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Challenge: Dairy (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Aug 23, 2005
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Humorous, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2005

You're looking at plain old Elmer's glue squirted onto my desk at work. I illustrated the cow in pencil, then just filled in the lines with glue.

Once again, I waited until the last minute and had to rush. The lighting could certainly be improved, and the glue was a little harder to handle than I imagined. It wasn't quite viscous enough and kept closing up the details. Oh well. I thought the idea was cute, so I'm entering anyway. Hopefully the voters will see the cow!

Processing: Crop, levels, shadow/highlight, slight curves adjustment, and desaturated overall. Most of the work was just an attmpt to emphasize the highlights on the "milk" and smooth out my uneven lighting.

For those who didn't see the cow, look here.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 284
Avg (all users): 6.6265
Avg (commenters): 8.4706
Avg (participants): 6.5714
Avg (non-participants): 6.6580
Views since voting: 5065
Views during voting: 795
Votes: 423
Comments: 104
Favorites: 15 (view)


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08/25/2006 03:54:30 PM
very creative, good job!
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11/22/2005 02:52:44 PM
Oh!

That hurt!

;>)
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10/21/2005 05:11:25 PM
Very Creative.
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09/01/2005 07:44:13 PM
Dang, I didn't see the cow at all until I sat back just now and it popped out at me...great shot! Congrats on the top 10! I wish I'd given you more than the 7 I did during voting. :(
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08/31/2005 06:44:25 PM
Originally posted by micknewton:

Is that an octagonal softbox reflecting in the bottle?


Pfft! I'm not blessed with the type of sophisitcated lighting equipment that might be perceived as an unfair advantage here. That was an ordinary rectangular softbox. ;-)
08/31/2005 12:05:49 PM
Well done Shannon! A very original idea for the subject, the composition is good, and using the Elmer's glue was simply brilliant. BTW, I saw the cow right off.

I agree with you that the lighting could have been a little better. Is that an octagonal softbox reflecting in the bottle?

Anyway, your entry is the only one that I felt compelled to comment on. Congrats on the top-ten finish! It could easily have been a ribbon winner.

Message edited by author 2005-08-31 12:07:08.
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08/31/2005 09:03:06 AM
Very very clever
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08/31/2005 07:31:08 AM
Should have placed higher but I guess you lost out because...no splash! Amazing take on the challenge and exceptional artistry/creativity. One of my picks for the top three. Course, I'm not one for splash shots so what do I know...
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08/31/2005 07:05:26 AM
excellent one of my top votes.
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08/31/2005 06:54:46 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge, but I wonder how many voters clicked looked at your shot without really seeing it. I thing you went out on a limb with the abstract cow, and luckily most people got it. Wonderfully creative! If I had the brain-power to come up with something like this, I would have made it much more obvious, and doubtlessly ruined it. Should have placed higher, IMO, but you can't always cater to the low IQ folks such as myself. :-( Congrats on the top ten though!
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08/31/2005 04:59:39 AM
I missed the voting on this challenge, but to me yours was the best and most creative image - well done.
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08/31/2005 03:19:10 AM
This should have definitely scored higher imo.
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08/31/2005 01:11:58 AM
Clever Shannon! And well done, though I admit I needed your link to see the cow! Congrats on top 10!

Message edited by author 2005-08-31 01:12:33.
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08/31/2005 12:43:15 AM
I KNEW this had to be yours. Had you written all over it. :)
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08/31/2005 12:35:09 AM
I'm such a dumb ass. I didn't even see the cow until I was looking at the list of the top winners in the challenge and the thumbnail caught my eye. I often just have the computer present me with the next large image and so I completely missed it. I guess I get the DPC Darwin award. DUHHHHHH
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08/31/2005 12:32:43 AM
Amazingly original, congrats on your top ten
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08/31/2005 12:30:11 AM
very creative and original. I can see this in advertising. Well done on your finish !

-Lisa
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08/31/2005 12:26:32 AM
Perhaps one of the most outstanding abstract and puzzle image in the realm of DPC. It is an abstract because its appearance lays out the main patches of black and white. The puzzle comes in its inversion to yield to the patient viewer the bosom of its essence. You must look twice, once in abstract (as is) and again in the inverted form.

Shannon: this shall be a very much discussed image because many viewers did not come back for the second look. And when they get it they will wonder how they ever missed it. You have my full respect.

Congratulations on your 7th finish.
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08/31/2005 12:16:35 AM
Originally posted by theSaj:

(I do wonder if this failed to win because many people did not see the illusion.)


<embarassed>I didn't, sorry scalvert, my man, and also gave it a 4 (shame on me)<embarassed>

I can now see it, wish I paid better attention to it! sheesh
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08/31/2005 12:13:51 AM
Scalvert....

This is ingenius...you should really make this a print. Heck, license it to a dairy farm.

