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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 26 January 2009 in Art & Design.

This is the second of the series of little challenges Mary Brooks Brown and I have set for ourselves. Every two weeks we each post our version of a pre-selected theme, and eagerly look to see what the other has posted.

The theme this time is Crayons. As I thought about it, I previsualized the crayons arranged like a color wheel. I set them up on black velvel near a window. Natural light, 18-70mm kit lens, tripod.

These challenges are helping my creative juices to flow!

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 13/10 second F/22.0 ISO 100 28 mm


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jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

beautiful Anita well done

26 Jan 2009 5:18am

Frida from Sweden

A creative approach to the crayon picture. Well captured!

26 Jan 2009 8:06am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Creative and colorful.

26 Jan 2009 9:03am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Very well done!

26 Jan 2009 10:42am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Arranged like the petals of a daisy.

26 Jan 2009 11:34am

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States


26 Jan 2009 11:38am

Ed Heaton from Atglen, United States

Excellent job Anita. I love the color wheel approach...

26 Jan 2009 1:31pm

Mary from Exton, United States

Great job!!! I love the fact that you arranged the crayons so that the color flows around. The back ground is perfect to show off the subject. I have really enjoyed our project and it has been a great learning curve for me also.. Pushing myself to think creative for a certain subject and learning lighting has been inspiring. Thank you Anita!!!
Wonderful presentation!

26 Jan 2009 1:33pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Une bien jolie composition

26 Jan 2009 2:05pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Very creative.

26 Jan 2009 4:17pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

very clever - it is too cold for flowers outside now so you made your own!!

26 Jan 2009 5:24pm

Sue from United States

I just have to smile...great big! Our local photography club had a photo challenge and the theme was "Wheels." I attempted to shoot a color wheel made from crayons! :) I struggled with getting the colors lined up precisely, both in spacing as well as labels uniform. I also struggled with keeping a glare off the crayons; even while using natural light. I ended up using a different photo for my entry due to my dis-pleasure with my color wheel attempts!

You, however, have succeed perfectly! So nice!

26 Jan 2009 7:06pm

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Fantastic use of natural light Anita. You make brilliant use of this time when conditions are not so great outdoors.

26 Jan 2009 9:48pm

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

a superb shot! so striking! and i love the border!

27 Jan 2009 6:11am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Thats amazing!! As I scroll up and down the crayons appear to move! Great arrangement!

27 Jan 2009 8:11am

@Linerberry: Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you like it. Interesting about the movement illusion.

Marcie from United States

Fantastic! What fun!!!!

27 Jan 2009 12:44pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

It turned out really well. Very pretty.

27 Jan 2009 12:48pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Hey, you done so well getting them affectionately arranged and smoothly lit here that nerds like me will be looking up the history of Crayola on Wiki !

27 Jan 2009 8:53pm

Carsten from Copenhagen, Denmark

There is not much left to say after all these positive comments.
Its simple and very effectfull. Bravo!

27 Jan 2009 10:32pm

Eric Lukavsky from United States

Great picture Anita! I really love how the colors pop against the black.

28 Jan 2009 2:39pm

Don from spokane, United States

This is a very successful still life. I like your conception of how they might look...and how you pulled it off so well. Fine job of shooting.

28 Jan 2009 5:56pm

Lorie from United States

Cool idea - I like how the colors flow.

5 Feb 2009 3:14am

Arianna from Spokane, United States

Did you arrange the crayons or did you take a picture of them already like this. Bravo, Bravo well done

3 May 2009 9:28pm

@Arianna: I arranged them like this. This is one of my few completely pre-visualized images. I'm glad you like it.

13/10 second
ISO 100
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