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Eight Ball -- Corner Pocket
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Challenge: Table Shot (Classic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Photographs
Camera: Olympus C-700UZ
Location: Q-Masters in Virginia Beach
Date: Feb 4, 2002
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/25th of a sec
Galleries: Sports, Macro
Date Uploaded: Feb 9, 2002

I think this was more of a luck shot than anything. I did spend some time, framing and composing it, but only the foreground (stick, cueball, eightball). The background turned out much better than I'd expected (or even noticed at the time), and I was sure I wanted to submit it for the Table Shot Challenge.

Credit goes to Chris Johnson for holding the pool stick and being patient.

If I remember correctly, I sharpened, resized, despeckled, and sharpened again.

Place: 1 out of 20
Avg (all users): 8.6000
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 8.4615
Avg (non-participants): 8.6186
Views since voting: 37078
Votes: 110
Comments: 47
Favorites: 42 (view)

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02/19/2015 05:56:25 PM
I love the fact that this photo is still the highest rated in the site. I think if that ever changed the whole place would collapse and everyone would go away and stop taking photos!

This photo in a way is a testimony to how the site has evolved for good and bad. There's not a single vote below 5, because the very worst people thought about it is, it's reasonable, and clearly this was still an era where people voted purely on what they thought of it. That just wouldn't happen now, even if someone submitted the perfect photo (if there is such a thing)!

On the other hand, it's not a photographic masterpiece is it? I probably wouldn't ever come back to it if it wasn't the top raking photo. There must be hundreds if not thousands of photos submitted over the years that are both technically and artistically better than it, but none of them have beaten it, and that is testimony to just how much the standard has increased. This is proof, if it were ever required, that people vote photos relative to the rest of the field.

Well done Langdon, for not only having the top ranking photo to this day, but for giving us a site that has inspired so much skill, art, learning, debate, happiness, anger and most of all, photography!
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08/17/2012 12:01:06 PM
I have decided to stay a member in this site untill i'll figure out what everybuddy sees and I dont..i hope it will be a long time he he
07/23/2012 12:58:54 PM
This shot deserves a comment every year or so doesn't it? Great DOF!

Regarding the score discussion, consider this shot in the context of the other entries in this challenge (and the fact that it was shot in 2002) and it is clearly the outstanding shot, by a huge margin, in this challenge, the score makes sense to me. The difference between #1 & #2 doesn't get much more stark.

Putting it in the context of pictures regularly gracing the front page of this site in more recent years years, this shot & its score are a testament to how wildly successful DPC has been in promoting great photography and photo education.

A decade+ after the fact, I'd like to say congratulations Langdon on the Table Shot challenge & thanks for the site.
04/10/2011 10:07:03 AM
I like it!
11/16/2010 09:48:02 PM
rezi, no offense but Langdon is the most creative artist ever to grace the front page of .....never mind. It's his website!!! :)
07/28/2010 09:50:42 AM
May be this is one of that cases when everybody thinks: Well, may be i'm missing something here, something that others see and i don't. May be this is the best picture of the site, but there is something wrong with me and i don't get it.

Message edited by author 2010-07-28 09:53:05.
07/28/2010 09:45:09 AM
r u serious??? the highest rated picture????????
12/21/2008 08:12:44 PM
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by mariposa_II:

seriously, this shot is well composed but i don't seem to agree why this was the highest rated photo in the site. just an opinion.

Sending you a PM (personal message).

I'd like the same pm too haha. I don't think it's that amazing? :S
10/10/2008 03:48:50 PM
Originally posted by mariposa_II:

seriously, this shot is well composed but i don't seem to agree why this was the highest rated photo in the site. just an opinion.

Sending you a PM (personal message).
10/10/2008 03:42:21 PM
seriously, this shot is well composed but i don't seem to agree why this was the highest rated photo in the site. just an opinion.

