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Popcorn
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Heat (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Pentax *ist DS
Lens: Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 AF
Location: Kitchen
Date: May 20, 2006
Aperture: f16.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1.3 secs
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 20, 2006

Ahhhhh. Gotta love props you can eat once finished.

Not happy with the crop but our stove top isn't designed with DPC challenges in mind.

Post voting comments:

With the distance to subject I had to use f16 to get enough depth of field to cover the entire scene and that aperture required a 1.3sec exposure @ ISO400 to get the gas flame correctly exposed. The background is my sheet of black velvet draped over a piece of cardboard. To get the popcorn to stay still for 1.3secs I painted a wooden skewer black and then stuck it into the cardboard so it was facing directly at the lens. The piece of popcorn was then balanced on the end of the skewer which also hid it from the camera lens.

I first though about using flashes to light the scene but I wanted to minimise reflections on the saucepan so the only light is from the light built into the rangehood.

Even after all that messin' around I wasn't completely happy with the shot but there was no way I was gonna set it up again for a reshoot.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 158
Avg (all users): 6.8936
Avg (commenters): 8.2917
Avg (participants): 6.7077
Avg (non-participants): 6.9919
Views since voting: 4637
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 188
Comments: 39
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/01/2006 11:09:46 PM
Kudos for creativity and what a presentation! Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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05/30/2006 01:20:34 PM
Well, I got more than a "kernel" of enjoyment out of this shot! It grabbed my attention, that is for sure.
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05/30/2006 11:15:13 AM
GAS BURNER COLLECTION
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05/30/2006 07:45:29 AM
Well done on 5th place..Cool photo!
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05/30/2006 05:58:08 AM
good job
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05/29/2006 12:57:42 PM
Congratulations on your top 5!
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05/29/2006 08:04:57 AM
Very well done!!! Congrats on your top 5 place Bazz.
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05/29/2006 05:09:58 AM
Well done bazz, we went as close as you can to those damn ribbons!!! Maybe next time.

Great image BTW, very clever idea and very well executed.
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05/29/2006 03:36:34 AM
Good job! It was my favorite in this challenge.
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05/29/2006 12:52:39 AM
Very cool! I was wondering how this was done. But the more important item is, did you burn any of the precious popcorn? ;-)
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05/29/2006 12:47:34 AM
Very nice set-up. Well done. Congrats on top 5.
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05/29/2006 12:41:24 AM
Sir Bazz... Great finish and excellent image. Great job... R
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/28/2006 11:45:40 PM
very cool!!! 10!
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05/28/2006 09:02:03 PM
Great idea for the challenge! Solid 8 from me!
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05/28/2006 08:17:15 PM
Excellent. Nice balance of color.
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05/28/2006 05:49:43 PM
excellent in every way
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05/28/2006 12:14:11 PM
Technicaly I don't think its the best in the challenge but it is an exceptional shot for me and fitting for the challenge. I hope it does well for you.
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05/26/2006 05:29:03 AM
Thanks... another shot that makes me hungry. Well done! Nice lighting, contrast, composition, and capture. The single kernel in the air makes this image "pop". :)
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05/26/2006 02:05:14 AM
wow, way to capture the moment! is that really poppin up or is it hangin by a string or somethin? either way, well done! 8
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05/25/2006 08:15:42 PM
Great idea and capture, one of my favorites this challenge!
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05/25/2006 01:34:35 PM
Good job with the lighting. Symmetry works well here.
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05/24/2006 09:42:58 PM
You captured everything perfectly! The texture in the popcorn is really nice!
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05/24/2006 03:48:45 PM
Great idea & execution.
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05/24/2006 02:21:31 PM
excellent idea.
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05/23/2006 08:01:16 PM
Very awesome! I am interested to know how this was lit. 10.
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05/23/2006 10:37:22 AM
Nice design and lighting.
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05/22/2006 11:24:12 PM
Cirque du Soleil ... ala pop corn. Very nice shot. The all familiar stove shot with meaning added to it. What more could one ask of a kernal?
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05/22/2006 08:41:44 PM
My Favorite 'Poppin' Food! Great Job!
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05/22/2006 06:36:10 PM
Funny! Beautifully shot.
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05/22/2006 06:06:58 PM
Great idea with an excellent result - 9 from me
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05/22/2006 05:40:38 PM
Happens I like popcorn a lot. Like your photo too.
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05/22/2006 03:41:53 PM
interesting image
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05/22/2006 02:45:00 PM
Clever idea, well photographed.
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05/22/2006 01:29:15 PM
nice capture, great colour tones here 6
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05/22/2006 10:29:00 AM
Nice shot!
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05/22/2006 07:20:04 AM
10!!
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05/22/2006 04:40:26 AM
Clever idea.....
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05/22/2006 12:37:59 AM
Nice sharp focus. Great idea. Composition is good.
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05/22/2006 12:20:45 AM
wow..that's creative and well done...wonderful lighting 8
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