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If a tree falls in a forest...
If a tree falls in a forest...
RichT8496


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Challenge: Silence IV (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Product studio - London
Date: Feb 29, 2004
Aperture: 22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.5sec
Date Uploaded: Feb 29, 2004

Does a tree make a sound if it falls in the forest and there's no-one to hear it?

The first thing that came to mind when I read the challenge.
Setting up over 50 pencils took a long time and getting the lighting right was a nightmare. I wanted to get plenty of shadows like in a forest without ruining the contrast - it took ages.

I don't expect to do well in this challenge because this one might be a bit too abstract. However, it's exactly the image I thought of when I read the challenge, and as far as I'm concerned I really enjoyed setting it up and love the result.

I'll try not to let the negative comments get to me so much this time!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 312
Avg (all users): 6.3789
Avg (commenters): 7.9091
Avg (participants): 6.2460
Avg (non-participants): 6.5077
Views since voting: 2112
Votes: 256
Comments: 52
Favorites: 7 (view)


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03/12/2004 09:36:05 AM
Wow Rich!! What a great idea! beautifully done!
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03/12/2004 09:04:36 AM
no it doesnt make a sound....thats always been my arguement....:D but thats a brill pic
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03/11/2004 06:31:48 PM
Very creative, technically well done, and it fits the challenge perfectly. IMHO this should have won!
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03/10/2004 06:44:46 AM
Thanks for all the comments guys. I was very pleasantly surprised to see people getting enthusiastic about this one. It's one of my favourites. My fears about it being too abstract were unfounded - apologies.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/09/2004 10:52:17 PM
Cool shot
03/08/2004 04:51:19 PM
great lines, amazing colors. I love the shadows.
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03/08/2004 05:07:03 AM
That's brilliant!! amazing!!
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03/07/2004 09:57:49 AM
Great idea, like the color... 9
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03/07/2004 09:34:53 AM
I love this concept. Good job. I was wondering what it may have looked like if the pencil lying on the ground would have been poistioned so that the sharpened edge was not visible. ?? 8
dc
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03/07/2004 07:29:38 AM
Great idea and very well taken
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03/07/2004 02:25:21 AM
Astounding. Excellent technically and meets to challenge prefectly. 10
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03/07/2004 02:09:42 AM
interesting concept.. very imaginative.. shadows are great.. not real sure about the interpretation of the challenge..
03/06/2004 09:46:18 PM
This had to take some time to set up. Nice lighting and a very creative approach to the challenge.
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03/06/2004 07:45:04 PM
I knew somebody would try this idea, and you executed it very well. I know this must have been frusterating to set up. The only thing I would change is crop out the top of the pencil on the left.
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03/06/2004 07:12:12 PM
According to the theory, the presence of an observer changes the outcome, just like Schrodinger's Cat. Interesting take on the Challenge, nice BW composition, I can tell you really put effort into the image.
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03/06/2004 07:10:18 PM
nice idea really well exucuted
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03/06/2004 04:28:34 PM
The angle of view gives a really teetering kind of feel to this - almost makes me feel like I do when I am standing at the top of a high staircase. Vertigo! I like the light and shadow and blue tones. This is a great abstract interpretation of the challenge. 9
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03/06/2004 03:11:28 PM
A very interesting composition and a unique approach to this challenge. One of the best of this challenge.
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03/06/2004 12:15:20 PM
Good pic but silence?
03/05/2004 09:03:54 PM
Very clean and modern; well done. Something seems to be missing in the lower portion, though.
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03/05/2004 05:57:52 PM
I dread to think how difficult this must have been to set up, but it was worth it! Wonderful lighting and shadows, oh yes and a good title.
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03/05/2004 05:31:26 PM
Make it a ten...very nice quality, expression and thought. :-)
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03/05/2004 05:02:01 PM
too bad there's a shadow on the tip of the pencil we can see!
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03/05/2004 03:12:29 PM
How long did it take you to set this up?!
Very cool, very original.
good joj
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03/05/2004 06:34:49 AM
wow! you have FAR too much spare time! What a brilliant image - can't help but think that this would make a fantastic record sleeve (actually, it's slightly reminiscent of Origin of Symmetry by Brit band Muse). Love it. 10.
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03/05/2004 06:03:15 AM
Interesting shot.
03/05/2004 02:45:24 AM
Creative interpretation of theme
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03/04/2004 08:12:31 PM
it still makes a sound
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03/04/2004 04:40:16 PM
I was going to do the tree thing but I couldn't find a fallen tree. Congrats for finding a way to show this. Great shot...suitable for framing.-7
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03/04/2004 02:23:08 PM
LOVE IT. Great idea, great color, composition, light. Everything. Fantastic. See nothing wrong with this photo and it fits the challenge superbly. 10. [I don't usually do that!!!!!] 10 10 10
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03/04/2004 01:02:05 PM
Clever
03/04/2004 11:57:06 AM
A different idea and a great shot. Pencils got a little clumped/overlapped on left which made for a darker, more prominent area of the photo (not sure if that was intended, but it's competing for my attention with the fallen pencil). Other than that, very cool! :)
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03/04/2004 11:13:20 AM
This is a very cool interpretation of the theme!
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03/04/2004 10:10:08 AM
This is a great shot, very creative, good technically and I think it could probably stand recognizable without the title.
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03/04/2004 07:00:24 AM
Great lines and shadows
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03/04/2004 12:43:04 AM
I love the idea, and the entire shot in general. My only 10
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03/03/2004 09:36:00 PM
Very clever idea.
03/03/2004 09:07:58 PM
Cool ! My favorite so far. I like the blue hue on this one. Great shadows. A 9.
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03/03/2004 08:54:54 PM
Very stylish and masterfully controlled, to so perfectly maintain the perpendicular. I like the 'not writing' silence, too. One tiny gripe is the sharpened point in the upper left.
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03/03/2004 06:32:04 PM
awesome! great lighting and colors! 10
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03/03/2004 04:37:48 PM
Shadows up front nearer to the sharpened end of the pencil are a little distracting to me. Cool idea!
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03/03/2004 03:30:53 PM
Very cool concept and a good angle!

My only minor gripe is the pencil in the top left corner of the picture, it would have looked better if it would have been whole.
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03/03/2004 10:26:43 AM
amusing idea (both the "forest" and the title) good shadows and sense of motion
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03/03/2004 09:09:06 AM
Nice array of shadows.
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03/03/2004 07:47:46 AM
Creative... I like to work with creative ideas so u got some extra points from me...
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03/03/2004 06:48:23 AM
One of my favorites in this challenge! Good luck!
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03/03/2004 05:52:55 AM
Absolutely Stunning!

The reflections off the pencil surface, the beautiful attenuation on the shadows, just wonderful.

I was thinking along these lines at one point during the comp and Im glad to see this concept realised so beautifully :)

Great work!
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03/03/2004 05:03:15 AM
Must've been a fragile setup! Simple and very, very nice.
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03/03/2004 02:07:40 AM
Well done......amazing shadows and light. Good entry hope you do well this challenge.
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03/03/2004 12:37:49 AM
Great photo, I like this. Looks like a difficult setup and you've done very well with it.
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03/03/2004 12:24:32 AM
Clever, love that the pencil barely casts a shadow so it doesn't break up the continuation of the others.
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03/03/2004 12:16:51 AM
Lovely, just LOVELY!!!

I really like this one a lot....... I think you should do well with this one.
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