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Challenge: Multi-Image Compositions (Classic Editing*)
Collection: art/abstract
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: studio
Date: Apr 26, 2003
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Studio, Diptych / Triptych
Date Uploaded: Apr 26, 2003

my little bamboo plant

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 116
Avg (all users): 7.1549
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 7.0860
Avg (non-participants): 7.2857
Views since voting: 14306
Votes: 142
Comments: 101
Favorites: 29 (view)


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05/07/2007 02:00:28 AM
Very beautiful colors and composition. I really love this... it is very peaceful to look at.
05/11/2003 09:16:12 PM
Originally posted by paganini:


It's also an insult to Buddhists everywhere. This is not zen.


Zen is not necessarily Buddhism, nor is Buddhism exclusively Zen. Zen is conceptual, and indefinite. This photograph is as representative of Zen as a statue of Buddha, or Britney Spears.

"The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being, and to do this in the most direct way possible, without resorting to anything external or superadded...When a Zen master was once asked what Zen was, he replied, 'Your everyday thought.'...Zen is the ocean, Zen is the air, Zen is thunder and lighting, the spring flower, the summer heat, and winter snow...Zen is the man." (D.T. Suzuki, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism)

Your inflammatory attempt to define and "defend" Zen Buddhism is evidence of ignorance, not magnetic9999's beautiful triptych. I would advise you to refrain from creating conflict simply for the sake of the conflict, especially when it involves your making a fool out of yourself.

Martin
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05/08/2003 10:55:22 PM
Very nice composition. and I'd just like to point out, since it seems other people who commented don't know this, but one of the few religious images Zen practitioners have is the great empty circle. It is supposed to be the simplest and most concise way of describing reality. Very clever composition.
And just to clear something else up, no self-respecting buddhist would be offended by the chinese characters (besides, buddhists generally aren't offended by other people's religions. They leave that to the monotheists). Zen (Ch'an to the Chinese) began in China. It is simply part of Zen's history.
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05/07/2003 05:54:56 PM
awesome plant!
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05/05/2003 09:18:04 PM
Great shot Mag, congratulations....I feel really relaxed when I look at this picture, I think you really captured the essence of your subject here.... :)
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05/05/2003 06:23:15 PM
congrats, mag!

Message edited by author 2003-05-05 18:26:31.
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05/05/2003 06:19:03 PM
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The specific character means "city."

What if he picked the one next to it, that means "wood" or "tree."

They are Chinese characters.


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05/05/2003 05:29:25 PM
Wow. I see meaningless squiggly lines every day in all cultures. Hell Prince even changed his name to a squiggly symbol. One more ain't gonna hurt.

Great multi-image mag, 'grats on anther ribbon.
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05/05/2003 04:15:14 PM
Woo Hoo Kollin,
Congrats on the ribbon and an excellent composite.
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05/05/2003 03:46:14 PM
good job mag...too bad people can't just lighten up

Message edited by author 2003-05-05 19:51:51.
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05/05/2003 02:58:41 PM
Thanks for your comments.

To Tony Ku: I just took a pic of the characters on the planter and used those as a design motif. Which is no different from showing a picture of the planter itself. If you have a problem with that you should take it up with the manufacturers of that planter. Let me know when they respond to your letter and what the response is.

Re: "zen": sorry but zen has a lot of colloquial meanings that arent necessarily connected with a religious dogma, that include meditation, peace, inner calm, enlightenment, desirelessness, etc. To me, this picture is evocative of those meanings. I can't imagine that such a usage would give offense, but if it did, my sincere apologies.

Message edited by author 2003-05-05 16:43:43.
05/05/2003 01:25:01 PM
Bamboo!!! I just fell out of my chair ;-)
Congrats, dude.
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05/05/2003 11:47:58 AM
Nice photo except for the characters. It's not real, it's a blatantly stupid attempt to make it seem Japanese and I consider it as somewhat racist. If you're going to do it right, use a real character and one that actually means something, instead of just plugging in some squigly lines and thinking that it meant something. Only people you can fool are people as ignorant as you are.

It's also an insult to Buddhists everywhere. This is not zen.

