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A Summer Day Awaits
08/31/2002 11:58:00 PM
A Summer Day Awaits
by andrewm

Comment:
This picture really feels like summer. I have trouble relating to the fruit loops cause I really hate them, but I won't hold you responsible for that ;-)
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Unlikely encounter
09/02/2002 12:44:00 AM
Unlikely encounter
by gkoch

Comment:
For everybody who commented on our "carpet": it's a towel and it's supposed to be grass. I guess I didn't get that across at all :-) But don't worry about our floor. We use carpet, not towels for that...

Second: I didn't knock the little guy over once. Timing was quite easy. I used front curtain sync for the flash and then I pulled the car backwards during the rest of the exposure.
Pure Country
08/29/2002 02:02:00 AM
Pure Country
by autool

Comment:
autool? have I seen this knife on other submissions from you ;-) ?
Let's get ready to Rumble!!!
09/01/2002 12:00:00 AM
Let's get ready to Rumble!!!
by Yomi

Comment:
Nice idea, but DOF could be improved.
shed door
08/29/2002 02:07:00 AM
shed door
by grahamgorman

Comment:
Very nice composition. THe color reflections work very well for me. This is one of my top picks this week.
Pen Envy
08/24/2002 01:07:00 AM
Pen Envy
by KarenB

Comment:
What's going on here? I cant figure out how you got the two shadows with the blue intersection. Did you move the color space around in PS? Unfortunately, the pencil isn't focused, or rather was moving during the exposure. Maybe this is what you wanted, but that part doesn't work for me...
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Self Portrait No. 2
08/24/2002 01:17:00 AM
Self Portrait No. 2
by chakkobbo

Comment:
Is that pencil held upright using a nail through the paper? Good idea, but with a bit more attention to detail this picture could be improved a lot: IMO the drawing is a bit sloppy, I'd prefer not to be distracted by the borders of the paper sheet, and the lighting of the pencil is too unbalanced for my taste. Of course, that may be just me...
mechanical free fall
08/24/2002 01:09:00 AM
mechanical free fall
by cq107

Comment:
Hmmmm.... A photo without any subject? I don't know, I'd like something for the eye to hold on to.
Ghostwriter
08/26/2002 03:15:00 PM
Ghostwriter
by gkoch

Comment:
Many thanks to all the kind and encouring comments I got. As this was my first time ever to submit a photo to any kind of competition, I'm honored by the reception it got.

Since so many people asked me what this is or how I did it, here goes:

First I've got to say that this picture works a LOT better with a black background. The black part is not uniformely black. In low light settings you can actually see light cone around the pencil and also the shadow under the pencil. I could even see my average fall lower during the day and increase again in the evening. I wish they would change the picture pages to use black background. IMHO that's better for every single picture. With this bright white background you're losing all detail in dark areas of any picture.

The scribbles are thick cotton thread. The whole thing is setup on a dark blue foldable mattress, with a part level and the rest propped up against the wall to form the background. I put the glass from a poster frame on the level part of the matress as reflective surface. I had to wet the thread to make it lay flat on the glass.

The lighting was a bit tricky: I used one spotlight (a regular desklamp with a cardboard tube held in front of it to focus it on one spot) to light the scene from the left side. Since the scribbles needed additional light to keep the balance with the pencil lighting, I used a second spotlight directly from above for that.

In response to a few people questioning the relection of the framing, I do not agree with any of these. The picture would be dull without the relection and it wouldn't work as well with a different vertical framing as far as I'm concerned.

Yes, the focus is not great. That's did probably cost me some rating. I am aware of that and believe me, I tried. I have several theories why that is, but I'm not sure which one is right. Whatever it is, focus is the weak spot of any consumer digital camera. The autofocus is too often wrong, and manual focus is useless because you can't judge the sharpness without a real viewfinder. This and shutterlag will be the main reason for me to upgrade to a DSLR before long.
A Pencil Star
08/24/2002 01:13:00 AM
A Pencil Star
by rocco22

Comment:
You glued the pencils together, right? Nice idea, angle and composition. Lighting and focus are a bit off for me, though.
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