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Mortar and Pestel
Mortar and Pestel

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Challenge: Painting with Light (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Toshiba PDR-M71
Location: Family room.
Date: Jan 20, 2004
Aperture: F/3.9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 6
Galleries: Still Life, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2004

A souvenir from my sister when was travelling in Asia. Lit with a miniature flashlight inside a paper tube to narrow the beam. Took 50-60 shots before I got one I liked. No post-edits except crop, border and re-sizing. First challenge in months. Wish me luck.

Place: 20 out of 120
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Views since voting: 2823
Votes: 186
Comments: 20
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02/08/2004 02:01:25 PM
I agree with the comments about the nice lighting and texture. I also think it a bit odd to have a subject with a "heavy feel" floating in the middle; I think you can have the same amount of black space but with the mortar sitting down near the bottom.
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02/08/2004 01:22:30 AM
color balance cropping tighter thank you plus some light in the shadow area to bring out just a bit of it. Maybe a reflective white surface would be enough.
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02/02/2004 12:39:50 AM
Beautiful simplicity. Great still life. Clean and professional. Well done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2004 05:25:49 PM
Very well done, minimal hot spots but they look more like high lights than blow out. Great focus and composition.
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01/30/2004 10:44:14 AM
Something about the simplicity of this shot really grabs me. You have chosen a subject with nice texture, and your lighting is quite dramatic. Nice. 10.
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01/29/2004 06:59:06 AM
The subject and lighting are beautiful. The colors are deep and rich which lend to the textures. The only small issue I have is the composition. The subject is too centered in the frame. Maybe move it to the left and down some or crop the left and bottom off a little. That would give this that WOW composition. Good luck !
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01/29/2004 02:39:01 AM
Good composition. I would've like to see the light diffused a bit more and generally softer. I think it would've added a little more of the element of mood to the picture. Still a good photo.
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01/29/2004 02:12:10 AM
Great lighting!
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01/28/2004 10:09:48 PM
That is a very interesting mortar and pestel! I love the detail that comes out in the light!
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01/28/2004 07:58:47 PM
I think your subject choice here is strong. The composition feels a bit strange for me.. it looks like your subject is floating in space with the darnkess... I think a little light on the surface could be a nice enhancement :)
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01/27/2004 10:08:21 PM
Very very beautiful. The texture of the mortar comes really alive. I am not big fan of thick white borders around black images, it realy distracts from the beauty of this photo. The image is very good on it's own, no need for a thick frame.
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01/27/2004 04:12:12 PM
good companation of colors and light, nice detail - 9
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01/27/2004 02:04:05 PM
this is a really nice photo..i like the composition and the shadows very much..good luck in the challenge!
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01/27/2004 12:08:41 AM
There are some beautiful pictures in this challenge and this is another one of them. Personally I would like to have seen it cropped a little tighter. There would still be enough black to leave the pestle and mortar "leaping out of the page"
I will copy a note though that I have copied to some other people in this challenge.
My only concern is, as you may have guessed from the amount of discussion on the forum re "painting with light" is whether it is painting with light.
Having been lucky enough to judge what is now a few hundred competitions in the last 30 years I feel I should say the first thing that happens is that they are sorted and any that do not immediatly seem to fit the category are dumped (hard but a fact). This is why so many competitions also run an "open category". Your picture, as impressive as it is, would, I feel have been rejected at this stage. "Painting with Light" has a fairly tight definition in photography but still allows a lot of lattitude for creativity.
I suspect that your scores may not reflect what the picture is worth which is a great shame.
I believe if I was judging in another category I would have gone for an 8 possibly a 9 because you have managed to getget the light to work the textures so well.
I do hope you understand my reasons for marking it down
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01/26/2004 09:34:32 PM
Great mortar and pestle. Fantastic worm wood; Nice phallic feel to this, and superb lighting.
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01/26/2004 04:52:15 PM
Really love this. Like the lighting, colors and composition as well as the simplicity. Very nice job.
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01/26/2004 01:56:22 PM
Well done. Nice detail and fade to black.
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01/26/2004 01:39:39 PM
Good use of light. I only dislike the perspective...or maybe it's the crop? One of them seems a bit imbalanced. It could be all the dead space at the bottom, making this look as if it's floating..? Not sure. It's a good shot, very good. Nice focus and as I said good lighting. All the best in the challenge.
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01/26/2004 01:22:50 PM
Nicely framed and lit.
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01/26/2004 04:42:59 AM
if possible, would've liked a little less black on the bottom and a little more on the top. not sure i can exactly say why, but just an opinion.
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