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Hand Mixer
Hand Mixer

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Challenge: Low Tech (Advanced Editing II*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: my garage
Date: Nov 19, 2004
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2004

Raw adjustments
Desaturation and duotone
Blurred the background slightly

Place: 7 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.3107
Avg (commenters): 7.1176
Avg (participants): 6.2300
Avg (non-participants): 6.4156
Views since voting: 1617
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 177
Comments: 22
Favorites: 0

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12/09/2004 05:54:12 PM
Bren, what a beautiful photo -- soft yet crisp, with that beautiful light and silky smoothness so many of your shots have. I knew this would finish in the top 10. Congrats again! :)
12/07/2004 05:08:53 PM
Bren you have a nice eye and a good sense of composition, Lately you have been doing fine and this effort is just another feather on your cap. Congratulations on your 7th finish.
12/07/2004 03:25:14 PM
Thanks -- the stylized type reading "Cook Book" looks nighty familiar, but I don't think it's the same book I've seen before. I love reading old recipe books ... one of my favorite recipe beginnings starts ou "Take enough butter, but not too much, and ..."
12/07/2004 10:14:41 AM
Thanks everyone for all the comments and voting on my photo. I was very pleased with the results. I wasn't sure how well this photo would do.

Originally posted by GeneralE:

I think I recognize the cookbook too, but I'm not sure -- hope it's posted in the notes.

I cropped out just the cook book so you could see it. I was given this by my great grandmother and to tell you the truth I have no idea how old it is. There are no dates at all inside it. As you can see it's in very brittle shape and some of the pages are missing. It's so much fun to read though. Especially all the old remedies in it.
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12/07/2004 07:53:20 AM
Excellent shot, Bren! The sepia adds to the nostalgic value of this image. I can close my eyes and picture this in my mother's kitchen. Congratulations on your top 10 finish!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2004 11:40:12 PM
I think I recognize the cookbook too, but I'm not sure -- hope it's posted in the notes.
12/06/2004 04:57:56 PM
The sepia works well with this. Nice tones - well done.
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12/05/2004 12:11:47 PM
I like everything about this picture. The framing in a square offsetting the roundness of the subject, the mild sepia toning and the modern-feel fo the crisp, sharpness in the image as a whole. The cookbook and radio (yikes I see electronics!) in no way impact the real subject of the hand mixer, in fact, they are such an after thought as to be a perfect background. Nice Job: a top contender!
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12/04/2004 11:42:48 PM
This is my favorite kind of photography. You've captured a mood with this photograph excellently. It's a very charming scene that looks right out of the turn of the century. I wish only that the bowl and mixer weren't quite so centered in the frame. Perhaps zooming out a little and placing the bowl more the left would have helped. It's still a seven, since I'm a sucker for cookbook-ish photography.
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12/03/2004 10:56:06 PM
Good low tech implement, good tones and composition.
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12/03/2004 03:22:17 PM
Nice touch with the eggs and the cookbook in the background
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12/03/2004 12:19:24 AM
Nice layout and good tone. Good luck!
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12/02/2004 03:19:58 AM
great focus and perfect dof, the border seems just a little too 'heavy' though
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11/30/2004 08:01:42 PM
I like the lack of color seems appropriate here.
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11/30/2004 07:48:05 PM
I like this, very homey.
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11/30/2004 01:48:09 PM
So many egg whisks! This one is really excellent though, nice touch with the sepia.
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11/30/2004 12:18:05 PM
god comp, the bottom of the bowl looks slightly oof
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11/30/2004 10:45:15 AM
I see a bit of haze on the pic (USM 30%, 60, 0) will remove it, but then the left egg and beater handle start to blow out. That can be fixed in other ways, but try it to see how nice the glass bowl liooks.

Ver nice composition, coloring and border.
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11/30/2004 07:12:44 AM
I like the whole feel of this setting, I can see how much troulbe you have gone to not only with the bowl and whisk but the surrounding and background items too, thoughtful and appropriate for this challenge!
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11/30/2004 02:30:00 AM
Beautiful! I love the tone, composition and depth. Good luck! :)
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11/30/2004 02:21:56 AM
Hey! You stole my mixer. ;)
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11/30/2004 01:56:56 AM
I like the mixer and the overall image - but the eggs in the bowl seem out of place - I feel their brightness distracts from the interesting gearing of the mixer. Also, nobody would use the mixer on uncracked eggs - it makes it too obvious that it's a set up shot.
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