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Challenge: Science II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Easton, CT
Date: May 28, 2007
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Humorous, Studio
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2007

Real corn spray painted chrome. I glued circuit board prints to the inside of several leaves, replaced the corn silk with copper speaker wire and held it all together with a light bulb base in my right hand. Ideally, I wanted to have corn stalks in the background with an empty socket, but I went the lazy route with de-focused grass instead.

Shot in the last few minutes of sunset with a monolight and gold umbrella behind me to the right. I forgot that I had an ND filter AND a polarizer on my lens and couldn't figure out why the shutter speed was so slow. Duh. :-/

Processing: Convert from RAW, Luko sharpening routine, boost saturation with Channel Mixer, shift circuit board and husk colors to more appropriate greens, Noise Ninja & light Gaussian Blur on background, assorted Dodge & Burn, spot saturation/desaturation, colorize paper edge at the bottom of the husk, clone stray copper wire at top left and USM.

Yay! Thanks for the votes and comments! Lots of people commented on how much time/effort I must have spent on the prop, but it wasn't that difficult. I painted the corn, took shots of an old computer motherboard and used spray adhesive to glue prints of them to the leaves. From there, it was just a matter of holding the stuff together in my hand. One of my quicker setups, really.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 222
Avg (all users): 7.2930
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.1613
Avg (non-participants): 7.3464
Views since voting: 84886
Views during voting: 415
Votes: 215
Comments: 81
Favorites: 39 (view)


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10/10/2008 06:54:00 PM
This is genius!
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06/12/2007 09:05:58 AM
what? gold corn
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06/11/2007 09:21:49 PM
I always knew you were a bit corny... da da dum.. :-)
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06/11/2007 01:57:14 AM
i can't believe that there are people giving pictures like this 1s, 2s and 3s. while it's maybe not the most technically impressive piece of work ever, it's certainly sound in that department, and it's more creative than the average pic.

i swear, i just don't get voters. unless it's somebody who entered this challenge and then voted everybody else a 1 in hopes of springboarding themselves up the charts, i'm just flummoxed.

solid pic, by the way.
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06/09/2007 11:37:00 PM
COOL !!
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06/08/2007 07:08:09 PM
One of the coolest pics I've seen in a while.
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06/08/2007 06:38:30 PM
The concept is amazingly clever.
Great concept + superb execution = Ribbon!

Congratulations!
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06/08/2007 01:05:58 PM
amazing photo
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06/08/2007 03:34:58 AM
great idea and execution, congratz ... as usual :-)
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06/07/2007 09:04:49 PM
Another rockin' idea from the King of Clever
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06/07/2007 06:49:54 AM
I love this theme as everyone goes to so much effort - not saying they don't normally but this effort is just amazing!
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06/07/2007 02:45:33 AM
my teeth hurt just looking at this!
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06/06/2007 07:37:00 PM
o.o Ooh. Never listen to my advice.
xD
Great work, Scalvert. You deserve it.
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06/06/2007 04:16:37 PM
You are just unstoppable. But I know how much hard work you put into your entries....amazing. I particularly love this one because I can relate to your message of engineering corn for fuels. The wires are an especially nice touch.

Wow.
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06/06/2007 02:09:37 PM
love the work tht went into creating the corn and the shot. Good work!
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06/06/2007 01:36:20 PM
Truly amazing, I just love your creativity. Congrats, you certainly deserve the recognition.
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06/06/2007 12:44:37 PM
Again, a very creative and excellent image. Congrats on your Red.
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06/06/2007 12:34:15 PM
You are a master copy writer! Your titles are so bonded to the wonderful images you produce. I say, let's put up an advertising business and let me cash in on your talent. lol Gave the kids a break. Shannon your art is dispensed like a machine gun. Rapid fire/Rapid Art. Congratulations on your Red on yet another smart concept.

Message edited by author 2007-06-06 19:41:05.
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06/06/2007 10:32:41 AM
Originally posted by Rgarcia:

On a lighter side... I wonder if you get pop corn when you plug it in!


Yes you do, but it's artificially flavored and gets stuck in your teeth as fillings. ;-)
06/06/2007 10:13:13 AM
Just brilliant!!! Very creative, well done and with a strong message.
On a lighter side... I wonder if you get pop corn when you plug it in!
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06/06/2007 09:20:23 AM
Another genius image Shannon! I hope they preserve your brain for science. I love this image and had a blast looking at it.
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06/06/2007 09:06:58 AM
Fun and clever concept done extremely well...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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06/06/2007 09:05:02 AM
Your quicker setups are more work than my most elaborate setups :)
congrats on yet another creative image!
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06/06/2007 08:57:13 AM
You make it sound so easy :P Congrats on the ribbon!!
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06/06/2007 08:43:07 AM
Very very clever and so worth the ribbon.....
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06/06/2007 08:31:05 AM
you are truely the master of props and setups, this one is amazing - again

congrats on your ribbon

Jack
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06/06/2007 08:29:36 AM
Shannon, congrats on a very creative and beautifully done entry. I'd use Dr. Achoo's words to one of my teammates and say, "here's hoping you peaked a weak early" but I see you on the front page nearly every week, so we have no hope of that :-)
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06/06/2007 07:51:50 AM
You are a genius like your team mate..
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06/06/2007 07:23:14 AM
I had a feeling it was yours Mr. Calvert. Very creative, my top pick for blue. (I just loved the lightbulb socket at the bottom!). Great job and thanks for the effort and creativity you always display.

