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Kiwi Glow

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Challenge: Backlighting IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Misc
Camera: Olympus E-410
Lens: Olympus 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Home
Date: Nov 22, 2008
Aperture: 22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 60.0s
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2008

My second go at a challenge (though the third to be voted on).

I experimented with a lot of stuff (mainly fruit) before settling on this composition.

Black card with hole used as a physical mask atop a light box. The Kiwi is hollowed out with a bit of internal masking to give more even light distribution.

Editing: slight change of curve, dust and scratch for a couple of hot pixels, usm; and a crop. (The image was rotated 180 degrees in camera).

Place: 12 out of 239
Avg (all users): 6.3540
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.1296
Avg (non-participants): 6.4673
Views since voting: 2403
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 161
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)

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08/13/2010 07:26:11 AM
Nice job on a unique idea.
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10/22/2009 05:42:39 PM
Very nicely done. I'm going to try this out one day. Thanks for the motivation. :)
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12/29/2008 12:16:31 PM
i love the glow this generates. very well done:) makes me really want to go try a kiwi shot
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12/12/2008 10:47:47 AM
Many thanks Eric - most helpful.
12/09/2008 02:22:14 AM
Hey there from the Critique Club

So, its been a really big week for you. Just a few days ago, this was your new personal best, both in score and challenge placement. Then, you had to go and outdo yourself and pull in a ribbon. Nice work.

Camera Work/Technical: Your focus is spot on and exactly where it needs to be. This is one of the major strengths of the image. I also like the tones that you captured. The brightness of the green does nicely against the darkness of the background.

Lighting: Superb. Hollowing out the kiwi did wonders for the lightning.

Composition/Content: I like the composition, but the content is a bit too common for my personal preference. Search kiwi on the site photos and you'll find lots of these. However, your composition shows a more creativity than most, and you captured this one better than most of the others that I looked at while thinking about your image.

My Opinion: I think that the 6.35 is about right for this capture. A top 15 placement is fitting looking at the rest of the challenge entries, and this is one of the better fruit shots in the challenge. Nice work in pulling of a fine image with fairly common subject matter. If I had voted on this challenge, this would have been in the 6 or 7 range. You met the challenge well.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide a critique on your entry,
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12/03/2008 11:21:24 AM
This is really fabulous, love the "glowing from within" look. Congrats on top 20.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/29/2008 07:41:47 AM
Thats simply wonderful 10 from me.
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11/28/2008 08:08:34 AM
Very cool
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11/26/2008 04:29:20 PM
Now this is creative! I've seen lots of photos of thinly sliced fruit but to keep the fruit almost whole and then backlight it is different.
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11/26/2008 04:27:14 PM
That's cool. I assume you must have had to cut away much of the backside of the kiwi to get the light through. Nice effect.
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11/26/2008 02:09:16 AM
I have an idea about how you did this, but pray do post!!!
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11/26/2008 12:27:57 AM
Wow, cool shot.
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