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Banana Pancakes
Banana Pancakes

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Challenge: Best of 2008 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Malawi
Date: Jun 3, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jan 11, 2009

A woman making banana pancakes in Malawi. Incidentally, the best damn pancakes I've ever had.. and they took over an hour to make.

I have a feeling this image could do very, very badly and my emotional tie to the memory is what is making me enter it. It's my favorite of 08... the image quality is not great (low light, high iso and some movement) and there is a lot of clutter and shadows. All which **I** love. This breakfast started me on a journey by car through Tanzania (after finally getting my cast off) and it was one of the best few days of travelling of 08.. it makes me smile.

Place: 269 out of 531
Avg (all users): 5.6468
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7571
Avg (non-participants): 5.3103
Views since voting: 714
Views during voting: 391
Votes: 235
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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02/27/2009 11:03:19 AM
Congrats on having it printed, well deserved!
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02/26/2009 08:45:27 AM
Well, you guys on DPC may not have liked this photo but it will be printed in the Sony World Photography Awards 2008 book they are printing for the winners and a handful of commended images.. :)
01/23/2009 06:25:37 PM
I wouldn't change a thing and thanks for all the lovely comments. I figured I'd up around here but what I didn't count on was some kick ass comments. Those are better than scores I think :)
01/23/2009 11:07:20 AM
This is an intensely compelling image. The lighting is out of this world. I was one of your 10's. What I like is the combination of complete reality with photographic excellence, which for me turns this into art.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/21/2009 05:21:42 AM
It's a very Magnum kind of photograph; just enough art to be aesthetically pleasing, and just enough fact to have documentary substance. The scene is at least largely offhand, but the lighting and composition are seriously considered and professional. And I'm especially impressed that you bothered to know exactly what she's cooking. So the picture is all about the subject, and not about what a hot photographer you are. Even though you actually are. Very fine work.
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01/18/2009 07:58:14 PM
Good use of available light. It really makes this photo stand out.
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01/18/2009 09:11:41 AM
Lighting contrast is strong (maybe it adds)! Otherwise, a very fine shot!
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01/17/2009 04:58:47 PM
Does draw me in and make me want to learn more. The size of the bright area on the back wall takes me away from this interesting subject. Mabye consider a crop that eliminates the back pan close to the wall while retaining a bit of that orange container in front.
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01/17/2009 01:13:18 PM
I was tempted to say that this should be in black and white, but I actually like the muted colors here. Gives it another dimension, but still preserves the contrast and textures that the black and white would show off.
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01/17/2009 10:53:34 AM
I like the moodiness of this shot, the lights are almost blown out but they create a mood which suits this shot to the ground. Very nice you shoudl be proud of this shot
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01/17/2009 10:44:12 AM
the red container in the lower left is distracting
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01/16/2009 11:22:03 PM
Mmmmm! 8
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01/16/2009 05:00:09 PM
I love Africa and have been there many times...many of the women are stunning and your have one right here...my only criticism is the exposure seems to be a bit contrasty, but other than that, great shot
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01/16/2009 01:31:45 PM
outstanding capture of rural African life - the light on her face is insane - what quiet dignity she has
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01/16/2009 11:31:48 AM
Good mood & view to make you feel grateful for your good fortune. 7
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