Challenge: Nursery Rhymes (Expert Editing)
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Pentax
Date: Aug 23, 2012
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2012
[Aug. 28th, 2012 08:23:04 AM]
Very happy with the scoring, right now at a 6.76. Had I not got my first 7 a few weeks ago, this would be in personal best territory...
Figure it will be top 10, perhaps top 5. Doubtful to ribbon with all the more artistic entries out there.
Spoonman was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law and family last year... it's actually a salt and pepper shaker holder and one of the coolest gifts we've ever gotten. He stands about a foot tall. A variation on him can be had here: Spoonman
The dish, if anyone cares, is the last remaining plate/saucer from my family dinnerware when I was a kid. It's a nice green color and was always my favorite.
My original idea was a variation on Humpty Dumpty that I did years ago... however, I'm glad I didn't as someone else did HD and people here like to penalize if you're not unique. I had taken an egg out of the fridge and set it on the counter next to Spoonman to come to room temperature when this idea came to me.
This was all done very last minute. Shot was taken about 90 minutes before rollover. Well, many many shots. Then about 60 minutes before rollover I realized it was Expert Editing. I almost bailed completely because of that. I tried my street with my iPhone to use as a background, but figured it would come out cheesy.
In the end it's just pretty normal processing with some cloned out background (seam between two sheets of poster board) and tinting to blue on blue. The only real Expert mode I used was to create motion blur, mask it off and then paint in the blur a little more cleanly.
Anyway, wherever it ends up, thanks everyone for the kind words and votes.
[Aug. 29th, 2012 09:17:49 AM]
OK, so just finished voting myself on the other 40 entries... Gave 3 9s and 3 8s, all of which will fare better than this one...
So bound to be a very high scoring challenge.
Given some great shots that I had to -3 for DNMC (that others will not so penalize and will thus score well), I will be truly surprised to see this in the top 10. Still climbing though, but at a 6.79 right now, I don't think 7 is in reach and the top ones will be well beyond that.
[Aug. 30th, 2012 08:23:25 AM]
Last day... made 6.8... votes have been few and far between the last day or so... The last day pickup with begin and see if it's a gain or a loss.
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