Message edited by author 2008-10-10 15:43:01.
02/29/2008 12:36:40 PM
an 8.6. thats impressive. cool photo
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02/21/2008 04:20:08 PM
This is my favorite shot on the site!! Very Nice.
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02/17/2008 06:05:08 AM
funny i was just listening to the podcast (Dec 07} you did on PDP when they started talking about this image
its an amazing image
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12/18/2007 01:31:44 AM
funny to come back to see this old image. amazing score.
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03/09/2007 02:56:29 PM
Originally posted by Nightson:

I think it might have been interesting to shift the focus onto the 8-ball, it would have given a different take on the shot

I would like to see this reshot with the 8 in focus... I like the cue centered under the light though, a great picture overall!
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01/17/2007 03:28:13 PM
I love this shot!
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11/09/2006 07:39:54 PM
one comment during the challenge..priceless!!!
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08/08/2006 12:38:17 AM
Really great shot!
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05/14/2006 05:40:52 AM
Heh, don't know whether this quite deserves being the highest rated photo on the site ;) but who's to argue

I think it might have been interesting to shift the focus onto the 8-ball, it would have given a different take on the shot
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11/12/2005 06:29:32 AM
I think this is a great shot. I feel the composition might be slightly better if you'd angled the camera up very slightly (by placing coins underneath it), and turning it slightly to the right. This would put the cue ball more off centre and you'd get more of the interesting window in the background. That's just my opinion though, and I don't couldn't do better with the focus or exposure. Very well done!
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08/04/2004 01:14:54 PM
Sparky9001, you are for getting the challenge rules.
There are better picture on the site yes!
But none that have been shoot like this, from a table-top.

The challenge rules:
Take your camera, place it on a table-top of any sort, and shoot away. The idea is to get a photograph from an alternate perspective not normally viewed. Good Luck!
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07/24/2004 05:38:54 AM
I really agree with miah, I think it's a boring shot personaly! I really don't believe the high score. Sorry. I thought you could do better.
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03/23/2004 06:28:15 PM
its a good photo

Message edited by author 2004-04-13 23:28:31.
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11/23/2003 04:13:45 AM
highest ranked on site?? I DISAGREE
04/28/2003 01:52:09 PM
wonderful perspecitve and detail... well done.
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06/30/2002 06:09:00 PM
Awsome shot i love it
03/07/2002 10:11:00 PM
someone set us up the bomb.
03/01/2002 12:03:00 AM
"epr64 - 2/27/2002 A table... :-)" -- a POOL table???
02/28/2002 10:11:00 PM
Fabulous--If I had my own game room, this picture would have to be on the wall!
02/28/2002 05:26:00 PM
Beautiful picture, really neat angle, great subject
02/28/2002 04:00:00 PM
showin these young guns how its done
02/28/2002 12:28:00 PM
I love the perspective and focus. Maybe a touch more ambient light. Great shot!
02/28/2002 11:01:00 AM
man this pool shot is so much better then the one i submitted
02/28/2002 07:50:00 AM
I think this idea was exceptional. Good job!
02/27/2002 04:37:00 PM
A table... :-)
02/27/2002 12:41:00 PM
nice shot!
02/27/2002 01:57:00 AM
damn classy shot.
02/27/2002 01:25:00 AM
I mean, when you've got it, you've got it.
02/26/2002 01:03:00 PM
great shot
02/25/2002 11:08:00 PM
Very clear and sharp, good exposure. It's great.
02/25/2002 09:25:00 PM
Superb photo. Excellently lit, focused and composed.
02/25/2002 06:50:00 PM
The lighting and shadows in this picture are so tasty, especially with the light that's reflected onto the cue ball from the felt, and the curtains in the window. The green is such a good match. And I'm a sucker for a really narrow depth of field. Nice job!
02/25/2002 06:20:00 PM
I love the focus
02/25/2002 05:27:00 PM
Beautiful picture, the lighting is awesome.
02/24/2002 09:30:00 PM
BEAUTIFUL. Yep. Sharp, great contrast. Just beautiful.
02/23/2002 05:24:00 PM
Nice crisp detail on the cue ball. Bravo!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2002 12:30:00 PM
Very nice i like the use of depth of field

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