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Challenge: Fast Food (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Challengers
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: In my lounge and kitchen.
Date: Aug 10, 2007
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.3
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2007

This was a fun challenge to do, and this idea came into my head when this "Fast Food" challenge was announced. I brought some yunmmy Iced Doughnuts, and froze them, until I got everything ready for the shoot. Also frozen ones were so much easier to handle.

I brought a white canvas artist square canvas board for the base. I also shopped for some extra yummy pink musk or fruit sticks. I was extra lucky, as they not only had packets of pink ones, but also mixed colored ones as well. My search for crosses was also over, as I could use the pink musk sticks for the framing, and the green musk sticks for the crosses.

All I had to do now was to set it all up. This is the end result, and I was pretty pleased with myself.

I shot this in the raw format. In raw, I played with Curve Levels, by moving Custom Curve, to make the whites brighter. In photoshop I also dodged the background white, without going to far. I then reduced the whites to white, with selective color, in adjustments, but not much. Otherwise normal processing for the rest. I finished the processing by cloning some small spots & marks away, and also some uneven edges on the musk sticks.

I then added a border to match the pink musk sticks. I then reduced the size, and saved for web. I think this would make a great advertisement, for mouth watering iced doughnuts. O,ne could also play Naughts & Crosses, that is if one doesn't eat them first.

Thanks heaps for the wonderful comments and votes, that has given me my best score to date, and finally reached a 7+.

PS; A lot of people have asked why I have only three crosses and six doughnuts. It wasn't suppose to be a real game, and did it deliberately to make one ask the question, which many have asked, and also for artistic balance. It was also suppose to be an advertisment image.

By the way to answer all your questions.....

YES, we did eat and enjoyed the doughnuts, and also LOVED the pink & green, Musk lollie sticks, as I haven't had them, since I was at school.
Totally YUMMY.....

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.0134
Avg (commenters): 8.0244
Avg (participants): 6.5500
Avg (non-participants): 7.1141
Views since voting: 3739
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 224
Comments: 88
Favorites: 11 (view)


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12/08/2012 09:14:01 AM
I WILL FOREVER REMEMBER THIS TASTY IMAGE! IT'S AS WONDERFUL NOW AS IT WAS THEN!
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12/08/2012 07:29:47 AM
THIS ONE ALWAYS MAKES ME HUNGRY! THE SIMPLY JOY OF THIS IS GREAT.
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04/06/2009 11:15:26 PM
One of my fave pics of all time, I love it!!
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06/03/2008 12:16:45 AM
I love your creative images and designs! You have a unique eye for color and design! This scored amazingly high!!!! Congrats!
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08/30/2007 03:58:31 AM
Shez, I'm delighted this came so high and has taken you over that elusive 7+ mark.

I'm really pleased for you - it's a great shot, and adds to your long line of great shots.

Well Done.
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08/27/2007 02:17:51 AM
And here you were thinking of retiring, silly woman! a 7+ score!!! You do realize that probably 98% of DPC'ers will never see a 7+ score. You do very good work - don't doubt yourself!
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08/25/2007 01:44:21 PM
YAAAAAY Shez!!! A big congratulations on your new PB - a fabulous 7 score! Such a fun, colorful, and creative shot (not to mention delicious)!! Nicely done.
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08/24/2007 03:25:48 PM
Shez, I was so sure this one would ribbon! I was one of your 10's. I think it is absolutely fabulous, and so creative!
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08/23/2007 08:07:31 AM
Yaayyyyy Shez. I was glad to see your Name on the front page. Great shot, it leaps off the screen. Congrats mate.
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08/22/2007 06:06:02 AM
Way to go Shez! Breaking into the 7s now. Just that one hurdle left to go - GET THAT RIBBON!
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08/22/2007 04:20:49 AM
I love tic tac toe, I am always x and I always win. good shot.
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08/22/2007 03:08:50 AM
Thought I would waite a while to congratulate you, as I was working out which donut you could send me, well done and well deserved.
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08/21/2007 08:30:02 PM
Congrats on your top 5 place and PB score! This was certainly one of my favorites, really clever, really colorful, really fun (and looks yummy!)

