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Red Blood Cells
Red Blood Cells
Joey Lawrence


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Macro V (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Olympus D-600L
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: Jul 3, 2005
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Galleries: Macro, Science and Technology
Date Uploaded: Jul 3, 2005

These red blood cells tasted strangly good, you know, because they are actually just candy. :-)

I bought a few of these red candys and put them in a pan filled with water. I snapped away, then in photoshop I brought the curves down, contrast up, dodged and burned and then did an enormous unsharp mask. I also used the clone tool to get rid of a few specks on the pan and 'cells.' The big unsharp mask exposed a lot of detail that would not regularily be on red blood cells, but this is Hollywood and I my picture needed some interest. I then used Neat Image to get that nice soft 'explore the human body' look on the candy.

And oh yes, to avoid complaints, I did use the macro setting on my camera. :-)

Statistics
Place: 121 out of 374
Avg (all users): 5.6951
Avg (commenters): 7.1053
Avg (participants): 5.5652
Avg (non-participants): 5.9412
Views since voting: 2329
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 246
Comments: 27
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07/23/2005 02:08:43 AM
was just passing on by and noticed this...
Candy...that's great. Joey, you're the only person that would have thought of that:-)
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07/14/2005 11:07:53 PM
*Critique Club*

Well Joey, I am a big fan of yours!! This is very different! Like most all of your work, it is out of the box and unique. They still look like candy, but I really don't think that matters. I think what hurt this photo was that it was out of focus. I know that was what you were going for but IMO a macro should be focused. That is what is so great about macros is the attention to details. I like the negative space and your arrangement of the candy, very nice. The colors are a little harsh, but that is a reflection of your style that I am familiar with. I get that you wanted the "soft" look because of the title, but I think that the theme would have been better for a different challenge. Great ideas like always, you are so creative. I hope that this was helpful.

Mandy
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07/13/2005 03:12:19 AM
You have a wonderful creative imagination.....and you take great shots!!
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07/11/2005 01:00:38 AM
Pretty convincing actually.
Congrats Joey.
Your creativity once again says you are good. Very good.
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07/11/2005 12:44:41 AM
So imaginative! Great work on this and I'll admit to being 'somewhat' fooled ;)!
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07/11/2005 12:44:37 AM
LOL, good one joey!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/10/2005 11:17:07 PM
Really!?! That is crazy close. Must have some serious equipment
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07/10/2005 03:58:28 PM
hmmm,,,, not close enough ;)
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07/07/2005 05:25:59 PM
Are these really blood cells? Cause if they're not, they do really resemble them. Great lighting and shadows. Amazing really...
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07/06/2005 11:39:45 PM
Are these seriously actual cells?
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07/06/2005 05:54:32 PM
i need whatever lens it is that you have! im guessing its through a microscope but who knows :-)
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07/06/2005 12:47:43 PM
The composition is pretty good and I like the color palette. The focus on these sphereoids seems a little short of perfect and this seems a problem.
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07/06/2005 12:25:35 PM
No that's what I call close! Cool! The blood red is truly beautiful...esp. contrasted against the black...this is great!
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07/05/2005 06:25:54 AM
you sure?
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07/04/2005 08:47:45 PM
you cant get much more macro than this...and making it appealing at the same time well done
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07/04/2005 07:26:01 PM
7 - Not sure what you used, but given the equipment, perhaps a sharper image if possible would have been better, even if it meant zooming out. Perhaps a touch up of contrast too or lighting.
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07/04/2005 05:15:59 PM
I'm going to believe you on this one. I guess you won for having the highest magnification
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07/04/2005 11:49:29 AM
no way! how more macro than that can you get lol great picture and a fab idea
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07/04/2005 11:21:14 AM
interesting
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07/04/2005 10:35:21 AM
Base: 5
Tech: +2
Subj:+1
Chln:

Total: 8
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07/04/2005 10:34:44 AM
fantastic idea.
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07/04/2005 10:18:25 AM
you don't get more macro than cells..incredible!
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07/04/2005 09:48:16 AM
cool shot
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07/04/2005 06:12:06 AM
Ok.. this will sound stupid. Is this really read blood cells. If so how did you take this? if not what is that :D
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07/04/2005 12:49:36 AM
original but not appealing..
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07/04/2005 12:25:54 AM
I wonder if there is such a thing as too much macro? this one is close
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07/04/2005 12:20:12 AM
looks like peaches to me
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