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Challenge: Easter Eggs (Expert Editing)
Collection: Challenge Submissions
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
Location: Yarrow Point, Washington (USA)
Date: Mar 28, 2013
Aperture: f/36 & f/8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60 & 1/15
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Mar 26, 2013

Photographer’s Notes

This was FUN!

I’m not that great at expert editing. But I didn’t want to do just a ‘straight’ egg. So I spent quite awhile looking around the Internet for something more interesting. I ran across a few images of Chinese tea eggs that looked interesting and I found instructions to make them. It took two shopping trips to get the ingredients and about an hour of prep and cooking.

In the end, they turned out just the way they were supposed to. I then took about 5 days of shooting in a makeshift home studio … working in the shooting between bouts at work and bouts of allergies.

In the end, I produced what I intended. Now it’s up to you dear voters to reward my efforts with a ribbon … or whatever else strikes your fancy.

I was tempted to title this Ripley’s Egg, the title is a nod to the Alien movies. The egg reminded me a bit of the monster eggs in the movies. But in the end I chose Martian Egg because the lines look like the ‘canals’ of Mars.

Now I'm off to eat my props!

Post Processing
• Convert Two Images from RAW (PSCS5 Camera RAW)
• Composite (PSCS5 - 1 flipped Horizontal)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Remove Dust & Spots (PSCS5 Clone Layer)
• Blur Composite Seams (PSCS5 Gaussian Blur – Masked)
• Filter (OnOne Perfect Effects)
• Dodge & Burn (PSCS5 Overlay Layer)
• Crop (PSC5)
• Resize (OnOne Perfect Resize)
• Sharpen (PSCS5 USM)
• Save for Web (PSCS5)

Camera Data
• Date: 2013.03.24 & 2013.03.28
• Camera: Nikon D3
• Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D
• ISO: 800
• Aperture: f/36 & f/8
• Shutter: 1/60 & 1/15
• Speedlight & Natural Light

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 51
Avg (all users): 6.4622
Avg (commenters): 9.0000
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.5056
Views since voting: 2377
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 119
Comments: 21
Favorites: 5 (view)


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04/08/2013 02:49:16 AM
Congrats Doc!! Cant say this looks good enough to eat but the image sure rocks. Well done :)
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04/06/2013 10:35:37 PM
Congrats on the red! I remember seeing the 'tea eggs' on the cover of Culinary Tea. Very interesting 'crackled' design and details on this egg.
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04/05/2013 03:08:49 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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04/05/2013 10:21:22 AM
Very nice work. One of my challenge faves.
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04/05/2013 10:02:03 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon you asked for! LOL! I'm gonna try that!

This is lovely. Well done!
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04/05/2013 09:38:24 AM
Very imaginative and beautiful. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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04/05/2013 09:22:59 AM
Congrats on a great image.
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04/05/2013 07:14:03 AM
Yeahhhhhhh Doc!! Congrats on the red! Go Elysium!!!
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04/05/2013 07:11:13 AM
This is a fascinating image and just SO deserving of a ribbon. Many congrats.
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04/05/2013 05:39:57 AM
It reminds me the Easter eggs my mother used to cook when I was young: she wasn't using tea, but onion skins in boiling water, with similar results. Ok, now I'm hungry ;) Congratulations on your ribbon, I am glad your hard work paid off!
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04/05/2013 04:48:42 AM
Yeah Doc!
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04/05/2013 03:24:23 AM
congrats on a very creative image and the red ribbon of course!
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04/05/2013 02:17:24 AM
I am aghast at the measly number of comments this fine image collected during voting. Fabulously created and shot, congrats on your ribbon
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04/05/2013 02:07:49 AM
Congratulations. It's nice when effort is rewarded. I like how the inside of the shell has a similar pattern - makes a great background.
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04/05/2013 02:06:37 AM
Very cool!
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04/05/2013 12:16:28 AM
That's great Doc! When we need it, you always give your best for the team! Congrats on your red - it's the perfect color for this shot :)
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04/05/2013 12:02:04 AM
WTG! Excellent work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/04/2013 11:12:11 AM
Very interesting!!
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04/02/2013 09:53:59 AM
wow amzing 10
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03/29/2013 07:30:33 PM
Very clever.
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03/29/2013 02:02:13 AM
Very cool. Beautifully creepy
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