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'Pencil Neck' Vest .......The New Fall Fashion Must Have
1st Place'Pencil Neck' Vest .......The New Fall Fashion Must Have
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Challenge: What is this Pencil? (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: home
Date: Oct 12, 2007
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Oct 12, 2007

Thank you all so much. Alot of comments on the color....I needed to de-saturate it a bit to compensate for the redness in her face. And the scarf was hiding where the pencils were poking her in the neck. WoooHooo thanks again'!!!


Yes....I had to much time on my hands today. Yes I know...it is a bit wierd. This picture was difficult because her skin was a bit blotchy so I wanted to reduce the noise to give it a more smooth look yet keeping the pencils sharp. I wish this were advance editing. I tried my best to find a balance between the skin and the pencils. I know the pencil are a bit soft.....I think that will hurt the overall score. But a fun project to work on with the kids.

RAW conversion
Sharpen
crop
adjusted shadows and highlights
adjusted color balance
unsharp mask
noise reduction
added border
save for web

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 112
Avg (all users): 7.0297
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6232
Avg (non-participants): 7.1496
Views since voting: 10167
Views during voting: 798
Votes: 303
Comments: 86
Favorites: 6 (view)


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10/30/2007 04:28:08 AM
great idea, nice work ... congratz on your blue ribbon !
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10/29/2007 08:26:03 AM
Lol! Very good composition and model :)
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10/28/2007 10:15:40 AM
Ouch, must sting a little to put that sweater on if you do it incorrectly :) Congrats on the ribbon!
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10/27/2007 03:01:54 PM
That is so very clever :) Love this shot....
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10/26/2007 11:51:53 AM
Smart.
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10/25/2007 03:33:43 PM
She has been a fantastic model for you Jennifer...well done and congratulations on another blue
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10/25/2007 01:31:25 PM
Another for the portrait queen! Congrats Jennifer
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10/25/2007 09:46:39 AM
Nice, original idea, lovely colors. Well done!

Congratulations for the blue.
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10/25/2007 05:43:08 AM
Very creative, and a lovely image. Congratulations!
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10/24/2007 10:58:00 PM
Very creative,,,Congrats!
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10/24/2007 06:07:00 PM
Congratulations, amazing imagination!
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10/24/2007 05:22:08 PM
congratulations on a blue ribbon, way ahead of the rest of us!
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10/24/2007 03:12:07 PM
Very nicely done. Good work.
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10/24/2007 01:27:10 PM
Very creative and lovely image!!! I knew this would do it... Congratulations, well deserved ribbon!
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10/24/2007 08:43:34 AM
Wow beautiful job. Love the creativity and the sharpness is right on. Nice job, and congrats on the Ribb.
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10/24/2007 08:35:38 AM
Well done and very creative. Congrats on the ribbon.
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10/24/2007 07:38:30 AM
well deserved ribbon, one of my fav's of the challenge, great lighting and composition. She has wonderful eyes ;-)
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10/24/2007 05:33:23 AM
well done/congrats
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10/24/2007 05:28:57 AM
Just beautiful!
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10/24/2007 03:05:09 AM
This was one of my favorite in the challenge. Big congrats on the well deserved blue!
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10/24/2007 02:38:38 AM
Very creative and well executed, congrats on the blue!
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10/24/2007 02:10:16 AM
Well done! Congrats - one of my fav's in the challenge - very creative!
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10/24/2007 01:14:08 AM
Great idea and excellent execution. Congrats on the blue Jennifer.
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10/24/2007 12:55:21 AM
I think you got the balance between the skin and the pencils down to a "T". It's a beautiful, creative image and she's a lovely girl. Congratulations on your blue ribbon.
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10/24/2007 12:52:02 AM
Wonderfully creative and attractive image, Jennifer. Congratulations on a well deserved win! Keep 'em coming!
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10/24/2007 12:50:24 AM
You have such creativity! Congrats on your ribbon. :)
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10/24/2007 12:32:28 AM
Oh how I am so not surprised to see this one with its ribbon under it! I love it when the voters get it so right! CONGRATULATIONS. What a gorgeous little girl and such a creative display of the challenge!

