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Rhoda ponders a difficult transition.
Rhoda ponders a difficult transition.
shamer


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Transitions II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax A 50mm f/1.4 MF
Location: My Kitchen, of course...
Date: Jun 12, 2007
Aperture: f/2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2007

This idea came to me late on the day the challenge was {supposed} to close & I picked up the eggs & chicken pot pies on the way home from work. I didn't start shooting until 10pm because I had to figure how to make my 'setting': a white or gray limbo with a black reflective surface. To be honest, although it turned out exactly like I pictured it, once I saw it I decided I didn't like it but it was too late to try something different with the challenge deadline {supposedly} looming. I also didn't notice Rhoda's shadow until I started editing the image. The post process wasn't much, really: several adjustment layers for curves, levels, hue & sat, channel mixer and selective color; a modest unsharp mask to help with the sharpness after .jpg conversion, crop & save for web.

One of my teammates asked about Rhoda, the chicken - here's my response from out of our team thread:

As for the chicken, Rhoda is actually one of two chickens we recently adopted...

To make a long story longer, one of my sons had chicken eggs in his classroom that they were studying. My son happens to be a bird & fish aficionado at the tender age of 6 - he's a bit obsessed with learning in general, but has particular affinity towards chickens, turkeys, moths & large mouth bass :) Anyway, when the eggs hatched, he volunteered us to watch the chicks over a holiday weekend. One of the chicks had a lame leg & when my wife learned from the teacher that it would be killed when the birds went back to the farm, she insisted that we save her. I told her as long it didn't violate any village ordinances, I'd be fine with it . Well, of course Lefty (my nickname for the chick) couldn't just be adopted by herself, says my wife, she would be lonely! So that's how we got a second chick, Rhoda (they're both of the Rhode Island Red variety).


-SH

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POST:

Thanks everyone for not being up on me over the poor lighting job on this one!

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9 months later & I just noticed how close I was to a ribbon with this one (.0041). I'd really like to know who the two people that gave me 3s are and what their reasons were for doing so... just a little a bitter, I am >:(



Statistics
Place: 4 out of 304
Avg (all users): 6.7244
Avg (commenters): 7.6500
Avg (participants): 6.5278
Avg (non-participants): 6.8929
Views since voting: 4053
Views during voting: 272
Votes: 156
Comments: 37
Favorites: 12 (view)


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03/03/2008 02:27:52 AM
how did this not ribbon
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03/03/2008 12:40:55 AM
Cool shot! She was a cute chicken then, she's grown into a magnificent hen.
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03/03/2008 12:12:26 AM
Ha! This is an excellent concept and shot very well.
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06/28/2007 03:26:29 PM
Tooo cute and great image!
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06/24/2007 11:00:38 PM
What a gem of an image! Great work. Congratulations on your 4th place.
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06/21/2007 12:32:50 PM
Almost burst out laughing, albeit uneasily, when I saw this photo. Lucky chicken though, I realize having read the blurb on this photo, to be pulled from the poultry industry loop.
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06/21/2007 09:14:42 AM
Cute and funny...congratulations on the HM!
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06/20/2007 06:46:18 PM
Absolutely love this idea. Well shot and and congrats on top 5!!
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06/20/2007 01:00:02 PM
Great work. A lovely, clear image. Congrats on 4th place.
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06/20/2007 08:27:06 AM
Ah for God sake, own up now who gave this 3?

Class image, clear, simple concept carried off excellently.
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06/20/2007 06:27:55 AM
great job man!! :)
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06/20/2007 06:23:59 AM
well shawn .. you've seriously kicked some butts in this challenge .. congratulations on an excellent photograph and a near pb!!
i was thinking that a chick hatching would go well for this challenge but finding one posed a few problems .. i considered going to the local chicken farm, but felt a bit shy to ask them if i could sit around waiting for an egg to hatch .. (i dont actually know any chicken farms around here but i was assuming there'd be at least one, coz i live in a fairly rural setting ..)
anyway .. enough about chicken farms ..
it appears that your son and your wife are largely responsible for your 4th place in this challenge!!! ..
i dont know why you dont like this image .. it is sooooooo transitions & it tells a story, even tho a bit sad .. lol ...
i particularly like how rhoda's looking intently at that pie with a sort'v questioning expression .. i'm sure animals, and birds in particular, have more intelligence than we give them credit for .. so you may have to bear a burden of guilt, when you realise from rhoda's behaviour, that you've given her a complex by putting her on that table between the egg and pie ... i reckon it would be totaly obvious to the poor chick the inference there .. i'm hoping rhoda will not be living in fear that she'll end up in a pie .. altho from her general demeanour i fear it is the case .. :):) ..
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06/20/2007 03:13:28 AM
Another great shot. Very well done.
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06/20/2007 03:04:51 AM
can't imagine why anyone would see it right to give this a 5 or less (indeed, anything bar a 9 or 10 really). really funny, and fit the challenge splendidly. well done on the 4th!
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06/20/2007 12:43:56 AM
Well done. Great idea, congrats on your 4th place.
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06/20/2007 12:17:32 AM
This one so deserved a ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/19/2007 10:36:08 PM
funny. good reflection. I would move the framing out a tiny tiny bit on the bottom, it's almost cutting of her head.
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06/19/2007 09:20:14 PM
LOL Great idea for a pic.
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06/18/2007 09:16:43 PM
:)
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06/18/2007 08:23:15 PM
that is awesome. id eat it.
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06/18/2007 04:38:09 PM
This is so heart retching
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06/18/2007 02:26:09 AM
awesome...should be on the front page...congrats in advance 9 (my only neg is that I think that a frame this thick doesn't suit this image...and I love black frames) good luck
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06/17/2007 04:25:52 AM
I can see this on the front page. I love those pot pies, btw. Mmmmmm. Great job.
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06/17/2007 02:01:52 AM
That is awesome! This is the first time I've laughed outright while voting on pictures. That must have taken a lot to get him in just the right place and pose. I know a lot of people are religious about the rule of three, but I think this would have had good effect if it was a center line.
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06/17/2007 01:51:37 AM
great imagination well done
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06/15/2007 07:34:48 AM
I like the idea and the image, but not the blue colour from the bg.
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06/15/2007 06:31:54 AM
I have voted on 107 out of 305, and this one is the best so far! 8!

edit. I have now voted on all pictures, and you are still in my top bracket!
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06/14/2007 08:37:06 PM
awwww...(it had to be said) this is great: colour, idea, composition, title...love it. :)
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06/14/2007 06:12:01 PM
lol.....what an odd but funny title!
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06/14/2007 05:13:45 PM
very funny. good set-up
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06/14/2007 04:49:20 PM
OOH! That's sooo horrible & funny all at the same time! Poor thing!! Great idea, like the reflections too.
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06/14/2007 10:31:21 AM
Too funny!
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06/14/2007 06:52:58 AM
Very Funny - great moment.
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06/14/2007 03:49:30 AM
a chicken pie?
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06/14/2007 01:21:46 AM
awwww! lol! Look at him look at the chicken pot pie!
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06/14/2007 01:17:29 AM
OH you didn't go there did you ? psart
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06/14/2007 12:52:09 AM
LOL Oh my, this is just wonderful!!
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