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SherwinJames


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Abstract Black and White (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: NJ, USA
Date: Aug 23, 2008
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2 sec
Galleries: Abstract, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2008

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Lately my likes, appeal and technique has taken me away from the DPC mass appeal. However, with this shot, it seems that our paths may have crossed (if only for a brief moment). May our paths cross again in the near future.

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Ingredients:
- One cardboard photo mailing tube
- One clear marble
- One pinkish/purple flood light
- One super-sharp Sigma 10-20mm lense


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 318
Avg (all users): 7.7299
Avg (commenters): 8.7143
Avg (participants): 7.7000
Avg (non-participants): 7.7553
Views since voting: 10015
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 174
Comments: 74
Favorites: 59 (view)


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09/09/2008 06:31:24 PM
Your comment on this win intrigued me, so I took a look at your portfolio. I don't know if anyone else has a problem with your work, but I absolutely love it, and COMPLETELY agree about the beauty of simplicity. Your work is just that - simple and very very powerful. You are a true photographer, you don't need a swathe of editorial gimmicks in order to make your statement, you just make it, perfectly. Please don't change a thing, you're a true artist. I've picked you as one of my favourite photographers and look forward to seeing you flourish further. Congratulations.
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09/09/2008 12:27:03 AM
Very interesting shot. Love the texture with perspective and lighting. Excellent image. Congrats on Blue!
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09/08/2008 04:28:45 PM
clever! bordering on genious!
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09/08/2008 07:43:34 AM
It definitely gives me a sense of movement - the spinning of the vortex sucking in debris. Extremely nice shot - I really like it.
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09/07/2008 07:35:25 PM
Originally posted by Citadel:

Really cool shot and one of my favorites. How was this lit though?


Flood light at one end of cardboard tube, and camera at the other end.
09/07/2008 06:59:10 PM
Really cool shot and one of my favorites. How was this lit though?
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09/07/2008 06:42:37 PM
Brilliant shot, congrats on your ribbon!
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09/07/2008 09:36:27 AM
NOTHING below a FIVE!!!
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09/07/2008 07:14:45 AM
I'd better make a comment before it comes off the front page.

Brilliant.

;-Þ
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09/05/2008 06:41:06 PM
congrats! very cool image.
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09/05/2008 04:10:23 PM
That cardboard tube could almost pass as the barrel of a rifle. Nice picture!
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09/05/2008 02:24:02 PM
simply amazing!
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09/04/2008 03:17:05 AM
Yea! nice job

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09/04/2008 01:33:24 AM
Definitely deserved. One of my favorites of the challenge.
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09/03/2008 11:59:04 PM
I get a feeling of being drawn into this image. Well done and well deserved blue sherwin :)
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09/03/2008 12:06:11 PM
WoW. Great setup and shot! Superb detail. Congratulations!
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09/03/2008 11:06:43 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! superb shot!
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09/03/2008 10:48:26 AM
congrats to the blue. awesome shot. It stood out when I was scrolling through the entries.
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09/03/2008 10:39:42 AM
Congratulations on a great image!!
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09/03/2008 10:14:21 AM
Wow - this is simply beautiful and a great yet simple idea. No argument with this being at the top! Congrats!
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09/03/2008 09:25:30 AM
Big congrats on your Blue. Great work!!!
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09/03/2008 08:40:30 AM
Wow, what a score! Congrats!
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09/03/2008 07:33:10 AM
thoroughly deserved Sherwin and a monstor score!
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09/03/2008 06:53:20 AM
amazing work..congrats!
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09/03/2008 05:48:06 AM
Spectacular!
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09/03/2008 05:24:37 AM
congratulations.well done
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09/03/2008 05:24:35 AM
The blue! As well it should. Congrats on a wonderful work of art.
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09/03/2008 05:07:44 AM
Great work. Congrats on your Blue
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09/03/2008 04:40:20 AM
What a fantastic image!

Well done for taking the blue, definately deserved it.
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09/03/2008 04:25:40 AM
Beautiful image - Congratulations on the Big Blue :o)
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09/03/2008 03:49:05 AM
That's fantastic. Well done on a well deserved ribbon.
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09/03/2008 03:35:49 AM
Great image, great score, great ribbon -- congrats!
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09/03/2008 03:06:40 AM
Wonderfully done!! Congrats on the blue!
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09/03/2008 02:44:46 AM
Congrats on the blue, well deserved. simple and clean and somehow abstract :)
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09/03/2008 02:16:36 AM
great shot! congrats.
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09/03/2008 01:46:09 AM
No score less than 5 - man, that is some feat! A PERFECT image for both the challenge and in general as an abstract. Well done and congratulations!
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09/03/2008 01:42:34 AM
Yes! One of, if not the only true abstract shot that was both original and nearly flawless in technical execution. I had this pegged for the blue--congrats!!
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09/03/2008 01:05:11 AM
Excellent photograph!and one of top 3 favorite during the voting. Lovely perspective, light, and movement in static.

