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I Don't Feel Any Wiser by RobynRose I Don't Feel Any Wiser by RobynRose
13/05/11 EDIT: I really love how this deviation turned into a discussion on teeth and dentistry stories. How did you lose your teeth? Do you find looking at teeth gross?

Wisdom tooth placed on a leaf fossil


When I read the description of the contest, I went and did pretty much exactly what it said. I went into my room and opened up my jewelry box. Nothing interesting in there. Then I went to my nightstand. Digging around, I found the container where I keep my wisdom teeth. I had all of them removed at once a few years ago in a very uneventful operation. And I started thinking about how my life has been different since that day. As the title says, I didn't feel much wiser, but I do feel a lot happier. Time makes old wounds heal, and experience leads to fond memories. I'll leave wisdom for when I'm older. I have things to do right now.

The technique here is more nostalgic than technical. The leaf fossil is a stone my grandmother gave me for my birthday when I was 11, half of my life ago. The tooth I kept for who knows what reason. Initially they were a trophy for having to put up with an IV. I have a phobia of needles. The picture was taken in the kitchen where I discuss my day, every day with my mother, on the dining table. Natural lighting from the window.

No tripod, no artificial light, no real setup, beyond propping up the tablecloth with a houseplant.

Model:Canon PowerShot G10
Shutter Speed:1/60 second
Aperture:F/3.2
Focal Length:8 mm
ISO Speed:80
Software:Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Sensor Size:16mm
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Very-Mary-Bell Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They should be called "the pain teeth" <.<
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EetrsWorld Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is freaky... I lost 8 of mine at once. They were knocked out. Luckily I didn't feel it at the time... I was on a lot of laughing gas...
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LilRedBird101 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I lost my first tooth I was six. It was a hot Saturday and I was watching TV upstairs eating a bannana and a fly flew in my mouth. I started to cough and splutter so I ran down stairs to go outside to Mum, but I was running so fast that I didn't see the door. I ran into it causing me to collapse on the ground and when I opened my eyes I saw my tooth infront of me... So I ran to Mum screaming in terror!
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TheRiseOfSunShine Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm scared to get my wisdom teeth out!! I've never had a tooth pulled out and hope I don't have to (but I know almost everyone gets their wisdom teeth out) sigh, why does it have to be so painful :/
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
With the right freezing, it doesn't hurt at all. ^^
(you may be a little sore afterward as the freezing wears off, but I've had headaches worse than what I felt)
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TheRiseOfSunShine Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well now I am very much less scared! Thank you so much!! :)
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keixell Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
When I had my wisdom teeth out they were still under my gums, so it wasn't a matter of them being pulled, but rather taking a bone saw to the inside of my mouth and extracting them that way. I got to keep my teeth, but they have saw marks in them haha!

I hate needles too, and I had to go under, and I remember them laying me back in the chair, taking my glasses off and telling me to listen as they counted back from ten. I looked up at the ceiling and thought to myself: I wonder if it is blurry because they took my glasses off, or if the anesthetic has kicked in?

Next thing I remember is my mom trying to hobble me to the car (I'm 6" taller and outweighed her by a good 20lbs).

Ah oral surgery, thou art a bitch.
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Ecfor Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Am I some sort of genetic mutation? I never had any wisdom teeth according to x-ray pics of my jaws : D
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Samidare-Jin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That just means you are higher on the evolutionary tree..:D The rest of us are sort of still struggling with remnants of our unga bunga days.
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Ecfor Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha that made my day, unga bunga =D Thanks for replying.
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Ruby-Cay Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lolz Im getting my wisdom pulled like next week D: scared but Its hurting/annoying me I keep knawing on the gum in the back -.-
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hobbitpeddler Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a dental assistant and may I say that is the biggest wisdom tooth I have EVER seen! You did a great job on the entire look of the shot! Brilliant! :)
By the way, I really like your stock photos. They are very creative and thoughtful. You can tell that you enjoy doing it...
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You made a great use of your background - the reddish colours first made me think the tooth had only recently been pulled out.
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Aikohana Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's an actual tooth? So then the rusty looking bits are blood?.... gross but in a cool kinda way. Love how you have put the tooth that we call Wisdom on a leaf that have actual been around long enough that if it was alive would have had quite a bit of wisdom to it.
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AngelsLittleDevil Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Critique time I guess :)

My first reaction when I saw this was a bit weird (because I don't like seeing teeth all too much haha :giggle: ) But the clearness of the shot of the tooth is amazing I must say. I also love how much detail on the tooth you managed to get into the shot, all the shadows and how big the tooth looks too! :)

