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1982 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championships
3rd Place1982 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championships
cutlassdude70


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Year You Were Born (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Uncle's House - Highland, CA
Date: Nov 19, 2006
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/15 sec
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2006

* Post-challenge: Thanks to everyone for the awesome comments! I had a blast shooting it, so I'm glad all of you can enjoy some of my inner-geekdom. :D


At first I was really stumped as far as what to do for this challenge. I decided to do the first thing I almost always do - consult Wikipedia! ;) I scanned through all the events of 1982, but none of them jumped out at me - until... "June 5 - The first Rubik's Cube World Championships is held in Budapest, Hungary." Bing bing bing - we have a winner!

So I borrowed a Rubik's Cube from a co-worker, tracked down the right type of frames for the glasses, taped up the bridge, and threw on the nerdiest 80s shirt I could find. :D I used a black backdrop and draped a piece of black velvet over a small table. I actually had three lights set up for this shot. All three were cheap clamp-on shop lights with daylight bulbs to help the white balance. One close light from left of frame and above, one light from right of frame and almost level, then one light actually clamped to leg of tripod and pointed downwards enough to spill JUST enough light onto my hands and the Rubik's Cube. Shot by myself with timer setting.

I shot this at ISO 1600 not only because my lighting wasn't very intense, but also because I wanted the shot to have a kinda gritty look to it - like a bad 80s game show. :)

Post-processing included:
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* Shadows adjustment in RAW
* Adjustment layer for Levels
* Adjustment layer for Brightness/Contrast
* Adjustment layer for Hue/Saturation to slightly desaturate closer to 80s TV look
* Cropped
* Resized with Bicubic Sharper
* Added color-matching border
* Save for Web

I had a fun time bringing out my full inner-nerd for this challenge. Hopefully a few of you will get a laugh out of it. :)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.7079
Avg (commenters): 7.5882
Avg (participants): 6.6071
Avg (non-participants): 6.7297
Views since voting: 8267
Views during voting: 528
Votes: 315
Comments: 59
Favorites: 8 (view)


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12/03/2006 11:45:07 PM
Ah, yes. Very well executed. Congratulations on your Yellow!
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12/03/2006 11:42:59 PM
just awesome man. thats all i can say
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12/03/2006 03:33:52 PM
Love the tape on the glasses, and the look! Congratulations!
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12/02/2006 02:35:06 PM
This is a classic!! Most excellent work!
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12/02/2006 12:00:12 PM
Very good shot, congrats on your ribbon!
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11/30/2006 08:52:57 PM
Funny, congrats on winning the yellow ribbon!
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11/29/2006 10:43:59 PM
What a hoot! I love the picture - brings back some scary memories. I actually was one of those geeky guys that could do the stupid thing in under 45 seconds. Spent a whole day at a big competition at some mall in suburban Chicago - yikes!
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11/29/2006 01:26:08 PM
Congrats on the ribbon!!! This is an awesome shot - brought back many memories!!!
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11/29/2006 12:38:39 PM
Great shot all the way 'round, Sean!!!

