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Challenge: Masters' Free Study (Advanced Editing II*)
Collection: Duotone
Camera: Olympus E-20P
Location: Home
Date: Sep 30, 2004
Galleries: Black and White, Water
Date Uploaded: Sep 30, 2004

This is a variation of the picture I submitted in the Water Challenge called "A Vase Filled With Water". I really enjoyed setting up and taking this picture and wanted to try to take the theme to the next level. Unfortunately my camera was in for repairs until only a few days before the deadline. I see some things in my submission which I wish I had had time to correct.
The technique I used is similar to the one I used in the Water Challenge except I used a checkered material as the full backround behind the vases and striped backrounds taped vertically and horizontally to the large and middle sized vases. The small vase has no backing. The vases were filled with water to created the refractive effect. The picture was cropped, sharpened, desaturated. The contrast was increased and the cloning tool was used to eliminate some of the aberrant reflections and mild defects.

Statistics
Place: 33 out of 69
Avg (all users): 6.7513
Avg (commenters): 7.0746
Avg (participants): 6.0357
Avg (non-participants): 6.8684
Views since voting: 2821
Views during voting: 1008
Votes: 398
Comments: 77
Favorites: 18 (view)


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05/03/2005 09:42:05 PM
I just hit your profile's site because I wanted to thank you for the encouraging words on my minimalism entry, and I have to agree with messerschmitt's comment "its been a while since a photo knocked me out of my shoes, this one just did" - I have to echo that sentiment! WOW, what a great shot!

Well anyway, thanks again for the kind words and I look forward to more of your work!
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12/13/2004 02:31:26 PM
its been awhile since a photo knocked me out of my shoes, this one just did
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/07/2004 11:57:33 PM
i love this image.
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10/07/2004 11:38:48 PM
Very interesting on the way the vases look from the background. Nice work! 6
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10/07/2004 11:38:26 PM
Not really my kind of thing, but well taken and interesting. I really want to know how you do this.
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10/07/2004 11:31:52 PM
I want to like this more, but the uneveness of the line from the bottom to the back and the wrinkles in the material put me off. I like it very much and feel that it could be better without the aforementioned distractions.
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10/07/2004 11:25:41 PM
I think you should have stopped with the two large vases on the outside. The small one in the middle sort of throws off the balance for me. 6.
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10/07/2004 10:22:00 PM
Great example of OpArt ... must move on before I get dizzy ...
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10/07/2004 07:20:50 PM
Very well composed. Striking looking.
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10/07/2004 03:43:07 AM
Great Idea, is there a ripple in the background though? this pulls me away from the vases.
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10/07/2004 01:29:45 AM
this is really cool. can't wait to find out how you did this.
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10/06/2004 10:16:05 PM
great concept. the composition is good, not incredible, and the image quality feels a little interpolated. keep experimenting like this though, it's always good to see something fresh!
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10/06/2004 07:34:54 PM
I want to know how this is done
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10/06/2004 02:58:23 PM
Great idea and execution. The middle vase is softer than the others. Maybe more contrast on it?
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10/06/2004 01:16:26 AM
excellent op-art well done :)
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10/06/2004 12:23:25 AM
Really cool effect you have used. I imagine this one that many will emulate in the future (6).
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10/05/2004 09:44:10 PM
Different than anything else in the challenge, well done 9
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10/05/2004 05:15:03 PM
Oh my god! What a talented person you are! Truly incredible! It just looks like a painting done in indian ink! Well done!
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10/05/2004 01:21:24 PM
Wow, this makes my eyes hurt. Would love to know how you did it. Very cool.
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10/05/2004 11:09:48 AM
Clever picture which works really well.
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10/05/2004 10:30:36 AM
this is an interesting photo - though not original.
i like the differences in the refraction of the different vases.
but find the chekerboard BG a bit distracting.

