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Challenge: Literalisms (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D100
Location: home
Date: Nov 15, 2003
Aperture: f13
ISO: 200
Shutter: 8 seconds
Galleries: Humorous, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 15, 2003

I remembered that we had this manequin in the backroom at the store I work in, so I decided to borrow it for the weekend. We had fun with silly ideas all day at work, and then when I was going home, I stuck it in my purse, and wa laa, I had a handbag!! I had a good time with this challenge

Place: 15 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.6357
Avg (commenters): 8.1429
Avg (participants): 6.4384
Avg (non-participants): 6.8507
Views since voting: 1536
Votes: 140
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/01/2003 12:00:01 AM
From the Critique Club

This is an interesting take on the Literalism theme. Though not a common 'phrase' like many used it is common enough to get a reaction from most people.

The lighting is awesome on the purse itself. You managed to draw out the textures in the material. The reflection underneath the purse helps to give a different perspective too. You are a touch overexposed in a couple of spots on the hand but not so much as to be terribly distracting except maybe on the thumb.

The crop is IMHO a touch tight on the sides and maybe the top though. Also, I, being a HUGE fan of color, would have liked to see this in it's original colors.

One thing that immediately popped into my head when I saw this was that it would have been fun to see the purse straps in the hand so that the 'handbag' was holding itself. That would have been a truly original take on the wordplay!

Nice job,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2003 10:02:00 PM
Great for the challenge. Gave me a good chuckle. I think there is too much contrast here. The light is really light and the dark is really dark. Other than that, good job. - 8 -
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11/23/2003 05:48:28 AM
Skilfully lit and composed. Good shot, although the straps at the bottom are a bit untidy.
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11/21/2003 10:52:42 AM
The tones and clarity of this are so beautiful and striking that I can't possibly give it less than a 10. Brilliant work!
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11/19/2003 05:48:22 PM
For a challenge, which did not seem to inspire much that I'd consider 'remarkable', this image stands out as a straightforward literal interpretation, convincingly rendered. The strong side light together with the b and w mode adds a near-surreal impression to what could have easily been a duller take. While the inclusion of the two straps in the foreground appear to be redundant and, to my senses, the image is too tightly cropped at the top, the photo, as a whole, retains its integrity as an artistically interesting capture with very good technical merits.
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11/19/2003 06:30:11 AM
You managed to capture the nice textures of the bag, and I think the lighting/shadows leant themselves well to the black and white. The partly mirrored reflection is a nice touch too. Although it's not really a common phrase, it still is a literal representation. The lighting seems just a tad too harsh on the thumb. Overall a good shot.
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11/18/2003 04:26:46 PM
Great image here... very surreal... good choice to do it in black and white. This isn't a straight photo I think? The hand is very weird, almost looks a little like a solarization... but not quite... I like the effect, and the overall feel to the photo... plus it's quite humorous! Nicely done! 1 of 2 10's in the challenge! Good Luck!
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11/18/2003 02:33:54 PM
great photo, and wonderful creativity! Very clear and crisp feel to this shot. 10
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11/17/2003 11:05:25 PM
LOL...I love this one, very clever and well done...nice work! Only problem is it feels a little too closely cropped on the sides, still a wonderful pic! 9
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11/17/2003 09:46:28 PM
Very clever. If not the winner, should be in the top 3. I give you a 10.
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11/17/2003 09:40:50 AM
I love your idea, your portrayal of the idea and that it is in black and white. However, it could have been perfect if the left side of the had wasn't over exposed.
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11/17/2003 09:16:12 AM
hehehe Nice work! Not only is this picture funny, its very good looking! :D
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11/17/2003 04:53:08 AM
Ummm, i've found many funny ideas in this challenge. This is another of them. Good idea & Well done
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11/17/2003 03:06:50 AM
LOL, funny and good.
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11/17/2003 02:23:45 AM
Excellent! Hillarious interpretation of the challenge, works very well indeed. Lighting and contrast are both good. Love it.
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