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L'odeur du fromage

L'odeur du fromage
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008
Categories: Humorous, Pets, Experimental
Camera: Nikon F3, Nikkor 20mm f/3.5, Kodak T-Max B&W
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 20:08
Viewed: 1644
Points: 29
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Few years ago (I can't remember exactly, but it's not that important) while I was a member of a local photo club, we made photo contest with different usual themes. I suggested that the members illustrate an "Odor". We had quite a few interesting pictures.

My contribution was a montage as most of the pictures were. I wanted to illustrate the sent of cheeze, and who is the best subject to be attracted by cheeze sent? A mouse of course. And as if it wasn't enough, I dicided to go "subliminal" by adding an ad on TV.

I took a scrap piece of gypse bord, cutted an hole in it to simulate the mouse hole. A large mouse trap with cheeze, a VDO camera hidden in the bedroom is aiming at a cheeze publicity in magazine. There is about 5-6 lamps lighting the setup. I used B&W film with a 20mm lens to amplify the perspective.

Film and picture were made in darkroom and I scanned the 8x10 picture to post it on this site. Illustration of the cheeze fume was made in darkroom using "doging" technic.

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To boomcat: Mouse insn't real...Athila 1 11-23 07:46
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euuu..how did you do this? i hope the mouse were not harm.. anyway good capture.. im scared of mouse.. you did well with your work, Alain.. well done.. tfs..

regards, terry

Hi Alain,
great idea and ingenious realisation. You were really dedicated!
Thanks for sharing the photo and the story.
Best regards,

Bonjour Alain,
Belle présentation en Noir et Blanc, tout un travail de fait sur ce cliché.. jolie composition et détails, du beau travail
tous mes compliments

Allo Alain.....
Tout à fait ....original....
Wooow...je ne croyais pas avoir cette vue un jour.....
Plausible, brillant et très efficacement réalisé....
J'adore cette folie.....et le fromage...!

Hi Alain,

This looks like fun setting this up - very inspirational - or should I say I like to steal your idea ^-^.
Looking at this picture immediately raises the question how did he get his camera into the mouse whole.
Thanks for picture and note,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-24 9:57]

Salut Alain, wow, quel super concept! C'est plein d'intelligence et de trouvailles, bravo une excellente photo!


Excellent idea and PP work. I like the B&W tones and the
sharpness. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this nice
presentation, Alain.


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-11-24 23:49]

bonjour Alain

Very interesting mouse trap and pp work. B&W is great for this view showing the old type of TV.

I would wish the depth to be more and sharpness on the mouse, trap and door.

Good experiment! I like the idea.

tfs, bill

Well, you do have a lot of good and original ideas!
The photo is really good and enjoyable and shows your good expertise in the tecnique. Incredible DOF.
Trés simpatique.

Howdy Athila!
Original POV. Very original picture. Good focus.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-12-20 10:08]

Hi Alain
What a work to a photo... very impressive effect. Superb sharpness and a very elegant b/W work. Congrats and Merry Christmas to you and to those who you love.
José mb

Salut Alain,

Qui n'a jamais rêvé d'être aussi petit qu'une petite souris ? Et de voir
le monde de sa petite cachette.
C'est fort bien mis en scène.
Bien composé, chaque détail est important,

la télé qui nous dit fondez pour le fromage
Le piège à souris .... tentation

La porte d'entrée fermée, vue sous cet angle nous rapelle bien que nous sommes dans un huis clos et que nous sommes seuls à décider pour nos actes.

Cette petite souris doit prendre une décision..... mais laquelle ?

J'aime cette photo.

An interesting set-up Alain , the whole concept goes to the point , that of making the scene real-looking and amusing to the eye of the viewer ,it sure draws some attention , risk and melt for that cheese Mousy baby , lol , it's good ,i might be able to do something like this in a dozen years from now if i start thinking ...lol , tfs ,

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2009-03-31 2:24]

ciao alain
ottima lavorazione
grande pov
soggetto molto ben ripreso
grande pov

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  • Nesa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 59 W: 56 N: 23] (439)
  • [2009-06-04 22:48]

it was a lot of work but fun,...unique,TFS.

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