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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon PowerShot S40
Location: UK
Date: Aug 18, 2002
Aperture: F8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 10 seconds
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002

Long exposure, careful lighting, timed movements, and the occasional stabbed finger - hence I'm using the eraser-end here! ;o)

Place: 23 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.1079
Avg (commenters): 7.4828
Avg (participants): 6.0426
Avg (non-participants): 6.1752
Views since voting: 1497
Votes: 278
Comments: 34
Favorites: 2 (view)

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08/29/2002 05:25:00 PM
Wow, my previous best shot was of my right hand, and now my best shot is of my left hand! I must be onto something here ;o)

This shot, as per the details, was done using a very long shutter timing, and was lit solely by an anglepoise lamp reflected off a wall. The timings of the pencil movement took practice to get the right effect, and eventually I found that 3 seconds per 'hit' for the first two and two seconds per hit for the other three worked about right - the dark background meant the pencil didnt need to be there as long as the ones with my arm behind.

Just for the record, I used the JMSetzler 'How did they do that' thingy for his 'Quitting Time' shot to work out how to get the effect, so my advice is for you to read them! :o) Other than that, thank's for your comments and votes, and please PM me if you want further details...

- Manic -
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 10:43:00 PM
Used to do this in High School (reminds me of the Aliens movie). Terrific use of long exposure. Very creative and difficult to pull off!
08/25/2002 04:56:00 PM
Is this a pencil stabbing? It is a very clever picture if it follows the rules of the site. How did you do it?
08/25/2002 02:06:00 PM
didn't the original description ask for a yellow pen? j/k. this is a great idea, and it's been very well executed. you easily made it into my top 5 this week. -- gr8photos (10)
08/25/2002 12:56:00 PM
08/24/2002 04:02:00 PM
clever, how'd you do it?
08/24/2002 08:31:00 AM
Could I get a detailed discription on how you did this? 8
08/22/2002 10:27:00 PM
I like this! Neat idea for this difficult challenge.
08/22/2002 10:54:00 AM
Looks like the effect from shutter speed. I read that this is the image that it produces when you change the shutter speed. I could be wrong, but however it's done, it's a pretty neat effect. If you had done it with the lead side of the pencil rather than the eraser side, it would match up better with your title. the lighting is great and although the hands at the top are kind of strange looking, they are important to the photo. Great job and good luck in the challenge.
08/22/2002 09:03:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing7,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 6,
Total Averaged Rating8. Autool
08/21/2002 06:51:00 PM
Brings back many memories and I like the ghostly blue - adds colour but only sort of...!
6, Kavey
08/21/2002 02:31:00 PM
good shot, and congrats on getting good skin tone colors. (A lot of times, these kinds of shots get an almost orange look to the skin, i think.) karmat
08/21/2002 11:46:00 AM
Interesting photo. Image looks pretty sharp for a long exposure. Lighting is pretty good.
08/21/2002 10:52:00 AM
Excellent concept and very very well executed. Hand at the top doesnt distract from the rest of the shot - which I know was tricky to manage. Very very well done.
08/20/2002 09:03:00 PM
This is interesting... I'm guessing you did this with a very slow shutter or time delay. Interesting effect. More color or light needed for my taste.
08/20/2002 02:10:00 PM
Very nicely done. I had experimented (very little) this week with the slow shutter speeds - to no avail - but will keep trying. Great job! 9
08/20/2002 02:04:00 PM
Very creative, not an easy picture. I do not 'like' it in the sens that it does not 'appeal' to me but good job ! 7
08/20/2002 08:19:00 AM
Great shot! 9
08/20/2002 07:52:00 AM
one of the few photos in there that show motion...Very novel idea
08/19/2002 06:31:00 PM
Meets Challenge Theme:yes
Technical :good
Remarks:great idea, well executed.
08/19/2002 06:24:00 PM
Cool effect -- nicely executed!
08/19/2002 06:03:00 PM
wow :0
08/19/2002 05:28:00 PM
How many shots did it take to get that right??? When I did it in school we were dumb and did it with the sharp end. (7)
08/19/2002 05:12:00 PM
Thatís cheating you should be using the pointy end. : )
08/19/2002 04:09:00 PM
I TOTALLY forgot about doing this as a child! nice job on subject. a bit dark.... but I like it.
08/19/2002 03:48:00 PM
Anyone can do it with the eraser end!!
08/19/2002 02:16:00 PM
Fun! Like the android on Alien! What a great concept. This must have taken forever to get right.
08/19/2002 01:21:00 PM
nice idea
08/19/2002 12:41:00 PM
Interesting. How did you do that?
08/19/2002 10:27:00 AM
Very creative and nice exposure.
08/19/2002 10:23:00 AM
Nice time lapse! Very interesting picture!
08/19/2002 08:06:00 AM
The pencil looks like beams of light eminating from between the fingers. Interesting shot.
08/19/2002 07:42:00 AM
What, no sharp end first? ....... Yeah, I know it is sorta a useless comment
--8 Agamemnon
08/19/2002 02:21:00 AM
This is very creative and the photographer 'almost' got it right. The hand is a bit soft on the focus, but still and again, very creative.

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