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Waiter, there's a bug on my plate!
Waiter, there's a bug on my plate!
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Challenge: Knife Fork Spoon (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Good - Average
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Dec 4, 2005
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Dec 4, 2005

This was a last-minute idea that I thought might be a little different from the horde of silverware macro shots I expect (it had BETTER be).

A pitchfork and shovel form the core of the illusion along with a "plate" I made from tileboard and blue masking tape. Shot with a monolight on either side. My son wouldn't wear the wings at first (they're for girls), so I had to resort to bribery. That's an "I'm getting chocolate" smile. ;-)

Shot in RAW. Levels, cloning out wrinkles and blemishes, shifted the pitchfork "neck" from red to gray, shifted the blue masking tape to a more muted color, assorted dodging and burning.

Note- as several comments pointed out, the overall image is pretty flat, and that probably held the score back. If I hadn't entered two minutes before the deadline, I might have fixed it.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 163
Avg (all users): 6.7850
Avg (commenters): 8.5357
Avg (participants): 6.4938
Avg (non-participants): 6.9832
Views since voting: 3270
Views during voting: 472
Votes: 200
Comments: 54
Favorites: 3 (view)


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12/18/2005 08:41:01 AM
Another unique shot! Congrats! :)
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12/17/2005 07:19:33 PM
Originally posted by jhonan:

Absolutely brilliant. An amazing shot. If this doesn't ribbon I'll eat my hat.

Can anyone recommend a nice sauce to go with hat?
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12/12/2005 09:05:49 PM
Congratulations! I figured this was you - you're good! I'm going to have to study your pictures. I like the soft colours in this one, it suits this picture well. Your little boy has a very endearing smile.
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12/12/2005 08:54:07 PM
You were robbed! I personally think this is much better than the yellow and red, and possibly even the blue. I'm amazed it didn't ribbon- it's brilliant! And it reminds me of the old 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids' movies... :)
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12/12/2005 04:49:11 PM
I thought for sure that this would ribbon. Congrats on another great creation.
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12/12/2005 04:20:02 PM
$9.00 for the tileboard. Everything else I already had or borrowed.
12/12/2005 03:54:25 PM
Okay, so how much did you spend on this shot?

BTW...it was one of my highest rated.
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12/12/2005 01:06:35 PM
With every image that you post I am more and more amazed at your endless creativity.
In a way, the muted blue makes your kid stand out a bit too much, as if it was pasted into the photo, but honestly? I don't care.
I don't care about the "flatness" either. A photo has to have a bit more then technicalities in it.
And not that the 6th place is bad, but I would prefer seeing this one ribbons.
Such a wonderful job!

By the way, it is perfectly legal to bribe little kids into this sort of things ;-)

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12/12/2005 08:49:22 AM
What a great composition. I was trying to figure out how you did it before I read your comments. Unbelievably clever.
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12/12/2005 05:53:47 AM
Your son looks like he really had fun with this shot. What a great idea! I was very surprised it did not ribbon. Congratulations on this wonderful piece of art and a top 6 finish.
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12/12/2005 02:30:23 AM
I knew this had to be you :-) Nice finish! Doesn't quite have the "tonal sparkle" of your best work, but a fine concept nicely set up.

