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Challenge: Color in Black and White (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: kitchen
Date: Sep 22, 2008
Aperture: 11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2s
Galleries: Black and White, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2008

Red and orange pepper, swimming in mineral oil. Yes, it was my first, and no, next time I'm going without the oil, or just a dab, instead of half the bottle!

Single flash reflected off a white umbrella. Went with a long exposure to capture the peppers nice and crisp at f/11. RAW conversion in Aperture with a slight bump in exposure, then CS3 for levels, curves, custom BW layer for contrasting peppers, curves, levels, resize, sharpen, border, save for web.

I'm quite happy with this still life, as I have difficulty with composition and effective lighting. I'm much more comfortable shooting children and babies.

I think the oil will keep this from scoring well, i.e. over 6.

POST: Well, I'm surprised! I totally over did the mineral oil, and preferred versions without the oil, but the compositions were lousy. Thanks for the comments.

Place: 6 out of 240
Avg (all users): 6.3099
Avg (commenters): 7.2500
Avg (participants): 6.0164
Avg (non-participants): 6.4727
Views since voting: 1906
Views during voting: 299
Votes: 171
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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09/17/2014 04:41:33 PM
It definitely has a slick look to it.
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10/06/2008 05:05:50 PM
sorry to rob you of your HM, hehe :P
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10/01/2008 04:44:11 AM
Well DONE!!!!!
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10/01/2008 01:07:53 AM
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10/01/2008 12:13:34 AM
Sweet. Southwest DPCO sure did a bang up job for the first week. 6th out of 237 is simply awesome!
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10/01/2008 12:13:24 AM
Way to go Ben!!! Gratz on your top ten finish!
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10/01/2008 12:08:07 AM
Congrats on a great score! I like the slick shiny stuff. That really helps it stand out from the background.
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10/01/2008 12:04:38 AM
Ah, I wondered how you did it. I thought they might have been dipped in paint! Congrats on your top ten.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2008 02:13:57 PM
Did you coat these with oil? Very luscious looking peppers.
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09/27/2008 11:55:12 AM
Excellent subjects and well captured. I like the glossy look and overall composition although there are some jagged borders. It conveys the colors very well.
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09/26/2008 04:41:55 PM
Good choice of the subject. The shine on the peppers are too artificial for my taste.
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09/25/2008 05:50:16 AM
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09/25/2008 03:25:00 AM
Nicely captured......
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09/24/2008 06:11:53 PM
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09/24/2008 04:10:10 PM
Love the glossy finish. Nice lighting and composistion.
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09/24/2008 12:58:10 PM
How'd you get them so shiny? I can really 'see' the color!
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09/24/2008 12:47:19 PM
Now that is a sharp picture. I really like the composition too.
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