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Challenge: De-Motivational Poster (Basic Editing*)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: My middle bedroom
Date: May 11, 2009
Aperture: F11.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6 Seconds
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: May 12, 2009

Customers do not buy your product because they want to buy from you, they buy it because they have a problem to solve. Professional salespeople know that the best way to sell is to have the solution to the customer's problem.
A good salesman will be able to take whatever product he has and offer it to the customer as the ideal solution to their problem. Whatever he needs to sell is made to fit. In other words, shoehorned.

I know this will be immediately recognized as mine because of the shoehorn and because I did this once before in a side challenge. I got a lot of good feedback (and some faves) on V1.0:

It will be interesting to see how V2.0 fares in a real voted challenge.

I had a little more difficulty with the background this time. Because of this being basic editing, I could not get the rich dark blue I really wanted without selective editing. I'm pleased with it, though I think I do prefer the first one done with advanced editing.

I did manage to get this shot without blown out glare on the metal this time. I'm improving with my lighting.

Pre-challenge notes:
Hoping for a mid to high 5 on this, with a low 6 as a dream vote.

Anticipated critiques are:
-The shadow under the shoehorn
-The tiny bit of dusty schmutz just in front of the shoehorn. (Darn those basic editing rules!)
-People just not understanding it.

Post challenge notes:
Came in well enough score-wise, making this my highest scoring shoehorn. I think it fell short in the challenge placement because my slogan does not make much sense to those not familiar with the psychology of sales.

I see I got more 6's than anything else, which is very good, but the folks that disliked it seems to be what held it back.

Place: 72 out of 124
Avg (all users): 5.6169
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 5.6000
Avg (non-participants): 5.6218
Views since voting: 1456
Views during voting: 639
Votes: 248
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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05/20/2009 08:59:27 AM
I liked this one Steve and I think it deserved to do better, but then I'm a salesman and you know how easy we are to sell to eh lol
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/19/2009 11:27:13 PM
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05/19/2009 01:15:00 PM
Yo, cool shoehorn....
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05/17/2009 01:21:38 PM
LOL... I hope all the voters will understand this. I like the shoehorn beign centered. It works. Not voting yet.
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05/16/2009 02:09:49 PM
Steve this has to be yours lol
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05/16/2009 12:56:52 AM
Ha!!! Well done, although the title is not demotivating.
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05/15/2009 01:55:43 PM
I don't like the refliction on the horn, beside that, it is nicely composed,
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05/15/2009 09:47:35 AM
In my belief there are more things that contribute for a great motivational/de-motivational poster:
Quality of the photo:9
Artistic viewpoint:3
Appealence of the font:8
Average: 6.6 (7)
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05/15/2009 01:37:45 AM
Like the photo, set up and layout but the caption doesn't really de-motivate me.
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05/13/2009 02:06:31 PM
Great photo, clean and the blue is perfect.
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05/13/2009 02:22:23 AM
This took me a couple of seconds but I laughed my butt off when I got it. I love those jokes that take you a couple of seconds. It funny on the DP challenge level too. (A DPC inside joke!)

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