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Challenge: Color on Color II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 ED Zuiko Digital
Date: Feb 25, 2008
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Feb 26, 2008

I found a beautiful Granny Smith Apple and in the right light, it was pretty close to being this vibrant. Tone down the bluish hint and you'd see it.

Of course, I did not have the right light for it while shooting. I kept messing around with the WB and could not get the right green color. I ended up using a camera feature that I had not tried before: I can adjust the Red and Green colors (R+ and G+) but I still don't know what it means because I have not looked it up yet lol.

Oh the background is a matching green mesh material. The colors of both were close.

Here is the original AFTER I did two adjustments in RAW:


I added the beads because I had them. That's really the only reason :) But what I liked is that it looks like there's a path in the background leading up to this apple. You just have to imagine that the path is going under the photo frame and coming up in front ;)

So I'm hoping that the beads and the brilliant color are not a turn-off. I really wanted to submit something vibrant colored and advanced editing allowed me to do that.

Place: 81 out of 185
Avg (all users): 5.7197
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 5.4815
Avg (non-participants): 5.7810
Views since voting: 707
Views during voting: 375
Votes: 264
Comments: 17
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/11/2008 12:11:10 PM
Originally posted by Moose408:

...The color of the apple and the background are too close together. There is no real delineation. Seeing the original RAW conversion I can see that the beads are providing that delineation but it wasn't clear from the submitted photo.

I do appreciate the feedback as it always helps to hear what others see ;)

I looked at this description: Take a picture of a colored subject or subjects on the same color background and went with the thought of the subject and background must match as closely as possible. And I think I achieved that. I guess it would be interesting to see how this would have done WITHOUT the beads. Live and learn. :)

Thanks for the honest feedback!
03/11/2008 01:40:07 AM
Since you asked why your color on color did not resonate so well with folks I thought I would share my thoughts.

The color of the apple and the background are too close together. There is no real delineation. Seeing the original RAW conversion I can see that the beads are providing that delineation but it wasn't clear from the submitted photo. Also the background is a little too busy and draws my eye away from the foreground objects.

During voting I gave it a 5. Hope this is helpful.
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03/10/2008 05:02:30 PM
I thought this was gorgeous. I kept coming back to this one but I never managed to leave a comment. I figured it would do well so why comment on a 9. Great comp and the greens look fabulous.
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03/07/2008 06:20:33 PM
This is gorgeous - look at that commenters' voting average! I also like the complexity of this composition, with the three similarly-colored elements.
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03/06/2008 02:36:03 PM
You are too good at this thing. Beautiful rendition of green. A nice product placement shot with a twist.
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03/06/2008 02:19:02 PM
This is very appealing and I think the beads added a lot to the composition and the feel - added an elegance if you will. Very good, very rich color, too. It's easy to get green to be icky - here it's wonderful.
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03/05/2008 05:24:50 PM
I love how bright the green is without being sickly. Great clarity on the beads and composition.
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03/05/2008 04:41:33 PM
Nice shot. I way prefer it to the one with the two adjustments in RAW (by the way congrats on perservering with that)

It has a lovely depth to the colour but with a real glossy (as opposed to matt) feel to it

You nailed the dof perfectly for the shot and the composition is spot on
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03/05/2008 01:18:22 PM
Wow Michelle, It's a great photo!
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03/05/2008 11:00:07 AM
great job Michelle, I liked the way the texture of the BG is very close in appearance to the apple and the beads IMO add a nice element to the photo as well :)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/03/2008 01:21:29 PM
This feels abstract. Very nice!
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03/03/2008 12:06:35 PM
I like the different green elements, and the background beads as well. I really enjoy this one!
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03/02/2008 10:16:33 PM
This picture would be stronger if the subject used more space. The photograph is too off balance.
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03/02/2008 03:20:55 PM
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03/01/2008 12:27:22 PM
Not voting on this but wanted to say good luck
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02/28/2008 04:48:28 PM
wow, very pretty! love the greens and the reflection.
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02/27/2008 10:07:31 PM
nice greens
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