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Challenge: Selective Desaturation II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Pentax *ist DL
Lens: Sigma 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspherical HF for Pentax
Location: Home, tabletop
Date: May 20, 2007
Aperture: 29
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: May 19, 2007

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Place: 260 out of 556
Avg (all users): 5.4195
Avg (commenters): 5.6000
Avg (participants): 5.2928
Avg (non-participants): 5.8364
Views since voting: 790
Views during voting: 327
Votes: 236
Comments: 9
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06/02/2007 03:44:01 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

These pencil shots are always interesting because they can be done so many different ways.

You selected a symetrical composition, and it almost works. I think if the bottom three pencils were in exact alignment with the upper group it would have helped and also, if all the tips were sharpened to the same degree. The camera records every little detail, so all these little things count! Finally, I think it would have also been nice if the bottom three leads were in color, as well. But all that said, you have a very nice clean image here and it presents well.

It looks as if you are enjoying your experience at DPC and I'll look forward to seeing more of your work.

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05/28/2007 09:14:01 AM
Hey - I said I would comment so here I am.
I gave this one a 6, and for pretty much the reasons that Monique64, PhantomEWO, and rachelellen said.
I know - I'm not incredibly specific, but I have a migraine. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/25/2007 07:42:36 PM
i really like this. good idea, good editing. it could easily sell as stock photography
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05/25/2007 06:10:00 PM
Cool idea! This might be interesting if you had photographed it from an angle, and then had some shallow depth of field... but it's still neat. ;)
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05/22/2007 08:47:21 PM
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05/22/2007 06:20:22 PM
For a picture like this I would have been sure to make the symmetry absolutely perfect. Like the idea.
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05/22/2007 02:58:48 PM
This is nice. I think it would have appealed to me a tad more if the white wasn't so bright....it's a little blown out at the bottom around the white pencil...it makes it a little too bright to look at.
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05/22/2007 12:04:19 AM
Great concept and idea. Maybe just a little more care in getting all the points equal and symetrical. You got a great score from me on this one ;)
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05/21/2007 12:41:46 PM
A touch more contrast would have made this really pop. Still, a nice idea, well-shot.
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