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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony Mavica FD-95
Location: Northern California
Date: Aug 15, 2002
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 283
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Aug 15, 2002

Shot in indirect lighting ( turnid a lampshade up sid down on lamp then reflected it off a white surface) with no flash. My first attempt for a "no flash" photo.

I'm sick of pencils!!! :>)

Place: 9 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.5370
Avg (commenters): 7.6875
Avg (participants): 6.5139
Avg (non-participants): 6.5635
Views since voting: 2123
Votes: 270
Comments: 37
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/26/2002 12:33:00 AM

I'm feeling light headed (and BIG headed LOL) with a 9th place. Thank you all for your comments this week and expecially all those helpful tip in the past weeks when I was barely in the running. 9th....WOW!!

I'll be messaging each one of you personally who commented her and answer any questions you may have asked.

Thank you all for sharing your expertise.


Your friend in photography,

08/26/2002 12:22:00 AM
Congrats on your #9 placement. I'm surprised you didn't place higher. I really like this shot with all it's vivid colors. Good work !!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 11:32:00 PM
sorry I haven't commented on this sooner, been a busy week. I really like this photo. The only thing that is a little irritating, is my totally annoying ability to recall useless information at any given moment. The fact that the way you have these lined up doesn't match the "proper" order of color really hits me hard with this photo. That is TOTALLY not your fault. Completely mine. In other words, I'm not holding against you, just making an observation. And purple is missing. Anyway, I DO love this photo though. It's very colorful and I love the multiple reflection. You have great light and great light control. Focus and frame placement is great. I would love to see this again with the colors in a different order and with purple. Please don't take that the wrong way, I honestly think I'm obsessive compulsive or something. My son has it too. Great photo and good luck in the challenge.
08/25/2002 11:50:00 AM
Like the multiple reflections... like the dark setting ... amused by the concept 6 sjgleah
08/25/2002 08:40:00 AM
I thought this image was very unusal and it just really captured my eye. I love shots like this excellent Job.
08/24/2002 03:53:00 PM
Nice vivid colors (especially against black), beautiful reflection, well lit, clever concept
08/23/2002 11:20:00 PM
I like the idea of the reflection but I think one reflection would have been enough. Three is too many and there are spots on the dark ble pencils. I like the carpenter pencil being in the middle.
08/23/2002 02:54:00 PM
Such a stricking photo.
08/23/2002 11:00:00 AM
Very nice picture. I like the colours and the black background. But maybe the 2 additional reflections are somehow irritating or distracting. I would have tried to get only one reflection.
08/23/2002 06:50:00 AM
I love the triple reflections and the viewpoint. Also great colours.
7, Kavey
08/22/2002 08:04:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing8,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 6,
Total Averaged Rating8. Autool
08/22/2002 01:57:00 AM
great color. and i love the reflections. very nice. (6) ~mcmurma
08/21/2002 10:32:00 PM
Composition - very good
Technical Aspects - very good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality – high
Other suggestions – top background could be a little more uniform for me.
3rd reflection is a plus.
Jim msp
08/21/2002 10:54:00 AM
What a great arrangement - and your lighting works really well too. Excellent work.
08/21/2002 06:09:00 AM
Love the use of reflection. Very nice. :)
08/20/2002 10:53:00 PM
Excellent -- I love the humor! The background and reflective surface are very effective here. Love the photo....only thing I see that I might consider changing...the dark pencils; third and fourth from the left; seem to vanish against the dark background. I might like it better if the far end of the pencils formed a continuous line across the back.
08/20/2002 10:00:00 PM
great composition..love the reflections .
08/20/2002 08:39:00 PM
one of the best
08/20/2002 03:37:00 PM
Great shot. I like the colors and the reflection.
08/20/2002 02:10:00 PM
It’s hard to get an interesting shot of pencils alone, but you have got a long way towards that goal. I really like the atmosphere created by the vibrant colours and dark backdrop. Also, the reflective surface works really well. In terms of a quality shot – it is. Personally, pencils aren’t my thing, but, I think this is a well composed picture showing good technique and flair even with the massive pencil drag factor. :o) (10)
08/20/2002 01:57:00 PM
Great color, and very sharp photo. Excellent.
08/20/2002 11:53:00 AM
This is the nicest of this type of photo, you did a good job. I love the reflective surface and black background. Makes all the colors so vidid.
08/20/2002 06:38:00 AM
I love the reflections in this shot... I wonder if this would have been a more powerful shot from a slightly higher or tilted angle? good work! = 8 - jmsetzler
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08/19/2002 10:04:00 PM
good shot. wonder what this would have looked like on the diagonal ?
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08/19/2002 09:31:00 PM
Beautiful job capturing the reflection here!
08/19/2002 09:24:00 PM
Beautifully lit and I love the reflections. I was going to do something similar, but you did it sooooo much better that I'm glad I didn't. :-) 9
08/19/2002 07:07:00 PM
I like the reflection over the dark platform, and the square pencil looks great! Nice composition!
08/19/2002 04:38:00 PM
Very nice. I always have loved rainbows. 8
08/19/2002 03:48:00 PM
Just super! Bravo..good work!! Score 7 ~Kee
08/19/2002 12:27:00 PM
GREAT WORK I love color. I like all of the reflections. Nice layout and detail. 9
08/19/2002 12:03:00 PM
Interesting use of reflections though your getting a reflection from both sides of the glass. the carpenters pencil could be a couple of pencils to the left so the paint color locloser matches.
08/19/2002 11:49:00 AM
Love this photo!!
08/19/2002 10:02:00 AM
Love the lines, reflections and subject. A bit grainy.
08/19/2002 09:50:00 AM
Love the color, the composition and the "setup". Fairly high impact shot for me. Good work ! lhall-9
08/19/2002 03:25:00 AM
Great shot. I like it better with more pencils. There is one problem that I don't think you are seeing on your computer... you can see a distortion from the towel on the wall. Try getting onto Ben's computer and signing in on that one. If you can't see anything different on his, next time you are in town, stop by and I will bring it up on mine.
Otherwise great job... and I already have some great ideas for this weeks challenge... don't know if I'm gonna do it there or make a "studio" here to do it and let you find out later.
08/19/2002 01:45:00 AM
This shot is really stunning. Great execution, great title.
08/19/2002 01:07:00 AM
Creative use of colour and dof. I might have cropped a bit more off top and bottom.
Overall a pleasing shot. sulamk

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