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Running Out
Gene L.

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Challenge: Negative Space (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2100UZ
Location: Bothell, WA
Date: Sep 15, 2002
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Sep 15, 2002

The concept for this image is likely the result of reading an article in the National Geographic about our planet's shortage of clean water. The full glass will soon run over, which represents excess consumption of the worlds resources by wealthy nations. Technically, the most difficult part of the setup was lighting the watch. It has a gold cover that reflects onto the face causing an uneven yellow cast, which is partly why I desaturated the image (though I think it works well with this theme). I used a micro softbox as close as possible to minimize reflections off the watch face. The glass was lit with a single 45" umbrella. The resulting image was desaturated by 90% and sharpened.

Place: 56 out of 218
Avg (all users): 5.9274
Avg (commenters): 7.4815
Avg (participants): 6.1042
Avg (non-participants): 5.7803
Views since voting: 749
Votes: 317
Comments: 27
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/22/2002 11:27:00 PM
really cool. you did a good job of capturing the glass on the black background. something I have yet to do nicely. use of neg. space is clear, and used well. I like the composition, and even without the title, this photo stands nicely on it's own. Great job. good luck in the challenge. ~hbunch7187~
09/22/2002 02:34:00 PM
I fail to see why you choose these two objects, could have been two separate pictures.
09/21/2002 07:48:00 AM
Well composed. Negative space creates a link between two objects.
09/20/2002 03:52:00 PM
Really good balance. Very nice.
09/20/2002 03:16:00 PM
Cool idea, but with perhaps too much space.
09/20/2002 02:22:00 PM
a picture divided, two subjects, next time make two pictures. You have great potential with each subject, pick one
09/20/2002 11:54:00 AM
I like the clarity of detail in both objects very much but am not convinced about their positioning. With so much black space they seem to me to be slightly too marginalised in the overall frame.
6, Kavey
09/19/2002 07:56:00 PM
Wow, my eyes keep darting back and forth. the goblet, the watch, the goblet, the watch. Very interesting shot.
09/19/2002 06:40:00 PM
Great clarity and focus. I like how the objects float in the background. I wish I could see the color version of this.
09/19/2002 10:58:00 AM
This doesn't really fit the 'negative space' catagory, but it is an excellent composition....
09/19/2002 10:10:00 AM
This is a beautiful image...technically awesome photo. I'm not quite sure what the message of it is though...look forward to hearing about it after the challenge. 9 Lisa
09/19/2002 10:00:00 AM
I never knew that some pocket watches had the dial rotated left a quarter turn!! Very nice contrasts and monochromatic tones here.
09/19/2002 02:15:00 AM
Running out of water, or of time? This is a cool shot. I still haven't figured out how you all do a black background like this. It works in this shot. I like the water trickle going into the glass. 7
09/18/2002 06:09:00 PM
I also think just the glass without the watch would be effective. Very elegant looking. Nice focus. I think a neat thing to do (outside of DPC) would be to have it all greyscale except for lime/lemon and have it really brilliant. Good lighting and focus. karmat
09/18/2002 07:55:00 AM
Clear with great contrasts!
09/17/2002 06:51:00 PM
I'm not sure I get the relationship between the two items. I'd have preferred it if you'd only used the glass.
09/17/2002 12:00:00 PM
This is quite nice... I have looked at this photo several times.. There is a quirck about it that I coulnd't figure out until now. First of all, the negative space concept here works very well. The issue that is causing me problems is that the watch and the glass are each competing for attention and they are at opposite corners of the frame... This accents the 'negative space' concept for me, but it keeps me from being able to see the composition without having to move to each individual component... does that make any sense at all?? = 8 - jmsetzler
09/17/2002 07:03:00 AM
Composition: Good but the watch face is a bit blown out I think that I would have cropped it out 7 Lighting: good 6
Appeal: 7, Total Rating 7 Sulamk
09/17/2002 05:24:00 AM
Artistic, superb... (10)
09/16/2002 11:46:00 PM
Nice picture, but the negative space does not create the " WOW", the objects create the wow.
09/16/2002 11:37:00 PM
09/16/2002 10:28:00 PM
lovely idea, composition, negative space....in my top 5 for the week.
09/16/2002 08:04:00 PM
The competing subject make this feel very off balance, and counter what I think negative space is about. Instead of emphasising the subject, you have competing subjects.
09/16/2002 04:45:00 PM
I think I would have left the watch out..great shot otherwise.
09/16/2002 04:34:00 PM
Very nice. Possibly one of the best examples of negative space out there this week
09/16/2002 04:08:00 PM
I wish this was a little more sharp, better light? I do like it. Good luck to you. Score 6 Justine
09/16/2002 03:38:00 PM
Great neg spc, focus is terrific. In all honesty, I think I would have preferred a shot of the glass alone. The use of both objects gives me a kind of "time and space" feel, but the amount of neg spc between them makes the objects feel completely unrelated, and for me, that kind of throws me off. lhall-7

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