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Onion to rings
3rd PlaceOnion to rings
IreneM


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Before and After II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Dec 8, 2008
Aperture: f18
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/125 s
Galleries: Food and Drink, Textures
Date Uploaded: Dec 9, 2008

Iíve been a complete wreck this week because the score was on a roller-coaster. Up to well over 7 then back down to nearly 6.7. Suddenly reached 6.9 again.. Back down to 6.8. It rose to 6.9 before I went to bed last night ;-)
Thanks SO MUCH for the great comments and, of course, the score and ribbon!

I started off with an onion and a piece of onion skin. I photographed these two items for hours on end, two nights in a row. On the third evening (do most of my stuff after I get home from work) I cut the onion I half, cut three rings from the other half and spent two! hours trying to get something decent. Without success! I was just about to give up when I slapped the three onion rings onto the onion instead of propping them against it. When I saw how much better it looked I decided to go with it.
I very seldom end up with the photo I see in my minds eye. Usually I end up really píed off with the whole thing and, just before I throw my props into the bin, I get a better idea. Apparently I need to get really fed up and extremely frustrated before inspiration strikes! ;-)

A few mentioned the dust spot. I wasnít sure if it was dust on the glass or sensor dust and decided to keep on the safe side and leave it.

Thanks again, everyone.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 143
Avg (all users): 7.0149
Avg (commenters): 7.8261
Avg (participants): 7.0741
Avg (non-participants): 6.9932
Views since voting: 7332
Views during voting: 381
Votes: 201
Comments: 50
Favorites: 6 (view)


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04/08/2009 11:45:21 PM
Hi Irene,
I'm new here and this is my first comment. The image is brilliant with clever play with light and shadow. The clarity and sharpness are pristine as expected from this favorite optics of mine. I like the way you have completely silenced the background on the top frame and yet keeping the flawless reflection at the bottom. Top drawer image and thanks so much for sharing.
Regards.
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01/06/2009 08:37:26 AM
Awesome Irene. Your creativity is super!
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12/22/2008 09:14:40 AM
ANOTHER super shot. Thank you so so much for your inspiration, Irene. You are my heroine!
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12/19/2008 05:43:23 PM
Ohh, my eyes are still burning LOL
Just kiddin' ya Great shot!
Debbi
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12/18/2008 12:16:44 PM
Another great composition and balance between elements. Youíre the photographer of the year!
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12/18/2008 09:23:51 AM
Very well done Irene! The image is very apetizing and actually makes me want to eat raw onion :)

Well deserved ribbon!
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12/18/2008 02:12:24 AM
very good idea and taken so well
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12/17/2008 04:58:30 PM
Very clever and taken so well!
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12/17/2008 04:08:05 PM
Excellent work, congrats on the third place!
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12/17/2008 01:53:21 PM
What a great idea! And beautiful! (of course :)

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12/17/2008 10:30:38 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved yellow ribbon, and contrary to the nay-sayers, not a water drop in sight!

I think the lighting and depth of field are fantastic. The image illustrates the challenge quite well.

If I were to suggest anything, I think that I might have liked the bottom cropped a little lower. To catch all the reflection of the top twist of the onion.
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12/17/2008 09:08:50 AM
Originally posted by JH:

Nice work. Although, I think a drop of water splashing off the top of the onion would have made it complete.


Agreed... Well done. Hope to see you get another ribbon for "All I want for Christmas" challenge... I expect nothing less then blue from you little missy... Haha! Does anyone smell and droplet into a glass of wine... (with some paper in the background!!!) then somewhere in there what you want for Christmas??? Hehe!

Great job on this shot, keep it up!
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12/17/2008 07:48:13 AM
Congratulations Irene, this is perfect, love the colour in the background and the reflection. I wouldn't have thought of this but a great fit to the challenge masterfully shot as usual. Congratulations.
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12/17/2008 06:20:12 AM
Nice work. Although, I think a drop of water splashing off the top of the onion would have made it complete.
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12/17/2008 06:16:29 AM
This one almost makes me want to cry...

Nice work and fantastic use of lighting
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12/17/2008 04:28:16 AM
Good close up capture
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12/17/2008 02:39:54 AM
Congrats Irene!! Beautifully done.
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12/17/2008 02:28:55 AM
That dust spot cost you the blue! :P Congrats, Irene. *sniffle* for some reason I feel like crying.
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12/17/2008 02:04:49 AM
Congrats Irene, I knew this would make the front page!
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12/17/2008 12:54:14 AM
Brilliant shot Irene! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon.
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12/17/2008 12:52:02 AM
Congratulations on the yellow! Well executed presentation!
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12/17/2008 12:51:41 AM
I knew it was you :)
Congratz again on another great image.
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12/17/2008 12:25:36 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. I like the unique composition.
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12/17/2008 12:19:28 AM
Great idea, Congrats!!!
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12/17/2008 12:11:18 AM
glad you persevered. This is exciting and nails the Challenge perfectly.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/16/2008 11:47:35 PM
Great onion! Love its sharp detail, the light and color - And the rings! 10
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12/16/2008 08:01:24 PM
Brilliant concept and great execution. One of my favorite's this challenge.
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12/16/2008 11:28:33 AM
Love this picture, the light, and composition are great, the background works very well. It's a shame there is a dust spot on the left bottom corner, that is permitted to clone out under the basic editing rules.
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12/16/2008 08:31:34 AM
Mmm - good shot! Liking the chopped rings!
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12/15/2008 12:02:01 PM
Terrific shot. I love the reflection in the glass. IreneM? 8 for now.

Edit Bumping to a 10. Top 3 pick.
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12/14/2008 12:48:24 PM
Nice image, love the light and reflection
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12/13/2008 08:13:45 AM
Irene's shot for sure. Very well done, as usual...(except for the sensor dust)
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12/13/2008 12:19:44 AM
I would have given it a 10 if not for the dirt/dust spot near the bottom left. As it is, I'll go with a 9. Don't cry about it...just kidding. Get it? Onions - make you cry. Ok, nevermind. Good luck to ya!
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12/12/2008 12:57:05 PM
I like this. Very simple and conveys the challenge well.
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12/11/2008 09:01:13 PM
The setup really makes this shot.
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12/11/2008 04:07:18 PM
Beautiful images... almost made me cry lol
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12/11/2008 02:15:18 PM
great shot!!! i only wise i had thought of it 9
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12/11/2008 10:30:08 AM
Nice job!
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12/11/2008 09:14:08 AM
Love the setup, love the reflections and the lighting. Why didn't you clone out the sensor dust?
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12/10/2008 06:03:41 PM
Quality. I'M sure it's a winner.
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12/10/2008 04:17:29 PM
Great lighting, love the shot.
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12/10/2008 03:37:52 PM
Who else could make a raw onion into art?
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12/10/2008 11:24:56 AM
That is very unique - nicely done.
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12/10/2008 11:01:56 AM
One of my favorites. Good luck!
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12/10/2008 08:47:20 AM
would have marked higher without the 3 distracting borders (7)
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12/10/2008 08:46:11 AM
Nicely balanced ;-)
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12/10/2008 08:14:50 AM
Nice composition and lighting.
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12/10/2008 02:19:18 AM
This is just a magnificent picture. The reflection is incredible. An onion never looked this beautiful. Rather Jupiter-esque... But the rings are not so much "after" as just a different presentation. Maybe if they had been deep-fried?
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12/10/2008 02:03:00 AM
Great photo - good idea, very well executed - perfect lighting and the crop is bang on.
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12/10/2008 01:09:58 AM
WELL LIT...nice image overall
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