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Challenge: Free Study XIV (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Kitchen Table
Date: Oct 23, 2006
Aperture: F4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Oct 31, 2006

Thanks for all the faves and commments everyone :)

Wasn't sure how you folks like this kind of still life. I'm very happy with the result of the shoot and glad you like it too.

No fancy lighting setup here , and the fact I don't own any yet, not even an external flash but anyhow... everything used here you can find around the house.

PS work: Cropped it a litte, removed some marks on the pears. Tweaked contrast (Via Curves and the Selective Color dialog (for Blacks)), and then actually had to desaturate the image a bit, resized and then selectivly sharpened. That's pretty much it there.

Here's the original:
Original

and my lame attempt at a paintbrush illustrated setup
Lighting Setup Sketch


Wanted to get that background look for a long time after seeing them being used in various still life and portrait photography. Dont have any muslin backgrounds but thought I'd found something around the house. I did find some packing material, it's a brown paper bag type of material but a crinkled long strip of it. It's lit from behind, and a vine I found in the yard is set in front of it. Another lamp light(diffused with a white piece of paper) is set to the left and a paper acts as a reflector to the right.

Statistics
Place: 25 out of 625
Avg (all users): 6.7208
Avg (commenters): 7.8400
Avg (participants): 6.6329
Avg (non-participants): 7.0769
Views since voting: 1902
Views during voting: 358
Votes: 197
Comments: 41
Favorites: 13 (view)


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04/29/2007 04:13:47 PM
THis is just soo beautiful. THe lighting is perfect, the color and pattern harmonies just sweet. I love it!
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12/14/2006 10:06:33 PM
This is why I hate that Free Studies end up having soooo many entries. Because I end up missing amazing photos like this one. So beautiful and I love how you achieved the background. :)
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12/14/2006 08:14:42 PM
I didn't vote in this challenge because I was daunted by the number of entries. My loss, because this is a superb image -- the kind of stuff I want to do when I grow up.
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12/14/2006 07:55:32 PM
Very warm,classic,and beautifully composed. It elevates the beauty of pears.
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11/17/2006 08:09:55 PM
This is beautiful, and now I am even more impressed that you did it without any fancy equipment.
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11/13/2006 09:56:18 PM
Very well done. The whole is very pleasing to look at. Great geometry, light, and tones, too.
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11/10/2006 12:10:54 AM
Nice study and to finish 25 out of 618 is still a good accomplishment.
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11/09/2006 07:24:14 PM
wow! great image and perfect for the season.
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11/09/2006 07:19:26 PM
The mimicing curves with the leaf and the bottom stem is really clever.
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11/08/2006 06:24:01 PM
Love this! congrats!
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11/08/2006 08:54:37 AM
Still and subtle - an enduring image. Glad to see many voters appreciated as much as I.
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11/08/2006 06:58:01 AM
I absolutely love this. Light, colors, composition, everything. Great shot.

Edit to add that the original is quite good as it stands - while the editing did enhance this photograph, it didn't "make" it, and that's nice to see.

Message edited by author 2006-11-08 18:06:55.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/07/2006 03:55:41 PM
This is one of the best still-lifes I have seen in a long time. Everything is spot on. Doesn't get much better in my opinion. Good luck!
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11/07/2006 06:07:30 AM
Wonderful forms. Nice unmarred fruit. Great colours. 10.
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11/07/2006 03:00:21 AM
great lighting. 9
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11/07/2006 12:04:09 AM
Beautiful still life! I particularly like the lighting on this shot...gives off nice warm tones.
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11/06/2006 04:10:22 PM
I like this shot well thought out and good Bokeh too
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11/05/2006 09:11:16 PM
Wow, the curves and tones and this are beautiful...and that's from a person who dislikes pears. 10
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11/05/2006 11:49:33 AM
I love the colors and composition. The background adds points. A 10
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11/05/2006 08:04:56 AM
beautiful lighting and a great colour tone.
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11/05/2006 12:05:14 AM
Nice Pair!
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11/04/2006 10:40:27 PM
that is a nice pair....errr pear.
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11/04/2006 09:31:07 AM
lighting colours and composition are fantastic bumping from 8 to 10.
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11/04/2006 02:34:10 AM
lovely lighting. YOur composition is so graceful and balanced that this can only be the work of an experienced shooter. I will be checking back for tips after the challenge. not often that i deal a 10 to a still life but this deserves it.
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11/03/2006 08:27:54 PM
Lovely lighting, color tones, and composition. I, for one, don't find pears all that appealing in subject matter, but your arrangement more than makes up for that. Very nicely done.
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11/03/2006 04:20:23 PM
Subject well focused and focal point: 1
Lighting: .5
Composition: 1
Background: 1.5
First impression/ Wow factor: 1
Artistic "override": n/a
Total: 5
IMO this could be very strong with lighting adjustments
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11/03/2006 02:52:27 PM
A very wonderful still life! The colortones, shadows and shades are excellently captured.
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11/03/2006 12:30:15 AM
Simply superb composition! Well done!
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11/03/2006 12:07:31 AM
Lovely still life here.....
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11/02/2006 09:56:35 PM
Elegant and graceful.
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11/02/2006 07:21:40 PM
Stunning colours, the background really complements the pears as well.
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11/02/2006 06:02:31 PM
I love the colors and the shapes of the pears set off against the background.
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11/02/2006 04:18:35 PM
good, classical arrangement of pears. 7
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11/02/2006 03:57:46 AM
nice color, very good lighting, except for the leaf, which should show some detail
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11/01/2006 10:34:31 PM
Very exquisite lighting. Love the bokeh. 10
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11/01/2006 08:27:10 PM
One of my favorites so far...great still life; beautiful light and color. :O)
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11/01/2006 06:59:51 PM
I love this simple photo. The warm colors and composition works well. The side lighting is terrific. Maybe just brighting up the shadows just a smudge, not much? Still have it in my top 10.
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11/01/2006 11:01:25 AM
Lovely autumn-esque colours and an interesting compostion.
Good stuff !
8.
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11/01/2006 05:40:42 AM
awesome lighing and interesting background
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11/01/2006 04:47:18 AM
lovely study, gorgeous light and composition, love the dots on the pears 9
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11/01/2006 12:37:16 AM
Very pretty. I think I'd like to have seen it in the landscape orientation. Beautiful tones though. Love the bokeh.
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