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octane202


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Challenge: Surrealism (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Arizona Desert
Date: Mar 6, 2005
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 271
Avg (all users): 7.5994
Avg (commenters): 8.7347
Avg (participants): 7.7297
Avg (non-participants): 7.5418
Views since voting: 17872
Views during voting: 755
Votes: 362
Comments: 78
Favorites: 36 (view)


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03/21/2005 02:04:06 PM
Interesting to look at. Congrats!
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03/17/2005 05:52:40 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Harry. Great image!
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03/17/2005 01:19:59 PM
Conception and execution are first-rate.
Surrealism well defined. Congrats on your second place Harry.
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03/17/2005 09:51:11 AM
awesome and congrats on the ribbon
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03/17/2005 07:34:04 AM
Wow, a very deep meaning behind it.
Did you set out with that meaning in mind or make the meaning fit the finished product?
Regardless, a great picture.
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03/17/2005 02:48:42 AM
Thanks for all the votes and constructive candid feedback and of course the ribbon. What a confidence builder. As a new’be I am impressed with the welcome I have received and the camaraderie of this group. When I submitted I was not really sure what to write in the details section but as I look at other ribbon winning photos I see where comments can be helpful.

Photo and the meaning:

The shot was taken mid afternoon on a cloudy day in Chandler Arizona about a mile deep into the desert. My 11yr old daughter was the model wearing one of my wife’s nightgowns. The point of the picture is that children have a gift of not seeing the big picture and the day to day tribulations of life which is seen much clearer as we become adults (crime, poverty, etc.). The empty drawers symbolize minimal possessions, the dying tree represents aging and sitting alone in the middle of the desert represents an emotion of no purpose. But not all is lost as the child has the gift to block out this negativity and conjure a feeling of peace and contentment with taking in the moment and splendor of the beautiful sky. If only everyone in world had this gift, imagine…

How it was done:

Basically I went to a local hardware store and purchased a piece of door trim (about 5 feet long), mounted it to the frame and drove the door trim into the ground with a hammer. I used sticks and other items to prop up the stacked drawers.

Again thanks for all the votes and feedback.

HB



03/17/2005 12:20:54 AM
What a great idea, Harry! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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03/16/2005 08:54:51 PM
Congrats. I love the tone of this image, and I love the thought behind it.
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03/16/2005 08:06:17 PM
~Congrats on a ribbon this is a really deserved one... i really like it... it's really surreal... congrats.
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03/16/2005 06:49:32 PM
Congratulations on your Ribbon with this great example of Surrealism! Beautifully done!
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03/16/2005 03:58:11 PM
I love this one. Very surrealistic as I understand surrealism.
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03/16/2005 02:59:50 PM
fanfreakintastic.
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03/16/2005 12:27:07 PM
But how did you do it ???
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03/16/2005 12:21:55 PM
This is most definitely surreal :)
Congrats on your red.
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03/16/2005 12:02:52 PM
oh my gash, soooo dreamy..
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03/16/2005 08:04:31 AM
well done - one of my highest rated photos.
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03/16/2005 07:34:34 AM
quick learner :)
congratulations!
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03/16/2005 03:09:35 AM
Great job, your first ribbon already! This was a fav or mine, I gave it a 10..Congrats
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03/16/2005 01:53:07 AM
Congrats on your ribbon ! Well deserved.
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03/16/2005 01:48:12 AM
Excellent shot! I wish I have as much imagination. Love the tones too. This is gonna be one of my few favorites.

Manny
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03/16/2005 12:41:26 AM
Excellent shot, my favorite for the challenge, I think you should have won.
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03/16/2005 12:38:20 AM
Congrats on ribboning in only two tries! FWIW, I handed out just two 10's in this Challenge- your shot and Labuda's. ;-)
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03/16/2005 12:26:56 AM
Wonderful shot, peavefully and unobtrusively surreal in the pure, artistic sense of the word. Congratulations!
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03/16/2005 12:11:45 AM
I think this was my favorite, this nailed surrealism for me. Love looking at this.
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03/16/2005 12:09:51 AM
i guess i was wrong in my prediction, but i was damn close. good job
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03/16/2005 12:04:02 AM
Harry; this is a superb image which appeals to those that like more a natural treatment. It is great and a worthy and oytstanding entry. Congratulations on your RED.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/15/2005 11:52:23 PM
Excellent take on this challenge, I gotta give it a ...10
Straight out of a dream...
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03/15/2005 11:32:07 PM
Reminds Dali. Well done.
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03/15/2005 10:39:14 PM
very nice capture; excellent processing. one of the best in the bunch: it's in my top 4.
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03/15/2005 05:54:41 PM
verry surreal..great mood u created here..beautiful
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03/15/2005 03:30:55 PM
I like those wooden boxes. You did a good job on the frame too. Looks as if it were suspended to the womans's nose. I don't like the centered horizon. The yellow tone is a bit too saturated. How did you keep it out of the sky? 8.
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03/15/2005 01:20:03 PM
Good interpretation of the theme. I find the branch on the left a little distracting, but a good shot.
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03/15/2005 01:11:02 PM
Very unique. I really love what you've done here. 10
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03/15/2005 12:21:55 PM
Expert composition,nice tones,fits the catagory...looks like a ribbon to me.
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03/15/2005 11:25:13 AM
Absolutly beautiful must get a ribbon........10

