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Challenge: Free Study 2011-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Oslo
Date: Feb 28, 2011
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Feb 28, 2011

Thanks for all the comments.
I've been documenting the progress of this kitchen project for some time here on flickr. When I stuck my head in the door and saw the low winter sunlight (and the building inspectors apparently taking a break) I had only to nip out and fetch the camera that was ready for documentation. One shot on auto to record the settings, then some serious opening up to adjust to the back lighting. I actually got it in one, so maybe we live and learn.
I classify this genre as base etymological drawing with light.
Thanks again.

convert, resize, sharpen on the 3 shot run:

Place: 138 out of 325
Avg (all users): 5.7095
Avg (commenters): 7.5833
Avg (participants): 5.6549
Avg (non-participants): 5.8857
Views since voting: 645
Views during voting: 241
Votes: 148
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/27/2013 12:07:51 PM
Just came across this ,love it all.faved.
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03/08/2011 06:21:43 PM
I was one of your sevens. Meant to get back. This is one of those moments when nobody is looking, a certain slant of light, an absence of human activity, but not of its evidence, inhabited but not manipulated. the fuzzy warm but sublimely indifferent cat soul.
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03/08/2011 01:27:31 AM
My kinda house, Peter. Love the tangle on top of the light globe. The lurking espresso pot. The casual deshabille of the whole scene, and, yes, the LIGHT!
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03/08/2011 12:09:31 AM
Warm, inviting, comfortable, and just plain delightful to take in. I can sit here and visit for ages, if you don't mind.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2011 10:15:41 PM
not sure what I think about cats on the counter...hmmm (I'll get over it...lol) they do look happy
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03/06/2011 08:04:41 AM
This is my top choice for the Free Study, which surprises me in that it's not at all my usual tipple.

It's gloriously understated in so many ways. It is very difficult to take a memorable photograph that gets its power from no particular thing in terms of a subject, concept or photographic technique, and yet you have done it. It's the difference between great classical music and Guns 'n Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" – the former is about the complex whole being eased incrementally into your soul, while the latter is about a single idea being pounded repeatedly into your head. Your beautiful photograph takes the Mozart option.

It's just occurred to me that I haven't said exactly why I like your photograph so much, only that I do like it. Here's why:

Susan Sontag observed that in the early days of photography, photographs were expected to be idealized images, and that that remains the aim of most amateur photographers, for whom a beautiful photograph is a photograph of something beautiful, like a woman or a sunset.

She wrote that over 30 years ago, before the digital age. It remains true, but now I'd add to it the further amateur aim of producing startling, technology-enabled, 'wow'-type images. Incredible macros, astonishing stop-action, gravity-defying digital gimmickry, often exploiting the heretofore undreamed of capacity to produce and process hundreds of 'takes' looking for that one crowd pleasing fluke shot where the water drop takes the form of Elvis's profile, or whatever. These images have in common a reliance on a single, simple idea expressed in unequivocal terms. Everything that's not the idea is a 'distraction', even unto having no background at all, no secondary elements, no compositional originality, and certainly no requirement for more that a moment's thought by the viewer. Images designed to fit within the attention span and aesthetic horizons of a digital-age audience.

Which brings me to your photograph. It's probably not a great photograph (I'm not sure that I'd know that) but it is very, very good, and certainly transcends the limited and banal amateur ideals by a nice margin.

So what I am saying is that I appreciate your photograph not only for what it is, but for what it is not. It's a very fine example of both. Thank you.
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03/05/2011 09:12:54 AM
I keep coming back to this one. It is so intimate and the lighting is wonderful. Just a fleeting moment in time. (voted earlier)
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03/03/2011 11:36:29 PM
I feel terribly biased by this photograph, so I won't vote on it. But it is a wonderful portrait of cat-beings and also a portrait of a home.
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03/03/2011 07:48:41 PM
lovely light - the scene is so comfortable
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03/03/2011 02:27:20 PM
Great photo. Lovely kitchen! I wish we got light like that. Very nice scene.
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03/02/2011 10:02:42 PM
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03/02/2011 01:50:07 PM
The one on the seat appears, maybe jealous.
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03/02/2011 11:18:24 AM
Great overall focus.
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03/02/2011 11:08:36 AM
oh, this is a fantastic moment.
Very nice pp. funny composition
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03/01/2011 10:45:14 PM
Wonderfully bright.
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03/01/2011 03:51:17 PM
Too wonderful!
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03/01/2011 01:20:38 PM
nice tones in this and beautiful light
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03/01/2011 07:23:40 AM
Very pleasant everyday shot, the lighting is spot on.
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