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Challenge: Fruits and Vegetables II (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: Feb 11, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: Feb 11, 2007

My 4th entry in a row with the Sigma macro lens. I like new toys. ;-)

This one presented a few challenges. The tube nozzle was cut from an old tube of paint and hot glued to a banana of the same size. I hollowed out the back end and scraped it thin with a razor blade so it would roll, then secured it with a toothpick (which is still visible- oops). The "paint" is whipped heavy cream and food color. I made a "blob" of whipped cream with a tall peak using a cake decorator's icing tube, then lowered the banana nozzle onto it and tilted it over so it would look like the paint was coming out of the tube. Took me a little while to figure that part out! To get the lighting, I draped black fabric over a chair to make a "tent" underneath, then shot it with a brolly box on the right and a reflector on the left.

Processing: Cleaned up the edge around the nozzle and a few spots on the bananas. I smoothed a bump on the top of the banana and nudged the bottom edge for better alignment with the nozzle. Desaturated the cap and bristles on the white paint brush, and reduced saturation on the blue channel. Slight crop and rotation, assorted dodge and burn, Levels, HSL and USM.

Whew... after 19 ribbons in a row without a yellow, it suddenly seemed like I couldn't get anything BUT yellow. Thanks for the votes and all the great comments! FWIW, I did think of using an artist's palette, but I figured a decent wood background would be simpler (and cheaper). This was a table that I've had since I was 15.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 346
Avg (all users): 7.3073
Avg (commenters): 8.2889
Avg (participants): 7.1909
Avg (non-participants): 7.4928
Views since voting: 18716
Views during voting: 383
Votes: 179
Comments: 119
Favorites: 64 (view)


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AuthorThread
06/22/2009 03:46:31 PM
Saw this thumbnail on a recent thread. Wow, this is creative and a lot of hard work. That's what I like about this site, inspires me. Awesome photo.
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01/19/2009 06:31:36 AM
Hadn't seen this one until just now.

Excellent work man.

bazz.
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02/27/2007 07:19:10 AM
I've been meaning to share this photo of mine with you...I think this guy would like your idea.BILL

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02/25/2007 07:24:25 PM
truly amazing!!!
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02/25/2007 03:17:22 PM
Your skill with the camera is only matched by your amazing imagination, congratulations on your blue!
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02/23/2007 01:38:52 AM
Wow this is incredible
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02/21/2007 06:21:59 PM
i was blown away by this the first time i saw it, and i still am. how do you get pics like that? your assume and you deserve all the wining ribbons you've won.
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02/21/2007 03:18:16 PM
Congratulations Shannon...I always love reading your story behind the picture and the way you went about things. So please, always give us the details. You are one of the most creative photographers at dpc by a long shot...well done
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02/20/2007 05:11:52 PM
GREAT SHOT!! I love it! i think everythingis perfect! the lighting the editing the colors... Con Gratz on Ribbon..... i would have gave you a (10)
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02/20/2007 12:20:12 PM
wow.. fantastic idea and very well done! :) i totally missed this challenge...
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02/20/2007 08:52:33 AM
What a creative mind, congrats, well deserved!
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02/20/2007 08:50:36 AM
Far away from common people like me......
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02/20/2007 07:21:58 AM
Absolutely fantastic- it really is unfair for you to have such technical genius and creative genius. Keep up the good work.
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02/20/2007 12:40:31 AM
Wow - you're unstoppable when it comes to be creative, innovative and a photographic illusionist! Congratulations. A really fantastic image.
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02/19/2007 11:52:33 PM
Originally posted by kosmikkreeper:

...it must take time to come up with such unique concepts!


It certainly does! I thought of the basic idea while brainstorming for the Yellow III challenge last April, but decided it would be too hard. I went back to it when this challenge was announced and spent much of the week figuring out how to make it happen.
02/19/2007 10:34:19 PM
Nice job, congrats on another ribbon...

