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timfythetoo


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Challenge: Reflections Without Mirrors IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Feb 5, 2008
Date Uploaded: Feb 5, 2008

This is a direct rip off of this image ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/25000-29999/27482/120/604706.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/25000-29999/27482/120/604706.jpg', '/') + 1) . ' by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus. I paid attention to his POW project last year, and when this when came up I knew at some point I wanted to something similar. Not necessarily for a challenge but just for myself. This week it worked out that I could do it for a challenge.

Driving to drop off some movies I noticed the roadway at a local cemetary having alot of puddles. It wasn't raining at the time so I took Aidan over and we took a bunch of shots at different puddles. This was bit more challenging than I had expected. Finding the right puddle, the right angle, the right background after finding the right angle - it was a challenge. This shot was one of the last 3 or 4 images I took at the last puddle we stopped at. This was the right puddle - good size that allowed me to have his upper body int he shot, the right background - no grass or other distractions, and the right pavement for the most part - good detail and some cool cracks. This is no where near as cool as Larus' shot but I think I did pretty well with it. We sure had fun shooting it.

I have no clue how this will score. Its not a seascape so I doubt I can get real high, it is a blatant rip off but I don't know how many voters will have seen this in Larus portfolio. His image has only just over 700 views and I am sure that easily 75 or so are me. I would love to see this place high against the seascapes I expect. Fingers crossed.

Post process - raw conversion, contrast mask a couple of times, high pass sharpen, NI a couple of times, multiple hue/sat adjustments, multiple selective color adjustments, guassian blur, gradient layer for vignette, dodging and burning galore, selective blur and sharpen, resize, and then more of pretty much everything above after resize (which is a shame because I dont have a large copy now to print proper), border and save.

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10pm on first night of challenge -
Votes: 77
Views: 183
Avg Vote: 7.2727
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1

A couple of people have recognized it as a Larus take off. Others have found it highly original. Very very pleased with its scoring so far. I am beginning to have high hopes that I may be able to ribbon against those stellar seascapes. A yellow ribbon would be nice as I am still missing that color. Lets see what the rest of the week brings.
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Post Challenge - I am glad to see this score high and ribbon. I know have pics of both of my kids in my top rated entries.

And for anyone who has a problem with me using someone else's idea - get over it. First off this is DPC. We all use other peoples ideas. Thats part of the game here. And beyond that, years from now when DPC is a distant memory for me, this image will still be hanging on my wall. I am greatful for Larus putting his image in his portfolio and showing me a brilliant idea. And I am glad I was able to create a similar image, not just for the little virtual ribbon, but for my enjoyment in my home. If you have a problem with people using other people's ideas then you must be one heck of a creative and unique individual.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 188
Avg (all users): 7.3263
Avg (commenters): 8.4839
Avg (participants): 7.1875
Avg (non-participants): 7.4273
Views since voting: 15228
Views during voting: 476
Votes: 190
Comments: 91
Favorites: 61 (view)


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04/07/2008 05:18:03 AM
I'm sorry that I had to add another favorite to this one. it's just so damned striking, I couldn't help it.
:)
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03/18/2008 12:14:58 PM
As graded...an Excellent Photo, Sir! :)
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03/03/2008 01:44:17 AM
I just saw your picture here

//www.sevenpics.com/

page 6, just so you know.
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02/23/2008 04:51:27 PM
Well-deserved blue - I didn't have time to vote on this challenge, but you would have got a 10 from me too if I had. Don't worry about being "derivative" - you made this absolutely your own.
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02/22/2008 03:54:38 PM
this is genius, as always...great work bud
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02/21/2008 08:47:22 AM
Congrats! Wonderfully executed - Well deserved Blue!!
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02/20/2008 02:38:13 PM
I think it is awesome of course, but that puts me in amongst the highest percentile, I am sure.

First off... my first reaction upon seeing this is that I couldn't wait to do it with my grandaughters, and then I thought it was great that you mentioned that it was a 'blatant rip-off' of Larus's work, even though it was not necessary to mention that at all. It gave you tons of credibility in my book.

