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Who killed the tomato: not quite the usual suspects...
Who killed the tomato: not quite the usual suspects...
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Challenge: Crime Scene (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: Liverpool, UK
Date: Jun 15, 2008
Aperture: f/22.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/8sec to 3.2sec
Galleries: Humorous, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jun 15, 2008

I thought this was a funny twist on the idea of a crime scene, inspired, of course, by the film 'The Usual Suspects'.

Having read how to merge pictures together in photoshop elements and to then adjust the lighting conditions, I decided to try it with this entry.

Firstly the three images for the evidence were photographed and then printed onto paper to be added into the final scene.

For the final image, there are ten files in total, each with a different lighting focus: The whole picture, from the left, right, lighting the dead tomato, and lighting each of the vegetables. One picture on its own is quite flat, so the combination of multiple pictures worked a treat.

Each file was imported into a layer in elements. My wooden floor wasn't as steady as I hoped, so all of the files had to be jiggled around slightly to put the files into direct alignment with eah other (still wasn't perfect). The levels for all but one of the layers was adjusted to spotlight just the area of interest. All layers were viewed in 'screen' mode to allow overlapping of all the layers. Most layers had the lighting and highlights adjusted, some layers (left, right, dead tomato) had a hue / saturation adjustment to introduce a slight colouring of the light.

The layers were flattened, and then some sharpening applied.


Statistics
Place: 14 out of 62
Avg (all users): 6.2289
Avg (commenters): 6.8125
Avg (participants): 5.4118
Avg (non-participants): 6.3952
Views since voting: 1875
Views during voting: 558
Votes: 201
Comments: 24
Favorites: 1 (view)


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06/23/2008 04:18:12 PM
I am really encouraged by the fantastic comments people left me, including some personally well respected photographers.
My first picture rated above 6.0, fantastic, thank you all!
I hope I can continue with good ideas and learn from the many amazing photos that I see everyday.

Message edited by author 2008-06-23 16:20:40.
06/23/2008 05:55:04 AM
Really nice work - i love the crime scene photos. Very funny stuff in a humorous take on the challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2008 10:12:13 PM
Really cool idea and a nice shot.
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06/22/2008 09:56:26 PM
Great creativity here. Kudos on the lighting too!
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06/21/2008 01:22:04 PM
Considering the current Salmonellosis outbreak in tomatoes, this shot could have another interpretation like, conspiracy against tomatoes.
one of my favorites in the challenge.
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06/20/2008 07:01:37 PM
humorous.. If I'm being nitpicky, I'd say there are too many shadows... lineups tend to have that glaring look to them...
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06/20/2008 02:50:03 PM
LOL - Love it.
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06/20/2008 08:07:21 AM
i will kill it i don't like tomatoes i hate them
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06/18/2008 03:36:43 PM
Funny picture, quite creative, overall good composition
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06/18/2008 12:17:50 PM
Cute idea. I like the slight diagonal in the hieght marks. You may score lower for having a photo of a line-up rather of the crime scene, but who knows how voters choose to vote.
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06/18/2008 04:52:07 AM
hope this does well for you. love it
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06/18/2008 03:31:56 AM
Very creative. Great lighting. I don't understand why the material in the front on the table is slightly out of focus. Great picture.
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06/17/2008 10:55:40 PM
It was the third suspect. He cornfessed.
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06/17/2008 05:45:07 PM
LOL...well done...creative and fun image...
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06/17/2008 11:46:36 AM
The most original thing I've seen in the challenge so far!! I love the scene photos and particularly the footprints. Even the lighting looks harsh like a lineup. Brilliant work!
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06/17/2008 10:05:34 AM
I like the way you thougt outside the box. Very creative.
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06/17/2008 08:36:38 AM
Funny take on the challenge.
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06/17/2008 06:55:37 AM
not the usual entry, well done
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06/16/2008 11:27:24 PM
Great creativity
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06/16/2008 07:01:55 PM
Lots of work in this one - good job. I like the assorted veggies. The cucumber stands out because it is tilting. A larger variety of non cylindrical veggies would have been nice. The light on the broccoli is a tad harsh and causing distracting shadows.
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06/16/2008 12:08:17 PM
This has to be the most innovative approach to this challenge. I love it. 10
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06/16/2008 03:00:09 AM
Vegetable line up.. is not a crime scene. cute idea, just does not work for me.
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06/16/2008 12:52:31 AM
I think Tomato was bludgeoned to death by Broccoli.
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06/16/2008 12:12:44 AM
lol im sure this was fun to set up
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