Message edited by author 2005-03-16 13:37:58.
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03/15/2005 09:53:33 AM
surreal for real !!
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03/15/2005 07:01:13 AM
If only there was as much sharpness and contrast in the grass as there is in that cloud on the right I would have given it a 9, but there isn't so I gave it an 8. Nice shot.
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03/15/2005 01:52:35 AM
very nice...great composition and imagination
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03/14/2005 05:27:52 PM
It's beautiful. Everything seems to be in its place.
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03/14/2005 11:00:43 AM
I love this!
It's beautiful and disturbing at the same time, which is perfect when dealing with surrealism.
I wish there were more color and contrast, but I see how you were trying to go for a dream state.
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03/14/2005 04:03:12 AM
Ah! Thank you. I love the ambiguity...and yet the quiet resolution. You understand surrealism to a profound degree! Well done!
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03/13/2005 08:02:52 PM
Very creative, i love it!
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03/13/2005 02:28:59 PM
way odd and surreal -- one of my favorites this challenge
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03/13/2005 02:17:33 PM
Excellent. This concept is so good that chopping down that annoying tree might be worth the effort. A slightly tighter crop wouldn't hurt either. Having voted on all of the entries now, I think this is a ribbon contender. Good luck! 10
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03/13/2005 04:33:58 AM
One of the few so far that qualifies as surreal for me...the color drain here works to great effect.
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03/12/2005 04:10:47 PM
awesome
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03/11/2005 10:14:34 PM
very brilliant idea. it capturesthe box so many find themselves in.
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03/11/2005 04:30:14 PM
A very nice idea and very well executed. Its charm lies in the fact that it uses the sheer strength of the medium in creating a superior photographic image.
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03/11/2005 02:08:17 PM
this is surreal...well done and good luck...10....I like this alot
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03/11/2005 01:59:34 PM
This has to ribbon, beautiful photo!
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03/11/2005 01:36:22 PM
Finally. Someone understands surreal.
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03/11/2005 03:57:26 AM
I like it, I think it would improve whit more contrast.
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03/10/2005 05:16:29 PM
THE definition of surreal. 10 all the way. I'll call it right now, I'm picking you to win. Good luck!

Message edited by author 2005-03-18 01:42:42.
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03/10/2005 05:04:02 PM
One of the best, if not the best!!!
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03/10/2005 02:51:29 PM
great work
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03/10/2005 01:00:41 PM
There are a handful of people who hit the nail on the head with this challenge and this is a perfect example. There are just too many good shots in this challenge to predict the ribbon winner. Good luck, probably don't need it though!!!! 10
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03/10/2005 11:57:06 AM
wonderful entry, clevrly done and perfect for the challenge!
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03/10/2005 09:26:55 AM
finally a true surreal shot, nice
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03/10/2005 05:18:09 AM
really nice.
colors are dreamlike, drawers are a bonus
(I'd like to see it -not possible I know- with the whole setup flipped though.. the girl on the left side.. oh.. just a thought..)
well done!
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03/10/2005 12:58:25 AM
cool,
all drawers and no chest.
Like it
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03/09/2005 10:54:53 PM
In my estimation, the finest of this challenge, which by artistic-cultural understandings presents very few truly surreal photos. Your photo presents us with a way through, outside the box, into the beyond, a lovely dreamscape. Thanks for a great photo. My favorite to win! 10
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03/09/2005 10:17:52 PM
My favorite so far. You have the elements of the surreal, and pleasing aesthetics too. 10
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03/09/2005 07:52:08 PM
Though it has surrealistic elements, it seems more "naif" to me. Neverthless, it causes a strong impression on the viewer. 9.
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03/09/2005 07:10:33 PM
I love the touch of Magritte!
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03/09/2005 05:30:39 PM
Wonderful! One of the best in the challenge IMO!
the title also works very well here. 10
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03/09/2005 04:04:05 PM
excellent. its too bad the scenery is not too nice (ie that tree on the left) but the colours and idea are really good. 10
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03/09/2005 02:16:14 PM
Absolutely in the spirit of this challenge. Sepia tone is nice but I wonder if highly saturated colors might have been more in the style of surrealism? Regardless, the coloring didn't stop me from awarding this a solid 10. It is the best in the competition, in my opinion. Well done.
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03/09/2005 01:02:55 PM
I think I might like this more without the tree coming in from the left but I still have this picked as the blue.
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03/09/2005 12:21:25 PM
very nice, you really met the challenge 10 from me.
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03/09/2005 11:07:50 AM
love the concept and composition. only complaint is the low contrast and the choice of color. still very good.
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03/09/2005 09:21:10 AM
Strong, dreamlike imagery, odd relationships defying logic. It's a very static image, but very beautiful and evocative. Very nice job. If this does not get a ribbon, I'll be very disappointed.
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03/09/2005 07:44:33 AM
Nice appearance of suspended frame. Excellent sky. Who needs to enhance such beautiful clouds. Don't know the meaning of boxes to the left of model, but they do provide balance. The gown is a very nice touch. An 8.
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03/09/2005 07:22:56 AM
Great idea and has good composition, crisp and clean image that takes you away but I think a bit of color either grass or sky would have given more impact.
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03/09/2005 04:15:47 AM
First true surreal picture i have seen in this challenge.
Well done
got to be a ten
I love this image.
Good luck

Kev
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03/09/2005 03:05:21 AM
Nice photo and strong theme amd meaning. The sephia tone on lower half does not suit to my taste. But really a good photo. regards.
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03/09/2005 01:38:37 AM
that is awesome... nice job
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03/09/2005 01:34:02 AM
Most definetly surreal. Reminds me of a painting.
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03/09/2005 12:34:20 AM
very nice Good Luck

(1 of the few that is actualy surreal)
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