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Challenge: Never Seen on DPC II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Location: My bathroom
Date: Jun 2, 2011
Aperture: f2.5
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/400
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2011

One picture. So it will fail in an expert edit challenge. I like it though and my intention is to point out that available freshwater is quickly being reduced and that we shouldn't take it for granted.

First the wife was annoyed at me paying $20 for a fish just for a challenge. Then she was upset that I put it; bleeding; in our new Korean bath-stone bathroom sink. Sheesh - can't get a break. :P

Post challenge:
I'm speechless. I was really surprised to see how well it did. The processing would have been basic, but I decided last minute to use one layer in order to make the fish stand out a little more.
Thank you so much everyone for all the nice comments and votes.
The fish is a red snapper from New Zealand in case anyone is wondering :) I propped its mouth open with a tooth pick below the mouth so I didn't have to clone it out.

And yes: We did have the fish for dinner. Cut head and tail off. Made two slices through the skin on each side (to avoid curling) and fried in butter with salt, pepper and lemon. Yummy!! :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 80
Avg (all users): 7.3092
Avg (commenters): 8.1250
Avg (participants): 7.0889
Avg (non-participants): 7.4019
Views since voting: 7001
Views during voting: 451
Votes: 152
Comments: 82
Favorites: 30 (view)


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11/05/2012 04:50:16 PM
YOU ATE THE BLUE RIBBON WINNER??!?!?!?!
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11/05/2012 04:42:57 PM
Very creative... Love it!
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10/13/2012 12:00:51 PM
How many other ribbon winners have eaten their subject after taking the picture? Great shot !!!
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06/15/2011 09:46:11 AM
Luv this image!!! Congratulations.
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06/12/2011 06:53:16 PM
Amazing image. Great Concept. Congratulations on the Blue and a new PB.
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06/11/2011 01:42:54 PM
congrats on the blue and the PB!!!!!
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06/11/2011 12:38:53 PM
Congratulations, this is a terrific image! Would make a great poster for water conservation advocacy!
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06/11/2011 09:41:56 AM
Congrats on your blue ribbon and new personal best!
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06/11/2011 09:40:20 AM
I like this comment. I have a buddy who ragged on this challenge all week. He complained about all the editing. In a challenge like this, I like the fact that they have so many different kinds of photos.

I like the expert editing challenges. It gives you a chance to do things you wouldn't normally do on DPC !

Originally posted by gyaban:

Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
I have to say I disagree with all the comments saying it's the victory of "photography" against "digital art", or whatever people call things. I don't see the point of opposing type of pictures, processing styles, photographers visions, etc. It's not a war! ;-)
Editing is a tool, just a tool. It can be indispensable, or close to useless, depending on the creation and what is needed to achieve it. Your idea just worked outstandingly that way, and it also appeared to be the best of the challenge, so you won, that's basically it :-)
Congratulations again!
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06/11/2011 09:36:24 AM
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From your comments it looks like you were going for the reduction in available water in the world. However, when I saw it, I thought you were going for the theme that I was going for in my DQ entry....making light of all the water drop photos on DPC. I wonder how many others thought the same?

Good job. I gave this an 8.

Message edited by author 2011-06-11 09:37:56.
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06/11/2011 04:01:15 AM
Well done Are ! One of my favs in this challenge.

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06/11/2011 01:51:08 AM
Loved this from the get go! Glad you won...Congratulations!
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06/11/2011 01:31:16 AM
Very poignant and obviously very well executed! Did you at least have the fish for dinner?
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06/10/2011 09:40:49 PM
Ace, idea. Congrats.
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06/10/2011 06:13:29 PM
Originally posted by gyaban:

I have to say I disagree with all the comments saying it's the victory of "photography" against "digital art", or whatever people call things. I don't see the point of opposing type of pictures, processing styles, photographers visions, etc. It's not a war! ;-)
Editing is a tool, just a tool. It can be indispensable, or close to useless, depending on the creation and what is needed to achieve it. Your idea just worked outstandingly that way, and it also appeared to be the best of the challenge, so you won, that's basically it :-)
Congratulations again!


