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Pan Fried Spam with Fresh Tomato & Basil Salad
3rd PlacePan Fried Spam with Fresh Tomato & Basil Salad
timfythetoo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Spam (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Jun 30, 2009
Date Uploaded: Jun 30, 2009

The ImageI had pretty much resolved to no longer do these type of setup shots. I prefer people - and certain people in particular. But with the entry count so low and the fact that I actually had a can of Spam in the house made me want to do this. My desire was to create an image that looks like a ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' hotpasta creation. He has way cooler plates and pans and stuff so I don't think I quite hit it. Shallow DOF helps though. Lit with a 430 though a shoot through camera left and ambient light as the fill.

The Recipe - Pan fried Spam slices with a salad of quartered cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, chiffonade of basil and some lemon zest tossed with olive oil. Served with toasted baguette and a glass of chardonnay (at least I think it is chardonnay - we just use it to cook with and it's been in the fridge for months.)

The Edit - Stupid basic - Lightroom conversion, sharpening and some selective color tweaks, crop, resize, USM and border.

The Prediction Who knows. I will guess a 6.3. If it had one of my kids in the shot I would guess a bit lower, but this one probably wont be guessed as mine which should help me.

Oh, and the kids like Spam.

[Jul. 6th, 2009 06:58:23 AM]

Was up in the 6.9s early on - been a steady drop since then into the low 6.7s. Watch me get another honorable mention. I think I am still behind achoo in those.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 53
Avg (all users): 6.8591
Avg (commenters): 7.9545
Avg (participants): 6.4348
Avg (non-participants): 6.9086
Views since voting: 4355
Views during voting: 432
Votes: 220
Comments: 47
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
07/12/2009 11:28:08 PM
Good Onya Tim! Great food styling...can I have half a ribbon seeing I was the inspiration behind this ;) ?

Actually, I wanted to do the same and ran out of time...
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07/11/2009 05:22:30 PM
This really is a fantastic image.
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07/10/2009 12:37:30 AM
Nice. Gourmet spam! Headed off to buy a can! :)

Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/09/2009 10:24:28 PM
Great color... but I can't believe Chef-Boy-R-Tim had a can of Spam in the house!!!!!!
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07/09/2009 07:25:40 AM
Has anyone else mentioned they used to feed spam to canibals to ween them off humans?

And you feed it to your kids ;-)
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07/09/2009 03:09:47 AM
Great work Tim - I swore this was Enzos! :)
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07/08/2009 01:21:50 PM
Looks yummy! Congrats!
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07/08/2009 12:03:59 PM
A tasty 9 from me, Tim. Congrats!
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07/08/2009 11:38:44 AM
Now I'm hungry.
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07/08/2009 11:23:21 AM
I've never had yummy spam... but I imagine that's what it would look like. Nice spam shot.
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07/08/2009 11:03:20 AM
Wonderful, an actual real, attractive photo that shows the culinary glory of spam! Well done!
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07/08/2009 09:30:03 AM
It did looks like an Enzo photo. Congrats!
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07/08/2009 09:06:06 AM
and the YELLOW goes to....

well done and congrats
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07/08/2009 08:54:01 AM
Congrats Tim! I'm not sure how this will sound, but I'm glad to see one of my top picks actually ribbon this time around. :-)
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07/08/2009 08:37:17 AM
Well done. This recipe would do very nicely in Hawaii where Spam is a staple of the local populace.
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07/08/2009 08:32:44 AM
Congratulations
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07/08/2009 06:50:59 AM
Sorry you missed out on the HM... :-) And for the record, I do like pan fried spam, and this looks quite yummy!
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07/08/2009 03:21:50 AM
I didn't lookm through this challenge, but if I had I would have thought this was Enzo's work. Very well done, Spam never looked more appetizing. Congrats!
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07/08/2009 03:07:33 AM
WTG Tim!!! You made it look so appetizing!
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07/08/2009 02:28:44 AM
haha well done, I would eat this is a snap. Very professional looking
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07/08/2009 12:25:01 AM
Nasty, no matter how you serve it. :)

CONGRATS on the RIBBON, Tim!
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07/08/2009 12:24:39 AM
Say! Looks good enough to eat.

Congratulations. Nice job.
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07/08/2009 12:09:05 AM
Wonderful shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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07/08/2009 12:08:28 AM
Yum! Yum! Congrats!
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07/08/2009 12:04:23 AM
hmmm i'm surprised this is your shot. Just not your usual style, as you said. I loved this shot, gave it a 10. Good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2009 04:16:43 PM
Very nice food presentation. The only thing that bothers me is the angle of the fork seems wrong - it's leading me out of the picture rather than into it. 8
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07/06/2009 01:32:37 AM
yummy looking. great food photography
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07/06/2009 01:29:50 AM
Man, the picture of all the food is making me hungary. nice shot, I like how the salad and the one piece of spam is in focus.
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07/05/2009 03:26:01 PM
yum'o very nicely shot!
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07/05/2009 03:25:06 PM
This photo make spam is actually edible, in fact it looks good. I really like the tilt of the composition. IMHO, I would not of cropped in so tightly. I would have preferred to see the rest of the glass and the fork.
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07/04/2009 11:02:55 PM
Very beutiful! Real food photography. 10
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07/04/2009 02:37:41 PM
Makes it look appetizing.
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07/03/2009 11:19:32 AM
This is the only spam photo that didn't make me gag- congrats! :P
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07/02/2009 11:10:55 PM
Challenge Relevance:7 Impact/Emotion/Mood:6 Technicals:7 Processing:6 Creativity:7
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07/02/2009 10:16:30 PM
Wow! That almost looks good. Nice use of DOF, although I think the glass distracts from the shot (especially being almost diagonal). Might be a bit hot on the center tomato, but that is being pretty picky - it really doesn't distract from the overall shot.
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07/02/2009 08:25:58 PM
Nice lighting, I've never eaten span, but damn, I would try this, 9, nice quality.
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07/02/2009 06:49:54 PM
This has to be a ribbon winner. Good luck!
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07/02/2009 06:00:12 PM
Good shot, but its really hard to make spam look attractive :) I think you have done the best so far cause it kinda looks like a BK Hashbrown...lol...Anyway, very nice presentation
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07/02/2009 10:30:08 AM
Really nice plate of food and picture. Please tell me you didn't eat it.
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07/01/2009 10:08:51 PM
Umm, that doesn't look bad at all. Not a bad shot. Lots of color and good composition. Good job.
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07/01/2009 06:16:47 PM
Very nice, it actually looks appetizing and (almost) edible. ;-)
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07/01/2009 04:19:02 PM
It actually looks good!! Not that I would ever eat Spam, but great job for making it look edible.

In my top 3.
A very good photo, nothing wrong with this at all.
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07/01/2009 03:50:41 PM
Never thought I'd say that SPAM looks good, but I am now.
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07/01/2009 02:05:52 PM
hmm...almost looks edible...may give it a shot myself! lovely food shot. 7
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07/01/2009 12:01:31 PM
10....Im a foodie, so this appeals to me. You actually make the spam look amazing. I *almost* want to eat it....but not quite =)
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07/01/2009 10:14:55 AM
Yummy. or Yukky? I can never tell with Spam...lmao. Love the shot. Good luck. 8 from me.
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07/01/2009 12:54:47 AM
Nice to see a more literal take on the subject. A very well done professional shot. 10
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