Message edited by author 2007-06-06 07:27:53.
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06/06/2007 07:09:49 AM
a lot of effort again rewarded with a ribbon, stick it in the box with the rest of them... muchos congratulate amigo
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06/06/2007 07:06:04 AM
Fantastic idea and great image. Congrats on the ribbon!
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06/06/2007 07:02:17 AM
Told ya about the ribbon. THanks for the info. Great Job.
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06/06/2007 06:48:20 AM
Clever idea, very well done and deserving of the ribbon.
:) I really will have to spend more time on preparing the shots myself.
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06/06/2007 05:11:49 AM
Great idea and well done, as always. On my monitor, the background is a bit dark. Your original idea of the cornfield with empty bulbs background would surely have turned this into a blue ribbon!
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06/06/2007 05:11:08 AM
Congrats! Wonder how that tasted, did you eat it after the challenge? :P

"Honey, I got silver corn in my crap!"
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06/06/2007 03:31:41 AM
You just have WAY too much fun. And yea, what Goodman said. 'Bout damn time you got a ribbon, you know. I suspect there will be more in your future.
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06/06/2007 02:24:37 AM
oh my! congrats on your first ribbon ;)
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06/06/2007 12:53:36 AM
thats freakin creative....well deserved placement
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06/06/2007 12:45:05 AM
dang, i knew this had to be yours, but i gave it a 10, anyway. hahahahah
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06/06/2007 12:24:18 AM
don't tell secrets in the garden...
why?
the corn has ears ;-)
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06/06/2007 12:20:41 AM
You suck you suck you suck. Oh this has a majenta cast and well you should have had a manicure. Overall I think you suck. ;D
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06/06/2007 12:20:16 AM
Congrats on 2nd!... you are so creative! :)
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06/06/2007 12:19:41 AM
I'm impressed. Thanks for sharing the details on how you achieved this. Congrats on the RED too.
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06/06/2007 12:12:36 AM
Your mind must be in overdrive comming up with these brilliant ideas, congratulations.
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06/06/2007 12:07:18 AM
Awesome!
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06/06/2007 12:03:38 AM
are you serious??? lol, you the man. can you say outside the box...

you never cease to amaze me :) great job as always
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2007 11:47:07 PM
Fantastic idea. I bet it took quite a bit of work to make that! Lots of points for you for a great idea, execution, and final product (both the corn and the photo).
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06/05/2007 11:21:55 PM
Awesome prop! Looks homemade ;) but only because I wouldn't imagine seeing something like this for sale.
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06/05/2007 10:29:24 PM
super idea.
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06/05/2007 10:14:45 PM
Very creative!
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06/05/2007 09:42:36 PM
Very clever. Nice work.
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06/05/2007 11:07:16 AM
Creative, interesting, unique and funny. Can't ask for more. 10
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06/05/2007 10:22:42 AM
that seems like a lot of work !! creative
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06/05/2007 08:24:13 AM
Very clever!
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06/04/2007 02:31:12 AM
I don't know how much trouble you went through to create this prop, but you deserve a decent score for the effort alone. (The photo's good too.) 8
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06/04/2007 01:08:44 AM
Funny, clever and apt.
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06/03/2007 11:32:58 PM
Awe shuck!! Wish this had been my idea. One of the most creative photos in this challenge. A 10 from me.
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06/03/2007 10:38:47 PM
Brilliant concept executed flawlessly. Wonderfully creative and technically right on.
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06/02/2007 08:43:37 PM
Very cool prop.
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06/02/2007 03:08:42 PM
A Lot of work has gone into this, and it is a very clever idea. i particularly like the leaves. Good work
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06/02/2007 02:08:41 PM
Cool! Obviously lots of prep work here. Nicely done.
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06/02/2007 10:53:55 AM
absolutely the best idea/shot combo ive seen,well executed,a winner!10!
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06/02/2007 07:57:32 AM
Wow good job. I expect a ribbon...
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06/02/2007 01:38:45 AM
And if you overclock it too much you get popcorn!
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06/01/2007 10:15:49 PM
very very cool. i like this a lot! very creative
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06/01/2007 05:37:17 PM
That's awesome. Great idea. Most creative image I have seen yet this whole challenge. I don't think it will ribbon, and I will give my opinion.

I am going to make a guess; this image was taken outdoors on grass in the evening.

I would like it with slightly softer lighting and a solid black background. I think it would ribbon, too.

But don't listen to me, because half of the time I don't know what I'm talking about.
=P

Well, good luck. I'm boosting you up as best I can with a vote of ten.
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06/01/2007 05:03:58 PM
haha well done. made me smile. 9.
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05/31/2007 10:42:57 PM
Very cool -- I can only imagine how much work this must have taken!
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05/31/2007 09:54:13 PM
well done, could be an ad
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05/31/2007 07:52:04 PM
Not only a good photograph, but a great idea. Nice blending of the organic and the inorganic.
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05/31/2007 01:49:36 AM
Very, very nicely done. Gorgeous. I really want to know how much (or little) of this was done in photoshop.
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05/30/2007 07:23:45 PM
clever idea, albeit a slightly corny joke ;-)
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05/30/2007 06:42:41 PM
Great concept
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05/30/2007 04:46:29 PM
Very Clever. Big points for inventiveness, hard work, and originality.
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05/30/2007 02:43:07 PM
Fantastic idea well composed! Whish it for a ribbon! - Good luck!
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05/30/2007 01:45:24 PM
Very impressive! 10
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05/30/2007 12:18:23 PM
Brilliantly original, this one's bound to do well.
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05/30/2007 12:07:22 PM
Wow, how long did it take you to set that up? Even the insides of the leaves have printing/circuits on them, I think that is the icing on the cake for this image
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05/30/2007 10:43:42 AM
Creative with a capital "C"
Bravo! *8*
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05/30/2007 01:26:38 AM
The terrible is that is probable. Clever idea
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05/30/2007 12:55:42 AM
clever! And very well executed. Looks like a lot of work...
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