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Challenge: PEAS! (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Aug 14, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Aug 14, 2006

Last second shot (started boiling peas at 10:40pm)! Whoa... I never thought I'd ribbon with it! :-D

I actually thought of the idea last year, and bought Swarovski crystal beads at a craft store around Oct-Nov specifically for this shot. Fairly simple: peas, beads, and my wife wearing my suit and a white glove. ;-) I had a brolly box aimed at the hand and plate, and a bare monolight pointed at the painted background.

Processing: Convert from RAW, crop, levels, curves, punch up the saturation on the peas and dodge the crystal bead highlights, convert to grayscale with Channel Mixer, then colorize to Sepia and History Brush the peas back to color. Punch up the existing vignette and even it out with a burn tool, lightly burn the shadows on the glove for more detail. Resize, USM and submit.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 209
Avg (all users): 6.9211
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.7600
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 10601
Views during voting: 425
Votes: 228
Comments: 59
Favorites: 14 (view)


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10/29/2006 05:14:38 AM
I have penchant for gritty scenes. this is not, but I love it. Had i been a member then a definite 8+.
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08/27/2006 01:05:10 AM
Best in show, IMO. Lighting is outstanding! Congrats on the ribbon :)
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08/25/2006 10:28:58 PM
You have such a creative take that never fails to amaze me. A lovely word play with an elegant image. Congratulations on your Red.
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08/25/2006 04:57:51 PM
So who was it that originally recognized your genius????? And, oh, what talent. Congratulations, once again, on a jewel of a piece! Very clever and well executed, as usual!
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08/25/2006 04:42:44 AM
congrats to the zillionst ribbon, man. technically perfect, as always, not to speak of the composition.
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08/24/2006 09:22:58 AM
Very classy, as always. Love it.
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08/23/2006 07:44:51 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, excellent shot!
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08/23/2006 04:55:40 PM
so very effective because of the simplicity...well done and congrats on the ribbon...
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08/22/2006 11:49:14 PM
Simply perfect :)
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08/22/2006 11:26:33 PM
Your creativity and attention to detail always inspire me. Absolutely impressive. Very clean and professional. This is a powerful photo. The photo and the title fit well together. This speaks volumes about your imagination, talent, and vision. I think it's wonderful that your wife and family understand and help you create and project your art and your vision. Sorry, don't mean to ramble.

Congratulations,
Stephen
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08/22/2006 09:23:55 PM
Another great shot Shannon! Congratulations!
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08/22/2006 08:38:53 PM
Great lighting and PP! Congrats on your Ribbon Shannon! Fantastic concept and execution as always! Your house must be full of great props and models!
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08/22/2006 07:08:26 PM
Congratulations Shannon! You always know just what to do!
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08/22/2006 05:08:33 PM
original idea :)
congrats on your ribbon!
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08/22/2006 04:42:30 PM
Well done Shannon !
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08/22/2006 10:47:36 AM
nice one shannon! congrats
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08/22/2006 10:12:55 AM
creative and quirky at the smae time Shannon...well done and congrats on yet another (yawn) ribbon! ;-)
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08/22/2006 09:48:11 AM
And to think that I didn't even say "Peas" as requested. Congrats Shannon!
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08/22/2006 09:31:11 AM
I should have known this was yours. Had it as a shoe in for the blue. Wonderfully executed (as usual). Congrats.
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08/22/2006 09:16:23 AM
congrats! well done!
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08/22/2006 08:52:02 AM
Your wife has a unisex hand. :)
I couldn't tell if it's a male or female hand.

Nice take on the challenge
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08/22/2006 08:34:47 AM
This does look good, impressive way of presenting the simplest of things..congratulations, well deserved.
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08/22/2006 08:33:26 AM
I bet this would make a great stock photo!
You rock as always Shannon!!
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08/22/2006 08:28:56 AM
One more ribbon for your collection!
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08/22/2006 05:10:51 AM
Nice one, Shannon! Clean and "correct". Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/22/2006 04:27:56 AM
Congratulations! Excellent work!
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08/22/2006 02:33:12 AM
A really stunning shot. Beautiful detail and composition. Huge congrats on the red.
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08/22/2006 12:44:55 AM
another scalvert gem ;P. congrats on your ribbon and another clever "scalvert" take on the challenge topic. congraztulations.
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08/22/2006 12:16:27 AM
congrats on another one!
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08/22/2006 12:13:18 AM
splendid!
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08/22/2006 12:07:42 AM
"Last second shot" and it shows! :P

Congrats
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/21/2006 11:07:18 PM
I like the subtlty, but maybe the diamonds could be a bit more pronounced.
Nice shot.
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08/21/2006 10:22:25 PM
Simply elegant! This is my top pic because you were able to make a rather mundane subject interesting to look at. 9
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08/21/2006 07:18:05 PM
This is my favorite...diamonds are a girl's best friend.
Great job!
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08/21/2006 07:07:43 PM
Interesting idea well executed. The selective desat works well. Nice work and bumping up.
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08/21/2006 09:43:13 AM
Love the desat, it works well, lighting is perfect and pin sharp
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08/21/2006 06:09:09 AM
This is soooooooooooooo good!!!10
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08/21/2006 02:57:36 AM
Fantastic. Super shot.
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08/20/2006 06:38:53 PM
Great idea, very well done!
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08/20/2006 03:28:52 PM
While a nice play on words I just don't see it with out the title. the suit and glove are a very nice touch and the background suits the image well.
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08/20/2006 01:22:26 PM
Nice shot. I like the light on the peas.
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08/20/2006 02:22:41 AM
Nice clean shot.
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08/19/2006 04:18:01 PM
A neat idea. Good composition.
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08/18/2006 11:15:55 PM
I think you have a winner here! Great concept and execution.
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08/18/2006 04:01:55 PM
Oh lol i get it : D very funny. Great image. I like the colorless BG.
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08/18/2006 03:49:36 PM
Very well done. Such a clean shot, it looks perfect in every detail.
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08/17/2006 11:20:23 PM
love the crop..awesome clarity and focus..somewhat outside the box..great...best of luck 10+
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08/16/2006 10:59:10 AM
Nice professional look to it...

Subject almost becomes the hand - I would have prefered a little more light on the peas & rocks - they could use just a bit more brilliance.
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08/16/2006 08:04:12 AM
Wow I love this~! It's nice and clean. Ready for a magazine
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08/15/2006 09:53:49 PM
Great idea and you pulled it off well. Perhaps a closer crop as I see the hand first then the peas....
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08/15/2006 07:28:54 PM
Great title, cool concept, beautiful detail.
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08/15/2006 05:59:42 PM
nice!!
7
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08/15/2006 08:23:35 AM
lovely selective desat with great lighting and composition...the idea is very creative, well done and good luck
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08/15/2006 07:24:18 AM
Wow! Nicely done and the desaturation on everything but the peas works really well. 9 from me.
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08/15/2006 06:40:25 AM
Very good picture. Like the choice of colors and just all of this picture. Lightning is good, placement of subject good... overall, very good.... - 9
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08/15/2006 05:35:21 AM
Nice and crisp. This should do well.
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08/15/2006 01:40:51 AM
splendid
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08/15/2006 12:09:06 AM
Gorgeous!!! The lighting and exposure are perfect. Everything about this is superbly done. 10
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08/15/2006 12:08:37 AM
Holy shit!! That is BRILLIANT. So clever not only with the title and idea, but execution. 10
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