I agree, Christophe. My point was against people who have claimed that basic photography does not stand a fair chance against advanced digital editing techniques. My point is that it is MUCH more about the idea and the execution, regardless of how you get there.

Congrats again to both of you!
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06/10/2011 05:14:03 PM
very creative and well executed! Congrats on a new high score.
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06/10/2011 02:26:50 PM
Fantastic job, Are! Congratulations!
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06/10/2011 02:21:33 PM
I like the idea! Gratz.
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06/10/2011 12:25:47 PM
Congratulations on your blue ribbon!
I have to say I disagree with all the comments saying it's the victory of "photography" against "digital art", or whatever people call things. I don't see the point of opposing type of pictures, processing styles, photographers visions, etc. It's not a war! ;-)
Editing is a tool, just a tool. It can be indispensable, or close to useless, depending on the creation and what is needed to achieve it. Your idea just worked outstandingly that way, and it also appeared to be the best of the challenge, so you won, that's basically it :-)
Congratulations again!

Message edited by author 2011-06-10 12:26:31.
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06/10/2011 12:15:08 PM
Well done. I'm sure it was delicious!
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06/10/2011 12:14:56 PM
Nice. Congrats! Clever, funny shot.

But next time throw an article (the) in between "first" and "wife". When you said "First wife thought" I thought you had gone through divorce proceedings during the shoot. :D
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06/10/2011 11:03:33 AM
Way to go, Are! Congrats!! This is such a refreshing change around here and well deserving of the blue! (But I'm still winning, muahahaha!) :P
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06/10/2011 10:59:47 AM
Very creative, and nicely captured. It sticks out even as a thumbnail and is one of those images you might expect to see somewhere on a non-DPC website someday!
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06/10/2011 09:28:07 AM
Striking shot -- it really grabbed me. Congrats on your non-digital-art blue ribbon!
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06/10/2011 09:27:23 AM
Excellent...my top pick...yea!!! Congrats on the ribbon...
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06/10/2011 09:01:35 AM
I knew it. Concept trumps all.
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06/10/2011 08:19:47 AM
I usually am not a fan of some of the stuff that places high in expert editing challenges. To me, they are not so much photographs as they are graphic creations (not to say they aren't well done....for what they are).

It's good to see an actual photograph (apparently with not a ton of editing) win an challenge against the creations.
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06/10/2011 08:06:51 AM
Congrats on your win and great score, good to see an "advanced editing" image (and such an excellent one to boot) wins this challenge. Goes to show that most of the "expert" images are way overdone and a good idea accomplished with good technicals is what really makes an outstanding shot.
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06/10/2011 06:49:10 AM
A hardy congrats on the win with this shot. This clearly met the challenge the best as having not been seen here before and you did not rely on fancy dancy editing to wow us. Well done!
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06/10/2011 06:38:14 AM
Congratulations!
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06/10/2011 06:32:43 AM
Very strong image and political statement. So glad to see an image with essentially just basic editing won an expert editing challenge!! Huge congrats on the blue!
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06/10/2011 06:00:30 AM
Fantastic stuff,Congrats on the ribbon.
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06/10/2011 05:37:01 AM
whoo hooo!! I'm so glad this won! I love this shot!!! Great idea, wonderfully executed, too bad it couldn't compete with expert editing. :D

Congrats on a wonderful blue!
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06/10/2011 04:15:18 AM
Absolutely deserved! You met the challenge perfectly and didn't need the expert editing!
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06/10/2011 04:01:30 AM
Clean and simple. Fantastic image and a worthy winner
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06/10/2011 03:36:47 AM
AAArggh!

