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The Color of Money
2nd PlaceThe Color of Money
TerryGee


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Money (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: NJ
Date: Dec 2, 2003
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Abstract, Water
Date Uploaded: Dec 2, 2003

water droplets on glass

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 153
Avg (all users): 6.8313
Avg (commenters): 8.0625
Avg (participants): 6.8172
Avg (non-participants): 6.8400
Views since voting: 5285
Votes: 243
Comments: 60
Favorites: 17 (view)


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12/16/2003 10:44:44 PM
From the Critique Club

I have to view this shot from two different perspectives. One, as a photographer, and two, as a person.

First the photographer point of view: This shot is about as perfect technically as a shot can be. The focus is right on and the lighting is right on also. The shot is also nice and sharp where it needs to be. I do think that the main dollar sign symbol should be more out of focus though. Color wise I don't really like it though. It really doesn't look like 'The Color of Money'. I know that currency around the world is of different color schemes, but when I think money I think of a darker green. 'The Sign of Money' may have been a better title. Technically perfect, compositionally a few minor flaws that do not really detract.

Now the hard part, the 'ME' point of view: I'm sorry, but I have to agree with many of the commentors on this photo. This type of shot is kind of like a trick billiards shot. It's impressive the first time you see it, but once you know the trick it's never has the same impact! This shot HAS been done before here, sometimes better, sometimes not quite as good. There really is no creativity to it. All you did was put a dollar sign under the glass! Also IMHO once you know the 'trick' there isn't a lot of skill here either. It's a camera shot. I can't do the shot because I don't have the camera. You do. On an intellectual level I can not fault you for using your camera to it's limits, on an emotional level, I'm a little jealous (bitter maybe) that I can not equal this no matter how many times I try it with my camera.
TC

PS: Please remember that the Critique Club is made up of volunteers. My opinion does not reflect on any other member of this site. It's just my opinion

Message edited by author 2003-12-16 22:53:11.
12/12/2003 07:08:20 AM
Yes it's excellent, well done....but haven't we seen this before...?
12/11/2003 01:14:37 AM
Hey I just love this picture....very creative with the dollar signs and the water. Nice work....How do I go about entering my photo's?
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12/11/2003 01:12:47 AM
Hello, I recently discovered this DP Challenge, I do not know when to submit my photos. Can you send me some information. Thank You. Angel
12/10/2003 04:46:19 PM
I want to congratulate you for the ribbon. As I say in my comment during the voting time... I know it was done before. So what? I don't know anything that it hasn't been done before. The photography is judged after all by how was it done... the qualities it has... no by how many times was done before. I want a ribbon too. I know that water drop pictures goes well. If I take a picture of a water drop it will bring me the ribbon? Not likely. Depends how the photo will turn out to be. Not every one of us can take a picture like this one. Not me, anyway. And to end this... I find that a ribbon for this photo is well deserved.
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12/10/2003 12:33:41 PM
I'm sorry to say that, but the lack of originality of this kind of entry is one of the reasons I don't feel like participating to the challenges here anymore. It's difficult to appeal to people if you don't come up with a water drop picture...
Very well executed though.

Message edited by author 2003-12-10 13:36:06.
12/10/2003 12:32:06 PM
Beautiful, Terry, good idea, well done. But ... whatcha gonna do for the water challenge ???
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12/10/2003 11:06:43 AM
awesome!
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12/10/2003 10:38:00 AM
Way to go, Terry! Super shot!
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12/10/2003 09:24:39 AM
Great work, Terry!
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12/10/2003 08:11:52 AM
Congrats! Add another ribbon to the wall!
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12/10/2003 07:45:00 AM
congrats terry. definitely one of the more original drops on a glass shots I have seen in terms of color and composition.
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12/10/2003 07:38:38 AM
Congratulations on the red ribbon, it is original and well executed.
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12/10/2003 07:33:44 AM
Congrats from me too, Terry! Glad to see it get a ribbon! RoB
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12/10/2003 06:45:13 AM
Congrats on your ribbon, good job! :-)
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12/10/2003 05:09:40 AM
Congratulations! Well done and well deserved!
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12/10/2003 04:36:27 AM
Wonderful shot Terry, congrats and well done.
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12/10/2003 03:44:31 AM
Way to go Terry, great shot and well deserved ribbon, congratulations!
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12/10/2003 02:44:28 AM
Terry, Congratulations on a well deserved win.
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12/10/2003 12:40:42 AM
Wow! How did you do that? Its a fantastic effect
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12/10/2003 12:35:19 AM
Congrats.. hope you'll stick around.
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12/10/2003 12:09:17 AM
Congrats Terry on the win, its a very nice droplet photo. Now don't be afraid to rub it in on those who complained about the cliche and overdone effect. Cause you got the ribbon and they didn't!
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12/10/2003 12:09:08 AM
Way to go Terry...great way to end the day huh...

