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Challenge: Abstract Food (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Fremont, CA
Date: Jul 16, 2006
Aperture: f25
ISO: 100
Shutter: 4 seconds
Galleries: Abstract, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2006

Challenge Entry No.134

I know it's been done before but I've always wanted to try this shot and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Bought a portobello mushroom and shot the underside using my 100mm macro lens with natural daylighting. I used adjustment layers for levels and curves to create dramatic lines. Used highlight and shadow as well at default setting. Dodged and burned and cloned out imperfections in the mushroom. Cropped to 630x630 and added a 1 pixel stroke. Enlarged canvas to 640x640 and saved for web.

Post Challenge

Woohoo! This is my first ribbon in a Member Only challenge. I am so excited about this one. Thanks for all the comments and votes in this challenge everyone.

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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 199
Avg (all users): 6.9867
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.8452
Avg (non-participants): 7.0709
Views since voting: 9524
Views during voting: 551
Votes: 225
Comments: 71
Favorites: 13 (view)


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07/30/2006 12:15:03 AM
Happy for you as this is a super image deserving the highest praise. Congratulations on your RED.
07/29/2006 02:41:26 PM
Gave you a 9. What else can I say you are a machine! :-)

Congrats Man! Another of many fine images!
07/28/2006 07:38:12 PM
Yayses! Stop winning those darn ribbons dude, do I have to come over there and break your right index finger so you can´t take photos anymore? This is getting annoying, trying to catch up and you always staying ahead of the game, hehe :) Congrats dude!
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07/28/2006 05:13:33 PM
Greeting from the critique club. Geeze as many ribbons as you have you still want a critique? You should be doing these not asking for them. I'm really not sure what I can do to help you better this shot. Nice focus, nice dof use, excellent lighting as well. COngrats on the Ribbon.
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07/28/2006 04:27:23 PM
great job! congrats on ANOTHER ribbon ;)
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07/25/2006 06:21:17 PM
Congratulations on moving on up to second!!! WOW man, funny how the world works sometimes
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07/25/2006 05:29:25 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, excellent shot!
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07/25/2006 01:23:09 PM
Congratulations Rikki. Well done! I like the sci fi look too.
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07/25/2006 06:37:52 AM
Congratulations Rikki! Excellent shot.
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07/25/2006 03:37:19 AM
Nice 3D effect Rikki, well done my man!
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07/24/2006 09:01:40 PM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/24/2006 04:11:48 PM
Way to go Rikki! We picked the same subject matter, but you nailed it.
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07/24/2006 03:39:12 PM
I gave this an 8. Liked the composition, color and texture. Just that 'bit' of mushroom was slightly distracting/out of place, in my opinion, but fairly minor anyway. edit: Congratulations.

Message edited by author 2006-07-24 16:30:55.
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07/24/2006 03:13:36 PM
Yet another 'wow' entry! Congrats!
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07/24/2006 12:20:19 PM
You deserved this ribbon. Congrats!
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07/24/2006 11:38:11 AM
awesome, so you ribboned without any bright colors?! very neat pic, I like the composition, not sure about the title, but who needs one of those anyway ;)
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07/24/2006 08:45:01 AM
Rikki Rikki nice photo. Congrats on another ribbon, keep it up Cap.
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07/24/2006 06:58:59 AM
Nice picture Rikki! Congratulations
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07/24/2006 06:50:42 AM
congrats on another well taken image!
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07/24/2006 06:46:50 AM
i thought this pict would win
Personally one of my favourites, Well done !
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07/24/2006 05:12:49 AM
rikki tikki tarvi!! you done it again, congrashulations.

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07/24/2006 02:31:39 AM
RIKKAY!!! Way to go and strike another ribbon for the Bay Area DPCer's! Congrats.
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07/24/2006 01:22:41 AM
Way to Go Rikki!!
I knew this one would ribbon!
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07/24/2006 01:19:36 AM
so... when are you going to quit your day job? :)
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07/24/2006 01:09:58 AM
That would go well in "Lines."
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07/24/2006 01:09:49 AM
Another excellent idea and well deserved ribbon, Congratulations!
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07/24/2006 12:49:17 AM
Really nice Rikki. Congratulations on your excellent placement.
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07/24/2006 12:38:33 AM
This beautiful image certainly deserved to ribbon. Congratulations Rikki.
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07/24/2006 12:35:52 AM
Congrats again Rikki !
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07/24/2006 12:30:55 AM
Excellent image here Rikki.....Your the man.....
I really love this shot of the mushroom, as the "textures" are to die for..... Really "congratulations" on another ribbon.....
You need to go on holidays to let someone wins some ribbons.....
Only joking mate, as you can't let your team down.....

