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You think that's air you're breathing now?
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e301


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Challenge: What is the Matrix? (Classic Editing)
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S602Z
Location: Home
Date: May 15, 2003
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Studio, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: May 15, 2003

This was the first idea i had - came to me as soon as I read about the challenge, and I didn't have a better one.

Shooting details - it's a print of a shot I took a couple of weeks ago, printed at home, torn (twice) and then stood on some cassette cases, underneath it I positioned an old video card (real nerds will be able to tell which one). Light is just daylight from a cloudy day, with a little low fill-in from a 100w desk lamp tp pick up details of the video card. 602 on tripod, and that's it.

I considered placing the tear higher up the frame - more directly on tthe thirds line, but I think having the blue sky available is more important to the image - given the haze over the city, it's the most 'real world' component.

And of course I should acknowledge a certain homage to carsten's 'open up your eyes', which probably left the idea floating around for me.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 140
Avg (all users): 7.7476
Avg (commenters): 8.4103
Avg (participants): 7.6706
Avg (non-participants): 7.8000
Views since voting: 16421
Votes: 210
Comments: 73
Favorites: 59 (view)


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02/26/2008 02:03:58 PM
to the person below---- all of the matrix is cheesy to me, that doesn't mean this isn't a great shot!
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03/07/2006 04:50:29 AM
cheezy if you ask me!
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10/09/2005 12:05:05 PM
This is a really cool shot, it seems so simple to execute but the effect is really trippy.
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06/17/2005 12:20:18 PM
COOL!!!!! Do you teach classes? I'd take one. That is really well done.
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04/19/2005 04:49:32 PM
How could anyone give this a 1?????? What a great shot! Original and creative, not to mention well executed!
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12/10/2004 10:03:39 AM
after looking at this and some other work in your portfolio, I gotta say you've emerged as one of my favourites. thanks for putting out the quality images and giving me something to strive for.
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04/21/2004 06:03:21 PM
Beautiful.
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10/30/2003 09:22:47 AM
please tell me how you did this wonderful shot!
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06/01/2003 03:24:49 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Congrats!! I didn't vote on this challenge as I have never seen the movie and didn't think I could do it fairly. However, from what I understand, you have done an excellent job at meeting this challenge. I found this picture to be extremely well set up and shot. It is one of those that makes me go, "Dang, I wish I'd thought of something like that." Very creative, I think. The only minor nitpicky thing I could even imagine to say would be that I wish it was a bit wider. But upon reading your comments, both before voting and after, I think I understand why you did it that way. Even after reading about what you were calling distortion, I don't think it is noticeable at all. If it does anything, it adds to the shot by giving a feelign of some depth.

Great work. I know this probably doesn't help you "improve" the shot, but I don't know that I could help anyway.

Best to you in future challenges.
karmat
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05/29/2003 06:07:47 PM
Nicely done. Making a goodphotograph of a photograph is a feat in itself. Very creative the way you've set it all up.
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05/28/2003 04:31:17 PM
Congrats!!! This was my favorite! Good idea, good job!
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05/28/2003 02:31:15 PM
Talk about absolutely nailing the challenge!

This is the first time in over 6 months of voting I've seen a shot and known immediately that it was the winner.
I've also never seen a voting curve that looks like it doesn't tail off until about 17 either! Superb.

My toaster is now officially worried. Well done : )
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05/28/2003 01:49:44 PM
Originally posted by e301:


Fiver - unlucky - it's a Creative/S3 Savage 4 :-)


Well that just proves that I'm not a nerd =o)
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05/28/2003 09:07:36 AM
loved it, gave it a ten!
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05/28/2003 08:03:59 AM
Way to go Ed. This is a terrific shot. Well conceived and very well executed. Congrats. It feels great to be on the front page for a week :)
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05/28/2003 07:28:03 AM
Very well done. Good show of creativity. Congrats for your first ribbon.
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05/28/2003 06:39:24 AM
Oh my - what a fabulous feeling. Whoooo.

I thought as soon as I got the idea (and that was almost as soon as I read the challenge) that it would be a winner, provided I could control the reflections in the glossy paper - and that proved to be no problem. Had to drop more of the tear than I wanted due to it saying 'Epson' on the back. What I didn't expect was to be up in this rarefied air of 22nd ever (and 3rd with the 602z).

JJ - the air feels great, as you should know very well!

Fiver - unlucky - it's a Creative/S3 Savage 4 :-)

One thing no-one picked up on that really bothered me: the perspective distortion of the video card beneath the picture (I couldn't shoot from directly overhead because of reflections, nor could I tilt the set-up). There actually is that same distortion in the sunset, but it doesn't register, and I thougght it clashed visually.

Anyhow - huge thanks for all the votes: you've all made me outrageously happy.

PS. and when i checked in this morning, hoping like crazy there wasn't anything to beat it, the site was down! Pure agony for about an hour :-)

Message edited by author 2003-05-28 07:07:29.
05/28/2003 06:20:03 AM
Kick ass idea and shot!, Congrats :)
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05/28/2003 03:58:12 AM
Congrats Ed!!!
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05/28/2003 03:43:21 AM
Absolutely superb shot. Well done!!
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05/28/2003 03:18:24 AM
Congratulations, how does the air feel up there?
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05/28/2003 02:39:55 AM
Very creative!
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05/28/2003 01:31:51 AM
Wow. Excellent shot. Deserves the first place.

