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Challenge: Centered Composition II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: at home
Date: Jan 1, 2007
Aperture: f8.0
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1.6
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 2, 2007

Popcorn is my FAVORITE food.

Staged this in my little homemade cardboard lightbox. I suspended one piece of popcorn above the box with a red thread. I moved another piece of popcorn (also strung on a thread) in a downward motion, starting from behind the suspended piece. No one in my house really wanted to help me with this (can't blame them), so I used the timer on my camera. It was quite difficult to get the lighting right with the long shutter speed, without blowing out the highlights on the popcorn.

This probably won't do as well as my plate of macaroni entry, but I wanted to see if I could pull this off. This was the best of about 100 shots.

Post-processing: rotate to straighten box, selective adjustments in levels, shadows/highlights, sharpen, crop, brightness/contrast, hue/saturation, added a background layer with a gradient set to slightly darken the upper region, cloned out a few specks in the background as well the red thread used to suspend the popcorn, dodge/burn, a couple of light passes of USM, reduce file size, add border, save for web.

Place: 39 out of 415
Avg (all users): 6.2290
Avg (commenters): 7.3000
Avg (participants): 6.3441
Avg (non-participants): 6.1405
Views since voting: 1322
Views during voting: 301
Votes: 214
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/11/2007 01:13:18 AM
way to be creative. very nice.
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01/09/2007 04:49:51 PM
One of my top 3. "10"
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01/09/2007 02:08:54 PM
Gave me a smile. :D Clever and well executed. Could use maybe a bit more 'centering', but still fun nonetheless. Good luck.
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01/08/2007 12:05:43 PM
great shot but I feel that it would be even better without the flying popcorn
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01/06/2007 06:59:25 PM
I want some, I want some...ok picture.
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01/05/2007 09:20:35 PM
Nicely done but is YOUR eye drawn to the center or that excaping kernel?
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01/04/2007 10:50:24 PM
color and detail are great... motion effect is especially cool!
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01/04/2007 05:51:35 PM
This is really cool. How did you do it?
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01/04/2007 11:00:24 AM
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01/03/2007 04:39:49 PM
great idea and colours!
wonderful execuition!
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01/03/2007 07:27:39 AM
good lighting and color, well done, though the center of interest is off-centered
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01/03/2007 02:18:05 AM
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