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Apple Pi
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Mathematics (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Date: Aug 17, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200 sec
Galleries: Humorous, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Aug 17, 2008

I really wanted to do the same thing with pumpkins, but it would have been a lot more work (even if I could have found some little pumpkins), so I decided on apples instead. I realize this is a math challenge (not Pi III), but whatcha gonna do. The apples are sitting on my polished up wood dining table. The numbers are actually carved into the apples and painted with black water color. One AB400 top right, one on the background (the wall).

Shot in RAW: adjusted white balance and exposure

PS:
Crop
Curves
Hue/Sat (to make it more red and saturated)
Dodge/Burn/Clone all over the place
Gaussian blur on the background
Added the vignette
Added some noise to the background
Resize
USM (on all but the background) at 50/.5/0
Save for web

Thanks a bunch for all the comments and votes, everyone! Woohoo, a blue!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 92
Avg (all users): 7.2026
Avg (commenters): 8.4348
Avg (participants): 7.2778
Avg (non-participants): 7.1795
Views since voting: 13520
Views during voting: 399
Votes: 153
Comments: 71
Favorites: 27 (view)


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10/30/2008 02:47:17 PM
I love this.
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08/31/2008 05:52:14 AM
Excellent shot, congrats!!
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08/27/2008 11:32:04 PM
hi, i'm from the fruit protections agency and we would like confirmation that no fruits are harmed in the process of making this amazing photograph :p

congratz on the ribbon. the idea and execution (results, anyway) is amazing.

crayon
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08/27/2008 04:36:50 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

What can I say? You obviously have a good shot here. :)

Some things that work well --

1. The apples are all similar in shape and size. Had they been different or of obviously different shapes, the unity of the shot would not have been as strong and it would not have made the shot as pleasing.

2. The contrast between the red of the background and the green of the apples is wonderful.

3. The obvious care you took with the numbers. Just drawing them on there, or sticking them on with something would have lacked the polished look of this. It adds some dimension, though subtle, and professionalism to the shot.

Very well done and congrats on teh ribbon!
karma
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08/27/2008 10:00:37 AM
super idea and execution
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08/27/2008 07:53:25 AM
Outstanding execution.
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08/26/2008 11:25:28 AM
great photo... very complimenting colours.,.. congrats
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08/26/2008 06:41:33 AM
What a great idea. I knew this was a winner the second I saw it. Congratulations on your new ribbon.
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08/25/2008 08:25:25 PM
That is sooooooooo frigen awesome! Love the concept! I might steal it! ;)
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08/25/2008 07:08:01 PM
Creative, clever and beautifully executed! Congrats on the Blue!
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08/25/2008 04:53:26 PM
Great to see this win the blue. Fantastic colour and light, congrats!
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08/25/2008 04:13:29 PM
I would have given this a 10 if you would have expressed Pi further out.

For example:

3.14159265358979323846

It would have shown more skill to fit 22 apples in the single frame.

..

;-)
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08/25/2008 03:57:35 PM
congratulations and well done
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08/25/2008 03:40:06 PM
congrats for the blue, the very cerative approach end excellent execution..and of course thanks for sharing how you did it!!
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08/25/2008 03:36:36 PM
Congratulations on your First Place win, very clever and nicely done.
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08/25/2008 03:21:17 PM
Nice one!
Debbi
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08/25/2008 03:12:55 PM
clever :)
congratulations on your blue ribbon, great image!!
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08/25/2008 01:49:47 PM
Congrats to my long lost teammate!!! :) This is awesome!
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08/25/2008 01:47:06 PM
Many millions of congratulations!

Reminds me of a song we're working on...hahaha...
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08/25/2008 11:39:48 AM
Brilliant idea! I love it! I'm cracking up laughing. Absolutely fantastic. Great lighting+Great idea=LOVE.
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08/25/2008 11:16:11 AM
Wow. Steady hand there with the numbers. That was not easy!
Great image.
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08/25/2008 11:14:05 AM
Why, that's freak'n hilarious.
And an ingenious idea. I always like a play on the double meanings of words. Add a little blue lighting to the top and you got an RGB photo.
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08/25/2008 10:06:15 AM
This is really great, Nathan! What a creative idea. Congratulations on your blue ribbon :)

