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Challenge: Tacks! (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: Home
Date: Apr 15, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2005

Inspired by kosmikkreeper and jacko

Thanks to Zap for assistance in lemon throwing and squirrel falling.

:) idk!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 137
Avg (all users): 7.4979
Avg (commenters): 8.6486
Avg (participants): 7.4270
Avg (non-participants): 7.5417
Views since voting: 16529
Views during voting: 523
Votes: 233
Comments: 102
Favorites: 33 (view)


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11/04/2007 09:46:08 PM
I just love this shot..... color, action, movement, idea, composition, crop, and the water effect is just right.....
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10/09/2007 08:13:47 PM
I totally love this image..... the color, composition, the idea, and the motion..... Adding it to my favorites.....
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03/23/2007 09:22:15 PM
that's purelyamazing.
=]
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01/30/2007 08:07:45 PM
This is an awesome shot here, and I love everything about it.....
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01/21/2006 04:36:15 PM
great image, but another, less visible achievement was the score. It is exactly the same as a very very similar older photo by kiwiness

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Avg (all users): 7.498 both.

I don't mean you copied it (even if you did your picture still deserved the blue), I'm just perplexed by the coincidence :-o
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01/11/2006 09:33:55 PM
i love this. the green works so well. fantastic image.
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09/20/2005 05:51:33 PM
Very tacktical photographing here. The green was an excellent choice of colour for this. I don't think any other colour would have done quite as well. Kudos for that title too. I'm most fascinated by the way the water (Assuming that is your liquid of choice..) splashed up in the back, in a quasi-serpentine way. Congrats on 1st place.
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04/30/2005 12:23:08 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!
"The sign of a photographer: Take a mundane subject and turn it into art"

This was an unusual challenge in that the object was to take an ordinary household object and create an interesting photograph from it, all within in a time frame of 24 hours.

Composition:
Your image was a unique and very imaginative one that thrilled the viewers and voters. There is dropping a tack into fluid, then there is the tranquil method - with PUNCH! This shot has a lot going for it in the way of punch: The colors are vivid and well chosen. The angular trajectory kept this from being a boring shot, as the eye is drawn not only to where the tack is now, but the mind can easily re-trace where it entered the fluid, and yet does not compete with the main focal point. The depth of field falls off at the right point in the image in my opinion, keeping the focal point in one place.
Interest, wow factor and the tranquil punch all added up to this being THE 24-hour challenge winner, and well-deserved at that.

Lighting:
How much can be said about the lighting here that the image doesn't say for itself? It rocks and was the key element in taking this shot right to the top. Well-balanced with just the right amount of contrast.

Post-Processing:
You have a good handle on your post-processing in this picture. You didn't go off the deep end in the saturation and as easy as this may have been to go over the top with an unusual border, you chose the simple approach, and was effective in being supplemental to the overall look/feel.

Suggestions/Improvements:
I think after studying this for a while, I have found I have nothing to suggest in ways to improve this image within the open challenge editing guidelines.

Congrats on a very fine job and on the Blue Ribbon Lee!

I hope this was useful to you, and please feel free to contact me via PM if you have any questions regarding this critique or anything else relating to the site in general.

Regards,
Brad

Message edited by author 2005-07-31 12:41:20.
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04/29/2005 08:06:50 AM
Congrats for a great work with a tack! I really love your pic. I think green colour was an interested choice to this pic. Furthermore, I really like the reflection of the tack in the upper left. Focus is good, too. And, composition is very original. Overall, you deserved very well this ribbon. Added to my favourites. Congrats
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04/27/2005 04:48:13 PM
I love the color
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04/26/2005 06:59:50 PM
Sweet picture. I like!!!
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04/26/2005 03:18:58 PM
comgratulations ... well done
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04/26/2005 05:15:20 AM
Well deserved first place. Congratulations.
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04/26/2005 03:58:01 AM
Congratulations! Very creative.
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04/25/2005 02:02:41 PM
congrats !!!
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04/24/2005 10:01:39 PM
Originally posted by mattmunger:

How many attempts did it take to get the tack to do what you wanted? Nice shot!

About 100-150 or so. Got a bunch of different kinds of splashes but this one was my favorite.
04/24/2005 09:58:25 PM
How many attempts did it take to get the tack to do what you wanted? Nice shot!
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04/24/2005 09:52:08 PM
Originally posted by Zap228:

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ITS ABOUT TIME!

What he said. With that 7+ eagle finish and all those high sixes, it really was about time. lol
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04/24/2005 03:20:22 PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ITS ABOUT TIME!
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04/24/2005 11:54:30 AM
Very cool! Well done!
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04/24/2005 11:04:17 AM
Woot! Way to go! This is an amazing picture. Great work and Congrats..you deserve it!
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04/24/2005 09:53:02 AM
Originally posted by jmlelii:

I like the shot, care to explain how you did it?

