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"OCB:  Obsessive Compulsive Breakfast"
1st Place"OCB: Obsessive Compulsive Breakfast"

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Square (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-20
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Date: Jan 24, 2003
Aperture: F 2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Abstract, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2003

I think I worked way too hard on this :P I fabricated a cookie-cutter-like device to fry the eggs in. Luckily the bread and the waffles both came in squares. A couple of plates from Target and some orange garnish later c'est voila. It started out being just square eggs and then when I was trying to line up everything I thought this would drive and obsessive person (like myself) crazy...hence the name. I hope you like it. p.s. I'm never working with food again.

Place: 1 out of 179
Avg (all users): 6.8775
Avg (commenters): 8.2121
Avg (participants): 6.8760
Avg (non-participants): 6.8795
Views since voting: 4754
Votes: 204
Comments: 51
Favorites: 27 (view)

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11/25/2003 03:09:55 AM
Great picture. I love the composition & the colours are fantastic, too.
02/06/2003 02:03:44 PM
would have been great if you could have made the yokes square!
02/06/2003 12:32:27 AM
Congrats on the 1st place Ribbon!! Greetings from the Critique Club };-)

Initial thoughts
Very creative, great color,really meets the challenge, light seems a bit bright

Composition/ Content

The composition is fantastic and what really makes this shot. Everything balances nicely. No matter what I do, my eyes are lead to the square eggs which is really the focal point here. The colors are incredible. The square oranges are what really takes the shot over-the-top IMHO. I shows that you put a lot of work into this one. I believe the ribbon probably made it all worthwhile! LOL

I would have never used that striped background but I feel it really works here. It seems just a wee bit crooked on the left side a little lower but not really enough to worry about.

Camera Work - Technical
The only nit I have here is that the lighting might be a little overpowering. Some areas seem a bit brighter, especially the silverware. It is bright and nicely lit but seems like it could have been even better.

Digital Processing - Technical
I noticed that your comments were about equally divided on your border. I personally feel it may have made the shot. It really seems to tie everything together, both colorwise and shape and size. I agree with one commenter that the eggs could have been just a little whiter (and you need to work on those square yolks for next time!) LOL

Fits The Challenge
Definitely fits the challenge as well or better than any.

My Opinion On The Photo
The votes speak for themselves. A "kickin" shot from KickDrum that truly deserved a ribbon. Great job, and keep up the good work.

I would be happy to talk further about this shot if you would like to contact me.
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02/05/2003 01:54:07 AM
Wonderful shot! There does seem to be a bit of an orange cast to the whites of the eggs. Correctable in Photoshop? I love the inverted orange slices forming a square. Brilliant!

Message edited by author 2003-02-05 01:57:28.
02/04/2003 05:44:54 PM
I like the orange slices best and wonder why aren't the yolks square? I am longing for an E-20ish model in my future. I have been digital for over two years and have been a Coolpix 950 and 995 user. How do you rate the E-20?
02/03/2003 08:29:08 PM

Way to go !!! Beautiful composition... Keep up the good work ...


02/03/2003 06:07:02 PM
Congratulations! Your hard work paid off! Although I didn't have a chance to vote this week (didn't enter either) I looked at all of the entries and this was my favorite!
02/03/2003 02:45:24 PM
Congrats on 1st place.
02/03/2003 09:44:27 AM
Congratulations on second/FIRST place. Very interesting shot, I am glad you took the time to create it. I forgot to ask,but do you fix your breakfast like this often? Keep shootin'

Message edited by author 2003-02-03 20:25:41.
02/03/2003 08:29:53 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Very nice bright colours and neat use of squares. Good job.
02/03/2003 02:23:37 AM
well done mate :) I hope you ate it after *drools*

Message edited by author 2003-02-03 02:56:27.
02/03/2003 12:23:29 AM
Hahaha, I had the right idea, but the execution on mine was much worse than yours. Congrats.

