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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Polaroid PDC 1320
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Date: Aug 18, 2002
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002

Subtitle - "Do Pencils Dream of Crayon Sheep?"

I wanted to explore the feelings of a pencil :). I bought 4 packs of long pencils and cut them down with a hacksaw, then sanded and sharpened them to the right size. Then I blue-tacked them to the sketch pad and drew the picture. Lighting it was very tricky, but I ended up using the light from my bathroom window. This is the most work I've ever done for a DPC challenge!

Place: 22 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.1227
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.9124
Avg (non-participants): 6.3409
Views since voting: 1582
Votes: 269
Comments: 42
Favorites: 6 (view)

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09/23/2002 05:05:00 AM
Sigh...I just came across this from your profile page and realized I never got to see it or vote on it because I was travelling all that week. I'm sorry because I really like both the idea and the way you carried it out, and would have boosted your score at least a teensy bit...

Your explanations/analyses are great...I'm curious how you use curves to manipulate color, as that's almost all I use and am always looking for new tricks or effects.
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08/26/2002 01:02:00 AM
The difference between the users with cameras and users without cameras averages on my photo is really huge! I knew I had a lot of technical problems with this photo, but I was too busy to try it again. Still, I actually liked the way the shadow falls across the pencils, separating the image into the "real" world and the "dream" world compositionally. You're not seeing the whitebalance of the camera there, I took most of the green channel out in the curves and pushed everything else around majorly. If I had a tripod or had bothered to set up something to put my camera on, it would have been sharper, but I'm lazy :).

