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2nd PlaceRed and White

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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix 2600Z
Location: Indoors
Date: Aug 17, 2002
Aperture: 3.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.013 s
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2002


Place: 2 out of 185
Avg (all users): 7.4189
Avg (commenters): 8.5938
Avg (participants): 7.5540
Avg (non-participants): 7.2698
Views since voting: 6119
Votes: 265
Comments: 77
Favorites: 34 (view)

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02/22/2004 01:41:43 PM
Hmmm, I like the POV of most of your photos. wish to see more.You know I believe I can call you a minimalist after all.

09/25/2003 01:21:59 PM
Great Work....

Kinda reminds me of The White Stripes

08/27/2002 08:20:00 PM
This is the ONE photo in this challenge that made me say WOW!! I actually thought it would be first. Congratulations.
08/26/2002 05:12:00 PM
Can we see the outtake you mention anywhere?
08/26/2002 04:28:00 PM
Remie, great photo here. Congratulations. It went from being one of my favorites, to being my very favorite by the end of the challenge. Keep it up.
08/26/2002 02:53:00 PM
Thanks for the votes and the great and useful comments :)
The white pencil blending into the white backgroud was intentional and I have been thinking about doing the same with the red one. I came to the conclusion that it couldn't be done without destroying the balance of the photo. By using extra lights there would be either shadows on both sides of the pencils (giving the photo a fake unnatural look) or hardly any shadows at all (taking the depth out of the photo). But that's just my personal thoughts.
I did make an outtake with a black and a white pencil on which both pencils blend into the background, but it doesn't have the visual impact of this photo.
08/26/2002 12:15:00 AM
Congratulations !! I absolutely love this shot!
08/26/2002 12:11:00 AM
Remie, congrats on a great finish... excellent shot :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 06:29:00 PM
i really like the simple color and form of this shot. great idea--9 for you!
08/25/2002 06:17:00 PM
I love this photo! The red/white contrast is great! Good composition and lighting.
Only flaw I see is the merger of the white pencil with the white area, while the red pencil is more easily distinguishable.
08/25/2002 05:45:00 PM
Very nice.
08/25/2002 03:10:00 PM
striking use of color and balance.
08/25/2002 11:36:00 AM
Nicely done... sadly, the white on the lower left blends in with the white bkgd... or was that intended? Very effective 6 sjgleah
08/24/2002 11:44:00 PM
So very well done. I wish the reds could match a little more tho.
08/24/2002 07:57:00 PM
This is a GREAT photo---the ONLY thing I wish were different was the elimination of the shadows but I have no idea if that is possible. This is one of my favorites.
08/24/2002 04:08:00 PM
Very nice!!
08/24/2002 03:28:00 PM
I think this picture is fantastic!!! I love the colors. It feels alittle sharp but I think it makes that picture look better. I love the backgrounds they turned out so solid. Great looking photot. Norm (8)
08/24/2002 08:29:00 AM
I don't really care for the shadow on the right but an excellent picture otherwise. 8
08/23/2002 11:17:00 PM
very artistic. I really like it.
08/23/2002 05:44:00 PM
I enjoy how the white pencil bleeds into the white background. I wish that could have happened with the red pencil and red background. Sorry, I can't help you with how to do this - I am new at this.
08/23/2002 09:23:00 AM
This is just beautiful. Such striking colours and composition.
If _looking_ for a criticism I'd say only this - the white pencil bleeds seamlessly into the white background - the red pencil doesn't bleed into the red background because of the shadows. But then, it wouldn't work without any shadows, as they give the pencils form and dimension, and the shadows would look bloody weird if they were on opposite sides for each pencil. So I don't know that it would be something you would want to change anyway.
