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The Black Hole
The Black Hole

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Challenge: Fill the Frame III (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Date: Aug 26, 2007
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2007

Since this is not a very popular photo, I guess I wouldn't be ruining anything by telling you all what it is. It's the cone on one of my Celestion speakers. I always thought they looked like lights from a distance because of the way they reflect light and got the idea for the shot about 2 hours before rollover. All I did was hold a lamp about 3 inches away... focus was achieved by focusing as close as I could and physically moving the lens closer and farther away until the focus I wanted was achieved.

I wanted this to look like an optical illusion, and so I named it The Black Hole hoping the title would influence the way people saw it (either a hole or a cone) and it seems a surprising number of people saw it as a hole because of the title. It's kind of neat how perception can be influenced like that.

It's my highest scoring photo at this time (end of voting for this challenge)... and it took 3 minutes to take, 10 minutes to edit, and zero brains to accomplish... wierd how that works.

Btw, the color version looked almost the same, but with an orange cast over it.

Place: 36 out of 285
Avg (all users): 6.1576
Avg (commenters): 7.7778
Avg (participants): 5.9213
Avg (non-participants): 6.4342
Views since voting: 838
Views during voting: 243
Votes: 165
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2007 07:53:30 PM
awesome - makes me keep looking in and around the photo - can't wait to see what it is!?
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08/31/2007 04:03:58 PM
Nice on the wall, artistic
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08/31/2007 12:05:43 AM
cool! almost like a optical illusion! nice textures
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08/30/2007 05:48:58 PM
Nice abstract.
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08/29/2007 09:15:12 AM
Beautiful simplicity!
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08/28/2007 01:17:08 PM
Is that an egg cup!? That is really cool
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08/27/2007 08:21:17 PM
Interesting image. I keep trying to figure out what it is. I like the texturre and I'm curious what the color version looks like.
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08/27/2007 06:12:00 PM
i stopped trying to figure out what this is and am just enjoying it - the DOF is perfect - in focus at the center of the hole and then again along the upper right edge - very cool stuff
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08/27/2007 11:50:14 AM
one of the best abstracts i have seen lately. brilliant!
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08/27/2007 07:07:03 AM
Wow, I have no idea what this is, but I like it. Wonderful B&W conversion and a great textured feel
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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