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Challenge: Edward Weston (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-450D Rebel XSi
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Lounge
Date: Mar 27, 2011
Aperture: f/18
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0,8 + 1,6 + 3,2
Galleries: Black and White, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2011

Ok so I went with a safe "copy" of his subject matter here.
I tried to copy his lighting and I found that most of his lighting seemd to come from above to accentuate the curves and some from the front to give some detail in the depths of the cuves.
This is not the most unusual pepper I have ever seen but it made for an intersting photo as I had to use a wide light source above the pepper to light the entire top curve and I also used a wide light souce in the front to light the front of the papper without having one bright spot.
Manual blend of 3 exposures using techniques found on Hougaard Malan Website and Tony Kuyper Photography Website. These techniques have changed the way I will edit all future advanced editing techniques.

[Mar. 30th, 2011 12:13:23 PM]

Better post this while it lasts:
03/30/2011 12:12:18 PM
Votes: 48
Views: 114
Avg Vote: 6.8542
Comments: 6
Hope it will stay here.

[Apr. 3rd, 2011 12:06:31 AM]

Thought it was too good to be true...
Now at Votes: 135
Views: 289
Avg Vote: 6.3778
Comments: 11
Favorites: 1
(87 more votes at an average of 6.11)

Post challenge:
Well it dropped further but by the looks of it so did everyone else. I am very happy with my first HM. Thanks to everyone for the kind comments about the editing, lighting and that Weston himself would be proud of me for doing this haha. What an honour!

Post Post:
Wow a ribbon at last! Sorry to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' vawendy for losing out after the recalculation. I am thrilled though and I was especially proud of how well I thought I managed to capture Weston's style. A big thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.4615
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 6.3881
Avg (non-participants): 6.5098
Views since voting: 2633
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 169
Comments: 34
Favorites: 4 (view)


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02/09/2012 01:32:24 AM
I can't believe I missed this. At the time my Father had just had a massive stroke so I guess I wasn't around much online.
Congrats on a fabulous find, perfect shot with super processing and the yellow.
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04/11/2011 01:54:37 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club! You requested an in-depth critique of your image and her it is:

Or is it? I just critiqued the 4th place winner, and now I get the Yellow Ribbon to critique! This is an amazingly good image. In fact, it was one of my personal favorites. The deep tones contrasted with the most outstanding lighting are wonderful. Your subject is suitably Westonian. My sense is, you did your homework on Weston and it really paid off here.

Congrats on the (belated) ribbon, and on nailing this challenge in an excellent way.

Best,

Alicia
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04/10/2011 06:49:30 PM
Congrats on the yellow! I thought this one was very Weston. Great job!
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04/10/2011 05:09:21 AM
YES! I'm glad this one got the ribbon it deserved.
Great job Steve!
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04/09/2011 04:18:24 PM
A true Westonian shot. This is the one. Congrats!
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04/09/2011 02:57:29 PM
congrats on your ribbon! it is well deserved (most well deserved, I would venture to say)
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04/09/2011 01:54:58 PM
Oh goody, look at this. Congratulations! Well done.
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04/09/2011 01:40:09 PM
Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon with this breathtaking recreation. It's like you've found Weston's hidden notes on the Pepper image, this is so perfect. I was trying to get the same result but gave up too early. Very inspiring and a lot to learn, thank you for sharing the technique.
Also - big congrats on your first ribbon! All respect to the first two, but I think this should have been the blue as a crown to this fantastic challenge.
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04/09/2011 01:33:39 PM
Congrats Stephen. You deserve this. I'm glad the Sc could get rid of garbage votes.
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04/09/2011 12:52:31 PM
YAAAAAY! This SO deserved a ribbon.
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04/09/2011 12:27:11 PM
Now you can cross off 3rd place. :)

Congrats on the new ribbon! Well deserved -- I'm so glad that the rightful winners are in their places! Well done!
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04/09/2011 12:26:53 PM
Congratulations on your way deserved ribbon, I admire your lighting work, it really IS Westononian (contrarily to my entry).
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04/09/2011 12:21:51 PM
Well done on your Ribbon, Steve!! Good looking peppers :)
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04/06/2011 02:59:13 AM
excellent rendition! Weston would be proud of you! :)
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04/06/2011 01:51:00 AM
Way to go! Congrats on the honorable mention!
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04/06/2011 12:52:07 AM
I feel at liberty to safely say that this had ribbon written all over it Westonian style, but DPC styles & tastes pushed it to 5. Congrats on you first HM. You nailed it.
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04/06/2011 12:37:01 AM
Great job on this. Very well lit to show off the pepper's curves. Congrats on the high finish.
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04/06/2011 12:21:25 AM
I also thought this would ribbon. But an HM is nothing to sneeze at. Congrats!!
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04/06/2011 12:18:19 AM
I thought you nailed this for a ribbon, but very close.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2011 03:02:22 PM
My favourite pepper shot so far, great texture and lighting. Shame about the imperfection though, given it's an advanced editing challenge you could have cloned it out perhaps.
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04/05/2011 02:47:59 PM
Yeah, I see the Weston in this shot. I love the melted face/curved body shape of the pepper.
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04/05/2011 02:12:05 PM
Really good light and form and texture. I think you did a fine job with Weston's style.
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04/05/2011 10:17:22 AM
The lighting and processing on this image is in another class. I love this and the form chosen here beyond the rational logical thing for a pepper. Makes it work and upping this from 7 - 8
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04/05/2011 08:09:11 AM
i like this one - it feels right with good textures on the skin and detail throughout

back for a bump up...
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03/31/2011 08:40:02 PM
This has a lot of curves...the folds give it nice contrast
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03/31/2011 07:43:28 PM
Perfect, as far as the Weston style is concerned. (Except maybe a 4x5 crop would be even more Wetonesque.) For me, achieving the wonderful tones you have here was not possible due to my skill level. 9
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03/31/2011 11:09:13 AM
Excellent rendition, the best pepper in the challenge. But not original. There is even an imperfection, just like the original.
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03/30/2011 10:35:27 PM
This might be the closest entry I've seen in terms of recreating Weston's style. Although there have been many veggies, nudes, and shells, this one has achieved that marvelously rich lighting AND dof. The tonal range takes my breath away and the sheen on the pepper is perfect, as is the texture of the bg surface. I see this placing at the top, or at the very least on the fp. (not voting)
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03/30/2011 01:00:28 PM
You nailed the lighting and exposure of an Edward Weston image. Congratulations on this achievement no matter what score you receive. Thanks
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03/30/2011 12:08:25 PM
Nice find on the pepper, and I like the lighting!
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03/30/2011 11:27:20 AM
This is one of the most attempted shots in this challenge, but no one came as close to nailing it as you did. Wonderful use of light.
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03/30/2011 04:41:36 AM
Loks like Ebony, carved.
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03/30/2011 12:50:25 AM
I love the texture on this shot and the lighting
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03/30/2011 12:23:16 AM
Wow looks just like his pepper! Excellent Job!
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