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Challenge: Pasta (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Location: Metairie, LA
Date: Aug 27, 2009
Aperture: f/6.4
ISO: ISO 50
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Galleries: Food and Drink, Horror
Date Uploaded: Aug 27, 2009

raw-tools
unsharp mask
crop
brightness-contrast
hue-saturation (yellow)
hue-saturation (red) on spot under plate
selective hue-sat (red) sauce on arm
scale to 720 pixels
save as jpeg

Created four arms using a sturdy electrical wire, then glued spaghetti along the arms. The center spaghetti has a bowl in it to give it shape.

I went back and forth between this photo and a couple of others. The others keep the pasta monster in focus, but I can't help but feel he is just too messy looking to be kept in focus. I think his "face" is better defined when it is blurred. I hope I'm right.

[Sep. 6th, 2009 01:16:15 AM]

There were a lot of concerns in making this photo. Pasta is not known for keeping well out of the pot for very long, so time was an issue.

It had to be attached it to wire to give it form mainly using glue. Glue and wet noodles aren't a great combination, so the noodles need to set a little bit.

Unless you've made a pasta monster before, you really don't know how it should look when it is finished. I had an idea before I began, and now I have a better idea of how it should be done better.

In general I don't think my pasta monster was particularly photogenic. By that I mean it looked more like a mess than it did a monster. That is why I selected a photo with the focus on the fork rather than on the pasta. I went against family and friends when I made that decision. Perhaps it was the wrong one, but I felt I would rather be chastised for being OOF rather than not having a convincing monster. I also felt the blurry focus gave the monster more of a horror quality.

I think I failed most with the lighting and the background.

outtakes
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Statistics
Place: 42 out of 70
Avg (all users): 5.5259
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2632
Avg (non-participants): 5.6289
Views since voting: 1490
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 135
Comments: 21
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09/10/2009 10:37:00 AM
Archive Collection - Food Faces & Edible Effigy
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09/07/2009 07:39:50 PM
Originally posted by thatsanicepicture:

The followers of the religion "The Flying Spaghetti Monster" are sure to see this as a sign and aplomb76 is soon the be sainted. Coincidence ? I think not! LOL!!!

(For those that have not heard of "The Flying Spaghetti Monster" religion. //www.venganza.org/


Thank you for your your comment. I do believe I was shall I say "touched" by the FSM and compelled to create it. I sent an email to venganza.org offering to let them post my photos in support of the cause.

Thanks again, Brian
09/07/2009 06:58:04 PM
I really liked this shot but the focus/DOF thing really hurt you. Looked at the outtakes and (IMHO)I'm pretty sure they would have scored very high. Good idea and the shots as a collection are great!

The followers of the religion "The Flying Spaghetti Monster" are sure to see this as a sign and aplomb76 is soon the be sainted. Coincidence ? I think not! LOL!!!

(For those that have not heard of "The Flying Spaghetti Monster" religion. //www.venganza.org/

Message edited by author 2009-09-07 19:00:50.
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09/07/2009 08:28:42 AM
hey Brian, show us your outtake. I loved how you made him......thanks for tell us the story
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09/07/2009 03:07:01 AM
Very much underrated. Silly idea, but Kudos for effort and creativity. 630354.gif
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2009 06:22:04 PM
Looks like that was fun to create.
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09/06/2009 02:52:20 PM
heh - this is funny. I'm torn on whether or not I would have wanted to see the monster in focus or not. I do like that the focus on the fork gives almost a 3-d kind of feeling. 7
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09/06/2009 10:00:06 AM
Some meals are not meant to be eaten. They are meant to be stabbed repeatedly until they no longer pose a threat.
:)
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09/05/2009 08:07:20 PM
the idea is good, the photo have a lot of problems
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09/05/2009 03:55:31 PM
LOL - Hilarious! (Focus seems a little off though.)
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09/04/2009 05:10:14 PM
Looks like it's going to eat me ! :) Nice setup and cool imagination on this.
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09/04/2009 11:24:17 AM
lol, rotfl!!!!!!! funny psycho pasta!!!!!!!
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09/03/2009 11:00:25 AM
this is just to funny...how on earth did you do that...wire coat hangers?
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09/01/2009 10:25:03 PM
Very fun and creative idea... I think the pasta gets lost in the white bg though, perhaps black or red would have been more dynamic. A little oof with the meatballs also, but a 6 for creative genius.
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08/31/2009 11:23:07 PM
awesome!
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08/31/2009 06:49:10 PM
shame you couldn't manage more depth of field 'cos this is great
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08/31/2009 09:40:29 AM
Its a great photo and super creative as well!!! It tells a story: You can actually think the pasta is coming for you! Beware of my calories! No one can actually tells how dangerous pasta can be! I feel like Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes!
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08/31/2009 08:44:49 AM
very creative....just wish your focus was on the pasta not the fork...imo make the whole shot look out of focus.....great monster
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08/31/2009 08:33:04 AM
It's a cute idea but it's not in focus.
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08/31/2009 03:53:52 AM
great concept, too bad the DOF is so shallow. light is a bit harsh, too
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08/31/2009 01:15:48 AM
oh..love the idea, very creative. i just wish the DoF wasn't so shallow
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