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Challenge: Office Art (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix A101
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Date: Jun 4, 2003
Aperture: 4.4?
Galleries: Humorous, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 6, 2003

My stapler and staple remover square off over the fate of the helpless paper ...

Ambient fluorescent lighting, camera hand-held resting on the desk in macro mode. Resized to DPC limits -- no cropping.
Slight tone adjustment and two light passes with Unsharp Mask.
I was using Isaac's camera and can't figure out the exposure data from the EXIF, but it's an auto-everthing camera.

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Views since voting: 1230
Votes: 108
Comments: 13
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06/22/2003 06:40:15 PM
Originally posted by hbunch7187:

*Critique Club*
This is very cute. I like the concept very much.
The angle and framing/cropping seem to me to be just fine. I think having the stapler coming out of the bottom left is good.
What is bothering me here is the background. Mostly the tape dispenser. It is right in the middle of the 'action'. I wonder how this would work sitting on a desk with just the wall being the background...
~Heather~

I think I rather like the natural business of the background, but it is poorly (and hurriedly) arranged. The main changes I'd make would be to have the other office items forming a ring around the fighters, facing in and focusing the action, and to have a stack of forms that aren't so bright. If I had known this little camera would capture the detail so sharply, I'd have partially extruded a staple to make some cool fangs.

I'm at this place three days a week, so it shouldn't be hard to try a do-over, maybe with my camera this time. Thanks for your comments!

--Paul
06/22/2003 04:42:31 PM
*Critique Club*
This is very cute. I like the concept very much.
The angle and framing/cropping seem to me to be just fine. I think having the stapler coming out of the bottom left is good.
What is bothering me here is the background. Mostly the tape dispenser. It is right in the middle of the 'action'. I wonder how this would work sitting on a desk with just the wall being the background. That way it is still in a natural looking environment, but not too busy as with this background.
The white paper in the bottom right is a little bright. The rest of the shot is dark, so adjusting brightness would hurt this shot. The only 'fix' I see would be to adjust the actual lighting around the subjects.
Focus and clarity seem good to me. I think that the detail in both subjects is good to show the competition. You captured the pointy prongs on the remover very nicely.
Overall nice.
~Heather~
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/12/2003 08:01:00 PM
This is hilarious!! It would greatly brighten any dull office's atmosphere!!
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06/12/2003 04:43:19 AM
Too much background going on for this "showdown" However I do like the idea
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06/10/2003 11:48:53 PM
The staple remover always wins. Wish the white paper wasn't here - or a less cluttered bg - good job in meeting the challenge, however. 8
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06/10/2003 10:53:37 PM
Does look a bull dog. Good focus on both combatants. Composition is a little confusing.
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06/10/2003 08:54:32 PM
Stapler and remover, hmmm new art form if in the right hands.
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06/10/2003 04:31:30 PM
I like the focus and the angle of the shot. In my opinion the envelope ? is too white and bright for the rest of the objects. I would rather see just the desktop or maybe a pen.
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06/09/2003 06:50:51 PM
Humourous! Like the title and composition. Perspective and angles are good too.
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06/09/2003 01:59:53 PM
Nice picture, nice concept, stapler vs remover. I also like that its not done on a kind of studio backdrop... this way gives it a much more real feeling. Good luck
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06/09/2003 01:24:08 PM
Very cute idea. What hurts you, though is the busy background. Perhaps a more neurtral background and surface would have been more appropriate. 4 Good luck in the challenge.
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06/09/2003 01:02:22 PM
May have been stronger if the stapler and staple remover were isolated against a plain backdrop. There seem to be too many other elements to conflict with the subjects here.
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06/09/2003 04:17:13 AM
Great idea, slightly busy background detracts from the message.
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