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A tasty Thai treat served up on chopsticks
1st PlaceA tasty Thai treat served up on chopsticks
mrorange002


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Challenge: Wacky Foods (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: kitchen
Date: Sep 24, 2004
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Sep 24, 2004

Wow!
Thanks for all of the comments everyone!!!
This was almost not submitted, (glad i changed my mind)
The original idea for wacky foods was this:
imagine... a perfect swirled soft serve ice cream cone....chocolate sprinkles... but the catch is: the chocolate sprinkles are actually ants covering the whole ice cream! YUCK
logistically, that shot is not very easy at all! (try to keep the icecream frozen while putting ants on it) so the idea of crisco squirted through a frosting thingy for cakes, with liquid sugar sprayed over the whole thing...

to much!

this was a very simple shot. catch 1 grasshopper, refrigerate for 20 minutes, take chopsticks and LOTS of red lipstick, point 1 flash at the ceiling, the other at the white background, and come up with a title that explains the photo, and VOILA!

Thanks again everyone!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 154
Avg (all users): 7.6108
Avg (commenters): 8.7800
Avg (participants): 7.4186
Avg (non-participants): 7.6826
Views since voting: 13267
Views during voting: 666
Votes: 316
Comments: 102
Favorites: 59 (view)


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10/04/2007 09:19:55 AM
Well in the wacky foods department, I think you nailed it with your presentation here! The image definately makes one do a double take. The aesthetically pleasing reds (which is a color shown to increase metabolism and inspires hunger which is why it is/has been used in kitchens & dining rooms -I watch too much HGTV:-) ) really contrasts with the unappealing thought of eating a bug. I love how the red tones really pop visually off of the white backdrop. You have captured some wonderful image details from the textures and gleam on the lips to the details on the body of the grasshopper. My only critique I have on this is that I am not to overly fond of the blown highlights on the facial skin seen just above the lip. While it does keep the image clean & simple by not adding another color hue that could distract from the reds it still doesn't look quite right. I don't know what the F-stop or shutter speed was but mayhap a slight adjustment there would have avoided the blown highlights in the skin in the top portion. Hmmm, or possibly even slightly adjusting the angle of the flash that you have pointed at the ceiling to illuminate all objects evenly.
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07/07/2005 07:37:16 AM
101 HA!
01/20/2005 01:59:24 PM
100
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12/28/2004 03:59:22 PM
This is one of those images that bring the studio set up shot into a newer realm. The image is just striking!
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10/19/2004 04:35:17 AM
Photographic talent aside, the use of "Thai" as part of caption was misleading as they don't eat such stuff in their normal diet (living there for seven and half years now as expat and never seen such things served in any Thai restaurants - perhaps the Chinese in southern China ie., Guangxi, Yunan, Guangdong do!)
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10/12/2004 04:51:57 PM
Thank god you change your mind and decided to sumbit this photo! As an amteur photo, it gave me quite an insight on light and colour. One of the best photos I've seen around here so far.
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10/07/2004 06:31:56 PM
remarkable sharpness and ingenuity.
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10/07/2004 12:10:53 PM
Love it..... Congrats!
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10/06/2004 07:56:16 PM
Congratulations on this very graphic image! Well deserved BLUE!
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10/06/2004 05:40:38 PM
Definitely clean, crisp and wacky! Would you mind telling me what type of lens you used?

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10/06/2004 05:25:42 PM
One of the coolest photos i've seen! I Love it!
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10/06/2004 01:09:56 PM
Hey You, what are you doing fressing these cute little creatures?

