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Lematoe Juice
3rd PlaceLematoe Juice

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Challenge: Stranger In A Strange Land (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-S70
Location: Home
Date: Jan 3, 2003
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2003


Place: 3 out of 67
Avg (all users): 6.7386
Avg (commenters): 7.0625
Avg (participants): 6.6226
Avg (non-participants): 6.9143
Views since voting: 3871
Votes: 88
Comments: 28
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01/19/2003 09:48:10 AM
~~~~Critique Club Comment~~~~

Composition (content)

Good composition, it builds up to the tomatoe by the use of several composition tools.
* The lemons in front seem to point at the tomatoe and create an angle that leads into the frame.
* All the lemons optically seem to form a mountain with the tomatoe on top.
* The creative use of aperture works out perfect, only the area where the tomatoe is in seems to be in the field of focus, and the tomatoe is pin sharp.
* The color contrast between the tasteful (this looks like a healty, ripe tomatoe and those are tasteful) red of the tomatoe and the nice saturated yellow of the lemons is excellent.
* good choice of background, see item on that.

So any other composition rule like the rule of thirds is out of the question here, it wouldn't add anything.

The drops of water on the tomatoe are a nice touch, combined with the excellent lighting it just wants to make you grab it and prepare it to eat it. :)

The background is a boring color/grey, you don't want to look at that, because the foreground is more interesting. Choosing color would have taken something away from the red/yellow balance that makes this picture so appealing to the eye. Black or white would be distracting in my opinion.

Camera Work (Technical)
Good use of aperture, excellent exposure, good focus and sharpness.

Digital Processing (technical)
The saturation is very good, sharpness good.

The image could be saved at a higher quality level, because it is only 55kb of the 150 allowed. That would improve the grain/noise in the background as it seems visibly affected by jpeg compression. It would also take away the jpeg noise around the greens on top, a much smoother relation between background and foreground. It doesn't distract here, but it is something to keep in mind.

I personally don't like the big black border. The color is not in balance with the image and it is also big in relation to the image. I'd like a thin line more than this. (It seems to be very dark green btw, taken from the shadow area of the stem of the tomatoe I guess)

My opinion
Very good.

Message edited by author 2003-01-19 09:50:20.
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01/18/2003 10:55:30 AM
Congratulations Sonja - Ol' Michael must be very proud. This consistent excellence shows the mob that you are not just another tootsie roll from the Wyoming countryside.
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01/13/2003 10:47:10 PM
I loved the title, so I'd probably have teetered between an 8 and a 9 without it.
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01/13/2003 02:07:41 PM
A yellow ribbon to match the yellow lemons. :-)
01/13/2003 02:05:49 PM
Thank you!! :-)

If I would have had a different title would it have lowered my score??

01/13/2003 12:15:50 PM
Gorgeous!!!! A simple idea but beautifully executed. Where did you find such beautiful lemons and so many? Congratulations!
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01/13/2003 03:49:51 AM
See, it WAS a good one.
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01/13/2003 12:58:31 AM

Congrats on the ribbon. Nice image. Keep the good ones coming.

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01/13/2003 12:15:01 AM
Congrats on your win !!!!!!
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01/13/2003 12:07:30 AM
Congrats. Your on a roll, keep it going.
Nice work, wonderful colors and light.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/11/2003 12:28:53 AM
Nice tomatoe , cute name for the king of the hill. This tomatoe rules the sour bunch,huh.Sweet And Sour COOL PICTURE , SONJA !!!! (ps) It looks like the lemon on the right wants to overthrow the stranger.
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01/10/2003 10:37:17 PM
Cute! Well Done.8
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01/09/2003 04:13:29 PM
This is very well executed and composed. Light and focus are precise. Now from my personal stand point, Iím already tired of fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes. I am looking forward for creativity surprises, above and beyond technical achievement, which I consider a given trait for a submission to a challenge.
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01/08/2003 07:46:06 PM
An outcast! Very good color and focus. Nice arrangement, pleasing to the eyes. I was hoping for more out of this world strangeness from this challenge, but this is a very, very nicely taken photo, so I won't ding you too much for my hopes.
8 Swash
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01/08/2003 11:52:25 AM
very nice shot... I love the color contrast and the background in this image... I personally would like this one even better if the tomato was slightly off center to one side or the other... great work :) - setzler
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01/07/2003 09:10:43 PM
Lovely colours. Good job.
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01/07/2003 08:33:09 PM
Great composition. I love the vibrant colours in your image.
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01/07/2003 08:01:19 PM
Nice lighting, use of color and composition, along with cute title.
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01/07/2003 01:29:15 PM
Beautiful colors and focus. Composition would improve with tomato somewhat to he right side.
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01/07/2003 12:39:40 AM
Good contrast. I like the colors.
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01/07/2003 12:20:22 AM
Great clarity and wonderful color saturation!!! Outstanding effort!!!
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01/06/2003 09:36:15 PM
One of my tops for this challenge! The contrast in colors is great as of the use of the flash. The bland grey bg brings us back to the colors. Very crisp! Good Job!
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01/06/2003 08:40:08 PM
Great use of colors and shapes!
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01/06/2003 02:30:22 PM
Colors and texture as great. I'd like to see the tomato on the same plane as the lemons though.
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01/06/2003 10:34:50 AM
You've captured the colours beautifully. Perhaps the tomato is slightly too bright red at the top, but the contrast between that and the lemons is great!
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01/06/2003 10:19:49 AM
Lovely colours and great composition. Lighting is not too harsch and that´s good. Good choice of background and focus is excellent. Good luck!
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01/06/2003 04:05:33 AM
You might be onto something here! Good idea.
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01/06/2003 12:10:31 AM
This picture is great! Add this to my list of 'I want that in my kitchen' photographs. I think it'd be more effective as a less rectangular shot, though ... as I almost feel like I've got to pan the picture to see everything that's going on. Great job, though.
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