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Open Cup Mushroom
1st PlaceOpen Cup Mushroom
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Challenge: Textures II (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: Home
Date: Feb 17, 2004
Aperture: f/7.6
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/2
Galleries: Nature, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2004

It's the inside underneath of a bog-standard open cup mushroom - the simplistic title is out of fear of the 'I don't know what this is' comments - not that it'll prevent them, I'm sure.

I had hoped to shoot a peach for this challenge, but damned if I could find one with the exact shape I wanted ... I'll save that for another challenge, perhaps.

Again, it returns to a common theme on my work of finding the extraordinary in the mundane (the next challenge might have been made for me). The fan of the membranes here reminds me of an electron microscope image, but it's nowhere near that close. A whole landscape of its own.

Birghtness/contrast and levels to get the balance of light (which was originally simply indirect daylight), cropped, re-sized, USM, bordered.

I've looked and looked, and I can't find a previous shot of this subject on dpc ... yet these are in every supermarket ... right under your eyes :-)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 406
Avg (all users): 7.2857
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 7.1412
Avg (non-participants): 7.5521
Views since voting: 9283
Votes: 273
Comments: 66
Favorites: 25 (view)


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04/01/2006 10:18:03 PM
I love this shot
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04/12/2005 07:40:34 PM
looks like a portabella to me. 3.50 to 6.00 a lb.
marinate in wine, grill and enjoy.
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03/25/2004 01:01:40 PM
Originally posted by dswwong:

Wonderful shot you produced......it only further reinforce my confidence in the Coolpix 5400. Surely that is a close up picture right?


The 5400 is capable of taking decent shots for sure - though I have major reservations about it after nine months with it. If I had the money again, I wouldn't buy it again, I don't think.
03/01/2004 10:44:07 AM
Originally posted by TooCool:

I'm still waitin' for the print...


Thanks to the rapid reactions of the cite guys, it's up now :-) Approx three hours from upload to approval - just in case anyone was thinking this was sarcastic.

Message edited by author 2004-03-01 14:48:35.
03/01/2004 02:19:14 AM
I'm still waitin' for the print...
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02/29/2004 04:26:39 PM
"I've looked and looked, and I can't find a previous shot of this subject on dpc ... yet these are in every supermarket ... right under your eyes :-)"

I've had a smililar shot up since last year. Here it is.
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02/27/2004 08:17:27 PM
Wonderful shot you produced......it only further reinforce my confidence in the Coolpix 5400. Surely that is a close up picture right?
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02/26/2004 08:27:09 PM
congrats
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02/25/2004 09:45:18 PM
Open Cap Mushroom is exemplary, but highest complements for your success... to review every picture of the challenge. Every sentence is thoughtful! A daunting task and hard work, but everyone who received your words was rewarded with insight and encouragement. Each one is a fine model of an accomplished short critique writing style - worthy to study & emulate. Congratulations for your ribbon!
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02/25/2004 04:28:34 PM
Really marvelous work, Ed. Congratulations on the photo first, and the ribbon, too.
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02/25/2004 12:59:59 PM
One of the best photos I've seen on this site. Excellent plus.
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02/25/2004 12:38:36 PM
Great job on getting your blue ribbon.
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02/25/2004 12:33:48 PM
Ed,
Congratulations!
I loved this one and rated it as one of my highest.
What I like most is that it has an optical illusion to it. If you move your eye around in a circle around the outside, clockwise or counter, it seems to be bursting out from the page.
Great job!
Cheers....Martin
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02/25/2004 11:38:03 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon, a fine image and in such a huge field.
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02/25/2004 10:05:26 AM
Many congrats! It's definitely got to be an honor to win a challenge with 400+ entries!
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02/25/2004 09:33:40 AM
I didn't have time to look at most entries in this challenge. This is wonderful, Ed and a well deserved ribbon. And I adore 'shrooms. Mmm mmmm! I love the delicate detail of the gill part next to the sculpuresque and solid stem.

Message edited by author 2004-02-25 09:54:51.
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02/25/2004 07:48:59 AM
Congratulations Ed! A superb shot and I'm really happy it took 1st place. This was my favorite in the challenge.
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02/25/2004 04:39:23 AM
Superb image Ed.
Congratulations on another great job..glad to see that you got reward for all you hard work.