Robt.
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12/12/2005 02:11:05 AM
Hey Mr.! :) Congratulations on another top 10. I was so sure this one would ribbon.
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12/12/2005 01:39:36 AM
wings aren't for girls, they are for fairys. Fairies have to be girls and boys, or how would they make baby faries!!
If only you had gotten him to wear stripey stockings...
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12/12/2005 01:04:24 AM
Very cute with a facial expression that brings a smile. Congratulations on your top ten finish.
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12/12/2005 12:36:01 AM
I knew it I knew it I knew it. :) Thought it would ribbon though. Great, great job!
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12/12/2005 12:28:56 AM
you are on a roll my friend! congrats on another top notch idea, excellent execution and best of all wonderful photograph
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12/12/2005 12:16:46 AM
You have an awesome gift of imagination, your kids must love it.
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12/12/2005 12:11:36 AM
congrats. i knew it was you.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/11/2005 06:35:43 PM
Love it...What a fun photo....10
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12/11/2005 04:27:59 AM
Wow, This took some effort. Great job....
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12/09/2005 05:51:41 PM
very good--unique and creative-9
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12/09/2005 05:45:25 PM
Wonderful, adorable, great imagination and expertly executed!
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12/09/2005 03:17:13 PM
Very good, I like it a lot!
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12/09/2005 12:25:06 PM
Haha, very good trick, took me a second to realize that the "spoon and fork" were a hayfork and a shovel. Just means that the "plate" looks realistic and so does the cloth under the shovel/hayfork. Gave this an 8, brought a smile to my face.
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12/09/2005 09:29:04 AM
This is just too too funny. What a great idea. The shovel and pitch fork make great added humor. Well done indee.
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12/07/2005 11:32:17 PM
Great shot, what an awesome out side the box idea.
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12/07/2005 10:19:38 PM
Cute. It wouldn't surprise me if this got a ribbon especially since this type of photography usually does well here. Personally, I don't really care too much for it but it is well done thus I gave it a 7.
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12/06/2005 10:19:53 PM
fantastic perspective!
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12/06/2005 07:16:01 PM
Without shoes too to boot. lol Bumping up.
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12/06/2005 06:28:46 PM
You shouldn't call children "bugs" you know, it's bad for their self-esteem. Although this little fellow doesn't look like his self-esteem is hurting :) Nice!
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12/06/2005 03:50:14 PM
Cute, very cute.
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12/06/2005 11:52:32 AM
Absolutely awesome setup & execution! This just screams Scalvert... (Whether it is or not, please take it as a compliment!) Terrific job! 10
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12/06/2005 05:28:17 AM
7 - Good effort and idea and well done if this is original. Criticism; of course the classic 'a fly in my soup', but much harder to execute especially given your 'utensils'. Seems you have gone to a lot of trouble to set this up. Right down to (I presume) the choice of shirt on the 'bug'. Perhaps some type of 'toning down', or 'softening' of the 'bug', so that it was a little more subtle, coupled with a slightly different crop/framing, especially to gain more 'context' (difficult I am sure as you likely were on a ladder to do this, who knows), may have made this even better in my opinion.
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12/06/2005 02:51:54 AM
great still life and perfectly lit. These arec hard ones to do but this is top class 10
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12/05/2005 11:44:28 PM
cute...and genius
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12/05/2005 03:31:42 PM
This deserves to ribbon. Super-clever, and really well done.
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12/05/2005 02:59:01 PM
Wow, this is creative. Brilliant idea. Well executed. Only comment is it seems a touch flat. Could be my monitor. Great job!
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12/05/2005 02:36:02 PM
You took a very fun approach to this challenge. Very nice setup and execution. Great photo!
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12/05/2005 02:34:37 PM
You're too clever Mr. :) Yet another winner. I just started voting but can tell already this is a winner.
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12/05/2005 02:02:49 PM
very cute and amusing!
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12/05/2005 01:58:49 PM
This is adorable!!! Very creative.
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12/05/2005 01:19:29 PM
Oh, that is a really cute illusion!
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12/05/2005 01:06:47 PM
sweet! love the idea too :D
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12/05/2005 12:11:40 PM
Superb. 10
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12/05/2005 11:50:36 AM
Very, very nice! This looks very Scalvert-esque to me!
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12/05/2005 10:15:15 AM
Very creative, good imagination, Bonus for the cutie!!
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12/05/2005 08:53:06 AM
Great idea, nice bug (8)
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12/05/2005 06:56:56 AM
Absolutely brilliant. An amazing shot. If this doesn't ribbon I'll eat my hat.
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12/05/2005 06:21:28 AM
this is so adorable and so cheeky, very well done.I love it and hopt it does well.
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12/05/2005 05:42:50 AM
This looks like a scalvert setup - if not, take it as a very high compliment and consider my prediction of a ribbon for such a creative, technically excellent, superbly executed shot - AND a definite standout in a mundane challenge.
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12/05/2005 12:54:03 AM
Outrageous! Very enjoyable. Feels like it could be a little more luminous, though....
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12/05/2005 12:51:27 AM
i think i know who you are... 10 from me!
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12/05/2005 12:35:29 AM
This I believe will win the blue ribbon ..
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12/05/2005 12:22:55 AM
Shannon, you are taking those end-of-year ribbon stats very seriously I think! This should easily get you another blue!
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