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Pears and Pitcher
1st PlacePears and Pitcher
luvmyaussie


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Still Life With Fruit (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Date: Jan 23, 2010
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30 sec.
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jan 23, 2010

Thanks so much for the votes and comments! :) I know some might think the blue was a given, but that thought never entered my mind. In fact, this shot was a last minute attempt, and I almost decided not to enter. All I know is that this is my favorite photographic genre and I love how pears photograph.

Since a few people asked, I always use natural window light. I have no clue how to use a flash, although I'd like to learn at some point. I also like to increase the blacks/contrast, desaturate a little, dodge/burn, and add a bit of warmth to give an aged look. Nothing complicated or fancy! :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 141
Avg (all users): 7.1092
Avg (commenters): 8.4444
Avg (participants): 7.0000
Avg (non-participants): 7.1845
Views since voting: 5488
Views during voting: 426
Votes: 174
Comments: 68
Favorites: 28 (view)


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08/13/2010 09:35:36 AM
Amy, can I ask what you mean by "add alot of warmth to give an aged look" more specifically? This is stunning and always causes me to stop and pause...
02/28/2010 11:19:42 PM
Beautiful!
I love the subdued colors and the shadowing :) An amazing still life shot.
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02/11/2010 10:06:26 PM
I would appreciate if you can give me tips on how to do processing like...this. I just want to do something like this
02/07/2010 02:55:00 AM
I wish i can replicate something like this...amazing
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02/05/2010 05:14:15 PM
WOW, congratulations on the Blue. One of the very few winners I really like, pure and honest. Love the simplicity in the whole composition. Love the colors, well done, absolutely a joy to look at.
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02/05/2010 12:55:15 PM
Congrats on the blue! This was my top pick ofthe challenge. Excellent work.
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02/05/2010 08:00:09 AM
Window-light is the right choice for this picture. Or to put it differntly: it wouldn't have been the same picture with studio light. If anything, the shadows of the pears could have been a bit less heavy by using some means of relection.
You have a gifted hand for finding the right materials!

Congratulations,

Wim
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02/03/2010 08:39:29 PM
Natural light is beautiful in these instances. I wish to have a studio equipped with large windows so I can use it more in my images.

Great setup and expertly well lit and composed. Congrats.
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02/03/2010 08:40:18 AM
OMGosh, Amy! What a thrill to see you with the Blue! Your Still Life photos always hit my Favorite List; glad to see that so many others felt the same.
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02/03/2010 06:25:22 AM
Too much editing imo, looks like a painting. But nice detail with the shadows, and the vignette is another nice touch.
02/03/2010 06:09:46 AM
Great job. The dull colour iffect is fantastic

manish""chini
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02/02/2010 07:01:08 PM
Congrats on the blue!!! Nice pitcher and pear combo!
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02/02/2010 01:02:28 AM
Classically beautiful with wonderful textures and colors. Many congrats on your well deserved win, Amy.
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02/01/2010 06:05:02 PM
nicely done. you're quite the master of still lifes round here. Be interesting to see the lighting and processing details, if you care to post them ... love the way you pulled the texture out, truly evocative of one of the Old Masters.
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02/01/2010 04:58:24 PM
I love the textures in that table. The other items are awesome as well. Congrats...
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02/01/2010 04:41:18 PM
Beautiful
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02/01/2010 03:23:12 PM
Great Job, Congrats!!!
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02/01/2010 02:57:28 PM
Classical beautiful shot. Congratulations!!!
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02/01/2010 01:52:44 PM
Fantastic image and well deserving of top honors!! This is what I need for my dining room! Congrats!
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02/01/2010 12:08:21 PM
Congrats Amy-- the cut pear, which mirrors the shape of the pitcher is a stroke of genius. As is your pyramid composition. Perfect!
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02/01/2010 11:20:47 AM
I knew this was a winner! Congratulations on the well-deserved blue.
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02/01/2010 10:22:56 AM
I love Vermeer type of lighting. I'm now inspired to take a few of these for my food portfolio. Great work.
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02/01/2010 09:17:57 AM
Congrats Amy. You nailed this one perfectly
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02/01/2010 09:02:38 AM
See...this is exactly where I thought I would see this next. LOL! Big congrats on your blue, Amy!
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02/01/2010 08:59:15 AM
Wonderful! The pitcher is perfect--I went looking for something like that at the resident antique stores, but couldn't find one. Congrats on a well deserved blue!
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02/01/2010 08:33:11 AM
Amazing work, congrats!
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02/01/2010 08:26:44 AM
Looks like we have a still life master on our hands. Excellent photo. You shared my top vote.
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02/01/2010 08:20:33 AM
I'm so glad that you got this Amy...your work is outstanding...very well done Congrats
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02/01/2010 08:14:34 AM
How do you get such soft tones? I just bought a canon speedlite so i'm keen to learn and be able to take beautiful pictures like these!
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02/01/2010 08:14:25 AM
Fabulous! I love how your textures to give it a natural overlay look. Perfect! Congratulations on top honors!

