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Reflections in spoons
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IreneM


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Challenge: Shallow DOF IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Sep 7, 2008
Aperture: f11
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60 s
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2008

Oh! What a WONDERFUL week Iím having, canít even begin to tell you how totally chuffed I am!! Thanks for the ribbon, the comments and the favourites Ė and the GREAT score.

This is another set-up which has been on my to-do list for ages, so this challenge gave me a chance to try it out.
Built up my makeshift light-tent, which consists of four upturned wine glasses with a sheet of glass on them and a white piece of cloth draped over the lot.
I printed out 3 sheets of chequered paper on photo paper. Then taped the sheets together for the background. I soon found out that the background pattern didnít reflect properly in the spoons (I bought two spoons especially for this experiment because my cutlery is pretty scratched and in basic you canít clone out imperfections). I taped the spoons to the top of glass tumblers to hold them in place.
Anyway, I printed out another sheet and held it over the spoons. That made all the difference Ė the patterns were great, depending at what angle I held the chequered paper above them.
The biggest problem was holding the paper in one hand and holding the camera in the other (I have one arm like Popeye and the other like Olive Oil ;-)
I did hundreds of photos (even lay a blue transparent under one of the spoons, it also gave an interesting effect).
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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 324
Avg (all users): 7.3131
Avg (commenters): 8.5926
Avg (participants): 7.0349
Avg (non-participants): 7.5268
Views since voting: 12956
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 198
Comments: 92
Favorites: 49 (view)


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09/23/2008 11:33:15 AM
Very creative, well conceptualised, and 'crazily:)'executed. Well done Irene
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09/22/2008 08:46:52 AM
Great idea!Very impressive!
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09/20/2008 07:29:52 PM
WOAH!

Congrats!!!!!!!
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09/20/2008 09:53:29 AM
Congrats again! Looks like one of those optical illusion stuff!
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09/19/2008 07:33:39 AM
Perfect shot Irene, congratulations on another blue!!
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09/19/2008 07:08:48 AM
Fantastic work! Congratulations!
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09/19/2008 06:02:05 AM
This is great Irene!! Congrats!
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09/19/2008 03:30:14 AM
my first mail on this site!
great work!
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09/18/2008 09:00:18 AM
Great job again, nice work, keep em coming! Congrats!
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09/18/2008 08:58:03 AM
i would love to see you take your camera of its blue winning tripod
and go into the life
what shots you can make
i for one ,waiting breathlessly
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09/18/2008 08:23:45 AM
Irene, every time I see your work Im amazed again!.
after my yellow ribbon was DSQ, Ican't think of good ideas.
this kind of imagination and dedication for perfection, Is realy unik and cool.
you are a roll model for me!
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09/18/2008 04:16:58 AM
Congratulation :) your name appears 2 times at the front .. both in blue :) Congratulation .. in blue :)
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09/18/2008 02:47:19 AM
your macro works are excellent but we would like to see your shots beside macro.
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09/17/2008 07:29:48 PM
you are prolific. are you the most decorated ribbonist here?
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09/17/2008 07:01:12 PM
Originally posted by IreneM:



Even with this one, it took me three evenings to get it right, my neck and schoulders were aching with bending over to hold the sheet above the spoons in the darn light-tent at a thousand different angles and the camera was killing my hand and arm holding it up. I swore so many times, I'm sure I'll never get anywhere near heaven... (must have a word with Enzo about that ;-)


Congratulations on another Blue! Your work is so wonderful and I really appreciate your sharing the setup and details of the shot - you have the patience of a saint, even if you have the vocabulary of a sailor! I probably would have given up after the first 50 shots! :-D.
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09/17/2008 06:46:33 PM
You really are starting to get on my nerves. Only joking - well done on yet another outstanding entry. When you start giving lessons to us mortals I will gladly sign up!
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09/17/2008 06:34:58 PM
Congrats again Irene! (if i had a nickel...) So kind of you to share the details of the shot.
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09/17/2008 06:11:20 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon!!! Awesome reflections and lighting!!!
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09/17/2008 06:06:42 PM
Thats one creative shot. Well done.
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09/17/2008 04:51:00 PM
Congratulations Irene you are amazing.
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09/17/2008 04:43:00 PM
I'm jealous! You are a great photographer & SO creative. I love that you share your setup. Congrats on yet another ribbon! :) Awesome shot, your blue outtake is really neat too!
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09/17/2008 03:05:41 PM
Very nice!
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09/17/2008 01:41:18 PM
Congrats Irene, once again.
What can i say... we all have kitchens but not shots like yours!!! :)
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09/17/2008 01:37:49 PM
Irene, congrats on yet another blue! This is such an interesting shot, so creative and well-done!
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09/17/2008 01:09:40 PM
What can I say? LOL
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09/17/2008 12:42:31 PM
Nicely done, once again. Perhaps it's time for an "Anyone but Irene" challenge? ;)
Seriously, very happy for you, and well-deserved ribbon!
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09/17/2008 11:35:26 AM
Very nice!You have a great eye for graphics.I have to go back and look at the photograph.Harvey Sherman mrhsherman@yahoo.com.
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09/17/2008 10:50:52 AM
Originally posted by SandyP:

