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Tame Thy Pencil: Scribble Notes for Yass Flute (Jazz Flute)
Tame Thy Pencil: Scribble Notes for Yass Flute (Jazz Flute)
jimmyjazz78


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Challenge: School Days: Music (Basic Editing)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ3
Location: California State University, Long Beach Music Dept
Date: Feb 11, 2007
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/5 s
Galleries: Performance, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2007

Composition in progress...Calm, steady hand harnessing a racing pencil; putting fleeting musical thoughts to paper. The flute is at hand and ready to test drive the fresh, newly written melodies.

The challenge here was to capture everything as still as possible except for the pencil tip, in order to create a surreal effect. I was trying to illustrate a moment frozen in time, while maintaining a sense of motion and urgency. Shot with the in-camera sepia effect. All that was done in PS7 was a minor crop (shaved off some of left and bottom edges), a minor brighness/contrast adjustment, and then preparing it for the web as seen in the tutorial posted on this site (which includes the Unsharp Mask and resizing).

Hope you enjoy!

Statistics
Place: 26 out of 183
Avg (all users): 6.0441
Avg (commenters): 6.7778
Avg (participants): 5.7255
Avg (non-participants): 6.1503
Views since voting: 2694
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 204
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)


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02/21/2007 11:05:40 AM
Nice finish overall coming in 26th. Top 20 would have been more appropriate IMO. :D

I like how you're a poet also - eh?

From photographer comments: "... Calm, steady hand harnessing a racing pencil; putting fleeting musical thoughts to paper. The flute is at hand and ready to test drive the fresh, newly written melodies. ..."
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02/21/2007 10:17:10 AM
This is wonderful. I gave this a 7, and really don't know why I did not rate this higher, for that I am mad at myself. This deserves a 10, and placement in the contest higher than it did.. Bravo to a wonderful piece of work. It's just an amazing capture!! You should be proud.. Regards, Sheila
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2007 12:32:41 PM
Don't like the motion blur.
02/20/2007 10:12:38 AM
I like how you've kept this from being another static image of musical instruments/items by allowing a little motion blur to come into play. School days connection? Could go either way I suppose. This would have been a home run if the pencil holder was a child's hand - as is, it's somewhere between a double and triple. :P Good luck in the challenge.
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02/20/2007 03:49:07 AM
amazing calligraphy, great composition of frame, lines and guiding eyes to the center. believable, has to do with the subject matter unlike many of these photos...
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02/19/2007 04:15:07 AM
I like how everything in the picture seems to stand still - even the fingertips - except for the pencil-tip which is in blurred motion writing music. The use of the flute at the top is a nice touch. Great composition (musically and visually).
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02/15/2007 03:52:31 PM
Nice duotone
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02/15/2007 08:24:04 AM
nice creative, more dramatic lighting would make this very strong, deeper contrast would help it overall.

I generally don't comment on titles, but this one irks me. Feels like you want to show you know more than me, then explain it for the dumber people in the viewing audience. I don't vote on titles at all - it won't affect your score from me - but there's my initial response for you! :-)
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02/15/2007 05:46:57 AM
Excellent!
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02/14/2007 08:38:44 PM
This is nice...I like the lighting, and the Sepia.
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02/14/2007 01:08:45 PM
I like this approach to the challenge - the blur of the pencil just gives it an extra something.
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02/14/2007 07:29:06 AM
This image would have worked better in colour, with stronger side-lighting, imho.

Coming back to bump up - despite the colour, i rather like the strong diagonal composition and the slight blur of the pencil.
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