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02/01/2010 07:01:27 AM
It is obvious that people are longing for the nostalgia and beauty you have captured here. Worthy of a wall in any location - wonderful.
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02/01/2010 06:25:40 AM
Congratulations Amy on your win. Great image.
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02/01/2010 05:32:00 AM
as expected is finished on the top step of the podium, I'm happy, this shot worth very much, I'm also a bit disappointed about the position of my photography, but this is right, even compliments.
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02/01/2010 05:00:25 AM
congrats on your ribbon so well deserved
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02/01/2010 04:43:19 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! Great composition, light and tones!
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02/01/2010 03:46:39 AM
Congratulations, a very worthy winner

Message edited by author 2010-02-01 03:46:58.
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02/01/2010 02:22:55 AM
congrats on your blue, one of my fav!
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02/01/2010 02:08:01 AM
Obviously it was YOUR challenge from the beginning - congrats on your win!
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02/01/2010 12:46:31 AM
Excellent work with the light. Congrats on the blue!
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02/01/2010 12:40:47 AM
Beautifully done, as usual - Congrats on the Blue!
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02/01/2010 12:39:46 AM
Everything about this is perfect, beautiful image. Congratulations!!
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02/01/2010 12:22:01 AM
Many congrats on the Blue! I see your other successes with pears and pitcher... :) Great work!

Raj
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02/01/2010 12:19:13 AM
Lovely. Well done and perfect for the Blue.
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02/01/2010 12:12:38 AM
congratulations Amy! you are unbeatable in this!
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02/01/2010 12:02:08 AM
What a shock =) Congratulations!!
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02/01/2010 12:01:33 AM
Congrats!! This is awesome!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2010 09:40:39 PM
Lovely classic example. I really like the muted tones.
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01/29/2010 05:31:12 PM
Has an "old world" feel to it that I really like.


Not voting.
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01/29/2010 02:47:03 PM
very rustic atmosphere, well captured! everything perfectly fits in this image, from shapes till color tonality. hope does well
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01/29/2010 01:34:23 PM
I've been looking for the ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' AJHopp entry. I think it may be this one.

No matter whether it is or isn't, this is lovely work.
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01/29/2010 01:32:07 PM
Simply beautiful!!
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01/28/2010 04:00:20 PM
Simple, yet very effective. Well done.
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01/27/2010 04:08:06 PM
very nice rustic feel- great lighting. Top 10
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01/27/2010 12:28:26 PM
Bravo. This is so wonderful.
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01/27/2010 10:17:51 AM
Excellent background and I really like the natural muted color.
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01/27/2010 12:34:44 AM
Lots of pear pictures going for this style but this one is my favorite. Great textures and the I love the slightly muted colours. One of my top 3 favorites.
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01/25/2010 10:53:28 PM
surreal, almost Vermeer-esque, quite lovely
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01/25/2010 07:58:49 PM
this is brilliant man. great light, textures and tones. Has to be a strong ribbon contender.
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01/25/2010 06:09:13 PM
This absolutely beautiful - well done! I had to come back and up the score to 9...seeing this makes me realize how far I have to go.
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01/25/2010 04:09:20 PM
has the makings of an AJHOpp! Love the natural light!
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01/25/2010 02:29:53 PM
Beautiful. Reminds me of a Silverfox.
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01/25/2010 12:37:56 PM
Superb. Great lighting. Simple and harmonious composition. 9
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01/25/2010 12:13:45 PM
Oh! LOVELY!! (Not voting)
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01/25/2010 11:33:05 AM
WOW very nice! Almost looks like a painting. I'd put this on my kitchen wall. :-)
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01/25/2010 06:50:23 AM
nice tones
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01/25/2010 05:05:12 AM
top three
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01/25/2010 04:13:12 AM
beautiful, simply beautiful... i love this kind of still life, near painture style, compliments.! 8
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01/25/2010 01:14:13 AM
This looks like the work of ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' AJHopp. Excellent lighting and processing. Nice, simple composition. If this is not Amy, please take the reference as a compliment. 10
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