Gordon
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02/25/2004 02:57:11 AM
This is the 365th day I've been submitting to dpchallenge - and a very nice way to celebrate the anniversary; thanks to all who voted. Also feels like a consolation for all that time spent commenting :-) Special thanks to everyone else who even tried to do that, but who hasn't got the consolation.
02/25/2004 02:37:42 AM
With so many entries in this challenge and a limited schedule to vote (if I'm gonna shoot anything at all for myself) I didn't get to go through all 400+ entries. This however was defiinately my favorite of the ones I got to see though! Congrats and well done. When's it gonna be a print?
TC
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02/25/2004 12:45:20 AM
Great detail Congrats on the ribbon well deserved I like fungi Pics
I didn't vote on this because my computer was being fixed,
I really like this
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02/25/2004 12:03:12 AM
incredible! congratulations on a great win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2004 11:07:47 PM
Very nice. simple, great composition. love those lines spreading outwards. beutiful.
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02/24/2004 08:56:23 PM
Yum. You did well with light control. I think maybe some burn tool along the dark lines would help them to pop a bit. Still a really good entry for this challenge. Good luck.
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02/24/2004 05:57:45 PM
Great shot, potential ribbon winner.
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02/24/2004 03:42:18 PM
nice job of leaving out all distracting elements. (rare in this challenge)
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02/24/2004 12:51:49 PM
Wonderful - I really like this. Excellent use of texture. Great composition and lighting. I'd be surprised if it didn't ribbon or at the very least make top 5. A 10 from me!
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02/24/2004 12:07:00 PM
Nice capture on the texture, and an interesting pattern of lines.
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02/24/2004 11:23:20 AM
very nice 10/10
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02/24/2004 11:04:33 AM
Excellent photo. This is a good macro shot as well as a shot with lots of rich texture... great work :)
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02/23/2004 09:13:10 PM
Good capture, terrific POV, great composition. Top Ten for sure! 8
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02/23/2004 05:56:45 PM
I really like this one. You've chosen a good subject, and created a lot of detail.
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02/23/2004 08:05:57 AM
seen this before - great shot and great idea. Well exposed too with retention of detail in the root. 10
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02/22/2004 04:25:01 PM
Very nice. Good idea
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02/22/2004 10:54:36 AM
I like this one. Very original. One of my top three.
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02/22/2004 05:20:15 AM
Great depiction of texture.
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02/21/2004 06:27:20 AM
Absolutely gorgeous!
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02/20/2004 07:55:14 PM
I'm back to comment. Great off-centering. The texture is very well detailed. The lighting is good too.

Keep it up...
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02/20/2004 05:25:18 PM
Sweet. I'm not sure I'd change anything (sharper? - could be my monitor).
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02/20/2004 03:08:34 PM
Very cool! Wonderful lighting. My only complaint is that the stem appears to be a touch soft on focus. Love the crop. I'd have to say best of show so far...
TC
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02/20/2004 02:45:27 PM
Great texture idea!! Excellent macro shot. Great composition and lighting.
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02/20/2004 10:14:05 AM
Nice colour, composition , exposure & focus. I can smell it!
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02/20/2004 09:19:07 AM
Interesting lines and subject. Good subject for this challenge. Good luck.
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02/20/2004 08:40:22 AM
nicely done! To make this fine shot better I think I'd like the stem crisper (could just be my eyes!). One of my top picks in this competition
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02/20/2004 03:21:29 AM
Great.
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02/19/2004 11:50:09 PM
cool texture and the perfect mix of lighting. Liked the composition as well.
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02/19/2004 11:37:30 PM
One of my favorites in the contest so far. Terrific focus and composition. Well done.
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02/19/2004 09:30:02 PM
What a fantastic photo....I really think it will do well. Good luck. 10
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02/19/2004 06:19:19 PM
This is one of the best so far! Deserves a top spot. Excellent idea cutting off the stem.
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02/19/2004 05:10:21 PM
great macro shot
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02/19/2004 03:53:40 PM
simple idea well exucuted

a formula for all good photos
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02/19/2004 02:40:43 PM
good detail
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02/19/2004 02:29:39 PM
If you didn't have the center or maybe clearer and sharper the rest mushroom is pretty good 6
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02/19/2004 11:56:47 AM
Wonderful. 10
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02/19/2004 10:58:25 AM
Very nice composition. Fits challenge very well.
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02/19/2004 10:24:24 AM
Very nice execution of unique idea.
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02/19/2004 12:12:22 AM
Neat shot. Looks like a firework. Excellent lighting and right on focus.
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02/18/2004 06:44:36 PM
Interesting subject and point of view. This really grabbed my attention.
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02/18/2004 04:54:02 PM
nice lines
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02/18/2004 04:30:04 PM
Good capture
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02/18/2004 03:44:07 PM
Good composition and lighting
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02/18/2004 02:08:10 PM
Beautiful detailing on this mushroom. Glad to see the stem slightly off-center. Well done.
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02/18/2004 01:01:57 PM
That is cool. The lines all lead to the "stump" or stem. Very good detail and interesting.
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02/18/2004 12:33:24 PM
nice composition and lighting.
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02/18/2004 01:13:01 AM
this is an excellent shot.....will vote high for this...
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02/18/2004 01:00:54 AM
Really well done. I can almost smell the mushroom.
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