Irene, I reeeeeeeeeeallly love this one. I'm so in awe at the perfection with which you set these shots up. I was trying to do a set-up shot last night and ended up feeling like the worst snapshot photographer on the planet and gave up :( Sigh. You never miss. Bravo for such mastery.

Mega Congratulations.

Thanks, Sandy. I know the final result seems so smooth and easy but I promise you I can't count the times I've also felt like the worlds worst snapshooter.
Even with this one, it took me three evenings to get it right, my neck and schoulders were aching with bending over to hold the sheet above the spoons in the darn light-tent at a thousand different angles and the camera was killing my hand and arm holding it up. I swore so many times, I'm sure I'll never get anywhere near heaven... (must have a word with Enzo about that ;-)
09/17/2008 10:08:57 AM
As always your photo rocks my socks!!! I was hopeing this one got a ribbon!!!
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09/17/2008 10:06:49 AM
Irene, I reeeeeeeeeeallly love this one. I'm so in awe at the perfection with which you set these shots up. I was trying to do a set-up shot last night and ended up feeling like the worst snapshot photographer on the planet and gave up :( Sigh. You never miss. Bravo for such mastery.

Mega Congratulations.
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09/17/2008 09:56:07 AM
Congrats (again..and again...) on your blue!! Irene, you are my hero!! Love this!
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09/17/2008 09:08:16 AM
Congrats Irene on another wonderful Blue Ribbon Winner. You go girl!!!
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09/17/2008 08:46:26 AM
I've got some shiny utensils I bought just for the Fork-Side challenge a year ago. I'll have to use them sometime. Thanks for the lengthy description that's gives us insight to amount of work put into it.
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09/17/2008 08:44:53 AM
You must be new around here...welcome! ;)
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09/17/2008 07:36:58 AM
Shocker: A Blue Ribbon For Irene!! Congrats Irene...I loved this one.
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09/17/2008 07:27:34 AM
I was expecting this to come in top 5! nice shot!
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09/17/2008 07:03:55 AM
Originally posted by kdogg628:

Do you cook in your kitchen or just make ribbons?!?!?!


She's "cooking" alright. Congrats, Irene!
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09/17/2008 06:44:37 AM
Do you cook in your kitchen or just make ribbons?!?!?!
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09/17/2008 05:47:19 AM
The runaway IreneM does it yet again, there is no stopping you girl.. You should go visit India for a few weeks.
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09/17/2008 05:38:19 AM
Irene you are an inspiration
Your ideas and the supurb way you carry each one out just leaves me in awe
I have ideas but they never seems to work
How much time to you spend on Photography you say you took hundreds You must be a very patient person
Congratulations AGAIN on a wonderful image and your Ribbon
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09/17/2008 05:00:35 AM
It keeps getting better
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09/17/2008 02:59:19 AM
Congratulations Irene, you just keep coming up with amazing shots. Do you EVER get sick of being in the kitchen? ;-)
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09/17/2008 02:44:49 AM
Irene,

Firstly, thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us; secondly congratulations - again!; thirdly, your enthusiasm and delight on ribboning, as though each new one is your first, is wonderful. Looking forward to seeing many more of your photos gracing the front page before the year is out!
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09/17/2008 02:27:59 AM
Congrats Irene!!! You and your wonderful experiments are an inspiration!
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09/17/2008 02:23:20 AM
Too bad you're blemished by all those red and yellow ribbons you got in those earlier days, hey?

Congratulations on yet another blue and yet another impeccable shot.
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09/17/2008 01:49:43 AM
Fantastic idea! Really! Congratulations on the blue ribbon!!!
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09/17/2008 01:49:09 AM
Congratulations, you clearly know what works for the DPC crowd.
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09/17/2008 01:24:37 AM
*EDIT* Nevermind, that's just unfair of me, and undeserved.

Congrats on the blue.

Message edited by author 2008-09-17 01:40:33.
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09/17/2008 01:20:31 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Boy do you have the talent or what? This is amazing.
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09/17/2008 01:16:00 AM
We are not worthy! Congrats Irene!
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09/17/2008 01:13:32 AM
If I was you I would give up my day job, and sell to the highest bidder, this is amazing work.
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09/17/2008 01:08:30 AM
(pressing my automated playback response button)
Congrats on yet another Blue Irene!

