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Challenge: Popcorn (Basic Editing)
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Pentax
Location: kitchen
Date: Nov 4, 2007
Aperture: 11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 13.6
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 4, 2007

Tribute to sir_bazz :)

The flames suffered from blown highlights, because i painted with light. But I wanted to experiment with the long exposure rather than the strobes.

*****Post Challenge******

And it’s a RED :)

Thanks for all the comments

Deja Vu here

An attempt at Sir BAZZ’s “popcorn”. I’ve recreated lots of images I see on DPC, but I don’t submit or post them because I just do it to learn. This time I wanted to see if I could come close in a challenge.

I used a small maglite flashlight with a luxeon led bulb. I softened the light by taping paper over the lens. I then made a hood for the flashllight out of cardboard to control stray light. Painting with light made it easier to target the areas I wanted since “basic” does’nt allow cloning. It was a little difficult to balance the exposure between the popcorn and the flame, because the flame kept over exposing. I only turned on the flame when I was ready to shoot. Whole process took about 2 hours. I almost self DQ’d because I did’nt expect it to do so well. I hope Garry is’nt mad at me for using his concept, but from his comment he does’nt sound upset :) I’ve been trying to avoid advanced editing of late, because I realize I’m spending more time in photoshop than setting up the shot and learning to use my camera. I was also testing myself to see how well I could execute an image like this in “basic”. The ribbon is a nice bonus

All that aside, It should’ve ribboned in heat (IMHO) and this concept belongs to the pentaxians :)



Statistics
Place: 2 out of 74
Avg (all users): 7.2492
Avg (commenters): 8.4468
Avg (participants): 6.4872
Avg (non-participants): 7.3531
Views since voting: 8643
Views during voting: 626
Votes: 325
Comments: 74
Favorites: 8 (view)


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08/13/2008 10:47:56 PM
POP!

Don't stop....

WELL DONE:)
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11/20/2007 08:15:30 AM
Congrats on a well deserved ribbon and thanks for the commentary on how you achieved this obviously very difficult shot!
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11/19/2007 03:19:35 PM
Who cares about blown highlights but the voters here at DPC, in the real world of photography outside of DPC no one but technically anal amateur photographers care :) Should just let it go and not worry about such minor details. Nice copy of the original, very well done technically.
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11/16/2007 10:14:11 PM
Congratulations, your really deserved this, I agree with Simms I can't imagine how you haven't ribboned before this!
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11/15/2007 03:29:04 PM
Originally posted by Simms:

You have been in my fave photographers list for a while now (quite an exclusive list as well!), this ribbon was a long time coming IMHO. well done.


I'm honoured Mark :) And thanks all for your comments.
11/15/2007 08:19:38 AM
You have been in my fave photographers list for a while now (quite an exclusive list as well!), this ribbon was a long time coming IMHO. well done.

Message edited by author 2007-11-15 08:21:16.
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11/15/2007 07:28:14 AM
congrats.
you deserve it.
fantastic composition and lighting.
thanks for commenting on my entry. do appreciate it.
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11/15/2007 01:58:21 AM
Ha thought this looked familiar! Nice entry
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11/14/2007 09:21:44 PM
Absolutely perfect execution, IMHO - congrats!
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11/14/2007 05:11:31 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and a new pb.
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11/14/2007 03:28:30 PM
awesome idea! Congrats!
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11/14/2007 12:13:33 PM
Sweet. Congratulations on your first ribbon and a new PB.
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11/14/2007 11:59:10 AM
Rock on man - good for you!
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11/14/2007 11:19:01 AM
Congrats on your Red! Well done!
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11/14/2007 09:49:09 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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11/14/2007 07:26:47 AM
Congratulations
Archive Collection - Gas Burners
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11/14/2007 06:44:18 AM
Well done David! I had a high score all week long but I knew that if any image was gonna beat mine it was this one. You easily had my highest vote in the challenge. Congrats on your first ribbon!
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11/14/2007 03:33:12 AM
Gratz on your first ribbon.

