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Awaken The Writer In You
3rd PlaceAwaken The Writer In You

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Challenge: Black on Black II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR
Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: Apr 3, 2010
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 20
Shutter: 1/200
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Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2010

My wife's Mont Blanc pen. I was initially going to enter something like this for the product challenge but she forgot to bring it home from work, so I entered my Aquaracer instead, which turned out quite well after all :)

When the Black On Black came up I thought it was a great opportunity to do the pen shot after all.

This was a complete nightmare of a shot to do as it turns out, especially in basic! I really wanted to incorporate the lid of the pen too as it has the Mont Blanc logo, but after taking what must have been a couple of hundred shots this was the only one that I felt looked any way respectable.

Don't expect too much from this shot. I would be pleased if it breaks 6.

Post Challenge:

Just got back into the office to find this on the front page! I never thought for a second that a score which was sitting just below 6.5 this morning was going to get a ribbon!!

Thanks all for the votes and comments!

Place: 3 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.5128
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 6.3800
Avg (non-participants): 6.5489
Views since voting: 3419
Views during voting: 404
Votes: 234
Comments: 21
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/18/2010 08:18:57 PM
Very nice shot
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04/17/2010 01:38:04 PM
Excellent lighting and clarity. Love the simplicity. Congrats on your ribbon, Iain.
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04/16/2010 05:35:10 PM
Among the winners, it seems that you are the only one who did not convert the image into greyscale. Most of them did. You deserve to bag the blue. IMHO
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04/15/2010 05:20:41 PM
sensational image Iain
congrats on the yellow mate
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04/14/2010 03:25:48 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon!
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04/14/2010 03:22:16 AM
Hearty congratulations. 10 from me.
At f/14 you were pushing the boundaries of that superb lens as it starts going soft around there. Only solution, take a more flat perspective, pen parallel or almost parallel to your "focal plane". (P82, D700 manual), but you already know that...You can still get the angled composition you wanted but more DOF throughout. Nit pick. Great image.
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04/14/2010 03:17:55 AM
wow, that's a beauty. Wonder who the 3 were who give it a 1!
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04/14/2010 02:41:21 AM
Congratulations. A beautifully sharp image.
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04/14/2010 02:00:45 AM
Too early, too early!! Congrats on another ribbon ;)
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04/14/2010 01:49:01 AM
Woot! Very well done, Iain. Congratulations.
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04/14/2010 01:11:04 AM
Congrats on the yellow, well done!
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04/14/2010 12:37:34 AM
Well Congrats to you...excellent picture...well done
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04/14/2010 12:09:40 AM
Congratulations! That broke 6, all right. It has the same theme as the idea I had but which I never got around to do...
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04/14/2010 12:02:36 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/13/2010 03:29:41 PM
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04/12/2010 10:12:10 PM
Like this very much. Clean lines and perfect exposure. 9
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04/11/2010 07:37:05 PM
Beautiful sharp image - I love the detail on the pen tip.
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04/08/2010 09:40:47 PM
This is just a classy shot with great lighting, color and sharpness. You did great with the diffuse lighting along the barrel of the pen. Only possible critique which is just a personal preference is perhaps shoot with a smaller aperture to broaden the depth of field and show the entire pen in focus. But I just want to see another shot to choose which is better. It doesn't really affect the vote here.
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04/07/2010 02:52:54 PM
interesting subject 6
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04/07/2010 09:53:00 AM
Pretty image, but I am NOT going to use a fountain pen! Had to a few times in elementary school and I was always leaving nasty looking blots of ink on the page. I knew I would never grow up to be a calligrapher ;-)
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04/07/2010 07:12:58 AM
Very beautiful.
Almost perfectly.
The diagonal line from the left above angle had approached the perfection. The photograph gets a high score of me.
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