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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: at my desk
Date: Aug 18, 2002
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/180
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002


Place: 178 out of 185
Avg (all users): 3.9344
Avg (commenters): 4.4000
Avg (participants): 3.7029
Avg (non-participants): 4.1983
Views since voting: 1140
Votes: 259
Comments: 51
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/27/2002 11:59:00 AM
Wow, what a challenge!!! Thank you to all of you who were so positive. Even if I didn't meet the challenge, there are so many of you who appreciated the pic anyway. Maybe I really was out of mind when I submitted this picture ;-). I even have some really high scores - and I achieved that I would be the taillight. Once again, thank you for your positive comments.
Maybe I should be more provocative with my submission. Who ever got 50 comments on a very low rated picture? :-)
08/26/2002 01:24:00 AM
You got RIPPED OFF!!! If only people would LOOK at the photos!!! I am totally apaulled. This is a great photo and should have done WAY better. I hope you do know that it's not your fault that this got a low score. It's the voters not taking the time to look at the darn photos. You can tell the people who looked at it, and didn't. I say Congrats and you got a great score from me. Keep up the good work. Maybe everyone left their glasses home the day they voted. Grrrrrr....I am very frusterated that this didn't do better. Please forgive me if I'm out of line. Grrrrrr again.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 11:28:00 PM
Great photo, and I think I see the pencil! Love the DOF. Top 10 for me.
08/25/2002 12:56:00 PM
Where's the pencil? Nice picture with the shadow and light.
08/24/2002 09:51:00 PM
I really like your layout and this photo but, is this a pencil? Maybe it is where you are from so I give you the benefit of doubt.
08/24/2002 08:27:00 AM
Took a long time to finally see the reflection in the point. Guess it comes from being old and slow. Good job. 8
08/24/2002 12:36:00 AM
Here is what I think this means. I think that is a reflection of a pencil in the tip of the pen. I think it means that you love pens and that your pencil is always in the background, probably unused. In the forums people talked about this being a pen and not meeting the challenge. if this is what I think it is, it meets the challenge just great. The focus is great and I love the black ink dot in the middle. I can't read the writing, but it really doesn't matter. The lighting is great and I love how there is the reflection in the pen. The pen kind of makes my eyes wander to the right edge because it goes off the photo right there, but the ink draws me back in. This really is a great photo and I hope it doesn't suffer because people don't see how it "meets the challenge". Great shot and good luck in the challenge.
08/23/2002 02:40:00 AM
since when has it been called a pencil
08/22/2002 11:38:00 PM
I'm sorry I don't see the pencil. What I see is a pen with a ball of ink that has dropped... even in the reflection, I don't see a pencil.. Great photo though, lighting is great, even "DOF" is intact, over all i really like it, just don't see a pencil. 1
08/22/2002 10:32:00 PM
great shot! too bad it's only 50% on topic - pen-cil...
I love the composition, light, shallow DOF and the light on both the feather and the ink drop. If you try a little less compression, you might get even better crispness and prevent the slight blurs/jpeg artifacts on the edges of writing, ink and pen.
I guess this was a misunderstanding, so I'll give you an 8. beegee
08/22/2002 09:59:00 PM
Not a pencil!
08/22/2002 07:27:00 PM
I really love this shot!. I think the lighting and color are perfect. I like how the written words are just in focus enough to read them. The glare on the drop of ink and the side/ tip of the pen are a tiny distraction - unfortunately I don't have any advice on how to fix that. But the dilema of the score - I am sure you are hearing it a lot. I want badly to give it a ten - but the challenge is pencil - not pen/ink so I am left in an odd situation. This is my favorite shot of the week - but I don't feel it meets the challenge - do I give it 10 or a 1? The rules say I should keep the highest consideration of the challenge in mind when voting??? hmmm not much help there. ok - I will go with an 8. I really do think the shot is great.
08/22/2002 06:00:00 PM
lovely detail and my favourite writing implement but no pencil?
08/22/2002 04:38:00 PM
Ok everyone else has said it too - but I dont see a pencil. It's a lovely shot though. I love the detail, lighting and dof. 7. Would be 9 in a non-pencil challenge. I keep coming back and looking again at this picture. I really WANT to see a pencil. :( Upping my score to an 8.
08/22/2002 02:16:00 PM
Where's the pencil?
08/22/2002 06:16:00 AM
Nice photo, but is it pen or pencil?
08/22/2002 02:07:00 AM
where is the pencil?
08/21/2002 10:38:00 PM
Composition - very good
Technical Aspects - quite good
Meets Challenge - doesn't appear to. A pen is not a pencil, and writing looks like a pen.
Visual Impact / Originality high
Other suggestions white balance off a little.

