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Challenge: Kitchenware (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Bedroom studio
Date: Apr 21, 2007
Aperture: F4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Studio, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Apr 21, 2007

Worked pretty hard on this one: Bought cheap ($6) stock pot at Big Lots, cut most of bottom out with a Dremel tool, propped pot up on two stacks of golf ball sleeves so hole in bottom was over camera, set lens at widest angle, hit the self timer, grabbed the pot lid and spoon and leaned into the shot. Of course I had to make about 50 images to get one with all the positioning right. Bounced SB-25 off the ceiling for illumination.

PP: adjusted levels slightly, had to do quite a bit of selective color correct in places with hue/saturation to get silver to look more "silver," and a little USM.

I dedicate this shot to Alton Brown of the Food Network's "Good Eats," which regularly presents cool camera perspectives.

Place: 32 out of 149
Avg (all users): 6.0211
Avg (commenters): 6.7000
Avg (participants): 5.7119
Avg (non-participants): 6.1603
Views since voting: 862
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 190
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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05/03/2007 11:40:02 PM

It's obvious right away from the photo that you put some real work into setting this up. I find that DPC tends to reward those who put effort into their photos and I think that fact helped you out here. The technicals are good. Depth of field is just right, composition is good (though a little too centered for my tastes), lighting is excellent. However, the colorful hat distracts me a little. It's just too wild and pulls my attention away from the kitchenware which is the focus of the challenge. But, obviously the votors weren't bothered by the hat that much judging by your solid 6.0 score. I'm having a hard time critiquing the photo because personally it doesn't move me as being a great photo and I don't really know why. All I know is that I tend to give 5's for scores unless the picture moves me as better or worse and this one sort of leaves me in the middle. As I said, I can tell you put real effort into it but the coloring of the photograph doesn't seem pleasing to my eye. Ok, what can I say? Once again, your technicals are solid, you met the challenge dead on, and you scored well for your efforts. Sorry I couldn't be more help. Congratulations on a your high finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/27/2007 03:36:25 PM
LOL ... another Alton Brown shot. Nice title. I like the kitchenwear on your head, too.
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04/26/2007 10:03:22 PM
Nice angle.
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04/26/2007 12:55:41 PM
I like the perspective!
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04/25/2007 11:42:22 PM
Boo! did I scare you? 7
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04/25/2007 12:39:18 PM
pretty sweet colourful hat you got!
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04/24/2007 11:47:47 PM
lol. Great title, great perspective.
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04/24/2007 11:19:44 AM
Clever composition and title and I love the hat.
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04/24/2007 08:58:56 AM
Good title!
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04/23/2007 05:08:15 PM
This is nice and original. The skin tone just seems a bit orange, to me. Nice expression on his face.
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04/23/2007 04:59:51 PM
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04/23/2007 01:25:09 PM
great idea, good shot, love the chef's tuque! 7
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