:)

Bananas Rock!
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02/19/2007 09:04:14 PM
Very creative with excellent execution, both photographically and artistically! Congrats on a well deserved blue.
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02/19/2007 08:10:24 PM
How awesome is this? Well let me tell ya, Outragously Awesome!!!! Fantastic!!!!
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02/19/2007 07:24:24 PM
this is a work of art.
Love this kind of creative shots.
Congrats on your blue
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02/19/2007 04:01:09 PM
Originally posted by kosmikkreeper:

Shannon! Love this one! Do you actually work?? I mean, it must take time to come up with such unique concepts! :-)

Congrats!


Nah, the bastard invented a robot that does his day job so he could have more time thinking up challenge entry. When is my robot due Shannon, I already sent you that 1200mm 5.6 last week, I thought we had a deal?
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02/19/2007 03:54:01 PM
you need to stop being so darn creative!!!!! you have some awesome work! great job!
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02/19/2007 02:56:01 PM
Soooo Creative!! I love it! Congrats on the Blue Ribbon!
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02/19/2007 02:13:16 PM
You are a great example of what imagination can do for this world. Thanks for sharing your work with us.
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02/19/2007 02:10:16 PM
Very clever, congratulations on winning the blue ribbon!
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02/19/2007 01:13:10 PM
This is just darn neat!! There will not be another Scalvert!
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02/19/2007 11:20:46 AM
Yeah, yeah, yeah, another one for the master. Good job :)
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02/19/2007 11:10:55 AM
Outstanding concept and execution. You creativity meter is pegging. Well deserved ribbon.
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02/19/2007 10:49:29 AM
Brilliant!
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02/19/2007 09:55:47 AM
Shannon! Love this one! Do you actually work?? I mean, it must take time to come up with such unique concepts! :-)

Congrats!
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02/19/2007 09:32:04 AM
I can't believe how flawless these amazing set-ups look. This again is just so awesome!

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02/19/2007 07:59:37 AM
congrats= this is a jaw dropper! LOVE it.
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02/19/2007 07:54:33 AM
Whoever gave this a 1 is just bitter!
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02/19/2007 07:27:28 AM
You are a true photographic artist, man!
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02/19/2007 07:02:06 AM
Someone should take that stupid Sigma macro lens from you and break it "accidentally" :)

Congrats!
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02/19/2007 06:55:07 AM
SUPER inventive. Congrats.
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02/19/2007 03:33:59 AM
Well done Shannon, you certainly are on a roll at the moment. Very classy presentation.
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02/19/2007 03:11:01 AM
Congrats!!! definitely well deserved..
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02/19/2007 02:58:16 AM
You are such an inspiration! Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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02/19/2007 02:56:19 AM
Congrats Shannon, great work (as usual).
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02/19/2007 02:32:43 AM
Congrats on the blue, Shannon!
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02/19/2007 02:20:40 AM
Well if you don't like those yellow ribbons give them to me. :P Congrats.
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02/19/2007 02:04:44 AM
wow cant believe i didn't see this one during the challenge, this is awsome! I wish i could come up with ideas like these, i need to think outside the box i guess.
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02/19/2007 02:03:33 AM
wow. With I could think up ideas like this. And then set them up. And shoot them. And PP them. ;)
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02/19/2007 01:44:18 AM
Clever one! I loved it. I wish I could come up with ideas like that. Fantastic job. I'd like to know the two fools that gave this masterpiece a 1?!?
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02/19/2007 01:43:09 AM
well done!
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02/19/2007 01:41:58 AM
ha! told you so!
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02/19/2007 01:20:47 AM
Should have known this was a Scalvert! Congrats on your very well deserved blue Shannon!!
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02/19/2007 12:53:44 AM
Extreme imagination :) very inspiring.
Congratulations! Well deserved
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02/19/2007 12:50:34 AM
There you go again...Great imagination and photographing it so well that we can enjoy. Great, Great Job - once again! :)
Has to go in my Fav's
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02/19/2007 12:46:02 AM
nice nice nice! congrats on the ribbon, shannon! i wish my mind worked the way yours does. :)
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02/19/2007 12:40:03 AM
Great idea and concept for a banana. Have you discussed this idea with Dole, you could be on to something. Congratulations on your Blue...
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02/19/2007 12:38:09 AM
congradulations on the blue ribbon! Love the photo, didnt get to vote but i would have ranked this top notch!
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02/19/2007 12:33:55 AM
WOW!! You did a great job fitting the nozzle so perfectly onto the banana. The lighting's perfect too. Huge congrats on your well deserved blue.
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02/19/2007 12:29:00 AM
Great fun. Wonderful shot and well deserved "Blue" Van
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02/19/2007 12:21:33 AM
Only word that comes to mind is 'genius'!
Congratulations on a very brilliant entry.
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02/19/2007 12:21:19 AM
OMG you did that last minute? Have I ever told you .... YOU SUCK!....? yeah, I probably have. Sweet shot, Shannon. Great finish :)
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02/19/2007 12:14:19 AM
I shoulda knowed ... grats ... I was one of your 10s btw
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02/19/2007 12:13:32 AM
WOW, just another ribbon to you huh. Congrats
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02/19/2007 12:12:53 AM
WOW, amazing shot, very very very very very clever, and very well executed. congrats!
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02/19/2007 12:10:52 AM
Congrats on the Blue.

