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Prickly Pear, Fruit of Opuntia
Prickly Pear, Fruit of Opuntia

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Challenge: Still Life With Fruit (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Date: Jan 23, 2010
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2010

[Jan. 31st, 2010 11:55:01 PM]

Well, this went as expected! I wanted to create a still life that would stand out. The concept for the image began with an attempt at creating a visual interpretation of Castaneda's Journey to Ixtlan. To that end I wanted an image with plenty of texture and blur, so I used a veil to create an overlay effect as well as a film preset in Nik Silver Effex for additional grain and contrast. The duotone was created with Nik Silver Effex.

Since I missed my original mark with regards to Castaneda, I set out to create a image that would impart a sense of cactus. Works for me, so I am very happy with this image.

Visit our blog for my brother's written interpretation.

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Place: 136 out of 141
Avg (all users): 4.2561
Avg (commenters): 5.4000
Avg (participants): 3.9538
Avg (non-participants): 4.4545
Views since voting: 1070
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 164
Comments: 11
Favorites: 2 (view)

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02/06/2010 02:50:27 AM
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02/01/2010 09:22:00 AM
No brown for you! :D

Congrats on the posthumous, you ribbon hog :)
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02/01/2010 12:25:23 AM
I KNEW you'd get a PH ribbon for this. It's awesome.
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02/01/2010 12:14:20 AM
stunning light... great!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2010 11:25:00 PM
I give my red ribbon to this creepy, savage work.

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01/31/2010 09:36:21 PM
If I was voting on this, I'd give it a 10. Prickly pears need love too :)
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01/27/2010 07:11:54 PM
*sigh* This one is... well... not really exciting to me. I'd like to see something in focus... and ... well... Sorry, Ben. *sigh* (not voting)
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01/26/2010 03:43:14 PM
Ok. Going for the "artsy" look I guess. Given the context of the challenge this photo is probably getting crushed score-wise.
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01/25/2010 03:21:43 PM
Composition is nice and it is unique. Hard to judge after seeing so many bright ones but I like it, 7
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01/25/2010 06:27:48 AM
Original p.p. Awaiting your notes to see what you've done.
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01/25/2010 01:00:42 AM
3 and at least i will tell you why
1) there isnt much of a focus on anywhere in the image
2) its appears really grainy (did you mean that)?
3) there is a lack of something to hold my interest
4) and B&W really doent work in this case

sorry if i seem harsh but its what i see
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