hard way is funnier ;-) Thanks for your kind words, glad you liked it!
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:iconwhiskyomega:
WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
...that's just freakin hilarious...I love it.:D
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :-)
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:iconmun-wai:
mun-wai Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
your photo as well as your description were both amusing :)
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed it :)
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:iconin2umniakillh3r:
In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's awesome.
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:icongyaban:
gyaban Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, much appreciated!
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:iconin2umniakillh3r:
In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. :D
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spriteblossom42 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god that is funny!
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