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A Modern Day Still Life
A Modern Day Still Life

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Challenge: Still Life IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2008
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro for Canon
Location: Home
Date: Jul 25, 2008
Aperture: f22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8
Date Uploaded: Jul 26, 2008

Just thought about capturing a still life that was outside of the ordinary and that would at least bring a smile to the viewer's face.

crop, levels, contrast, saturation, shadows/highlights, curves, usm, resize, save for web


post challenge:
i knew going into this challenge that this image would either be loved or hated...i guess it's the latter :)

thanks to those that commented and took the time to vote


Place: 211 out of 228
Avg (all users): 4.1494
Avg (commenters): 5.3333
Avg (participants): 4.1569
Avg (non-participants): 4.1463
Views since voting: 2977
Views during voting: 250
Votes: 174
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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08/08/2008 11:27:13 AM
One thing that no one has mentioned is that still life typically has a group of objects that are all within the frame. Given that none of your objects are fully contained within the frame it seems more "dynamic" than "still" . The topic is a killer as well. Lice eeewwwww! Technically, the lighting and composition are nice. I did not vote, but I suspect that the 1's and 2's are DNMC votes rather than bad photo votes.
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08/07/2008 09:08:02 AM
Certainly a better photograph than the score would indicate. I gave you a 6. I think it's great that it is cluttered. That's how many bathroom counter tops are. I was going to suggest that you had a stronger focal point, but after some thought, I'm not sure there should be one. Perhaps if the magnifying glass played a stronger role, it could be the center of attention, surrounded by all the other items. It reminds me of Cindy Sherman's work. Keep it up!
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08/07/2008 08:20:12 AM
Way too busy for a still life. There's too much happening in this shot. Too many bold colours that attract attention and even detract from your goal. My eyes don't know where to stop, which in turn makes me want to look away. Good attempt. If you had put one box of the shampoo with a pair of scissors and a comb and maybe that magnifying glass to tell the story and then sprinkled a few hairs here and there you would have scored higher I am sure.
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08/07/2008 07:22:01 AM
Creative and well executed. I think the score's a bit harsh. My suspicion is that voters in tune to fruit and flowers and wine glasses might have been put off by anything that deviated too far from that. The other problem might be the subject matter itself. Lice are a turnoff, and for some you may have taken them back to a place they'd rather forget! Looking at this and your portfolio, you're certainly on the right track. Take the good with the bad and keep shooting...

Message edited by author 2008-08-07 07:34:27.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2008 08:17:58 PM
Eeeeeewwwww! Lice killing shampoo!!! Gross, but interesting in a strange way. I like the attention you paid to little details, like the dead hair...
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08/04/2008 12:52:12 AM
ummm Got Lice? lmao
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07/31/2008 02:12:11 PM
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07/31/2008 12:57:19 AM
Lovely! Better with some lice under the magnifying glass ;)
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