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Challenge: Words (Basic Editing I)
Collection: Challenges 2004
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28mm f/2.8
Location: Albany, NY
Date: Jul 12, 2004
Aperture: f10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jul 12, 2004

A little boring, I think, but I spent so much time setting it up - I decided to give it a shot.

canon 28mm 2.8
canon speedflash 420ex

slightly cropped
resized

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 253
Avg (all users): 6.6881
Avg (commenters): 8.3103
Avg (participants): 6.7087
Avg (non-participants): 6.6739
Views since voting: 9461
Views during voting: 493
Votes: 311
Comments: 55
Favorites: 22 (view)


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12/05/2006 10:49:54 PM
I like this one a lot. It really does have the feeling that the book is floating in space and Woody is peering cautiously over the edge, looking at something very far below.
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10/03/2005 08:57:27 PM
Some people that have posted on this photo have not being nice maby they should learn to be more polite. I think this is a nice photo I also dont like the doll things but it has a story and good lighting
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09/22/2004 07:14:45 AM
Okeefe, get a life.
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08/04/2004 07:10:40 AM
Originally posted by okeefe:

In a word it sucks.

Erm, that's two words (perhaps he can't read or count) :D
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07/28/2004 10:08:40 AM
Originally posted by okeefe:

Lame, where is the object? What is the doll looking at? What are we looking at? In a word it sucks.


thank you
07/28/2004 09:35:06 AM
Lame, where is the object? What is the doll looking at? What are we looking at? In a word it sucks.
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07/26/2004 01:16:16 PM
That is fantastic. Should've won, IMHO.
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07/26/2004 08:23:04 AM
Congratulations on second. Now you have a yellow and a red ribbon, the next one has to be blue :)
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07/21/2004 09:13:51 PM
I'm not a fan of those little wooden guys....but this was my favourite out of all the entries.
Congratulations....very creative image.
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07/21/2004 02:54:43 PM
Congratulations. You've got a great imagination and you have done a brillaint job at converting your idea to an image.
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07/21/2004 01:50:59 PM
Fantastic lighting,
Congratulations Kris.
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07/21/2004 12:34:01 PM
Congrats!!!! Nice job!
P.S. I hope you got a model release! Ha Ha!
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07/21/2004 11:51:16 AM
Gradulations on the red! Cool setup, nice idea.
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07/21/2004 06:11:22 AM
Wooohooo!! Thanks everyone, I wasn't expecting the wooden man to do this well. For those who asked, the set up is as follows:

I have a 1/2 wall in my house between the kitchen and dining room - I drapped a black cloth over it, and then another black cloth behind hanging from the ceiling. Set the book on the shelf and shoot. I used the 420ex flash and bounced it off the ceiling, but under exposed just a touch so both black cloths meshed into each other so it would look like the book was floating.

I knew that big freakin' book would come in handy some day :)
07/21/2004 03:59:23 AM
Congratulations...
I didn't vote on this challenge but you would have got 10 from me!
Would have liked to see this one with the blue ribbon...
Great idea and brilliant lighting!!! The shadow under him makes me have the feeling of dark empty space where he is looking

