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IreneM


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Challenge: Asia (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Dec 28, 2008
Aperture: f18
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/80 s
Galleries: Black and White, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2008

When I read the challenge title I though I’d just leave this one out. THEN I remembered my black Collani tea set and a pair of chopsticks I had at the back of one of the kitchen drawers ;-)
The lighting was extremely difficult because I wanted a dark moody effect on the dishes but wanted to catch the rice mid-air. I built up my makeshift light tent to keep reflections, glare, etc at a minumum and put my 2 flashes in more positions than in the Kama Sutra.
In the end, I had both flashes on top of the light tent pointing straight ahead. This kept the blacks, black but made the rice very bright. The reflection of the rice was o.k. and I couldn’t get the shot any better, so I decided to leave it at that.

When I first checked my score I was at 18 votes and 7.6! Talk about hyper-ventilating!
Anyway, reality set in and I levelled out at 6.6. Slowly climbed back up to nearly 6.9 these last few days and I’m over the moon about it!

Thanks for the comments and the super score.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 106
Avg (all users): 6.8953
Avg (commenters): 8.1579
Avg (participants): 6.9149
Avg (non-participants): 6.8880
Views since voting: 3244
Views during voting: 372
Votes: 172
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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01/11/2009 02:50:40 AM
Awesome shot, I love the shiny reflective black.
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01/06/2009 11:10:39 AM
Maybe someone else commented already, but I thought your rice looked like Asian writing, sorry don't know the name...very nicely done.
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01/05/2009 08:27:55 PM
nice chocolate tones and comp is great..as always nice reflection!
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01/05/2009 11:31:50 AM
This is so rich and beautiful. Congratulations Irene!
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01/05/2009 10:31:24 AM
I see you're dropping things in water again. Is your star sign aquarious?
This definitly has an Asian flavor.
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01/05/2009 07:42:08 AM
Thanks for the comment.... I favored yours to do great. Wonderful pic and concept.
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01/05/2009 06:44:42 AM
You must have really shiny worktops.... congrats again.
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01/05/2009 01:10:31 AM
Gave this a 9 Irene, congrats on the HM...thought it might ribbon actually
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01/05/2009 12:30:57 AM
Congratulations on another lovely shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/04/2009 11:02:14 PM
Awesome shot! There are a lot of shots of food in the challenge but the black reflection and moody lighting work really well here.
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01/04/2009 08:09:47 PM
Wonderful photo. The lighting and reflections are super.
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01/03/2009 08:11:48 PM
very beautiful. Love the clarity in the pic.
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01/03/2009 06:28:42 PM
Irene? Yanko? Very nice, great tones and clarity. My only nitpick is the grains of rice....they're too bright. But I love the composition.
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01/03/2009 06:04:57 AM
Beautifully photographed, the rice falling into the water gives it just the amount of action this picture needs. Good luck with the challenge.
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01/02/2009 11:13:57 PM
Wow, cool photo. Excellent lighting. Could it be Irene? One of my 10 in challenge. My pick for ribbon.
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01/02/2009 07:08:56 PM
lovely and crisp, I like the striking contrast between the rice and background
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12/31/2008 08:19:13 PM
good reflection, deep colors and good focus on chop sticks and bowl
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12/31/2008 02:56:30 PM
nice comp
looks a little grainy (ouch! what a pun!)
The reflected rice has more form than the actual rice.
Pleasing overall
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12/31/2008 01:23:22 PM
great image! 9
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12/31/2008 11:41:00 AM
A wonderful feel and texture. It reminds me of how inkstick looks when being ground in a stone for Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting).
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12/31/2008 07:55:22 AM
On the whole page of thumbnails, this shot just jumps out at me. I love the sheen of the black. The texture on the top of the chopsticks looks great too.
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12/31/2008 02:40:06 AM
sweet lighting
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12/31/2008 12:55:11 AM
nice setup. the rice is pretty overexposed in the top of the frame. you can see more details in the reflection below. still, nice composition
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12/31/2008 12:55:03 AM
Woo, quite slick. Nice job on a nice still life. If this isn't IreneM, you've been doing her homework :P
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12/30/2008 06:35:39 AM
Nice overall tone and feel, but I'm not sure the falling rice really adds anything. Would like to see this without the rice, or with a small amount of "still" food in the bowl.
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12/30/2008 01:13:49 AM
beautiful
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12/29/2008 06:21:01 PM
Lovely shot. I love the detail in the reflected rice. 9
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12/29/2008 06:16:30 PM
well done, the rice seems drawing an ideogram.
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12/29/2008 08:23:08 AM
Nicely shot. Reminds me of something in an upscale gourmet magazine. I wish that the reflection of the rice at the bottom wasn't "cut off" if that makes sense. 7
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12/29/2008 05:03:09 AM
This is incredible - beyond cookbook good, though I'm worried the border may cost you the blue since it cuts through the rice reflection - one of the nicest elements in the frame.

Despite this I love this picture.
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12/29/2008 12:11:30 AM
awesome...excellent lighting...I predict a ribbon 9
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