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timfythetoo


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Challenge: Popcorn (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Nov 1, 2007
Date Uploaded: Nov 1, 2007

8 pounds of popcorn kernels popped in my wifes popcorn popper. That made three 13 gallon garbage bags full of popcorn. I laid a book shelf on its back, laid Rowan in the book shelf, and then covered her completely in popcorn. There is no cut our thing that her face is coming through. She is a good 8 inches deep in popcorn. Both she and Aidan had a blast playing in it afterwards like a sand box. Lit to the right with my 420 speedlight and a silver bounce umbrella fired with the 580ex master.

This was my initial idea when I saw the challenge come up. I figure others will do something similar, but I am hoping that the size of my model in comparison to the negative popcorn space around her is over the top enough to separate this image from the pack. I won't have high hopes though. I had high hopes for a couple of my previous entries that just aren't performing up to my expectations. I would love a mid 6 on this, but will most likely be a 5.8-6.1. People are probably getting sick of seeing my kids.

PP - RAW conversion in Lightroom, levels, several hue/sat adjustment layers along with selective color adjustment layers, NI, USM, back to Lightroom for shadow/highlights adjustments and then back to PS for cropping, resizing, more USM and more NI. The file size was huge and I had to save it at 50% optimum when saving for web. Because of that the details are a bit onthe soft side. The full size version is pretty danged sharp. Love that Tamron.

Post Challenge - For a whole 24 hours I get to see pics of each of my kids on the front page. Never thought that would happen. In the last 24 hours of voting and rollover I lost over .1 in my score, which is a huge loss after 300 votes. Whatcha gonna do - not complaining about the blue. ;)

TY all for your votes (this challenge had a major effect on my overall average) and all the comments. 54 I think before rollover. Pretty wild.

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 74
Avg (all users): 7.3355
Avg (commenters): 8.0588
Avg (participants): 6.4857
Avg (non-participants): 7.4436
Views since voting: 10796
Views during voting: 792
Votes: 310
Comments: 106
Favorites: 21 (view)


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11/20/2007 11:34:32 PM
Congrats Tim! PUlled off beautifully.
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11/20/2007 12:43:06 AM
Just came back to have another look at this...great story...lots of movie nights to get through now!
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11/19/2007 03:14:34 PM
Hehe, who then got to eat all of it afterwards, must have been some party :)
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11/19/2007 10:36:35 AM
nicely done, great idea ... great work. congratz !!
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11/17/2007 09:57:06 AM
Gosh, Tim, I hope that was unbuttered popcorn...hehe. Congratulations on your Blue!!! Well done!!!
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11/17/2007 09:36:52 AM
This is so clever and funny..now send us all some of that popcorn! LOL
Debbi
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11/17/2007 05:08:33 AM
Here's your 100th Comment!!! Woot. Sorry. I just think you need a comment for each one of those popcorns you used in that photo. :P
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11/16/2007 10:14:56 PM
How could you not win with a face like that! Congratulations.
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11/16/2007 10:11:31 AM
Well, not to be disrespectful, and since no one else has mentioned it, why did you not arrange the popcorn to cover the what looks like skin to the left of her lovely face? I guess it should not distract me.

edit: on further review, I think it is popcorn hull...still distracting :)

Message edited by author 2007-11-16 10:13:34.
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11/15/2007 04:53:38 PM
I love your kids and I love your photos. Congrats. Wonderful image.
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11/15/2007 09:07:12 AM
I just realized another ribbon for you. WOW
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11/14/2007 09:08:32 PM
There's my sweet little girl. On the front page right where she belongs...along with my little sweet boy...front page all the way baby!! Now what should the next goal be...hmmmmmm.....how about all four of the "clan of too" on the front page together? Never say never! Good show Sweetie! Adding to favorites of course!
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11/14/2007 08:44:44 PM
soo cute and such a cool shot! Congrats on the Blue!
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11/14/2007 03:46:16 PM
so...what did you do with all that popcorn after? :)

Great image! I would have liked to see a landscape crop/version too, just to compare compositions, but you can't beat that adorable little face. :)
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11/14/2007 03:27:51 PM
Creative and cute! Congrats.

Don't much care for the rule of thirds but hey it worked.
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11/14/2007 01:13:15 PM
timfythetoo got another blue...fantastic!! So tickled to see this ribbon. (Hope you made Rowan eat her way out!:P ) CONGRATS on another ribbon!
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11/14/2007 12:26:13 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon, very sweet image and very overwhelming :D

Getting instantly hunger haha
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11/14/2007 12:14:33 PM
Great, great image. Like I said: Priceless. Wall-worthy.
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11/14/2007 11:18:13 AM
Well deserved! Congrats!
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11/14/2007 10:53:58 AM
WooHoo Nice going Tim congrats!
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11/14/2007 10:44:50 AM
Tim, congratulations on your blue. This is an adorable shot!
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11/14/2007 10:28:43 AM
What a terrific and FUN image. Congrats on the blue.
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11/14/2007 10:23:28 AM
I never get tired of seeing your kids! Congratulations!
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11/14/2007 10:22:25 AM
Ohmygoodness. This is the cutest kid photo ever. And two "Too" kids on the front page at the same time! You're the BOMB!

