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Why... you little THIEF!
1st PlaceWhy... you little THIEF!
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Challenge: Lenscap (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: May 16, 2006
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 16, 2006

Yes this was a LOT of work, and I wish it had been Advanced Editing! Everything you see here is real... no prints or monitors involved.

Processing: Converted from RAW, curves, levels, Noise Ninja, shadow/highlight, USM and HSL.

Wow... I was hoping for a high score, but didn't expect a blue. I'm a little embarrassed by the lighting, though. I was trying to keep it low so the lamp would show up, but then the hamster was too dark (I borrowed the hamster from a friend and didn't know how big it was or what color until a few hours before the deadline). I sacrificed a lot for that little lamp: a mini Christmas tree bulb with a phone wire running down through the spool and along the seam, then taped to two D batteries behind the wall. The lamp shade is a candy wrapper. Getting the hamster to look at the camera was luck and determination... I'd prop him up on the cap and get off maybe two shots before he tried to scurry away. He kept grabbing the cloth, too (good thing I glued it down). My kids were rolling on the floor watching me try to control the little varmit.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 183
Avg (all users): 7.4050
Avg (commenters): 8.5303
Avg (participants): 7.1429
Avg (non-participants): 7.4877
Views since voting: 18265
Views during voting: 637
Votes: 321
Comments: 144
Favorites: 53 (view)


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05/12/2007 09:40:31 AM
Next time just glue the hamster's paws to the table! :D Though you might want to use something other than your lens cap... Great shot, all the effort was worth it.
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04/19/2007 09:22:45 PM
Wow this is an amazing shot. You REALLY must have worked hard for that mouse to stay still. (or rat or watever it is) lol
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08/27/2006 08:58:51 AM
What a clever picture - I love it!
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07/21/2006 09:05:20 PM
Woah! Great idea Scalvert!
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06/03/2006 08:40:16 AM
well deserved 1st place,top marks just for the idea,great set up.
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05/30/2006 08:34:35 PM
LOL! Man, would I love to see the out-takes to this one. :oD
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05/30/2006 12:31:13 PM
See any time you need to entertain the kids just borrow a hamster :-)
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05/30/2006 03:35:47 AM
Oh my... ...so much work!!! Well done! I wished to be there with the kids watching you and Chris taking care of the hamster! Congrats!
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05/29/2006 06:17:36 PM
I can appreciate the work in getting animals to do what you want. This is brilliant! Well done.
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05/29/2006 10:46:16 AM
What a neat pic! Looks like a lot of work to have coordinated but it does look great!
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05/29/2006 12:54:23 AM
LMAO!!! Great shot and congrats on your ribbon, Shannon!! :)
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05/28/2006 03:18:57 PM
Shannon, I just calibrated my monitor with a Huey and this looks totally different. Not sure if it's actually right yet, but before the hamster was pretty dark, now I can see it's fur pretty well. I'm almost afraid to go back and look at my shots. But somehow, I still need to figure out if this setting is right!

Congrats again.
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05/27/2006 09:06:54 PM
I would LOVE to see your outtakes on this! Better yet would have been someone videotaping you trying to do this. I'm amazed that you pulled this off! I know advanced editing would have made it easier, but this has to have made the win so much sweeter! Great job!!
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05/27/2006 08:54:16 AM
i love this !!!
the attention to detail .. the broom brush !!!!!
reminds of Tom & Jerry cartoons...
brilliant !!!

Message edited by author 2006-05-27 08:55:47.
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05/27/2006 03:46:06 AM
This has got to go into my favs!!

edited to add.....went to add you into my favs Shannon and got an error message....you were already there!!

Message edited by author 2006-05-27 03:48:29.
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05/26/2006 12:17:21 PM
Heh heh.... your effort has paid off, great shot and congrats.
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05/26/2006 07:31:22 AM
One of the craziest ideas I have seen here on DPC.
And how nice to see something with a bit of humor win.
Congrats.
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05/25/2006 09:47:36 PM
Congrats on yet another Blue Shannon! I am soooo glad you are on our team :P
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05/25/2006 07:55:16 PM
What an imagination... :)
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05/25/2006 07:53:15 PM
Kudos shannon - what a great shot!!
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05/25/2006 12:30:17 PM
Haha, very cute!! Only you would come up with that.
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05/24/2006 09:30:26 PM
You're a genius in set-up shots. I am amazed by such creativity of concept and execution.
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05/24/2006 08:46:06 PM
Fantastic work!
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05/24/2006 07:01:02 PM
Congrats!! Wow, wish i had had a min to vote for this challenge! Really love this, great job!
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05/24/2006 12:41:35 PM
This had scalvert written all over it. Definitely a signature piece with your creative imagination and elaborate setups. Once again a very well done shot and well-deserved blue...congrats!
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05/24/2006 11:54:04 AM