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08/25/2008 09:32:14 AM
WONDERFUL, deserving of a ribbon. congrats!
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08/25/2008 07:53:41 AM
wooo..awesome! neat idea!
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08/25/2008 06:51:56 AM
Yes, your first blue! Of course this wasn't the most time-consuming shot you've ever done, but it certainly came close. It's great to see you on the front page after watching your score all week. This win was well-deserved and long-overdue. Congratulations, baby!
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08/25/2008 04:12:50 AM
Congrats, just a sneaking suspicion on my part ... but fate was with you, I think the apples were going to work much better than the tiny pumpkins.
Love it, was one of your 10s. Great average score here.
Again, many congrats.
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08/25/2008 03:30:14 AM
Congrats on your blue, very well done!
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08/25/2008 03:18:30 AM
Amazing effort that you have put in and well deserve a Blue. Congrates
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08/25/2008 03:12:37 AM
congrats on your 1st blue
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08/25/2008 01:27:17 AM
Congrats & well deserved for all the effort. Excellent !!
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08/25/2008 01:02:01 AM
Wow, excellent shot. You went to a lot of trouble to perfect this (carving the numbers into the apples, flawless composition) and it certainly paid off. Great work and big congrats on the blue, Nathan.
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08/25/2008 12:51:04 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon!!! Very clever.... so very Scalvert of you!
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08/25/2008 12:31:17 AM
Congrats on your first blue!
It's pretty clever!
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08/25/2008 12:27:40 AM
Congrats on your first blue! Very clever idea, well executed. :)
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08/25/2008 12:26:55 AM
Way to go, Nathan! Terrific job on the setup and the lighting. Congrats!
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08/25/2008 12:19:49 AM
Just prefect, and congratulations on the well deserved BLUE.....
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08/25/2008 12:15:07 AM
My favorite from the challenge. Big congrats on your first blue. Amazing work with the details here. I had an idea on how you did it and was right.
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08/25/2008 12:11:56 AM
Great idea...Congrats on Blue!
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08/25/2008 12:09:29 AM
Good stuff! Congrats!
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08/25/2008 12:02:54 AM
Excellent work! Congratulations!!
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08/25/2008 12:01:32 AM
Hah, excellent. Well deserved ribbon. Grats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/24/2008 09:12:28 PM
My pick for #1....creative and well photographed. Techo perhaps?
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08/24/2008 08:47:55 PM
That's clever. Fun take on a tough challenge.
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08/24/2008 03:16:02 AM
hehe. Humorous and well lit, nice colours. Overall a fun shot.
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08/24/2008 01:02:27 AM
Outstanding idea for this challenge and very well executed! Would love to know how you got the numbers so neat and perfect. I suspect a ribbon for this one.
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08/24/2008 12:08:32 AM
Imaginative. Did you actually carve the numbers into the apples?
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08/23/2008 05:30:59 PM
Very cute play on words and math!
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08/23/2008 05:19:31 PM
*smacks forehead*.

For the photo, a 7.

For the pun, a sharp rap on the head.
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08/23/2008 01:03:03 PM
Here is one I hope ribbons. I love the contrast of colors. Nice use of the reflection too. Very clever idea. I think I need to go bake one now lol.
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08/22/2008 10:44:43 PM
lol
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08/22/2008 09:31:14 AM
Fantastic shot, well taken with clear background, numbers and reflection. Hope it ribbons : )
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08/21/2008 02:14:57 PM
Very clever!!!
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08/21/2008 01:39:26 PM
cute idea and great pic
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08/21/2008 01:39:18 AM
I'd like to see this in the top 2. Are those numbers burned in or is it a Sharpie?
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08/20/2008 11:54:11 PM
Very clever!
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08/20/2008 09:28:52 PM
This one brought a smile to my face, and both my wife and I knew the title before we looked!
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08/20/2008 03:42:28 PM
Very Creative!
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08/20/2008 01:16:46 PM
Great shot. Expect to see this on the front page.
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08/19/2008 07:43:46 PM
Clever and really well executed. Front page material here.
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08/19/2008 04:43:24 PM
Good idea. Simple and well executed.
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08/18/2008 08:49:05 PM
Awesome! 10 Best of luck. Scott
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08/18/2008 06:35:14 PM
The reflections, the apples, the punch of red . . . this is very eye catching and creative. Love it!
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08/18/2008 02:57:39 PM
Clever idea, and perfectly executed. Brilliant! Looks like an obvious winner to me.....
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08/18/2008 12:15:15 PM
Very clever idea!!! One of the best in this challenge with an unpopular subject!
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08/18/2008 01:10:50 AM
very very good!
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08/18/2008 01:10:18 AM
Well played!!! 9 for creativity!!
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08/18/2008 12:34:34 AM
Excellent. I predict a top 5 finish. (9)
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08/18/2008 12:23:56 AM
this must have been fun:)
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08/18/2008 12:17:29 AM
excellent...would make a great stock image...well done...
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08/18/2008 12:04:22 AM
wow. ten!! i love this!
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