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Gabriel


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Team Sport Action (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-750UZ
Location: France
Date: Sep 8, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 8, 2004

I wanted to see how "nothing" would compete in a challenge.

Basic editing rules were followed, of course:
Shot with lens cap on
Decreased lightness
Increased lightness

See my post for further explanations after the challenge.

Statistics
Place: 138 out of 138
Avg (all users): 2.0038
Avg (commenters): 2.2500
Avg (participants): 2.0135
Avg (non-participants): 2.0000
Views since voting: 5183
Views during voting: 1130
Votes: 265
Comments: 89
Favorites: 12 (view)


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04/18/2007 05:55:37 PM
I'm thinking the 6 x 6" glossy print is a bargain at a mere 0.60¢
lol
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05/29/2006 06:00:35 AM
I just noticed you got the same score as the year you submitted this.

2.004, 2004...

Coincidence!??!!
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05/29/2006 05:48:40 AM
Hmmm there's a 195 people here with no humour..... *lol*
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10/10/2004 10:45:26 AM
Original picture:
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09/30/2004 05:39:05 AM
I would have cropped this into a 3:2 aspect. :-)
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09/28/2004 02:27:42 PM
Wow: this one (ie my lowest one) has 50% more views than my highest one so far...
09/24/2004 06:16:15 AM
Originally posted by kiwiness:

Does that include yourself with this comment :)))

I certainly hope so! :-)
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09/24/2004 03:54:24 AM
Originally posted by Donatien:

All you people who take the time to comment on this or even delve into the potential artistic values of the naught.


Does that include yourself with this comment :)))

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09/24/2004 03:43:49 AM
All you people who take the time to comment on this or even delve into the potential artistic values of the naught; you are truly sick puppies.

I love you all.
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09/24/2004 01:05:00 AM
It might be inevitable that this image has come to exist on DPC. I am glad it was conceived and presented legitimately. The author is believable, sincere and honest about the work.

Appearing in Team Sports Action is appropriate. The field of play is blindingly evident - and really the only tangeble subject matter provided. It is enough to show. I am surprised It meets the challenge criteria in such a elementary, efficient and powerful way.

The beauty of the image is in the concept. It is site specific and cannot live any where else. Trivial or a novelty - maybe. It provides a thoughtful aesthetic in a sophisticated graphic format - the field. Presented with but one colour the exploded field fills & spills, ultimately flattens and becomes essentially invisible. Like the mythic angel Gabriel - unreal and invisible but present. I like this image, I accept it and welcome it.
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09/23/2004 05:43:24 PM
I'd like to thank those who saw something on this picture and took the time to explain it.
Your ideas are very interesting.
09/23/2004 03:16:21 PM
Originally posted by stormy:







Message edited by author 2004-09-23 15:16:43.
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09/22/2004 12:58:41 PM
Beauty - aptness to purpose. Purpose, apparently, exceeded the photographer's.
I'm glad you entered this image.
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09/22/2004 11:10:48 AM
I know there's a french joke in here somewhere.
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09/22/2004 10:05:09 AM
it's doing almost as well as my challenge entries...
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09/22/2004 10:03:07 AM
This is roughly something I posted elsewere about this image.

Personally I was one who gave it a 10. For me it was the most enjoyable and thought provoking image in the challenge, far better than a lot of the frankly not so great 'obvious' sports shots.

It reminded me of a lot of the Suprematism work of Kasimir Malevich, famous for his black squares on a white canvas and other such derided 'nonsense'. Yes it looks like a joke. But there is a serious meaning worth studying behind his images and I found something similar in this grey square.

DPChallenge is a team sport - people easily identify with their own team - Canon, Nikon etc. The forums are often full of this. The carefully matched grey square to the background brought this forward in my mind, along with the title of 'challenge' The simple bounding box between the image and the site demarked the space and all in all, this shot gave me a whole lot more to think about than any other. So the picture represents team sport, and also action, given that it is part of a live challenge.

The fact that you may or may not have entered it with any of this context doesn't matter either. We don't get to know intent or see details while voting. The entire field of deconstructionism is all about any viewer having at least as valid an interpretation of a work as the creator has, and in this case, my interpretation was worth a 10. It was by far and away the one shot I looked at for the longest time. It was certainly the best in my opinion. It is entirely in topic. It was the most enjoyable, stimulating and thought provoking image in this challenge, for me.

a random black rectangle with no thought would probably not have stimulated these ideas in my head - this more carefully constructed entry did.
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09/22/2004 08:10:57 AM
Hey congrats on the brown And on 4th place in Burt Reynolds! :)
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09/22/2004 04:43:19 AM
Posted this in the forums; think I'll leave a copy here too.

