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chisai tsuchi kuchi
chisai tsuchi kuchi

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Challenge: Pencil (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Lens: Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: home
Date: Aug 17, 2002
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 18, 2002

Taken at home through an 8x loupe.

Place: 56 out of 185
Avg (all users): 5.7269
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.6692
Avg (non-participants): 5.7874
Views since voting: 1159
Votes: 260
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/06/2005 09:19:27 PM
"Chisai tsuchi kuchi"? The two characters go together to make the word "shokichi", which means 'little luck'. I guess these pencils are used in some fortune telling way. There would also be "chukichi" and "daikichi", medium and lots of luck (fortune). Interesting that someone thought it was a DH symbol...
08/26/2002 01:16:00 AM

Message edited by author 2003-10-10 12:43:39.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/25/2002 09:45:00 PM
I suspect that you'll get many comments on the focus, but that is PRECISELY what I like about this photo. It's clear that it's an intended blur and that matters to me. Also, really liked the contrast of the wooden burnt sienna color against the blue. 8
08/24/2002 04:40:00 PM
I really like the colors and composition. How'd you do the motion-blur-type-effect?
08/23/2002 06:40:00 AM
Love focus/ DOF effects, unusual composition and weird blue background.
7, Kavey
08/22/2002 04:15:00 PM
Lovely arrangement and framing. Very interesting colours too.
08/22/2002 09:13:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background4,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing5,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 4,
Total Averaged Rating6. Autool
08/22/2002 06:22:00 AM
Really like this, wish I had the translation. :)
08/21/2002 03:44:00 PM
very nice. cool colors and composition. 7
08/21/2002 10:48:00 AM
Pretty good DOF, though the bottom pencil seems a bit too soft. I also can't tell if these are really pencils, since the transition looks too smooth from wood to lead.
08/20/2002 03:46:00 PM
Fantastic focus, great framing, and nice color. I think I'd like it a little better without the pencil in the background.
08/20/2002 01:58:00 PM
Great shot...
08/20/2002 11:36:00 AM
Beautiful! I love the soft focus, and how the only sharp thing is the characters. Lovely colours. The focus seems to be radial, like you used a magnifying glass or something. Well done.
08/20/2002 10:25:00 AM
translation into english, please. peace.
08/20/2002 12:24:00 AM
The depth of field really makes this photo. 8.
08/20/2002 12:11:00 AM
This made a great macro. I love the colors and the shallow DOF. Suggestions...ummm..you might try a different crop so that it is less centered, but not necessary.
08/19/2002 09:51:00 PM
love this soft focus effect and the picture over all. Very nicely done
08/19/2002 08:16:00 PM
What does that mean?
08/19/2002 07:46:00 PM
Soft focus filter is going to get you misunderstood by the masses. Well done shot and I see the point behind the filter. You really got me thinking with the DH and symbol (could that be OH and symbol?) This is interesting, but I do question the filter use (did I confuse you there?) Even though I can see that you were centering attention on the middle of the pencil and the other's tip, there still seems to be too much fuzz in the center area. 7 Swash
08/19/2002 07:03:00 PM
The pencils of the world. The tip of that pencil seems to have a curved look. Is it suposed to be that way? I like how this isn't your typical "#2" pencil. And it only brings wonder to what the writing says. The focus is a little soft for my taste, but that's just an opinion. Great shot and good luck with the challenge.
08/19/2002 02:54:00 PM
Verry well done! I see the composition rule of thirds applied as well as diagonal lines and selective focus to direct the viewers gaze to the characters. One of my top ten this week.
08/19/2002 10:35:00 AM
i love the soft focus on everything but the red! great background colors...nice job! Lisa
08/19/2002 05:25:00 AM
Heh. I like the title. Although to be pedantic, it's "chiisai".
08/19/2002 01:42:00 AM
Wow -- the focus on this image is stunning. I'm really interested to know how it was done. The colors are also spectacular. Great job.

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