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The Road to Buddha

August 16th, 2010

This was taken in my backyard, with one of my favorite toys. Just having fun!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM. Developed in Adobe Lightroom 3, Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: rejectEd
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Ok, so this was just for fun..haha.
I've been finding more and more reasons for not coming on IFL these days and, sadly, this "work" form the normally reliable Mr. Clairo, is pushing me further away than ever.
Obviously I won't be missed, but IFL might be, because if this is the best they can deliver these days I can't see them being around much longer. The Loupe is a joke at our expense. This has not been voted through unless Mr.Clairo has tons of friends and/or aliases.
I will probably check back in later to see if this post has been deleted as is the IFL custom.
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about 13 years, 11 months ago
Yeah, apparently any post that doesn't proclaim the wallpaper to be the best, most magnificent ever seen is "immature". Keep your constructive criticism to yourself, and brown-nose like there's no tomorrow.
Posted By: FotoFelix
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Some strange things are happening here on IFL in the last weeks...
Sadly I have to agree with rejectEd. I can't see how this got through the loupe without doping.
Posted By: Juggernaut_510
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Oh c'mon give the guy a break. I've seen his other work and its not bad. Now as for this piece I do agree somewhat with Joecool. If you are going to post something on here you need to be proud it and be confident of what you have posted. That obviously was not demonstrated in this picture.

Posted By: osdemious
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Posted By: Ben Gustafson
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I must agree with rejectED and Gentlamn as well. It's sad that this is all happening. I used to love this website, but it's slowly going down the tubes.
Posted By: Mercyflush64
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Maybe it would have been received a bit better if the statue was in focus as well. There is just nothing spectacular about this shot at all. Fun for the photographer, waste of bandwidth for the rest of us.
Posted By: knaim2
about 13 years, 11 months ago
This picture is so awkward...Philippe Clairo has come great work no doubt about that. I'm sure IRL will be around but they might have a different mind set than most people who believe that everything on this site is mainly for wallpaper use. I believe that art is photography and imagination...it's not always about taking amazing looking pictures...it's what you can do with your camera that makes everything else great and worthwhile. This picture is one of those examples of a picture perfect blurry background and a 100% focus on the small car.
Posted By: onis_uk
about 13 years, 11 months ago
yet another sub-average picture ...........i hardly come to this site any more and i certainly cant be arsed to submit if this is the kind of rubbish that gets to the home page !!!!!!!
Posted By: jklmjklm
about 13 years, 11 months ago
This made me smile
But it's not on my desktop.
Posted By: BlackGary
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Oh my god, all this whining because of one bad wallpaper! Yellowstone Sunset was cool, Alpstein Before Rain was awesome and then there were so many other great wallpapers like The Time of Silence and especially Matterhorn's Midnight Reflection! If you don't like it, simply don't comment!
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Posted By: paul.charles.k
about 13 years, 11 months ago
It's clear from the comments that a lot of people don't like this shot. I think a nice way to prevent stuff like this from reaching from front page would be to implement a system like social news sites: a vote UP and a vote DOWN in the Loupe. Also, show the number of votes for current submissions and be able to sort them by number of votes so that people can vote DOWN submissions they don't like if their about to make it to the front page. Let's make this submission process a little more transparent if you're going to pretend you have real voting anyways.
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Posted By: trout
about 13 years, 11 months ago
That or we could get over it.
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Posted By: stubulman
about 13 years, 11 months ago
My day has been shattered, my digestive tract is in an uproar, my heart is in arrhythmia, and my mind is spinning. I think I have a case of the vapors.

Oh, author, author, "Say it isn't so."

Bartender, another Guinness please.
Posted By: brizkit
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Yikes. Some of you folks just love to inject knee-jerk drama into utterly boring situations. Go ahead, take your ball and go home. Truly, nobody cares.

I hate this shot too, but I'm laughing out loud at the doomsayers. IFL has been here for 10 years and they'll probably be here in 2020 getting plenty of cheerful visits and revenue (occasionally posting awesome, free desktops).

Wasn't it in yesterday's submission that I was reading comments along the lines of "yet another masterpiece"? Yet, in one day, the site's over because of a toy car. Hmm.

Can we get back to "this shot sucks" without the clowns screaming about the sky falling? Nothing has changed around here, and you know it.
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Posted By: rejectEd
about 13 years, 11 months ago
When something(the loupe) is either obviously broken or corrupted, then it's only fair that we can make comments. This site has provided some fantastic images, but that doesn't mean they can toss in garbage now and then just to wind the people who support it daily.
Personally, I feel the "get over it" and "if you don't like it, don't comment" posts are more worthless and annoying than valid complaints.
Some of you need to realize that the site is open for *ALL* comments. Not just the " oh my god, it's awesome" variety that the IFL fawning brigade(you know who you are) seem to favour most of the time.
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Oh come on! All this whining again? This wallpaper is not bad and I am sure someone will like it or loves it. It may not be for me or you but I am sure somebody found this to be worthy.

