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Challenge: Fast Food (Advanced Editing V)
Collection: Food & Drink
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Pentax SMC-M 100mm f/4.0 Macro
Location: My Backyard
Date: Aug 12, 2007
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2007

A tribute to the 1980 Bob James album of the same title, with a similar image on the cover. I always liked that cover, and at the last minute the idea came to me to try to recreate it for this challenge. I couldn't get the mustard as thick as on the original, and I changed the crop a bit, but I think it came out OK. Let's see how it does.

Post-challenge: Thanks for all the nice comments and votes ... nice to have a top 10, even in a small challenge.

Here's the album cover this was a take off on:
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A few more details on the set-up: This was shot outdoors in the afternoon light. Put the blue softbox background on a table in the backyard in the shade. Used a tripod with camera shooting straight down at the table, and my 100mm macro, manual focus set at f/8 and bracketed the shutter speed. Grilled the dog, then added the bun and mustard which kept smearing and the bun kept falling apart. To get the shot, I had to hold the dog in place with my left hand to keep the bun parallel with the dog, while pressing the shutter with my right hand. Must have looked kind of like Rosemary Woods.

Post-processing: Levels, boost contrast and saturation, a little bump in lightness/brightness settings, then some USM before and after resizing.

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 69
Avg (all users): 6.3509
Avg (commenters): 7.6842
Avg (participants): 5.8947
Avg (non-participants): 6.4421
Views since voting: 1578
Views during voting: 392
Votes: 228
Comments: 25
Favorites: 0


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08/20/2007 05:55:00 PM
Wonderful lighting and incredible detail and perfect for the challemge! Congrats on a top ten and a yummy image!
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08/20/2007 12:10:12 AM
Hey grats on the top 10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2007 10:39:16 PM
Sharp, nice comp. 10
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08/19/2007 09:18:53 PM
If it's going to be a shot THAT close up, it should be pristine in my opinion.
The smear in the mustard and the waves in the blue fabric wreck this for me.
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08/19/2007 06:07:02 PM
Exceptional. 10+++
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08/19/2007 05:57:39 PM
Nice colors. The yellow (mustard?) stuck to the dog underneath the mustard line is a little put offish though...
TC
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08/19/2007 10:59:45 AM
Great capture!

Traditional American Fast Food 10:)
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08/18/2007 09:48:59 PM
Love the colors and texture
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08/18/2007 04:21:54 PM
nice job with the mustard!
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08/17/2007 06:41:26 PM
Good detail and lighting.
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08/17/2007 03:53:22 PM
Excellent composition and lighting. I really like that you kept it simple. The zigzag mustard is a nice touch to break up the horizontal lines.
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08/17/2007 12:48:15 PM
I really like the colors here
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08/17/2007 12:32:00 PM
Now this is what the challenge was about. Pity about the sauce smudge on the underside.
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08/17/2007 01:31:57 AM
This does look really good, which is surprising for just a hotdog with a little mustard. I like the blue background. Simple but good one. 8
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08/16/2007 04:07:08 PM
Nice contrasting colours. Good work.
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08/15/2007 01:59:09 PM
I would give this a ribbon for sure. The colors are captured beautifully, picture is so sharp it is unblievable and the background color makes the whole thing pop. Well done.
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08/15/2007 08:44:34 AM
This is a very appealing photo, I could see it hanging on the wall at my local James Coney Island.
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08/15/2007 02:25:20 AM
i LOVE the colors in this.
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08/14/2007 10:38:03 PM
good close up, sharp, strong colors, good choice of background.
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08/14/2007 05:10:30 PM
Very interesting product shot. Looks good with the blue background. Well done.
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08/14/2007 02:15:02 PM
Brilliant, love this shot..I could really see this on a food box. I think the cut out around the bun is a little choppy but the overall feel is great.
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08/13/2007 05:52:19 PM
In my opinion the blue background hurts an otherwise great shot. Not sure why you used that. It kind of conflicts with the hot dog. Still a 7 that could have been a 10.
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08/13/2007 04:26:29 PM
nice close up
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08/13/2007 12:41:42 PM
interesting composition and choice of background color.
lucky for you they both work!!!!
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08/13/2007 11:00:43 AM
Hmm, looks good. I like the contrasting blue background. Definitely fits the challenge criteria. This should do really well! Good luck. Dang - it's only 10am - too early for a hot dog - lol.
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