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snaffles


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Challenge: Feast II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: The Brigadoon, Oxford Mills
Date: Nov 25, 2011
Aperture: f.18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 3 seconds
Galleries: Interior, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2011

A bowl of beef stew, a glass of milk and hunk of bread. I've lived off of variations of that during the cold winter months more often than I care to think.

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, crop, shadows, clone, brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, rezise, sharpen, save for web

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OMG I finally got another ribbon!!! Sadly this time around, I'm not with 21.gif Magnumphotography(aka Ryan / Red) :-/ so I can't celebrate like I did before. Ah well soon enough...

Thanks all who voted and for all the wonderful comments. Special thanks to Cheryl Mackie for letting me use the haunted third floor of her home and restaurant for the shoot.

Once the challenge was announced I knew exactly what I wanted to do, which was show a simple meal that may look plain to most but be a feast for the less fortunate.

The setup is a corner of the topmost floor. The restaurant has a Victorian theme to it so I liked that the lacey curtains were up in the window. And those stone walls are 3 ft thick!

All the props are mine. The tabletop is lightly sanded barnboard and placed atop one of the tables up there. The dish, spoon, napkin and glass mug all came from the local Sally Ann. I made the stew and brought along the milk but the loaf was donated to the cause by Cheryl :-)

Anyway...camera on tripod with mirror lockup and remote release used. Shot about 2 pm on a nice cloudy day so the light from the window was perfect for what I wanted. Used a reflector to bounce light into the shadows closest to the camera.

As for ghosts and spirit activity, I didn't see anything - mysterious floating orbs have been photographed in and around the restaurant, at different times by different photogs and gear.

But a few times I heard footsteps behind me (I was the only person up there), floorboards creaking and at one point, the setting on my camera was inexplicably changed from RAW to RAW+jpg basic. But as I sensed nothing malicious and nothing bad happened during the shoot, I wasn't scared.

On a final note, I am very glad to have ribboned with the 18-200mm, my faithful ol' workhorse of a lens :-)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 27
Avg (all users): 6.9420
Avg (commenters): 8.0714
Avg (participants): 6.6875
Avg (non-participants): 6.9754
Views since voting: 3417
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 138
Comments: 43
Favorites: 2 (view)


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02/02/2016 02:17:09 AM
Just happened to notice this photograph this evening. That "pauper's meal" looks pretty delicious to me. The photo is good, too.
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12/06/2011 09:41:11 PM
Woohoo! Congrats on your new second ribbon and a new entry on your top row! :)
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12/06/2011 07:19:17 AM
Like it
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12/05/2011 01:20:24 AM
Congratulations! Actually that modest meal looks very enticing.
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12/05/2011 01:04:56 AM
Forgot to vote on this challenge, but I just want to say this is just Perfect and i can see why it ribboned.

Message edited by author 2011-12-05 01:05:43.
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12/04/2011 05:48:49 PM
Excellent photo, Susan! Congrats on your ribbon!!! Love this!
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12/04/2011 05:44:02 PM
A well deserved ribbon. Beautiful light and textures!
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12/04/2011 12:18:59 AM
fine in every way. your imagination truly led.
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12/03/2011 10:35:13 PM
congratulations snaffles! real nice perspective, light, wood texture... great feel overall.
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12/03/2011 03:39:02 PM
As a starving student this challenge spoke to me! And your photo is the one that brought to mind the most "god I want that!!"
Nice shot of real old school food!
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12/03/2011 03:28:51 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! Great composition!
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12/03/2011 02:40:54 PM
Brilliant!!
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12/03/2011 01:20:42 PM
I gave you a 9 but did not have time to comment and now, reading the story of the footsteps I can really tell you that I could hear them also while looking at your picture. It has the feeling of a wonderful offering for the departed ones. Overwhelming love. Congratulations.
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12/03/2011 12:35:08 PM
WGT, Susan!!!!!! Feasting my eyes on your ribbon!
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12/03/2011 11:36:43 AM
Congratulations, one of my top picks.
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12/03/2011 11:25:30 AM
Wonderful texture and light here- well done!
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12/03/2011 09:32:14 AM
I really like how this is so simple and takes things back to the basics. The lighting is beautiful too. Congrats on winning the red ribbon!!!
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12/03/2011 08:34:54 AM
Congrats Susan; this was one of my favs from the challenge. Love the light.
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12/03/2011 07:38:36 AM
Nice one Susan! I knew this would do very well. It has so much going for it. Light, angle, tones, texture and the perfect meal.
Excellent job!
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12/03/2011 07:34:31 AM
Beautiful light and composition! Hurray for your ribbon, Susan, I so happy for you.
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12/03/2011 01:44:12 AM
EEEEKS OMG Lydia and you one n two... I LOVE Loved this.. and you kept your little mouth shut who's it was.. sneaky little turd!! HA HA you got a 10 anyway!

WHOOOOOT YEE HAW ... Go Snaffels Go Snaffels... Was watching the NFR and guessed I missed this turn over.. What a great night, my little Cody won his 44th go around in a row and my little Susan kicks butt n takes names!!!

That barn wood for a table is shear Genius!! I really thought this had to be in some OLD log and rock cabin.

A GREAT job my dear!! Mother is Proud!
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12/03/2011 12:55:20 AM
Another ribbon! Nice goin'!
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12/03/2011 12:44:31 AM
A very fine still life. Well done.
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12/03/2011 12:14:24 AM
Oh so close, Susan! I call it a tie.

I love the simplicity of this.
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12/03/2011 12:10:18 AM
four ten thousandths of a point off :-) I loved this one, too...
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12/03/2011 12:06:49 AM
It looks quite good, actually!
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12/03/2011 12:04:48 AM
Congrats on the red! I wish I could have gotten away with this on thanksgiving, LOL! ;D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2011 12:10:25 PM
Yummy! looks better than I eat.
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12/01/2011 04:42:24 PM
elegant
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12/01/2011 04:40:00 PM
nice picture, nice thinking outside the box a little.
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12/01/2011 11:15:36 AM
really fantastic image
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11/28/2011 11:06:36 AM
I really enjoy the various textures throughout this photo.
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11/27/2011 10:02:00 PM
Looks pretty darn tasty to me. Oh, and a very nice image as well. I really like the detail in the wood of the table. You can almost feel the roughness.
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11/27/2011 09:10:36 PM
Gorgeous lighting. I want that dish!!
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11/27/2011 07:13:40 PM
Love the textures here. Seems a tad bit odd that the soup is in the middle of the table with the spoon, though. It makes me a tad bit off kilter. I want to see the edge and imagine that this is for me to eat.
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11/27/2011 02:01:41 PM
I'm obsessed with your beautiful table. Also... the food looks amazing! I think this will ribbon.
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11/27/2011 01:55:17 PM
Love the processing and lighting, nice nice
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11/27/2011 12:36:21 PM
I love the textures in the shot and the way the natural light accentuates them. Wonderful work, here.
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11/26/2011 09:28:28 PM
I like the way you handled the corner of the table. Very nice window light, too.
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11/26/2011 10:12:06 AM
Super light makes this image for me.
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11/26/2011 08:53:03 AM
That looks good to me. Love the rustic table.
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11/26/2011 04:23:00 AM
looks lovely nice setting
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11/26/2011 03:43:33 AM
Beautiful light and texture.
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