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P-i-P (a nod to jjbeguin's lovely duotones)
P-i-P (a nod to jjbeguin's lovely duotones)
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Tribute (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges 2006
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Living room
Date: Jan 22, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/5s
Galleries: Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2006

I originally tried something inspired by Mark Laita's Giro helmet ads (they're quite fun - go see them) but it was akin to a third grader trying to do a Rembrandt with crayons. I learned a lot - to do a quality studio shot you need a studio, not a chair, a posterboard, and three desk lamps. So back to the drawing board... I was practicing with my tripod and my new remote control and the lamp looked like a willing subject (it doesn't move). I liked the picture. I considered that "famous" photographers have their pictures hung in galleries, hence the picture-in-picture idea. Finally, I LOVE jjbeguin's work, especially the duotoned/sepia shots so I attempted to create that tonal quality. I had considered titling it "Apologies to jjbeguin" but I wanted to acknowledge that Monsieur Beguin's work is extremely inspiring!

PP included my first DPC-entered attempt at spot editing (cloned out a prominent cat hair on the lamp), upping the shadow a bit in RAW (thanks SandyP!), USM, grayscale, duotone, save for web.

I like it, my mom likes it, and an online friend thinks it's "creepy".

Statistics
Place: 23 out of 188
Avg (all users): 6.5366
Avg (commenters): 8.2778
Avg (participants): 6.5067
Avg (non-participants): 6.5497
Views since voting: 2607
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 246
Comments: 35
Favorites: 18 (view)


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11/17/2006 12:30:27 AM
Great idea. I love photos that make you take a closer look.
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10/16/2006 05:00:33 PM
Wow, Deb. Somehow I missed this in all the times I've looked at your portfolio! Great shot, very imaginative.
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10/09/2006 05:31:49 PM
So simple but a great picture. The tone fits the image great!
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09/10/2006 01:58:45 AM
I haven't commented on this? How could that be?

This is cool on so many levels - loved it when I saw it in the challenge, love it still!

The textures are just - hmm - it's like I can taste them! It's beyond being able to feel them, it's like an expereience - the repetition in the composition, the beautiful curves of the lamp base (not once but twice) - the texture in the lamp shade - how do you get texture in a lamp shade? Mine tend to just blow out!

Really it's kind of beyond my ability to express how this makes me feel - hopefully that gives you at least an idea of how cool I think this is.

I think it comes down to the magic of photography being so manifest here. It's a simple scene, could be any house (although it feels kind of retro so it calls upon memories I didn't know I had) but photography turns this simple scene into something that calls up all this emotion. Isn't that just magic?

Great work! To say the least -
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09/04/2006 11:05:07 AM
Ohh my.. .. Simple lovely.. the ambiance.. is perfect.. To see such beautifully controlled ambience in a B/W shows good post processing and good lighting control.. u got to teach me this someday..
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07/09/2006 07:30:57 PM
The is such a great image. Now you should take it one step further and put this image in the frame & reshoot, to give the impression of it extending to infinty.
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07/07/2006 12:19:26 AM
fantastic shot! i was on a break when this challenge took place... the noise is perfect, the smooth gradient of the lighting is so pretty. and the reflection of the lamp? such thoughtful placement. great job!!
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05/30/2006 08:04:18 PM
Oh boy!

What a composition... I am jealous :P

Simple (!!) photos like that amazes me all the time... I love it :D

Keep up the good work ;)
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04/30/2006 12:24:34 AM
I loved this one I gave you an 8. The tones and the Idea are awesome!
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03/27/2006 12:34:11 AM
this is so cool! you really nailed it. the simplicity, the tones, the lines, the lighting--very, very nice work.
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02/11/2006 10:13:58 PM
I love this!!
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02/11/2006 02:51:34 PM
Wow - 24th place ain't bad at all! Great score! Congrats on your PB with a terrific shot and tribute. Love the composition here - you can just get lost in the graceful lines and lighting. Very nice work.
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02/01/2006 10:28:34 PM
Hey, nice finish here! I had this one in my top group :-)
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02/01/2006 10:27:57 AM
I thought this was excellent and gave it a 10!

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02/01/2006 01:02:33 AM
Way to GO DEB!!! What a great score for a great photo!! I knew this one would do you proud!! :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2006 08:59:55 PM
Simple and so maybe '50'ish. The tones and lack of clutter,the reflection really pull the vision into the photo. Good work!
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01/31/2006 04:25:20 PM
Stunning shot, love the minimal cleverness and the tones are just as good as jjbeguin. Love it. 10
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01/30/2006 09:14:33 PM
this is very good!
bumping up from 7 to an 8.
i like the simplisticness (?) of it and the twinning of the images.
i would like to try something similar myself.
good luck.
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01/30/2006 08:45:05 PM
Love the tones and the composition
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01/29/2006 11:58:50 PM
gorgeous tones....gorgeous shot. an ordinary-esque element of life turned into beauty!!
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01/29/2006 07:43:27 AM
I like this approach, and you have done it so well.....
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01/29/2006 06:32:12 AM
Great shot, VERY clever and very well done! 10
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01/27/2006 03:51:03 PM
The absolute simplicity of this image is the thing that strikes me the most. Clean and simple and jjbeguin will definitely see this as a lovely tribute to his great work and contributions to this group. Lovely duotones ;)
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01/27/2006 12:58:05 PM
simple, and yet complex. very nice.
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01/26/2006 11:52:32 PM
what a beautiful feeling this photo has! Great shot
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01/26/2006 10:49:32 PM
Very good shot one of three 10's I gave. Good luck in the ribbon hunt.
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01/26/2006 09:16:43 PM
Awesome. Very clean and crisp. Love the entire composition.
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01/26/2006 02:00:01 PM
Excellently posed photo, very well balanced. Great tones and highlights, just like JJ. Very nice!
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01/26/2006 10:34:20 AM
These tones are lovely indeed...such a simple image yet it puts forty such moodiness...very nice.
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01/26/2006 02:56:29 AM
Simple yet effective.
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01/26/2006 02:49:22 AM
Wow, this is one great image jjbeguin or not. His is great inspiration, great tribute to him.
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01/25/2006 09:28:28 PM
Great simplicity which captivates and entrains the viewer. Very nice tribute. Bumping up.
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01/25/2006 06:26:32 PM
I really like this image; now inspired to look at jjbeguin's work ...
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01/25/2006 07:41:25 AM
How cool is THAT! I love the way this is done. So crisp and contemporary looking! I hope this does well because I really love this one!
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01/25/2006 12:19:02 AM
very cool...
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