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markwiley


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Challenge: Effects of SOPA (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-550D Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: sweater yarn
Date: Jan 26, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2012

Went to the Salvation Army store and picked out a nice $3 sweater. This did not turn out as well as it looked in my head when I first imagined it. However, it looks better than I feared it might given my limited Photoshop skills. This is really the first entry in an Expert Challenge that took advantage of the additional "Expert" editing features. I am not sure how it will do, but I am glad I attempted it.

[Jan. 27th, 2012 09:50:38 AM]

OK, when my Indoor Macro shot is sitting at 4.8 and I have been thinking I should put down the camera and consider taking up golf, this is a nice surprise:

Votes: 39
Views: 98
Avg Vote: 6.9744
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

[Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:42:44 PM]

Very happy with how this one has done with minutes before rollover. Thanks to everyone that commented and the favorite.

Post challenge -- my second ribbon! My first was a yellow last February. Maybe it will be an annual thing.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.1111
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3462
Avg (non-participants): 7.2677
Views since voting: 4420
Views during voting: 464
Votes: 153
Comments: 33
Favorites: 6 (view)


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02/08/2012 10:41:16 PM
I am glad that the good belly button won a ribbon...congrats
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02/08/2012 12:57:00 PM
Congratulations Mark. Thought provoking message, masterfully executed!
Jayne, Steve's friend.
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02/07/2012 04:29:28 PM
great concept Mark, and well done (except perhaps for the skin tone - a bit too reddish IMO). Congrats on the ribbon!
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02/04/2012 11:07:54 PM
This is a great shot IMNSHO; not only from a philosophical, but from artistic and technical standpoints. I am not sure what you did in Photoshoppe. It looks like a real sweater that you had, perhaps tailored, with the word. The unraveling threads even have the blue and red. I just love it. (Nice tummy as well.)

Contratulations.
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02/04/2012 09:07:50 PM
Excellent idea, very well executed! How did you get the lettering to be so integral to the yarn? Congrats on the well-deserved ribbon! (PS - nothing wrong with golf - fine sport. I just need to find people who want to play around here and I can give up challenges altogether.)
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02/04/2012 01:19:56 PM
This is executed very well and quite clever too. Glad to see it exceeded your initial expectations. Congrats on the yellow!
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02/03/2012 03:01:24 PM
whoo hoo!! Awesome job! and nicely done! Congrats on another ribbon!
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02/03/2012 01:12:27 PM
Great concept and well executed. Congrats, Mark!
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02/03/2012 11:43:43 AM
This was my favorite too, Congrats on the finish.
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02/03/2012 09:44:39 AM
Well done mark, great score and result and an excellent idea, congrats.
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02/03/2012 09:09:46 AM
Congrats on another 7.x and a ribbon! Great image.
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02/03/2012 06:22:37 AM
I love this!! A much deserved ribbon. Great picture and a strong message!
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02/03/2012 05:24:54 AM
My favorite of the challenge. Congratulations on your ribbon.
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02/03/2012 03:34:50 AM
Congrats, Mark! It turned out excellent and one of the most on-point entries on the topic.
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02/03/2012 02:23:43 AM
Great idea, I really like it! Also, it's perfectly edited and executed. My congratulations on your ribbon, much deserved.
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02/03/2012 01:10:35 AM
It was kindly pointed out to me in a PM that her bellybutton is there for the world to see. And so it is. I guess I was just gobsmacked by the pristineness of that belly! Congrats on the ribbon. Stellar concept and execution.
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02/03/2012 12:09:53 AM
Ha, well done Mark. I gave you a 7. See you are an expert NOW!
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02/03/2012 12:07:10 AM
Way to go! another ribbon and an awesome score to go with it!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2012 04:03:25 AM
I enjoy a metaphor that goes to hell!

Or perhaps you are one of them! (the SOPA Guys); contaminating the young men of this community. Since your image, all of them are now convinced freedom should disappear entirely.
I think I will signal this devious behavior to the Site Council!
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01/30/2012 07:35:35 AM
Absolutely spot on arty and creative. 9
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01/29/2012 05:39:50 PM
LOL I always love a good belly button
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01/29/2012 08:39:31 AM
you've really captured the texture of the knitted sweater nicely. The shadows on and cast by the strand on the rhs look great. Really good photo if you ask me. Conceptually, the perfect skin of a female abdomen compels me to unravel faster! For me, this doesn't reflect the current situation, however.

Now, if I can only get George Michael's "freedom" out of my head"....
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01/27/2012 11:33:18 PM
What did you do to her belly button...???? Excellent concept, beautifully done, although seriously, way too much smoothing on her belly.
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01/27/2012 08:20:17 PM
Superb metaphor. The belly is a bit too flawless and other things about it remind me of a movie poster, but it's right on target and one of my favorites. Well done.
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01/27/2012 05:11:07 PM
Excellent message portrayal.
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01/27/2012 01:57:35 PM
Nicely done...though with the amount of attention the nude gallery gets on this site, most might consider this a good thing. Actually, they might actually be hoping for a quick unraveling ;)
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01/27/2012 01:31:29 PM
Very clever!!
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01/27/2012 12:01:01 PM
Very good image for the challenge.Certainly in my top five.
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01/27/2012 11:17:24 AM
Wow... you somehow rolled sex appeal into SOPA. AND made the point of SOPA well! If I could vote, I'd have to go with a 10. Nicely done.
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01/27/2012 10:33:05 AM
very nice...great concept..
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01/27/2012 08:48:04 AM
Brilliant. Well done!
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01/27/2012 08:35:19 AM
Thats an impossibly long and pristine midriff- an altogether great shot. A ribbon for sure, a 10, and one of my top three.
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01/27/2012 06:07:45 AM
We have our freedom now but will we have a life.......8
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