As for the Video Card... I don't consider myself a nerd, but my first thought would be ATI. Maybe one of their Rage series.
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05/28/2003 12:46:45 AM
Well done a clear winner. 602z rules.
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05/28/2003 12:26:31 AM
WHO gave u a 1??!!!!
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05/28/2003 12:25:30 AM
Congrats. Excellent shot!
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05/28/2003 12:17:44 AM
Easily my favorite shot of the challenge and the only "WHOA HOLY COW" this week. 10 10 and 10. You win!! YAY.

:)

M
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05/28/2003 12:14:01 AM
congrats! wonderful shot and very creative!
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05/28/2003 12:10:57 AM
excellent shot - well deserved win
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05/28/2003 12:03:23 AM
Good stuff, Ed!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/27/2003 02:44:10 PM
this is a really cool idea, i like it a lot 9
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05/27/2003 01:59:41 PM
nice job..i like the message conveyed..
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05/27/2003 01:37:13 PM
good job. nice pic.
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05/27/2003 11:30:41 AM
Clever...my favourite.
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05/27/2003 10:45:40 AM
very nice photo
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05/27/2003 09:58:17 AM
Very imaginative use of existing artwork. Love it! 9
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05/25/2003 09:06:13 PM
Unique.. and nice title.
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05/25/2003 08:43:47 AM
Good interpretation
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05/25/2003 02:00:28 AM
Great stuff. This is the clearest interpretation I've seen in this challegne so far. And the execution is excellent as well. I don't think you need much luck with this. Reagards!
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05/24/2003 04:31:14 PM
Now that is a brilliant idea and photo. 10. Must be a ribbon.
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05/23/2003 10:50:39 AM
beatiful... great composition and one of the best of this challenge. Congrats
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05/23/2003 08:10:56 AM
very creative. Nice torn pic too :) Jacko.
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05/23/2003 05:27:24 AM
perfect. i think we have a winner here
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05/23/2003 04:51:45 AM
Great concept... Very original!!!
Top shot
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05/22/2003 05:59:03 PM
This is actually the concept I tried to come up with but never could make it happen. Great job. Top 3 finish for sure. I just hope that those who didn't see the Matrix undestand what this means.
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05/22/2003 02:36:42 PM
excellent idea well executed. my only 10 this week!
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05/22/2003 02:24:40 PM
My favorite ... and only 10! '133t ! Actually made me say, "I wish that was MY entry."
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05/22/2003 06:29:40 AM
This just has to get a ribbon - 10!
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05/22/2003 02:15:51 AM
I think that of all the pictures here, this one speaks to me the most. This photo has truly captured the meaning of the Matrix. Well done!
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05/22/2003 02:04:17 AM
great concept and technical execution!
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05/22/2003 12:29:18 AM
This was a fantastic idea! Wonderful title also. This is definitely one of my favorites.
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05/21/2003 11:40:25 PM
The most original and clever photograph I've seen so far. Great Job. 10.
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05/21/2003 09:46:12 PM
Yeah baby, that's really great!
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05/21/2003 08:45:03 PM
haha... clever!!
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05/21/2003 03:03:04 PM
wow - excellent work, very well executed and the approach/special effect is very sympathetic to the challenge theme. (10)
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05/21/2003 01:46:48 PM
the matrix is such a good movie, good reprensentation
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05/21/2003 01:44:52 PM
The urban landscape is out of focus, the border is too bold, the paper is torn ! Just kidding -

this is an interesting and truly different take on the matter. The collage does not 'lift' anything from the movie either! Well done.
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05/21/2003 01:42:21 PM
Just a fantastic take on the challenge.......well done..!!! Bravo.
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05/21/2003 12:04:13 PM
well done, i like this one a lot.
that's how i see this challenge (and the matrix) myself.
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05/21/2003 11:12:03 AM
creative interpretation. nice execution as well.
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05/21/2003 11:00:15 AM
Good Idea, well done.
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05/21/2003 10:36:58 AM
It's original and creative - I like it. The choice of image you used makes the concept work really well. It's very thought-provoking and deep. It certainly meets the challenge.
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05/21/2003 08:58:31 AM
Now that is very smart. Brilliant, I love it. Superb idea, very creative thinking. I'm stunned by how clever this shot is. Great title too.

My top pic this week. A (very rare) 10. Hope to see this place very high.
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05/21/2003 08:05:37 AM
Great idea. I think this was the idea I was looking for, but never thought of myself :-) Good job.
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05/21/2003 06:10:42 AM
Simple but nice.
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05/21/2003 05:20:44 AM
This is a great idea. I would like to see more of the torn paper to emphazise this.
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05/21/2003 04:00:19 AM
Able to capture very clear and sharp shooting at the background of the sunset. I nearly get tricked !! That is not a real sunset ^ ^..just look so real :) If the sunset represent our reality, then circuit path represent our fantasy world. Bring out the matrix feel !! 8
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05/21/2003 03:03:43 AM
Nice concept, well executed.
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05/21/2003 01:30:45 AM
Not sure how you did this (photo of a postcard over a board?) but it sure is an attention-grabber! Great line to focus on for this photo!
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05/21/2003 01:05:11 AM
clever. nicely executed
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05/21/2003 12:49:34 AM
Good concept. I like how you even chose a "smoggy" looking photo to use.
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05/21/2003 12:48:58 AM
That's a wonderful idea for the shot - and it ties in so well with the line from the Matrix. Great idea and lovely execution.
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05/21/2003 12:30:50 AM
Blue. 10.
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