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Challenge: Opposites (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G3
Location: My home, Bergen, Norway
Date: May 9, 2004
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 2.5 s
Galleries: Black and White, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2004

The photograph is taken in my kitchen, with two ordinary lamps as light sources. The coffee cups are similar in size and shape, but not identical. The black spoon and the black sugar cubes were painted before taking the shot.

Editing: slight rotation, cropping, changing to grayscale, levels, NeatImage.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 286
Avg (all users): 6.9437
Avg (commenters): 8.1842
Avg (participants): 6.9925
Avg (non-participants): 6.9091
Views since voting: 7603
Votes: 320
Comments: 56
Favorites: 29 (view)


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05/29/2009 11:48:19 AM
I liked what you did very much so I hope you don't mind that I tried out your idea for myself. Could not find a black mug so i painted the one black as well as the teaspoon and sugar cubes. I used glossy black hobby model paint. The type that comes in those little tins and is used for painting plastic model aircraft. Here is the result:
http://g.imagehost.org/0607/Tegenpolen.jpg

Message edited by author 2009-05-29 11:51:05.
05/25/2004 09:40:21 PM
Critique Club:

Howdee and congrats!

Overall I think this is a fine image. The contrasting subjects work very well. I do however have reservations with how tight the subjects are to the center line. I think that giving ample room in the middle and then working to get your exposure just right in the camera so as to minimize the NI, you'd have a museum quality shot.

Thank you for the original shot!
-danny
05/25/2004 07:01:06 PM
i really like this one!
Congratulations!
05/25/2004 09:29:54 AM
Do you need a special kind of paint to color sugar cubes? I'm just thinking of trying this myself and I'm picturing them melting in front of my eyes...
05/24/2004 09:15:13 AM
a great work indeed !!!!
05/20/2004 09:43:59 PM
This is great work! Congratulations!
05/20/2004 08:40:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon and the careful composition of this image. It make a simple and effective image.
05/19/2004 07:03:07 AM
Congratulations on a nicely worked image.
Well done.

Gordon
05/19/2004 05:41:25 AM
All three shots that ribboned in this challenge have this same quality of complementary-yet-opposed subjects. Less complicated image that the others, without the same level of message (how odd to be writing this on dpc...), but nevertheless contains that slightly odd sensation of thinking 'well, they're obviously opposite, but they obviously go together ...'
05/19/2004 05:11:30 AM
Wow! Congrats on a well deserved ribbon! Well done!!
05/19/2004 03:00:14 AM
Thank you all, for the voting and the encouraging comments on my image. It is truly an inspiration to earn a ribbon. I didn't believe it would make it so high, partly because the two cups aren't identical, and the "white" cup aren't really white, but more yellow, causing it to become a bit gray in the final image.

Regarding the lighting, I used two lamps as light sources to eliminate as much as possible of the shadows, but there were still some shadows from the black sugar cubes and the black spoon. Maybe I could have eliminated them all using a third light source?

Anyway, thanks again :-)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2004 11:17:58 PM
well done
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05/18/2004 04:42:00 PM
Very nice composition, its a nice and simple way to show black and white.

