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Challenge: Freedom II (Advanced Editing II)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Jul 11, 2004
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2004

Sort of a "Losing Nemo." The fishbowl from my Orange challenge entry next to the window from my Color Studio Portrait entry. I had a lot of trouble controlling the reflections, and actually used car wax on the table to help the water bead up. I tried a plant in the bowl and different backgrounds, but liked the simplicity of this version.

I used a Shadow/Highlight adjustment, History Brush, and Dodging Burning to fine-tune the lighting. Cloned out some dust specks and random reflections. Applied USM and desaturated the blue and yellow. Submitted with the Fingers Crossed filter...

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 140
Avg (all users): 6.9834
Avg (commenters): 8.4138
Avg (participants): 7.0789
Avg (non-participants): 6.9143
Views since voting: 11332
Views during voting: 359
Votes: 181
Comments: 70
Favorites: 46 (view)


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01/04/2008 07:23:52 PM
Originally posted by tyt2000:

Congrats on your first ribbon man...


No don't encourage him! In the future he becomes a terrible menace to ribbons everywhere!
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12/26/2005 03:36:15 PM
that is such a grat pic
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12/22/2005 07:14:08 PM
still one of my all-time faves. wish we had some way of ranking them, rather than just being able to add them...this would be very near the top of my list.
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05/05/2005 02:26:03 PM
Wow! Thanks, Skip! I was kinda' bummed to see this one drop off my highest-scoring row.

Message edited by author 2005-05-05 14:27:06.
05/05/2005 08:17:58 AM
re-visiting my faves...

this was my 2nd fave, and i love it as much today as the first time i saw it. the first thing that struck me was "how clever!" the concept of 'freedom' was instantly communicated.

granted, in the past year, i've come to know and love not just shannon's work, but his work ethic. he is a great example of setting your sights on a goal, and relentlessly pursuing that goal, until you achieve it. as a result, not only has his photography and ability to translate his vision into photographic images strengthened, but he has been recognized as one of dpc's valued assets. not bad for someone who professes not to even know what the ROTs were prior to dpc...

there are two other things about this image that really hit home: one is its visual simplicity, the other is just how much work it took to make it happen. granted, shannon's professional experience has taught him 'attention to detail' (well, i'm sure that getting smacked in a few challenges helped a little, also), but when you compare the difference between what he has rendered with a simple household object to what many people do with the toys around their homes, you can learn a lot about the art of presentation.

i'm not suggesting that everyone has to spend hours and hours trying to perfectly polish a table or building a set or painting a driveway, but, all the same, if you want what shannon's got, he's given you a pretty solid roadmap.

thanks, shannon, and congrats on your being named to the SC!
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12/03/2004 10:00:33 PM
Ah, yes. A brilliant photo and it showcases your sense of humor, too. I would expect no less. Dazzling.
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09/07/2004 08:12:33 AM
I love that you provide a description (going through your gallery), it really ads to the fact that you're images are very well thought out! Great job.
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07/23/2004 04:02:20 PM
Terrific shot Shannon! I didn't get a chance to vote in this challenge, but if I did, this likely would have been my highest rated image. Love the concept, and your execution is great. The DOF is spot-on; I really like how the wood grain of the table blurs smoothly away... I know how hard it is to control reflections in a roundish object like your fishbowl, and you did an admirable job. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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07/21/2004 07:04:15 PM
Well done, beautiful colors (I like that the rocks/ladder match tint of the the table)
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07/21/2004 03:59:27 PM
Very Nice, You might even try this with a nice border.
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07/20/2004 08:18:17 PM
Very nice color balance, When I looked at this, all I could think of is FREEDOM has it price! Its worth dying for! I hope the fish found open water! I gave it a 10!
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07/20/2004 04:47:32 PM
Its a Great idea! Its a Great idea! Its a Great idea!
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07/20/2004 04:10:43 AM
Hahahaha...

innovative and amusing.

This should've been the Blue.
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07/19/2004 05:33:46 PM
Had this at number 1
Congrats on your ribbon !!!
Hope the fish is ok :D
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07/19/2004 04:06:17 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon man!
Its a Great idea!
wooohaaa :D
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07/19/2004 01:39:42 PM
I like this quite a lot.
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07/19/2004 01:30:21 PM
Clever idea! Congrats on your first ribbon!
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07/19/2004 11:45:09 AM
LOL...great shot! Congrats!
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07/19/2004 10:45:13 AM
I think you should have won the challenge. This is a brilliant idea!
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07/19/2004 09:34:35 AM
It's about time! Congratulations. This is very clever.
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07/19/2004 09:01:22 AM
Awesome idea.. executed brilliantly! good job and congratulations!
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07/19/2004 03:25:29 AM
A just result in my view, bar one position. :)
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07/19/2004 01:55:21 AM
Congrats Shannon!
As I said during the challenge, the imagination & composition were first-rate.
I just knew this one would make the top 3!!

BTW, my neighbor gave you TWO thumbs up!