"Having looked through the votes and comments now, I think the complainers are wrong. As a shot of it's type, 'competition' is very very effectively done. Think of this: it isn't a standard 4x3 aspect ratio; the grey has been perfectly matched to the site background; it is a photograph of nothing - rather than any old shot darkened completely and then lightened to the right shade. It shows imagination, thought, and care in execution.

It deals with ideas and concepts that are almost completely out of place here - and a challenge is the only sensible way to display it on the site. Had it been put into a portfolio and a thread linked to it I think it could only have struggled to 100 views or so - as of right now it has 1400 or so.

I can't believe that those who commented along the lines of 'stop wasting my time' actually spent any time at all thinking about it - whilst it was obviously going to be voted down massively, there is certainly more to it than the Burt Reynolds blank black 4x3 shot. Intellectually, the ideas it provokes may hold little interest for a vast majority of this site's competitors, but there is equally no need for an outright dismissal of the thought and ideas behind the shot.

I can absolutely agree with any vote it recieved - all the way through the range, from leaving room in one's own scale for other shots to rank above it, to acknowledgment of a little intrigue, to outright dislike, and the sliding scale in between. Interesting to note that it recieved at least one vote at each score.

But what it isn't, is wasting anyone's time."
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09/22/2004 03:36:49 AM
A ski team in an avalanche great one
7 10s that is more than I got! I suppose that shows something about this site. LOL!
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09/22/2004 01:52:02 AM


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09/22/2004 01:52:01 AM
I have seen so many photos now so it was refreshing with nothing.
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09/22/2004 01:49:48 AM
No, this was not a "performance" or anything similar (but now that you pointed it out, I think that this empty frame could really represent the competition happening here for all of us).

I wanted to know how you would react to this apparently missing picture, and the good thing is that I learned something.

Some of the comments (before photo validation, after the "impact" was quite different) are really imaginatives.
Some people are able to describe a scene, although there is nothing in this photo.

This makes me think that perhaps photographers should have a strong imagination. This is a new thing to improve for me.

So on the list of things that could make a good photographer, we have:
*good technical ability
*ability to compose scene
*ability to "see" things

and now we also have:
*strong imagination (ability to compose shoots before seeing them?)

Message edited by author 2004-09-22 03:07:32.
09/22/2004 01:35:37 AM
Well that was an amusing read of comments :))) Congrats on the brown ribbon, looks like you fooled a lot of people :)
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09/22/2004 12:20:22 AM
seven 10's, 65 comments, 1 favorites

As smokeditor put it: Pure Genius :)

Message edited by author 2004-09-22 00:21:28.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2004 10:45:46 PM
Sorry, very stupid
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09/21/2004 08:41:01 PM
Critique
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09/21/2004 05:21:24 PM
I was just thinking i haven`t given out a 1 vote for so long and then along comes this. lol
I can only guess your going for the most comments on a photo record.
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09/21/2004 09:16:22 AM
I don't get it.
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09/21/2004 07:37:11 AM
for quite some time its been telling me "This photo has been validated, and is not missing or an error." but as a result i cant view your photo or pass a result on it.... :( sry bout that
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09/21/2004 06:57:12 AM
ops... you don't like sports? a nihilistic aproach? are you a performancer?
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09/21/2004 05:29:34 AM
A better idea than photograph. If your intention is to refer to DPC as a team sport then you would have been better giving us more of a clue than the background colour of the page. If that wasn't your intention then I don't get it. 1 floyd
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09/21/2004 01:48:42 AM
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09/20/2004 09:40:31 PM
Lost on me.
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09/20/2004 12:23:18 PM
Can't see anything, but a light tint of color.-sorry-
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09/20/2004 11:53:23 AM
Bad joke
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09/20/2004 05:33:03 AM
not funny, kind of dumb!
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09/20/2004 02:13:48 AM
No Comment... from team Monitor Calibration
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09/19/2004 04:50:45 PM
My apologies, but I see absolutely nothing.
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09/19/2004 03:58:54 PM
?????
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09/19/2004 03:06:28 PM
nice colours but a bit to busy for my liking. should do well on the comment count though
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09/19/2004 01:32:34 PM
Picture did not show up.
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09/19/2004 03:10:32 AM
Oh cool.... a DPChallenge "uniform....... " fits the challenge idea in a abstract way. The idea has cropped up in the forums some where in the past... but never has been submitted that I have seen.
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09/18/2004 08:42:33 PM
Where is the picture?????
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09/18/2004 03:32:14 PM
Voted on this "Image" ...just for the Statement You have Made.....5
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09/18/2004 02:59:41 PM
Sorry, don't get it
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09/18/2004 06:48:43 AM
i remember that game, played in the fog...i can't remember who one, but i do know the won the trophy, got the brown ribbon, and almost set the record for lowest score...
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09/18/2004 06:38:21 AM
Ok I think I get the point. :) Aint you refering to that all the dpc'ers are one team and now they are competing to and strugling to wote this "picture"? Love the collor though! :)
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09/18/2004 04:08:50 AM
Not much contrast - 1
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09/18/2004 01:56:16 AM
errr....
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09/17/2004 09:39:49 PM
Going for the brown? A sky shot is your competition!
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09/17/2004 08:25:56 PM
Since this has been validated, you are obviously trying to win a brown. You need a life.
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09/17/2004 06:42:03 PM
A little bit overexposed, and the girl in the back kissing the guy, is a bit distracting.
I like how they run and how the guy's are chasing the ball.
Think this will go for the blue ribbon. (10)