Congratulations,
Well deserved. Probably the most creative and labor intensive setup found in this challenge.
Bernie
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05/24/2006 10:26:01 AM
Wonderful! Out of all the imaginative challenge entries this one takes the beef ;) congratulations.
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05/24/2006 10:25:13 AM
wow what a shot, congrats on making the most dull challenge topic ever actually interesting!!
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05/24/2006 10:20:13 AM
Congratulations. Very clever. I'm amazed you got the hamster to stay put long enough to get any shots.
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05/24/2006 10:13:30 AM
Fabulous--I enjoyed reading your notes just as much as viewing your blue ribbon shot--congratulations!
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05/24/2006 09:28:42 AM
Congradulations. It is an adorable image.
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05/24/2006 09:24:20 AM
Congrats on yet another ribbon you hog you! Like I said before, what I like best about this shot is the attention to detail, the "broom" and the bed made up and it´s all so very cozy.
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05/24/2006 09:17:23 AM
48 10's?
Cute is an accurate adjective.
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05/24/2006 09:13:44 AM
hahahaha
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05/24/2006 09:11:09 AM
That is flipping amazing. The lightshade that is...

The hamster looking at the camera speaks of patience akin to that of Job...

nice.
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05/24/2006 09:03:04 AM
Your hard work paid off. Congratulations!!!!
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05/24/2006 08:39:10 AM
very creative, hard shot to take, great job
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05/24/2006 08:36:23 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Great shot!
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05/24/2006 08:30:52 AM
WOW!!! I love your imagination. Well diserved blue!
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05/24/2006 08:20:47 AM
Shannon, this may very well be one of your best set up shots ever.

And that's saying something. :) Excellent job!
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05/24/2006 08:07:16 AM
Congartulations on a wonderfully playful image and a well deserved blue ribbon. Looks like a Siberian Hampster to me ;-)
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05/24/2006 07:55:39 AM
absolutely ... great :-)
congratulations to the hamster, LOL
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05/24/2006 07:55:38 AM
My son (username yakatyou) was looking over my shoulder and marveling at this shot. When he noticed who's shot it was he said "Oh, it's scalvert" in the tone of voice that sounds like someone saying 'well that explains everything."

You know that you've got a reputation when a twelve year old recognizes your work.
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05/24/2006 06:49:41 AM
You deserve this blue! Excellent effort, great execution, well done - you should be proud of yourself!
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05/24/2006 06:08:11 AM
You should donate your brain to science- it is a marvel ! Love the way you come up with an original and creative idea time after time
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05/24/2006 04:49:57 AM
This was a clear winner...thought this might ribbon and you did yet again!!! I love the story, it is so good to see how something like this is done. Thanks for taking the time to tell the story Shannon
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05/24/2006 03:49:57 AM
The work paid off.
Congratulations on a fantastic job.
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05/24/2006 03:49:34 AM
Yep very cool, I knew it was the ONE from jump

and i now know I wasn't the only one, fun idea and shot
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05/24/2006 03:13:22 AM
WTF??? Hahahah, this one definitely takes the cake... or the lenscap? I actually like the lighting here, because it adds to the mousehole feeling of the shot. Most impressive, however is the creativity. I knew whoever was taking the blue on this challenge would be going outta the way to get it. Congrats on a more than well deserved blue!
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05/24/2006 01:40:57 AM
LOL! I KNEW this was you! Only Shannon would go to these lengths! Well done! Congrats - well deserved. If only you could find a way to make a living doing this. :) Let me know if you do, I'll buy a franchise. :D
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05/24/2006 01:21:47 AM
man do you ever deserve this blue! amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/24/2006 01:20:46 AM
amezing dedication.... GREAT is the only thing i can say.
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05/24/2006 01:15:58 AM
Tricky little varmit!
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05/24/2006 01:15:07 AM
Wow!!!! This is so amazing!!! You're pure genius!! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your creativity, it's an inspiration for all of us.
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05/24/2006 01:00:39 AM
This is absolutely unbelievable. What an outstanding shot. Huge congrats on your blue.
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05/24/2006 12:57:39 AM
What a great shot Shannon - well deserved blue!
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05/24/2006 12:50:18 AM
Well deserved win Shannon with all the work you put in. Won by a mile.
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05/24/2006 12:50:09 AM
Unbelievable. Classic Scalvert. Runaway victory. Congratulations, simply outstanding!
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05/24/2006 12:48:22 AM
Your creativity is absolutely amazing, challenge after challenge you always comes up with something different, something original, something that makes us wonder ... How did he do it? ...

A real master ... that's who you are.