Message edited by author 2003-05-05 11:50:23.
05/05/2003 10:51:36 AM
This is so beautiful and peaceful. Perfect title too. Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/05/2003 08:22:08 AM
Congrats, nice job!
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05/05/2003 07:12:13 AM
Congrats on another ribbon mag :)
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05/05/2003 06:23:07 AM
I loved the lighting on this shot, congrats , nicely done man!
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05/05/2003 05:08:33 AM
Congratulations on a great pic and another ribbon Mag. Setting the bar for all the new 10D holders pretty high. Nice work! - BoB
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05/05/2003 04:54:50 AM
Good job Mag. Go team 10D !!! :)
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05/05/2003 02:40:17 AM
Way to go Mag, you and that new camera of yours have become the best of friends I see.
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05/05/2003 12:36:54 AM
woohoo mag!! congratulations! what a wonderful photo!
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05/05/2003 12:19:19 AM
Nice job Mag!
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05/05/2003 12:12:46 AM
Super Mag. congrats!!!
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05/05/2003 12:11:32 AM
Go Mag. Congrats, I love this.
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05/05/2003 12:06:54 AM
Well deserved - congrats
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05/05/2003 12:06:43 AM
Loved it while voting, and I love it now. Great work!
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05/05/2003 12:03:54 AM
Great shot, Mag. Congrats!! I really like the way you have the one leaf sticking out of the frame. Cool idea.
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05/05/2003 12:02:31 AM
congrats mag!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2003 11:06:14 PM
I really, really like this, and appreciate the effect you were going with by backlighting the main photo. I just wish I could have seen a TINY bit more of the main shoot. Very well done, though.
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05/04/2003 07:31:16 PM
I like how you made the leaves go outside the border. very nice multi-image. worthy of print.
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05/04/2003 03:55:53 PM
Creative. I can see this as a poster in an import store. My only nit pick would be the tiny blown out highlights that are minorly distracting. But overall very nice. 8
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05/04/2003 12:23:29 PM
Interesting "story".
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05/02/2003 09:18:27 AM
Very good composition........ it is thoughtfully done. Cohesive in every way - colour/contrast/light & shadow.
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05/02/2003 12:00:40 AM
Interesting composition and layout. (Would help me out with my Feng Shui)
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05/01/2003 10:28:13 PM
Nice touch with the bamboo leaves going out of the frame. Still trying to figure out how to do it. Good individual images and composition of the three.
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05/01/2003 07:25:11 PM
Wow. What a wonderful lighting job. Excellent sharpness. You must really have a good camera to capture the subject like you did. :) Really excellent lighting. Jacko. 10
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05/01/2003 12:50:19 PM
One of my Favorites very well done.
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05/01/2003 12:38:41 AM
Wonderful photos wonderfully combined. I especially like the circle image, but all three work well together here. Nice lighting, moods and tones. Aaahhh.
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04/30/2003 12:35:21 PM
Nice feeling to this image. composition wise, I feel the elements are a little too compartimented. perhaps your subject on the left could have filled the space more generously without being enclosed in a frame. The two "cartouches" on the right are nice but the different widths of framing could have been avoided. if you created these borders using the "increase canvas size method", remember not to use uneven numbers of pixels to do so. 8
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04/29/2003 02:50:48 PM
Really like everything but here it comes. i uderstand and like the idea od breaking the boundaries with the leaf. On the left side great but the truncating the leaf on the left really bothers me for some reason. maybe because it gives me a feeling of unbalance for an image that should be in balance.
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04/29/2003 01:41:33 PM
Absolutely lovely. Looks totally professional. : )
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04/29/2003 11:21:06 AM
One hand applauds you
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04/29/2003 11:06:45 AM
Gorgeous colors and lighting...prof looking presentation. Tiny nitpick the edges of some of the leaves in the 'big' pic look choppy...that could just be me though. Great work! Lisa
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04/29/2003 08:37:19 AM
This composition is quite intriguing :) I think the creative lighting couples very nicely with the 'zen' mystique.

"Ah Cuckoo! My Impermanence! Deepen Thou My Solitude!" :) - Basho (I Think)
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04/29/2003 06:22:46 AM
Excellent set up. I really like how the leaf in the first picture extends outside the borders of the picture. It pulls the whole composition together. One of my favorites this week.
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04/29/2003 02:09:23 AM
beautiful - amazing color. I really like how the leaves break the frame. excellent job with the background stuff too - the font, etc. really lovely.
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04/29/2003 12:17:08 AM
Very nice, looks like a poster.
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04/29/2003 12:15:25 AM
Well you obviously have some graphics design experience. :) Great shot. Love the green and black.
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04/28/2003 11:46:03 PM
I like the way the leaves go outside the frame. Good colors and shadows...
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04/28/2003 08:30:17 PM
I really like the dramatic lighting and the deepness of the greens in this.
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04/28/2003 05:15:50 PM
great overall work. nice lighting and design.
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04/28/2003 05:04:52 PM
This works so very well! I could nit you with the lighting/glare issue in the main photo, but this is so very cool, I don't care. 10 Rob the Swash
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04/28/2003 01:12:33 PM
Coloring is gorgeous!
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04/28/2003 01:08:12 PM
Wow! This composition looks a LOT like mine! hehe... I like the leaves breaking out of the frame.
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04/28/2003 11:48:25 AM
Love the way the leaves escape the frames. Nice colours, good individual images and lovely feel to the whole thing.
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04/28/2003 11:16:01 AM
I like the detail in each photo. The backround is nice too. Well done!
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04/28/2003 11:05:55 AM
Hummmmmm really, very nice. The Zen of photography.
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04/28/2003 10:26:53 AM
Looks like a poster through and through. Great job capturing the challenge.
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04/28/2003 10:04:59 AM
Top job! This is very professional.
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04/28/2003 06:27:44 AM
Put together really nice. Good Job
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04/28/2003 01:55:11 AM
Delicately lovely and peaceful...
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04/28/2003 01:18:53 AM
I love your lighting on this. It is beautiful. Awesome, Awesome work and photo's. A 10 all the way.
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04/28/2003 12:12:59 AM
I love the idea, the presentation is wonderful, with the Kanji which a nice added touch. I feel that the top right picture, is a little dark but also works as it adds the cirlce. One more thing, I think I would prefer it if the leaf wasn't cut off. Overall, this is a great picture. 9
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