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 01:06:49.
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09/03/2008 12:43:13 AM
Great texture, wonderfull, creative image. Congrats on your well deserved win, Sherwin.
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09/03/2008 12:38:31 AM
Congrats Sherwin. The texture makes the shot for me.
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09/03/2008 12:10:38 AM
Holy toledo - what a score! Fascinating photograph and very deserving of the accolades!
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09/03/2008 12:10:30 AM
One of my 10s. Congrats on the blue and new second-best score!
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09/03/2008 12:09:20 AM
Amazing photo. Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/03/2008 12:05:39 AM
congrats! very very nice!
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09/03/2008 12:03:32 AM
congratulations on the blue and a whooping score! ;)
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09/03/2008 12:03:24 AM
I saw this and instantly knew it was the winner. Congrats!
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09/03/2008 12:02:30 AM
Congrats Sherwin! This is just awesome.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/02/2008 11:23:00 PM
I have no idea what that outer thing is. But, the composition, setup, lighting and the title are incredible. Predicting a blue for this. Hope this wins. I see a touch of 21.gif yanko here. If not, no offense please.

Message edited by author 2008-09-03 00:57:16.
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09/02/2008 11:04:04 PM
One of my faves. Would love to see this ribbon. I love the swirling vortex of texture and then the spark of light reflected thru the ball. Very cool composition.
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09/02/2008 10:59:01 PM
ah, looks like a Universe! 8
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09/02/2008 04:23:58 PM
Magnificent brings back memories of the movie by Arthur C. Clarke's "2001: A Space odyssey"
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09/02/2008 11:57:17 AM
This is a truly brilliant art piece that would look fantastic hanging just about anywhere.
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09/01/2008 11:47:29 PM
I like this more than my own, especially for the spiral.
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09/01/2008 11:35:16 PM
Excellent. I like the universe concept behind the shot and the texture of the pipe works well. I expect this to place well. Good luck :)
(no vote)
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09/01/2008 10:14:44 PM
"D
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09/01/2008 09:07:53 AM
Great shot!! 8
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08/31/2008 09:36:43 PM
So very cool. A marble inside a cardboard tube maybe? Your perspective and lighting make this wonderful.
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08/31/2008 03:05:22 PM
insane 10
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08/31/2008 02:30:42 PM
now this is different!it is definitely abstract, I love the texture and the swirls seem to be sucking you in I don't like the white spot centered, but the marble balances it off and by being at an angle it seems to defy gravity 8
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08/30/2008 11:33:01 AM
Very nice...
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08/30/2008 05:47:11 AM
Fantastic!!
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08/29/2008 09:33:05 PM
I like this a lot. My favorite so far. 9
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08/29/2008 01:55:42 PM
Great patterns here!
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08/28/2008 11:00:41 PM
magnific
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08/28/2008 08:19:10 PM
Excellent shot! i have no idea what it is, which makes it perfect for abstract! Great job!!
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08/28/2008 05:56:42 PM
One of my favourites in a high standard challenge. Nicely done. 10/10
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08/28/2008 05:35:04 PM
I like this. So simple, yet intriguing. It draws the viewer in very nicely. Good variation in shades, good focus. Well done. Should score very high, IMO.
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08/28/2008 10:30:40 AM
Nicely done! One of my top picks. Good luck.
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08/28/2008 12:00:12 AM
I hope this ribbons. Just beautiful.
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08/27/2008 08:24:19 PM
This is brillaint and looks like it might've been tricky to do!
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08/27/2008 05:39:26 PM
Energy/Range/Story: 7/6/6
Composition/perspective/manner: 6/7/6
Aesthetics/Technical:6/6
Presentation: 6
Total: 6.2
Vote: 6

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08/27/2008 01:34:40 PM
This is my fav among the group.10
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08/27/2008 08:47:48 AM
Darn! You executed my idea (which I didn't submit because it sucked) perfectly! Just beautiful!
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08/27/2008 12:45:42 AM
This is my winner!! Instant favorite. 10
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