Sheesh dude - you get a DQ and come back with three straight ribbons (and a handful of honorable mentions to boot). Time to go back to your other Avatar :)
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02/19/2007 12:07:44 AM
Ofcourse!
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02/19/2007 12:07:42 AM
Congratulations on winning with such a creative and well executed image.
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02/19/2007 12:07:23 AM
Woot! Congrats Shannon!
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02/19/2007 12:07:14 AM
Wel done and a lot of thought, congrates on the blue.
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02/19/2007 12:06:51 AM
I should've known this was yours! Congrats on the blue! Very nice work Shannon, deserving of the blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/18/2007 11:22:47 PM
This is incredible! Concept to execution, very well done.
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02/18/2007 10:42:36 PM
This is the winner for me. Made me look twice, well shot, very creative, and lots of time spent. A++ !!!
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02/18/2007 07:13:26 PM
This is a unique idea that is well presented.
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02/18/2007 01:34:35 PM
lots of work there! great imagination... 9
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02/18/2007 10:00:00 AM
What a great idea! This is awesome. Has got to be a ribbon winner. Good luck!
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02/18/2007 03:35:05 AM
Excellent! really well done!
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02/17/2007 09:35:40 PM
very well executed... scalvert-worthy. 7
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02/17/2007 01:24:43 PM
Hehe this is great :) So great that it is in my top 5.
The idea is very good and everything is well put to gether.
Only thing I can think of that could have made this look even better is if you would have had one of those .. i think it´s called pallete (or something) because nobody I know paints of the table.
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02/17/2007 11:27:56 AM
witty.
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02/17/2007 10:26:29 AM
very cool setup.. I like how everything looks like its meant to be..
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02/17/2007 01:30:22 AM
VERY nicely executed!
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02/16/2007 09:05:05 PM
Awesome idea!
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02/16/2007 01:19:55 PM
very creative
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02/16/2007 04:55:11 AM
Brilliant - well thought out and superbly photographed. My top pick so far.
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02/16/2007 02:34:36 AM
Clever.
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02/15/2007 05:48:03 PM
Okay...I gotta know how you did this. Very cool!
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02/15/2007 05:03:13 PM
This is a very unique idea - creative and well done - it goes strait to my 8 pile
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02/15/2007 11:23:07 AM
Ooh, I like this! Very creative, nice lighting and composition. Nice work!
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02/15/2007 11:16:04 AM
The only thing that would improve this for me is if the banana was on an artists palette instead of a table top.
Really clever picture , nicely taken.
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02/14/2007 12:34:12 PM
I love it!
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02/13/2007 09:34:54 PM
pretty cool idea there...8
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02/13/2007 09:25:56 PM
Very creative (8)
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02/13/2007 07:24:13 PM
Haha, nice idea! I LOVE this! :)
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02/13/2007 06:31:27 PM
Great idea and setup. Really like the coloring and lighting. looks like you spent lots of time on this. Very nicely done.
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02/13/2007 05:56:29 PM
Really cool concept but I don't think the photo really carried it through...