Norwegian photographer enters shot of New Zealand fish in Korean sink on American site in WORLD GONE MAD

There's a shortage of water in Darbu?
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06/10/2011 03:21:44 AM
:)
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06/10/2011 03:06:35 AM
well done, congrats on your blue, simplicity rules!
Incidentally, I took a similar, but candid shot not long ago
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06/10/2011 03:03:39 AM
Excellent concept and image - congrats on a well deserved Blue.
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06/10/2011 02:35:15 AM
Congratultions! Well done. I like the simplicity and the fact that it's not a layers cocktail.
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06/10/2011 01:42:20 AM
congratulations!
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06/10/2011 01:39:15 AM
Deserved 1st place. Well done.
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06/10/2011 12:59:21 AM
Yes concept is king, yeah Are
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06/10/2011 12:31:13 AM
7.3 and a personal best! Whooda thunk it??! Congrats, Are! To me this proves that we should not be afraid of basic photography competing with so-called "expert" editing. Great job! Now I am off to look for a similar photo on DPC so I can harp about DNMC bla bla bla. :P
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06/10/2011 12:29:52 AM
It is good. Glad to see it blue ribbon.
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06/10/2011 12:16:23 AM
Love it. Proof that concept will always outdo processing. Congrats on the blue.
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06/10/2011 12:14:13 AM
Really pleased this got the blue, such a great shot, well done.
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06/10/2011 12:10:41 AM
So glad you got the blue with this shot. Well done!
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06/10/2011 12:07:28 AM
how wonderful that this got the blue! congrats - it's marvelous! love the title too.
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06/10/2011 12:03:08 AM
Fabulous! I love it that the voters got this right! And only one shot! Amazing.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/09/2011 03:21:19 PM
I love this image. I pick this for this for the blue.
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06/09/2011 11:08:48 AM
wonderfully creative!! 8

ok. Had to go bump it up to a 9.
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06/08/2011 05:26:16 PM
Classic!
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06/08/2011 02:58:49 PM
Beautiful picture. Sad, but all too soon, true.
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06/08/2011 01:42:35 PM
real good; really i mean it. Its actually riveting.
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06/08/2011 09:02:47 AM
Outstanding idea and execution!
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06/07/2011 01:25:50 AM
Clever
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06/06/2011 11:55:45 PM
Clever and humorous! :)
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06/06/2011 12:45:48 AM
Now that's just plain clever..really like it!9
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06/05/2011 05:21:03 PM
I like this because its' simple but makes a point. I like the fact that it's all white, and that the fish is very colorful and vibrant.

And may I say that that's probably the coolest faucet I've ever seen?!
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06/05/2011 12:16:47 PM
I like ,nice idea.
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06/05/2011 09:51:28 AM
love this one... creepy tho
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06/05/2011 09:30:14 AM
Back to comment... and bump up to a 10! This is just so simple, yet so well executed, you've gotta love it!
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06/04/2011 10:36:06 PM
Excellent! Very clever!
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06/04/2011 04:56:18 PM
I LOVE THIS! Brilliant... so clean and stark and then BOOM! That fish! (not voting)
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06/04/2011 12:09:33 PM
You just got it all in this picture! And so economically from the processing point of view! 10
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06/04/2011 09:15:18 AM
very funny and creepy all at the same time
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06/04/2011 05:51:43 AM
Nice
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06/04/2011 12:15:41 AM
lmao, love it
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06/03/2011 11:15:47 PM
Very creative. Great shot.
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06/03/2011 09:21:13 PM
I absolutely LOVE this - it is my personal favourite of the entire challenge.
It is surreal but it also makes perfect sense and it presents, sadly, an all too likely possible future scenario.
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06/03/2011 06:55:53 PM
fantastic..funny..and utterly creative..love it...if i could vote this would be 20/10
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06/03/2011 02:59:03 PM
Hahah, this is perfect! Such an awesome idea
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06/03/2011 12:09:48 PM
Ha!!!
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06/03/2011 11:44:02 AM
i like it.
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06/03/2011 10:32:43 AM
Surrealism personified. Man, how many takes did you have to do to get that water in mid drip? Nice going.
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06/03/2011 07:03:16 AM
Bumping this up as my number one. Brilliant image and excellent execution. Congratulations on your ribbon. It will be well deserved.
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06/03/2011 06:50:15 AM
Another fish snapshot
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06/03/2011 06:27:13 AM
nice and pure, good idea works well.
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06/03/2011 12:56:24 AM
This is so cool and amusing. top points. well done.
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06/03/2011 12:35:54 AM
cute!
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06/03/2011 12:23:51 AM
wow - that's great! Even the tongue looks like the fish is really trying to get that drop. 9
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