Congratulations!!
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05/24/2006 12:39:44 AM
I like that a concept shot did so well. Very funny.
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05/24/2006 12:38:37 AM
To be honest I liked Trollman's shot better but it's great that you were rewarded with blue. I love how your pretty darn good at taking photographs but far better at coming up with great ideas. Congrats!

Message edited by author 2006-05-24 00:39:33.
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05/24/2006 12:35:48 AM
Originally posted by GuGi:

Sure got all the details worked out, fantastic job. There are parts there that are a little too dark imo, but you are getting a 10 for the hard work none the less.

I am so happy that your shot made it to the top even though it is not technically a 10 maybe. The DPC'ers have surprised me in the best of ways.
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05/24/2006 12:34:14 AM
Shannon - YOU are the master of elaborate & creative setups. HAHA Well done! Congratulations on pulling off another terrific shot - well constructed, presented, & executed as usual. Great job.
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05/24/2006 12:26:57 AM
Great work Scalvert, a true masterpiece, well won blue.
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05/24/2006 12:24:55 AM
by far the best of the challenge! I love the creativity!
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05/24/2006 12:24:21 AM
You are the master of "setup". I'm always amazed at the ideas you come up with, and the lengths you go to achieve them! Great job!
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05/24/2006 12:15:18 AM
Congrats AGAIN!!
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05/24/2006 12:12:47 AM
Absolutely brilliant, Shannon! You da man!
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05/24/2006 12:12:33 AM
I had browsed through the shots and saw this one and said, this has to be Shannon! Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/23/2006 10:28:29 PM
I like the set up. Way to be creative.
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05/23/2006 06:50:01 PM
Very clever, especially the lamp. I also like the broom and the added human.
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05/23/2006 04:26:48 PM
There are very few things that can make me laugh out loud while sitting alone and stareing at the computer... Your creativity and work deserve a 10+ and I hope a ribbon.
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05/23/2006 03:01:00 PM
WOW Great pic love it 10
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05/23/2006 01:18:44 PM
wonderfully creative
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05/23/2006 12:27:43 PM
Funny!!!
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05/23/2006 11:09:54 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Superb use of lenscap in a photo that tells a story like no other in this challenge. I looked over all images in a second run, bumped this one to 10, and decided that nothing compares to it.
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05/23/2006 10:05:18 AM
too cute...how did you manage that??? 9
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05/23/2006 09:10:20 AM
love your set up... now I know what's behind the walls..... nicely done..
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05/23/2006 06:13:31 AM
10
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05/23/2006 03:05:31 AM
HA!
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05/23/2006 12:14:35 AM
I love the set!!!!
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05/22/2006 06:53:35 PM
One of my favorites - I love all the thought and effort you went to (and I adore your little friend, too).
You managed to come up with a purpose for the lenscap, instead of it just being there because it was required. Cute idea and great execution!
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05/22/2006 12:54:25 AM
Novel concept and very well set up. Apt title as well.
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05/21/2006 11:59:47 PM
hahahaha, that is sooo awesome!!! how really great job with this one!
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05/21/2006 11:20:14 PM
fantastic and creative...I hope you do well with this...your model posed perfectly for this shot!!! I hope you ribbon 9
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05/21/2006 09:14:03 PM
This must have taken a lot of work. I can't figure out how you got this little critter to pose so perfectly!
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05/21/2006 07:30:10 PM
Is there NOTHING that lenscaps cannot be used for?

