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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony Mavica CD200
Location: Eddyville, IA
Date: Aug 17, 2002
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/30
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002

I have been racking my brain trying to come up with something everyone else will not think of. I am hoping that this is unique enough to get me in the top 10.

Place: 10 out of 185
Avg (all users): 6.5155
Avg (commenters): 7.8529
Avg (participants): 6.6304
Avg (non-participants): 6.3833
Views since voting: 2166
Votes: 258
Comments: 39
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/26/2002 12:31:00 AM
Good job. Glad you made it into the top 10. One of my favorites for the week.
08/26/2002 12:20:00 AM
Thanks everyone for the great comments. I am so pumped to barely make it into the Top 10. This is only the 2nd time I have submitted anything!! After not submitting anything for the New Challenge I knew that I had to come up with something for this Pencil Challenge. It couldn't be easier all we had to do was get a shot with a pencil in it. I came up with this idea one day while trying to think completly outside of the box. We have a pretty extensive garden and an over abundance of ripe tomatos. I tried sever differant angles, but found this one worked the best. I would push the pencil in and out of the tomato. With that kind of action the tomatoe finally started to ooze our some juices. This is exactly what I was looking for!. I finally had to resort to squeezing the thing to get the shot that I wanted. Thank you all for the votes and the great comments. I am still learning and hope to make the Top 10 again someday. NormW
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 10:35:00 PM
A super macro... It seems like I could reach right into my screen and touch it!
08/25/2002 05:39:00 PM
08/25/2002 08:17:00 AM
Seems this photo could almost be called "Birth" or "Vicious Intruder." I personally prefer something without the challenge topic in the title. This is a very colorful photo. How you came up with this idea just stumps me totally. (Not that I think it's a bad idea, just the opposite.) The two things that are distracting me are - The softened edges of the red tomato and the blown highlight on the tomato . To me, soft edge needs to be crisp and sharp and softening the lighting glare on the tomato would make it lok rounder and fuller and more luscious.
08/25/2002 04:10:00 AM
I think this is a very striking picture. I love the colors. I think this is a great photo.
08/24/2002 06:45:00 PM
Great composure and idea. My guess is that it's a tomato.
08/24/2002 04:49:00 PM
Very nice. It reminds me of Harold Edgerton's stop-motion pics.
08/23/2002 10:26:00 PM
Really cool - sooo different and interesting (Running out of steam for commenting - so being brief) Composition, subject, lighting, idea, color, background - all great for this image - I see a lot of thought, time, effort and skill went into this image Awesome 9
08/23/2002 09:27:00 PM
This makes me laugh as I was thinking about doing something like this but couldn`t figure how to slam a pencil into a wood plank at 90 miles per hour like the old `Bic` commercials. (If your not 40 years old or so, never mind...)
I like this! Is that a tomato?
08/23/2002 03:01:00 PM
Wonderful--a great surprise--vivid colours--good focus--andrewm
08/23/2002 06:57:00 AM
I feel it's pain (the tomatoe's)! Great composition and love the dribbles of juice and the stains and grains of tomato on the pencil tip. The background is appearing stripey to me?
7, Kavey
08/22/2002 09:32:00 PM
you totally raped this tomato.... in a good way!! <-pizza->
08/22/2002 08:08:00 PM
Nice simple shot. I had a similar idea, but with the pencil looking like it's coming out of my arm instead. Never tried it though.
08/22/2002 12:09:00 PM
I don't want to like this shot, but I can't help it, it is quite striking. Very nicely composed.
08/22/2002 11:48:00 AM
i love shot. very creative.
08/22/2002 10:02:00 AM
I love the various textures, from wet to dry, smooth to mottled, black to colorful. Very nice framing, too. Only thing I'd suggest (and it's not allowed for the contest) is to adjust the background so that it is almost pure white).
08/22/2002 08:59:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background8,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing6,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 5,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
08/21/2002 06:18:00 PM
This photo looks extremely professional! Also a very original idea!
08/21/2002 05:21:00 PM
great composition and to the point(no pun intended)..I especially like the drop and rivelit running down the front.
08/21/2002 04:55:00 PM
Nice macro. A little disturbing but technically well done.
08/21/2002 03:59:00 PM
Weird, that is for certain.
08/21/2002 02:54:00 PM
this is great :) I love this concept... I can't really offer you any critique.. it looks great! = 9 - jmsetzler
08/21/2002 01:27:00 PM
This is just a little soft of focus on the right side of the tomato but I like it that way. Don't know of anything that I would really try and change, really good shot. 9
08/21/2002 01:07:00 PM
Great angle. At first, I thought the pencil was a bit dark, but then I was thinking. It just got jabbed through a tomoto. Why would it be all bright and shiny. Placement is very visually powerful. A little puzzled by the horizontal flow of juice. The background fits this very nicely. I think the light glare adds to the photo in this case. Very powerful shot. Good luck in the challenge.
08/21/2002 12:04:00 PM
this is one of those images that made this challenge fun... very creative and very well done. ~mcmurma
Meets Challenge...9
08/21/2002 11:15:00 AM
Oooo, Juicy!! Lovely bright colors.
08/21/2002 06:35:00 AM
Wow! This is wonderful.
08/21/2002 03:04:00 AM
Very nice composition and the tomato looks great against the white background.
08/20/2002 10:58:00 PM
Wonderful composition and use of color. Background is very effective and works well to place emphasis on the point of the pencil. (I think you're right, great minds do think alike! ;-) LanSnake
08/20/2002 04:14:00 PM
nice image. strong concept. 8
08/20/2002 03:50:00 PM
Simply awesome! Great color and depth.
08/19/2002 10:13:00 PM
poor tomato! Could have been a great shot, but the light needs to be better on the pencil tip I think. The tomato/ red is wonderful but the yellow doesn't really pop/ seem clean enough.
08/19/2002 08:02:00 PM
Wonder picture - weirdly makes me hungry. I will be interested to read how you did this one (while piercing, after piercing?)
08/19/2002 06:36:00 PM
I really like this one. Really catches my eye. 9.
08/19/2002 11:58:00 AM
This is the most unusual pencil case I've ever seen. The shot itself is superb and it really works well. It's inventive and it's colourful. Good lucků (10)
08/19/2002 11:53:00 AM
Colorful and creative
08/19/2002 09:19:00 AM
poor little tomato...great effect!
08/19/2002 02:45:00 AM
Vibrant, alright.

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