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Summer Blueberries
Summer Blueberries
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Challenge: Macro V (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Nikon
Location: Sparta, NJ
Date: Jul 3, 2005
Aperture: F/32
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.6 sec
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2005

Did my best to avoid a bug or a flower. I like the shot regardless of how it does.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 374
Avg (all users): 7.0081
Avg (commenters): 8.5098
Avg (participants): 7.0988
Avg (non-participants): 6.8372
Views since voting: 3920
Views during voting: 379
Votes: 248
Comments: 71
Favorites: 28 (view)


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05/23/2007 09:06:27 PM
I have come looking for this shot for the third time and realized that it was not in my favorites.

And I started thinking... why not?

After having gone through over 100 pages of food pics, I have to say this is likely one of the top 3 best food pics on DPC and absolutely without a doubt the penultimate blueberry shot. It simply cannot get any better.

Whenever someone asks me what a blueberry is like, I think of this shot.

Thanks for a truly great pic.
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07/03/2006 09:01:03 AM
Stunning shot, I can almost taste them.
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05/18/2006 10:50:18 PM
This is amazing, lighting, texture, composition, dof, color, all spectacular!
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12/14/2005 10:25:35 AM
this photo is one of my all time favorites - I like so much the composition and the colors
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10/28/2005 02:28:33 PM
This is wonder-full!
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07/11/2005 10:58:49 PM
If I didn't know these were blueberies, I could have sworn they were large
gourds, which is a compliment to the quality and detail here, this close-up.
Well done and congrats on a non-bug/flower top 10!
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07/11/2005 03:13:26 PM
One of my favorites. Great composition. They actually look like jumbo berries. I'm surprised this didn't get a ribbon. Too bad =(

Message edited by author 2005-07-11 15:14:17.
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07/11/2005 09:57:09 AM
Awesome shot. I wasnt' able to vote on it, but if I had, this would have been my pick for the blue. I have always loved the coloring of fresh blueberries. The surface you placed them on is excellent as well. The lighting is soft and beautiful. I wonder how much post processing you did. Truly outstanding.

I love the massiveness of the berries. It reminds me of back home...

A big smack in the face to the one guy who rated this a 3.
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07/11/2005 04:24:49 AM
Beautiful textures and subtlety of colours. Lovely!
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07/11/2005 01:10:44 AM
Beautiful! Yummy blue!
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07/11/2005 12:44:42 AM
They look almost like basketballs. A great macro with good texture. Congratulations on your top 10 finish.
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07/11/2005 12:28:00 AM
It was perfect. Beautifully done. Cheers on you finish.
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07/11/2005 12:17:44 AM
I knew I should have shot a bug! Oh well, first time breaking a 7 which is great. Thanks to all the people with no cameras that voted me a 5 lol.

I got a lot of "look like pumpkins" comments so my next challenge is to take pumpkins and make them look as small as blueberries.
07/11/2005 12:12:09 AM
Congrats on breaking the special effects/extreme closeup barrier with this mumental study of some tiny berries.
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07/11/2005 12:09:55 AM
congrats on your 10 top finish. this was one of my challenge favs - a great take on the subject and a refreshing departure from all the bugs (Though I contributed to that...)

well done!

