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Fast Food Frenzy
Fast Food Frenzy
craigester


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Challenge: Pop Culture (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 Zuiko Digital ED
Location: Cape Town
Date: Mar 24, 2007
Aperture: F9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3s
Galleries: Urban, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Mar 25, 2007

Taken at Canal Walk shopping centre in Cape Town. I did toy with the idea of just having the arch in colour but then decided on both the sign and arch. See thumb below.

PP:
Developed from RAW
Cropped
Duplicated photo into 2 layers
Desaturated the top layer using Channel Mixer to get contrast right
Added a layer mask and altered it to let the colour through
Resized for web
USM
Saved for web


Post challenge: WOW. This is a personal best and my first top 10, so I am excited as I never thought I would make this. Thanks all for the insightful comments - luckily many people got my intention behind this... And it wasn't to glorify McDonalds! It was rather to show the over-arching influence it has globally, and all the masses of McEaters scurrying about underneath.

Alternative edit:
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Statistics
Place: 5 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.9372
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.5882
Avg (non-participants): 7.0643
Views since voting: 4720
Views during voting: 457
Votes: 191
Comments: 34
Favorites: 5 (view)


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05/11/2007 11:45:05 AM
I think the decision to leave in the sign colour was a good one. This was one of my favourite images from the challenge.
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04/03/2007 11:41:07 AM
Notice the amount of obese people below.
XD
This is probably one of my favorite images from the whole challenge.
I think it should've ribboned second or third. It had more to do with the challenge. Advertisements everywhere.
Anywho, I love it alot. Congrats.
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04/02/2007 07:05:11 PM
Nice going Craig. Congrats on your top 5!
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04/02/2007 12:22:12 AM
congrats on 5th!
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04/02/2007 12:09:29 AM
Congrats on your 5th place.
I really like this pic.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/01/2007 11:01:35 PM
This is fabulous, love how the golden arches pop
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04/01/2007 07:50:43 PM
The ultimate in pop culture. Interesting composition!
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04/01/2007 06:22:56 PM
One of my favourites, selective desaturation really works here.
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03/31/2007 11:58:55 PM
finally some good selective desaturation. 7
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03/31/2007 11:46:02 PM
I really like this.. great editing, It says much more than pop culture to me, it defines the "size" that fast food plays in our lives today.. really nice image! 9
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03/30/2007 06:25:02 PM
Good job with this one. One of my favorites in the challenge.
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03/30/2007 11:26:49 AM
Nice job with the color! You get my ribbon vote! (10)
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03/30/2007 12:46:47 AM
oh yeah... the symbol of "fast food"
good busy image that i like.
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03/29/2007 01:55:12 PM
Very cool image. Captures both the symbols and the megalomania. The selective desat works fantastically well for this.
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03/29/2007 01:01:33 PM
This is great - I like the way it is color-edited to emphasize how the arches appear to take over the mall architecture, and how you highlight the red counters on right to visually lead the eye to the subject.
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03/28/2007 08:03:08 PM
Partial desaturation is totally overused on this site, so it will probably hurt your score, but in this case the partial desat does a good job of isolating what you're trying to focus on, in what would otherwise be a very busy scene. Nice job.
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03/28/2007 07:45:50 PM
aIN'T THAT THE TRUTH! aWeSoMe!
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03/28/2007 04:38:48 PM
Super size me!
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03/28/2007 01:18:34 PM
Excellent choice on the desat. Quality shot.
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03/27/2007 11:45:01 PM
I'm not a big fan of selective desats but this one works very well. The ever present McDonalds logo towering over the faceless/nameless masses is perfectly captured. Bump.
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03/27/2007 09:41:49 PM
wish you had left the color in the KFC logo also! the red & white would have nicely complimented the red & yellow of McD's, and brought home your frenzy point better, IMO
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03/27/2007 09:34:57 PM
Cool shot. Being more of an advocate for classic photography, I think selective coloration is a little on the drift from real photography, but I also there are fans of it, so that's cool. I do wish that the shot used a faster shutter, so that more of the people were frozen in time, instead of some blurred by motion. Nice job all together. I do like a good McRibb once in a while!
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03/27/2007 01:27:42 PM
I would have liked to see the KFC bucket in color too, but it's a great photograph!!
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03/27/2007 05:13:03 AM
A busy shot that works well, in my opinion. I think the desat would be fine without the red counter, but it does provide a nice counterline to the yellow arch. Obnoxious thing, that arch, isn't it?
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03/27/2007 04:16:58 AM
This is definitely a great example of pop culture. I like the perspective you shot this from and the selective coloring. One of my top choices!
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03/26/2007 10:11:38 PM
I like how you processed this one.....One of the best, and deserves to be on the front page.....
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03/26/2007 05:01:05 PM
This is so awesome! I love the mix of color and b/w!
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03/26/2007 01:52:29 PM
Awesome!! 10!!
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03/26/2007 12:25:22 PM
No doubt that the golden arches have played a role in today's pop culture! Cool photo.
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03/26/2007 12:06:38 PM
Great use of color and desaturation. Really emphasizes your image, IMO.
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03/26/2007 12:01:26 PM
like the desat
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03/26/2007 10:57:43 AM
Perfect example of theme. Well shot and interestng. 10
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03/26/2007 09:31:01 AM
I don't like the selective desaturation but here it work. The great caos on the background is hide with it. I don't know if the red line on the low right side work but the image is a good image.
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03/26/2007 12:49:19 AM
wow that is scary. It's like a giant monster! lol.

Great shot though. I love the movement trails of some of the people. Nice selective desat. I might like to see only the arches in color... or even maybe the rest left with a very small amount of muted color.
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