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07/24/2006 12:28:08 AM
Great job, Rikki! You da man! :)
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07/24/2006 12:25:51 AM
Congratulations Rikki...I gave you a 10 and you deserved the ribbon... that's me in 4th place right behind ya buddy! Excellent shot and a worthy winner (he says as he wipes tears off his cheeks..) ;-)
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07/24/2006 12:24:44 AM
Congrats Rikki. Another well done shot.

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07/24/2006 12:21:18 AM
the lighting on this is superb! Congrats on yet another ribbon!
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07/24/2006 12:19:36 AM
Wow, great shot Rikki! Way to go for the team!
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07/24/2006 12:19:26 AM
Well done Rikki another ribbon with a great image.
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07/24/2006 12:19:21 AM
Lovely detail and lighting Rikki. You don't stay out of the medals for too long do you? Congrats on the Yellow.
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07/24/2006 12:17:03 AM
Rikki!!
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07/24/2006 12:16:39 AM
Congrats Rikki....well done.
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07/24/2006 12:12:05 AM
you suck! :P
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07/24/2006 12:08:53 AM
Another ribbon! You da man! Nice shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2006 11:55:34 PM
Wonderful macro!
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07/23/2006 10:12:35 PM
perfect in every way.....
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07/23/2006 07:46:46 PM
Looks like a sci fi world. Great macro!
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07/23/2006 12:06:56 AM
Great macro and very definitely abstract. This is excellent.
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07/22/2006 09:58:39 PM
Splendid Shroom ... Extreme portrait from the fungi family. Top ten, but, you already know that. :)
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07/22/2006 08:05:14 PM
Patterns, lines are neat
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07/22/2006 01:25:57 AM
whatever
07/21/2006 09:39:39 PM
Such a wonderful macro! Lovely textures.
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07/21/2006 09:03:58 PM
Very nice shot. Has an almost alien like feel to it. The color and focus are excellent. Maybe a bit more macro than abstract but I didnt let that affect my vote. Bumping up.
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07/21/2006 08:16:33 PM
Mushrooms make excellent subjects - well done.
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07/21/2006 07:41:49 PM
Love the "rays" of the mushroom. Wish the top piece from the stem was not sticking out. It is slightly distracting. But otherwise I think it's beautifully composed and very sharp for a macro shot.
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07/21/2006 11:03:44 AM
Terrific mushroom macro.
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07/20/2006 09:01:38 PM
wow - simply awesome!!!! my top pick....beautiful shot.
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07/20/2006 07:12:25 PM
Great macro! 7
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07/20/2006 06:49:19 PM
Very nice, great lighting and perfect detail
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07/20/2006 12:07:56 PM
Great macro shot! Excellent execution! The thing on the top of the mushroom distracts me from the rest of this GREAT image :)
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07/19/2006 06:27:47 PM
WOW....What amazing texture.
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07/19/2006 09:28:46 AM
great shroom image, looks more like a nature image, desert canyon from US Southwest or rock formation. -10-
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07/19/2006 05:20:26 AM
Bit new to this but this is my favourite - good work
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07/18/2006 12:08:14 PM
I'm assuming this is an upside down mushroom. I love the macro texture of this image. It reminds me of an alien landscape. 10! Beautifully done.
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07/18/2006 08:16:49 AM
Excellently presented. Love the colours und the subject.
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07/17/2006 10:36:58 PM
Wow! this is simply stunning! The textures are amazing.
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07/17/2006 10:32:38 PM
Super abstract macro! You've really given this mushroom a whole new life and identity. Love all the different textures! 10
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07/17/2006 10:29:02 PM
This is incredible!
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07/17/2006 05:15:05 PM
not too crazy about the big white thing on top but you have great detail on the bottom and...okay, the top of the mushroom is great - love the detail and the angle. The stem, except for the white part that cuts across my vision is great too. oh, what the hell - 10. I've always wanted to shoot one of these. Haven't gotten around to it... :)
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07/17/2006 04:41:24 PM
great choice of subject for this challenge. the DOF and lighting are great. not sure how i feel about the overhanging chunk of stem.
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07/17/2006 04:36:18 PM
I thought about submitting a picture just like this but didn't have time to set it up and shoot. It is good but I think you should have removed that piece that is sticking out because what makes this picture are the lines and that thing on top distracts our attention from them. I'll give you a 7 anyways.
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07/17/2006 01:42:59 PM
9 :) very nice.
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07/17/2006 11:58:09 AM
Excellent job, one of the few that realy meets the challenge.
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07/17/2006 01:28:48 AM
wow! amazing macro detail and lighting...great as an abstract, cannot fault this 10
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