Good job...
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05/18/2004 01:36:54 PM
best of the black white shtots. nicely done.
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05/18/2004 03:54:00 AM
it's ok, the winner
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05/17/2004 11:50:14 PM
Very interesting shot. Easy to look at, yet complex.
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05/17/2004 03:45:16 PM
Nicely done studio shot! I love the composition and variations between the two setups (instead of being perfect mirrors). The only suggestion would be either better fill light to avoid harsh shadows or re-angle the light source so the shadow of the black spoon doesn't bleed into the other side.
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05/17/2004 10:30:19 AM
Beautiful! Excellent. Don't change a thing. 10
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05/17/2004 12:08:15 AM
Great black and white shot. BTW, where can I get some of those black sugar cubes? ;-)
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05/16/2004 06:32:43 PM
Very nice composition, I love it!
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05/16/2004 10:03:27 AM
Very well excecuted.
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05/16/2004 07:38:01 AM
This is a beautifully done photo. I really really enjoyed it. Wow.
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05/15/2004 01:27:30 PM
wawww. This is cute.I like this.
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05/15/2004 07:28:38 AM
Lovely, well balanced. Good idea. 8
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05/14/2004 06:44:18 PM
SUPER great! Perfectly planned and executed composition. The one thing I don't get is the lighting - how can the black sugar cubes have a shadow - showing light coming from the left - but the black cup doesn't? That is NOT a bad comment - just a question/observation. Bottom line - I expect you will be heading for ribbonville.
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05/14/2004 05:53:48 PM
Nicer idea than most. Interesting that you choose to have cups and spoons touch the other side.
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05/14/2004 04:02:53 PM
Nice composition... Looks like perfect mirror halves.
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05/14/2004 03:39:05 PM
Black sugar cubes? Black licorice cubes? Never seen something like that before. Good choice on not have a border. Great shot, I expect it to do very highly.
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05/14/2004 12:19:14 PM
I'm sure this will be in the top five, and it's an excellently composed picture. Minor white spots on the black side of the photo. 9.
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05/14/2004 07:06:57 AM
Nice and clean... I like it... (9)
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05/13/2004 01:38:43 PM
Very creative.
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05/13/2004 12:39:52 PM
I really like the idea of this image. I feel that you carried it out very well.
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05/13/2004 12:27:52 PM
I love this!! GREAT shot and idea! I gotta know though how you made the sugar cubes black!? 10
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05/13/2004 12:26:47 PM
I love this one!
reminds me of sheridan's liquer, looks like an advertisment.
Especially the black sugar is a good idea.
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05/13/2004 11:18:37 AM
Very striking photo, I like it.
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05/13/2004 08:07:54 AM
Kiwiness? Amazing!!
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05/13/2004 01:16:30 AM
I like this. the composition works very well. I can't believe the sugar cubes didn't fall apart when you dyed them. 6
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05/12/2004 11:49:57 PM
Wonderful shot! I'm a bit hesitant about the black sugar cubes though . . . - 10
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05/12/2004 11:11:16 PM
Very nice!
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05/12/2004 08:50:35 PM
You did a nice, nice job setting this up. Really well done. Congrats to you.
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05/12/2004 07:41:19 PM
really nice idea and well executed.
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05/12/2004 06:25:57 PM
very nice shot... comparing it to the other pics in this challenge, this is more than a perfect score. nicely done, hope it makes it in the ribbons. good luck
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05/12/2004 05:27:37 PM
Well done, 8
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05/12/2004 02:11:03 PM
Excellent photo! What an excellent idea for this challenge.
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05/12/2004 01:59:14 PM
Very nicely done. All details in place.. 8
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05/12/2004 11:57:59 AM
Wow...this shot is laid out very well...great job! - 9
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05/12/2004 11:50:55 AM
excellent black and white use.
My favorite so far
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05/12/2004 11:38:10 AM
very effective!

9 from me
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05/12/2004 10:54:27 AM
Very nice, one of the best here.
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05/12/2004 10:30:23 AM
I like it! Nice lighting and contrasts. I don't know that I would want to put that black stuff in my milk, though!
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05/12/2004 06:18:17 AM
It sure catches the eye. Perfect shooting, Perfect work.
But I´m going to vote it down cause It´s just what I expected to see in this challenge ( just my feel)

Still its one of the best.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/12/2004 05:01:46 AM
You have been working with this one ;)
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05/12/2004 03:30:04 AM
i think this would be better if the stuff didnt touch the middle... kind of blends over and makes it hard to clarify
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05/12/2004 03:23:09 AM
I really like this, great white balance here, great contrast between the colours, great setup of the items... Just great! :-) Minor weee gripe is that the top of the white sugar cubes looks alittle overexposed, just being picky though. Full marks!
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05/12/2004 02:34:16 AM
nice studio setup ! good light .. one of my favorite....
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05/12/2004 12:20:28 AM
Wonderful image. Very well composed. My only question is what are those black squares supposed to be. Everything else in the picture is recognizable as something in the real world, but not those black cubes, so I find it distracting.
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