good luck
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10/05/2004 07:59:23 AM
This is such a cool idea and setup. I'm really curious to find out how you set up this shot. I do feel like the image would be even better and have more impact without the smaller vase, but it still looks great as it is. This is a really outstanding photo.
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10/04/2004 11:51:22 PM
I love this!! I hope you do a tutorial on how it is done. 10 in my book!!
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10/04/2004 11:47:37 PM
I'll be interested to see how you did this.
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10/04/2004 11:28:33 PM
I like it. Would definately hang it on my wall. such great lines
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10/04/2004 08:29:31 PM
Neat study in contrast and geometry! Good setup and lighting.
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10/04/2004 06:38:26 PM
Brialliantly done!
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10/04/2004 05:25:18 PM
This one jumps out at me. The patterms are mesmerizing. Rule of thirds? 9
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10/04/2004 04:57:51 PM
Huh? How did you manage to get the 3 different types of reflections? That's amazing. II'd be willing to bet that not everyone caught that though. Great work.
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10/04/2004 01:22:00 PM
great job, i love all the different lines and shapes in this picture, 8 it is
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10/04/2004 01:02:48 PM
Normally, this abstract kind of look doesn't appeal too much to me, but for some reason, I really like this. It looks great. 8
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10/04/2004 12:30:56 PM
Lovely Graphic Study! I like it!
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10/04/2004 10:29:11 AM
Certainly a shot to stand out amongst the rest!! Kind of hurts the eyes a bit... Only gripe is the cloth on the bottom RHS is a little rumpled, it's the little things that count. 8
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10/03/2004 10:22:36 PM
Very Avant Garde. this is a superb work, executed perfectly. 10
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10/03/2004 09:02:50 PM
Strong points: It's an exceptionally graphic image. There is a lot of visual mystery because of the orientation of the lines in the vases - it doesn't male "visual sense." There are strong blacks and whites - but a very narrow pallette of grays.

