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A hint of mint
2nd PlaceA hint of mint
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Challenge: Candy (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: home
Date: Apr 13, 2003
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Abstract, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Apr 13, 2003

polo mints

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 81
Avg (all users): 6.9832
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 7.0769
Avg (non-participants): 6.8704
Views since voting: 5334
Votes: 119
Comments: 38
Favorites: 10 (view)


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06/27/2007 02:16:01 PM
the first thing that came to my mind was "How did they do that?" Great job
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05/05/2005 08:35:35 AM
re-visiting my faves...

this was the first of about 80 images that i grabbed as faves when i discovered the galleries. i am still blown away by the depth and quality of images found there--this is just a great example of that.

what i was looking for were examples of images that were basically flawless in the execution to the extent that i would have have the following reactions:
"wow"
"that is really cool"
"damn, i would like to try that"
"they make it look so simple"

when i was growing up, my dad taught me that the best haircut is one where nobody can tell you had a haircut. as with anything, the best work is that where you immediately appreciate the end result, and that you only notice details (and/or flaws) later. this image is one of those. expertly envisioned and captured, well worthy of emulation. and, one of these days, i'll take a crack at it ;-)
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05/09/2003 02:02:27 PM
Hello from the Critique Club- Your picture has just been freed from my hostage pile.

I don't need to tell you this is a wonderful photo! It has a little red ribbon to prove it. And you got a great selection of comments that reads like a who's who of DPC.

I can review this photo by summarizing the comments. For your technical work you got high scores. Your focus is right on. Your lighting is exquisite, a soft cool light from the opposite direction from the movement of the composition. Some people thought you need just a bit more contrast in the shadows, I think not. And the thin black border works to define and compliment the high key image, especially important on DPC where the background is a neutral grey .

As for composition you have included quite a lot of the classic compositional elements for such a simple picture. I like the merging of background and foreground. I like the repetative rhythm, and that it creates a sense of motion, the Polos seem to be rolling. The color, or lack of it, is subtle, this is not a black and white image, it is a white and white image. The strong leading line bends slightly and leads from front to back, left to right. An image that reads left to right is considered to be dynamic (contributes to the sensation that the mints are rolling) while one that reads right to left is more static. Your line is composed of rolling circles so the viewers eye rolls back into the picture for another and another look. If you can lure the viewer back into the scene, the image gets the attention it deserves. You have created a perspective - the circles diminishing is size on into infinity. The line of candy divides the image into two areas of negative space unequal in size but balanced visually because the larger (more weight0 on is on the bottom.

An effecive photograph is a simple one. The simpler the image, the stronger the statement. Also I think you cleaned up the votes for originality. The white on white is stunning and especially so when the theme of candy conjures up color to most people. It feels to me like this picture is an exension of your astronomy and moon shots, turning the scientific into art.

I have to say, though, that my favorite picture of yours was the portrait of two kids, a long time ago.

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04/28/2003 02:24:59 PM
I am one of the evil hostage holders. this image was asigned to me by the CC computer. I will get to it eventually, I always do - I need to think about it a bit first.
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04/22/2003 05:32:00 AM
Another ribbon Mark, good job, congratulations.
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04/21/2003 12:20:26 AM
great photo! congratulations on the ribbon!
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04/21/2003 12:14:12 AM
Really nice work! So much impact from so few colors!
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04/21/2003 12:10:31 AM
2 2's from paying members? Show yourselves!
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04/21/2003 12:08:52 AM
You are on a roll (so to speak). Congratulations on this and your Weather shot.

Dennis
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/20/2003 04:28:59 PM
The lighting!! The foucus is great. beauty in white.
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04/19/2003 11:07:49 PM
Really nice ! This looks well thought out and well executed. The composition is great, and the negative space really makes the shot work. ( I think that your shot may suffer in the ratings because of lack of color, but if so, I wouldn't let it bother me - this shot is wonderful.)
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04/19/2003 02:12:27 PM
Subtle, subtle, subtle, and striking in its subtlety (if that makes any sense). The white on white really shows off your mastery at lighting. My only suggestion would be that the POLO words are not lined up. But a minor thing with this masterful photo. My favorite this week. 10
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04/19/2003 11:22:13 AM
This is a very nice high key shot! One thing I would have maybe done a little differently would have been to take a lower point of view and fill more of the frame with the mints. You've got a little too much negative space at opposite corners. 7
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04/17/2003 06:39:40 PM
Darn cools shot! Nice use of white on white! Clearity is very good. Nice arrangement. In fact, this impresses me to the extent of raising it's score from 8 to 9. Rob the Swash
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04/17/2003 04:45:29 PM
Great idea and execution. Just a bit more contrast in the shadows and I feel this would have been the best! But still a solid 9! Good work!
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04/17/2003 01:33:44 AM
really nice very subtle shadows make this pic what kind of lighting was used?
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04/16/2003 10:57:53 PM
Very interesting.
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04/16/2003 10:39:48 PM
I like the title and idea. Nice clean soft shot. (Personal critque: Would have been very cool to have somehow made the mints vanish into the picture - maybe by purposely buring them out at the back via over-exposure).
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04/16/2003 09:07:57 PM
great effort. needs a LOT more contrast tho
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04/16/2003 06:44:00 PM
I love the white on white, but it does seem to need something to give it a little more *pop*. Maybe a touch more contrast?
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04/16/2003 03:00:43 PM
Different...I like white on white. Nice job!
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04/15/2003 05:00:48 PM
wouldn't have thought to do white-on-white. Interesting and creative choice!
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04/15/2003 02:43:47 PM
very subtle,well composed photo. Your choice of an all white format works well here.
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04/15/2003 08:26:54 AM
I like this a lot. Nice concept and execution. Well done.
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04/15/2003 07:54:32 AM
I like the simplicity of this shot..... it made me stop and take a closer look.... 8
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04/15/2003 02:32:01 AM
Great control. 9
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04/15/2003 02:18:45 AM
nice...
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04/15/2003 12:18:13 AM
very cool (what's a polo?). is this a line-up of a bunch of these things, or one rolling (my first impression). either way, great shot! perhaps too over exposed (something i've suffered from a few times - at least from a voting perspective), but then again, i like it. good luck.
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04/14/2003 11:15:27 PM
Reminds me of the white "Where's Waldo" shot. Interesting exposure! Definitely creative - I like it.
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04/14/2003 10:43:03 PM
Here we go. Excellent image. Great use of your patterns, excellent exposure and your composition is right on.
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04/14/2003 09:56:27 PM
Excellent I really love it. One of the few times that the border complements the picture. Really great. 10!
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04/14/2003 07:50:57 PM
simply amazing...well executed high key image. CONGRATS.
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04/14/2003 12:08:48 PM
beautiful work... I love the white on white concept... I haven't brought myself to actually try this yet.... - setzler
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04/14/2003 10:34:43 AM
Nice, really nice.
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04/14/2003 04:34:52 AM
Needs more contrast, I think, but I like the idea. Might be cool to do one a bit like this but looking down the 'tunnel' of holes.
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04/14/2003 02:12:14 AM
Interesting white on white. Nice job
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04/14/2003 01:18:03 AM
Very nice idea using white on white. Very cool and refreashing.
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04/14/2003 12:52:32 AM
Very nice. I like the simplicity of it and that you were brave enough to use white on a candy challenge!
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