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Let me tell you why I'm here, Mr Spade
Let me tell you why I'm here, Mr Spade
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Challenge: What is this Pencil? (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax SMC-F 50mm f/1.7
Location: Auckland
Date: Oct 16, 2007
Aperture: f1.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2007

She walked into my office and sat down, as though she'd walked into my office and sat down a million times before. She had elegant fingers and she reached into her purse. I reached for my gun that I keep next to the bottle of whiskey in the top desk drawer. In this town, you've got to be ready for anything or you'll find yourself lying in a hole with only the groundhogs to keep you company. She pulled out a cigarette. It was long. Real long. No cigarette had any business being that long. She started to reach into her purse again, but I was already striking a match with my thumb for her. She looked me straight in the eye. Like she wanted to say something. A burning question. Burning so hot I could see the flames dancing in her eyes. I knew what she wanted. I could feel the heat between us too. She leaned forward and I lit her cigarette. I watched her eyes through the smoke. Liar's eyes, I thought.

The first time I heard her voice, I knew it was trouble. This type are always trouble. Trouble with a capital T... "Let me tell you why I'm here, Mr Spade".

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 112
Avg (all users): 6.2089
Avg (commenters): 7.4074
Avg (participants): 5.7391
Avg (non-participants): 6.3543
Views since voting: 1686
Views during voting: 490
Votes: 292
Comments: 32
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/06/2007 08:11:24 PM
Ah what a fun image and such a fabulously dramatic hat! Cool shot and a great idea.
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10/24/2007 09:50:02 AM
You have got to be kidding me! I don't know what to say, except "You were robbed!"

Message edited by author 2007-10-24 09:50:13.
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10/24/2007 04:58:21 AM
I'm astonished this didn't ribbon, and dumbfounded it didn't even make the top ten . . show's what I know . .

I think this is a genuinely excellent shot and deserved to finish at the top. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/23/2007 08:29:12 PM
All around well done.
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10/23/2007 02:51:12 PM
Really like the concept. Composition and balance are great. The one thing I would like to see is just a tiny bit more smoke.
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10/23/2007 01:56:35 PM
This is a really cute idea. The lighting is a little harsh though. The shadow of her arm on the shoulder is distracting.
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10/23/2007 09:24:11 AM
Fabulous! Love the light smoke coming out of the pencil.
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10/22/2007 08:45:02 PM
This is my favorite. Perfect composition. Nice, dramatic lighting. If one weren't looking for a pencil, it would absolutely pass as a cigarette. Nice work!
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10/22/2007 02:06:28 PM
Excellent picture.

Did I just say 'Excellent' ?

I meant truly excellent !!

For my money a clear ribbon winner.
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10/22/2007 08:42:55 AM
Nice lips! I like the lighting.
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10/21/2007 08:49:29 PM
Awesome...I just love this...I love the thought you put into this
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10/21/2007 02:30:01 PM
Awesome :) The lighting and contrast here is perfect!
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10/20/2007 10:52:24 PM
I love it! great concept, composition. background is wrong - blends too much with hat. good use of b&w. 8.
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10/20/2007 10:17:31 PM
well shot, nice pose....focus could be a bit sharper
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10/20/2007 01:02:53 PM
not bad.
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10/20/2007 10:44:52 AM
this is very elegant. Good composition and clarity. Especially like the soft smoke. Well done and good luck!
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10/20/2007 02:03:07 AM
Nice lighting and effective b/w conversion
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10/19/2007 08:55:00 PM
Great idea and very well done...10..(had to come back and comment)
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10/19/2007 12:30:57 PM
One of the tops of the challenge. Nicely done.
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10/19/2007 10:42:40 AM
I like this picture and I see your idea, but I wish the pencil was a little sharper and stood out more.
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10/18/2007 09:28:54 PM
Good black & white image - great contrast. You did so well disguising the pencil, I can't even tell it is one. Good luck in the challenge.
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10/18/2007 09:18:59 PM
I love this photo. Great drama and detail, right down to the smoke rising from the pencil's eraser!
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10/18/2007 08:05:45 PM
More smoke would have bee good...
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10/18/2007 03:23:59 PM
Very elegant.
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10/18/2007 12:58:04 PM
I would have liked to see more contrast between the hat and the background
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10/18/2007 11:12:58 AM
Original and nice composition.
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10/18/2007 06:33:18 AM
Interesting idea. Might just be my monitor, but the pencil seems a little overexposed and the hat a little underexposed.
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10/17/2007 10:33:29 PM
Nice portrait. Just that the pencil couldn't be recognized clearly. I like the lighting though.
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10/17/2007 11:58:09 AM
wonderful light and striking pose- great image
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10/17/2007 11:06:33 AM
Exotic lead
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10/17/2007 12:47:39 AM
Great composition, excellent exposure and contrast, and the title is perfect (great reference!). The slight smoke is a perfect touch to bump it to a 10 from me.
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10/17/2007 12:21:38 AM
OOOH...love how you got the pencil to smoke. Nice work. THe b&w is great...the lighting is lovely.
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