Jim msp
08/21/2002 04:31:00 PM
This is a truly beautiful photo, the only thing that holds me back from giving it a higher mark is the fact that I can't actually see a pencil anywhere...
08/21/2002 04:07:00 PM
Um, that's a pen...
08/21/2002 01:39:00 PM
That is no pencil..you cant fool me..:-)
08/21/2002 10:01:00 AM
Great picture, but does not meet the challenge (I don't see a pencil, do you?)
08/20/2002 07:52:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing7,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 7,
Total Averaged Rating8. Autool
08/20/2002 03:29:00 PM
Nice picture, but...ummm...that's not a pencil.
08/20/2002 01:51:00 PM
Thats a pen, you cheater! :-) Just kidding, I love the composition on this picture, I am really impressed with the amount of detail you got around the nib of the pen. Very nice picture, I like!
08/20/2002 01:12:00 PM
Nice, but is that a pencil? Nice photo, but it seems a strech challenge wise 5 -lennier
08/20/2002 09:11:00 AM
This is a really great picture, love the dof, love the lighting, but its not a pencil. This would definitely get you at least a 9 if the challenge were "ink drops", "pens", or even "shadows", keep in mind though its a great shot.
08/20/2002 08:54:00 AM
GREAT picture but I'm scoring it low because it doesn't fit the challenge, in my opinion, because there is no pencil.
08/20/2002 08:51:00 AM
I like the picture but I'm not sure there's a pencil in it. I think I see one reflected in the side of the stylus on the pen? If not, it doesn't fit the challenge...
08/20/2002 12:53:00 AM
Interesting idea, very original....
08/20/2002 12:37:00 AM
I'm guessing this is the one with the reflection so I'm scoring it up. I'm sure you knew that people would mark you down for not having an obvious pencil in the shot. I like the lighting and DOF. Beautiful work that probably won't score as well as it should.
08/20/2002 12:34:00 AM
I fail to see the pencil in this photo, but it is still kinda neat so im giving you a 5.
08/19/2002 08:20:00 PM

Great Photo!
08/19/2002 05:48:00 PM
Was hoping I'd get a PM about the pencil thing! Oh well :( I am willing myself to understand and to see the creativity as I think this is a beautiful shot.
I look forward to reading comments or additional info later if any is posted.
08/19/2002 05:20:00 PM
Challenge not met, IMO. Nice pic though.
08/19/2002 03:37:00 PM
My husband's also.....love ink pens and uses one daily. Love this shot, love the light and the mood. Good work. Score 8 ~Kee
08/19/2002 12:31:00 PM
this is a beautifully composed shot, even though i would like the white to be just a little whiter, but that's just my personal opinion. having said that. this is a pen. an ink pen. not a pencil. at least not in my book. so, even though i like the photo itself, i am going to rate you low for not meeting the challenge. sorry. -- gr8photos (2)
08/19/2002 12:26:00 PM
Where's the pencil?
08/19/2002 11:55:00 AM
doesn't have a pencil in the photo as required.
08/19/2002 10:58:00 AM
no pencil physically present.
well shot fountain pen,tho.
08/19/2002 10:48:00 AM
Just because I can't get the reltation to the challenge, doesn't mean this is a great photo. I'm sure you're getting a lot of 'where's the pencil' - but I'll go beyond that and say this is good work. I like the soft lighting and the dof used.
Ruthann OK - due to the foum talk - yes now I see it (I still thought it was a great photo)
08/19/2002 10:24:00 AM
'Take your pencil anywhere, do anything you like to it, but make the shot your own. Your photograph must physically contain a pencil: so even though its a nice shot it doesnt meet the challange
08/19/2002 09:22:00 AM
i would still consider this a pencil... i dont know what the huge drop of ink suggests but it added an interesting touch to the picture.
08/19/2002 05:58:00 AM
there isn't a pencil in this photo
08/19/2002 03:26:00 AM
missing the CIL. Sorry. 3 Nice photo, but didn't meet the challenge.
08/19/2002 02:34:00 AM
it's not really a pencil now is it, but I love fountain pens all the same. Interesting shot.
08/19/2002 02:01:00 AM
a really nice photo - too bad there's no pencil
08/19/2002 01:42:00 AM
By not having a pencil in this photograph, you've completely missed the point of the challenge.
08/19/2002 01:21:00 AM
But its a pen... !
08/19/2002 01:09:00 AM
I love the composition and impression of this photo and I would love to score it higher, but the challenge was for a pencil... sorry :( - jmsetzler
08/19/2002 01:03:00 AM
if I'm not mistaken, isn't that a pen? I don't see the "cil" at the end. Otherwise nice shot

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