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A Tasty Portrait
A Tasty Portrait
JawnyRico


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Challenge: Fruits and Vegetables II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: 2007 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Mogadore, Ohio
Date: Feb 11, 2007
Aperture: 8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Feb 11, 2007

My Mother-in-law has a catering business and a bakery so my Father-in-law has a passion for making these incredible decorations out of fruits and vegetables for her business. As you can see he does amazing work. I knew when I saw this challenge that he would be perfect for helping me set this shot up. So he sacrificed his time and helped make them. I made the mice and my wife did the birds.

The well is made out of a watermelon, and the bucket is made out of a cucumber and filled with delicious fruits. The swans are made out of apples. The birds in front are made out of kiwii, with grapes as heads, and sitting on half a lime. The mice are made out of radish's, as are the mushrooms in the back. And finally the cheese is cheese. The easiest one to do. Hope everyone likes this shot. Lighting is a little off, as I was having trouble with where I was shooting.

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Statistics
Place: 35 out of 346
Avg (all users): 6.2485
Avg (commenters): 7.6923
Avg (participants): 6.1553
Avg (non-participants): 6.3939
Views since voting: 1327
Views during voting: 286
Votes: 169
Comments: 30
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02/21/2007 12:56:38 AM
Whoa, this is an elaborate and gorgeous fruit basket! Congrats on a good showing and a good entry. I think the lighting is great - you kept nearly all the glare off the fruits & veggies in the image. Dpc hates fancy borders :-) Can't do anything about it other than to stop trying fancy borders on dpc entries or live with the reaction, haha. Anyway, this is an excellent job - you're good, Sean!
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02/19/2007 04:44:23 PM
Haha, well gotta agree with the border, sorry but it´s absolutely dreadful :)

You asked about the lighting and I actually think it´s pretty good. Maybe if you want more natural lighting is to use a big north window during the day and a tripod, but this is not bad lighting at all. I gotta say I don´t care for the backround though, either would have wanted it pitch black orsomething a bit more natural, like the fruit basket on the top of a desk and the backround out of focus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/17/2007 10:53:28 PM
wow looks like you have been busy....IMO...I think that just a black border would be less distracting
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02/17/2007 11:53:51 AM
WOW! can't stay indifferent in front a this work of art... magnifique... 10
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02/17/2007 01:53:15 AM
Wow! ... That looks like a LOT of work! ... Well done.
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02/16/2007 12:50:57 AM
A lot of work went into this.
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02/15/2007 04:53:41 PM
WOW you have too much spare time - I have to give you 8
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02/15/2007 04:21:14 PM
This looks like lots of work....
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02/15/2007 12:25:15 PM
OH MY GOSH!
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02/15/2007 07:24:48 AM
That's a lot of work! Really nice carving and creating!
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02/15/2007 05:04:25 AM
Oh, you worked al lot for this picture! - Love the mice in the foreground! cute!
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02/14/2007 11:00:14 PM
Here a ten for your great work.
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02/14/2007 10:24:05 AM
Wow, that is amazing and delicious looking at the same time! There should be a ribbon for most talented display of fruit in this challenge! Very nice work, both in photography and the presentation of the fruit.
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02/14/2007 06:45:08 AM
oh my! dinners must be so much fun at your house! what great detail to the carved figures. very creative!
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02/13/2007 07:07:46 PM
I really want to learn how to do this, but it's putting a lot of money at risk! Heh...very cute and nice idea! :) I esp. love the mushrooms and birds!
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02/13/2007 01:12:02 PM
A lot of work, but very attractive.
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02/13/2007 01:03:59 PM
Wow! What fantastic work you did! The lighting is a little harsh but you get full house from me for your effort.
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02/13/2007 12:27:57 PM
WOW - you put a lot of work into this one. Very creative.
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02/12/2007 10:38:13 PM
cute. did you take the time to carve all those critters? Wow! Fruitastic! 8
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02/12/2007 07:13:24 PM
Wow, what an elaborate set up! Must have taken you ages. Very nice effort :)
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02/12/2007 03:00:18 PM
Wow - what a lot of work !!

I think for me it might be a case that less would have been more. Almost anyone of your creations nicely lit could have done well, but that might just be me.
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02/12/2007 02:29:00 PM
Wow - A for Effort. The photo quality and lighting could be better, but I'm stunned at the work that must have gone into this adorable composition!
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02/12/2007 09:50:44 AM
congratulations - this photograph contains a fruit and/or a vegetable, therefore it meets the challenge! well done!

wow!! just wow!! there's a massive amount of effort gone into carving all this fruit! great shot! 9
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02/12/2007 08:46:26 AM
love this, very creative and unique..good luck 10
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02/12/2007 07:29:28 AM
impressive
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02/12/2007 01:37:10 AM
Just a little something you whipped up for the challenge, huh? Very cute!
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02/12/2007 12:57:17 AM
okay, how can i not give this a 10? the border is kinda ugly though
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02/12/2007 12:40:04 AM
Wow! That must have taken a long time. I like the kiwi birds!
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02/12/2007 12:31:33 AM
The work is outstanding, I know how hard this is to do...but the picture is a little harshly lit for my tastes...
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02/12/2007 12:22:22 AM
you abviously went through a lot of trouble for this, so well done with all of the creativity...my only beef is the lighting and the background rubbles in the fabric...not a fan of the border either...it is clever though 7
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