Easy way to get square eggs is to microwave them in something square for a little bit...Then finish them by frying. If you try microwaving them they kind of explode ;(
02/03/2003 12:07:09 AM
Nice job Kick! Congrats!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2003 09:29:54 PM
Great concept! Very creative. The lighting is a bit too harsh. I wonder how this would look with top lighting. The depth created by the shadows are more unpleasing here than helpful in my opinion.
I mostly don't like borders, but I think it fits very nicely in this case. Good job!
02/02/2003 07:17:21 PM
looks good!!
02/02/2003 06:12:33 PM
out of focus
02/02/2003 02:45:28 PM
heh now thats funny.. the lighting seems odd at that angle, and a bit bright.. great composition though
02/01/2003 09:53:14 PM
Perfect......and the border works too. May be a little out of focus but it may be my monitor.... or me eyes. Gotta be in my top 4.
02/01/2003 02:33:43 PM
Great photo with great combinations. Well done.
02/01/2003 12:04:25 PM
I absolutely love this composition and the vivid colors as well, but I find the lighting a bit harsh and the border too thick to the point that it crowds the picture. I initially rated it a 10, but later knocked it down to 8 because of those reasons.
02/01/2003 08:07:26 AM
I also did a \"square meal\" picture this week. I really like the colors you have used and the symmetry. I especially like what you did with the oranges! I wish you had left a little more room in your picture to capture the sides of your plates. Good luck.
02/01/2003 05:13:37 AM
Very well conceived and executed. The square eggs are great. They don't have square yolks though. Oh well, you can't have everything. Nice job! - Inspzil
01/31/2003 08:18:18 PM
Whoa! What a huge effort to plan and execute this dazzling masterpiece. You better be a top 3 winner for that alone. Technique is impeccable ( focus, composition, DOF, color rendition, lighting angle, etc). Personally I would like a little more silver feel to the cutlery. Some folks might like plain placemats as opposed to the razzle dazzle color. Just two minor quibbles easily ignored. Good luck on racking up the big score.
01/31/2003 07:46:42 PM
Great effort. Could be a little bit sharper though.
01/30/2003 12:48:11 AM
Makes me hungry! I don't like the shadow on the utensils too much but it's hard to illuminate shiny items as they tend to reflect.
01/29/2003 02:11:42 PM
I enjoy envery you put into this picture. Almost everything used in the picture was a square to make the image must more creative. Nice work
01/29/2003 10:47:43 AM
very nice colors
01/29/2003 09:47:24 AM
I just have to give you credit for all the hard work. At first I didn't like the colored stripes but now I think it works.
01/29/2003 07:29:14 AM
01/29/2003 04:24:00 AM
Excellent. I love the idea, great shot. 10-martin
01/28/2003 10:53:46 PM
Holy cow. You went all out on this one. It's fabulous, down to the last detail. 10.
01/28/2003 06:51:29 PM
That's truly a square meal ;-) Good job, great composition, coor and focus.. cub
01/28/2003 01:51:29 PM
The composition alone gets a high score! Great color!!!!!! Amazing shot, and I'll have to say......here the frame works.....works well.
01/28/2003 10:50:12 AM
Excellent! 10!
01/28/2003 03:35:24 AM
very nice. Now all you need is some bacon and cheese cut into some squares and breakfast will be complete.
01/28/2003 01:18:19 AM
I love the color combinations in this photo, and the border matches perfectly. Good job. I gave you a 9.
01/27/2003 11:08:58 PM
<vbg> You need help! This is a riot! Great colors and layout. Only nits are some slightly blown highliights and a pinkish tinge to the eggs.
01/27/2003 10:39:28 PM
I give you credit just for having the patience to set this all up. Also it's a very nice photo. Everything is very sharp and the colors are nice and bright.
01/27/2003 08:51:28 PM
Great idea! I love the colours and the lines and ..... wow. This is such a neat photo!!
01/27/2003 06:06:12 PM
This is so cool. Great thinking (either that or you need help!) and excellent composition. Nice one. 10
01/27/2003 02:27:24 PM
Holy crap! someone has a problem. this is very pleasing to the eye. I see only one flaw the bright spots being reflected here and there set of the picture. looks like it belongs in gallery. 9
01/27/2003 11:52:28 AM
Hehe.. A brilliant solution to the title, and a fabulous title. However, I think the frame is hogging way too much of the image, and you cropped the plates a bit harshly, which lost you the 10-vote from me. (9)
01/27/2003 11:06:21 AM
this is absolutely great! perfect ten.
01/27/2003 10:21:45 AM
Awesome shot. The colors are just wonderfu. It's a square meal..literally! My only comment is the color of the egg white, looks more like egg pink. Still, it's in my top 5 of the week. 9 =-)
01/27/2003 08:39:22 AM
Great idea and shot! I think maybe "A Square Meal" might have been a better title though. 8
01/27/2003 06:45:32 AM
wow very carefully thought out and colourful. Great idea you deserve the 10! Hope you do well in the challenge
01/27/2003 03:20:55 AM
LOL GREAT! Obsessive complusive... very good!
01/27/2003 03:09:34 AM
After finishing all my voting I had to go back and change my votes around to make sure that this got the highest rating of all the "square meal" pictures. You definetely won that mini-contest hands down. Awesome shot. Square eggs! You outdid em all! Great composition
01/27/2003 02:20:28 AM
Very good, since you didn't call it a "square meal" you distinguished yourself from the 5 who did. And even if you had, your's is the best depiction of the same.
01/27/2003 12:20:55 AM
great pic.
01/27/2003 12:14:37 AM
looks good enough to eat =o) Nice balance of the colors

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