Now, come join us in capturing the real world around us. There's all sorts of cool stuff out there like water, landscapes, people, colors, natural abstracts stuff, flowers, feathers, oh heck you are hereby limited to photographing cardboard boxes in a pitch dark room.
;)
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09/17/2008 12:32:29 AM
Another beauty! Congratulations. You just keep blowing me away.
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09/17/2008 12:11:49 AM
Irene, you need to participate with more outdoor shots!! It is mandatory This is becoming unfair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm just joking (no seriously I am really joking) CONGRATS !!!! Darn incredible shot! & you had 5 persons giving you 3s - can't believe that could happen.

Message edited by author 2008-09-17 00:28:04.
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09/17/2008 12:07:29 AM
This time it was our Irene without the drops, still a champ:-) Although someone still recognized her from the shot. Good job.
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09/17/2008 12:07:20 AM
wow, I second that Irene CONGRATS on the BLUE
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09/17/2008 12:05:14 AM
Just totally AWESOME Irene, and again, just LOOK at that score.

No one can say this did NOT deserve the BLUE ribbon.

You totally 'ROCK' girl.

Message edited by author 2008-09-17 00:37:34.
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09/17/2008 12:05:00 AM
just another ho-hum blue ribbon day eh?
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09/17/2008 12:04:58 AM
Should'a known this was yours! Do you ever get tired of kicking our butts?
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09/17/2008 12:03:39 AM
Wonderful! You are a CHAMPION!
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09/17/2008 12:02:17 AM
Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/16/2008 11:44:44 PM
It appears to be moving.... I think I've got motion sickness from this. Excellent work on this one, a rare 10 from me and a fave.
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09/16/2008 09:23:13 PM
wow
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09/16/2008 02:48:24 PM
i hope you not IreneM 10
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09/16/2008 12:11:21 PM
Really cool. How did you do this?? I would be interested to know the set up.
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09/15/2008 08:18:20 PM
very strong shot 10
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09/15/2008 05:55:28 PM
love this shot
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09/15/2008 05:06:59 PM
This is a great idea and very intriguing!
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09/14/2008 04:45:18 PM
nice picture with the reflection.
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09/13/2008 01:46:23 AM
Looks excellent.
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09/12/2008 04:55:57 PM
Very cool effect!
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09/12/2008 01:05:51 PM
Really cool! I like how you set this up!
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09/12/2008 12:26:16 AM
Very nicely done...there are so many dimensions to this! My head enjoyed searching through this image.
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09/11/2008 10:07:57 PM
And thank-you for this feeling:
http://ava7.com/images/optical-illusion.jpg
:P

Brilliant composition and execution, and the bill for my seizure will be in the mail at the end of the challenge. ;)
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09/11/2008 09:19:03 PM
Egads! This plays havoc with my eyes, but I LOVE it.
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09/11/2008 08:57:50 PM
excellent abstract macro approach to this challenge
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09/11/2008 01:10:03 PM
Oooo. Great abstract. Absolutely love the design. Beautiful.
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09/11/2008 08:24:46 AM
Very interesting picture.
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09/11/2008 12:54:18 AM
Was browsing through and just HAD to stop and leave a comment!! This is glorious, wonderful, and downright stunning! Makes me wonder if you sit around all day and look at things up close for long periods of time to see if you can get something interesting out of them or if they just fall into your creative "vision" :) I smell a ribbon. If it doesn't ribbon, it will be a shame. Simply beautiful!
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09/11/2008 12:03:00 AM
Very cool.
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09/10/2008 11:04:01 PM
Very dynamic!
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09/10/2008 10:53:45 PM
i love the effects, one of my favs
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09/10/2008 08:55:38 PM
very nice, very creative (Irene???)
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09/10/2008 08:37:15 AM
This is sooooooo cool. The contrast in reflections, the lines, the DoF, the framing. Hope you get a ribbon. You get 10 from me.
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09/10/2008 06:37:53 AM
I'm just impressed you didn't get a reflection of the camera!
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09/10/2008 05:10:14 AM
how did you make the dots move in the background :) love this 8
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09/10/2008 03:10:59 AM
Trippy....looks awesome.
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09/10/2008 02:43:50 AM
Amazing! Would have loved to have seen this in abstract b&w
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09/10/2008 12:40:06 AM
Wow, what an awesome shot. I love the asymmetry created by the spoons, and the pattern is excellent. This is absolutely wonderful.
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09/10/2008 12:39:03 AM
Wow. That is crazy! 10 for sure.
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09/10/2008 12:37:11 AM
Hi Irene.
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09/10/2008 12:26:37 AM
i think this just made my eyes go haywire
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