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10/24/2007 12:19:23 AM
Great job. Huge Congrats.
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10/24/2007 12:18:46 AM
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S..... on winning the BLUE with this very clever put together awesome portrait with pencils, for this challenge.....
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10/24/2007 12:16:54 AM
Congrats on your blue ribbon!
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10/24/2007 12:14:22 AM
Adorable and so creative. Congrats on your growing collection of ribbons! :)
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10/24/2007 12:11:41 AM
This was by far my favorite image in the challenge--Congrats on the blue!

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10/24/2007 12:09:19 AM
So creative, so well deserved!
Many Congrats on a spectacular photo & finish!
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10/24/2007 12:04:31 AM
Beautiful portrait lighting ... you can see it in her eyes and in her face. Love the colors that the pencils bring to the image. Well done!
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10/24/2007 12:01:58 AM
I told you ;)

congrats ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/23/2007 06:36:14 PM
funny (:
great idea..

hope it goes far (:
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10/23/2007 06:14:49 PM
LOL... Great shot! Wanna see how you made the vest!
TC
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10/23/2007 06:03:28 PM
awesome idea, very cool entry!
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10/23/2007 03:10:28 PM
Nice shot! I really like the lighting on the model's face...though it doesn't seem to carry through to the vest in the same way. Very creative idea!
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10/23/2007 10:56:24 AM
I wish I could give this more than a 10! It's a beautiful image of a beautiful girl, and a very creative take on the challenge!
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10/23/2007 12:24:23 AM
This is one that we will only see once in this challenge. It is nice to see something outside the box. You can only stomach so many chopsticks. Did you take the time to arrange the colours or did you just start glueing them on?

Your model is lovley and her Big Blue Eyes are wonderful. I like the movement in her hair and the lighting set up as well.

Great shot.
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10/22/2007 08:53:12 PM
I can tell that you put a lot of energy into this one; and it paid off. Really nice. Maybe the vest could have been black so as not to show through between the pencils...but it's still one of my faves in this challenge. Super shot!
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10/22/2007 05:17:43 PM
Very original use of pencils, and a lovely portrait of this pretty girl.
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10/22/2007 04:05:39 PM
This is a great portrait -- the light and focus on her face are amazing! I love the idea - very, very creative! I am not too hot about this thing on her neck, it competes a bit with the pencil vest in my opinion.
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10/21/2007 09:04:05 PM
nice concept on the challenge...photo needs some brightning
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10/21/2007 02:30:30 PM
Excellent concept, and such a cute kid!
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10/21/2007 11:01:44 AM
lol..cool.
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10/21/2007 09:41:13 AM
Super idea and the lighting on the young model is very good. Pity that the pencil vest isn't constructed a little more seamlessly. High marks for originality though.
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10/20/2007 11:00:15 PM
Very creative. Hope you do well!
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10/20/2007 10:37:15 PM
so good. great concept. great composition. great model. good lighting. 9.
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10/20/2007 10:15:13 PM
nice light, especially the catchlights
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10/20/2007 09:18:48 PM
Every girl in middle school will want one now!
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10/20/2007 01:39:53 PM
finally a really good pic in this challenge! I love the idea: very creative! Otherwise it's a beautiful portrait! Very good sharpness and clarity! I wish it in the Top 3!
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10/20/2007 11:36:04 AM
This will probably ribbon, then again (and dont take this the wrong way), its a pretty poor challenge with some dreadful entries.
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10/20/2007 06:17:15 AM
This is creative. I like the portrait.
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10/20/2007 02:36:20 AM
Very creative use of the subject matter. Beautiful young lady, accent on the eyes and over all color 8
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10/20/2007 01:02:24 AM
You have here a beautiful portrait style photo – executed to perfection. Your model is beautiful, and the “vest” idea is great. The one thing that is not so great (actually kind of messy) is the “pencil vest” that you have created.
After all, the theme is Pencil(s), and not “Portrait”, and that is where in my humble opinion, you have dropped the ball. Its always nice to see a beautiful portrait of a beautiful child but with 3 new themes a week, I would have liked to see more attention to the actual theme.
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10/19/2007 10:59:14 PM
a little heavy to carry around look! still is preatty
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10/19/2007 12:34:41 PM
OMGoodness!!! WOW WOW WOW! this is my favorite from the whole challenge! In my opinion, this is the most creative use of the idea and your model is just gorgeous! I think I might have to run out and buy myself one of those vests! haha...Very good job!!
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10/19/2007 12:30:52 PM
One of the tops of the challenge. Nicely done.
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10/19/2007 10:55:54 AM
one of the best this round, though the colors dont exactly pop. Lighting and setup are great
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10/19/2007 09:11:59 AM
Nice use of pencils. Has a very 80's feel to it.
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10/19/2007 05:14:04 AM
Nicely done. Seems a tad overexposed, on the vest bit anyway, colours a bit cold. Very pretty girl, and those eye's are pinsharp with nice catchlights.