Message edited by author 2004-07-21 04:04:50.
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07/21/2004 12:59:43 AM
congratulations. Very clever idea and was one of the pictures that wow'd me.
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07/21/2004 12:20:25 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
Very clever idea!
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07/21/2004 12:14:20 AM
congratulations!! you were robbed!!! ;)
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07/21/2004 12:11:59 AM
Congrats on the ribbon...
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07/21/2004 12:07:57 AM
Congrats Kris!
I knew this should finish in the top 3!
What control over the lighting!
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07/21/2004 12:03:24 AM
well done my top pick for this challenge
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07/21/2004 12:03:20 AM
Congratulations to you and to your "model" for this great shot! :o)
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07/21/2004 12:03:06 AM
Congratulations. This is a very clever shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/20/2004 11:30:12 PM
Well, it is certainly an interesting composition, and the words are a good match for the action figure's look-down posture. I think the lighting is right on the mark, with the only mis-step being the glare on the book face just above the top (leftmost) and right above the word Earth. The horizontal line of the book is almost centered and the left-right settings are pretty much split as well. It would be interesting to see the lower dark area increased a bit to make it more of a two thirds portion of the photo. This almost begs for another book at the lower portion for him to be looking at. Of course, that one would be titled simply, BOOK. Good shot, HTH.
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07/20/2004 07:53:07 PM
Yann's a hero. I don't really like the manikin thing - it's done to death, but this is quite well conceived and executed.
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07/20/2004 07:49:51 PM
Outstanding lighting. I do hope you share your lighting and camera placement as well as the support(s) holding the book after the contest is over. Very nice work.
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07/19/2004 08:57:13 PM
Good composition. Tells a story
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07/19/2004 08:43:46 PM
This is cool... I really like this shot. I have no critiques... Very nice work.
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07/19/2004 05:19:13 PM
Interesting composition.... Imaginative
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07/19/2004 04:32:30 PM
nice idea, you sure like the little guy :) I recently had to buy one myself
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07/19/2004 02:59:42 AM
Hey, this is really good! Personally, I would have liked it even more if the book and figure were in the upper left corner and in the same pose. As it is, it feels too centered. Great concept! 7
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07/18/2004 10:13:39 PM
Gotta give love to the little wooden man...he makes such a great subject. Wonderful placement and pose; book is perfect. Well executed. Nice lighting.
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07/18/2004 11:35:10 AM
Very imanginitive. I'm not crazy about those little wooden model figures but you won me over on this one.
Well done.
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07/17/2004 10:00:58 PM
great concept ! ..... 9 from me
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07/16/2004 01:58:28 PM
NIce Low Key Image. like the way how the image was lit and how you just have the book. it creates and illusion and makes me feel as if im really looking down from earth above. Good JOb (9)
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07/16/2004 01:44:24 AM
Unique, well exposed and composed. Perhaps position the subjects at top left. Clever.
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07/15/2004 11:35:34 PM
Unusual. Unique. Put a tiny globe, barely visible , in the bottom right and you have a real wowser! As is - it's a great submission - with excellent lighting, composiition, and exposure. That means - one of the top bunch...
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07/15/2004 07:17:15 PM
Clever idea. Must start using my guys!
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07/15/2004 04:12:17 PM
Clever! Nicely lit and nicely composed.
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07/15/2004 12:24:15 PM
I like this!
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07/15/2004 08:06:46 AM
Fantastic!

I really hope this is the winner.

Great lighting

kev
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07/15/2004 05:32:43 AM
Ummmm, Wow. The end of the book with the crease it in of course means that this is not perfect :-). Having said that, this is probably the best photo I've seen on DPC. Great composition, great idea, well exposed, yada yada yada.. Well done.

I've got to get me one of those models...
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07/14/2004 10:47:46 PM
I like it, I'm not sure why.... I think because the figure has personality.
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07/14/2004 10:28:54 PM
I wish the lighting on the man was just a little brighter. I also hope you win, place or show despite my commentary.
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07/14/2004 09:33:27 PM
original. 7
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07/14/2004 07:53:03 PM
original and nicely photographed.
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07/14/2004 07:42:11 PM
Ahhh! I love those little figures- those are awesome. I love this- I like how you can only see the top half of it- this is great- 10!
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07/14/2004 06:59:23 PM
Great composition & lighting on this!
One of my favorites in this challenge! ((8))
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07/14/2004 04:45:15 PM
What an excellent composition! Great lighting and wonderful subject. Don't know that there'd be anything to change. Very nice job!
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07/14/2004 03:50:48 PM
Clever and interesting. Good image play on words.
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07/14/2004 03:46:42 PM
Cute! I was wondering when I'd see another little wooden person. The only thing that I might have changed would be to have perhaps a blue light coming from below a bit... only because that would suggest that the earth is reflecting below. Still a lovely shot and an interesting, fitting entry for "Words."
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07/14/2004 12:25:16 PM
Love it--I can't help but think that it MIGHT have been improved with something else in the frame--the sun at the top, or maybe the earth itself just peeking in below. Then I think more and realize that that might take away from the simplicty and starkness here--I like it as is. 9
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07/14/2004 09:54:23 AM
Damn awesome photo!
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07/14/2004 09:53:41 AM
loses a little focus on the left of the book but still a 10
great use of negative space and well lit
nothing else in this challenge comes close
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07/14/2004 12:40:21 AM
great book
great idea
great picture!!
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