No, you shot is superb and the execution is perefct with sweet loving colors. It was by far the strongest image I have seen in a while. Keep up that good quality and keep those images coming. dan
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10/06/2004 12:58:55 PM
I gave it a 10 :)
congratulations!
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10/06/2004 12:52:56 PM
WONDERFUL!
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10/06/2004 12:17:39 PM
I like it. Although I didn't have the chance to vote it, a perfect for 10 !
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10/06/2004 11:00:27 AM
I knew it wa you!!!! bad bad boy!!
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10/06/2004 10:03:21 AM
Great photo. I knew this would win. Congratulations. Great idea & well executed.
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10/06/2004 09:59:41 AM
74 10's!!! Must be a record. Congratulations. Very sexy colors. Very voluptuous lips.
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10/06/2004 09:41:34 AM
A very unique and wacky idea indeed. Congrats on your ribbon!!
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10/06/2004 08:58:15 AM
there are those outstanding lips again! wow! excellent job, Eric and congrats on the blue! this is certainly a high impact image with great color, composition and shock value content. You are compelled to look and then look again. well done!
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10/06/2004 08:56:12 AM
That is awesome! That is now added to my favorites... Great job.
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10/06/2004 08:06:28 AM
I see once again why you're in my favs!!!! Great job!!
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10/06/2004 03:13:36 AM
Congrats on the Blue Ribbon
Nice work
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10/06/2004 02:57:24 AM
This is just the most amazing shot! However did you do those lips??? And was that "thing" alive? I gave it a 10 and I'm still thinking it's a 10!
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10/06/2004 02:52:28 AM
Clever idea, congrats on the win.
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10/06/2004 02:47:52 AM
Congrats on your Blue ribbon - fab photo
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10/06/2004 01:43:46 AM
I can just imagine the story immediately after this shot was taken ... the chopsticks slip, the grasshopper escapes and jumps right into her mouth ... LOL!!
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10/06/2004 01:14:43 AM
Congratulations.... I had this feeling the moment I saw it. Great work..
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10/06/2004 12:48:15 AM
nice job, had a feeling that one would get the blue :) congrats on your ribbon.
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10/06/2004 12:43:49 AM
Congrats on your first blue (third ribbon). You're becoming quite a DPC high scorer =).
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10/06/2004 12:42:17 AM
I should have guessed this was yours, Eric! Great job. Congrats on the blue. :)
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10/06/2004 12:18:13 AM
I hope there was no animal hurt for this shoot. hehee... ewwww...
Congrats!
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10/06/2004 12:15:41 AM
Congrats!you were the best by far!
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10/06/2004 12:15:40 AM
Congrats and congrats, I suspect, to your wife as well...yeesh the things you put her lips through! LOL!
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10/06/2004 12:11:34 AM
Very well deserved! Congrats!
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10/06/2004 12:05:28 AM
ericlimon: as of this moment and this image you now enter the inner sanctum. My warmest congratulation. You are now another contender that raises the bar even higher. Kudos.
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10/06/2004 12:04:44 AM
Congrats on the blue Eric...
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10/06/2004 12:03:36 AM
Ewww, do I have to look at this all week?

thank God i use firefox!
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10/06/2004 12:03:06 AM
Well eric.. after all that bitchin', you finally nailed your blue :) Good job on a wonderful shot.. you nailed a 9 from me!
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10/06/2004 12:02:58 AM
Fantastic shot. Lucky grasshopper!
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10/06/2004 12:02:01 AM
Yay for me, I picked this as the Blue!!!!!!! Oh, I am just soooo good ;)

Oh yeah, congrats to you as well Eric ;)
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10/06/2004 12:01:05 AM
Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2004 11:54:54 PM
Congratulations on the blue! Given another 1/2 second you would have scored even higher. I had bumped you to a 10 (and removed the Librodo guess- LOL), but I hit the update button just as the server switched over and it didn't go through. ;-)

Message edited by author 2004-10-06 14:38:07.
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10/05/2004 11:45:25 PM
I love the red. This is a great photo, the only thing I don't like is the grasshopper, and that is only because they are the most annoying insect ever, I wish you lots of luck for this photo. ~10
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10/05/2004 11:43:57 PM
returning for comments


Excellent and lethal technique use here to scare the hell out of the casual voter. The composition is great although not as delectable as the sensuos lips would have us believe. There are not many in this site that can accomplish this type of shot. What is that white goop on the lower lip? Previous crunch results. lol
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10/05/2004 09:12:44 PM
I love this shot, you really did a great job of of cpaturing the lips and the ewww factor.
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10/05/2004 05:53:25 PM
Great Shot or maybe, Great Scot!
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10/05/2004 05:35:49 PM
Finaly a good picture. Probably the winner. Congrats :)
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10/05/2004 03:50:26 PM
Horrible !!
10 :)
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10/05/2004 02:35:02 PM
Excellent Photo! The lips look amazing, wish I could do that!! 10
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10/05/2004 11:41:13 AM
Nice photo, good lips on the woman.
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10/05/2004 11:30:59 AM
Would you consider doing a showing at my gallery in NY?
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10/05/2004 11:18:25 AM
nice lips color
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10/04/2004 07:43:30 PM
Is it alive?!

I LOVE the lips! I want to kiss them! They're so bright and glossy looking. Such detail!! Simple composition but oh so fabulous.