My only real suggestion is that you maybe put the leaf into more view of the camera, because at first glance (and second :) ) I thought the tooth was on a table of some sort. It was only when I read what was underneath that I noticed it was a fossilised leaf. Maybe having the tooth a little higher in the picture or being able to see more of the leaf may fix this slight problem! :)

Overall, a lovely shot and a great tooth! :giggle:
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RobynRose Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
thank you! looking forward to your round robin post :)
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AngelsLittleDevil Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :giggle: Great shot by the way :)
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Entraya Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got all 4 of mine removed by surgery and i couldnt open my mouth wider than 1 centimeter and had to each fluidish food for a week. And then theres the strings. And the pain. And my face being swollen like a chipmunk. Fuck wisdom teeth
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argitek Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just found out I have all four of mine.... as I have a rather small jaw I believed i didn't have them, but a panoramic x-ray showed me they're horizontally positioned inside the gum. ewwww
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ForeverSister18 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice photo, at first I thought it was kinda creepy, but after looking at it for a while it's really nice.

I had two of my wisdom teeth removed too, but I was awake the whole time. :(
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AMayShulerphotogrphy Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
haha! Best name for a photo ever!
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Thanks. Though from being on DA at least I've learned a bookload about photography.
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BuckleyC Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I not sure if i love it or hate it...
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Why would you love it?
Why would you hate it?

Just curious. :)
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BuckleyC Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Great piece of art
Gives me the creeps
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Ah. :D
I must be weird. Things like spiders and teeth don't creep me out at all. ^^
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BuckleyC Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
When I was a kid I had a phobia that if I ate some thing hot then drank something cold my teeth would shatter...
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karikaiyuk Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe... i have a pairs of those... a lil disgusting though lol
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badnan Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   Photographer
nice idea
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klinone Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
interesting work, really like it :)
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kalynvalcourt Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thats differnet... I like it :D
When I got mine out it was bad :( One was really deep in my mouth, I told them not to take that one out... they did anyways... That one was the one that was really bad in pain... Not the other ones... And the drugs did not work on me... I cant take strong drugs... They make make sick :(
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Dolphinlver Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
This is such an amazing picture! You make it look awesome and professional without over complicating things. And I was reading your reply to someone about getting your wisdom teeth pulled and I have to say it made me feel a lot better! Haha, I have to get mine out in a year or two, but I'm such a such a wimp I was practically crying when the dentist said I'll need them out. I'm terrified of needles and surgeries, so hearing (reading) you say you felt no pain was really reassuring XD so thank you for that and, once again, great pic n_n
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mc-85 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Somehow disgusting. :blush:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011   Photographer
But an awesome shot nonetheless :D
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mc-85 Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course. :D
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
o.o this is cool. though, i'm not afraid of getting my wisdom teeth out so much. i just want to keep them and get a couple others pulled >.> if they will do that. i don't know if they will but i have heard it done before.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Wait, you want to get random teeth removed? o_O Am I read that wrong?
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe you kind of did. i want two teeth beside the wisdom teeth removed. they are both capped and the caps are just starting to fall apart. i'm tired of messing with them. so i would rather keep healthy teeth and get rid of the bad.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Ah, gotcha.
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XxchantellexX Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe yeah
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VeRdAStArR Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so cool, yet so gross all at the same time! I love it!
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Hmm, I never saw it as gross. But then again, I think spiders are cute. So, *shrug* ;P
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VeRdAStArR Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't know, I don't like spiders either!
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MojoBrown Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The wisest thing I can say about wisdom teeth, is that I got mine removed before they completely ruined my mouth.:lol: I like the simplicity here. It is what it appears and says it is. Less is more in this case. They didn't let me keep mine either, but they were impacted, and came out in pieces... not to mentioned I was so zonked out when it was over... I would of never thought to ask. I love this though, and good luck in the contest.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
haha, yeah, mine were growing in sideways, so they decided to pull them out and avoid huge issues later.
And thank you. Keeping it simple is sometimes best! ;D
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MojoBrown Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
makes my mouth hurt just thinking about it:lol: My pleasure, yes sometime it does, and certainly seemed to work for you.
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xplosivemind Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great clarity in your shot. The leaf brings the tooth out even more.
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RobynRose Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
I had this whole thing going about time and wisdom with the fossil. I don't know how well it comes across, but overall it's a nice shot I'm happy with.
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xplosivemind Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have a good reason to be happy with it.
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ShadowCreamFox Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Now I'm afraid to get mine pulled out :fear:
LOL jk the picture looks REALLY cool!
I like the fact that it wasn't a difficult setup or anything and it still came out looking professional :meow:

When you had to get them pulled out what was it like taking the drugs (or whatever they gave you)? Did they put you to sleep or something?
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