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Always Having To Juggle My  Emotions
1st PlaceAlways Having To Juggle My Emotions
Coley


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Great Pumpkin Carving Challenge (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenge entries
Camera: Nikon D70
Location: My Backyard
Date: Oct 30, 2005
Aperture: f 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400 sec
Galleries: Performance, Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 30, 2005

As soon as I read the challenge details I thought of this set up. Thanks to my daughter who helped me carve the pumpkins. If you look carefully each one depicts a different emotion. Happy,sad,angry,love(hard to see the heart eyes)evil,and surprised.

The extra rules allowed some photoshop work to clone out the lines holding up the pumpkins. And yes my neighbors think I am insane. Oh yea, thats me doing the juggling :)

I love this shot, I am very happy the way it turned out.

Coley

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 88
Avg (all users): 7.5431
Avg (commenters): 8.3125
Avg (participants): 7.3115
Avg (non-participants): 7.6257
Views since voting: 16659
Views during voting: 770
Votes: 232
Comments: 69
Favorites: 19 (view)


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01/02/2006 09:10:46 PM
Hey great idea....very well executed. And great choice of face emotions.
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11/14/2005 03:56:47 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

First, I have to shake my head at the strange luck I have - the last CC image I got was dead last in its challenge, and this time I get the blue ribbon image! I find myself now wondering what feedback I could give that's more than simply congratulatory; this image has obviously been well received and has communicated its message nearly perfectly.

As my somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment left during the challenge suggests, I'm familiar with your "Stopped Motion II" entry, done with the same technique. This strikes me as a more refined effort--it's compositionally stronger, imparting a much better sense of motion--and the carvings on the pumpkins not only tie the image directly to the challenge but give it a layer of meaning in itself.

To a certain extent, it seems possible that if you'd put the pumpkins in a smoother arc, it might look overly artificial. It might have been a better decision to do it as you did here. Clearly, your approach worked spectacularly, so perhaps no improvement is needed (if it's even possible). But for my own tastes, I think I would have preferred to see the pumpkins in an even arc, as they would be if you were, in fact, juggling them.

As you mentioned in your own comments, it's difficult to see the heart eyes on the "love" pumpkin. A bit of adjusting for better viewing angle on some of the pumpkins might have helped - not, of course, to the point that they're all facing the viewer, but just enough that all the expressions are discernable.

It might be unavoidable in an image that has so many active elements, but the photo seems a little bit crowded - perhaps a slightly looser crop on the top and left would have been appropriate. I feel like there should be a little bit more room, especially on top, which I think would help with the implied motion of the pumpkins, as if you were allowing for the possibility that a toss might send a pumpkin higher than anticipated.

... but all of this, really, is largely speculative; these describe other possible approaches, none of which are necessarily better, just different. You have every reason to be happy with this shot--it's a spectacular piece of work! And highest congratulations on the most coveted blue!
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11/11/2005 09:37:22 PM
Congratulations! Second time I saw the illusion so this time it didn't fool me, but it works aesthetically very well! And your pose is always perfect!
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11/10/2005 08:26:13 PM
wonderful image :)
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11/10/2005 10:20:02 AM
Congrats - really well deserved.
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11/09/2005 12:14:30 AM
Again you have outdone yourself. This is a big visual impovement over the earlier attempt because here you took the pumpkin challenge and crowned it with a great delivery of the emotions. I am very happy for your success. CONGRATULATIONS on your BLUE!
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11/08/2005 10:54:26 PM
Big thanks to everyone who looked at, commented on, and/or voted on this shot. Even bigger thanks to everyone for the nice comments following the challenge. As I stated in the thread detailing my setup, I think I will retire this setup for a while. I don't want to suffer any backlash :). Thanks again to all ... Love this site!
11/08/2005 09:44:21 PM
You got a 10 from me on this one! Very well set up and executed! Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/08/2005 06:12:48 PM
Awesome!!! Great idea & great execution!!! If I were to change one little thing, it would be to try for more of an arc or parabolic trajectory of the pumpkins for more realism. Other than that, SUPERB!!! Congratulations! :)
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11/08/2005 04:48:57 PM
Congrats Cole!!! Great Photo, Your becoming one of the regulars at being at the top 10..... Congrats once again!!
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11/08/2005 01:12:34 PM
Glad you ribboned on this juggle shot. You were so close last time. This was by far the best in this challenge.
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11/08/2005 12:38:41 PM
wonderfully done!! That about covers my moods for the day :)
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11/08/2005 10:07:16 AM
my only 10 in this one - congrats. i knew it was you.
your jeans look about like mine on any given day ;}