Congratulations on the capture of the ribbon... but as you said, it's on your wall either way.

Cute little guy. He deserves a Pizza Party!!!!

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02/20/2008 01:25:20 PM
LOVE IT! And you put some thought into a creative title. Worthy of the ribbon!
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02/20/2008 08:19:36 AM
Hey Tim, way to go! Congrats on the ribbon and glad to have inspired you :)

For those of you who are nagging about him "stealing" the idea, get over it! It´s hardly like I invented this type of shot, it´s been done before and I got the idea from a b/w magazine I read a couple of years ago wich had legs in the top part of the photo, cropped off and the face visible in a puddle but didn´t resemble my or Tim´s shot in any other way. Tim took the shot and did it his own way and was far from copying my shot so why should it matter where he got the basic idea from, wether that was from DPC or some other source, does that really matter? I think some people need to realize that there is a whole world of photography outside of DPC.

Thx for the credit Tim and congrats once again :)
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02/20/2008 07:33:59 AM
A real standout on the front page. Nicely done and congrats on the 0 1's. Woo!
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02/19/2008 09:44:57 AM
Way to go, Tim, You're on a roll. Shooting your kids in a cemetary. That's okay, just don't make him wear a pink tutu.
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02/19/2008 12:48:27 AM
I really love this. Excellent work.
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02/18/2008 11:30:30 PM
This is so great! Very well done! (As usual.)
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02/18/2008 09:09:05 PM
Pretty amazing. Congrats.
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02/18/2008 08:16:09 PM
Great shot. For what its worth I like yours better and plan on stealing this idea in the future:)
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02/18/2008 05:55:52 PM
Tim, congrats for the brilliant reproduction of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus shot. I think you did catch the idea perfectly and executed it with great control.
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02/18/2008 03:05:42 PM
Tim - I didn't vote in this challenge, but a great shot and your right - this will look great on your wall for years to come.

Congrats on the Blue.

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02/18/2008 01:47:11 PM
Originally posted by timfythetoo:

His image has only just over 700 views


And now it's got 1100+ Way to credit ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus for the idea! You did an excellent job on this one, congrats on the blue ribbon!
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02/18/2008 12:34:54 PM
Neat execution and well presented. Making the inevitable Larus comparison, his retains the menace that the original idea communicates with his adult model, yours has a different message for me. Regarding using other people's ideas as inspiration, whether directly or indirectly, there is hardly anything wrong or new about that, and I'm frankly suprised it has to be mentioned at all, particularly when you openly acknowledge the original and even use a colloquialism to describe your use. I know that I have many photographs in my portfolio here and in my personal collection that is rich with inspiration from others' work. In my view it's something for all parties to be proud of.
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02/18/2008 11:54:16 AM
Nicely done Tim! Unfortunate about having to explain yourself. We all get our inspiration from a variety of sources but the hard part is being able to pull it off in a convincing and professional manner. You performed admirably! You paid homage to Larus and said so... and I'm sure he's thrilled. I would be. Remember... In a room full of balloons, there's always going to be a prick or two. :)
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02/18/2008 11:10:45 AM
Nice Tim! Congrats!
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02/18/2008 11:07:24 AM
yayyyy!! i'm so glad this ribboned! :) it was my personal fave...
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02/18/2008 10:52:28 AM
Congrats, Tim! It's a great shot, no doubt. And don't worry about the idea - you gave him credit, after all. Regardless of the idea, it's your execution that mattered.

Message edited by author 2008-02-18 10:53:11.
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02/18/2008 10:48:34 AM
congrats Tim! I knew this one would blue, guess your still chasing that elusive yellow :) good job!
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02/18/2008 10:42:26 AM
Congrats on a very interesting, creative, technically superb shot! You definitely deserve the blue! Bravo~
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02/18/2008 10:33:24 AM
Oh yes! This is a GOOOD ONE!! Very artful and creative! And you are RIGHT! Every photograph for all time has "been there done that" before -- but each new rendition of any photo has the touch of the new master! This one is very special. Most definitely a 10 by ANY standard!