I will most likely post a little thing about it in a day or two --- thanks for the interest!

And thank you everyone!!!
04/24/2005 09:49:12 AM
Really fun work here! I like the action and the green background.
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04/24/2005 09:04:06 AM
I like the shot, care to explain how you did it?
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04/24/2005 08:43:31 AM
Congrats my friend !
An excellent and magic photo !
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04/24/2005 08:01:29 AM
well executed, congrats
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04/24/2005 05:03:50 AM
well done. hope to be in the winners circle with you soon.
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04/24/2005 04:53:33 AM
Congrats on your 1st ribbon.
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04/24/2005 01:09:17 AM
Great job! I simply love the green in this whole shot, so simple yet intriguing and well worth the ribbon.
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04/23/2005 06:47:20 PM
This is freakin' awesome. The tack looks like it's falling faster than normal. Did you throw it or just drop it in there? Great composition and I love the green. Congrats!
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04/23/2005 05:39:57 PM
Wow!! completely missed it during voting, but this one is brilliant!!!
Congratulations on a so very well deserved ribbon!!
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04/23/2005 05:23:03 PM
Woo Hoo!!!
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04/23/2005 02:29:45 PM
Woohoo!! I kne you would win just by the title!!! ;-)
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04/23/2005 02:03:20 PM
Well done, brilliant photo, deserved to be a winner,
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04/23/2005 01:01:40 PM
Congratulations on your blue with this spiked beauty.
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04/23/2005 12:15:47 PM
Congratulations on your first Blue, first Ribbon first Place! Great idea, wonderful image! Happy to see you a ribbon winner you've got some great work!
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04/23/2005 10:51:14 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved blue!! It was a matter of time because your work is really awsome.
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04/23/2005 10:51:02 AM
That's awesome TQ. Congrats on your first ribbon.
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04/23/2005 10:12:39 AM
Great job Lee!!!! I knew you would ribbon soon!
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04/23/2005 09:23:33 AM
Well deserved, congrats!
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04/23/2005 07:51:43 AM
Thanks everyone! I had a blast --- and thanks for all of the great feedback!
04/23/2005 07:46:45 AM
Congrats on your first place finish.
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04/23/2005 07:27:28 AM
Congrats on the blue Lee! Wonderfully executed, creative image.......and the colours and lighting are gorgeous!!!!
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04/23/2005 07:11:12 AM
Excellent idea, and very well executed. Awesome job on your first ribbon Lee. :)
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04/23/2005 03:47:56 AM
Awesome job Lee! WTG on your bluie!
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04/23/2005 03:43:06 AM
Very nice, congratulations on your ribbon !
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04/23/2005 01:20:14 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon Lee! Well done!
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04/23/2005 01:12:03 AM
Congratulations. Very nice work.
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04/23/2005 12:35:02 AM
Good job, Lee. I knew this was a winner the first time I saw it. Now keep up the pace!
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04/23/2005 12:28:41 AM
Hey Lee, a big congrat's on your first ribbon! Great work.
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04/23/2005 12:07:32 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and a blue one... hehe... This was a well deserved ribbon... Great shot and very creative..
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04/23/2005 12:04:45 AM
Big congrats on your first ribbon and a blue, Lee!
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04/23/2005 12:01:38 AM
Congrats Lee!!! :hug :hug :hug :o)
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04/23/2005 12:01:09 AM
excellent job well done!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/22/2005 02:35:18 PM
VERY cool...maybe it's just the refraction from the water, but the tack looks a bit bent. Otherwise, an awesome shot! 9 from me!
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04/22/2005 08:03:01 AM
Despite the fact that I'm getting a bit tired of seeing photos of glasses of various colors of water, I do think this is a stunning photo. The green is such a strong green, like green Jello and the composition of showing only a portion of the glass and placing it to one side adds to the photo's strengh. The tack cutting through the water doesn't really make sense, logically, but who cares, it creates a focal point that is powerful in its movement into the water.The splash created is gorgeous. Great job! 9
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04/21/2005 11:19:10 PM
Very nice, love the green
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04/21/2005 11:44:35 AM
Hope to see this get in the top 3. I gave it a 7.
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04/20/2005 07:45:05 PM
Now there's a timing shot.
Take one push pin - oops - meant tack - LOL and make it interesting.
Well done.
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04/20/2005 08:31:41 AM
This is wonderful. If it doesnt win then...
Good job, good luck.
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04/20/2005 02:56:47 AM
Very nice! I wonder how many shots it took you to capture this. I especially like the way the shades of green are reversed in the wake of the tack.
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04/19/2005 11:31:12 AM
best of challenge, bumping up 10
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04/18/2005 01:59:35 PM
Looks like it could be an ad for Gordon's Tonic Water. Very attractive and sharp. Well done.
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04/18/2005 11:52:50 AM
This is probably the only shot in the challenge that I would hang on my wall. Beautiful color, clarity, light, and movement. Well done. Collect your ribbon at the door. :o)
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04/18/2005 09:32:56 AM
Wonerfull!!
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04/17/2005 10:57:48 PM
Neat light. Magic. Best of luck.
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04/17/2005 07:35:44 PM
One of my favorites!
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04/17/2005 05:54:06 PM
Very nicely captured. The vivid background adds intensity to this image without detracting from the subject. This is one of my top picks in the challenge.
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04/17/2005 08:54:42 AM
Cool image. Will place high I'm certain. Good Luck.
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04/17/2005 07:26:09 AM
this is a high finisher I'm sure.
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04/17/2005 02:05:11 AM
Great job!
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04/17/2005 01:23:12 AM
cool idea well done 10 from me.
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04/16/2005 11:08:41 PM
Beautiful color, lighting and composition. Nicely cropped and super sharp.
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04/16/2005 10:53:31 PM
I'll "Tack a Drink" to that!
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04/16/2005 08:35:54 PM
Nice. I predict a top-three finish.
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04/16/2005 02:09:54 PM
Perfect title and nice effect.
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04/16/2005 02:02:47 PM
love this shot!
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04/16/2005 01:43:14 PM
love the color and my highest rated
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04/16/2005 01:19:48 PM
This is excellent..best one in challenge...good use of light, color and movement..10
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04/16/2005 01:18:33 PM
Well done... a unique perspective on motion...
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04/16/2005 11:59:19 AM
Awesome! Very cool shot! My 10!
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04/16/2005 11:17:39 AM
Finally! An image that stands out from the rest of the challenge. No offense to anyone really but this challenge IMO has been terrible so far and I don´t think I have ever given out so many scores of 5 or lower. Anyway, love pretty much everything about this shot except that maybe the DOF could have been bigger to include the drops in the backround that fade out but this is just nitpicking. The first 10 I gave this challenge, hope you do well.
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04/16/2005 10:49:14 AM
nice capture
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04/16/2005 09:23:51 AM
Some people probably think its been PS, but I think its an extremely well taken photograph! Good job!
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04/16/2005 09:18:29 AM
Simply the best one in the challenege. I am sure it took several times at it. I would have liked to see in it blue myself but thats just a personal feeling.

