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Forbidden Fruit
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Challenge: Fruits and Vegetables (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Livingroom Floor
Date: Sep 2, 2002
Galleries: Emotive, Nude
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2002

The art is in the detail...

Place: 1 out of 201
Avg (all users): 7.4728
Avg (commenters): 8.2857
Avg (participants): 7.6054
Avg (non-participants): 7.3401
Views since voting: 50491
Votes: 294
Comments: 125
Favorites: 102 (view)

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08/07/2007 11:33:44 PM
nicely done
04/29/2007 08:20:03 PM
Starter: Apple
Main Corse: mmmmmm

oh am so funny (H)
02/10/2007 11:47:04 PM
Gorgeous in every way!!
12/27/2005 02:21:47 PM
I'd eat it
12/27/2005 08:20:20 AM
It's true. Less is more.
08/16/2004 02:59:38 PM
Temptation. Passion. Mystery. Oh...that's sexy. Its lovely.
06/01/2004 04:44:54 PM
wonderful John, I like this alot!
05/05/2004 10:13:08 PM
Originally posted by doctornick:

Love this photo, I would have liked a little bit of Gaussian blur to smooth the skin a bit.

Thanks for the comment. At the time this photo was made, that type of edit was not allowed. My finished version of this photo has had some modifications like you have mentioned :)
05/05/2004 07:35:31 PM
Love this photo, I would have liked a little bit of Gaussian blur to smooth the skin a bit.
01/02/2004 04:50:36 AM
Thank You! Wish I was there...
09/18/2002 05:15:00 PM
i luv apples.
09/18/2002 11:54:00 AM
As an artist I love the beautiful flow of the curves against the negative space. Adding the constrat color of the apple makes this a perfect work of art. Love it and think it would make a great painting.
09/17/2002 06:59:00 PM
Hey John can I be your assistant???................please.
09/17/2002 05:10:00 PM
Wow, really great pic. I am sorry, I wasn't able to vote last week. But this would have gotten a big 10 :-)
09/17/2002 07:27:00 AM
Congratulations. Is a very well done photograph. Startled me to see it in the contest, but it does deserve the win.
09/17/2002 01:08:00 AM
What am I to do? I will never measure up to this kind of talent....Congrats!! You deserve all the pats n the back you get.
09/16/2002 03:32:00 PM
Congrats on another win Setz!!!
09/16/2002 02:40:00 PM
congrats, john. ;-)
09/16/2002 12:18:00 PM
I really wish you would stop winning all the time ;)
09/16/2002 10:41:00 AM
Fantastic John! When I grow up I want to shoot just like you!! Of course I may have to go backward in age to do that! Really super job as usual.
09/16/2002 09:12:00 AM
Congratulations John & Kim---Great shot!!!
09/16/2002 08:34:00 AM
oh yeah . . btw, thanks for making me have to hide DPC all week on my work computer :P
09/16/2002 08:22:00 AM
ya done good, bro : ) ..
09/16/2002 07:51:00 AM
Congratulations John (and Kim) !!!
09/16/2002 07:21:00 AM
Congratulations John ! A really great shot.
09/16/2002 04:54:00 AM
Congratulations John! Simply beautiful - It'll be a pleasure to see this on the home page every day this week.
09/16/2002 02:03:00 AM
Thanks to everyone for the great comments on this photo. Special thanks to Kim for allowing me to do this shot :)
09/16/2002 12:54:00 AM
John---You Rock!!! you gotta let me save some room for other people in my favorites! ;)
09/16/2002 12:52:00 AM
Congrats!!! This is such a gorgeous shot. I just love the Eve connotations here and the simple eroticism of it. The discrepancy in scores between users with and without cameras is noticable. Hmmm...
09/16/2002 12:37:00 AM
zeissman - i think that might be the funniest thing you've ever said.
09/16/2002 12:31:00 AM
How long did it take you to shave yourself for this John?
09/16/2002 12:30:00 AM
I did you notice the great difference in votes between those with cameras and those without? This did not even make the top five of those without. Strange...
09/16/2002 12:30:00 AM
Congratulations!! A great win with a Great photo.
09/16/2002 12:30:00 AM
Congratulations!! Much deserved win. You are my idol in dpchallenge-dome!
09/16/2002 12:27:00 AM
Congratulations on another winner John! I think this one qualifies as an image with lots of wow factor!
09/16/2002 12:25:00 AM
Congrats John!
09/16/2002 12:24:00 AM
Wow John, congrats. Very nice!
09/16/2002 12:15:00 AM
Livingroom Floor<cracks me up!!!!! LOL
! Congrats.
09/16/2002 12:12:00 AM
John! You've done it again! Congrats!
09/16/2002 12:11:00 AM
Congratulations John!!! This is great.
09/16/2002 12:10:00 AM
Congratulations John! This is well deserved.
09/16/2002 12:09:00 AM
I want to know who the model was.