Message edited by author 2004-07-19 01:56:54.
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07/19/2004 01:10:09 AM
Awesome shot Shannon! This one was my pick for a win.
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07/19/2004 12:59:38 AM
Original and funny. Well done!
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07/19/2004 12:44:07 AM
Great shot Shannon... classy ;-)
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07/19/2004 12:37:17 AM
Woohoo! Finally! Now I might not have to book a trip to Iceland to get tips from you-know-who. ;-)

Thank you all for the votes and comments!
07/19/2004 12:32:45 AM
Good on you dude. Long overdue.
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07/19/2004 12:28:42 AM
Congrats on the Ribbon! Wonderful!
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07/19/2004 12:27:00 AM
Congratulations!...Not only a very visual appealing photo, but a funny one too...great job!
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07/19/2004 12:14:03 AM
Congratulations....Go party !
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07/19/2004 12:06:22 AM
Congrats on a very deserving ribbon!
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07/19/2004 12:05:45 AM
Well done, loved it from the beginning
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07/19/2004 12:02:01 AM
Congrats, red ribbon man! :o)
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07/19/2004 12:02:00 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon man...
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/18/2004 11:53:24 PM
Great shot... it made me laugh! Check out the song "Looking Out the Fishbowl" by Eddie From Ohio. It fits well with this image. 9.
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07/18/2004 11:51:40 PM
You get a humor point. Clever idea.
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07/18/2004 11:15:25 PM
Great picture!! The composition is superb. This is my top pick! It definitely says "FREEDOM". 10
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07/17/2004 11:25:47 AM
Simple, creative, funny. Well done.

Technical: 2.5/3 - crisp, well controlled DoF, a little dark
Creative: 2.5/3
Conveys the Theme: 3/3
Je Ne Sais Quoi: 0/1

8/10
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07/17/2004 04:17:50 AM
Most clever and fun shot here, 10
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07/16/2004 06:05:16 PM
Very funny - and a nice, clean, well taken photo. :)
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07/16/2004 09:46:23 AM
great idea (where is the fish?) :=)
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07/16/2004 01:59:22 AM
Absolutely cute!!! I love the entire picture. Beautiful
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07/15/2004 11:36:24 PM
Love the imagination & composition on this.
Great lighting & clarity.
One of my favorites in this challenge ((8))
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07/15/2004 08:31:42 PM
Great setup and composition. Needs better lighting.
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07/15/2004 04:52:22 PM
lol Funny.
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07/15/2004 07:03:08 AM
I love this, I've added it to my favourites. I'll be surprised if it doesn't get a ribbon. Well done. 9
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07/15/2004 03:55:53 AM
This... is awesome. :) No critique necessary.
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07/13/2004 10:09:30 PM
great idea and well photographed
but I feel the whole image would be better on a lighter table
9 from me
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07/13/2004 09:36:16 PM
lol...great composition..hope this shot does well...my wife would kill me if I left water on the table like this (it kinda makes me nervous) :)
Good luck
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07/13/2004 09:24:02 PM
I love it, very cute idea and nicely done image. I would buy a print. The detail is nice here, you captured the wood and the water very well.
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07/13/2004 05:48:22 PM
So cleaver.
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07/13/2004 04:00:51 PM
I hope everyone else enjoys this like I did. You gotta read the title and laugh!
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07/13/2004 03:32:56 PM
An extra point for originality and humor! Nicely setup and exposed.
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07/13/2004 02:35:28 PM
Made me laugh... very clever idea. But where does his freedom lead? ;)
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07/13/2004 02:01:41 PM
The lighting and colors make the picture look very classy and sophisticated. It almost makes me want to get myself a nice tall glass of whiskey on the rocks despite the fact that I don't drink. Unfortunately the mood of the story that the picture tells is a more light and humorous one, which creates some overall incongruity. Aside from that, it's still an excellently taken picture and I'm rooting for it to do very well in this challenge.
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07/13/2004 11:39:26 AM
Love it…this is the great escape.
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07/13/2004 07:32:22 AM
(Funny + creative + good picture) x meets the challenge very well = 9
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07/13/2004 12:59:26 AM
Wow. I predict that this will ribbon. The lighting and focus are excellent. I really really like the wood grain and the color of the marbles. I think many people would have gone for a more dramatic setup on a plain white table that I don't think would have had the same effect. The idea, of course, is outstanding! 10
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07/12/2004 10:01:44 PM
More imagination than most, and well-rendered!
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07/12/2004 08:15:45 PM
Too funny - and a really excellent, nicely composed photo. Great job!
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07/12/2004 05:33:30 PM
Very cute!
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07/12/2004 02:59:33 PM
Very funny & well executed. Like to see the water in the bowl be a bit lighter
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07/12/2004 12:52:14 PM
very cute!
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07/12/2004 04:06:07 AM
Sublime idea, just perfect. 10!!!
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07/12/2004 01:37:55 AM
Very very clever ! :) Hope it does well
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07/12/2004 01:29:28 AM
very well done, original idea, and funny a9
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07/12/2004 12:27:40 AM
Now that is a great and creative picture...makes you think!
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07/12/2004 12:18:14 AM
Too funny!! Love it!! 9
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07/12/2004 12:06:41 AM
This is great! Funny! I love it. Enough to give a 10!
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