The colours are deliberately red and blue to emphasise some aspects of my idea. Basically, the red pencil is a non-conformist in a blue pencil world, and struggling to deal with reality. He creates a little red dream world to escape to. I don't know what sparked this idea for me, probably the way pencils are always so uniformly lined up and ordered in their packs. Also I was struggling to find an idea that I couldn't imagine anyone else having, so I was trying to be as non-conformist as possible :). But in the end, my aim was to personalise the pencils since I knew most of the photos would not have any personality or emotion in them, and it snowballed from there. This image appeared in my imagination, and I've never felt so inspired before!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 05:26:00 PM
Artist caught in a boring office job? Nice capture of emotion.
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08/25/2002 04:43:00 PM
The most prominent feature of this picture is the drawn picture rather than the photographic picture. The idea is nice, though. Why is the picture in the blue part of the spectrum, where this one red pencil is out of place anyway? A little dark in the left hand corner, how did you get this hue?
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08/25/2002 10:08:00 AM
This is such a cute idea that all the things I could say about the color and the light and the focus just really don't matter. I love this idea. Good Job.
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08/24/2002 10:21:00 PM
Cute idea. I would prefer even lighting across your entire subject and crisper focus on the pencils themselves. Still a very good picture though.
08/24/2002 06:38:00 PM
very cute idea, though the lighting is very poor. with the right lighting and better framign this shot could've been great.
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08/23/2002 11:25:00 PM
personal opinion but the blue light on the edges doesn't do it for me but I can see others liking it. Great concept and well portrayed.
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08/22/2002 11:40:00 PM
contrast is too high, Its very grainy... 7
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08/22/2002 08:09:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background6,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing5,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 5,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
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08/22/2002 04:31:00 PM
Great idea. I feel some wierd connect to this red pencil...
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08/22/2002 03:50:00 PM
Very nice sketch in your photo. I think, though, there may be just a bit too much white space.
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08/21/2002 11:52:00 PM
Cute. I think this is the only one that makes them seem alive.
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08/21/2002 08:41:00 PM
I love it! This one caught me off guard. Good thing I wasn't taking a drink of coffee when it popped up. Extremely creative and original idea. Well done. My only nitpick is that for my taste it could be a bit sharper and I would rather have a bit of fill-in lighting from the left to lessen the shadows and improve the visibility of the pencils. (9)
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08/21/2002 06:48:00 PM
Cute! A lot of grain in the background, perhaps this is intentional, or down to the camera. The pencils just look so cute. I like the big margin at the bottom - makes me think the composition is very deliberate within the entire frame.
6, Kavey
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08/21/2002 05:18:00 PM
I'm the red pencil right now. LOL. Except maybe I wish I were in Alaska where it isn't so darn hot and humid. This is a cute idea. It has originality and creativity. Lighting, angle and focus are great. Congrats and good luck with the challenge.
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08/21/2002 04:20:00 PM
good comp, great drawing! there sure are some artists on this site.. 10, love it :)
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08/21/2002 03:55:00 PM
She got sun-burned just thinking about it! LOL. Very original. The drawing is GREAT. The photo is pretty good. The concept is sellable. I could see this idea reproduced as an ad for crayons or colored pencils. Out of curiosity (and not as a complaint) why did you limit yourself to blue and red? 7
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08/21/2002 11:10:00 AM
Slightly uneven light and out of focus. Nice idea though.
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08/21/2002 11:10:00 AM
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08/21/2002 02:23:00 AM
Thanks for the laugh! That is cute!!!
08/21/2002 12:57:00 AM
I expected to see many photos 'like' this, but because of the talent of the photographer, and the way s/he has composed this shot, this one is special.
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08/21/2002 12:27:00 AM
very clever...cute even! That little red dreamer...lol well I think you carried this out well, except the pencils are a wee bit underexposed. But still good. 7 Grayce...aka...gracious
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08/20/2002 09:56:00 PM
I like what you've done with light and shadows here. Creative idea too.
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08/20/2002 05:21:00 PM
Extremely creative. Could use some whitebalance and lighting changes to make the colors stand out. focus is soft. 7.5, but rounded up to 8.
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08/20/2002 03:01:00 PM
Great idea, but the end product is lacking a bit. The colors seem washed out, and the lighting seems a bit off. Theres also a lot of ccd noise, maybe you could use iso ~100 next time? 6 -lennier
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08/20/2002 09:26:00 AM
heeheehee! did you draw this? dang! you're talented...8
08/20/2002 02:44:00 AM
I really adore this playful image. You have a good imagination and a fine sense of humor. Thanks to you I really see that red pencil as a living human being who dreams about being in Hawaii and escaping the regimented life. I like the placement of the little pencils; the blue background (drawn by you I presume) makes for a nice little touch. Good light. I really appreciate this. You know I have gone through all the pictures and voted on all of them and I see a lot of pencils doing all sorts of things but often the context doesn't make much sense. Here you, however, has created a nice pencil life. Great job. 8 Journey
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08/20/2002 02:28:00 AM
Very very clever.
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08/19/2002 09:11:00 PM
cute idea, but doesn't make a very exciting image. Could maybe be a good advertisment concept
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08/19/2002 06:12:00 PM
just wow.
08/19/2002 05:33:00 PM
pencils with thought patterns. nice.
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08/19/2002 05:30:00 PM
clever. a bit grainy. ... did you make the drawing, too? good!
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08/19/2002 05:19:00 PM
I love the idea. That's a 7 just for that. Now the picture: I dunno if its the camera (hope its that so you can get of the hook easy) but it looks blurry. It need more contrast also.
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08/19/2002 02:37:00 PM
Fantastic idea, creative to the max!!!!!!! Well done composition, but the light has let you down. Still I like it very much. Scroe 7 ~Kee
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08/19/2002 02:12:00 PM
LOL very funny (7)
08/19/2002 11:31:00 AM
Superb, brilliantly funny, exceptionally well shot. I can't fault this picture technically, and wouldn't if I could - the concept of inanimate objects having holiday fantasies is wickedly amusing and deserves 10 on it's own. The way you have put the idea into action is to be congratulated – first class shot… Winner? May be? Good luck… Easy 10++…
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08/19/2002 09:51:00 AM
I like the idea but the light seems a bit off.
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08/19/2002 09:39:00 AM
I had to laugh. The pencils dreaming of a vacation just like people do! Is the white balance off or am I just hallucinating? Great shot though. cute idea
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08/19/2002 06:22:00 AM
excellent idea! lighting and white balance could be better. If your camera has the option try other white balance settings. sulamk
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08/19/2002 05:27:00 AM
Love this concept, so creative!
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08/19/2002 12:38:00 AM
thats very creative.

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