I was afraid Jim might do something similar with a corn cob.

Great work John.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/15/2002 11:23:00 PM
Great concept and brilliant execution. One of my favorites this week.
09/15/2002 11:17:00 PM
Beautiful! Excellent use of light and a good composition. I dont't see any technical flaw. Also a very aritistc amd creative take on the challenge. -stephan
09/15/2002 10:27:00 PM
Great! Sexy, and not pornographic. 8 -lennier
09/15/2002 08:33:00 PM
This is in my top 5 for the week....beautiful and creative shot!
09/15/2002 10:55:00 AM
Very nicely done...one of my faves! Grayce aka Gracious
09/15/2002 06:23:00 AM
This is a 10! Great lines, lighting and sharp as a tack, not to mention creative as hell. :) Excellent job. Kaz
09/15/2002 03:42:00 AM
Gorgeous. =10 syamjonimi
09/15/2002 12:57:00 AM
Perfect light and composition.
09/14/2002 11:15:00 PM
the artisitc merit of this photo is astounding.
09/14/2002 08:24:00 PM
Beautiful tones, and composition and idea is superb. Shadowing is nice. One of my top picks. Good luck!
09/14/2002 02:08:00 PM
Tasteful, imaginative, well-conceived and executed, a shot with imagination and thought behind it. Plus great lighting.
09/14/2002 12:20:00 PM
What a great composition. Beautifully lit. Skillful use of negative space.
09/14/2002 11:02:00 AM
very nicely done ... seductive and tasteful ... keep it up!!! 9-ayme
09/14/2002 10:47:00 AM
I have a certain weakness for fresh apples! Nice lighting and theme.
09/13/2002 08:23:00 PM
Good job John ;)
09/13/2002 06:14:00 PM
This photo is excellent - 10 sgtpepper6344
09/13/2002 05:50:00 PM
A very nice shot John, interesting biblical connections in the subject matter and well executed. I do think the version that makes the apple the only color in the shot works slightly better but of course that is not legal here. 8 -Agamemnon
09/13/2002 05:24:00 PM
just awesome. the lighting is perfect, the background is perfect--the contrast of the apple to the skin and background is perfect. i have to give you a 10 'cause i can't give anything higher!--amitchell
09/13/2002 02:37:00 PM
wow, very sexy! I can think of other fruits that could have been more effective, the apple seems a little awkward ... but it's so beautiful, the tones of the skin, the black background, the shadows.
09/13/2002 02:34:00 PM
Tastefully done and nice soft lighting - very appealing.
09/13/2002 11:54:00 AM
Oh my! enticing...
09/13/2002 10:51:00 AM
this is a pretty good shot, john. honestly, i don't find the crop to be all that interesting. i feel like i'd rather see more of the legs and the curves that those would present. i also like the edit you posted on photosig with the black and white body and the red apple. overall, a decent shot. i think you could expand on this subject more. as always, it's very well lit. good work. - mci
09/13/2002 10:35:00 AM
I feel awkward voting on this because people might think that i like it because of the nakedness, but to be truthful it is a fantastic photo (and the model ain't half bad either :P ). The curves from her pose blend in so well with the apple, and her pink pastel skin is great contrast to the black background and the vibrant red apple! Great photo, and best of luck in the challenge! 10 -- Konador
09/13/2002 06:21:00 AM
This is beautiful - first thing I thought was of Eve and the temptation of the apple and the whole forbidden fruit thing. (Which I am sure was your intention).
But with the lovely expanse of smooth (and I'm very envious to say, cellulite-free) thigh at the right, I kind of want more weight at the left, bosoms rather than rib cage. No insult to owner of lush body intended :)
8, Kavey
09/13/2002 03:52:00 AM
Lighting is excellent, Composition is spot on. Soft and warm and nice. Well done. 9-Martin.
09/12/2002 07:36:00 PM
Very nice photo - it was one of the first to catch my attention. Tastefully done.
09/12/2002 05:39:00 PM
Love the concept
09/12/2002 04:55:00 PM
sexy photo! 7--shutterfly
09/12/2002 04:03:00 PM
the insinuated idea that a part of the human body is forbidden is appaling to me.
09/12/2002 11:55:00 AM
You are sure to get comments (and compliments!) on this one. Your model is beautiful ... nice tonal range on her skin, terrific curves, very nicely balanced lights and darks, good use of negative space. The apple is witty, for all its Eve connotations (lust, forbidden knowledge) and for its color. I could honestly gawk at this photo all day long. This is teetering between a 9 and 10 for me ... if it misses the 10, it's because 10 means perfect -- and to be super picky, there are a few teensy blemishes on the closer thigh, easily spot edited after the challenge.
09/12/2002 11:36:00 AM
I like the sensual temtation, almost biblical in proportion. The visual border of the apple with the dark background in my opinion detracts from the overall exclence of this composition, but still one of my top ten picks this week.
09/12/2002 08:43:00 AM
are you the same person that took the 'girl in the shower' shot last week? any excuse to take nudie pics of the girlfriend is a good exscuse i guess.
09/11/2002 09:39:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background10,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing8,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 7,
Total Averaged Rating8. Autool
09/11/2002 05:20:00 PM
Nice lines.
09/11/2002 05:07:00 PM
Very beautiful. Excellent lighting. Love the lines and color. 10 ~indigo997
09/11/2002 01:49:00 PM
09/11/2002 10:42:00 AM
Finally some more human figure studies..and one of the best ones I have seen in a while here....very smooth shadows and jjust the right amount of sharpness to the skin but not too sharp which tends to ruin human skin texture. 10..hokie
09/11/2002 10:12:00 AM
great graphic image with strong composition... outside of this competition I would rate it higher, but within the context of F&V the star of the shot is the model, not the fruit. (7) ~mcmurma
09/11/2002 09:22:00 AM
09/11/2002 06:35:00 AM
Nicely done! One of my top five this week.
09/11/2002 01:46:00 AM
Clever. Well done. 7 sjgleah
09/10/2002 10:26:00 PM
I'm at a lost for words or even where to begin. This is a most wonderful piece of art. It would make a superb oil painting. The lighting is perfect. The crop is perfect. The subject/composition are amazing. You have well earned a 10 !
09/10/2002 07:17:00 PM
Beautifully done photo. Wonderfully flowing composition and excellent lighting. One of my favs. lhall-10
09/10/2002 06:28:00 PM
beautiful picture!
09/10/2002 06:12:00 PM
Oops I'm voting at work and THIS is where the boss walks in! Red faces all around. Great Terrific picture tough
09/10/2002 05:57:00 PM
Provacative yet definitely artisitc.

