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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A540
Date: Aug 31, 2006
Date Uploaded: Aug 31, 2006

Additional comment that was mentioned to me later-on: it may not only be an issue of calibration, but of differing video cards, monitor types, etc.

After contest:

Essentially this is an abstract picture with enough messing around with color hues, shadows, contrast, that sort of thing, until I suddenly had an image I loved. On the monitor I was working with I saw a black screen, with a sort of pyramid at the bottom and a shadow above it in a triangular shape. I saw texture, shadow, depth, and interest. Either way, the very subtle blue tint against a black object was the stuff of creepiness. I worked with it back and forth until it was just right. For me. Of course, not everyone--or anyone necessarily--will have the same reaction I did (obviously), but then there is nothing wrong with abstraction or surrealism.

I still love this piece, and a few commenters did too. I've learned three in this challenge:

1. I learned this when I got home too: not all monitors can see the same thing. But from the comments, some saw exactly what I did and didn't like it anyway. At home, I could not see the lighter shadowy shape above the pyramid.

2. I should do what I enjoy, not what will get me votes. Some of these comments were unconstructive and negative. I assume they were all honest at least. It is difficult because I found the ego getting in the way, especially because I really liked this photo. (This photo, however, did get my first "favorite" listing as well, which did make my ego happy :) )

3. If I really want to win a contest, I need to temper my imagination towards the more literal, or at least something with more contrast. And I have some like that too. It's not a big deal. Like I said, I'm happy, and I don't think there's anything technically wrong here, though I have so much to learn as well. This is a fun community and I look forward to continue my participation and learning.

Unfortunately there is nothing actually camera-technical for me to learn from this particular photo because it is so unusual. This is probably why it is such a poor entry for me.

Well, if you've read this far you must be intrigued in some way. Thanks for your kind attention. Time to get ready for work.

Place: 678 out of 684
Avg (all users): 3.3080
Avg (commenters): 3.9600
Avg (participants): 3.2640
Avg (non-participants): 3.4717
Views since voting: 978
Views during voting: 387
Votes: 250
Comments: 37
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/02/2006 11:05:14 PM
I see it , now I'm scarred
10/02/2006 09:42:26 PM
I think this pictue is supurb. I didn't vote in this challenge but I would have scored this an 8. I just use a laptop but I can clearly see the picture. Great job.
09/08/2006 11:16:43 AM
Well done, Andrew! It's all worth it when you enter a pic you love. Looks like you found a few other fans as well!
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09/08/2006 10:26:40 AM
sorry, but when my monitor was "correctly" calibrated I made a picture too dark for DPC and got blasted, so now I make my monitor too dark! But I gave you a 7 based on the bottom shape alone...
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09/08/2006 05:39:42 AM
I'm with SkyNevada, I can see the shapes perfectly. But that's most likely because our monitors are calibrated correctly. Oh how I wish folk would ensure the same before attempting to vote....

A fav for me too :)
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09/08/2006 01:38:43 AM
monochromatic madness strikes again! congrats on your brown
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09/08/2006 12:35:06 AM
See, this is what's scary...a lot of people say they can barely see the 2 objects in the photo on their computer screen. To me, they are plainly visible. The lower shape even has a blue-green hue to it. I'm saving it to my favs. Congrats on the 'Brown'...I suspect one is around the corner for me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:19:36 PM
This is cool on an LCD monitor as more of the image is visible (rather than black) depending on the angle it's viewed at.
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09/07/2006 10:27:54 PM
nothing there, way way to dark, I can almost barely make out a corner. Very unpealing image.
09/07/2006 10:05:31 PM
It is a bit dark and unfortunately I really cannot tell what is going on here.
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09/07/2006 03:28:21 PM
Can barely make this out on my CALIBRATED monitor. Looks like a pyramid in the lower right corner. Not leaving a vote.
09/07/2006 01:10:05 AM
I ask myself why.
Why would someone enter this?
Monitor so far off that it looked normal?
Trying for last place? I see 2 pyramids, one barely though, and the title doesn't seem to fit the image, or what little there is viewabale anyway.
I'm still asking myself why. Guess you get my brown ribbon vote.
09/06/2006 11:32:13 PM
Sorry. I just don't get this.
09/06/2006 02:01:57 PM
a bit dark...
09/06/2006 07:25:03 AM
Unless you are attempting to win the coveted Brown ribbon, I'm afraid I see no merit in this image. Yes -- I see the two lighter wedges, but make no literal or abstract sense out of them. Good luck in the challenge.
09/06/2006 03:33:09 AM
i gave this a 9. i'm principally impressed at your bravery and the middle finger directed resolutely in the face of conformity. sadly, i suspect this might not ribbon. BUT, it is a great abstract image. the use of negative space and having such a barely illuminated subject works artistically for me. and the title actually adds an extra dimension, and suits it very well. it's simple, yet almost haunting. i find it quite inspiring.
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09/05/2006 05:27:02 PM
All I see is a very dark grey triangle on a black background. Doesn't do much for me at all.
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09/05/2006 04:57:24 AM
I enjoy this almost as much for its sheer contrast to the rest of these images as for itself. Can't imagine I'll come back to it much, but it breaks up the show nicely.
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09/05/2006 03:21:24 AM
Funny I made something like this with a black umbrella, I would have like to se a bit more.
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09/04/2006 09:13:54 PM
I am not sure what I am supposed to see here because the image is too dark to make out any details aside from a solid black with a 'hint' at a shape of a corner of a box....Hmmm, mayhap, and I say mayhap, that that is the point. The name of your composition is Creep - maybe because it is because it is just the hint of a shape 'creeping' in on a solid black background. It creeps in the darkness and barely shows us a hint of it's existance. If this was your aim for the composition than it works, but only with a very small crowd who will sit and try to figure out what the artist's reason is for creating such a composition. For most it is just too abstract and most may just miss the point entirely. If this was not your aim then the image is way too dark for most of us to view and you need to either expose the image properly when you snape the picture OR play around with Levels, Brightness & Contrast to make your image more visible.
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09/04/2006 08:26:08 PM
Okay, I see a black image.
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09/04/2006 06:48:49 PM
to dark
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09/04/2006 03:29:34 PM
Too dark
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09/03/2006 03:03:19 PM
Certainly a low-key image. A bit too much so.
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09/03/2006 11:31:35 AM
nice minimalistic approach maybe be way too hard to see for those whos monitors are calibrated differently. hope that doesnt hurt your score.
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09/03/2006 06:17:46 AM
Going for the brown, huh?
09/02/2006 04:44:38 PM
I don't know why, but I like it! 9
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09/02/2006 03:38:59 PM
Not sure if it is just me, but besides a very faint squarish smudge, this is pretty much just black. Sorry
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09/02/2006 01:53:12 PM
Oh my. This is a very daring photo on your part, since it does require that the viewer have a very well calibrated monitor. I do hope for your sake that I am wrong, but your score might suffer because of this. Good luck
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09/02/2006 02:14:52 AM
Can't see anything but a small barely visible triangle.
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09/02/2006 01:01:57 AM
Brave entry. 10
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09/02/2006 12:09:18 AM
Just a touch too dark for me, on both my monitors.
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09/01/2006 02:50:52 PM
Hmmm, not sure about this. What is it? (5)
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09/01/2006 10:53:22 AM
very very dark, I can't make anything out apart from a white triangle in the corner.
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09/01/2006 07:56:07 AM
sorry, i'm struggling to see this on my screen
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09/01/2006 05:03:31 AM
sorry, i don't get it
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09/01/2006 01:41:46 AM
wow! that's amazing
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