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Surrogate Mother
Surrogate Mother

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Challenge: Still Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: Kitchen
Date: Nov 2, 2003
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1 sec.
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2003

After all, we're all just vegetables at heart.

Shooting details; Shot was set up under 250 watts of daylight florescent on a white Formica Kitchen Island. Tripod was a Bogen 3051 with a Bogen 3047 head. No flash.

After shooting was complete, I ended up with 30 or so useable frames with apertures ranging from f3.5 to f11 and shutters ranging from 1/60 to 1 second. My rampant and sporadic methods of "all over the place bracketing ™," gave me plenty of variety on depth of field, color depth and sharpness.

The final selection ended up being 4 shots, all very close except the exposures and apertures. Three made it past the initial conversion from raw and crop, two made it into the finals and the one you see I used.

This shot originally had three beginnings, three ideas based on the title concept, but only one outcome. Two ideas depicted similar formulas, but there can be only one. The “Mother” subject originally was short and plump, possibly a bit darker red with a few natural wrinkles and was in the first 11 or so shots, but then I saw the bending over babe with nice smooth skin and perfect color. She won over my heart and ended up on all remaining frames and was subsequently chosen to be my final image model.

Place: 31 out of 326
Avg (all users): 6.0664
Avg (commenters): 7.5263
Avg (participants): 6.2632
Avg (non-participants): 5.7849
Views since voting: 1397
Votes: 226
Comments: 28
Favorites: 2 (view)

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10/10/2004 06:54:31 AM
HeHee! Wonderful shot. I never voted still life or even reviewed all the entries. Shame... You can miss so much.
11/12/2003 07:47:24 AM
VERY amusing and creative!
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11/12/2003 07:12:10 AM
Thanks for all the comments and votes everyone.
11/12/2003 12:04:45 AM
Great job. Funny.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2003 07:35:28 PM
Nicely exposed setup and lit bit of still life humour 9
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11/11/2003 07:33:17 PM
Very funny. Not quite what I would expect for a Still Life. Thank you for making me adjust. 9
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11/11/2003 05:20:43 PM
Adorable shot, and super idea...love the red on white. nicely done!
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11/11/2003 05:09:01 PM
Incredilby cute!!! Awesomely hight key (love the crib) You lose me a little with the lone tomato outside the crib though. Very fun and original shot!!!
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11/11/2003 04:50:32 PM
Ha ha ha - I like this a lot - it's nice to see an image with a silly story to it - which can be discerned without the title and still find the photo visually appealing to boot.
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11/11/2003 03:10:48 PM
hahah! funny. the surrogate mother looks like she's perspiring! cropping a bit odd, but i suppose that is because of technicalities. :o)
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11/10/2003 07:43:40 PM
Cute idea. The white crib provides the setting without distracting from the image; good choice.
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11/10/2003 07:23:51 PM
Cute....i guess
11/10/2003 04:54:28 PM
I love how it looks like the pepper is bending over the small tomato. The only thing I can think of to improve the shot would be to have all the tomatoes' stems pointing up.
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11/08/2003 11:17:49 AM
Nice work. I reckon, wouldn't it better if you capture the whole capsicum and the white subject? (just my opinion)
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11/07/2003 09:27:21 PM
11/07/2003 12:20:14 PM
Cute idea. Made me laugh a little. Good composition but the whites are a little too blown out resulting in loss of detail in the crib.
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11/06/2003 11:37:43 PM
I would have called it "Are you my mother?"
11/06/2003 05:24:31 PM
Ha, ha!
11/06/2003 01:07:26 PM
Funny! Composition and focus good. Pink tinge not so good. 8
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11/06/2003 10:00:10 AM
unique idea, I think there is too much empty space in the bottom left corner, you could have shown more of the tiny crib perhapns.
nice, bright colors and focus is good.
I think its the composition that is throwing me off .. I feel it could be arranged to look better. Good job :)
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11/06/2003 03:09:40 AM
11/05/2003 11:03:21 PM
Cute :)
11/05/2003 06:04:15 PM
lol - cute! great job!
11/05/2003 04:28:28 PM
Cute! Excelent compoisation and balance
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11/05/2003 03:58:28 PM
Hilarious! Where did you get that tiny crib? 8.
11/05/2003 11:56:59 AM
WAY COOL IDEA! It really seems like the big pepper is looking down at that tiny tomato. This is the most imaginative shot of the lot.
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11/05/2003 10:30:21 AM
lol, good humor.
11/05/2003 09:34:19 AM
How creative , and such a nice shot..... 9
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