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11/14/2007 09:44:48 AM
That's a lot of popcorn! Congrats :)
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11/14/2007 09:38:03 AM
Congrats....So funny!
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11/14/2007 08:51:20 AM
Congrats, Well deserved!
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11/14/2007 08:50:18 AM
Congratulations! This is sooooo cute! I can't believe you made that much popcorn!
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11/14/2007 08:45:17 AM
Very well done and well deserved! Did u eat the popcorn:) ?
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11/14/2007 07:41:19 AM
congrats, it's a well devserved ribbon.
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11/14/2007 07:22:33 AM
nice roll man lol.... keep it up dude
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11/14/2007 06:26:14 AM
Well aren't you on a roll here? Great job thinking outside the box. Gave it a 10 knowing it would be a winner.
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11/14/2007 06:23:10 AM
Great idea Tim, congrats, it's a well deserve blue ribbon

Message edited by author 2007-11-14 14:48:30.
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11/14/2007 06:03:42 AM
Nice job and congrats Tim. I thought this one might be yours - I am beginning to recognize your kids. Very well done in a challenging challenge. Popcorn isn't the most exciting topic and you did a nice job bringing it to life.
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11/14/2007 03:07:34 AM
Congrats, Dude, nice picture and deserved win! Guess I have to take some good shots this week...
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11/14/2007 02:43:37 AM
You can only pray and dream of something like this! What an achievement Tim! Your two kids on the front page!!! The story is fantastic. Make sure you do a PRINT SCREEN and frame it! Love your work mate, God Bless You!
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11/14/2007 01:43:04 AM
PERFECT concept, and a PERFECT result.....
Loved the story behind the image, and Rowan is so precious, and so pleased you won the BLUE worth this awesome image Tim.....

Message edited by author 2007-11-14 08:46:30.
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11/14/2007 01:16:12 AM
This was the only possible blue :-) Congrats!
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11/14/2007 01:07:57 AM
what a hoot! my high scorer of this challenge POP POP!!
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11/14/2007 01:01:32 AM
Congrats, Tim!
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11/14/2007 12:53:30 AM
I figured this was yours, foo. You have a fixation with faces in food, it seems. ;-) Congratulations.
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11/14/2007 12:51:08 AM
Very creative and (dare I say it?) cute ;-) Big congrats on your blue!
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11/14/2007 12:40:40 AM
Great shot, Tim! Excellent composition. Big congrats on your BluE!
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11/14/2007 12:40:40 AM
Hey timfy, I thought this was one of yours. Well done on yet another ribbon!
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11/14/2007 12:26:31 AM
Congrats on having both kids on the front page at the same time! You've definitely proven yourself as a powerhouse at DPC. Now get that studio up and running.
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11/14/2007 12:21:26 AM
congratulations, great shot!
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11/14/2007 12:20:28 AM
Congrats Tim. Because I have nothing better to do I noticed 19 times the word "cute" was used in a comment. Might be some sort of record.
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11/14/2007 12:17:04 AM
Congratulations on a very fun and creative image! Well deserved ribbon!
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11/14/2007 12:12:45 AM
This really did deserve it. Contrats Tim.
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11/14/2007 12:05:29 AM
Way to go! An adorable image your family will love to have for years.
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11/14/2007 12:03:56 AM
My First Congratulation to your fantastic image & your ribbon!
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11/14/2007 12:02:38 AM
Yay! Congratulations Tim!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2007 08:57:52 PM
Cute, cute!!
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11/13/2007 04:34:28 PM
My top rated photo for this challenge. Hope to see it on the front page shortly! Well done!
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11/13/2007 03:28:49 AM
cute picture
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11/12/2007 11:30:45 PM
Very cute
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11/12/2007 10:46:34 PM
great idea!
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11/12/2007 01:34:27 PM
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!! 10!!!! such a cute little face and a LOT of popcorn! great job!
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11/12/2007 10:32:31 AM
If you'd put a popcorn on his nose or mouth, I guess it would be even funnier. Anyhow, nice...
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11/12/2007 10:17:32 AM
Very cute kid. Nice shot.
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11/12/2007 08:18:53 AM
WOW, fantastic
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11/12/2007 05:39:03 AM
OK, now this made me laugh!
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11/12/2007 05:37:08 AM
very nice use of model and popcorn, great
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11/12/2007 02:37:13 AM
I love it. A well framed shot, and a priceless look on the face. I bet you owe this little one for sitting still long enough to make this happen :) Focus and light are right on the money for my taste and the definition of all the corn isn't lost like so many shots in this challenge. My top so far.
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11/11/2007 08:32:46 PM
Very cute. Great idea. I like the composition.
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11/11/2007 06:35:46 PM
Ha! Great..
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11/11/2007 09:57:34 AM
Cute!
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11/11/2007 02:42:47 AM
Just too cute, you want to eat both the popcorn and the kid up!
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11/11/2007 02:16:53 AM
Too cute. For some reason that little hole on the left side (at nose level) bothers me a little. If I were you I'd clone in a popcorn there so then you could get DQed. :P
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11/10/2007 11:07:03 PM
Aha, im expecting a ribbon with this, very cute kid, and i love all the popcorn! Great job!
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11/10/2007 10:45:23 PM
nice comp and your color is right on. just a little smile....nice
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11/10/2007 05:24:54 PM
Great comp and texture.
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11/10/2007 01:23:57 PM
Yeah, as if this isn't going to ribbon. :) Awesome shot!
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11/10/2007 11:54:31 AM
I hope the kid had as much fun as you did!
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11/10/2007 10:47:32 AM
Very cute. Well done. Nice composition and detail.
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11/10/2007 09:11:13 AM
Cute portrait, great lighting and focus! 10 for me! :)
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11/09/2007 11:06:09 PM
Excellent expression. How DID you get him/her to hold still enough to keep covered with the popcorn?
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11/09/2007 09:17:33 PM
cute =)
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11/09/2007 08:45:30 PM
I love that expression!
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11/09/2007 06:51:54 PM
this will probably win.. so far its about the only one actulally worth looking at.

