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A Long and 'Rinding' Road
A Long and 'Rinding' Road
chrisab


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Challenge: Fruits and Vegetables (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: The dungeon
Date: Sep 7, 2002
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 180
Date Uploaded: Sep 8, 2002

Ouch! Hard! Ouch!

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 201
Avg (all users): 6.9819
Avg (commenters): 8.4737
Avg (participants): 7.0769
Avg (non-participants): 6.8797
Views since voting: 2947
Votes: 276
Comments: 67
Favorites: 21 (view)


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09/16/2002 02:42:00 PM
Okay, a couple of more notes. The 'road' was made with a little zesting tool that I bought Friday afternoon. Getting a decent road out of the lemons wasn't too hard - they have nice soft rinds. But carving the limes was a pain! It's impossible to get a smooth road with nice clean sides. If you look at the outtakes, especially the first concept shot, you can see some pretty horrible carving jobs.

This is one of the reasons why I selected the DOF that I did. I could have lit the lime better, and I could have gotten it more in focus, but doing that would have revealed other flaws. Also, my goal was to make the fruit pop out more in the front, and less in the back. I lit the blueberry really well with a large flash to the left and about fruit-level. This really lit up the blueberry, but also killed any shadows, which may be one reason some people thought I added the berry in later. I tried hard to reduce the glare on the lemon, but in the end it seemed to be a compromise between the berry brightness and the lemon glare.

Also, someone asked how I got the road to be so bright. The lime rind tends to be a brighter white then the lemon anyway. But to enhance the whole thing, I spread a little vegetable oil along the road with a q-tip.
09/16/2002 09:42:00 AM
I have just read how you achieved this shot... It's not only the oddness that sets it apart, or the fact that it's a well composed shot, but because 90% of this shot is the idea itself – tooth picks, who'd have thought it. I joined this site for tips on how to improve my photography and you've provided this week's lesson… Thanks for telling…
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09/16/2002 03:51:00 AM
That's a blueberry? WOW! Congrats!
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09/16/2002 03:17:00 AM
a great 5th place! congrats. this was my personal fav!
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09/16/2002 12:28:00 AM
Congrats Chris! One of my favorites this week ' - )
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09/16/2002 12:27:00 AM
My personal favorite from the challenge. Great shot. Wanna do a "how-to" on it? :)
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09/16/2002 12:20:00 AM
Thanks everyone for the comments, especially from KarenB who called it "wonderfully bizarre", which is exactly what I wanted this to be.

To answer the various questions.... there's nothing weird going on here. There's a lemon, a a lime, and a blueberry. The lime is kind of proped up on a tripod of toothpicks, and the blueberry is stuck on with another toothpick. The only PS changes are auto-levels and auto-contrast. Heck, I didn't even know how to crop to size correctly until Lisa and JMSetzler filled me on Sunday morning (thanks guys!)

I've put together a few outtakes with the timeline from concept to the final version. You can find them here:

//www.pbase.com/chrisab/outtakes

 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/15/2002 11:29:00 PM
Good Shot!!
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09/15/2002 10:22:00 PM
Very awesome! What a cool and original idea, great colors and the dof definetly adds a lot to the photo.
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09/15/2002 02:57:00 PM
chris, i have issues with the lighting of this picture.i might have used another light source on the lime too for even ness. also might have been less harsh with some paper or TP over your light. however i love the idea ! 9 mag99
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09/15/2002 01:56:00 PM
Nice use of colour and lighting.
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09/15/2002 11:38:00 AM
Great job!
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09/15/2002 12:10:00 AM
Wonderfully creative idea, beautiful execution. 10 - LanSnake
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09/14/2002 08:42:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing7,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 5,
Total Averaged Rating6. Autool
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09/14/2002 07:47:00 PM
I don't know if I can cope with having such stiff competition for "Punniest Title" award...a clecver idea well-done.
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09/14/2002 06:29:00 PM
way cool! how'd u stick the blueberry on? a toothpick?
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09/14/2002 10:29:00 AM
Beautiful constrasting colors. What a fun shot!
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09/14/2002 09:40:00 AM
Very Cool...
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09/14/2002 08:13:00 AM
That's a pretty nasty blue berry. Excellent visual effect and choice of colors. A well deserved 10.
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09/14/2002 02:57:00 AM
Amazing image--well done andrewm
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09/13/2002 05:44:00 PM
This is very creative, and the color punches are beautiful!
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09/13/2002 05:03:00 PM
this is way cool. i like the way the colors tie in together, not to mention the creativity of the shot in general! very nice job! 10 for you!--amitchell
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09/13/2002 02:38:00 PM
I like limes, I like lemons, I like blueberries, I like Paul McCartney, I like puns ... very cute - so, was it a toothpick or superglue?
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09/13/2002 02:20:00 PM
Very creative idea and excellent execution. Colors are great! A good candidate for "How'd They Do That?" After all, inquiring minds want to know.
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09/13/2002 11:41:00 AM
clever! Nice colour.
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09/13/2002 09:36:00 AM
very interesting, and innovative well done 9 sulamk
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09/13/2002 06:31:00 AM
So indulge me while I guess how you did this - Since that blue is so artificial let me put forward that it is actually a piece of orange rind and that once you had the picture in photoshop (or whatever tool you use) you did a hue change on the red channel only?
Anyway however you did this, it's very striking. Look forward to reading the actual methodology after voting.
:)
8, Kavey
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09/13/2002 03:31:00 AM
9 Journey
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09/12/2002 04:22:00 PM
wow..this is cool! great idea 7--shutterfly
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09/12/2002 11:36:00 AM
This one joyously leapt from the screen for me. Beautiful balance of color (and bold saturation, particularly on the blueberry!) ... I like the dialouge of yellow-and-blue-make-green. I like your transition from sharp to blurry, from speckled to smooth; I like the repetition of curves, both natural and carved -- and there, the contrast of natural and enhanced. This photo is, itself, a converstation of comparison and contrast. To me, this is either a 9 or 10 (points off, maybe for the slightly overblown specular highlight on the lemon).
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09/12/2002 11:25:00 AM
Very inaginative. I would prefer less reflection off the lemon, less of the lemon and perhaps a little more focus on the lime. However, I feel you have done a very good jod. Well done.
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09/12/2002 08:33:00 AM
I really like what you've done here. Very imaginative. Lighting and foucs are great. Nice subject matter. 9
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09/12/2002 05:42:00 AM
Terrible pun - excellent shot. 9 - floyd
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09/11/2002 11:46:00 PM
great imagination. I love the detail in the blueberry.
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09/11/2002 11:45:00 PM
Very nice indeed! You did a nice job and executed it well. Good luck in the challenge. Grayce aka Gracious
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09/11/2002 08:23:00 PM
excellent :) very nice concept... i like the way the blueberry stands out here... - jmsetzler
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09/11/2002 07:52:00 PM
I like the combination of colors. The blueberry looks doesn't look real, though, but at least your picture is original. Good job.
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09/11/2002 07:17:00 PM
very well done!
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09/11/2002 02:25:00 PM
OMG, I can't believe you had to have an admin's note. this is a great shot -- technically and creatively. awesome work. karmat
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09/11/2002 11:51:00 AM
Are you sure about that not being illegally edited?
09/11/2002 11:04:00 AM
color, contrast and style, superb
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09/11/2002 10:49:00 AM
simply a wonderful concept that i wished were mine :-) I work in advertising ans see tons of ad style photography everyday from stock photos to local artists..its always nice to see (to me) a new idea well executed...I found myself wanting to see tht back lime just a bit (maybe 10% sharper) or I would have given you perfect marks....9...hokie
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09/11/2002 09:00:00 AM
Nice! I like it.
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09/11/2002 06:50:00 AM
Fantastic: Superb artistry and technique. Wonderful shot all round, can't fault it, really like it… (10)
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09/11/2002 12:45:00 AM
I want details after this challenge is over! :)
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09/10/2002 11:05:00 PM
The only 10 I'm giving this challenge. Very creative and well done! Congrats!
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09/10/2002 08:13:00 PM
very cool .... i like the opposite colors used ... nice detail on the pores of the lemon ayme-8
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09/10/2002 08:06:00 PM
Beautiful. The colors are spectacular. The concept is quite creative and very well executed. Your DOF is terrific. I like the bright spot in the foreground. It reminds me of sun glinting off snow (into the eyes of the squiting blueberry <wink>). Very well done. 10, just-married
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09/10/2002 04:58:00 PM
nice color contrast
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09/10/2002 03:10:00 PM
this is great concept, good execution too... and the color is great! (bumping score by one, this image grows on ya!) (9) ~mcmurma
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09/10/2002 02:48:00 PM
Composition - Very good
Technical Aspects - Excellent
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality – very high
Other suggestions –
A 9
Jim msp
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09/10/2002 02:13:00 PM
Nice shot and nice colors. I like a lot the contrast blue/yellow and the green fits perfectly. I like as well the 'road' is vanishing in the background of the picture. Nothing to say about the DOF, perfect to my taste. Just maybe the picture is a little 'cold' but .... very nice shot. 7. Lionel
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09/10/2002 02:10:00 PM
Odd image, but interesting. I like the colors, but want more light in the back.
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09/10/2002 12:52:00 PM
This is by far my favorate image in the challenge this week. The idea is great and you've pulled it off superbly. The vivid colours, lighting, and focusing are all fantastic!! 10, there is no doubt -- Konador
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09/09/2002 08:26:00 PM
Do some people not understand the magic of toothpicks?
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09/09/2002 05:26:00 PM
this is very cool. i just wish you haden't used flash- still it's one of the best.
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09/09/2002 05:02:00 PM
Awesome idea, dof, colors. everything!! 10 Lisa
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09/09/2002 04:20:00 PM
hm. i'm not sure what someone thought was photoshopped here, i'm just at awe at you coming up with an idea like this. totally love it. great creativity, and composition. enhancing the blue of the bluberry was a good choice. my top 5 this week. -- gr8photos (10).
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09/09/2002 03:57:00 PM
Wow and more wow! Great effect! Great set up. The bluberry is unreal! Great title! 10 Swash
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09/09/2002 03:09:00 PM
What is that blue object? I like everything about this photo.
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09/09/2002 02:52:00 PM
Wonderful. I love the colors!! Cute idea.. very creative. Lighting is pretty good too. The composition is great.. your eye follows the "road". Good job :) 10 Jenguin
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09/09/2002 01:26:00 PM
Very creative, nice color.
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09/09/2002 10:53:00 AM
Like the idea and the contrast of colors. I gave it an 8 at first, but think it deserves a 10.
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09/09/2002 09:32:00 AM
I would like to learn to think creatively like you. This is so wonderfully bizarre.
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09/09/2002 05:52:00 AM
It would be a nice photo had the blueberry not been added in after the photo was taken.
09/09/2002 01:57:00 AM
wow. I am sure everyone has said that it looks like you add the blueberry later...
09/09/2002 01:41:00 AM
This is a really awesome idea. The focus in the foreground is excellent, and the exposure is good. Only problem is the dark bg. The continuation of the "road" isn't as pronounced as it could be if the lime (?) were lit better. The green color would also show up more. 8 ~indigo997
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