Message edited by author 2005-07-11 00:10:13.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/10/2005 10:23:00 PM
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Message edited by author 2005-07-11 21:02:10.
07/10/2005 09:46:07 PM
mmm... yummy. except the colors seem a bit washed out.
i wish blueberries were actually that big.
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07/10/2005 06:52:56 PM
Great texture contrasts on this, nice choice of background for that reason. These blues are huge and look lush and full of juice. Hope you enjoyed them later. Good luck!
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07/10/2005 02:22:44 PM
Somehow this makes the look like 2ft. tall blueberries...cool.
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07/10/2005 10:24:43 AM
this photo is one of my favorites in the challenge. the colors are perfect, the blueberries are tack sharp and the detail on them is quite nice. great DOF as well. the surface they are on is also interesting. im not sure what im seeing on the blueberry to the right, i see like a few black pixels, maybe dust? Score: 10 +favorites
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07/10/2005 09:59:42 AM
This is teriffic! Love the composition and color. A real eye pleaser.
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07/10/2005 08:29:58 AM
Great work here. My first ten of the challenge. The lighting here is phenomenal as well as the composition and use of creative DOF. A brilliant piece, very well done.
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07/10/2005 03:31:02 AM
Very crisp clean shot shot. Nice composotioin and the surface provides nice contrast with the bluberries. 8
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07/10/2005 12:32:42 AM
Such a simple subject and common place but this photo really brings out the beauty in such everyday things. Great placement of the blueberries, especially choice of surface for the blueberries to sit on, the texture of that contrasts really complements the blueberries very nicely. High mark from me... PS: one of my favorite fruit ;-)
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07/09/2005 09:46:10 PM
They look the size of pumkins!
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07/09/2005 01:07:03 PM
Just imagine how many pies you could make with blueberries that size!!
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07/09/2005 03:27:00 AM
Those things look like the size of tomatos from this perspective! Nice job, indeed. I love the detail in the skins and the ground. The boarder you added works perfectly. Good luck!
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07/08/2005 06:40:34 PM
Like this it almost looks like red cabbage. :)
I like the simpleness (as opposed to confused) of the composition and colors. The light is very good here. Bit unsure about the contrast and punch of the colors. Could perhaps do with a bit harder USM. 7
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07/08/2005 06:37:25 PM
I hope your blueberries get the blue ribbon. It's the top of my ratings.
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07/08/2005 02:56:49 PM
This is really great. Beautiful color and lighting.
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07/07/2005 11:12:48 PM
Good shot! I adore the coloring and the focus and detail of the berries, very nice!
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07/07/2005 09:04:11 PM
Beautiful colors and texture. The wood base balances the blue nicely. Looks yummy!
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07/07/2005 04:35:14 PM
In this photo the blueberries look massive. Whatever they are resting on undoubtedly contributes to the illusion. Nice to see something a little different executed so well.
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07/07/2005 02:58:55 PM
This macro is absolutely perfect. In my opinion, you did every single thing right, from composition to processing. Great great job!
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07/07/2005 02:53:14 PM
One of the first that I voted on, now that I have come back to it I like it even more. I think it is a good picture, nothing wrong, perfect......
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07/07/2005 12:59:51 PM
One of the best in the competition ... the composition and the colors are great! 9
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07/06/2005 10:23:12 PM
Woh giant Blueberries... they look like Blue Pumpkins... Good pic here... 7
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07/06/2005 08:10:07 PM
This is a great shot! These blueberries look huge and the color, texture, and composition rule!..9
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07/06/2005 07:50:46 PM
I really like this. The wood (?) works very well with the blueberries.
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07/06/2005 12:24:07 PM
Blueberries take on such a nice patina don't they? They have this instant "rustic" appeal... and even more so in this image due to the fact that they appear to be resting on an old bit of wood..my only tiny nitpick is the thin white border...I don't mind the black, I actually like a thin black border...but that thin white line is a little distracting...JMO...I'm still lovin' that patina though...beautiful berries...one of my favorite images.
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07/06/2005 11:29:21 AM
8 - Excellent macro shot. The tones are perfect and I love the texture of the table.
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07/06/2005 10:48:05 AM
Excellent colors and tones, Very well done shot.
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07/06/2005 07:38:21 AM
The colours are a bit toned down and neutral, but I like the textures here. Terrific sharpness on this image and there's something about it which is understated that I like.

A 7 from me and good luck
Alex.
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07/06/2005 07:05:04 AM
This shall be called art...;-) 10
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07/06/2005 05:08:35 AM
wow, well done, kudos
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07/06/2005 01:11:29 AM
The details on the blueberry are amazing!!! Great colors and nice depth of field. The background where they are resting on though is a bit distracting to me? too grainy or not enough of a contrast? not sure what it is about it.
Very well done!!!
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07/05/2005 11:31:33 PM
I like the texture, both in the berries and what they are sitting on. Nice job.
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07/05/2005 09:39:15 PM
Incredible shot. I love the color, detail and lighting. Reminds me of an old world painting. Nice eye. 10
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07/05/2005 06:56:50 PM
Yum, beautiful sharp shot, you made those berries like huge, nice work
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07/05/2005 05:11:25 PM
The colors and depth are amazing. Who would have thought blueberries could be so sensual? Or maybe I'm just odd. Love the composition. The lighting makes this image. Excellent work - 9, may bump later. Gotta bump. This is beautiful. Simple. 10
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07/05/2005 04:51:33 PM
Very nice macro. I like how you picked up on texture and the lighting is nice. Good luck.
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07/05/2005 12:52:39 PM
Well if those aren't the biggest blueberries i've ever seen :P
Nice work
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07/05/2005 11:34:19 AM
REALLY made me do a double-take on this one. Blueberries! Wow! Very nicely done. Almost a still-life. 8
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07/05/2005 10:43:17 AM
blue turnips? j/k..excellent macro. blueberrys never looked so good(and i dont even like blueberrys). this makes me want to try some again 10
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07/05/2005 08:04:47 AM
wow...these are huge ones :). Nice done.
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07/04/2005 10:41:49 PM
I really, really like the shadows and texture you've provided in this shot.
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07/04/2005 08:49:22 PM
these look like they are as big as pumpkins....wonderful photo colr and details
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07/04/2005 08:15:28 PM
8 - Blueberries the size of pumpkins... mmm.
Nice colors and light. Good depiction of character.
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07/04/2005 07:18:01 PM
great color. good lighting.
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07/04/2005 05:40:06 PM
FABULOUS! 10
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07/04/2005 01:43:33 PM
The winner in my book, the textures are great!
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07/04/2005 11:59:10 AM
Base: 5
Tech: +2
Subj:+1
Chln:

Total: 8
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07/04/2005 11:39:42 AM
Wow, those look huge.
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07/04/2005 10:13:14 AM
wonderful color, clarity, and composition
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07/04/2005 06:55:20 AM
Texture and colors are perfect, this should finish in the top ten.
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07/04/2005 06:21:00 AM
I love the texture. The subtle lighting with the gentle shadows is great. Super photo.
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07/04/2005 06:07:16 AM
This one i like. The colors are cool, focus is good. Would realy like to know the location of the shot. (10)
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07/04/2005 03:47:06 AM
Excellent
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07/04/2005 01:25:02 AM
Wow... really, really nice. 10
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07/04/2005 01:04:18 AM
dang those things look like pumpkins!
7
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07/04/2005 12:57:52 AM
The single color saturation certainly works hre. The detailing is nice too.
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