(I do wonder if this failed to win because many people did not see the illusion.)
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08/31/2005 12:07:12 AM
fuck man, genious. Scuse the swearing, when I'm excited I swear.
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08/31/2005 12:04:48 AM
quite the creative genius you are scalvert :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/30/2005 11:57:21 PM
I like the concept. Looks like a spotted cow! The bubbles somehow take a bit away from the photo IMHO... Not sure why...
But the falling drop is a winner. very well executed and composed, and the lighting is good too! Well done!
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08/30/2005 11:49:21 PM
love it ,great cow
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08/30/2005 11:10:09 PM
Very creative! I love it. How long did it take you to "draw" the cow?
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08/30/2005 10:24:01 PM
Very cool. Looks like white paint or glue. Definite ribbon winner.
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08/30/2005 10:21:47 PM
That's amazing...very creative. I love how the milk makes a cow face! How did you do it?
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08/30/2005 10:09:56 PM
Wow, Creative. The milk looks like a cows face. How on earth did you do that?
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08/30/2005 08:25:19 PM
THIS IS A REALLY COOL IDEA AND THE COWE LOOKS REALLY COMPLICATED
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08/30/2005 06:36:36 PM
Clever!
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08/30/2005 06:06:32 PM
good composition and contrast
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08/30/2005 04:31:21 PM
This is so cool! It must have taken you a long time to do this. Very cool, I love it. Especially the one drop dripping out of the bottle. Nice approach! 10.
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08/30/2005 01:44:07 PM
AAA+ great Ideal
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08/30/2005 08:54:29 AM
WOW how did you do that... looks amazing.... congrats... 10....
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08/30/2005 07:01:25 AM
hmm, do I see a cow? great idea...
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08/30/2005 05:54:59 AM
Interesting shapes, I have a feeling there's supposed to be a message in there but can't see it
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08/29/2005 07:20:28 PM
This was very good on a couple of levels
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08/29/2005 05:58:23 PM
nice.
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08/29/2005 11:10:50 AM
What a brilliant idea. Great shot! This is my favorite!
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08/29/2005 10:32:33 AM
Nice play on words,GREAT out-of-the box concept...
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08/28/2005 11:52:58 PM
Very clever!!!! I wonder how many people will miss it?
Gotta love holsteins! :)
I bet this would have done good in the illusions....


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08/28/2005 08:41:39 PM
very very creative, nice photograph as well.
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08/28/2005 07:17:28 PM
awesome !
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08/28/2005 06:31:15 PM
very clever!
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08/28/2005 02:00:49 PM
The milk puzzle. Very nice abstract like composition. Bumping up.
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08/28/2005 12:09:11 PM
What a great picture. Very creative. Some serious thought went into this picture.
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08/28/2005 08:10:23 AM
Very clever...
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08/27/2005 02:41:34 PM
Wow!! this is artistic. The milk is white, not grey, and it really does look like a cow. This is a 10 on creativity alone
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08/27/2005 02:28:13 PM
grood idea, little noisy on the dark parts, maybe its the paper
anyway 8
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08/27/2005 12:25:04 PM
Imressive design!
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08/26/2005 11:30:12 PM
Such imagination. ! I don't understand how center of photo could appear out of focus when the rest of it seems clear. Still I had to give it a high mark for creativity.
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08/26/2005 09:07:15 PM
looks great! is it elmers?
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08/26/2005 08:22:09 PM
I LOVE BEING ABLE TO SEE THE COW!!! It's uber cool. Very creative. Good job. =)
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08/26/2005 08:10:23 PM
Not your average glass of spilt milk. Your spills look like puzzle pieces. Nice composition
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08/26/2005 07:43:05 PM
WOW... I'm impressed. Amazing job. That's pretty incredible.
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08/26/2005 03:51:01 PM
mmm.... cowish splashes. tis an interesting art form you have invented here.
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08/26/2005 12:20:11 PM
Very creative- great take on the challenge- 9
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08/26/2005 07:57:11 AM
It took me ages to work out what the milk was- very good ideaand it kept my attention longer than the glasss of milk. Well done - 7
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08/26/2005 03:36:44 AM
i LOVE this photo! insanely creative and looks impossibly hard to control the spread of the milk. great job.
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08/26/2005 02:33:03 AM
sweet. this one is very cool. took me a while to see the image hidden in it though.
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08/26/2005 12:23:10 AM
wow, very creative
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08/26/2005 12:20:52 AM
I really like this shot and its abstract feel. Pattern of the milk suggests the markings of a jersey cow. Whether that was your idea or not, major kudos goes out to your creativity. Excellent lighting and focus. 10
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08/25/2005 11:03:50 PM
Very cool. 10
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08/25/2005 09:48:17 PM
wow that took some time. did you use glue to make the white? I love it!
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08/25/2005 08:57:41 PM
VERY CREATIVE. I love it. How did you do that? It's a great picture. Really good job. I wish you luck. :P
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08/25/2005 08:21:38 PM
Very creative! I love how a drip is just ALMOST falling from the bottle into the puddle but <i> not </i>. I also like how the countertop is textured, not plain black. Nice!
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08/25/2005 07:51:54 PM
It took me a minute to see the cow, but this is nicely done. Great concept, and the best I have seen yet! 8
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08/25/2005 06:49:41 PM
7 - I like this shot and the 'clean' and 'sharp feel' and the style. Either my eyes can't see an 'abstract picture' here (maid/cow) or there isn't one (apologies if there is), so, Criticism; if you have used a dropper or something to create that pattern, if you could have made something looking like a cow (not easy), would have made this a real stand-out shot, in my opinion.
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08/25/2005 06:10:12 PM
LOL, Great idea! One of my favorites! Well done!
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08/25/2005 06:04:10 PM
Good technically, but boring composition IMHO. 6
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08/25/2005 05:15:38 PM
interesting spill pattern, reminds me of the ink blot test. and i see....
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08/25/2005 05:05:35 PM
Great cow! Very creative
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08/25/2005 02:32:15 PM
Very clever. The cow shape with milk.
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08/25/2005 01:51:47 PM
The splash designs are soo cool. Bumping to 7.
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08/25/2005 03:03:46 AM
Clever and well done.
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08/25/2005 01:18:50 AM
How'd you do this? Very cool!!
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08/24/2005 11:27:57 PM
Very clever
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08/24/2005 10:30:26 PM
You can think my niece for showing me the cow. I *knew* something was hidden there, I just couldn't see.