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11/08/2005 09:19:03 AM
Very nice shot. Someday i would like to compose something as crips as this.. Well Done..
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11/08/2005 08:33:24 AM
I love this! It was one of my favorites! Congratulations for your well-deserved 1st place!
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11/08/2005 08:32:42 AM
This was a wonderful idea!! And that's ok, my husband thinks I am nuts too. The other morning he woke up to me dropping brocolli in a glass of water! LOL...Last night? M&M's in milk! LOL......All he says is "WHAT'S the theme THIS time" and he starts laughing his butt off. LOL....Rose
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11/08/2005 08:27:59 AM
I like the way you had the same clothes on as in the other shot :) Congrats on your bluey.
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11/08/2005 04:22:32 AM
This is an awsome image, stunning and with a brilliant back story! Congratulations on the image, :) very nice indeed!
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11/08/2005 02:44:15 AM
Congrats to another with a pumkin carving daughter(s).
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11/08/2005 01:50:45 AM
nice
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11/08/2005 01:12:42 AM
Congratulations on a job well done. The idea was wonderful, and well executed.
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11/08/2005 12:39:19 AM
I just KNEW you'd win this challenge!!! Way to go!!!
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11/08/2005 12:16:28 AM
This is excellent. Grats on the ribbon
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11/08/2005 12:13:51 AM
Congrats! Well done and well deserved.
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11/08/2005 12:12:53 AM
Awesome! Very creative, but I'm sure you knew that.
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11/08/2005 12:08:03 AM
Congratulations!!!!
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11/08/2005 12:04:08 AM
congrats, i knew this one would finish at the top.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2005 11:55:45 PM
My pick for a ribbon. Good use of the extra rules, could have been more realistic if you placed some pumpkins in between your hands, but oh well. Bumping up.
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11/07/2005 11:34:26 PM
Awsome! Interested in how ya did this
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11/07/2005 10:47:14 PM
Another Coley juggling image (I guess I can't really speak because of the amount of Haystack Rock images I've done, lol). Nice take on the challenge.
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11/07/2005 12:38:33 PM
This looks different from all the other entries (in a good way), and I gotta give extra credit for the degree of difficulty. Good job! 8
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11/06/2005 10:12:55 PM
You're too sexy for your...pumpkins?

Nicely done! Dying to know how you made this work! (Gotta love those special editing rules!)
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11/06/2005 08:58:52 PM
Nice shot
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11/05/2005 09:47:22 AM
Clever! Caption, theme. Blue of sky - tones of the shirt, jeans. Creative
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11/04/2005 07:16:16 PM
What a great photo..!! Best one yet...!! 10 10 10...
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11/04/2005 02:19:08 PM
Now do it at night with them lit by candles :-) Nice creativity.
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11/03/2005 09:37:49 PM
You are sure to get a ribbon for this one!
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11/03/2005 09:26:49 PM
omg this is like the first time i've ever seen a picture like this in my LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm surprised that you didn't want to arrange them in a more even arc, as they would be if you were actually juggling them.
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11/03/2005 07:40:33 PM
Nice execution and idea, Very deep. Very crisp. Nice comp. I believe we have a winner! I might've cropped out the dirty jeans(Or asked him to wear clean ones.)
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11/03/2005 06:12:36 PM
I'm impressed! How many shots did it take to get all the pumpkins facing the right way?
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11/02/2005 08:41:58 PM
Lmao!!! i love it!! is that really a self-portrait? it's wonderful if it is! nice job! how many pumpkins did you drop? lol
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11/02/2005 03:36:31 PM
wow. this photo is composed nicely. I am easily drawn into the subj because of the simple background.
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11/02/2005 03:11:00 PM
Cool image. Smart work on making all the faces different. Nice job on the coposition of the final image.
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11/02/2005 11:41:58 AM
Nice shot. It's too bad the sun forced him to squint. I'm dying to know how this was done, or if he's actually juggling 6 pumpkins!
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11/02/2005 08:39:53 AM
unique and great idea! Love it
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11/01/2005 11:10:41 PM
absolutely wonderful. No other words to descrbe it.
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11/01/2005 10:40:53 PM
Very cute. How many takes did you have to go through to get this picture?
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11/01/2005 09:54:25 PM
Oh my this is AWESOME! Great job!
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11/01/2005 08:44:54 PM
i gave this a 10 because:it was different,someone took the time to carve all these pumpkins,colors and lighting was great, model was great-if i missed something holler at me cause i could go on and on -great concept!!
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11/01/2005 07:22:42 PM
Creative composition, technically well executed, I just don't have enough praise. This is definitely one of my picks to win! (10)
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11/01/2005 07:02:15 PM
Great shot. Good Luck!
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11/01/2005 06:19:31 PM
Looking forward to hearing how you did this without compositing! Especially to get all of t heir faces showing.
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11/01/2005 05:09:14 PM
Clever shot. Nice.
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11/01/2005 04:29:41 PM
Super carvings.....great title.....excellent photography.
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11/01/2005 03:42:15 PM
Unique and good photo!
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11/01/2005 03:03:36 PM
Seriously ! Thats just showboatin' Great effort and nice to see a different take on the topic too...
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11/01/2005 02:35:25 PM
No rules barred.....thisis a great example of a post-editing master! Awesome!
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11/01/2005 02:21:36 PM
Very cool great shot
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11/01/2005 10:48:38 AM
A creative idea, well photographed. Not enough of the spooky scary factor though.
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11/01/2005 10:23:18 AM
IMPRESSED!!!!
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11/01/2005 09:14:08 AM
Very Clever! Wish I could vote ---- Would give you a 10!
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11/01/2005 08:43:46 AM
Oh this is awesome. I have no idea how you did that!! Excellent 10
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11/01/2005 01:37:18 AM
You've got an interesting concept here which takes this shot out of the common "shoot the pumpkin" image. I especially like the fact that the subject is male and is juggling emotion - nice. The technical aspects, the concept works - congratulations. I expect to see this shot on the front page. 8
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11/01/2005 01:30:38 AM
I love how each pumpkin is faced in a direction suited to their emotions. Or at least that's what I see.
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11/01/2005 12:33:44 AM
I think we have a winner! Nice one.
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11/01/2005 12:31:41 AM
i can't vote - but i hope this ribbons :)
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11/01/2005 12:27:09 AM
Most impressive! Great take on this challenge too! 10 from me!
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11/01/2005 12:26:30 AM
oh dear, ANOTHER juggling picture? :-D
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11/01/2005 12:16:28 AM
Very cool! (I assume you took advantage of the fact that we could move major elements? If not, then you're one helluva juggler!) Either way - great shot! :-)
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