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Challenge: Something New (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2040Z
Location: Kitchen table
Date: Aug 10, 2002
Aperture: 2.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Emotive, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 10, 2002

Set up the shot on my kitchen table, using a while cloth as a back drop. I tried a few times, regular ambient light, a desk lamp, candles...The first try with candles was too dark, it didn't work at all. Set up on Saturday again this time with 5 times more candles. The lighting came out perfect to me. Then, I tried to get the best positioning.

I dislike doing set-up shots...but sometimes everyone has to resort to it. Also, there's a big difference between an obviously set up shot...and a set up shot that looks natural. And, I suspect I might get low scores because the picture does not have anything brand new...But it's certainly is SOMETHING new :) We'll see what happens...

Place: 75 out of 168
Avg (all users): 5.0709
Avg (commenters): 6.5172
Avg (participants): 4.9360
Avg (non-participants): 5.2016
Views since voting: 1027
Votes: 254
Comments: 31
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08/21/2002 09:22:00 PM
Psyche, normally I wouldn't take the time to comment after the fact, but since I didn't bother to vote on this particular challenge I wanted to tell you that for once I actually found your photo to really out do most of the photos above yours, not to mention it fully outdid at least 2 of the 3 winners.
Among the obvious technical wonderments of this photo lies pure emotion and meaning. Something people often lack, something many of the photos here lack.
I commend you, but most of all I commend you for having the guts to upload a meaningful photo among the new crayons and pencils.

Jessica (flummox)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/18/2002 11:41:00 PM
The shallow DOF, focusing on the binding lettering, is appropriate here. But what the heck are those things on the top right?
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08/18/2002 10:47:00 PM
Not having a particular religious preference, I wasn't aware what the things on top of the testament were. I thought they were carrots, or strange roots. It wasn't until after I asked someone that they told me they were candles. I wish we could see the entire charm on the end of the chain. The lighting is very good. The reference to something new is clear (however the testament it's self is really old) I do like the angle, but think it should be a little wider to show more detail. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/17/2002 12:09:00 PM
This is a great shot of the New Testament. I love it (8)
08/16/2002 02:59:00 PM
ok, it's a book called the New Testament but doesn't make me feel new
08/16/2002 12:27:00 PM
Interesting focus but the lighting (perhaps candle) is too dark.
08/16/2002 12:22:00 PM
Nice take on the "New" category.
08/16/2002 09:58:00 AM
YES! This represents a lot to me. New LIFE above all. I love the idea here. Now on to the criticism....what is the chain all about? I can't really make out the (cross?) Knowing the subject of the NT I'd guess it's a cross but that should be clearer. I have no idea at all what that other thing on the NT is. Plastic carrots?? Oh wait...hubby came in and said they are candles...probably. LOL...Whatever it is, it adds no virtue to this picture and should have been removed. I do like the lighting of your image. My suggestions would be: 1-remove the candles, and 2-put the cross in a position where it can be clearly recognized, so it will strongly support the concept.
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08/16/2002 05:02:00 AM
too yellow. what are those vegetables on the book? oh! it's candles? they look like sausages of some kind. nice idea though because it's something very old that's still called 'new'
08/15/2002 11:07:00 PM
I can hear Carmina Burana chanting in the background... 8
08/15/2002 07:04:00 PM
An interesting representation on "new"... I'm not sure what the items on the bible at the top right are. The fuzziness of the top left is a bit distracting, but overall, I liked it.
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08/15/2002 05:04:00 PM
Good use of shallowfield, with the exception that part of the necklace is in focus and part out, which is a tad distracting. Good subject.
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08/15/2002 01:22:00 PM
Maybe I'm daft, but I don't know what those things on the top of the bible are. Even so, they don't add to the photo. What are they?
08/15/2002 11:45:00 AM
nice set up. good angle.
08/15/2002 05:20:00 AM
It's a great shot. Lighting is dramatic and it fits the challenge.
08/14/2002 10:25:00 PM
the lighting is gorgeous
08/14/2002 08:50:00 PM
Great combination of old and new! The sepia works great as does the shallow dof... A photo worthy of the author... 10
08/14/2002 03:11:00 PM
The candles look like dead fingers! The two texures don't complement well. But the Bilbe part works, Unfortunately a photo is only as good as it's WORST component. Every detail should add, if not it detracts,
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08/13/2002 05:56:00 PM
Something new.
Composition - quite good, items upper right distract me, though.
Technical Aspects - quite good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality quite good
Jim msp
08/13/2002 04:45:00 PM
At first glance I really like this photo. The chain is a bit out of focus, but does not detract from the photo. I could be picky about the depth of field, but I think that what you did in this picture works. The candles are a bit distracting though... 7
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08/13/2002 12:43:00 PM
Lovely arrangement and lighting - excellent all round.
08/13/2002 07:56:00 AM
i think u got the mood well captured here. its dimly lit but still well visable. nice one
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08/12/2002 11:40:00 PM
The tonal mood in this picture is very good.

Please don't take this as a criticism, it is just an observation: I can't tell what the chain is and I'm not sure how the candles fit into the overall message. (My pictures aren't scoring too well either, so take this with a grain of salt.)
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08/12/2002 10:17:00 PM
very nice framing, composition. The lighting and sepia tones work well with this.
08/12/2002 09:12:00 PM
Technical Aspects5
08/12/2002 08:09:00 PM
A beautiful picture of the Bible! I love it. Bless you.
08/12/2002 07:48:00 PM
Sorry, but this is just too red and too dark. (I can sort of come up with a reason for red, but it's a stretch, but dark? I reserve that for setting a mood) The necklace is very, very hard to see, esp. the cropped part. The candles...cropped and questionable, too. (You've heard this book isn't all that new, haven't you? joke) 5 Swash
Addendum: Darkness - orange gold tablecloth, binding and candles are well lit. Book cover w/necklace chain (disappearing in the distance) seem to dark to capture the details of the chain. Cross cropped and out of focus.
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08/12/2002 05:50:00 PM
Good lighting and good original idea...I think that you should maybe try it again minus the candles...they kind of distract from the bible. I love how the light brought out the cracks in the leather of the binding...very visual! Good job! -8
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08/12/2002 12:17:00 PM
REALLY nice! Nice effect, great subject....my favorite so far!
08/12/2002 05:39:00 AM
Too much brightness on the left end what is that on top of the Testament, it look´s like you left your´re food on top. I put a 3 on it:)
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08/12/2002 03:12:00 AM
The idea and lighting are great, however the other objects seem to distract rather than enhance. Different cropping, showing more of the objects, might have been better---or leaving them out and letting the book stand alone.
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