Nice work, and good "illusion" as well. Hope people look at it long enough to "see" it.

(is that glue, or really milk?)
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08/24/2005 10:02:12 PM
Coming back through and decided to bump this up a bit. I didn't see the cow the first two times I viewed it.... happened to notice it in the thumb and had to come back and comment. Very creative. I hope others take the time to actually see the cow... good luck!
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08/24/2005 09:30:50 PM
Wow. WinnAr! Is that glue(or paint), instead of milk, though?
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08/24/2005 09:30:16 PM
Nice spilled milk shot. The milk spills remind me of the inverted black spots on a real cow. Was that intentional? Clever.
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08/24/2005 08:33:17 PM
haha, awesome
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08/24/2005 08:09:42 PM
I do hope this gets the recognition it deserves, as in I hope enough people see the cow!
Great idea, great job! 10
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08/24/2005 08:09:22 PM
That is really creative. Hats off to you for putting some thought and originality into this contest.
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08/24/2005 07:44:34 PM
THATS WONDERFUL~! wow, great job~!
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08/24/2005 07:04:36 PM
One of the most intresting, original, creative, and altogether great images I've seen in this challenge! Very good!!! However, I think the milk bottle being in the picture takes away from it a little bit! I give you a 9.
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08/24/2005 06:52:10 PM
Wow! Great job! Very clever!
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08/24/2005 06:02:28 PM
I like the playfulness of this. Great idea, nice and simple.
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08/24/2005 04:23:34 PM
that looks so hard to fo. but great idea.
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08/24/2005 04:14:57 PM
great attntion to detail and that little bit extra made the image stand alone in the pact.
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08/24/2005 02:34:11 PM
Simple and very nice, I like a lot the idea. :-)
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08/24/2005 12:54:35 PM
Nice use of black and white. The spills almost look like puzzle pieces or states that fit together in a map. Well done.
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08/24/2005 11:50:21 AM
one of the best , amazing
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08/24/2005 11:45:55 AM
Would've been cool if it spelled out DPC or something like that... kind of looks like a glue formation
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08/24/2005 10:49:09 AM
how very creative!!! i love it and it show that you took your time and thought out what you wanted. i wonder how many miss the cows face thinkiting it's just spilled milk. 10 good luck and i hope to see ya with the blue!
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08/24/2005 10:02:09 AM
very cleverly done! shame the background is a bit speckly (is that a word?) but this shot really stands from the crowd (or should i say herd..)
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08/24/2005 07:49:58 AM
If you don't ribbon, this site is really wierd. Excellent shot and creativity
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08/24/2005 07:09:13 AM
Nice one!
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08/24/2005 04:40:31 AM
I love that this looks like cow spots 7
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08/24/2005 03:38:12 AM
Very good - I like this idea!
The bottle looks a little grey, otherwise, you can't realy go wrong!
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08/24/2005 03:07:49 AM
I keep thinking there must be patterns in the milk, but I can't see them anywhere...

Creative picture, though.
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08/24/2005 01:15:08 AM
This must win... period. I love it.... wow.
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08/24/2005 12:08:50 AM
Great idea. I love this shot. Very artistic.
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08/24/2005 12:08:28 AM
Wow! Lovely :) I'm betting this was glue though, eh? based on the bubbles. Still fantastic!
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