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02/18/2008 09:41:44 AM
Congrats on a great shot. No problem with shooting your own take on a fine composition. Its no different than a musician covering a classic song. You took the idea and as they say. "made it your own"
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02/18/2008 09:30:29 AM
Tim, congrats on the fantastic finish and wonderful shot! And I agree with you 100% about the duplication of someone else's shot. For one, the great shots are not easy to copy anyway, and take real skill to execute. Second, trying to duplicate a shot forces you to try over and over to get it right, and usually that means you learn something new while doing it. Well done, Tim, and hang it on your wall with pride!
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02/18/2008 09:28:44 AM
This is absolutely incredible Tim, really great composition and great lighting, i absolutely loved this one when looking through the challenge during voting, very nicely done.
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02/18/2008 09:28:34 AM
Congrats!!
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02/18/2008 09:25:59 AM
Nice shot. I am definately going to try this once some of the snow melts around here.
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02/18/2008 08:43:04 AM
after looking at the Larus photo I will say this is a great shot using that concept, congrats on your blue!
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02/18/2008 08:13:25 AM
What?! Not an original idea? Still a brilliant shot and well worth the effort you went to to get it. Congrats :-)
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02/18/2008 08:10:57 AM
I like the graphic nature of this photo. Inspiring. Congratulations.
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02/18/2008 08:06:19 AM
Good! Congrats for the blue.
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02/18/2008 07:10:10 AM
Awesome work! I'm so glad to see this on the front page... I was worried it would get a low score. Congrats! :)
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02/18/2008 06:47:04 AM
Fantastic recreation of your own slant on Larus's image
you pulled it off brilliantly
sometimes its harder to recreate an idea than to come up with it as its always compared
congrats on the blue
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02/18/2008 06:30:49 AM
Congrats with your blue ribbon. Awsome photo, one of my top 3 in this challenge.
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02/18/2008 05:29:35 AM
Such a great shot! Congrats!!
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02/18/2008 03:22:49 AM
ah shi* ! i thought you were ripping me off ! ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/737/120/580922.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/737/120/580922.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

LOL, BIG congratz ! awesome photo, well deserved 1st place

Message edited by author 2008-02-18 03:23:45.
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02/18/2008 02:49:40 AM
Congrats, Timfy, ye old ripper, now I know why I thought I had seen it before. Good job, though.
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02/18/2008 02:44:54 AM
Congrats Aidan!! Your Dad would be up the creek without you.

Wonderful photo and well deserving of the blue.
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02/18/2008 02:37:31 AM
Wow you are on fire as of late. Great job with all your photos.
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02/18/2008 01:38:18 AM
ahem.....I like it better than Larus's. The red really makes it pop. Congrats on a job well done. I may be copying this one as well.
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02/18/2008 12:52:54 AM
Way to go , Tim. Congrats yet again.
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02/18/2008 12:43:42 AM
Great job! Congrats for an outstanding rainy day shot.
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02/18/2008 12:41:54 AM
WTG, Tim! Terrific photo. Big congrats on the blue.
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02/18/2008 12:38:19 AM
Congrats Tim!!! Wonderful shot!
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02/18/2008 12:30:59 AM
Congrats Tim.
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02/18/2008 12:30:07 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon. I especially like the rainy highlights around his body. One of these days your kids are going to start demanding modeling fees. :-)
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02/18/2008 12:13:47 AM
Ripped off someone else's creative and got a pretend ribbon. Hmm.

I want my 8 back.
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02/18/2008 12:10:04 AM
you must be in serious pain because you're still on fire.
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02/18/2008 12:03:47 AM
another one!!! CONGRATULATIONS!
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02/18/2008 12:03:30 AM
2008 been very very good to you. Congrats on your blue, Tim!