Well Done!!!!!
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12/10/2003 12:08:29 AM
I hope this helps you GET OUT of bed! Clearly you have much to offer! Congrats on a gret shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/09/2003 09:17:23 PM
My favorite shot of the challenge. Well done.
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12/09/2003 06:25:50 PM
Hmm... probably the most overdone effect on the website. You've recreated it well, but it's become boring.
12/09/2003 03:46:48 AM
i'm getting sick of this cliche.. if you win, i'll be pissed off.
12/08/2003 10:47:00 PM
very cool! I predict a winner! Even though this technique has been done a few times before I still love it, nice work! 10
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12/08/2003 10:19:25 PM
Cool picture, but I have seen a variation on this so many times on this site.
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12/08/2003 01:43:31 PM
Wow, another money-coloured photo. :-) Although I am not fan of lots of waterdrops, they are excellent here with the $ reflections in them! :-)
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12/08/2003 01:09:56 PM
Ahhhhh... Beautiful. I've tried these and tried these and they never come out right for me. I'm inspired to try again. 10
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12/08/2003 08:50:50 AM
Nice...but been done before
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12/07/2003 01:18:59 AM
Interesting effect, how did you do this? I hope you tell us in your explanation when the challenge is over.
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12/06/2003 04:15:44 PM
Deja vu!
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12/06/2003 11:26:30 AM
I know it was done before, but I like it and I think it will make an excellent print. So 10 from me.
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12/06/2003 10:58:03 AM
Excellent detail, think the green could have been a bit darker, just a nit, but a 10 anyway.
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12/06/2003 09:32:24 AM
An idea seen many times before (I did it as well). Execution is o.k. but some drops show refractions of the surroundings, very clearly visible in the top left area. Should have shielded the surroundings or play with the size of, and distance to the paper.
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12/05/2003 10:11:13 PM
Well done. This technique always impresses me.
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12/05/2003 07:54:39 PM
fun, lovely. I like the diagonal, the green cast, nice scattering of water droplets. Nicely done 9
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12/05/2003 07:41:09 AM
Seen this sort of thing so many times before but this is really well executed and very effective. Think it breaks the rules though. You're not allowed any money symbols.
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12/04/2003 08:19:37 PM
Technical: Fits the challenge well. Exposure composition focus lighting all excellent.

Personal: I'm relatively new to the site but I know I've seen at least two other shots like this one (background subject repeated in droplets). I'm all for praticing techniques, but it might be overdone at this point for submitting to challenges.

My vote: 7
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12/04/2003 07:09:47 PM
Very well done, but obviously derivative, and why that title given the muted shades here? Yeah, it's kind of green, but the whole world's currency is not that shade necessarily ...
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12/04/2003 06:01:23 PM
Good detail, I like the color.
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12/04/2003 05:58:34 PM
the result is absolutely genial but the trick a bit too present in last challenges....
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12/04/2003 07:52:58 AM
good response to challenge, color is very interesting - far paler and sharper than I would have thought and yet it works, good clarity and focus
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12/04/2003 06:49:43 AM
Clever and it is even on a green buckground.
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12/03/2003 10:14:18 PM
Looks good. 10
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12/03/2003 04:24:50 PM
Cliched, especially if this is from setzler...
Well executed though!
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12/03/2003 03:52:01 PM
Wonderful. I give this my highest rating for this challenge.
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12/03/2003 03:32:43 PM
Great photo... I love it.
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12/03/2003 03:11:07 PM
Striking studio work. Nice use of DOF.
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12/03/2003 02:59:50 PM
Awesome photo--I just wish the background was more of a deeper green.
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12/03/2003 11:50:45 AM
Aha! the infamous water drops technique strikes again!! I like the diagonal in it but the faded green doesn't do it for me. Overall a good shot though. :-) 7
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12/03/2003 10:58:13 AM
I think this will do well. ou have really done a good job here. Good luck.
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12/03/2003 10:39:41 AM
Stunning!!! Now I can't wait to read how you did it!
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12/03/2003 10:00:36 AM
this is my favorite too!!!! great idea :) 10
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12/03/2003 09:28:07 AM
Well done. Very creative.
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12/03/2003 09:26:55 AM
I gave you a ten because I love the effect but on a side note isn't the color of money green? On my monitor this looks more yellow with a slight hint of green. Just a sidebar. Great job --love the picture.
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12/03/2003 04:19:43 AM
Nicely done. Have sen this idea with the drops a few times now and it doesn't always work well, but this one does.
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12/03/2003 12:29:29 AM
Wow very cool effects. Nicely done! :)
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