10!
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10/04/2004 04:38:41 PM
Great use of color contrast.
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10/04/2004 03:33:24 PM
Supebly done macro - great exposure and DoF. The botoom lip looks a bit unreak in the center.
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10/03/2004 09:13:34 PM
Mmm protein! The shiny lips, white background, and great detail on the grasshopper really make this picture outstanding. Good luck, I hope you get a ribbon for this one!
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10/03/2004 07:54:08 PM
the winner is!!!!!!!!!!!!! nice lightnig and setup... maybe to much gloss :)
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10/03/2004 04:47:44 PM
all i can say is "Wow"
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10/03/2004 03:38:39 PM
Well balanced and supremely simple makes for a great picture! Love the shine on the lips. If that thing touched my mouth I'd have the screaming meemies!
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10/02/2004 03:17:09 PM
superb!
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10/02/2004 02:35:36 PM
Yes some eat them but not alive i think. Exept that good picture.
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10/02/2004 11:30:07 AM
Overall good concept and execution. I know you wanted a high key effect here and it looks good. I think that there may no be enough mouth showing, and that's why it feels out of balance to me. - 7
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10/02/2004 02:41:09 AM
I love the way the lips seem disembodied. Great photo, the best i've seen so far
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10/02/2004 01:13:54 AM
a brave soul that let THAT thing so close to her lips!
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10/01/2004 11:31:04 PM
wow! awesome shot! lighting and composition is very nice. yet, the thing thats bothering me is the skin above the upper lip. its all white. looks edited. the pic is awesome nevertheless! very simple too.
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10/01/2004 05:14:14 PM
Myfavourite! I like the light reflecting off the lips here and the focus of the criket. I'm betting on a medal here...
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09/30/2004 08:01:22 PM
excellent work
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09/30/2004 07:35:17 PM
thats nice!
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09/30/2004 06:55:27 PM
The composition is good however the lighting is a bit harsh. 6
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09/30/2004 06:17:26 PM
Looks like a ribbon...I know lots of people will find this disgusting, but hey, that's life, right? The only thing I fing distracting about this is the amount of wetness on the lips, especially bottom center, other than that, I think this is the winner. I'm giving you my 10.
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09/30/2004 02:25:08 PM
The must be fried first! Very good executed photo, I know they eat these kind of things (mostly in Isarn) I hope you don't suffer because of the grose factor.... 8
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09/30/2004 02:01:56 PM
Good composition. Great colors, I like the gloss on the lips.
Crickets taste like nuts :) Mmmmm -8-
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09/30/2004 08:46:09 AM
Simply brilliantly taken - I love the wetness of the lips - really looks like they are salivating over the locust meal!
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09/30/2004 08:38:31 AM
This is horrible.......it should win then. Great photo
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09/30/2004 06:32:17 AM
this is the winner shoot, even if it doesn't win! PERFECT everything. 10
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09/30/2004 04:16:48 AM
I chickened out of trying these in Bangkok as I had no idea how to eat them and couldn't ask *laugh* Supberb photo, can;t fault it at all. No way I can't see this being a ribbon (probably Blue).
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09/30/2004 03:16:33 AM
Didn't you learn anything from that smoke bubble shot? :-) Actually, this picture came out absolutely great. It's my favorite of the challenge so far. Really excellent job.
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09/29/2004 11:03:35 PM
Awesome job.
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09/29/2004 10:51:58 PM
I love the glossy look of the lips, but EW!! I wouldn't make a good Thai! :0)
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09/29/2004 07:15:27 PM
Icky, but excellent shot. 10.
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09/29/2004 06:55:55 PM
this is one of the better of the bunch, i am having a hard time with the glare on the lips. or whatever that is.
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09/29/2004 06:20:00 PM
I will be very surprised if this one does not get a ribbon :) Great work.
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09/29/2004 04:31:48 PM
Excellent color and arrangement. I think maybe such a striking image would have greater effect if there was a bit deeper depth of field. The far side of the mouth seems a bit too soft for the otherwise attention-grabbing photo. Great job nonetheless.
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09/29/2004 04:02:49 PM
Hmm, nice and crunchy. And a very good image. Great choice of color, lips and chopsticks, great composition, focussed on the essentials, no disturbing distractions. A winner for me.
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09/29/2004 03:22:14 PM
Seems that people are scoring "insect" images low because only discusting people eat them....that's sad because this is one great shot...both technically and conceptualy.
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09/29/2004 02:04:55 PM
fantastic lips. what a great shot 10
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09/29/2004 11:07:38 AM
great detail.
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09/29/2004 10:27:21 AM
real disgusting.......but real nice image
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09/29/2004 10:18:37 AM
this fits so perfect to the challenge, juicy and crunchy at the same time.
nice work !
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09/29/2004 10:17:35 AM
The reds are so great in this and a cleaver shot. One of my favorites.
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09/29/2004 10:01:15 AM
The wet looking lips are great as well as the poor little grasshopper. Nicely done
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09/29/2004 08:54:17 AM
Great shot. Both idea and execution are fantastic. Hope the grasshopper wasn't harmed.
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09/29/2004 08:11:30 AM
Eeewww, but good image! Fits the challenge. I'll give it an 8.
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09/29/2004 07:08:14 AM
Love the detail on the lips. Nice shot.
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09/29/2004 05:11:18 AM
rate is 5. Something exotic
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09/29/2004 02:20:23 AM
great over all shot i would have liked the overex. spots on the lipps to not be there but its not a purfect world so you are the best so far...
nice
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09/29/2004 02:01:22 AM
awesome! a 10 without thinking about it...

after seeing the other photos I'd say your the winner this week... good job!
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09/29/2004 01:48:18 AM
My favorite of this challenge. Bright, graphic, striking, a bit shocking... I especially love the shine on the model's lips.
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09/29/2004 01:42:29 AM
Love the lips... Would have liked to see some skin tone aboce the lips, but that is a minor nit-pick. Great shooting. Contradulations on your model not running the other way as well! 9
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09/29/2004 12:55:04 AM
No Thanks
score low cause my tastebuds has changed since I turned 5
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09/29/2004 12:31:42 AM
Awesome, definitely a 10! Good luck...
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