Message edited by author 2007-08-21 20:30:42.
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08/21/2007 10:26:42 AM
This was definitely the most creative shot in the bunch. Congrats on the 7 score!! You had a 9 from me. I think this should have ribboned.
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08/20/2007 10:05:48 PM
this is very clever. i enjoyed it.
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08/20/2007 09:57:47 PM
Fabulous work - and what a score! I'm thrilled for you. :)
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08/20/2007 09:35:54 PM
Wow! Congrats on your PB! Really cool and unique approach to the challenge. Sorry I didn't vote. Maybe another ten would have bumped it up some more?

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08/20/2007 07:11:17 PM
Don't worry about the game result, the picture result is what counts! Great Shot, Shez! Big congrats on your top fiver and new PB!
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08/20/2007 06:54:28 PM
post note..... A lot of people have asked why I have only three crosses and six doughnuts. It wasn't suppose to be a real game, and did it deliberately to make one ask the question, which many have asked, and also for artistic balance.

Message edited by author 2007-08-20 19:14:23.
08/20/2007 05:52:29 PM
Excellent work! Big congrats on a personal best and a top 5 shot!!
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08/20/2007 05:37:07 PM
how come there are 6 O's and only 3 X in this tic-tac-toe game? Looks like the O player cheated but the X player still won.
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08/20/2007 12:53:02 PM
I am so excited and thrilled at your high placement in this challenge. BRAVO!!!!!!!!!! Well done!
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08/20/2007 12:39:50 PM
CONGRATS!!! This could also be titled "Tic Tac Donuts"
PS. I love how you did the border.
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08/20/2007 11:59:04 AM
Congrats on a great image and a new PB! And welcome to the "7 no ribbon" club!
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08/20/2007 11:34:38 AM
A very fun idea...congratulations on the HM!
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08/20/2007 11:31:34 AM
Great Shez, a new PB. I actually thought this would win, it was my favorite, lovely colours and idea, well done ;-)
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08/20/2007 11:30:30 AM
One of my faves Shez. Nice placement, congrats.
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08/20/2007 09:49:35 AM
This is great! You do such a great job with this kind of photo!
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08/20/2007 08:31:40 AM
this was such a creative solution to the challenge! You have a great eye for graphic imagery..congratulations on a top ten finish.
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08/20/2007 06:26:41 AM
What a terrific idea, very creative. Of course, there are more noughts than crosses, but it's very striking nonetheless.
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08/20/2007 04:21:59 AM
And to think you was gonna quit.... well have a 7+ for a very creative and well taken shot in a very tough challenge.

Welcome back
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08/20/2007 03:35:07 AM
wow shezza, this is great...congrats!
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08/20/2007 03:22:33 AM
Yay!! Congrats on top 5, Shez. This is crystal clear and excellent, I love it!
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08/20/2007 03:11:24 AM
She's BAAAAAAAACKKKKKKKKK! Top 5, honourable mention and a fantastic image...great score and I hope you ate that food when you finished!!! Sherryl you rock!
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08/20/2007 02:47:43 AM
ah, so close! Congrats on your 5th, Shez, this was one of my favorites!
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08/20/2007 02:15:01 AM
Yay! Congrats on a great finish, a PB and a 7, Shez! A wonderful mouth watering image!! : )
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08/20/2007 02:06:52 AM
Wooooohooooo!!! WTG Shez!
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08/20/2007 01:46:32 AM
This is just brilliant, congrats on your super results!
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08/20/2007 01:40:18 AM
hey shez ... congratulations on another awesome image, a great place in the challenge & a Personal Best ... :)x
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08/20/2007 12:36:24 AM
Congratulations on your new top score! Great Shot Btw :)
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08/20/2007 12:12:36 AM
Way to go Shez! You got your magical 7 score, and an honorable mention! I am so impressed that this awesome photo is yours! It stood out in this challenge, and was one of my highest rated photos in this challenge!

CONGRATULATIONS!