The only thing that scares me a little is how well you pulled off the look!
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11/29/2006 09:44:34 AM
I'm so glad this ribboned! I just love this shot. Congrats!
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11/29/2006 05:43:23 AM
Fantastic shot!! very cool. congrats
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11/29/2006 02:55:29 AM
Excellent shot, congrats to your next well deserved ribbon!
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11/29/2006 02:13:36 AM
Haha great shot and congrats on the ribbon :)
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11/29/2006 01:57:15 AM
Congrats! I'm so glad you won because I really love this pic!
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11/29/2006 01:28:45 AM
Most Excellent! Congrats, Nerd! :)
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11/29/2006 01:15:28 AM
This is priceless. Congrats!
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11/29/2006 12:58:44 AM
Great job and congratulations on the ribbon. :)
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11/29/2006 12:50:27 AM
Classic...love the glasses!!
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11/29/2006 12:48:41 AM
Sean, you are on a roll! So proud, so impressed! Great job.
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11/29/2006 12:15:39 AM
You are rockin! Congratulations AGAIN!
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11/29/2006 12:14:52 AM
Nice, Sean - have a pint on me!
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11/29/2006 12:13:43 AM
Hilarious!! :)
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11/29/2006 12:09:04 AM
Congrats on your nerdy picture! :P
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/28/2006 11:46:22 PM
Now ya know ya had me laughing with those glasses.. but did ya have to go out on the intire shot! Perfect 10!
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11/28/2006 09:50:28 PM
I like the multi-colored border and the tape on the glasses and the tongue are great extra touches.
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11/28/2006 06:45:31 PM
The tape is a great touch!! Good background and perspective.
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11/28/2006 06:21:59 PM
I will have to tell my daughter, also born that year. She'll be thrilled ;-) Like the composition for the subject and the taped glasses are a nice touch.
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11/28/2006 04:20:54 PM
Ha! Never could complete it! Good perspective. Possibly I would have liked richer colors of the cube.
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11/27/2006 05:35:49 PM
lol, even the border fits this photo :) great expression and the wide angle works here. 8
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11/27/2006 10:44:03 AM
Dig the wide angle distortion on the hands, really draws the eye towards the cube, nice work.
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11/26/2006 09:29:27 PM
..interesting use of perspective..
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11/26/2006 02:30:18 PM
This entry also captures the time and society in a simple iconic image.
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11/26/2006 12:21:45 AM
Great setup, especially noting the glasses and perfect expression - well done!
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11/25/2006 07:33:59 PM
Marvelous perspective for this portrait, most impressive use of a border to enhance an image, very "nerdy" indeed.
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11/25/2006 10:29:07 AM
I dont think i have ever maneged to get on of those right :P nice picture to 7
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11/25/2006 12:21:54 AM
Fun stuff. The expression, including the tongue and tape, is wonderful. You've really gotten the details down. Technically, I'd like to see a sharper focus throughout, and a less harsh lighting in the face. Very nice. 6
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11/24/2006 07:09:05 PM
Hilarious and such a fun border. Back to bump you up to 8.
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11/24/2006 01:08:44 PM
Not only is this a great shot, it is the year I was born! I smell a ribbon on this one. I say 9. ahhh screw it, make that a 10. I don't give out enough of em.
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11/24/2006 11:19:34 AM
fun aspect!!
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11/24/2006 07:32:26 AM
Excellent: how funny!! I remember this look and phase so well...Great interpretation
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11/23/2006 06:40:29 PM
Excellent!
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11/23/2006 01:10:22 PM
real nice composition, i like the matching border as well.
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11/23/2006 12:25:40 PM
love the funny expression...the tape on your glasses is just awesome.
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11/23/2006 05:12:30 AM
Clever...very clever
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11/22/2006 10:26:51 PM
LOL. This has got to be one of the best of challenge. 10.
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11/22/2006 07:41:14 PM
If you'd just held it a little lower, we could see the pocket protector! I like the composition of this one, and the intense look on his face. Very well done.
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11/22/2006 04:03:20 PM
Bottom of arms/hand -1. Nice idea! 6
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11/22/2006 02:16:27 PM
good one.
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11/22/2006 01:51:24 PM
Great shot! One of the better entries I've seen so far. Like the colors on the border! :)
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11/22/2006 12:46:05 PM
nice perspective ;)
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11/22/2006 10:11:03 AM
good crop, composition and sharpness, great work, even the border fits here.
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11/22/2006 09:34:44 AM
Nice balance and use of color. I really like the border, ties it up nicely. I don't really like the tape on the glasses and I'm unsure on the head cropping, but it is balanced.......
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11/22/2006 08:22:47 AM
Great idea. I remember when I was addicted to that damn toy. 7
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11/22/2006 06:22:11 AM
GREAT!! the expression, the nerdie look! only missing the 4th finger though.
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11/22/2006 04:46:10 AM
I don't like the colored frame and the magenta dominant on the skin but, the concept and pose is great...
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11/22/2006 02:07:44 AM
This is great! I love the geek tape and the expression. This is one of my top 3 for this challenge. Great composition for a difficult challenge topic. It was hard to keep this challenge interesting. You managed to pull it off with flying colors.
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11/22/2006 01:30:30 AM
LOL. OutSTANDING! 10. :)
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11/22/2006 12:40:25 AM
Cute. Nice border.
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11/22/2006 12:16:14 AM
Neeeeerdy!
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