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Challenge: Abstract Food (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Micco, FL
Date: Jul 13, 2006
Aperture: F/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/6
Galleries: Abstract, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2006

These are tiny, inferno hot, peppers from my garden. I had been looking at the colorful plant for weeks trying to think of a unique way to photograph the peppers. During a discussion with Tate (metatate), it occurred to me that Abstract II was dominated by hot colors curvilinear shapes. That's when I got inspired to enter this challenge. I was searching my kitchen for an interesting food item when I thought of the peppers.

I played with many different setups until I arrived at this. Tiny peppers siliconed onto a piece of bristol board and shot in God's big light box (outside on my patio). It's my first real attempt to appeal to voters' sensibilities; and even if it bombs...I'm fairly satisfied. The peppers may look blotchy, but they were; and I left some rough edges where the stems were, so that they'd still be recognizable as organic objects.

If I were ever to develop a "style", it would be somewhere along these lines.

Rotate, flip, crop, levels, curves, hue/saturation adjustment, color balance, clone out sensor spots, healing brush flaws on peppers and visible silocone used to adhere them to the BG. Selective blur, doge, burn satuarate and desaturate. Resize, USM, save for web.

Curious how many people will get the hybrid Title.

Place: 25 out of 199
Avg (all users): 6.2571
Avg (commenters): 8.1818
Avg (participants): 6.0875
Avg (non-participants): 6.3615
Views since voting: 1856
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 210
Comments: 20
Favorites: 5 (view)

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12/17/2008 04:29:18 AM
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11/04/2007 11:40:11 PM
WOW yet another reason that I would be tempted to want to sit and just observe how you come up with this stuff, GREAT photo, lighting, composition... all great and I esp like the way you got the colours in the peppers to flow so well in the circle. Sweet HOT :)

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02/12/2007 11:03:54 PM
This is terrific! I have yet to figure out how to shoot things against a white background so they look good.
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09/10/2006 09:32:48 PM
Very unique. Cool picture, too. I like how you take something "simple" and make it intriguing!
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09/10/2006 12:47:34 AM
you are so good at this graphic look - the grasshopper, this shot, the glass, the cactus, very nice work!

Not sure this audience will ever appreciate these as much as you wish - but I'll bet you can guess an audience that I think would! :-)

Wish I saw the world more in this graphic way - sure love these kinds of shots.
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07/24/2006 03:51:36 PM
I gave this an 8. Liked the use of colors and the pattern created. Re your title, honestly only after reviewing it and reading your notes, do I now 'get' what you were aiming for - but might just be me, good any way. Would like to have seen a little softer light overall, otherwise perhaps not a white background - just seems a bit 'bright'.
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07/24/2006 11:50:11 AM
awesome shot! I love the composition and the setup... only tiny thing is that it seems a tad overexposed (to rid of shadows?), but that's it, I love the way you arranged them by color and placed the circle in the upper corner, beautiful
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07/24/2006 07:47:37 AM
Great shot Roxanne! I loved the off center composition. The blend and shift of colors is excellent (how many did you have to go through to get this combination?) The shot is clear and very well focused. The combination of title and composition works very well. I love it! Well done!

Message edited by author 2006-07-25 21:27:07.
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07/24/2006 01:18:30 AM
Thanks for the great comments everyone! And to answer the question about the colors, it's a decorative pepper plant covered with little peppers of varying colors. It took me about one minute to cut them off of the plant.

The arrangement took a little longer.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2006 11:03:23 PM
great stuff! reminds me of andy goldsworthy.
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07/23/2006 10:12:03 PM
perfect composition.....
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07/22/2006 05:43:23 PM
Lovely movement here. It almost looks like a gang of colorful mice spinning around.
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07/21/2006 06:55:06 PM
Nice and simple. Great gradients between the peppers and the crop works well. Nice work and bumping up.
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07/19/2006 05:44:45 PM
How long did it take you to find all the those different colors? Wonderful job on the composition and use of colors...a 10 in my books.
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07/18/2006 09:04:10 PM
That's a lot of time spent pick out just the right peppers and arranging them for this photo. Very clever idea and well executed.
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07/18/2006 11:17:15 AM
Nice refreshing colors and modern feel. I like!
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07/18/2006 01:01:10 AM
This is nice, I like the pattern. maybe a slightly tighter crop would help, maybe...
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07/17/2006 07:58:55 PM
Very cool, creative... 9
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07/17/2006 02:33:45 PM
Clever! I just wish I could see the whole thing. I don't like the crop but I DO love the photo!
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07/17/2006 12:00:34 PM
Good job, great lighting.
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