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An Irrational Fortune
An Irrational Fortune
m_sarzynski


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Pi II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: College Station, TX
Date: Apr 30, 2007
Aperture: 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125 seconds
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2007

A chopstick set from Taiwan, a fortune cookie from dinner and a sudden burst of creativity from a very left-brained engineer!

-Levels
-Despeckle
-USM
-Contrast
-Saturate reds
-Crop
-Re-size
-Sharpen
-Save for web

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 92
Avg (all users): 6.5512
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2619
Avg (non-participants): 6.6085
Views since voting: 1929
Views during voting: 447
Votes: 254
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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05/13/2007 11:57:16 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

What a clever answer to the challenge topic! Pi is represented in so many ways in this image that not only does it meet the challenge but one could guess the challenge topic without knowing it. Love the title, too!

What strikes me most about this image is the puzzle it poses. I like the ideas in the image more than the image itself. The composition holds all the elements but I'm not fond of the mergers with the frame in the upper left and right corners--one maybe, but not both. I guess I'd choose to bring the cookie into the picture entirely to help preserve the concept of circle it conveys.

The lighting feels odd to me, as well, on two points. The color balance feels off...somehow too blue in parts and yet there appears to be a yellow light source too. Secondly the shadows...or near lack of them. The lighting provides some definition of shape on the cookie...but that is lost on the chopsticks especially where they meet near the block. I think lighting may be the one most important element holding this image back.

Overall, a clever concept competently executed. Keep shooting and entering!
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05/12/2007 09:23:24 PM
A very creative way to meet the challenge. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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05/10/2007 08:05:15 PM
Congrats on your new PB ... very creative
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05/10/2007 06:06:05 PM
Congratulations.
I hope you have not peaked too soon.
Go team Out Of Order!

It's a great pic and a well deserved PB.

Keep it up

Kev
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05/09/2007 08:52:30 AM
This is awesome! I didn't even see it while voting, but think you should have been in top 5 with this.
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05/09/2007 07:15:48 AM
I gave this shot a 10 b/c it was creative .. and a great shot. Top 10..good job :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/08/2007 12:56:41 AM
Way to think this one out!! Great shot!
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05/07/2007 01:16:59 PM
To describe myself, I'd switch them around: "Your passion is mathematics, but your destiny is photography."

Great shot! I love that the number trails past the normal boundaries of the fortune : )
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05/06/2007 10:57:28 PM
nice lighting, nice concept. good sold shot
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05/05/2007 10:36:38 PM
Creative!!
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05/05/2007 10:32:22 PM
Very creative but looks over sharpened.
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05/05/2007 04:16:31 PM
That's actually funny, good idea!
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05/04/2007 12:27:51 PM
Haha, well found !
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05/04/2007 11:24:58 AM
Cool idea. I think the lighting lets this image down though. With more inventive lighting, and correct white balance, this could be a winner. This also looks a little overprocessed with the contrast and sharpening.
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05/04/2007 10:32:11 AM
i really like this idea. the light is a bit unbalanced, and there seems to be a bit too much grain, but nice composition.
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05/03/2007 11:01:33 PM
nice concept
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05/03/2007 02:37:38 PM
Very creative!
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05/03/2007 12:37:48 PM
Haha, witty and great lighting.
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05/03/2007 11:22:40 AM
lol very nice. Great clarity and composed perfectly.
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05/03/2007 11:02:52 AM
lol cute
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05/03/2007 09:09:29 AM
I love it. The compostion is great and the strong geometric shapes really work with the subject. I like how the chopsticks are remeniscent of a compas and the cookie has that circle with a missing sector look. I hope that was intentional :-)
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05/03/2007 06:54:28 AM
Really a good Idea. But the photo is bit noisy and the white background is too
dull. It should be brighter. Overall a good composition
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05/03/2007 03:42:41 AM
LoL, I like this one. Dang if the type doesn't look like the real thing from a fortune cookie! Can you believe I have Pi memerized to the 50th place? I decided to do it in honor of March 14...
159265358979323846264338327950288419176939937510. phew.

looks like I'll have lots of Pi faves from this competition. 9
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05/02/2007 10:27:42 PM
Very nice!!
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05/02/2007 04:37:15 PM
love it! 10
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05/02/2007 12:32:11 PM
very creative!
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05/02/2007 12:17:20 PM
Very creative...and well executed!
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05/02/2007 11:15:03 AM
Great composition. Very creative idea also. I like the lighting and the color combination.
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05/02/2007 09:38:20 AM
scalverty
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05/02/2007 09:37:19 AM
haha. this is so smart. good job on composition. i think this is done very well, it's very original! great job.
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05/02/2007 08:59:09 AM
clever. I like the idea here.
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