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Challenge: Motivational Poster (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Fujifilm MX-600Z
Location: Brisbane
Date: Dec 28, 2003
Galleries: Humorous, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2003


Place: 23 out of 94
Avg (all users): 6.4855
Avg (commenters): 6.7143
Avg (participants): 6.1642
Avg (non-participants): 6.6887
Views since voting: 1925
Votes: 173
Comments: 22
Favorites: 2 (view)

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01/09/2004 05:23:03 PM
Hi and grettings from the CC. I like your funny take on this shot, and I think the poster part of this shot was well done also. I think the highlight of this shot is your master of the DOF, I like the first nail and the shadows that go with it. I think I would prefer the left top and back cropped a bit more. Although I think the composition of the nails is interesting. The lighting and colors are warm and inviting to a subject that is not that friendly creating a nice tension in your shot, helping to add to the humor of the posters overall feel.
Well done shot!
keep it up, happy shooting.
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01/05/2004 01:19:20 AM
Thanks dsidwell, and all others during the challenge.

Strangely enough, this was the 'least set-up' of all the shots I took. I was planning on having a single straight nail in the foreground, with the bent ones in the background. I took quite a few shots with my MX600Z, and then moved aside for a friend to try with his Olympus C5050. In between his shots, I placed my MX600Z on the wood, behind the straight nail, braced against the wood and the nail, and took a shot. What do you know, it turned out the best of the lot!

I did this in an earlier challenge, so I do it here as well - answer some of the questions and address some of the statements made in the comments during the challenge:

'This is not motivational...'/'...more de-motivational'. It's a 'de-motivational' poster, intentionally. Demotivators can motivate too! As per www.despair.com's motto, 'Increasing success by lowering expectations'.

'...little too much shadow top left' / '...upper part of the image is a bit messy' Maybe. I rather liked the wall in the very background, so I didnt crop the top, and I couldnt crop the left without affecting the position of the front nail.

01/05/2004 01:19:03 AM

'Too much text, idea copied directly from www.despair.com'. The style is copied from despair.com, intentionally. I changed it a bit by putting the 'kicker' text at the bottom. No, the idea wasnt copied, though. It wasnt until you mentioned it that I searched despair.com and saw the similar shot (Incompetence). The idea came to me after finding the phrase on a Dilbert quote site.

'Not sure about the color of your title tho / the text in all caps is not as simple to read as regular text would be'. The color was 'eye-dropped' from the wood, but looking back, maybe you're right, a bit too 'orangy'. I made it 'redder' in the printable version. The 'all-caps' text is the same style as despair.com use, and I wanted to stick with that style as much as possible.

'the poster will be ven powerful if the picture is also double framed with a thin line' despair.com use a single frame line around the picture. I was trying for that, but couldnt get it done properly (I havent used PS much yet). I added a line in the printable version.

Thank you all again for taking the time to comment.
01/05/2004 12:12:14 AM
This is very high quality work, Jeff. THe words for me tend to visually overpower your fantastic photo, but it's just great.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2004 09:08:47 PM
Very funny. Well done as an illustration for the text.
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01/04/2004 03:00:53 PM
This is not motivational to me?
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01/04/2004 02:54:46 PM
well presented.
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01/03/2004 03:02:54 AM
Great abstract, it's a negative motivation so it needs a degree of positive motivation; another statement for this can be "Practice" -- and progressively do better from back to front.
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01/02/2004 08:07:47 PM
Excellent, Love the whole idea, caption, lighting, the lot.. -10
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12/31/2003 09:17:35 AM
Nice twist between top and bottom text. Good illustration of the text in the image, nice light as well.
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12/30/2003 10:03:22 PM
You really ruined teh best shot in the whole contest with a half assed attempt at humor.
what? did he just say that? he didn't!
yes he did!
Just kidding- great shot! :)
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12/30/2003 06:52:04 PM
This is very www.despair.com! I like it! My only negative point would be that there is a little too much shadow in the top left corner of the image which makes it merge into the border a little too much. But a great image choice and message!
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12/30/2003 06:08:21 PM
Fantastic. This one hit a personal note. As a youngster I was building a dog house. My senior neighbor, who was waching over the fence, critiqued my hammering skills with, "The wind must be blowing hard today." I like your thoughts much, much better!
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12/30/2003 03:43:04 PM
Awesome. Totally inspired to get another beer from the fridge. [10]
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12/30/2003 12:52:00 AM
Cute concept I like this, looks very professionally done, colors are great, border is perfect width for poseter 10
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12/29/2003 01:43:20 PM
Too much text, and the idea is copied directly from a similar image at www.depair.com. The photo could do with having more detail, and the upper part of the image is a bit messy. Nice strong colors though.
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12/29/2003 11:54:48 AM
Superb work. IMHO, the poster will be ven powerful if the picture is also double framed with a thin line.
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12/29/2003 09:35:31 AM
VERY VERY nice ! Great text and font used and the photo is unique and works well. Good luck !
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12/29/2003 09:16:39 AM
Not exactly motivational if you have nothing but a string of failures, LOL! The typography is good, colors nice.
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12/29/2003 08:46:24 AM
this was amusing, but more de-motivational
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12/29/2003 08:22:19 AM
This get's someone motivated, then crushes any hopes they may have had.
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12/29/2003 05:53:11 AM
Great poster. Love the photo. Not so sure about the colour of your title though. It somehow doesn't match the red tone of your photo, it's a bit off. Also something to consider, the text in all caps is not as simple to read as regular text would be.
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