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Challenge: My Left Foot (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2012 Challenge shots
Date: Jan 17, 2013
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2013



[Jan. 24th, 2013 09:19:47 PM]

I don't particularly remember if I had an idea for this one during the week. But we were scheduled to go out of town on Friday, so I had all day Thursday to figure it out. (I have a tendency to wait for the last day...)

Well -- I came up with the idea on thursday morning, found out Friday's flight was cancelled due to a big storm coming through, and we had to fly out on Thursday afternoon.

But I finally had an idea!!!

Chinese, take out container, and I had a title!!! Toefu!! I never have good titles! I don't care if I have to leave in two hours and I'm not packed -- I have a title!!

15 minutes. I can take 15 minutes and shoot this.

First, dump out the leftover rice into a bowl, cut the bottom out of the leftover container and stick my foot through it.

Hmmmm... insteps are kinda tall... cut out part of the front of the container, too.

Stick a chair near the table, put the foot up on the table -- ummm... this really isn't very comfortable. and the rice container is sticking up in the air!! Hmmmm... if I sit up straight and shoot down a bit, and if the table's dark, and I don't include the bottom, you can't really tell that the container is sticking up so far. After all, there are different sized containers, right? Here you can see part of the leg and here's the foot without the rice. I had to move the foot back and forth to try to get the box to sit "straight"

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Now -- I just need to mound the rice around my toes. No problem! The foot should be blocking the hole on the bottom, right?

Wrong!

I put the rice in, it all fell in around my foot, and most fell out the hole in the bottom of the box, onto the table. A couple of pieces stuck to the toes and the foot, and some on top of the foot.

Then came the next problem. It may be difficult putting rice in amongst your own toes, but trying to get your foot out of a leftover box 1/2 full or rice with more rice on the table, without making a huge mess since you're going out of town and don't have time to clean up... well... needless to say, it was difficult.

And, 17 minutes was up.

No!! I was so close!!

25 min. That's right. I have 25 minutes, not 15 minutes. I can pack quickly, can't I?

Rice cleaned up. Table wiped down. Foot in box, lean forward uncomfortably, stuff paper towels down in around foot, add rice in a nice mound, artfully arrange chopsticks, voila!!! Looking good. Can't really get anything but straight on or slightly turned, but that's ok.

Moriarty?!?!?

No!! I didn't lock up the cats!! You can't shoo a cat off the table when you're sitting an arm length away!

Get down!!

Mo!!

Don't eat the rice!!

Get down!!!

Finally -- shot done, tweak contrast, upload, pack, made it to the plane!!

Thanks for the comments!!


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01/30/2013 04:55:21 AM
A brilliant take on the theme. Although, why scores of 3,2 and 1 were submitted is beyond me.
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01/25/2013 09:57:41 PM
You're my HERO!

Read story... no really! You're REALLY my HERO!!!!

Congrats! Hope you had fun!

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01/25/2013 10:40:34 AM
Originally posted by FourPointX:

great story! how was this lit?


One shoot through umbrella, close in.
01/25/2013 09:33:48 AM
Ribbon hog! And to do it with nasty food? Ewwww.... :-)
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01/25/2013 09:08:40 AM
great story! how was this lit?
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01/25/2013 08:21:09 AM
Awesome shot and story... AND MUCH more palatable than real tofu too...
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01/25/2013 08:17:04 AM
U r too funny setting in surgery waiting room reading your "adventure" in toefu and literally laughing out loud. Other folks r looking strange at me. I'd show them this pix but this hospital has a phsyc ward and fearfull I
Might end up there. Congratulations kray z girl
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01/25/2013 07:57:23 AM
Originally posted by Alexkc:

Originally posted by h2:

Dang, can't you have a break from shooting for a while?


No, I already explained you Oliver, she lives in a 48 hours day...

Congrats Wendy :)


I can't -- I have to go find an H. (can I take a picture of myself searching for an H for searching?) :)
01/25/2013 07:06:37 AM
Congrats,nice one.
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01/25/2013 06:52:05 AM
Congrats on the blue! Groaned when I saw the pun title but it works:-) Great lighting and composition is well done (although a bottle and cup of saki would pair better with the take-out Chinese). Your back story is a great illustration of what we crazy photographers will do for the shot:-)
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01/25/2013 06:39:12 AM
Originally posted by h2:

Dang, can't you have a break from shooting for a while?


No, I already explained you Oliver, she lives in a 48 hours day...

Congrats Wendy :)
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01/25/2013 03:05:28 AM
once again congratulations wendy! excellent idea!
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01/25/2013 02:52:29 AM
Congrats, good one, lovely story!
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01/25/2013 02:46:06 AM
Dang, can't you have a break from shooting for a while?
Congrats on another deserved blue!
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01/25/2013 02:36:01 AM
YOU ARE ONE CRAZY ADDICTED PHOTGRAPHER WOMAN BUT LOVE THE RESULT WELL DONE N THE BLUE A FANTASTIC EFFECT AND RESULT MY DEAR XOX FROM SHEZ
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01/25/2013 01:56:49 AM
You crack me up
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01/25/2013 01:54:36 AM
Well, congrats on the ribbon of course but I would give you a gold ribbon for the story - haha I felt like I was there.
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01/25/2013 01:54:01 AM
Wendy, that story is freakin hilarious. Congrats on the ribbon, looking forward to many more of these (ribbon stories, not toe shots lol).
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01/25/2013 12:48:58 AM
Congrats again on another ribbon :)

you now have 2 entries on front page
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01/25/2013 12:23:11 AM
Ha ha you did it again, I'm not even going to try to chase you, well done!
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01/25/2013 12:12:05 AM
Soooo funny - how ever do you come up with these ideas??? Congratulations on the well-deserved blue, Wendy - though I may never forgive you for what you have done to eating Chinese take-out for me.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2013 09:30:13 PM
Clever and well done. Top 3
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01/20/2013 03:43:44 PM
TOTAL WACKED I am loveing this!! I'm going out on a limb and saying Wendy?? Because I think this is the winning shot .... ya FREAK I'll never be able to eat chinese take out again with out thinking of this!!!!
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01/19/2013 02:28:33 PM
Punderful. :)
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01/19/2013 03:17:13 AM
Very nice and believable but for the record I dont think it is your own foot.
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01/18/2013 07:48:57 PM
HA! Fabulous! I love all of it!



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01/18/2013 03:34:28 PM
Reall fabulous!
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01/18/2013 01:15:11 PM
Top 3, well played
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01/18/2013 10:09:43 AM
Funny!!!! You should have saki in the background! ;)
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01/18/2013 10:05:52 AM
Great shot and a great title.
Good job on this.
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01/18/2013 05:04:06 AM
Nice. Who would've thunk it? You did. Great job on the lighting and background.
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01/18/2013 03:54:18 AM
Very clever. Great lighting and composition. What flavour? I'll never eat it again..Thanks to you :0 Excellent lighting and PP for Basic.
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01/18/2013 03:46:53 AM
Original idea, but had wished for better matching props in the background.
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