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Challenge: Rainbow II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: la front stoop de Chateau Snaffles
Date: Nov 12, 2009
Aperture: f.32
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Food and Drink, Textures
Date Uploaded: Nov 12, 2009

Set inside a large pumpkin with a chunk cut out of one side, so I could hollow it out - and roast the seeds, yum! The official spectrum as I learned it in school is violet, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. I used a 'red' (aka purple) cabbage, blueberries, a green pepper, a lemon, the pumpkin itself for orange, and a pomegranate for red.

Originally I tried a banana sliced lengthwise for yellow, but it was too pale, and a halved avocado for green...but avocadoes soon go a yucky grey after being cut. And they tend to look more yellow with just a passing nod to green.

Shooting was fun because I shot between 3-4 pm, with the light shifting and softening on me pretty much every two minutes or so. This made the blueberries in particular tough to shoot, as everything else would look great, then they would start looking black by comparison. I believe that's where my handy-dandy homemade reflector came in to play, and also helped knock back some of the shadows.

But the good thing about shooting food...I will be eating pretty much all of the set for supper this evening! :-)

ETA: I was feeling flush, so I bought a small bag of scallops. Made couscous, added the green pepper for colour and tang, made a coulis out of the blueberries, and mixed that with maple syrup to deglaze the scallops, which I sauteed in butter, s&p, garlic and yep lemon juice. Visually a little boring (though I guess I could have prettied it up with shredded cabbage) but am having the pomegranate for dessert :-) The pumpkin will keep for a helluva long time, so I'll just lop off chunks as needed!

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, shadow/highlights, crop, contrast, saturation, clone out a couple of bugs and some sensor dust, healing tool, resize, usm, sharpen, save for web

Place: 30 out of 86
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11/23/2009 08:06:06 AM
Lovely interpretation. 7 from me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/19/2009 05:52:53 AM
It's somehow lacking impact. I think it's the composition and contrast that should be improved. A tighter crop would make the composition pop much more, and the lighting is not looking good, part of the fruits are on the shadow. 6.
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11/17/2009 10:20:41 PM
Cool idea!
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11/17/2009 07:59:13 PM
Rainbow colours crafted out of interesting textures and yummy edibles (though not necessarily at the same time) - creative & delightful. Lemon yellow, Pumpkin orange, Berry blue, Pomegranate red, Pepper green & Cabbage purple - a truly unique complementary arc. The grass sprigs & curled leaf bed remind one yet that this is an Autumn cornucopia. Well done.
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11/17/2009 11:33:32 AM
Took a lot of prep for this one...good job Ihope it pays off
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11/17/2009 03:27:55 AM
i'd like to see more contrast here, it seems to be no so "crisp"... but i like it...
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11/16/2009 12:48:55 PM
Love the color arrangement, DOF, great idea - 10!
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