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Coal made once the world go 'round
1st PlaceCoal made once the world go 'round
Harz_Joerg


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G3
Location: Kitchen
Date: Feb 15, 2004
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/25 s
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 15, 2004

My right hand with a peace of coal I got from a neighbour. To get my hand dirty, I greased it with salad oil and stuck it into a bag of char coal!
Hat to be careful to keep my left hand clean to not make my camera and the kitchen dirty.

I hope the image turn out good: I have a new laptop and do have problems setting up the monitor right.
Post processing:
hue-correction of the coloured version to get the right B&W,
spot editing some coal pieces on the black background,
level-adjustment,
sharpening,
cropping,
resizing,
smart-sharpening,
blurring of the non-sharpened areas
addition of the border

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 142
Avg (all users): 7.2117
Avg (commenters): 8.3125
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.5577
Views since voting: 7579
Votes: 137
Comments: 33
Favorites: 8 (view)


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02/25/2004 03:25:52 PM
Good amount of black left on the left hand side; contrast is just right.
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02/23/2004 10:09:09 AM
very nice work, as usual. you have been inspired lately :)
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02/22/2004 12:01:44 PM
Congratulations (from California) on another win and another strong image. Glad the computer woes got settled.
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02/21/2004 10:20:25 AM
wonderful work! well deserved ribbon!
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02/21/2004 10:03:33 AM

Great shot! Congrats
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02/21/2004 09:59:08 AM
congrats on the ribbon Jorg! I love the details in this image, like the coal dust under the fingernails. Great use of negative space as well. Your work continues to be among my favorites!
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02/21/2004 07:07:29 AM
A powerful image which fully deserved it`s success.

Well done, Jorg
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02/21/2004 06:51:55 AM
Congratulations! Great black picture!
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02/21/2004 06:46:14 AM
Congrats on another ribbon!
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02/21/2004 04:19:38 AM
I think this is virtually perfectly composed. The negative space on the left is a well balanced ballast for the subject. Want to know why I say that? Beause if that hand opened up it would fit in the frame in a precisely balanced way. If you planned that you are my total hero. It gives this picture a tremendous power ... um, this might not make sense but it's like a making a noun into a _potential_ verb. Congratulations.
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02/21/2004 04:10:18 AM
Yuhu! Didn't expect the image would do so well that it even gets a blue ribbon. For reasons see below.
Probably the association of coal and black made it for most voters.

I only made a very few images because it was a dirty job, "but someone had to do it!" :)
Keeping the other hand clean was really a major issue and keeping the kitchen clean too.
Another serious issue was my new computer with its much worse screen compared to my old Toshiba notebook: when I reviewed my first version on my old computer, I went "Yiieks! What did I do?"
So I redid the image and went back and forth between the two computers to check the final outcome. While taking only care about the colors, I forgot a little about the cropping.
Then came the biggest disappointment: I asked my loved one how she likes it and she said: "It looks like a piece of sh** in a dirty hand! Totally awful!".
I was really afraid other might have this impression too, but luckily this was not the case.

So thanx again to all voters and commenter,

Jörg
02/21/2004 12:09:25 AM
Delicious tones, Joerg! This is great photography!
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02/21/2004 12:09:24 AM
Congratulations! Always glad to see my top pick take first place. It means I have good tastes!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/19/2004 10:35:18 PM
Framing the coal with the blackened hand makes this image really striking. It was one of the first I saw, and has remained my favorite as I voted on the rest.
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02/18/2004 11:14:17 PM
nice shot, great focus and lighting. Good composition
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02/18/2004 05:17:43 PM
Great idea. I'd suggest to either crop it to a square or to let more of the arm into the frame. The space at the left isn't really necessary and a slight move the left might make the composition more interesting as well. 9
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02/18/2004 04:51:49 PM
9 good luck
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02/18/2004 01:33:18 PM
and still does, great pic
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02/17/2004 11:25:43 PM
This picture says so much to me, great work! - 10
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02/17/2004 10:25:20 AM
PERFECT depth of field to capture every bit of gritty texture!!
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02/17/2004 09:58:38 AM
I'm not a big fan of neat image but on this one it improved the luminosity(?) so that's a plus, but it left smudgy areas (the right side of the hand and his fingers mostly) so that's a minus. I like the composition and the fact that the hand is covered with the coal dust and it's even under the nails. That makes it more real. I think I would like this more if the noise had been left in or even increased. 7
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02/17/2004 07:35:32 AM
Great detail and exposure, but I think the framing is off. There's too much black on the left side, the hand doesn't seem to rest well to me.
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02/16/2004 07:44:00 PM
The detail of the hand, and grains of coal is great. I also like that you used a black background, instead of white. That gives the shot a mood, and atmosphere. Having the hand dark all the way to the bottom right corner would bet better since the white of the hand is a little ditracting.
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02/16/2004 04:17:03 PM
great image, well captured
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02/16/2004 02:39:19 PM
Wow, this one gets a ribbon for sure
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02/16/2004 01:32:33 PM
Great idea and really nice light. Good job. 8 from me. I like this.
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02/16/2004 01:11:08 PM
well done
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02/16/2004 09:43:01 AM
Nice image, the composition seems a bit awkward to me though, might be nice to see a bit more arm and have the lump of coal more away from the center with less neg space to the left.
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02/16/2004 07:44:34 AM
Love it! I would have cropped this in a bit more on the left. The texture is great too!
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02/16/2004 05:23:46 AM
Fantastic texture - I like how you show the grime on the hand.
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02/16/2004 03:03:12 AM
A great "Hand" shot that should be on your wall.
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02/16/2004 01:24:36 AM
Good composition and shot.
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02/16/2004 01:12:50 AM
Love this one. My top pick for the challenge. I'm assuming this is your own hand. Hope you managed to keep your camera clean. If not, this shot was well worth the trouble. The lighting and texture are fantastic. 10
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