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tAcKs iN SpAcE
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Mick


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Challenge: Tacks! (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Office
Date: Apr 15, 2005
Aperture: 32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Humorous, Macro
Date Uploaded: Apr 15, 2005

tAcKs iN SpAcE

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 137
Avg (all users): 7.0089
Avg (commenters): 8.7917
Avg (participants): 6.8605
Avg (non-participants): 7.1007
Views since voting: 8325
Views during voting: 377
Votes: 225
Comments: 51
Favorites: 8 (view)


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04/29/2005 02:02:33 PM
***** CRITIQUE CLUB COMMENT *****

Yowza, this is a fun one to draw! I had this picture pegged for a ribbon as soon as I saw it, and it was the second one that opened for me in the challenge random draw. My original comment was somethign like "I sure hope this isn't Calvert in a rut", I hope you took that as humorously as I meant it.

This wildly imaginative shot is one of my favorites among all the challenge entries I have voted upon. For me it excels on so many levels it's almost funny.

1. Technically it's exceptionally nice, and allt he more so given your relatively primitive lighting setup. Some might say the BG should be sharper, but I disagree with that. I think the tacks would be downvalued if the BG image were crystal-sharp (as, for example, it is in Scalvert's "Nightbulb" shot, where the sharpness is an asset since the BG becomes part of the foregrounds, as it were).

2. It has an extremely high, but not "in-your-face", humor quotient, only underlined by the bizarre spelling of the brilliant title, which calls to mind all sorts of low-budget sci-fi movies in my twisted brain.

3. It's metaphorically complex. It's amazing that such a mundane subject material and a few odds-and-ends can produce such an example of visual stortytelling. It has an air of "documentary", it has a heavy aura of "science fiction", It has hints of "global domination", it raises questions in my mind as to whether the tacks are a malevolent or a beneficient force, and it speaks (for me at least) to the loneliness of the human condition and our quest for meaning in the universe. Quite a load for a handful of tacks to tote, eh?

4. It's visually appealing; it's beautiful "eye candy" even though (as explained in 3) it's far MORE than eye candy.

In summary, this is a powerfully good image, and one of which you should be estremely proud. I wish I had some specific areas I could address by way of suggested "improvements", but honestly nothing stands out for me as being in NEED of improvement. Perhaps the large, central blue tack could be better-separated from the background? jejeje™

Thanks for the chance to comment upon this image in depth.

Robt.
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04/27/2005 03:33:56 AM
very inspired shot, brilliantly executed!
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04/26/2005 03:19:19 PM
congrats ... fun shot
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04/26/2005 05:47:04 AM
Well done on your ribbon.
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04/26/2005 04:01:07 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved ribbon. Wonderful set up!
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04/24/2005 02:55:27 PM
This is just such an amazing shot! You're a genius for thinking it, and even more so for setting it up and executing it so perfectly! Congratulations!!!!
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04/24/2005 11:55:01 AM
Stellar!
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04/24/2005 09:49:49 AM
Groovy, moody shot, Mick! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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04/24/2005 01:11:52 AM
This was one of my few 9's that I handed out, well deserved and very creative. I just love it! Keep it up and congrads on the ribbon.
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04/23/2005 11:26:53 PM
great idea, love the execution.
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04/23/2005 10:27:14 PM
Congrats Mick. Great idea and execution. Love it.
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04/23/2005 08:35:49 PM
Ha! So funny. Very clever. I like how the red ribbon makes it look like "Attacks in space" - well , atacks anyway.
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04/23/2005 06:51:18 PM

Congrats on an awesome capture!

