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Death Of A Cucumber, Birth Of A Salad
Death Of A Cucumber, Birth Of A Salad

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Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Sony DSC-H1
Location: My kitchen, Glendale Az.
Date: Jun 24, 2006
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 64
Shutter: 2 second
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jun 25, 2006

2 second exposure to catch the blur of blade and hand.

Place: 74 out of 177
Avg (all users): 5.5000
Avg (commenters): 5.4286
Avg (participants): 5.3333
Avg (non-participants): 5.6068
Views since voting: 852
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 192
Comments: 15
Favorites: 0

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07/05/2006 11:49:15 PM
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First impression - Color correction badly needed.

The yellow cast distracts from the image. It looks like the white balance was set for daylight (5500) and the shot was taken with tungsten lighting (3200). However it was shot this could have been corrected in post processing.

Composition - the bowl on the right doesn't bother me as much as some of the commenters. I think the composition would be improved if the hands and knife and cucumber were moved down in the frame. This would give more of a sense of a downward movement. (IMO, of course)

The concept here is very creative. A little more attention to the composition and the color balance would have garnered a higher score.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 05:42:51 PM
The bowl in the right corner is a big distraction, and the color needs correcting.
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07/02/2006 01:43:43 AM
There's a great sense of the speed of the knife in this photo. It could've been cropped a little more tightly, I think; I'm not sure that the bowl on the right really adds anything.

I've got one of those chopping boards - they're almost impossible to clean properly once they've got a few knife marks in them, eh?
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06/30/2006 09:52:35 AM
Did you count the fingers afterwards - hihi....
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06/28/2006 07:03:48 PM
I feel the lighting could be better. You did capture great motion blur though.
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06/28/2006 07:34:42 AM
Good work. The reflection in the bowl adds another element.
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06/27/2006 09:18:32 PM
Great humour in the title :) Well executed idea!
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06/27/2006 06:05:33 PM
Wow - it looks fast. Are the fingers still intact ;) ?
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06/27/2006 03:46:02 PM
Careful not to cut yourself! The white balance is a little off, try a tungsten setting if your camera has one.
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06/27/2006 04:44:14 AM
well, you do get the prize for most dramatic title this week! you have complied with the challenge, so no problems there. It oculd do with some improvement in the white balance department; it has this light brown sheen over it which gives a false impression of colours - something which can easily be fixed post processing. a lot of the bottom half of the picture is a bit unnecessary; having the principal subject in the top half rarely looks right i found, and by cropping say 5-10mm below the bottom edge of the cucumber might give a more balanced composition. 4.
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06/26/2006 11:08:51 PM
interesting title...well done

The shot looks a little flat lighting wise
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06/26/2006 08:29:38 PM
Different and better for being so. I have seen some cooks cut cukes razor thin with a very fast chopping motion. You captured the speed in this one.
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06/26/2006 02:16:55 PM
so the cucumbers WERE injured in the making of this picture?!?
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06/26/2006 02:02:33 PM
I like the title :D
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06/26/2006 01:03:55 AM
The pot on the right is rather distracting. I think it is a good attempt at being original, but the lighting has failed you, as well as the tungsten color cast.
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