Suggestions for improvement: Certainly an artist who could create and shoot this image could find a better title.
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10/03/2004 07:30:09 PM
In my humble opinion this is not very original and is really just a technical exercise.
10/03/2004 05:07:50 PM
I like the creativity of the shot a lot. Can't wait to learn how you got the reflections.
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10/03/2004 04:54:33 PM
WOW. What a unique shot! Excellent, and surprising! I wish I could vote on these photos...this would be so up there :)
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10/03/2004 11:59:13 AM
I might have preferred some colors that really popped.
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10/03/2004 09:20:17 AM
WOW! Well done! Nice composition if a little static, good technique, this is an eye grabber. I can't wait to try the technique myself.
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10/03/2004 09:06:19 AM
Looks like it should be in a museum of photography. Well controlled reflections off the glass and I really like the contrats of direction of line that these simlar vases give off. Well done. 8
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10/03/2004 08:44:42 AM
Unique and busy. I think the B&W application was good choice.
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10/03/2004 07:43:34 AM
ouch! :D
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10/03/2004 06:43:04 AM
Love this shot, very high impact. I wish the lines were straighter and more level though. I think this will end up being one of my favourites this challenge. 9
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10/03/2004 03:32:57 AM
Nice photo - very interesting the perspective and reflections created by the water.
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10/02/2004 08:37:09 PM
Creative, humorous, and ewokes wonder (sure hope the comments explain how you did it!), all at once - amazing!
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10/02/2004 07:31:45 PM
I love the abstract patterns here. This would make an interesting print for a wall, perhaps in a series of abstracts.
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10/02/2004 04:51:32 PM
Nice monochromatic patterns. The two large vases show the pattern very well and it appears to be quite sharp, however the pattern in the small vase seems a bit dim and the focus seems soft. This could be related to the quality of the glass or the distance from the vertical pattern. The exposure seems right though. 6
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10/02/2004 03:39:23 PM
Great idea. I like the differences in the pattern due to the different vases. Great photo, great lighting.
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10/02/2004 03:15:41 PM
My eyes hurt! LOL! Very well seen. Cool abstract. My only problem is that it does not seem very crisp. The focus looks soft, especially on the middle vase.
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10/02/2004 03:01:42 PM
Unusual..original and very appealing.
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10/02/2004 02:59:27 PM
I like the idea here. The use of the vases to refract the background pattern is fun and black and white is a good choice. However, I think there is too much clutter going on in the image, especially with the small vase where the pattern is all mushed together. I think this might have worked better had the camera angle been lower and strit on so that you wouldn't see the pattern on the tabletop, just the wall background.
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10/02/2004 01:37:08 PM
Complicated setup?
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10/02/2004 12:12:13 PM
I like the idea behind this photo but somehow the execution seems to lack punch and wow factor. Contrast is excellent as one can see the subtle grays in the background pattern. 5
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10/02/2004 12:09:04 PM
A nice subject, but a little dizzying to look at with the checked background.
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10/02/2004 09:27:34 AM
nice photo and gr8 effects though while looking at the photo it becomes rather hypnotic... i feel that possibly the pattern has been overdone on these photos and maybe look at next time to remove the floor pattern though im not sure as to what implications that would have on the pattern shown on the vases....
in general though its very vivid and possibly too much as the patterns really are hypnotic... gr8 effect and gr8 idea !!! though possibly just a tad overdone IMHO nice work though!
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10/02/2004 08:12:02 AM
I really like this picture. It does a good job of creating an interesting illusion while making the viewer take more time to look at it. Nice work. 8
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10/02/2004 06:02:59 AM
nice vases but the composition can be more intesting, a bit oddly spaced
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10/02/2004 05:30:05 AM
Great idea , super original photo !
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10/02/2004 05:24:10 AM
I've seen shots like this before but this one is confusing, cos there are no vertical lines on the left vase and no horizontal ones on the right... I have no idea how you did it :) It's a good shot but I think it lacks anything particularly special. The angle is just flat on and the composition is just centered, just like every other shot of this type. I would really like to see someone try this experimenting with the angle and visual appeal/impact of the photo. 5
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10/02/2004 02:31:00 AM
very very clever but hopeless for a migrain sufferer
Makes me dizzy looking at this
I am sure this will do well because it is so well done Whoa!
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10/02/2004 02:19:34 AM
Interesting textures, made me dizzy :)
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10/01/2004 11:58:06 PM
Excellent. I really want to find out how did you achieve this. Very nice compo and patterns are so distinct.
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10/01/2004 11:44:00 PM
Very impressive work. Almost looks like painting. Clever design, and I like the balance of the image. Well done!
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10/01/2004 09:40:31 PM
returning for comments.
A very compelling composition with many eye pulling motives. Since the background pattern and the table cover is predictable I wonder what it would yield if the items were brought closer. It is nice because the eyes just jump from item to item without resting on the background. The fact that each vase is reflecting its own pattern adds the needed interest. However, we are not going to judge this image as a standard still life. This image has a ticket into the abstract realm. the B/W makes it so special and better to look at.
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10/01/2004 08:17:25 PM
Interesting effect...I guess you must have pasted card behind the two big vases(?) but I feel it lacks that eye-beating snap that some water/glass/background shots have. The focus looks a tad off and the composition looks very military and symmetrical
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10/01/2004 06:22:36 PM
Weren't you amazed at the different patters you got? I am. What a wonderful composition. I'll have to do home and try it :)
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10/01/2004 03:42:12 PM
Very creative! Part of me wonders what this would look like in color. I wish that the middle vase were just a bit larger. Great job.
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10/01/2004 03:41:32 PM
nice idea, neat composition, focus slightly off
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10/01/2004 12:51:55 PM
Interesting optical effects, but nothing that really excites me -4
10/01/2004 11:54:40 AM
IMHO i think the masters should be little more creative than that. Well done though.
10/01/2004 11:52:44 AM
I wonder how many people will notice the structure of lines in the vases is not all the same and does not match the background. Did you put separate cardboard with lines behind them ? Very nice. I find the very slight irregularities in the background material distracting, nothing major, but not perfect. Cropping in the middle of the last dark line on the left would have reduced attention to that.
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10/01/2004 11:16:59 AM
I like this a lot, although the more I look at it, I must confess that my eyes are going a bit buggy! :)
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10/01/2004 09:41:02 AM
What an interesting study of lines and curves. Amazing shapes that water creates. Slight wrinkles on bottom right a little distratcing. I like the horizontal, arch, and vertical stripes in the vases. Great study.
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10/01/2004 04:23:51 AM
Very cleverly done indeed.
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10/01/2004 01:45:02 AM
This is neat I would lie to see how this was done...7
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10/01/2004 12:05:37 AM
woah.. man.. I think you've single-handedly caused me to need glasses. Incredible idea, the lines and B&W just shout out at you as loud as they can. Only problem I have is that I'm not getting the strongest compositional feel from it, but damned if I can explain why.
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