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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DCR-TRV30
Location: South Padre Island, Tx
Date: Aug 16, 2002
Aperture: 6.8
Shutter: 500
Galleries: Humorous, Water
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002


Place: 54 out of 185
Avg (all users): 5.7481
Avg (commenters): 7.0741
Avg (participants): 5.9706
Avg (non-participants): 5.5154
Views since voting: 1218
Votes: 266
Comments: 29
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/26/2002 12:49:00 AM
Well, at least I had a lot of fun taking these pictures during my beach weekend... (I would like to share some of the out-takes from this challenge, it was probably my hardest yet to choose from one single photo).

There was nothing strange under the pencils, just plain sea water returning over a little ditch I carved in front of the pencil’s for that purpose. My idea was to get into focus the 3 background layers of waves, the moving water under the pencils, and the pencils, with as much detail as possible with my actual camera.

I was thinking of the landing from the 3 caravels from Columbus’s journey, thus the little understood title.

jsabbarton's interpretation was right on the money, and I believe jmsetzler's was just as good; I was happy of the fact that you caught my idea.

Thanks to all for your time to comment on my effort.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 11:41:00 PM
I don't get the title...but than again, I don't really need to. This looks interesting and kind of disturbing. That dark goo looks like it's getting ready to eat someone. Lots of pencils. Definately meets the challenge. Angle and lighting are good. Frame placement is also good. Good luck in the challenge.
08/25/2002 10:44:00 PM
Good, but where are the native pencils that were already there? :)
08/24/2002 06:21:00 PM
don't get the connection to 1492 or columbus 4 sjgleah
08/24/2002 05:43:00 PM
You must have got some very strange looks from passers by
08/23/2002 10:09:00 PM
lol...i love this for it's sense of humor...great job! Lisa
08/22/2002 12:42:00 PM
The idea of being invaded by pencils is amusing and you have captured a superb re-enactment involving a division of brave and battle hardened pencil warriors :o) I really love the composition - specially the view out to sea with all the breaking waves. It's not cluttered and there was no need – so I'm really glad you didn't – to throw tomato sauce all over the place to add effect. Overall, this is a very surreal idea, but, none-the-less, a really goods one… I hope I've interpreted this correctly – otherwise I'm going to look a chump… (10)
08/21/2002 05:48:00 PM
Great idea!! I like the waves on top of the picture also.
08/21/2002 02:41:00 PM
Great composition and colors. This is awesome! karmat
08/21/2002 10:39:00 AM
Good imagination.
08/21/2002 09:23:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background8,
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 05:23:00 PM
This is hilarious...I love it.
08/20/2002 11:08:00 AM
i think this is a HOOT! and very nicely executed
08/20/2002 08:47:00 AM
I really like this picture. It has wit, great backdrop, and was well done.
08/20/2002 06:36:00 AM
excellent idea :) I am not able to draw the association with the title though... I would love to hear your idea behind that :) When I saw this, I was thinking that 1944 would be a good title. This reminds me of the barricades that were on the French beaches during the allied invasion of France during world war 2 :) - jmsetzler
08/20/2002 06:18:00 AM
I don't know what it is about this one which I like so much, especially where other shots of pencils stuck into the ground don't appeal. Perhaps it's the reflections, the light of the water as it slips over the rock they are on, and the wonderful line and colour of the water and waves. Only thing is that the horizon really should be vertical, but I imagine rotation is not allowed. Outside of the challenge, I bet you've already corrected it! One other thing, I'd prefer the pencils at the right weren't cropped. Either included or not, but whole. Really nice shot.
8, Kavey
08/20/2002 05:42:00 AM
Very creative idea. Makes me think of those old abandoned piers you see, with only the pilings left.
08/20/2002 12:21:00 AM
So how many pencils did you lose shooting this? This is one of my favorites this week. 8.
08/20/2002 12:06:00 AM
08/19/2002 09:48:00 PM
Good pic...nicely shot and original! -KrazyKat
08/19/2002 06:01:00 PM
lol. i think it would've been great if you had put a boat somewhere. very cute.
08/19/2002 05:22:00 PM
like your concept. good shot.
08/19/2002 04:39:00 PM
did you have strange looks from onlookers while doing this? weird, but unique.
08/19/2002 03:42:00 PM
Very fun shot. I think the focus could of been a bit better, but I like this. Score 7 ~Kee
08/19/2002 01:59:00 PM
i really like this one.
08/19/2002 12:57:00 PM
Ick, are they stuck in a dead jellyfish?
08/19/2002 12:13:00 PM
This is on of the mos orginal photos I have seen this week. Congrats on the great idea. (9)
08/19/2002 01:25:00 AM
I'm sure I don't get it....?
08/19/2002 12:34:00 AM
OMG...LOL! I love this shot...Very nice and original...Don't know if people can relate to this but that's amazing!

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