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Close Encounters of the Jelly Kind
Close Encounters of the Jelly Kind

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Stranger In A Strange Land (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Chorley, UK
Date: Jan 2, 2003
Aperture: f11
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/4s
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2003

A bit stuck for inspiration on this one - until I spotted the Jelly Babies left over from Xmas.
Not expecting great things but if it makes someone smile it's done it's job.

Lit from behind by a halogen desk lamp with some white card bouncing light back into the front.

Place: 19 out of 67
Avg (all users): 5.9773
Avg (commenters): 7.4286
Avg (participants): 5.8462
Avg (non-participants): 6.1667
Views since voting: 1111
Votes: 88
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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11/30/2003 10:10:40 AM
down to level angles are great, the spacing is great, good shadows...would have liked them a bit more parallel to eachother but good!
01/19/2003 06:10:38 PM
Critique Club

I like your idea here... the contrasts are pretty cool. I think it was an interesting idea, that a couple of other people had, but it shows something more because they are kind of in the shape of people. It could almost be a statement on racial politics... maybe <GRIN> There are some things I might have liked to have seen differently for this shot. My most glaring thing I see is that you shot these little guys from an upward angle... I think it would have been neater if you would have gotten down slightly below their level and shot up, giving them a bigger more real look. Your lighting makes this shot interesting because of all the shadows and I like the way you have each of them angled slightly differently... might have been interesting also to have the black ones all straight in lines, and the red one kind of looking at them... wishing like he could join the group or something. Hehehe.... just an idea. Although I like what you tried to do with your lighting I think the end result made the photo look a little flat instead of 3-d. Also the glaring backs of some of their heads is slightly bothersome as well. Personally I don't care for the composition. I see what you tried to do with the open space, but I think this photo would have been better filling the screen more, and really working with your materials. Overall the idea was there, I like the concept of stranger you used, and you did it efficiently. I think this would be a really neat shot, if you tried reshooting it... maybe just at a slightly different angle. This shot did bring a smile to my face though :-) Thanks for that! Good luck in future challenges!

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2003 11:15:09 PM
Ha ha! Perhaps the jellies are a bit too high up in the shot, but great lighting and use of shadows.
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01/12/2003 10:24:35 PM
I'm usually not a big fan of set up shots like this, but this one is lots of fun. Focus and DOF are great. Lighting is very good. The fact that the small figures are smiling adds a touch of warmth and humanity to it. (Going a little deep there for a few candies). Nice job... I'm giving it an 8.
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01/12/2003 08:43:48 PM
I really like this shot... great lighting and subject matter... definately a strange something... a strange place? yea I suppose you can make an argument for that... :o) there is a little dust on the surface just behind the figures... clean that out and perfection! great job though!

I bet you get a ribbon
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01/12/2003 01:09:45 PM
I'm ready for the invasion...
01/10/2003 04:48:19 PM
Very good interpretation of the challenge. It think it's a petty that the detail of the red jelly is kinda lost, probably because it's a little over-exposed. Stilll one of my favorites though.
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01/09/2003 02:50:08 PM
Great contrast and color . Lighting and angle emphasizes the subject matter.Shadows give depth to images and adds to the perspective. 8
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01/08/2003 09:41:17 PM
really did good with the lighting. nice shot.
01/08/2003 03:53:28 PM
What a great candidate for humor! I love the way one of the guys is "looking" at the outlandishly red one! They remind me of the Blue Man Group!
01/08/2003 02:07:13 PM
O.K. the red gummy fits the challenge, but honestly, I had hoped this challenge would be more out of this world strange. Well take photo. 7 Swash
01/08/2003 12:22:04 PM
I love this picture... IMHO this should win the challenge.
01/07/2003 10:50:21 PM
Great photo. Looks alien with the light above the jelly babies. Great composition as well.
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01/07/2003 07:35:13 PM
Great way to meet the challenge, interesting use of light.
01/07/2003 11:37:35 AM
very creative work with the lighting... great shot! - 10 - setzler
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01/06/2003 08:59:41 PM
I like this...however, the shadow cast in front of the lighter colored candy is a distraction especially when this is the main subject of your image. GL!
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01/06/2003 01:23:07 PM
I like these little guys. It's too bad that their heads are a little blown out from the overhead light. I know it gives a feel of a spaceship above, but it tends to distract my eye due to the contrast between it and the black background.
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