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A Bushel of Jelly Beans
A Bushel of Jelly Beans
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Candy II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Date: Sep 9, 2007
Aperture: F32
ISO: 200
Shutter: 2.5sec
Galleries: Macro, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Sep 9, 2007

Looking for a creative take on candy and decided to incorporate a vegatable theme. I had candy corn in the house as we are getting ready for fall and halloween. The corn was not very accomodating - the corn didn't look very good after I put it on the ear, so back to the drawing board. I found some left over jelly beans from Easter (we don't eat much candy at our house!) and needed a wrapper. We are having asian tonight and I found these great snow peas...the luck of creative dining!.

I cut and removed all the peas from the peapods. I placed the jelly beans in a random order inside the pods. I set up my home studie (two tungsten table lamps, three sheets of white matting for frames, and my tripod. I set up the shot, took some images and realized I needed a little glisten - in comes the trombone spray bottle. I added a few last loose jelly beans and shot 20 or so shots to get the right composition and lighting.

Opened RAW image in CS2 - adjusted exposure, levels and curves. Save as JPEG. Opened in Elements 3.0, adjusted levels, increased bri/cont, adjusted single colors in Hue/Saturation, and added noise ninja for smoothing and minor sharpening. Cropped and resized to 600. Save for web. Opened and USM at small radius to sharpen. Added border. Dodged shadows and some darker jelly beans. cloned out edge of stem, edge of jelly bean and blemish on one bean. Save.

Projection: 6.2+ - decent image - good colors and composition.

Post Challenge: Thanks for the abundance of comments. I really appreciate all of them, especially those that made suggestions on ways to improve. I realized that it was too bright when I looked at my image on my computer screen at work after the voting started - oh well! Top 10 is great...

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 141
Avg (all users): 6.7396
Avg (commenters): 7.8077
Avg (participants): 6.4912
Avg (non-participants): 6.8661
Views since voting: 2970
Views during voting: 346
Votes: 169
Comments: 48
Favorites: 6 (view)


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06/06/2010 05:14:19 AM
very clever! :D
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04/03/2009 02:44:35 PM
IMO this image is: brilliant, beautiful, colorful, & perfectly executed. I love the bright background and highlights, it's in my face! I actually love peas like this, but I wouldn't resist some jelly beans mixed in :-) I see this big and bright and on a kitchen wall. The more I look at it the more I like it!
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06/24/2008 08:50:32 PM
Excellent set up here, and a great idea done really well.....
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01/13/2008 06:28:30 PM
I think it is brilliant. The colours pop, clever idea. Maybe this is the way to get my kids to eat their veggies!
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09/28/2007 06:42:44 AM
hey peter .. i've been very remiss .. i hadnt seen this fantastic photograph gracing your profile page .. wonderful processing and so creative .. i personally love how bright this image is ... i think the saturated colours go well for the subject ...:):)
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09/21/2007 03:41:22 PM
Nice finish. Really great combination and focus.
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09/17/2007 10:39:41 PM
Tim,

Great work here, this is an amazingly creative shot. Makes me wish that all green beans looked like this!

Well done man!
Steve
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09/17/2007 08:42:04 PM
AH HAHAHAHA
NOW I have the picture to prove to my 5 yr old son that it is Vegetable Candy! I told him that is what green beans were the first time I tried to get him to eat them, now it is just a running joke....but he likes them.
Nice work!
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09/17/2007 05:19:24 PM
Congratulations on a brilliant idea and super job bringing it to life.
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09/17/2007 12:22:46 PM
This is indeed very creative AND you put a lot of work into it. Awesome image and big congrats on top 10.
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09/17/2007 10:32:44 AM
Oh how creative! This is awesome!!! Excellent choice for Page 1 honors!