I disagree with the reject and some others here. The loupe system is awesome and I am getting some amazing wallpapers every day. I may not always get my new wallpaper from the front page but who cares if we have the loupe system? We all know that the tastes are subjective and everyone is different so I have no hard feelings if something appears on the front page that may not fit my taste buds per se. Lighten up folks! I see that some of you may have a coronary soon over some wallpaper. Ha ha... It's evident that Phillipe showcased a few great wallpapers on here in the past.

I just wanted to defend IFL and the "Loupe System." All of you here are whining but deep in your heart you know that IFL is the best wallpaper website hands down. I really appreciate for all the hard work that is involved to maintain this fantastic community. Bravo guys :) Don't pay attention to any of these ungrateful naysayers. IFL ain't going nowhere! Cheers.
Posted By: Tim H.
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Posted by joecool55: "Yeah, apparently any post that doesn't proclaim the wallpaper to be the best, most magnificent ever seen is "immature". Keep your constructive criticism to yourself, and brown-nose like there's no tomorrow."

Again, you don't know what "constructive criticism" means. There's a right way and a wrong way to criticize somebody's work (even if the point of the criticism is to say you don't like it as it is), but you always choose the wrong way.
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Posted By: antonis7
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I have to agree with Igor in this one, what difference does it really make if you see a wallpaper that you dont like in the front page when there are so many to choose from in the loupe?
Some of you guys act as if you are actually paying for these wallpapers. chill out
This comment is rated: insightful
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I couldn't agree anymore with Tim H. Joe you and many others here really need to learn what constructive criticism concept is all about. Most if not all of your comments were a waste of bandwidth. You can go back and re-read all of your so called "constructive criticism" comments. They are more like rants and whining instead.
Posted By: ProwlingFox
about 13 years, 11 months ago
oh come on guys the photo isn't *that* bad. at least it's sharp and keeps the subject in focus...yeah it's kind of silly, but it's not horribile.
Posted By: Lostnumber
about 13 years, 11 months ago

Jesus, what's with some of the people on this site? get over yourselves.
Posted By: firefly.serenity
about 13 years, 11 months ago
In my humblest of humble opinions, I feel that you are all missing the point a bit on this one. This photo captures the essence of Zen. Those that label it as "silly" are actually highlighting its very purpose!

Perhaps sitting with it for a while and really looking at it before rushing to a conclusion is in order here. I'm not saying that no one should criticize it - far from it - but I will contend that there is sometimes far more depth to a piece if one gives it time to materialize.

I see a clashing of worlds, something totally out of place, something that doesn't require simple comprehension, but instead requires discipline.

Flame me if you will, but I think a few of you are missing out on a pretty neat piece because you make conclusions by what you see on the surface and nothing more.
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Posted By: stubulman
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Unacceptable. Everybody knows that Buddha drove a Bentley!
Posted By: marathonmilk
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Don't see what people don't like about this image. Yeah it's a bit weird, but it looks absolutely fantastic as my desktop. It raises eyebrows, it draws attention, but it has been beautifully shot and is lovely compared to all the beaches and other stuff we usually get on here.

Yeah, it may lose its appeal at some stage, but I suspect that it will be back on my desktop at some stage in the future.
Posted By: Dmitri
about 13 years, 11 months ago
This is simply one of the best wallpapers I've ever seen! And it's not because of what I see, but what I feel about it, yet some may not get the point. Think of it as the road to GOD, the road to TRUTH. Everyone has their own road in their lives, but TRUTH is always there, even if we don't get it.

Nothing should be improved here. It's just great the way it is.
Posted By: Natalie Parker
about 13 years, 11 months ago
This wallpaper makes me laugh... in a good way. It's a great concept and the photographer has a sense of humor. Good photography isn't just a bunch of landscape shots. It comes in many forms. I think the people with such strong negative opinions of this photograph take themselves way too seriously. It has excellent composition. Think outside of your narrow little boxes. Learn to appreciate something other than a landscape (which is all you ever see here anymore mostly).

There is nothing that needs to be improved with this photograph. It's excellent!
Posted By: srg84
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Excellent wallpaper, focus is the key to Enlightenment, the are no roads!

"There is nothing that needs to be improved with this photograph. It's excellent!"
Posted By: shiny
about 13 years, 1 month ago
The concept is amusing, and clearly the photographer does have a sense of humor. Perhaps one could even argue that there's a reason that the foreground is in focus and that [the/Gautama] Buddha is not.

For those out there who were complaining, "Just having fun" clearly didn't register in your dictionary or thesaurus.

I'm really not knowledgeable enough to critique this photo properly.

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