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Cracking an alien egg
Cracking an alien egg

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Challenge: Metal (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
Location: Studio
Date: Jun 21, 2005
Aperture: F/4
ISO: 80
Shutter: 0.62 seconds
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2005

The "egg" is actually a hammered metal table lamp.

Shot early evening to get the long white light for the reflection on the spoon (through a doorway), and used a neon blue table lamp for the blue effect.

Desaturated the yellows and reds to remove sodium glare from spot lights and extraneous reflections from my walls.

Place: 271 out of 508
Avg (all users): 5.0378
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 4.9940
Avg (non-participants): 5.0968
Views since voting: 764
Views during voting: 397
Votes: 291
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2005 04:38:00 PM
Very original, colorful, and just plain nice to look at! Cool!
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06/26/2005 06:35:31 PM
The lighting is very effective in this shot. Nice going.
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06/26/2005 06:23:22 AM
Oooh, I like the silver and blue. This really shows the wonderful reflective qualities of metal and I like how you combine three very different metal surfaces - smooth spoon, crinkled foil nad dimpled ball. Quirky viewpoint and composition work well though bottom of spoon feels a bit tightly cropped - could do with a touch more space below and to right of it? If I were voting I'd probably give this about a 6 or a 7.
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06/25/2005 10:12:12 AM
You get creativity points.

Only item I found distracting was the fact that all of the metal surfaces are reflecting the blue lighting, except the "bowl" of the spoon. The overall effect is that I can't gauge if the "blue" areas are the main focus, or the bowl of the spoon.
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06/24/2005 01:11:24 AM
Good shades. Lots of metal. But somehow not a very interesting pic. Remember, photogrphy is not about capturing moments or objects, but to make them look interesting.
06/22/2005 11:30:09 PM
my goal is to comment on every photo in this challenge..heres urs..good luck. 2nd pass to make a comment....i think i would have left the spoon out of the photo. i like the blue light as it adds a certain drama and fun feel to this..bumpin up from 6 to 9 after close study.
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06/22/2005 04:25:38 PM
let me guess - tin foil wraped around a golf ball?
06/22/2005 10:44:46 AM
I really like the use of color in this photo subtle but not overwhelming.
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06/22/2005 10:34:27 AM
My only problem with this shot is the spoon. There are a lot of shots with kitchen utensils - to easy and it adds nothing to your shot other than to support the title. If the angle was slightly different and the background uniform (not the gray on the right) and drop the spoon and it would have been a much stronger entry.
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