(By the way, sex was not the forbidden fruit, but you made your (common misconception) point.)
09/10/2002 05:45:00 PM
very nicely done
09/10/2002 04:31:00 PM
Excellent. I still haven't learned how to get the skin so smooth - do you use some giant softbox? 9 from me - a 10 will be considered later this week. ss.
09/10/2002 03:06:00 PM
tasty, I like the skin tone.
09/10/2002 02:55:00 PM
Composition - Very good
Technical Aspects - Very good
Meets Challenge - yes
Visual Impact / Originality very high
Other suggestions apple needs a little more light
An 8
Jim msp
09/10/2002 02:24:00 PM
Technical: Exposure/focus/composition - 10
Style/originality - 10
Overall 10
I am ah, ah, ah, hmmm, speechless.
09/10/2002 12:43:00 PM
Great shot, one of my top 5. Just like the title, very inviting!!
09/10/2002 08:56:00 AM
Vary sensual, it is what a photograph should be...
09/10/2002 08:52:00 AM
Can't rise to the challenge? Try selling your photography without the sex.
09/10/2002 08:11:00 AM
Very nice lighting! Congrats! Wonderful idea too! I dont like that your model is THAT skinny. you can see her ribs. yuck. But a very very nice picture-9 BigSmiles
09/10/2002 02:37:00 AM
I've come back to this photo a few times and discussed it with some people, and here are the two main themes I see:

1) Very strong Biblical overtones with the apple and the title, symbolising the fall of man, expulsion from the garden of Eden, etc. That story has always struck me as very misogynistic, so I don't like it much, but I like the way you captured it.

2) This is a bit disgusting, but I also see a representation here of an engorged clitoris :). I like it, this is a picture full of sexual arousal. There's also the idea of someone eating the apple, ie. cunnilingus.

