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Eve Seeks a Recipe for an Organic Vegan Apple Pie and Considers Thai Takeout
Eve Seeks a Recipe for an Organic Vegan Apple Pie and Considers Thai Takeout
Rebecca

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Self Portrait V (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Lakewood, CO
Date: Nov 4, 2006
Galleries: Nude, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2006

I knew right away that I wanted to do something with an apple. The concept that grew from the apple idea was Eve's last day in the Garden of Eden, if Eve were a modern urban vegetarian free spirit hippie sort of girl.

To be honest, since it is a self-portrait, I am very much a city-loving organic hippie/yuppie hybrid myself, though not a vegetarian - I just happen to really like vegetarian food as a healthy and creative cuisine. The apple became part of my dinner: Chicken and Rice with Apple and Madras Curry. Mmmmm...

The fabric used as a background is good old-fashioned burlap. I like the texture it provides for this shot, but after two hours of wriggling about on that stuff, my back was totally raw and itchy. I don't recommend it. Next time, I'll use some bedsheets.

Shot almost completely straight down, with my tripod supported by a footstool and a large sofa pillow so it wouldn't topple over under the weight of the camera, and then I essentially shot the photo upside down in an attempt to get the camera slightly above eye level without having ym legs tangle with the tripod. With only a 10 second delay available to me, that would have been a complete disaster.

There was a lot of work on this one, but most of it all within adjustment layers. Photo was rotated 180 degrees and cropped. The apple, eyes and lips were treated on separate layers, then blended in to the adjusted background, which is overall a combination of lots of levels, curves, brightness, and most of all hue/saturation and color balance. Cloned out blemishes and a few skin and fabric wrinkles. Strategic burning on stage left arm, magazine, around edges of eyes. Dodged and color sponged eye whites. Neat Imaged for artifact noise, then resized, USM'd, and re-added a very little bit of uniform noise for a less plasticky texture.

If it were legal in Advanced, I would have used this version instead:
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11/12/2006 11:39:43 AM
I had this one picked as a ribbon winner! Considering the competition....
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11/12/2006 01:43:09 AM
One of my favorites in the challenge (10) I love the idea and execution. The modl is cute too ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2006 11:50:25 PM
Absolutely adore this portrait. Love the idea, love the post work... favourite.
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11/11/2006 11:00:07 PM
Certainly the most original title in the lot! Bonus point for creativity.
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11/11/2006 10:31:43 PM
Nice photo. Make me hungry for a Hamburger. :-P j/k
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11/11/2006 04:34:17 AM
that apple looks to nice to give away, love the expression on your face.
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11/10/2006 10:43:38 PM
great title. great processing. great look. 10
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11/10/2006 07:36:05 AM
I wonder what she decided. This is a great soft and beautiful image with a touch of humor. There's something about the straight on angle that makes me want either a clean background or a more obvious idea that she is laying down. 7
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11/10/2006 04:13:00 AM
Love it:)) The post processing is great.
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11/09/2006 10:27:13 PM
Very creative pose! And the color palette fits well with the overall theme.
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11/08/2006 11:09:35 PM
Wow! I love the old time poster feel, the flowing hair and hand positions. Only one thing that I would change here is the richness of the apple's color. A very strong visual made even stronger with the side gaze and head positinon and all colors play so well. Bump.
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11/08/2006 06:30:21 PM
Love it! Fantastic image and title too!!
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11/08/2006 01:56:59 PM
One of the most unique in the challenge.
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11/07/2006 11:22:23 PM
Excellent! Love the colors and the beauty of this photo.
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11/07/2006 07:40:43 PM
Great pose. Funny idea. The soft light is nice. Not sure about the coloring, but I like the intent. Lovely model.
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11/07/2006 12:03:43 PM
Love the colours ^^
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11/06/2006 05:58:44 PM
I really like the use of editting in this photo. Great job!
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11/06/2006 05:45:19 PM
I love the colors here, your hair is a great touch in the photo! title is funny :D
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11/06/2006 03:51:38 PM
...but she forgot the number and the world went to hell. Love the irony and humor Eve.
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11/06/2006 12:49:07 PM
RT to comment:
Wow love this shot!! Like the post process, idea and color. Long title, but funny. Humm I think I will mark it up a noch, I'm liking it more & more.
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11/06/2006 12:20:43 AM
this is so funky and cool! 9
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11/05/2006 10:07:25 PM
excellent shot Becky. love your PP work.
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11/05/2006 07:41:05 PM
LOL! The title is awesome! Love the supporting image as well - nicely done!
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11/05/2006 05:29:42 PM
I was wondering how to do an editing to get this kind of result... so when the challenge finish I will ask you how you did this :)... I love it! the whole idea and the post processing! Good job!
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11/05/2006 12:17:08 PM
Women! They say they want books to look them in the eyes, but see what she's doing here...

Nice shot... love th title

Back for a bump.
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11/05/2006 10:28:40 AM
Such A great title; such elaborate and fun work; great job
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11/05/2006 08:44:13 AM
lol. very cool! nice shot. good luck.
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11/05/2006 06:12:03 AM
wonderful, quirky and well executed...I love this 9
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11/05/2006 01:06:56 AM
Maybe a bit too much noise reduction? But it makes it seem like a painting.. and that really fits the style, I think. I really like this photo, and the title is very interesting.
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11/05/2006 12:51:38 AM
Great job! The PP on this is really well done. You really managed to make the most of the bright light without blowing out the whites. Excellent work.
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11/05/2006 12:35:08 AM
Cool! Love it.
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11/05/2006 12:33:39 AM
Amazing, soft skin tones. Beautiful. GREAT title!!! Love it. 10
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11/05/2006 12:05:17 AM
hehe, i have that magazine. :)
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