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Challenge: Abstract II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: under the old desk
Date: Feb 5, 2006
Aperture: 2.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Abstract
Date Uploaded: Feb 5, 2006

Caught in the cobwebs under an old desk outside, patterned by nature. The shape and colour appealed to me.

Levels, curves, custom filter 50%, resize, brightness/contrast, curves. desat with hue/sat

Place: 283 out of 325
Avg (all users): 4.5665
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.4103
Avg (non-participants): 4.8929
Views since voting: 1693
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 173
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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02/13/2006 02:02:54 PM
Totally underrated!
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02/13/2006 01:18:37 PM
When I look at this photograph coldly (utterly detached), this is what I come away with:

no, it ain't sexy
no, it ain't no sweet, no cliché and no aww-so-hallmark-cutie
no, it ain't no sentiment, no commodity (as a popular print for sale), no easy genre.

What it is, without having to argue a difficult point, is an image

which embellishes nothing, especially no aesthetic preference, no concept or notion
which alludes not, suggests not and makes no reference to any thing or idea outside of itself
which is what it is without pretense, claims to meaning or symbolist properties

There is, decidedly, nothing personally expressive about such an image. There is no message, no hint or complaint, no personal laundry. The author remains appropriately invisible behind the abstraction, the mystery of objects captured here, which are trouvée, found and serve not as means for an intended purpose or effect outside of one that existed naturally and prior to being photographed.

What we have here is a mystery, an esoteric document, if you like, which not only invites us, as viewers, to study it but which, probably, mystified its author in the first place, prompting the photograph.

A photo such as this, I believe, should not conform to any set notions of composition/tastes/appetites and technical conventions that apply to so much we consume and try to recreate. It should instead be executed according to its own dictates, so that we may be able to discover things that are new, uncharted or simply phenomenal, no matter how modest a thing it may appear to be. This has been done here, superbly, and without any traceable interference of ego, as far as I can see, and this, my people, is why I feel

it deserves a 10.

Message edited by author 2006-02-13 13:19:58.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/12/2006 09:51:24 PM
After considering this photograph for what it is, then for what it is not, it remains, apparently, exactly what and how it should be, a 10.
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02/12/2006 06:18:45 AM
you have a good eye, nice capture. the grain in the background is very nice, though I normally don't like grain :P
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02/10/2006 06:29:37 AM
true to challenge, well done
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02/09/2006 12:31:51 PM
Abstract? Kinda. It just doesn't appeal to me, though.
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02/09/2006 07:31:23 AM
Interesting shapes and lines. I think there is too little happening on the right hand side of the image.
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02/06/2006 01:02:31 AM
Interesting capture.
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