Gave it a 10.
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04/16/2005 09:13:43 AM
Very cool..why green..then again why not...can see you in reflection, but it isn't a problem for me.
Love that you caught the flow..well done.
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04/16/2005 09:08:41 AM
cool capture! But there are no tacks in this image. ;) I don't like the green but that's a personal preference. 10
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04/16/2005 07:50:45 AM
Very Cool!
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04/16/2005 06:06:18 AM
really like the bold color and great timing.
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04/16/2005 05:53:35 AM
I think this is a cracker!
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04/16/2005 05:44:56 AM
The fluid, glass, and background are ideally realized. I wonder if you considered using a clear or shiny metallic tack. Perhaps that would make the photo a little more confusing, but the muddy red color of this tack strikes me as being completely inconsistent with the visual qualities of the rest of the photo. I know it should be a quibble, but the tack is the 'focal point' of the photo and if it is not pretty, it's like a long joke with no
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04/16/2005 05:09:02 AM
It's one thing having the idea and another making it work as well as this. I love the lighting.
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04/16/2005 03:14:44 AM
Ther had to be a "splash" entry to round out the "classic themes" reprisal aspect of this challenge, and here it is. Nicely done, a littlke shy on the DOF. I love the way the slight arc of the tack's point has created its own, mini-event down there.
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04/16/2005 02:48:12 AM
Clever and well photographed. Excellent lighting and sharp focus.
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04/16/2005 02:07:21 AM
One of these days I'm going to do a shot like this.. just so I can say I did and show off the resulting ribbon. lol.

I love the green though.
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04/16/2005 01:28:07 AM
LOVE IT!!! I predict a ribbon.. ps, just out curiousity, why a red tack?
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04/16/2005 01:26:38 AM
This is a great image, although I view the challenge as Plural, more than one tack.
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04/16/2005 01:25:48 AM
If you got a stupid comment from aerogurl don't despair... cause I love this shot... 10!

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04/16/2005 01:17:38 AM
awesome, awesome shot! my favourite of the challenge! a 10 from me :-)

i love the color and the frozen motion. I would love to know how this was done, i doubt that you used water but i could be wrong. But once again great job! a favourite from me as well :-)
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04/16/2005 01:06:22 AM
Beautiful shot! I wish I could vote, I put 10:)
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04/16/2005 12:57:29 AM
Very nice! Best I've seen so far!!
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04/16/2005 12:37:29 AM
looks like a Jacko shot
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