bumping up.
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11/09/2007 06:25:48 PM
Cute
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11/09/2007 02:00:31 PM
Priceless.
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11/09/2007 12:36:09 PM
Hope all the oil came off! LOL
Nice composition.
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11/09/2007 09:14:51 AM
Very cute and nicely composed.
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11/08/2007 04:44:37 PM
you gonna get a lot of "cute" votes for sure. like the smile on kid's face.
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11/08/2007 12:25:23 PM
This is just the most adorable photo! I am sure this will get a ribbon, if not the blue! I love the smirk - it's just priceless!
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11/07/2007 11:07:43 PM
Nicely done. Cute kid + challenge fulfilment + good technique = 8
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11/07/2007 11:00:43 PM
Adorable! Love the crooked smile! Colors are warm, very sharp focus and a lot of work popping all that corn! My pick for the blue in this one!
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11/07/2007 09:29:37 PM
Stunning. Great concept, composition, lighting. No faults. 10.
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11/07/2007 09:21:53 PM
Fantastic! 10
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11/07/2007 07:47:24 PM
how much popcorn did you actually used???? and who ate all that popcorn- THIS ONE IS THE MOST THAT I LIKE!!!! GOOD LUCK
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11/07/2007 07:46:07 PM
What an awesome kid to be THAT patient!!! I give bonus points for that alone.
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11/07/2007 04:51:10 PM
Ahhhh, glad to see a great shot. 10.
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11/07/2007 04:48:15 PM
hehe I like this. well composed, focussed, excellent job.
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11/07/2007 03:55:06 PM
Great tones in this :)
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11/07/2007 03:12:27 PM
hehe soo adorable!
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11/07/2007 12:23:46 PM
this is funny! very nice composition! Should be a high scorer! Good luck!
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11/07/2007 10:57:32 AM
I usually don't like it when people just post pictures of their kids, regardless of topic (if it's your kid at all) but your idea is very nice
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11/07/2007 10:07:12 AM
Love how it fills the frame.
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11/07/2007 10:02:52 AM
Cute! I thought someone might do this.
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11/07/2007 09:16:54 AM
Wow that is a lot of popcorn. nice photo
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11/07/2007 09:08:26 AM
nice idea....this would have been one of my dreams as a child...lots of butter please! I'm giving you a 10 for creativity....a 10 for your wonderful model, and a ten for the photo overall.

I am adding another thought---this photo was the best by far in my opinion...you should ribbon with this. I voted on all of them, and most were plain and uninspiring!
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11/07/2007 05:49:54 AM
great idea, you should reshoot this as the classic shot from american beauty with a mature blond woman. This one is not bad either, although a little overexposed. 7
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11/07/2007 04:55:12 AM
a possible winner...great shot, looks like a lot of fun...did you eat the popcord after this? 8
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11/07/2007 12:42:07 AM
that is a LOT of popcorn! love this picture
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11/07/2007 12:25:36 AM
I am so glad I did not enter this one. This was exactly an outtake for me. So far the best of the bunch 8
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