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The Promise of Bread
The Promise of Bread
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Challenge: Bread (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Ledyard, CT
Date: Feb 12, 2008
Aperture: f8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/15
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Feb 12, 2008

acknowledgement to C.L. Edson, the author of the poem by the same name. I just liked the title.

I had another cool idea for this challenge, but couldn't get it to work. Of course, I waited til the last minute. It was going to be a shot of bread that had dropped onto the board, with flour flying up from underneath it into the air. I used my laser timer that I had built for Deja Vu challenge, and it worked great. the only problem was that the flour wasn't flying up enough. And I gave up after sending flour all over the basement carpet.

so I tried this one, which is inspired by the Table Shot II winner by 21.gif jrjr.
Lit with 2 off-camera flashes, directly left and right of dough, slightly elevated.

PP very minimal - opened RAW in CS3, adjusting black level. hue/sat layer to eliminate a little of the green table that was showing in upper left of frame. slight crop. black and white layer. change mode to greyscale. then to duotone. resize, added border. That's it.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 167
Avg (all users): 6.9028
Avg (commenters): 8.1500
Avg (participants): 6.6418
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 2582
Views during voting: 439
Votes: 247
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/20/2008 11:13:18 PM
This was my favorite of the challenge. Very well executed and processed. Congrats!
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02/20/2008 10:18:37 PM
Well I already gave my thoughts on this but wanted to add this was one of my top picks as well. Congrats on 4th!
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02/20/2008 09:44:37 AM
Yes! I loved this photo so much. Congratulations on an honorable mention. This is awesome.

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02/20/2008 07:07:28 AM
Woo hoo! Another great score, Steve, for a really beautiful shot!
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02/20/2008 03:33:25 AM
Wonderful shot! You can feel the texture of the bread dough. Congrats on your top 5 finish!
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02/20/2008 12:12:30 AM
This was one of my top picks! Congrats on making it to 4th!
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02/20/2008 12:08:22 AM
Congrats on the 4th place, Steve!
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02/20/2008 12:04:15 AM
Wow Steve! I knew this would do well, but it did fantastic! Congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/19/2008 11:45:06 PM
I love this shot - reminds me of my mother so many years ago.
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02/19/2008 11:16:08 PM
Wonderful mood here. I like the composition and the depth of field. It really elicits a feeling of old-age toil, with the dough on the fingers substituting wrinkles produced by a lifetime of labor.
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02/19/2008 12:38:51 PM
What I like best about this one is the lighting and focus. The whole scene really looks like someone making bread instead of just posing for it. Good luck!
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02/19/2008 02:15:18 AM
i cannot understand how can such a messy photograph be so beautiful at the same time. fantastic details. gorgeous gray tones. stunning lighting. btw the person should try out "hand modeling" job. at least nice fingers for sure :)
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02/18/2008 09:11:13 PM
A very well done image good lighting great concept.
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02/18/2008 07:56:27 PM
Nice perspective.
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02/16/2008 06:43:20 PM
Very nice. Tells a good story. B/W was a good choice for this shot.
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02/16/2008 12:33:28 PM
Is this natural light? Very nice. A seven for you.
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02/15/2008 03:52:45 PM
I really like the tone, texture, and lighting in this. Nicely done!
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02/15/2008 03:26:00 AM
One of my favourites... Very nice light and textures. One comment which isn't that important (anyway)... Following the forearms it may seem to some that the hands are posing, not actually kneading.
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02/14/2008 10:19:52 PM
very nice. my favorite here 10
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02/14/2008 10:02:24 PM
Love the superb detail and the deep sepia tone.
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02/14/2008 10:58:37 AM
lovely use of colour in this one, brings out the details very nice 9
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02/14/2008 06:14:57 AM
Excellent monochrome. Great composition and lighting (maybe a little too dark towards the top?) but certainly one of the strongest of the challenge.
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02/13/2008 06:00:04 PM
A fine effort, but I think the hands disappearing into black like this gives it a creepy feel. Maybe just letting dof do the job for you would have helped
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02/13/2008 05:54:47 PM
This "look" was the first thing that popped into my mind when the challenge appeared. You pulled it off beautifully!
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02/13/2008 04:08:29 PM
Very nice lighting, good job.
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02/13/2008 03:16:43 PM
a nice shot with good attention to detail
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02/13/2008 02:35:10 PM
real real 7
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02/13/2008 12:09:40 PM
I would have liked more texture in the dough and the flour in the foreground, but a great shot of the hands...
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02/13/2008 10:51:25 AM
excellent
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02/13/2008 09:40:26 AM
good control of the DOF. good details
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02/13/2008 01:53:27 AM
This was a difficult subject and there were few inspirational photos but this was one of them. I can feel the dough and the flour. The contrast and gloom in the background give this image a moody, sensual ambience. I just love it.
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