edit for bad language, 10 still stands! One of the best of these kind of shots I've seen. (have one in my portfolio too)
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09/17/2004 05:02:20 PM
I read (above) that this has been validated, not missing and not an error, in which case I'm totally bemused - and amused! You've entitled the photo as 'competition'..hmmm.. even more thought provoking! Which some pieces of 'art' deliberately attempt to be - you've achieved that, certainly. According to the site rules though, I'm supposed to give consideration to the picture meeting the challenge - as there doesn't seem to be a specific image to vote on I decided against scoring a vote. Really looking forward to reading any reason/explanation on this one! lol
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09/17/2004 03:52:48 PM
I'm sorry, but this is just silly. If you couldn't come up with a decent photo you should have just passed on the challenge.
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09/17/2004 03:29:57 PM
Very minimalistic, but I can't relate it to Team Sport Action.
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09/17/2004 01:25:36 PM
Pure Genius!!
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09/17/2004 02:11:15 AM
wow - a better caption might have scored a point or two...
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09/17/2004 12:27:51 AM
whatever
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09/16/2004 10:17:26 PM
This may get the brown ribbon. No team, no sports, no action.
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09/16/2004 08:26:07 PM
Ok, got your point. Nice idea.
I don't like it though, and I don't think it actualy represent a team sport action, since none of us here at DPC run as a team...
I gave you a 4 just for the idea...
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09/16/2004 07:58:10 PM
Awesome! hehe
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09/16/2004 07:27:36 PM
Is this supposed to be profound?
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09/16/2004 06:59:43 PM
That's too intellectual for me. :)
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09/16/2004 04:30:28 PM
Why waste people's time? Go play somewhere else please.
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09/16/2004 01:34:57 PM
( )
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09/16/2004 01:02:53 PM
...or lack thereof.
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09/16/2004 09:08:47 AM
I really wanted to give this one a 10, but my "0" key isn't working properly.
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09/16/2004 01:32:31 AM
...? Is it just me or is there no photo here? please tell me if I am supposed to see something
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09/16/2004 01:22:10 AM
Im sorry but what can I say!
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09/15/2004 11:00:16 PM
is your photo broken?
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09/15/2004 10:59:50 PM
WOW!

Excellent use of light. One of the best photos I've ever seen! This really defines "team sports" in my eyes. Top 3 if not #1

Good Job !!! - 10+
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09/15/2004 07:26:40 PM
Hmmm... no photo is appearing in this one.
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09/15/2004 05:53:09 PM
Is this some kind of editorial comment? I can't see anything.
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09/15/2004 03:59:43 PM
Where's the picture?
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09/15/2004 02:50:45 PM
Sorry, but no picture came up!!
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09/15/2004 02:18:17 PM
are we going for an extremely minimalist statement here or why do I fail to see an image ?
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09/15/2004 12:46:21 PM
The inside of a pingpong ball?
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09/15/2004 12:27:06 PM
Sorry, dont see it.
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09/15/2004 12:26:26 PM
I don't know what to rate this one for it does not show up that's why I gave it a one. It's blank.
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09/15/2004 11:32:05 AM
Maybe it's just my comp/connection, but NOTHING came up!
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09/15/2004 11:04:27 AM
Where is the picture????
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09/15/2004 06:13:49 AM
no image visible
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09/15/2004 05:38:20 AM
Great image. Love all the action, detail and colours. Sharpest image I have ever seen. Definitely a master of NeatImage. That's so smooth & clean. Excellent.
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09/15/2004 04:36:02 AM
cannot see pic?..........
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09/15/2004 04:15:59 AM
What ?
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09/15/2004 03:43:43 AM
I think this is gonna be the lowest rated "photo" on DPC! lol (1)
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09/15/2004 02:53:31 AM
very nice
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09/15/2004 12:44:41 AM
Cant see this picture...Did nt upload correctly..Sorry not sure what to vote..
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09/15/2004 12:10:29 AM
Blank screen.
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