I'm not diggin the wood table. I think you could have gone a little further with this and maybe have it on a canvas or sketch paper with other fruits as colors too.
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02/13/2007 03:51:14 PM
that's funny. Very creative idea.
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02/13/2007 01:48:22 PM
very clever, wish i'd thought of it! 8
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02/13/2007 01:48:06 PM
This idea is very fun. I would have liked it to be simpler. Maybe less bananas in the background or move them closer to the subject. IMHO. Good Luck. 8
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02/13/2007 11:47:44 AM
It is a nicely creative shot, in large part for the image you've set up. The shot seems a little dim, but only slightly. Because it is such a fun and creative set up, the image really wins me over.
Score = 8
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02/13/2007 08:55:30 AM
Brilliant! Love the concept and the execution of this composition. That tube of oil paint fit in quite nicely into the skin of the banana - matter of fact it looks flawless! Love the added touch of the 'paint tube' rolled up in order to squeeze out the paint. Love all the added details that boast the visual interest of the shot - from the two additional bananas in the background to the oil brushes to the almost same hue of paint squeezed out of the tube. I was going to add that you needed to show a portion, show a canvas or even add an artist pallete but that would 'clutter' up the image unnecesarrily. Keeping it simple with just the main elements and nothing more is the best presentation. Wonderful job!
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02/13/2007 07:31:56 AM
Very clever.....
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02/12/2007 11:51:55 PM
...! Brilliantly done.
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02/12/2007 11:26:06 PM
Wow, wonderful Idea and execution. I like how one of the brushes is in focus.
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02/12/2007 11:22:36 PM
now this is creative! 8
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02/12/2007 09:58:39 PM
Wow awesome work! This it the BEST idea!!! The focus and lighting are very nice.
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02/12/2007 08:42:08 PM
OMG, how cool is this?!
Bravo for composition & creativity! (8)
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02/12/2007 05:58:25 PM
amazing creativity ...
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02/12/2007 05:45:38 PM
Very good idea. Great execution.
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02/12/2007 03:43:03 PM
Now this is creative and must have taken some time!
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02/12/2007 12:45:59 PM
My fav pic of the challenge...Very nice!
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02/12/2007 12:21:51 PM
very cool, still trying to figure out how you did this without useing two different images.
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02/12/2007 10:21:10 AM
excellent, creative idea!
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02/12/2007 10:08:28 AM
very creative photo - love the composition and the lighting on the paint in the foreground 7
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02/12/2007 09:48:26 AM
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
10
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02/12/2007 09:33:37 AM
Very creative
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02/12/2007 09:01:39 AM
very creative shot, a bit on the dark side, though
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02/12/2007 07:55:58 AM
I'm going to guess that this is going to be another blue ribbon winning image by scalvert...
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02/12/2007 07:28:43 AM
Very cool idea and excellent execution. This one made me stop for longer than the usual DPC voting time period. Very very creative. 8 for now.
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02/12/2007 06:16:50 AM
Very clever.
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02/12/2007 12:58:06 AM
very creative and well executed...great idea...good luck with this
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02/12/2007 12:45:39 AM
awesome :)
9
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02/12/2007 12:38:29 AM
This looks like something scalvert would do...:)
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02/12/2007 12:18:55 AM
very creative
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02/12/2007 12:09:20 AM
Truly imaginative and well shot.
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