Message edited by author 2008-02-18 00:04:03.
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02/18/2008 12:02:14 AM
Congratulations Timfy! :) Really like your take.
Glad this did so well. I remembered the similar shot but couldn't put my finger on who's it was, Saberi came to mind, but I was this close to checking out Larus. I should've known since I was following his PAW, doh. I didnt finish my round of bumps but this would've made it. I like how well the title fits the shot and with those clever accents ;)

Message edited by author 2008-02-18 00:15:18.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/17/2008 04:32:13 PM
Very creative! 9.
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02/17/2008 03:54:41 PM
This pose settup rings some bells! I like it thou
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02/17/2008 03:54:12 PM
dont know what to say 8
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02/17/2008 02:58:35 PM
Great photo. Love the color tones and the creative use of the reflection.
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02/17/2008 10:12:14 AM
very creative and interesting composition /10
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02/17/2008 08:25:09 AM
great shot. I like your choice of the diagonal here.
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02/17/2008 07:25:25 AM
I like the way the photo is split, good work
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02/17/2008 12:01:35 AM
Love the angle here.......
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02/16/2008 09:36:46 PM
Awesome....Luv everything about it :)
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02/16/2008 03:34:41 AM
I think this image is unique in that it deviates from the classic landscape reflected in water theme. Additionally I feel that the title "Disconnect" is appropriate because the emotion of the boy's face differs from the emotion of his body language. The boy's face seems intensely serious while his body, with the feet rocked back slightly on the heels, emits anxiousness.
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02/15/2008 11:58:40 PM
Fantastic. Very artistic approach. You have really composed this shot extremely well. The grey road adds great contrast to the saturated blue and red.You deserve to do well with this. One of the most original shots I've seen in a while. 10
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02/15/2008 08:26:08 PM
oh my goodness! this is my favorite shot so far! great job! good luck!!
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02/14/2008 08:58:47 PM
There are some brilliant interpretations in this challenge, and this is most definitely one of them. Wow.
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02/14/2008 02:50:47 PM
I love this! Very cool expression on the boy, in a very clear reflection. Crop and framing couldn't be better.
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02/14/2008 01:13:41 PM
Very creative and well executed idea. Surely one of the best in this challenge.
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02/14/2008 08:38:03 AM
8 - Nice processing.
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02/14/2008 08:27:02 AM
this was really neat.... at first i was like, you cut off his head.... then I got to see the rest of the image and laughed at myself. Great idea. Good Luck
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02/13/2008 10:58:57 PM
Woo-hooo... excellent! So full of meaning - exactly what I wish we had more of at DPC. Exceptional idea with the diagonal orientation. Only thing I can fault it for is that the color is a bit distracting - would have made a killer B&W.
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02/13/2008 01:25:23 AM
This is such a cool image. The contrast between the dark pavement and the red shoes if great. Adding it to my faves. 10
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02/12/2008 07:53:48 PM
Fun composition. The pavement lines & texture are great.
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02/12/2008 05:36:14 PM
well done!
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02/12/2008 03:03:09 PM
This image should win! 10
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02/12/2008 12:59:51 PM
moody lighting - well cropped and composed -- like the disconnected feel -- one of my ribbon picks
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02/11/2008 11:55:46 PM
very cool
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02/11/2008 09:03:34 PM
Nice, reminiscent of one of larus' portraits. Nicely done
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02/11/2008 06:16:09 PM
nice work!
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02/11/2008 05:13:07 PM
very good idea! 8
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02/11/2008 01:34:07 PM
This will get the blue for sure. The colors are great...9
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02/11/2008 01:11:57 PM
Just out of curiosity, what is wrong with "Disconnect?"
02/11/2008 12:37:14 PM
The more I look at this shot the better is becomes. A very clever idea.
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02/11/2008 10:54:24 AM
Very cool! I love the color clothes against the wet pavement and the angle of the shot makes you stop and study it.
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02/11/2008 09:40:04 AM
really cool
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02/11/2008 09:28:57 AM
Really clever idea, great job!
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02/11/2008 05:59:05 AM
I like this . It's very similar to a shot by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Larus form his POW collection which I also like. Yet my guess is that this shot isn't his, but someone else. ;-)

Message edited by author 2008-02-18 06:12:26.
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02/11/2008 05:17:15 AM
very original, love it! 9 ;)
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02/11/2008 12:05:10 AM
Very Creative! Great shot.
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