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The Hero

Explored 01/05/2012 :-)

All the photos and processing by me.

The image won a Gold Medal (category "Unusual") at the Trierenberg Super Circuit 2013 contest.

 

In this picture, I tried to imagine what kind of stories and adventures could imagine a 5 years old kid when playing in the garden with his stuffed toy, seeing a cat wandering nearby. The mouse taming the cat and mounting it sounded as a good beginning! Then I came up with the rest of the set.

 

On the technical side, the cat is a Maine Coon named Akhalia, one of my 4 cats. She's really calm and peaceful, it is next to impossible to make her jump in the studio in front of the strobes, so I had to create a composite of 5 different photos. Flowers and mouse were bought the day after, and my wife kindly sewed the disguise. I also shot these at home, using the very same lighting setup to maintain coherence. Finally, the path sky and trees were photographed during a walk in the woods next to my house.

 

Hope you like it :)

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Taken on April 21, 2012