As a woman, looking at this photo makes me feel a bit gooey because of that second one, which is cool because there aren't many sexual images on DPC that women can relate to that way, they all seem aimed at tittilating men. I like what you achieved. It's not just that it holds all this meaning, it's also incredibly beautiful and technically perfect. 10!!!! - lisae
09/10/2002 02:25:00 AM
Nice Ahhhhhh not sure what yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh lighting thats what I like about this one.
No really great shot, she black back is great.
09/10/2002 01:51:00 AM
Great colours, good lightning, real wall material. I will be dissappointed if this isn't in top 3.
09/10/2002 12:18:00 AM
I gave this an 8, This is simple and tells a story. Good job!
09/09/2002 11:58:00 PM
I have to like this picture, since I had a very similar idea, although I was planning on another position for the body, Excellent choice of fruit, and great execution of the design. Wonderful shot.
09/09/2002 08:19:00 PM
Seems like something you would see in a poster store, but I still like it. The simple lines of the female form and the way the enter the frame is good. I also like the contrast between the background, the skin and the apple. Nice composition.
09/09/2002 07:39:00 PM
"Apple and Eve"? Heh. This is a very nice shot, but I'm not sure that the fruit is the center of attention here!
09/09/2002 07:28:00 PM
Why I like this image: 1. The Statement 2. Nice Lighting 3. Clever cropping (leaves you wondering. I'm giving you a 10. Btw. you are certainly lucky to work with such beautifull models! - phlebotiss
09/09/2002 07:28:00 PM
Wow, nudes are not usually my favorites, but this is great. Goes way beyond just trying to win by showing skin!
09/09/2002 07:01:00 PM
It would sure be interesting to see the tally of votes on this one split among gender lines! As a member of the testosterone-crazed male species, I have no choice but to rate this one very highly.

But seriously, I really like this shot. The skin tone is great, and it's so sharp you can almost see individual pores. The lighting on the apple is super, with the highlighted area completely intact and not washed out at all. It looks like you spent a good bit of time choosing just the right apple for this, too. And finally, it all looks great against the black background -- that choice does great justice to the subject.
09/09/2002 06:41:00 PM
nice, love the extra redness in the apple
09/09/2002 05:07:00 PM
great composition and lighting...love the shadow in the arch of her back...tastefully done...9 Lisa
09/09/2002 03:52:00 PM
Very good skin tone! This is lovely. Coyly arousing. 10 Swash
(Great nude w/o being "dirty"!) Cute thought (from somebody else's photo: peel an "extra" apple and have the peeling draped across the body, very appealing!)
09/09/2002 02:54:00 PM
I wish the light on the apple was better or the apple had a shine.......nice. I like it.
09/09/2002 02:41:00 PM
nice theme, never seen an apple that color.
09/09/2002 02:29:00 PM
OK, I think it's a fantastic shot. The lighting is really perfect (IMHO) and the colours are great. I'd like to have more information on the subject: what kind of apple is it ?
09/09/2002 01:16:00 PM
I would be submitting this photo for the negative space challenge too...maybe just substitute the fruit for something else. You can never go wrong with naked women, IMO.
09/09/2002 01:11:00 PM
This is just showing off :o) Easy 10...
09/09/2002 12:48:00 PM
WOW !! what a great picture.My husband liked it No words can say how wonderful this is. Just WOW good luck hope you win Tracy
09/09/2002 12:31:00 PM
Very daring shot. Well executed and artistic image.
09/09/2002 11:56:00 AM
congrats for going farther than the average photo on the site. i like a lot and did something arround the same topic for this challenge. nice lighting, nice model. great idea.
09/09/2002 09:53:00 AM
This is my 10 for the week. Sexual yet more symbolic. Done in good taste with very good lighting, skin tone and color. Good luck!!
09/09/2002 08:35:00 AM
nice lighting :) .. great BODY :) .. beautiful shapes. hope the puritans don't exact their drop of blood this week. . . mag99
09/09/2002 08:09:00 AM
Damn!! After getting bored looking at all the un-creative vegitable still shits, this is a treat. Well done... looks like it was fun to shoot ;) -10
09/09/2002 07:19:00 AM
Bold image. Nice contrast, texture, and lighting.
09/09/2002 05:29:00 AM
Great idea. Excellent light and contrast. Great work! 9 - floyd
09/09/2002 02:07:00 AM
Too bad the apple is in the way
09/09/2002 12:34:00 AM
A very provocative image. The quality of it is great. I love the true skin tones and the richness of the red in the apple. Well composed as well.

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