A few weeks back, I posted a full behind the scenes blog about my Robocop photoshoot. I had such a fun time with the shoot and final images that I figured others may enjoy playing with my Phase One MF raw files as well. I posted a contest on my personal photography blog that challenged people to re-interpret Robocop using up to 8 of my supplied Phase One RAW files. There was hundreds of entries from across the globe a handful of star-studded judges to review the entries.
First, a little bit of background on the contest...
We were VERY lucky to have a panel of my extremely talented retoucher/photographer friends to sift through the entries and choose the honorable mentions as well as the grand prize winner of some great photo gear/software! Pratik Naik, Clint Davis (previous retouching contest winner), Justin Paguia (my own longest time retoucher), Julia Kuzmenko, Glyn Dewis, and myself were the judges. I am honored that they are agreed to help in the fun! They are all so incredibly talented and good people to boot!
THE ORIGINAL CONTEST RULES
- You have approximately 9 days. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) February 14, 2014 to submit your images. You can either email me directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. Make sure to include your name and a link to your webpage(if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
- Grand prize winner and honorable mentions will be announced by February 21, 2014. Stay tuned to this blog and my Facebook page for updates.
- Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Robocop in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create. I’ve included 8 files with different elements for you to combine as you see fit! You can use 1 or elements from all 8 files as you wish. You can also combine elements from your own or legally acquired stock imagery as long as you include elements from at least one of the Robocop files supplied below.
- This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
- Submitted images should be at least 1000 pixels on its longest side.
- The fine print: I still own the copyright of these images so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios as examples of your retouching work, of course. I’m a kind fellow, but my lawyers are not
- Have fun!
THE AMAZING HONORABLE MENTIONS:
David Bjorgen ("Thought I'd have a bit of fun with it and incorporate ol' RC into a classic Nintendo Entertainment System game from the 80's. I'll be buggered if it didn't take forever to draw all the pixels in vector format." Awesome!)
Kyle Burdg of Burdg Photography http://burdg.com (A late entry, but funny enough that it had to be mentioned. Another example of the contest entry variety)
Lukasz Kwiatkowsi http://500px.com/lukaszkwiatkowski - This was another judge favorite: "I wanted to create a dynamic and proud impression of the character Robocop represents.
He as the main subject of the scene and the background giving an impression that he is involved in the action happening in the background. Blue+Red lights represent police, dark, night atmosphere revealing the magic of city during night. I also wanted to make him shiny/pop out of the background. Thus i tried to maintain correct DoF by blurring the objects in the background. (with the respect to their distance and motion (if exists)). Also a kind of small story in the background (2 helicopters and and explosion) to bring more action into the story told. There was nothing said adding original logo of Robocop is prohibited - thus by adding it i somehow created a poster of the movie. I took the inspiration from many police-oriented movies:) (I didn't know there is a new Robocop movie until i saw the logo;) )"
Christian V Photography (Love his sense of humor. He made it on here twice!)
Israel David Groveman Photography (A friend and great photographer)
Tales Henn Fotografia (says he lost track of how many backgrounds he combined to make this environment)
Aaron Ford www.aaronford.com.au (I really liked this one, very clean)
Jonathan Hurtarte (No website given. I'm a sucker for cyborgs and zombies!)
Lenin Lavina http://www.silentmanstudios.net
Christian V Photography (All of us got a really good laugh out of this one. Nice work!)
Peter Steven www.design-dps.com
Sector Conception (Nice 2000SUX billboard and Detroit in the background!)
Josiah Moore - Josiahx
Per Ellstrom (Entitled "Robocop .. the nude preventer ....")
Harmony McKinlay (Another judge favorite)
Roy Fritz (No website given)
Shaunessey Smith - Studio Peck Photography (No website given)
Nico Socha http://nicosocha.com (Nice use of the new ED-209 design!)
Davide Vesentini from Italy! www.dvphotographer.com
Kristjan Jarv http://www.kristjanjarv.com/
THE CONTEST WINNER:
Jeff Whitlock (http://www.jeffwhitlockdigitalartist.com/).
Congrats Jeff Whitlock! Excellent, creative, and clean execution. There were so many awesome entries, but your retouching work really stood out among us judges. You should be proud!
I hope everyone enjoyed all of these creative entries! There was such wonderful variety and creative energy that came through in this contest. I honestly didn't expect to see such a wild variety of images. You guys are so creative. It was really hard to choose the winner and everyone should know that we appreciated and reviewed every image.
Are you one of the finalists mentioned listed above? Comment below and share more about what into creating your final image!
Which is your favorite image and why?