WELL DONE! Extra points for the detailed setup, and the little actor.
Clever idea!
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05/21/2006 06:53:52 PM
Clever.
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05/21/2006 12:04:46 PM
Very creative, very well done.....10
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05/21/2006 10:20:57 AM
What a lot of work! I love your idea. Have to give a 10 on this one!
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05/21/2006 02:24:38 AM
Super creativity and humour! Quite how you achieved this I do not know but it is great fun.
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05/21/2006 01:00:10 AM
Bravo!
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05/20/2006 09:56:18 PM
This set up is great! Is he your pet? How wonderful.
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05/20/2006 07:53:04 PM
Very good set up and WOW how well you trained your little friend.
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05/20/2006 04:51:27 PM
Excellent idea and picture
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05/20/2006 02:47:21 PM
Very funny and a very good photo. I can't help but think that you must have a lot of time on your hands. :-)
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05/20/2006 10:40:59 AM
fantastic idea (could be better technically, though: DOF, lighting, crop) - 8
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05/20/2006 05:19:58 AM
Oh my gosh! This is toooo cute!!!!! -10- from me!!!!
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05/20/2006 04:58:08 AM
Very cute, I like the lens cap table and all the little furniture for the mouse. The paintbrush broom is really a good touch.
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05/20/2006 12:10:56 AM
Seems like you put lots of effort into this. i like it.
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05/19/2006 04:17:21 PM
Thanks for the laugh, just look at that expression. hahahaha. Oh my gosh this is just the best image. Adding to my favorites. Hope you do well. (10) :)
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05/19/2006 11:53:05 AM
Sure got all the details worked out, fantastic job. There are parts there that are a little too dark imo, but you are getting a 10 for the hard work none the less.
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05/19/2006 10:44:38 AM
This is one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10!
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05/19/2006 10:42:43 AM
Great idea, nice execution!
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05/19/2006 09:04:24 AM
Excellent... gotta be top 10 easy! Nice work!
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05/19/2006 06:19:49 AM
Nice work. Here you was a director of this one frame movie. As wirter and director you get it right. As photographer you left your actor in some way much darker to me.
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05/18/2006 11:42:57 PM
awwww... love it!
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05/18/2006 11:28:59 PM
cute
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05/18/2006 11:18:25 PM
Ohhhhwuh!!!!! This is absolutely AWESOME! How did you DO THAT!!!! I don't know about the other voters, but I just can't give this anything but a 10! Soooooooo cute and creative!!!
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05/18/2006 10:33:38 PM
Am changing my vote to a 10 because of all the work involved and creativity
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05/18/2006 10:02:07 PM
Amazing. Delightful! Unbelievably well done. I'd find fault, but I can't.
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05/18/2006 09:51:13 PM
One of my favourites in the Challenge. The mouse's expression is priceless.
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05/18/2006 08:49:39 PM
10!
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05/18/2006 08:04:47 PM
Wow! Elaborate set-up. Well done.
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05/18/2006 07:11:44 PM
LOL What a great idea ... I love the brush on the side pretending to be a broom.
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05/18/2006 04:30:34 PM
clever
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05/18/2006 01:16:42 PM
Good, creative idea. Very well done.
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05/18/2006 10:23:02 AM
LOL.. This is so funny! Wonderful job!
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05/18/2006 07:52:23 AM
if only that was a cat peeping through the hole :) great photo
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05/18/2006 03:23:46 AM
What the hell?????? too fucking creative!
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05/18/2006 02:53:54 AM
A bit grainy, but nice work.
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05/18/2006 01:01:53 AM
LOL!!! Perfect shot!
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05/17/2006 10:36:24 PM
Really fun, great idea
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05/17/2006 10:20:32 PM
Very nice, especially getting the mouse to cooperate.
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05/17/2006 08:55:10 PM
The expression on the hamsters face is priceless and very suiting. I like the whole idea...very thoughtful and excellently excecuted.
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05/17/2006 07:12:24 PM
I love shots that tell a story, and this one is fantastic. This reminds me of a story I vaguely remember when I was growing up, with a little thread spool as a mouse's table, etc. It's a tiny bit grainy, which is the only thing keeping it at a 9 instead of a 10 for me.
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05/17/2006 02:41:21 PM
LOL! i'm not going to ask how long this took to set up
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05/17/2006 02:03:13 PM
Wow, that's quite a setup for this shot! Or is this maybe always in your house? This photo makes me laugh, the look on the face of the little "varmit" is priceless! Good work!
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05/17/2006 01:06:46 PM
very funny head of the mouse... as if it was really caught in the act !
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05/17/2006 12:37:23 PM
Love this! What a cute little fella. Would have liked the photo even more if the person in the back had a suprised expression or something.
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05/17/2006 12:36:29 PM
Very funny excellent
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05/17/2006 10:48:00 AM
Love the picture!
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05/17/2006 10:42:31 AM
I LOVE this!! oh my gosh! Well set up! Well lit! hrm sorta looks like a scalvert photo..
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05/17/2006 10:35:35 AM
So that's where they go! Well done.
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05/17/2006 10:33:27 AM
Awesome subject matter--wonder how did you get that pose? Very cool...like the old cartoons.
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05/17/2006 10:18:04 AM
well done
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05/17/2006 10:00:56 AM
Great Imagination! Definitely a ribbon winner to me.
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05/17/2006 09:05:16 AM
Wow. Amazing. Very Cool.
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05/17/2006 06:36:20 AM
Haha, love the setup, great attention to detail :) 7 from me.
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05/17/2006 06:08:56 AM
Looks like you had fun composing this one!
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05/17/2006 05:43:26 AM
Gotta give a 7 just for effort! Lol.
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05/17/2006 03:09:39 AM
hahaahaa! that is sooo cute! must have taken you awhile to set that shot up... great job, the focus is perfect and right where it needs to be. great expressions too
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05/17/2006 12:57:24 AM
seems like a lot of effort which I commend, clever shot! 7 i say
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05/17/2006 12:26:29 AM
This is insanely creative. I hope you win!
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