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09/17/2007 09:39:02 AM
Congratulations on your great finish, I love this shot. :)
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09/17/2007 09:19:14 AM
Deinately one of my favorites in this challenge, and I tipped it to ribbon..... Wonderful idea and set up brilliantly.
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09/17/2007 09:17:06 AM
Beautiful Peter you have done very good job here
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09/17/2007 08:01:19 AM
Peter, congrats on an awesome image and top 10 finish! This is so creative. Very well done.
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09/17/2007 04:43:45 AM
Peter

Many congratulations on both a great finish and more importantly a fantastic image

I have to say this worked on so many levels for me, concept, delivey and technicals

To me it is amazing how your photography seems to have recently taken that next big step forward and I admit that you now leave me trailing in your wake (I think that first ribbon is just around the corner)

Super shot from one of life's good guys
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09/17/2007 12:20:53 AM
OMG
this is such a creative idea! i lovee it very good photograph good job (:
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09/17/2007 12:04:26 AM
Wow.. this did a lot better than we had hoped, heh.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/16/2007 08:17:19 PM
very creative and cool looking!
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09/16/2007 03:31:49 PM
So clever! I think the lighting is a little overblown, but it's SUCH a cool concept!!
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09/16/2007 02:51:43 PM
Fab idea, I'm sure it must have taken you ages to do it... think it would've been better if they were dry n not wet... would'v made it neater in my opinion =) Very nice idea, good luck
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09/16/2007 02:22:25 AM
10. Creative concept and nicely executed.
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09/16/2007 12:17:35 AM
Nice layout. Much patience needed to plant the jelly beans inside the pods.
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09/15/2007 12:50:10 AM
Very creative and nicely shot. 8
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09/14/2007 09:35:00 PM
I love the bright and cheery colors in this photo. I love how you captured even the juice of the bean. A very smart and creative idea.
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09/14/2007 04:09:28 PM
Love this concept. I would eat more veggies if they looked like this.
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09/14/2007 05:42:03 AM
great concept, nice lighting. The white background hurts the eyes a tad thou.
but still top marks
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09/13/2007 04:12:24 PM
Highly original, well composed!
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09/13/2007 11:54:32 AM
I love the imagination f this picture. technically sound, 10
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09/12/2007 11:46:27 AM
Cool idea, nice shot.
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09/12/2007 04:48:24 AM
Very cute, clever idea...well done!!!
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09/11/2007 06:09:07 PM
Love the colors and the shot.
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09/11/2007 12:50:09 PM
probably the best conceptual shot in this challenge. i am sure kids will have no problem eating their vegetables in "this" world. brilliant!
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09/11/2007 11:22:41 AM
Very Imaginative!
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09/11/2007 09:55:15 AM
Great job! 8 for now, but I may have to bump you up later ;)
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09/10/2007 11:11:28 PM
A very cute idea :) The glare from the light is a bit too much. Looks as though the light was brought in really close and not diffused at all. A plain piece of white paper paired with a longer exposure would've given off softer light.
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09/10/2007 09:38:38 PM
very well done, great idea, nice work :)

-dave
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09/10/2007 07:23:32 PM
What a creative idea :)
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09/10/2007 06:25:23 PM
This is probably going to win because it's unique and imaginative. I wish I'd come up with something like this! I'm giving you a 10 for your creative spirit...keep up the great work!
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09/10/2007 05:15:56 PM
i really love this idea, but it seems a little bright, and the light reflections seems a little distracting. nice work though.
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09/10/2007 12:13:42 PM
Creative idea! Made me smile! One of may favorites here!
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09/10/2007 10:21:57 AM
love shots where lots of work went into the idea, and it's shot well. 9
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09/10/2007 07:49:14 AM
lol Great idea!
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09/10/2007 06:00:02 AM
very creative and well thought off photo. execution is really good. top ten for sure.
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09/10/2007 01:23:43 AM
Great idea, nicely done. I like it how you have little bits of water on the pea pods.
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09/10/2007 01:10:33 AM
nice
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09/10/2007 01:02:14 AM
great idea and execution! 9
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09/10/2007 12:12:47 AM
Very creative and nice colors
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