Ron
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04/23/2005 04:11:16 PM
Great creativity and execution, congrats!
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04/23/2005 02:04:51 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Your picture is really creative and well done.
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04/23/2005 01:04:04 PM
Congratulations on your well deserved red with this intriguing colorful visual. Very good work.
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04/23/2005 12:16:53 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Great job!
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04/23/2005 12:15:47 PM
Woot! 20310460-L.gif Thanks for the comments and votes guys!
04/23/2005 11:07:45 AM
Congrats on your celestial red Mick! You do Oregon proud!
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04/23/2005 10:06:55 AM
Congrats on the red! This one reminds my of the St. Johns area near the oil tank farms. LOL. Oregonians are The Best!!!!
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04/23/2005 07:46:19 AM
Congrats on 2nd.
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04/23/2005 03:51:02 AM
Excellent, very well done.
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04/23/2005 03:43:46 AM
Congratulations !
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04/23/2005 01:13:41 AM
Congratulations.
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04/23/2005 12:27:06 AM
Congrat's Mick! Great idea, very well done!
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04/23/2005 12:06:41 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/23/2005 12:01:30 AM
congrats to you!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2005 11:18:26 PM
good color and light
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04/21/2005 06:41:38 PM
Wow, I really love this one!
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04/20/2005 08:48:31 AM
Yep - Here's the winner! It's fun plus the photo itself is well put together. Good use of light to simulate the sun, everything is in focus, etc... Great Job! Enjoy your ribbon! ;^)
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04/20/2005 03:07:45 AM
Great shot. Very creative 10
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04/19/2005 05:15:05 PM
This is awesome...I can't stop looking at it ! I will be happy to know how this was made ! Excellent 10
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04/19/2005 11:09:47 AM
cool, love the light starburst
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04/19/2005 01:55:17 AM
Nice. I love the lens flare on the big green tack and the lighting overall. Fun.
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04/18/2005 03:40:08 PM
Nice job...it's interesting and fun to look at, too. Good luck.
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04/18/2005 03:29:17 PM
I laughed like a drain when I saw this.
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04/17/2005 10:56:21 PM
My top three. Really enjoyed htis one.
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04/17/2005 09:12:25 AM
Fun shot..love the light bouncing of the green tack..it works really well...nice light direction.
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04/17/2005 09:11:14 AM
Great idea and an excellent outcome. Well done! 10
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04/16/2005 10:40:46 PM
Beautiful lighting, sharpness and depth of field. Great colors and super composition. Great job!!
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04/16/2005 03:58:06 PM
Love it!
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04/16/2005 01:28:28 PM
Wonderful image. Anxious to hear how you did it. Very creative composition. Congrats!
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04/16/2005 12:41:49 PM
I like the lighting and the background. Good job.
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04/16/2005 12:08:46 PM
Absolutely the best composition in this challenge. Great lighting! 10
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04/16/2005 11:42:07 AM
Nice, I'm interested in how you pulled this off. The lens flare is great, as is the glowing planet that the tacks are sticking into. The only problem I see is that the background planet is getting a lot of light while the tacks don't seem to be receiving the same amount.
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04/16/2005 11:41:25 AM
Wow! This is so cool! The only problem I see is that there are no tacks in this image. ;) Really well done. Where did you get the giant tacks? Wish the DOF would have covered the slightly out of focus planetoid. But the capture of the light 'star' on the green pin makes up for it. You've managed to capture some depth in the individual tacks - you can see they are rounded rather than flat as in a lot of the other images. Good work! 10 from me!
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04/16/2005 10:52:35 AM
gorgeous! one of my favourites
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04/16/2005 07:10:25 AM
This is quite an original and creative entry. I like the tacks of different sizes. They add interest to an already fascinating shot. One of the best of the challenge in my opinion. Great job.
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04/16/2005 05:09:54 AM
This image has atmoshere even if the planet hasn't. Very powerful and other-worldly.
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04/16/2005 03:59:12 AM
Exellent, has to be a winner.
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04/16/2005 03:11:58 AM
This has GOT to ribbon. There's not another image in this challenge that's close to it. I just hope this ain't Scalvert, 'cuz if it is he's stuck in a rut of a magnitude equal to Zoomdak and his "damned beach", which is certain to make a reapperance in both Free Study and Rocks Scissors paper, IMO.

jejeje™

Anyway, this is beautifully constructed and shot, whoever made it.
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