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Challenge: Round (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G3
Location: Brighton
Date: Jul 14, 2003
Galleries: Abstract, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2003

The Brighton Donut. A bronze statue situated between the two piers. The title is a play on words.. It's actually round cubed, but the squared fits better with the crop.

Place: 7 out of 293
Avg (all users): 6.7907
Avg (commenters): 7.8182
Avg (participants): 6.9922
Avg (non-participants): 6.4943
Views since voting: 1782
Votes: 215
Comments: 27
Favorites: 2 (view)

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07/24/2003 09:52:48 AM
07/24/2003 09:51:30 AM
Thanks for all the comments and votes!

The border is a "flaw" in my teleconverter. This was actually shot with my polarizer (explaining the rich warm colours) and two UV filters on between my telelconverter and lens adapter. This was the only way I was able to get all of the vignetting circle into the frame.

Would you belive that I completely didn't think about the "literal representations of someone elses art" until about two days into the voting? It never even occured to me during the shooting, submission process.

Rob: I think us Brighton based photographers are going to have to get together and come up with a shooting schedule. The piers seem to make their way into many challenges, and I know for a fact that the Beachyhead lighthouse was almost in the "From Above" challenge twice.

Once again, thanks!
07/24/2003 08:28:11 AM
Matt - Fortunately for us I didn't get down to the sea-front during the week else I was going to enter the same, could've stuffed it for both of us. Well done.
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07/23/2003 01:19:57 PM
Matt - your critique club moment is at hand. damn I'm glad to see this one come up, after our convversation about that other shot of yours.

My first reaction is surprise that it only placed 7th, but it does step on the toes of the 'literal representation of others works of art' rule quite heavily.

What I love about this, and what for me perhaps puts it above all the other shots I've seen in the challenge, is the light: not only is it the perfect light to shape this image, and to give a real sense of three dimensions to the do-nut, but you've also caught the colour ttemperatre of it perfectly: the warmness of it on the wall to the left of frame is marvellous.

The circular border effect (however it's achieved) works perfectly too. My first impression of this, on seeing the thumbnail, was that it was an eye - and that feeling still hasn't quite gone away after looking at it for quite a while.

I'm not goig to begin to criticise this technically - there's quite obviously nothing wrong with it: it's the first shot i've added to my favourites in quite a little while. Must be getting picky in my old age.

Congratulations on a fine photo.

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07/23/2003 07:36:39 AM
Great score! The coolest part, for me: I've been there! :-D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2003 04:02:37 AM
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07/22/2003 12:19:02 AM
Very interesting. It seems a bit dull in general....... Mabe a time closer to midday would have povided a better light?
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07/19/2003 07:51:49 PM
Great use of a "flaw" in your teleconverter (I'm making a giant leap of faith there!). Wish I had thought of it. My only concern with it is the blur at the edges - too bad it couldn't be sharper. I like the colors and lighting (that shadow in the middle is excelent). Focus is good. Overall a nice shot and a great idea.
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07/19/2003 03:13:49 PM
Very very nice. Where was this shot?
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07/18/2003 04:53:55 PM
Biggest Cheerio I've ever seen! This is a fun sculpture, and the lighting and shadows are awesome. I don't care much for the vignetting of the image, but that's just me. It does go well with the challenge, though.
JD Anderson
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07/16/2003 11:54:36 PM
Very nice. Great sharpness, tones, colour. I love the lighting. I also like how the horizon is carefully considered. I don't know why but I thought of the game 'Myst' as soon as I saw it. Looks like it belongs there. I hope this does well, there's nothing I would change.
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07/16/2003 07:35:05 PM
Very interesting object, very nice shot.
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07/16/2003 02:23:09 PM
Very cool shot....may have been cooler with a little less outside around the green
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07/16/2003 01:40:16 PM
Thats a big...whatever. I'm not sure I would have used the frame thing mainly because of how the sun is shining on the left side of the photo, I would have tried to get more of that into the picture.
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07/16/2003 01:28:08 PM
Wonderful shot......just rich and intriguing. Winner.
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07/16/2003 11:15:57 AM
Very interesting tripple circle...
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07/16/2003 11:05:24 AM
That's an interesting one of those things! Reminds me of a giant donut that was featured in an episode of The Simpsons one time.
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07/16/2003 10:20:26 AM
I'd like this better without the rounded lens. I really like the big round rock thing though!
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07/16/2003 08:24:36 AM
I know how you did this! You used a tele-converter and zoomed the lens right back right? Cool effect. I like the off center shadow in the middle - 9.
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07/16/2003 05:12:35 AM
hmmmm doooonut... Oh wait wrong comment :P hahaha very nicely centralised! :D
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07/16/2003 04:45:59 AM
very nice. good symmetry. i see 4 levels of concentric roundess. good job. 7
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07/16/2003 03:02:38 AM
I like it, the out of focus round border makes it much better than a square crop would have been.
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07/16/2003 02:41:19 AM
love this! and the lens framing. had me guessing what it was as it was loading. well positioned and good balance. I like how the water cuts the inner circle perfectly.
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07/16/2003 12:50:19 AM
Just WOW ! Awesome photo. This would make a great print. I would love to see a set/series of this !
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07/16/2003 12:48:22 AM
great picture, I don't like the black round border, takes away from teh green thing
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07/16/2003 12:33:25 AM
that is really cool. it looks like an eye. me and my pal eric both like this a lot. big fat ten for you.
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07/16/2003 12:14:41 AM
Cool shot. It should score well. I like your concept very much!
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