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On The Half Shell
On The Half Shell
Techo


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Abstract Food (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: ***
Date: Jul 15, 2006
Aperture: f14
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Abstract, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2006

My first shot that actually uses a real mirror. Pulled out an old one from the scrap heap. Looking at the image again I think I oversharpened some areas. In any case the setup which was taken in a dark room also consisted of a black cloth in the background. One regular house lamp was used for the lighting, setup as such from the top to bring out the texture of the shell and keep it out of the reflection. Cloning involved to subdue the light reflection somewhat and remove the thin double, even triple looking reflection at the edge of the reflection itself, might have been the mirror itself, not sure if all of them do that when you look at it from a specific angle, but it was the angle I wanted for the shot.

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Thanks everyone for leaving their kind comments :)

The first morning the score started out in the low to mid 6's and just kept climbing from there. So thanks for the fun surprise. Really glad this was accepted this well. This is my first ribbon for an advanced challenge.

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Sorry. I'm not bitter by the DQ but not too happy about it either. It was a question mark in my mind, should've contacted SC if I had any small doubt.

In any case. I do really appreciate everyone's comments and faves :)
Makes it all worthwhile.

Here's a non cloned version:

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Disqualification Details
Cloning, dodging, burning, etc. to improve your photo or remove imperfections or minor distracting elements, etc. is acceptable. However, using any editing tools to duplicate, create, or move major elements of your photograph is not permitted.

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Views during voting: 501
Comments: 96
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07/25/2007 02:25:16 PM
wow, this one about the universe creation!!! in the middle is a new born gallaxy
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07/28/2006 09:16:42 PM
Oh bummer man! So sorry to see this. I love this creative shot. Still a blue to me. I would have done the same thing (of course my shot would not have been so cool in the first place!) never guessing that it might get DQ'd. I guess I'll file this away to be recalled every time I hit the clone button....kind of scary.
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07/26/2006 01:51:49 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the dq, I hope it doesn't stop you from participating in challenges as often as you do, I really enjoy your pictures, keep it up!
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07/26/2006 12:20:37 AM
wow...that stinks. you've got a great attitude and great image though!!
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07/25/2006 09:20:58 PM
I have to say that cloning out the reflections is something I'd thought be legal too under the advanced editing - but oh well :( sorry man.

anyway, I still think your shot is a beautiful one - worthy of a poster in a dining room wall or kitchen wall. Good work nonetheless! Cheers

crayon
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07/25/2006 09:07:20 PM
That is such a wicked shot! and i am not saying that because i like eggs either.

I love the light coming through the perforations in the shell. Beautiful!

You deserved the blue.
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07/25/2006 08:52:18 PM
Great shot, and actually (honestly), great cloning to get rid of the reflection too! Just a shame it was viewed as a major element. Still, you have a very nice shot here.
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07/25/2006 08:51:58 PM
You must be a photoshop pro. I love this photo. Congrats to you anyway!
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07/25/2006 08:07:36 PM
I have never been more proud, or truely sorry for someone, re DPC, as you have handled a situation so very well.
I truely feel for you, and just wanted to say that your image is one of the very "best" I have ever seen, on a DPC site.....
All the best mate, and better luck next time.....
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07/25/2006 06:17:46 PM
Sorry about the dq. Its still a great shot!
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07/25/2006 06:04:03 PM
Hey Techo, sorry about the dq...your dq meant a ribbon for me I guess...but this is and will always be a great image
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07/25/2006 06:01:40 PM
if nothing else it is a great example of how cloning can help a photo.