This is in my top three photos this week, very very striking.
9, Kavey
08/23/2002 02:52:00 AM
finally a photo that doesn't make me want to stick a pencil in my eye after seeing it. my favorite so far.
08/22/2002 08:59:00 PM
Very artistic. Well done and concept is excellent. Like the play on colors against each other.
08/22/2002 07:56:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background6,
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 02:23:00 PM
Beautiful macro!! (9)
08/21/2002 09:52:00 PM
08/21/2002 09:22:00 PM
Wow, nice job! I love how the white pencil fades to the white background. I wonder if having an additional light from the right side could have given the same effect to the red pencil and eliminated the shadow from the white pencil.
08/21/2002 08:27:00 PM
From my perspective:
Meets challenge:Yes
Technical:very good
Appeal/Artistic:very good
Comments:Great use of color here! One of my favorites. Really, really good! Flawless in my book. 10! Good luck in the challenge. Grayce...aka...Gracious
08/21/2002 05:12:00 PM
This is really really cool. This could be a poster or an ad for something. It's very symetrical, however, the white pencil blends in with the whit background and the red one doesn't blend in with the red background. I realize that it's cause of the shadow, but it would be a really neat effect to make them both the same like that. Otherwise beautiful photo. Great job and good luck in the challenge.
08/21/2002 04:01:00 PM
Beautifully done. This is in my top five for the week. I think you will place in the top three. The colors are right on and the focus is superb. This would make a TERRIFIC logo for some company. In fact, I may know a company that might be willing to buy the rights from you. Congratulations on a great photo. 9
08/21/2002 03:53:00 PM
wow, what a great shot! the color is crisp and clear and it definitly jumps out at you. the red and white is a great combination. The shadows are the only thing i wish you could get rid of in this pic. otherwise its perfect!
08/21/2002 02:27:00 PM
I love the contrast, framing, and composition of this sot. Simplicity can be wonderful! karmat
08/21/2002 12:55:00 PM
Wow! This is really a cool photograph -- I love the symmetry, and how the white pencil disappears. I guess to be consistent I might like this more if the red pencil also disappeared into the red background. This might be a difficult thing to do (to eliminate the shadow on the right of the red pencil by changing the lighting setup). Great Job -- one of my favorites this week. LanSnake
08/21/2002 12:02:00 PM
one of my favorites this week. i really like the strong diagonals and vivid colors. my only wish would be that the white pencil had some "anchor" to the white side instead of blending in. thats a personal preference, though, and it is "your" pic. well done. ~mcmurma
Meets Challenge...8
08/21/2002 11:34:00 AM
This is a great study in color... I like the way you have composed and executed this image. I also like the shadows on the right side of the pencils... I thought about this and was wondering what it would have looked like if the pencils were lit from the right and left to remove all shadows, but I think the shadows offer some nice contrast here... good work! = 9 - jmsetzler
08/21/2002 10:56:00 AM
GREAT concept and wonderful execution. Very very well done. Love it.
08/21/2002 10:51:00 AM
Very nice!
08/21/2002 09:51:00 AM
08/21/2002 12:59:00 AM
Defiitely creative. I love the white pencil against the red, but the red pencil gets somewhat lost what with all that white. Again, great creative idea.
08/20/2002 10:13:00 PM
perfect for Indonesia! (colors of flag)
08/20/2002 08:59:00 PM
striking,but white pencilfdes too much into background hence7
08/20/2002 04:19:00 PM
Composition - very good
Technical Aspects - quite good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality – high/very good
Other comments – I'd also like to see a variation where the white pencil had a little distinction from white background

