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Spice Tree
Spice Tree

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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: My Dining Room, Tallahassee, FL
Date: Jan 25, 2009
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Blur
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2009

I made this landscape and tree out of:

Twig (just in case we had to have a part of a real tree)
Cotton balls
Hair spray
Various spices (basil, sage, rosemary, cilantro, crushed red pepper, etc)
Blue and yellow tissue paper (to make the green landscape)
The teal wall of my dining room

Hope this vibes with the spirit of this challenge. Its my first. Critiques welcome!

Place: 189 out of 209
Avg (all users): 4.6612
Avg (commenters): 5.6667
Avg (participants): 4.5238
Avg (non-participants): 4.7778
Views since voting: 619
Views during voting: 340
Votes: 183
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/06/2009 03:44:36 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club, and welcome to DPC!

I love the creativity in this shot. Definitely outside of the norm for this challenge. That's not always a good thing on DPC though. I think the biggest issue is that the subject is obviously not a tree. When I voted on the challenge, I thought it was spray painted popcorn or something. Also, the shininess is distracting.

I do like the overall composition of the shot. A single tree on the right, a curved horizon, and a beautiful blue sky complimenting the yellow in the ground.

The lighting on the ground is good. I think the lighting is too strong on the tree though. Either less lighting, or a less reflective coating may have helped. I do agree with the commenter below that the overall feel of the shot is a little dark. Would have liked to see the sky glow a little brighter. (Tip: Bright colors work well on DPC)

Focus is good. Gives the photo a very 3 dimensional feel.

Props for thinking outside of the box, and taking so much time to set this up. I think in this challenge, though, there were a lot of breathtaking landscape shots that captured the higher votes.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2009 06:20:21 PM
I don't really understand this, but I love the colors & light!
01/29/2009 08:26:42 PM
That's creative. Is that marshmallow? Nice DOF.
01/28/2009 10:41:00 AM
Not sure what this is. Looks like a cotton ball with herbs glued to it. A model tree from a diorama?
01/27/2009 09:23:33 PM
different, fun, I like it.
01/26/2009 11:27:42 AM
Love how this is outside the norm. Would like to have seen a bit better focus on the backside of the subject but for simply going outside the box and making your own.../8 Nice work.
01/26/2009 07:08:30 AM
nice idea, but not very well executed, lacks of DOF, overall too dark, not enough spice on the "tree"

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