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The pencil that thinks it's a chimney...
The pencil that thinks it's a chimney...
SoulMan1978


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: What is this Pencil? (Basic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSLR-A100K
Lens: Sony DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical ED Zoom Lens for Sony Alpha
Location: Whittlesey brick works
Date: Oct 13, 2007
Aperture: F/29
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3 secs
Date Uploaded: Oct 16, 2007

Well, I like this, even if the voters don't, lol..

Hopefully, ppl will realise there's another chimney behind the pencil but you never know.

This is a tricky one to pull off as you make a decision to focus either on the pencil itself (as I did here) or on the background, and the other won't be in focus at all. I've countered it a bit here by going for aperture priority mode and the smallest aperture I could with the lens (F29? didn't even know it went up to that lol) at the expense of a slow shutter speed. In this shot I've got a slight movement of the pencil, as it's handheld (obviously) which is evident from the slight halo-ing around the rubber and the writing on the pencil. This shot is the best of the bunch though.

I tried a few shots with the sharp end upward but figured it more resembled a chimney this way plus it was too hard to not have the chimney poking out from behind. I know *someone* will criticize me either way lol.

Editing: slight straightening, curves, noise removal, usm, cropped out two dust spots.

POST: woohoo new PB!!! Thanks for all the comments :-)

Statistics
Place: 30 out of 112
Avg (all users): 5.8741
Avg (commenters): 6.1111
Avg (participants): 5.5441
Avg (non-participants): 5.9735
Views since voting: 1154
Views during voting: 507
Votes: 294
Comments: 43
Favorites: 0


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01/30/2008 02:58:23 PM
30th place is not bad, think the voters did like it! I like it as well. Clever idea and a very steady hand!

ben

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11/21/2007 05:31:28 PM
Robbed! really like this, I can tell a lot of thought went into it. Good luck in future challenges!
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11/15/2007 02:34:39 PM
Very nice perspective. I like the full focus on the foreground right through to the background. Keep up the creative thinking.
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11/14/2007 04:32:36 PM
wow Should have scored a lot higher.

Message edited by author 2007-11-14 16:32:56.
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10/24/2007 07:31:59 AM
Originally posted by david_c:

Robbed. This was top 5, at least.


I agree, this was one of the better pictures in the challenge, at least it was original and consistent with the challenge. I think you made the right decision on how to focus it, my only criticism is what appears to be a bit of sensor dust.

Nice job,

Jack
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10/24/2007 12:14:27 AM
Robbed. This was top 5, at least.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/23/2007 09:30:22 PM
Hand doesn't fit photo and distracts from looking at the pencil when reading the title of the photo.
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10/23/2007 04:50:49 PM
Nice use of perspective. Too bad for all the ugly background stuff...
TC
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10/22/2007 04:27:01 PM
Creative, but I think it would work better without the hand.
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10/22/2007 02:02:03 PM
Nice idea. Excellent DOF, especially for items so close and so far away.
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10/22/2007 08:44:12 AM
Very well captured. Should be a top 10, but what do I know?
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10/21/2007 08:38:30 PM
that's cool
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10/20/2007 10:46:00 PM
ya gotta love it. great concept, execution, title. don't like the scruffy trees - what can you do. good DOF. 8.
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10/20/2007 06:19:53 PM
For me, without your title it might be hard to understand what your intent was. I do like the triangular composition of the three vertical elements though. Good lighting and the perspective is fun.
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10/20/2007 11:39:23 AM
Ths is actually pretty good. one of the better ones this challenge. still only a 6 though.
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10/20/2007 04:28:44 AM
Great idea but I'm not sure I like the hand in there.
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10/20/2007 02:45:44 AM
Easy, clever and catchy 7
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10/20/2007 02:09:14 AM
hah! great compsoition.. I don't like the exposure though.. perhaps too dark and too red..
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10/19/2007 06:57:09 PM
Fun idea! The whole setup is too cluttered for me, though. A different perspective focussing on just two chimneys, a real one and a pencil one, might be more interesting. But I know how difficult it is to position yourself in such a way that no distracting stuff is in your picture, there's just too much of it around! ;-)
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10/19/2007 06:06:12 PM
Very creative, good DoF. Anyway I would have cropped the hand out.
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10/19/2007 05:04:39 PM
totally would ahve given it 2 more poits witout the hand. nice idea.
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10/19/2007 10:43:13 AM
great idea :) don't like the title. 7
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10/19/2007 09:16:22 AM
A great idea, but i think it would have been successful without the hand.
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10/18/2007 03:29:33 PM
That's really cool.

Message edited by author 2007-11-14 16:33:46.
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10/18/2007 01:09:53 PM
Cute!
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10/18/2007 12:49:32 PM
I think a crop without the hand in the shot would've been more successful? Interesting
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10/18/2007 12:49:12 PM
Nice play with the perspective
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10/18/2007 01:38:17 AM
A different idea...
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10/18/2007 01:05:04 AM
I think it would be much better if the hand was not in the picture
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10/17/2007 10:32:30 PM
The pencil is shaky and not sharp. Artifacts could be seen on the pencil too.
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10/17/2007 05:27:10 PM
whish the sky were nicer but creative idea!
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10/17/2007 02:14:50 PM
Very original! 8
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10/17/2007 02:10:58 PM
LoL!!! You made my day..if only you could hear me chuckling.. :)

Kinda sad, but very interesting scenery when you get to looking at your image though. I wish this were lighter, but I give you credit for being so creative! This is still a funny image!!
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10/17/2007 01:19:57 PM
Great idea, it think it would have been a bit better if you composed the image without your hand in it though

Message edited by author 2007-10-26 23:44:02.
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10/17/2007 12:02:53 PM
Wow- very nice , creative and very well executed
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10/17/2007 10:11:10 AM
EPA rating?
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10/17/2007 07:00:53 AM
Even better if you cropped out the hand
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10/17/2007 06:46:17 AM
I really think this could have been so much better without your hand in the way
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10/17/2007 04:59:14 AM
Might be better cropped without the hand? Fun though. ;o)
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10/17/2007 02:33:30 AM
This would be a much better shot if the the hand wasn't in the picture. None of the other smoke stacks have hands holding them. Also it would be better if it was over exposed a little bit, it is too dark for me.
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10/17/2007 01:45:36 AM
Cool effect!
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10/17/2007 12:20:58 AM
CUTE! I might have cropped out the hand and just gotten the pencil, but really creative. I like it!
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10/17/2007 12:13:35 AM
now, this one is very original
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