Great shot!
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07/25/2006 05:52:54 PM
So very sorry to see this DQ'd - it's a 'cracking' photo (if you'll excuse the pun).
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07/25/2006 04:21:15 PM
I can certainly see the reasoning behind the DQ. Shame because this really deserved a ribbon. I had a similar DQ with the previous wierd food challenge and I've learnt a good lesson from it. I hope you will take this in your stride and come back stronger.
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07/25/2006 04:01:44 PM
Awesome photo despite the DQ...i appreciate this photo even more after seeing the orignal...:)
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07/25/2006 03:04:24 PM
WELL I GUESS U DESERVED THE DQ BUT I LIKE WHAT YOU DID, IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE RULES YOU COULD BE THE WINNER.
SORRY
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07/25/2006 02:27:50 PM
I'm sorry for the DQ. I think they should make new and better cloning rules. It seems that the photographers don't know how much they may clone.
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07/25/2006 02:12:46 PM
sorry for the DQ. Not sure what the major element was. Still one of the best of the challenge!
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07/25/2006 02:10:27 PM
Damn! I'm sorry to see this image get a DQ. This is a great shot my friend.
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07/25/2006 01:48:55 PM
sorry to hear about the DQ it is a wonderful image.
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07/25/2006 10:13:49 AM
Stunning work - good technicals & enjoyable image!
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07/25/2006 06:25:36 AM
Congrats on the blue! Great work!
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07/25/2006 05:31:53 AM
Incredible shot, I sometimes forget to look about instead of going hunting. Great Imagine.
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07/25/2006 05:06:16 AM
WoW!I mean WoW!!!
PERFECT!Oh my god! I'm in love with this shot!!
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07/25/2006 01:42:49 AM
The use of lights is stunning. I fell in love from the first sight.
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07/25/2006 01:28:04 AM
Very impressive...
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07/24/2006 11:23:07 PM
Congrats!
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07/24/2006 10:36:36 PM
Impressive Shot, very well done!!!
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07/24/2006 09:25:45 PM
Well deserving of the Blue! Congrats!
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07/24/2006 09:12:05 PM
Stunning shot...congratulations
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07/24/2006 09:05:23 PM
I dont get it. This isn't abstract, is it? Congrats on the blue ribbon though!!

Message edited by author 2006-07-24 21:06:10.
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07/24/2006 12:18:05 PM
Wonderful and creative! Congrats!
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07/24/2006 11:34:10 AM
wow, congrats on another blue, wtg! sweet idea btw
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07/24/2006 10:10:24 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. The yellow tones are really striking against the black. The symmetry is very pleasing and it is nice and sharp, but not too sharp, not to my eye anyway.
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07/24/2006 09:08:03 AM
this was a stunningly clear and balanced image..congratulations
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07/24/2006 07:37:12 AM
Wooohooooo!!!!!!! :D
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07/24/2006 05:50:10 AM
Contratulations ^___________________________________^
Good job!
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07/24/2006 05:11:25 AM
great deserving win, congrats!
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07/24/2006 04:41:09 AM
Congratulations on your blue...well photographed
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07/24/2006 03:50:20 AM
Congratulations
This is fabulous
I am glad it Ribboned
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07/24/2006 02:32:05 AM
This was one of the first nines I have given out here. Glad it has won!
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07/24/2006 01:12:03 AM
cool dude!

Message edited by author 2006-07-24 01:12:33.
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07/24/2006 01:06:29 AM
Congrats on the blue! Simple and beautiful.
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07/24/2006 12:47:21 AM
Totally beautiful shot. Congratulations on thinking it up, and executing it so perfectly. (And finding a nice fresh egg for a model!)
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07/24/2006 12:35:29 AM
Stunning entry, knew it would win. HUGE congratulations on your blue.
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07/24/2006 12:34:28 AM
Congrats on yet another ribbon
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07/24/2006 12:33:23 AM
C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S on winning the "B-L-U-E" Ribbon.....
A really great idea, photographed just so well.....