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08/20/2007 12:04:27 AM
look at your girl!!! great finish!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2007 10:54:22 PM
Good one. Good idea, good layout, very good light control. If I'd had to poin out a "nitpick" or two, (1) I am not sure about the border, it matches, but it's almost too much of a good thing; (2) I really wish the donut at bottom were not cut off (and maybe just a touch more space by the one in middle right). ~9
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08/19/2007 10:40:16 PM
great colors and idea.
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08/19/2007 09:25:23 PM
Had you just slightly toned down the saturation or brightness or contrast (sorry, I can't figure out which is making my eyes hurt), then I wouldv'e voted this a ten. As is, you get 9. I really like the idea and composition a lot.
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08/19/2007 08:53:06 PM
Wow, that's super!!
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08/19/2007 07:31:00 PM
my fav so far
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08/19/2007 02:08:52 PM
Looks like a lot of frosting ... I wonder if you could have used pieces of churros for the crosses. Clever idea.
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08/19/2007 01:20:49 PM
Nice image ... and "O" had three extra turns and still lost!
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08/19/2007 11:04:25 AM
Very creative layout....nicely shot. Nice job on the border. Not sure exactly what you've done but it looks like you've used something for the grid and found a matching border for it. Nice job. Well matched.
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08/19/2007 09:50:23 AM
Clever! Congrats.
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08/19/2007 12:33:25 AM
I love this image... bright/beautifully done/well lit image such a fancy border however I think detracts from the actualy photograph you took... and don't think it was the best choice I guess I'm not big on adding things in photoshop. Anyway. -9- (moved you up from a seven on second pass.)
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08/18/2007 09:50:06 PM
Really creative! Great execution!
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08/18/2007 12:56:50 PM
mmmm...donuts.
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08/18/2007 11:59:31 AM
Great use of a border! Love the pop of the colors, love the use of frosting - good concept, great execution
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08/17/2007 08:04:23 PM
it's crazy how real this looks!!!
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08/17/2007 06:50:51 PM
This is amazing! GREAT idea!! Nice vivid colors :-) Love it.
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08/17/2007 12:44:47 PM
nice layout
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08/17/2007 01:32:04 AM
You ain't from around these here parts is you? The naughts got twice the turns of the crosses and still lost the game. Nice composition, lighting, cropping. 8
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08/16/2007 04:04:30 PM
Very clever. I like it. Watch some of your blend edges though.
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08/16/2007 12:54:22 PM
Smart composition, colorful capturing, technically sound
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08/16/2007 12:23:24 PM
Very creative shot, I expect to see this on the front page. My only problem is that it seems a bit oversaturated.
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08/16/2007 11:57:40 AM
Finally something that looks tasty....lol
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08/16/2007 12:13:44 AM
I like it! 6
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08/15/2007 09:35:11 PM
Creative enough for a 10 from me. This image jumped off the page for me and then made me look closer. Nice job.
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08/15/2007 09:14:08 PM
fantastic image - love the colors and details and textures -10
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08/15/2007 04:57:09 PM
this one gotta win!
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08/15/2007 02:18:22 PM
Mmmmmm Donuts!
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08/15/2007 01:05:32 PM
Great idea! Wonderful colors, what a great poster this would make.
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08/14/2007 10:16:04 PM
awsome!
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08/14/2007 02:39:30 PM
tasty looking, but also sickly looking!
that's not a bad thing.
just an observation :-)
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08/14/2007 12:41:44 PM
Brilliant idea, very innovative!
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08/13/2007 09:12:17 PM
Now that's my kind of fast food :)
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08/13/2007 09:03:30 PM
I love the color and creativity behind this.
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08/13/2007 05:48:01 PM
You get my award for most creative ... 10
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08/13/2007 05:39:10 PM
I like it!! A printworthy photo for a donut shop. The vibrant happy colors really make this pop.
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08/13/2007 03:50:02 PM
Very cool! What a creative concept!
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08/13/2007 03:47:02 PM
this would make a great ad photo nicely done!
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08/13/2007 01:01:37 PM
NIce setup psart 8
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08/13/2007 12:36:29 PM
The color seems a little over saturated, but your concept is very clever and creative.
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08/13/2007 11:24:03 AM
awesome! i adore donuts . .unfortunately. love the colors and the composition.
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08/13/2007 05:05:53 AM
sweet!
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08/13/2007 03:05:27 AM
A very creative idea, and use of colors....
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08/13/2007 02:40:48 AM
my pick for the blue. Great shot
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08/13/2007 01:26:59 AM
Sweet!
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08/13/2007 12:15:39 AM
how on earth did you do this? nice photo- 8
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08/13/2007 12:15:17 AM
nice! this image should do well. It has that immediat pop and draw that dpcers like. Clever idea!
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08/13/2007 12:13:02 AM
Second 10 I picked for the challenge!, love the colors and a great idea!
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