Jim msp
08/20/2002 03:39:00 PM
Very nice. Almost too bright, but it works really well.
08/20/2002 02:05:00 PM
Nice use of color. Beautiful.
08/20/2002 09:54:00 AM
Love the idea and I love the way the white blends into the background…
08/20/2002 07:41:00 AM
lovely effect (8)
08/20/2002 06:01:00 AM

Message edited by author 2003-09-19 03:15:56.
08/20/2002 12:19:00 AM
My only 10 so far. This is art:) Shiiizzzam
08/20/2002 12:04:00 AM
Where's the blue??
08/19/2002 11:31:00 PM
I like this. Strong, stark design, strong colors. Visually very pleasing. Good composition. Love how the white of the pencil seamlessly blends into the background. Although I'm sure you'll be getting comments of people who just hate that feature! My only nitpick is that the red point and tip don't seem all that sharp and have jaggedness and artifacts. Oversharpening perhaps? Good job.7 Journey
PS: you might wish to consider some spot editing to clean up the red point (not possible for the challenge I know); it will greatly help this image.
08/19/2002 10:27:00 PM
Beautiful. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is the lack of sharpness. (Sorry, I'm sure 20 people have already mentioned it, but it's the only thing keeping this from being my top pick of the week.)
08/19/2002 10:24:00 PM
dramatic. Like the use of diagonals. Could do with some fill light on the right hand side to soften the shadows
08/19/2002 07:19:00 PM
I love the idea. Unfortunately it's a bit too contrasted and out of focus. But a good one never the less...
08/19/2002 07:14:00 PM
Well done! The lighting is excellent and the photo is well composed.
08/19/2002 05:13:00 PM
High Contract; rich color; simplicity! I am going to keep this as an example to myself. I keep telling myself "KISS" (keep it simple stupid). I give this picture (and your presentation skills) a perfect "10."
08/19/2002 02:37:00 PM
If the tip of the white pencil could be pushed EVER SO SLIGHTLY against the red pencil, this would have been perfect. As it is, it's an excellent photo and a great idea. The shadows are somewhat harsh, but I still enjoy it.
08/19/2002 02:24:00 PM
Very nice composition, nice original idea. I like it.
08/19/2002 01:27:00 PM
Fabulous composition and set up! Use of colors is exquisite! A 10 from me.
08/19/2002 12:49:00 PM
Totally awesome! I love this picture.. 10 for you!
08/19/2002 12:18:00 PM
nice use of exposure.
08/19/2002 11:03:00 AM
Super photo, one of this week's favorites for me.
08/19/2002 10:53:00 AM
TRULY AWESOME!!! I absolutely love it. great work - perfect. My fav so far. (ok, one tiny itty bitty thing, I wish the light didn't reflect so much in the grain on the red pencil) great composition - lighting is great - the exposure is perfect. 10!!
08/19/2002 10:05:00 AM
I love this! The contrast is GREAT!
08/19/2002 09:42:00 AM
Definitely my pick this week ! This is an absolutely awesome shot - perfect, perfect, perfect ! I'm sure you're going to get some comments about the shadows of the pencils - IGNORE those comments! Great work ! lhall-10
08/19/2002 08:44:00 AM
stunning! crisa58 10
08/19/2002 08:03:00 AM
The small space between the white lead and the red pencil is the only minor thing I can find to talk about, so I talked about it. Great shot, even with all the good color shots this seems the best use of color itself. --10 Agamemnon
08/19/2002 04:12:00 AM
The best image of the lot - 10 - Morgan
08/19/2002 03:28:00 AM
great contrast. One of the best.
08/19/2002 03:14:00 AM
This is by far one of the better pictures this week. I really love the color seperation. There was one problem I had with this... there is a shadow on all parts of the pencils, showing definition, except to the left of the white one. Otherwise.... great photo!!!
08/19/2002 02:49:00 AM
I like the idea, but technically this photo comes up short. It seems a bit washed out, and lacking some detail. 6 -lennier
08/19/2002 01:30:00 AM
The best of the best. Absolutely perfect. This could very well be the winner this week. =10 syamjonimi
08/19/2002 01:21:00 AM
10- I can't really say more...
08/19/2002 01:03:00 AM
thats very nice indeed..
08/19/2002 12:50:00 AM
This is really neat. How did you do it? petcentral
08/19/2002 12:47:00 AM
I like that the white pencil blends into the white background, but I wish that you could have achieved the same effect with the red pencil fading into the red background, overall a nice shot though
08/19/2002 12:43:00 AM
Let me be the first one to give you a 10!
08/19/2002 12:39:00 AM
The coloring in this picture is great, I like it a lot.

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