Message edited by author 2006-07-24 00:35:08.
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07/24/2006 12:23:27 AM
Congrats on another blue!
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07/24/2006 12:22:44 AM
Congrats Techo on another BLUE.
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07/24/2006 12:13:54 AM
Hey great job on the ribbon my friend ;) Sweet shot.
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07/24/2006 12:11:39 AM
What a great score for any egg! Eggs seem to be one of the hated items on this site...LOL You did a great job getting the super low angle. The reflection and the lighting are perfect. Excellent job, and congrats on the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2006 10:15:14 PM
Awesome depth of field - well done!
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07/23/2006 12:55:45 PM
good photography!
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07/23/2006 02:10:26 AM
there's something gothic (you know, like Batman) about those jagged eggshells. 7
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07/22/2006 05:42:06 PM
I like the way the reflection forces it into an abstract "Rorschach (sp?)"-type shape. 7
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07/22/2006 01:25:42 AM
Nice
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07/21/2006 10:39:56 PM
Stunning.
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07/21/2006 09:06:41 PM
Great symmetry and balance. The horizon seems just a tad tilted to the left but it could very well be just an optical illusion. This ime is clean and sharp and should do quite well in this challenge. Not as abstract as most poeple would probably think of but the mirrored reflection creates this illusion. Great job!
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07/21/2006 12:48:24 PM
This looks very cool. Love the way the egg shells glow.
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07/21/2006 11:19:43 AM
Great lighting.
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07/21/2006 09:59:10 AM
Sure to do well for the simple fact that it's original and well done in all aspects. Congrats!
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07/21/2006 08:08:10 AM
So simple and works so well.. Good job and good luck. 9
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07/20/2006 09:04:40 PM
awesome shot! the reflection is very nice. great color.
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07/20/2006 07:42:05 PM
Excellent!! Bravo!! Love the lighting, colour and simplicity of this shot! Very creative perfect reflection! 10!
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07/20/2006 07:37:41 PM
Great picture! My favorite in the challenge...a 10!
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07/20/2006 07:31:07 PM
Ceative composition and nice colors.
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07/20/2006 03:10:22 PM
WONDERFUL!!!! Love the simplicity!!! 10
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07/20/2006 08:24:10 AM
This is one hell of an image, the lighting is perfect.

Message edited by author 2006-07-24 00:11:26.
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07/20/2006 08:21:39 AM
Best use of light!
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07/20/2006 06:27:09 AM
That is just perfect
It gooes directly to my favorites
It would be nice if you want to share about the lighting.

Nevertheles .... in my ipinion it is not an abstract photo ;-)
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07/20/2006 05:46:29 AM
I love the mirror image. And the lighting is great too. Such an interesting image.
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07/19/2006 09:23:34 PM
Incredible...I love it. This fits the challenge perfectly.
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07/19/2006 04:56:05 PM
Wonderful work and one of my top picks in this challenge!
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07/19/2006 01:06:08 PM
I like the clarity, the content and the background. And I like eggs.
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07/19/2006 10:56:09 AM
Nice lighting, clear shot. It is appealing to me.
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07/19/2006 10:31:49 AM
i like the lighting.
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07/19/2006 09:31:56 AM
wow, great color, sharpnesss, composition, -10-
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07/19/2006 09:31:12 AM
Brilliant - composition..... lighting............ well done
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07/19/2006 03:20:11 AM
Wow a winner in my eyes
A fabulous image 10
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07/19/2006 01:55:44 AM
Very nicely done. One of the best in this challenge.
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07/18/2006 08:21:37 PM
Abstract as I perceive abstract? Literal, but presents well as an abstract.
Do I like it? Quite like the effect and the lighting on the shell in particular.
Technicals? Good - pure black background is good.
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07/18/2006 06:04:19 PM
Great image! Lighting is outstanding! The image is so crisp and clean. Nicely done!
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07/18/2006 05:08:36 PM
This ia very nice. the lighting is way cool.
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07/18/2006 04:16:14 PM
OOooOOH i like the reflection of the cracked eggs, gives it a nice touch!
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07/18/2006 10:13:15 AM
Very Cool I like this.. the reflection is great!
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07/18/2006 07:55:28 AM
Beautiful. I don't have time to vote, just browsing through real quick, and so far, your shot totally stands out. Love the symmetry, and the lighting is perfect. Good luck!
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07/17/2006 10:36:39 PM
Great shot. Love the detail and sharpness.
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07/17/2006 07:27:50 PM
beautiful job! 10
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07/17/2006 07:21:42 PM
Very nice, clean crisp and appealing. 10 all the way
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07/17/2006 06:01:32 PM
excellent lighting. great reflection. well done! 9
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07/17/2006 03:26:40 PM
beautiful symmetry, excellent lighting and reflection..very well done.
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07/17/2006 12:50:22 PM
10 :) crackingly good. super photo.
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07/17/2006 11:51:19 AM
Great photo even though some will think it's not abstract enough.
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07/17/2006 08:25:31 AM
This is my favourite entry. It's absolutely stunning! Hope it ribbons for you.
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07/17/2006 02:47:40 AM
awesome.
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07/17/2006 01:49:12 AM
beautiful clarity and light, well done
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