From a portrait perspective, image feels a bit heavy on the bottom. Reckon cropping 5 rows down from her shirt would give it better balance.
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10/18/2007 01:16:24 PM
Very nice protrait, great lighting
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10/17/2007 09:33:35 PM
Lol - this is great! So creative. It actually took my eyes a split second to recognize the "vest." For me, that's what this challenge is all about. Bravo and good luck! 10
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10/17/2007 09:27:33 PM
Excellent color, lighting and idea! 9 from me! Did you try the shot without the "collar" by chance?
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10/17/2007 06:36:05 PM
great photo
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10/17/2007 05:46:53 PM
I'm sure you've been bombarded with congratulations. Let me add to that. Tremendous creativity paired with perfect technique. Obviously ... 10.
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10/17/2007 04:54:46 PM
What a beautiful little girl! She could wear anything and stop a room when she walked in. This is my favorite in this challenge. 10
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10/17/2007 02:52:50 PM
wow.. lot of effort.. and great idea!
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10/17/2007 01:22:18 PM
Def a top 3, very creative idea, and nice lighting
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10/17/2007 12:07:50 PM
amazing idea and i wonder hoow mush effort went into it. 8 for the image and 10 for your planning so 9
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10/17/2007 11:25:43 AM
Smart assembly designer woodwooks
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10/17/2007 11:10:42 AM
cool piccy.
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10/17/2007 10:12:43 AM
Very creative idea and well executed!
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10/17/2007 09:53:13 AM
Nice concept, most original one in the contest. She should model. I like the blowing hair effect.. nice touch.
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10/17/2007 09:30:33 AM
I like this, its fun and a very creative idea after rating a lot of photos its good to not see another chopstick photo! (9)
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10/17/2007 09:00:26 AM
Oh, man... that's funny! I'm in the early stages of voting, but this is certainly the most creative thing I've seen so far.
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10/17/2007 07:32:43 AM
The added wind makes this extra humourous. I'd love to see an extra pencil-ish element here ... maybe if makeup was "penciled" on or maybe eraser barrettes or something. Very cool though. 7
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10/17/2007 06:52:38 AM
excellent portrait - good, clean and creative use of pencils as something other than pencils
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10/17/2007 06:52:20 AM
good idea - I would prefer a less random arrangement of colours.
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10/17/2007 02:14:28 AM
Nice fashion statement. This is a unique idea, which is nice to see with all the chopstick entries, but it just doesn't hold a lot of interest to me.
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10/17/2007 01:54:20 AM
i love this! creative, nice shot, great everything! i went "were's the pencil in this?!?" at first. you must be so proud of this one. Cheers!
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10/17/2007 01:51:48 AM
Cool idea!
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10/17/2007 12:19:35 AM
Well, I think you'll get the blue :) good luck
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10/17/2007 12:15:42 AM
THAT must have taken awhile to do! Well worth it!
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