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Is simplicity best, or simply the easiest?
Is simplicity best, or simply the easiest?
Grigolly


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Light On White II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Date: Oct 22, 2005
Aperture: F 4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4"
Galleries: Macro
Date Uploaded: Oct 22, 2005

editing: brightness-contrast, unsharp, crop, resize, save for web

Statistics
Place: 20 out of 277
Avg (all users): 6.0887
Avg (commenters): 7.1304
Avg (participants): 6.1000
Avg (non-participants): 6.0820
Views since voting: 2705
Views during voting: 420
Votes: 293
Comments: 27
Favorites: 2 (view)


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11/05/2005 10:35:46 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

This image is an exteme point of view of a common subject. Obviously fun to view as it inspired many commenters to create puns.

It is a simple image. Traditional placement of the object follows the rule-of-thirds. Background is minimized. Depth of field is shallow. What is the "message" of the image? Not sure. Maybe, here is a different way of looking at a pencil.

The angle of view causes the pencil to lean out of the composition, leaving the rest of the image there for balance. The shadows fall out of the edge as well making me wonder what's over that way. I wonder if this would have been just as successful with a square crop.

I agree with the several commenters that the point of the pencil could be in focus. At f 4.0 it seems you mus have been rather close to limit the depth of field so much. It appears there were 2 directional light sources--this flattened the pencil to the degree that the third side which should have been partially visible is lost. At an exposure of 4 seconds, the light source couldn't have been very strong--at that sort of exposure time you risk losing important details (such as along the edges of the knife sharpened pencil lead).

Overall a fun and well-recieved image. A good study piece that has potential for further experimentation. And, to answer the question in the title, simplicity is neither best (the image did not win and the winner was not simple) nor the easiest...it is always difficult to pull of an image with few details, to make it convicing as a subject and to control every technical aspect such that you will receive no complaint.

Keep shooting!
--kadi
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11/04/2005 08:25:42 AM
Congrats on the top 20 spot.
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11/04/2005 06:55:07 AM
i like this. very simple but effective.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/01/2005 10:33:37 PM
Like the perspective,,, unsure if its my screen or the point could be in better foucu though - 7
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11/01/2005 09:32:54 PM
cool perspective
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11/01/2005 07:36:08 PM
NICE FOCAL POINT...
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11/01/2005 05:22:58 PM
Interesting
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11/01/2005 07:28:43 AM
Love the shot, would like to see the image and lens specs.
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10/31/2005 06:38:04 PM
nice crisp and clean
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10/31/2005 05:16:03 PM
Good perspective. Simple yet to the point, lol.
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10/31/2005 03:55:10 PM
Nice.
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10/29/2005 09:05:53 AM
I do like the simplicity of this. Somehow the focus seems a touich off. The composition and use of lots of negative space is a favorite of mine. Hurray for originality.
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10/28/2005 08:03:50 PM
This is my favorite picture of the challenge. 10 for you
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10/28/2005 04:08:27 PM
I like simple!
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10/28/2005 11:36:34 AM
I like this, simple and minimal. Slighty crisper would be better.
best of luck though
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10/28/2005 09:43:08 AM
Less is more....
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10/28/2005 05:48:28 AM
The shadow into the picture, not out of the frame, if you ask me.
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10/28/2005 03:09:27 AM
Simply cool! Great idea and great shot.9
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10/28/2005 12:48:55 AM
works for me either way.
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10/27/2005 11:13:40 PM
Yeah, I get your point.
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10/27/2005 04:36:25 PM
different
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10/27/2005 01:47:13 PM
Wow, simple and to the point. (get it? LOL) Great idea and composition.
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10/27/2005 12:26:00 PM
Very cool perspective!
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10/26/2005 11:32:22 PM
Great perspective shot. I really like how you placed it in the picture. It may be simple but it seems powerful too.
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10/26/2005 03:38:29 PM
great use of perspective to add visual interest. the pencil's tip is a bit too dark for me to feel like this is really "light on white."
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10/26/2005 12:56:08 PM
i liked this simplicity..
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10/26/2005 01:14:12 AM
Woah....that is fabulous.
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