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Tomato No. 42
1st PlaceTomato No. 42
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Edward Weston (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Mar 28, 2011
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 28, 2011

A ribbon with such a score !? Wow, I can't believe it.

Thank you all for your comments and votes. I do agree with most of them: the lighting is not very "Weston"(I had to shoot this at night, and used strobes indeed). Also, it is quite hard to find strangely shaped vegetables nowadays, at least in usual big cities' groceries and stores: everything is calibrated and standardized... makes you realize how sad this is.

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ETA: Thank you for recalculating the challenge's scores after biased votes have been detected. I had no clue if my ribbon would hold, but it definitely was the right thing to do.
Also, I feel sorry for 31_N.gif Laima's DQ, her photo was way better than mine, and I really hope to see more of her work in upcoming challenges.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.6529
Avg (commenters): 7.7500
Avg (participants): 6.4545
Avg (non-participants): 6.7788
Views since voting: 5010
Views during voting: 335
Votes: 170
Comments: 31
Favorites: 4 (view)


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04/10/2011 06:47:37 PM
Congrats on the blue! I thought this one would do well. Gave it an 8 myself. Very well done!
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04/09/2011 01:46:57 PM
Aye. I read your comments and agree. There was definitely a misunderstanding about what Weston was all about as far as lighting was concerned, throughout this entire challenge. Weston was a master at using subtle lighting for contrast and shape. Almost to the point where you'd be hard-pressed to believe he actually cared about lighting at all. So something like this being a blue ribbon was a little shocking.

However, DPC always speaks, so congrats on the blue :D I'm glad that you yourself understood that it wasn't exactly the "Weston" way, but C'est La Vie right?
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04/09/2011 01:34:01 PM
Mais out. Le bleu! Bien et felistations!
Malheureusement ce n'est pas l'un des bas(?) score de bleu que je suis regarde mais c'est pres(?).
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04/09/2011 12:08:53 PM
Best BW tomato ever ;)
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04/07/2011 01:28:10 PM
In all likelihood, this is about to become the blue... is there anything you can't photograph?!
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04/07/2011 11:49:50 AM
Congrats....again and again.
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04/06/2011 06:08:27 PM
Damn, you got this DPC thing figured out. Nice work.
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04/06/2011 12:43:41 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon.
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04/06/2011 08:28:45 AM
Originally posted by NiallOTuama:


Il est tres difficule de trouver les fruites de forme irregulere dans les grandes villes. Je n'en pouvais pas trouver [desole! c'est difficule!]... mais je suis regarde un navel qui ressemblait un "thingie" mais... le "thingie"... um... ne faudrait etre appreciee...


Your French is probably better than my English, so feel free to go on! As for your "thingie", I can imagine very well what kind of shape you're referring to, I myself came across similar ones before discarding the idea ;-)
04/06/2011 05:19:55 AM
I was going to say it was the lowest ribbon score I ever saw, but then realised that you came second rather than third... so second lowest ribbon score I've ever seen :-)
I like the lighting in this a lot. Not Weston-esque, perhaps, but still nice.

I've come to realise I should try commenting in French on your shots (hoping you'll forgive the lack of accenting, poor grammar, woeful spelling and embarrassing attempts at the language... haven't spoken/written it in 7 years or more and wasn't good at it when I did either)...
Il est tres difficule de trouver les fruites de forme irregulere dans les grandes villes. Je n'en pouvais pas trouver [desole! c'est difficule!]... mais je suis regarde un navel qui ressemblait un "thingie" mais... le "thingie"... um... ne faudrait etre appreciee...

I think I may stop commenting in French if that's OK :-)
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04/06/2011 04:01:58 AM
Well done. And an astute observation about the produce available in our major markets these days. Finding a Weston subject in a standardized world. Not easy work these days.
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04/06/2011 03:14:54 AM
Congrats, man, you seem to ribbon with everything you shoot. Must admit I gave you a 6, because of the strobes reflection, everything else is perfectly Weston.
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04/06/2011 03:07:07 AM
congrats on another ribbon Christoph! Perhaps you should've brought your light source (umbrella or soft box?) closer to the tomato for a more distributed light source, but a great shot regardless.
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04/06/2011 01:52:20 AM
Originally posted by tanguera:

Congrats on the matching ribbon, Christophe.


Thanks a lot Johanna! However, this tomato was in fact yellow. Not complaining of course ;-)
04/06/2011 01:23:31 AM
Is there anything you can't shoot and make look good??? Congratulations!!
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04/06/2011 12:16:55 AM
You never cease to astound me. Congrats on the matching ribbon, Christophe.
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04/06/2011 12:03:18 AM
Excellent. Congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/05/2011 05:37:33 PM
Simply brilliant.
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04/05/2011 06:37:35 AM
Eish...this is well done and I liek this. Im not sure How Weston the lighting is but great image none the less.
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04/04/2011 09:46:44 PM
Lots of similar styled images in this challenge, but this is definitely one of the better ones. Good lighting and texture, especially on the tree trunk on the bottom.
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04/04/2011 08:39:14 PM
not sure what it IS about this image, but it captures my sight and would definitely make Weston proud
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04/04/2011 07:11:24 PM
a very cool tomato - the highlights are maybe a wee too much but the overall light really shows off the subtle skin textures
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04/04/2011 02:08:17 PM
I am not sure it evokes Weston, but I really like it.
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03/31/2011 08:18:29 PM
Amazing clarity.
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03/31/2011 07:33:35 PM
From my experience in this challenge, getting the light right on a vegi is not easy. Well done here and a 7 from me.
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03/30/2011 10:38:26 PM
Glorious shot. Seriously breathtaking. I love everything about it, and it's just Weston enough to look Weston. Although it seems that you used strobes, which he did not usually (ever?) do. The detail of the log around the edges is dynamite. Front page for sure. (not voting)
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03/30/2011 08:26:37 PM
I think this is great. You found a great specimen and I caught it well, obviously inspired by Weston. Good job!
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03/30/2011 12:12:36 PM
Fantastic image...I love the shape of the tomatoe and the textured ground is awesome.
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03/30/2011 11:28:37 AM
The light and the texture in this are very Weston. The addition of the textured background made this.
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03/30/2011 10:55:26 AM
Very well done.
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03/30/2011 12:34:20 AM
a little over cooked on top and lacking detail in the shadows, good idea though
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