For obvious reasons, I was pretty keen to see the results of this challenge and I'm thrilled that you did so well.

bazz.
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11/14/2007 12:53:08 AM
Yes! WTG, David! Great shot, love the clean lines, the blue flame.... well, everything really. Congrats on your ribbon.
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11/14/2007 12:41:46 AM
Woohoo! Congrats on the ribbon David.
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11/14/2007 12:37:40 AM
Big congrats on your red, David!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/13/2007 09:41:08 PM
Visually Interesting! Like the composition.
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11/13/2007 08:46:44 PM
Very similar to this photo:
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Great job though! Back after seeing all the photos in the challenge, this is my top pick.
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11/13/2007 04:36:31 PM
Little motion blur on that airborn kernal would have really made this "pop."
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11/13/2007 04:28:33 PM
teriffic composition, nice and sharp
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11/13/2007 09:03:24 AM
Great composition, you can almost smell the butter.
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11/13/2007 08:04:11 AM
simple yet effective. lights on flying popcorn are blown, but that's minor
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11/13/2007 02:56:16 AM
probably the most tasty looking pic in the challenge
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11/12/2007 10:49:56 PM
beautiful!
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11/12/2007 09:21:06 PM
I wish you had more than one in the air....nice pov, dof is right on
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11/12/2007 08:09:23 AM
Great color and light
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11/12/2007 05:41:26 AM
I really like this, the color is spot on, great use of background. Only thing I would have liked to have seen changed was a bit of motion blur in solitary kernel.
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11/12/2007 04:34:34 AM
My favorite in the challenge by far. :) Good luck.
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11/12/2007 02:48:20 AM
I really like this because of the blue flame. It really adds to the warmth of the shot as well as the appearance of action. How did you keep the popcorn from burning? You must be a fast worker. This is my favorite so far.
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11/12/2007 01:40:03 AM
I love it. Could be a strong but clearly I would never know and wouldn't care. The capture is great and using the gas stove makes the shot. Well executed on an excellent sharp image.
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11/11/2007 10:59:31 PM
Nicely done. The flames and the single pop are a cool touch.
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11/11/2007 10:07:05 PM
Nice shot... the blue burner and the yellow popcorn against the black background, very creative.
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11/11/2007 03:02:38 AM
Perfectly executed. Not too imaginative but effective nonetheless.
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11/11/2007 02:38:18 AM
Love the clear focus and colors in this image - great job!
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11/10/2007 07:46:27 PM
Extremely cool shot. The blue gas is what makes it for me. Very plain and ordinary but extremely pleasing result.
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11/10/2007 05:23:14 PM
The best so far. simple, but well executed. Less is more.10
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11/10/2007 01:25:48 PM
Clean, simple and beautiful.
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11/10/2007 09:08:20 AM
Great timing, perfect lighting and focus! 10 for me! :)
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11/10/2007 08:44:59 AM
Great set-up and I love the cropping and composition.
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11/09/2007 10:49:15 PM
A very symetrical picture, but with one piece of popcorn breaking the whole thing up. The colors are good, the focus quality is good, and the overall shot is fun. I love it!
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11/09/2007 08:01:48 PM
here's one ribbon, and I don't even need to see all the other entries. Everything came out great, congrats.
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11/09/2007 07:25:03 PM
The flames are really nice.
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11/09/2007 03:07:34 PM
Nice photo!
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11/09/2007 01:26:14 PM
This is really cool- the popcorn really stands out, everything works really well together in this image.
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11/09/2007 12:37:51 PM
Nice balance between the cool blue flame and the warm flying popcorn.
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11/09/2007 09:16:02 AM
Nice; I like that you included the flame and I even like the centered popping kernel. Just the right amount of negative space for the composition.
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11/09/2007 07:51:19 AM
This is my favorite, simple, great composition and perfect clarity. 10
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11/08/2007 09:21:13 PM
and we have liftoff! well excecuted! I love this shot.
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11/08/2007 08:31:36 PM
this should be a food network add!
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11/08/2007 04:34:04 PM
kind of funny.
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11/08/2007 02:28:01 PM
Well Done Picture! I love the blue flame!
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11/08/2007 11:16:56 AM
excellent technically - love the balance in this image between the gas flame, the corn in the pan and the popping kernal
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11/07/2007 10:12:13 PM
Great composition. 8.
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11/07/2007 07:12:56 PM
There's always that one guy who just has to show off!
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11/07/2007 03:51:06 PM
Gorgeous... love the colors and light balance.
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11/07/2007 03:12:57 PM
hahahah i love this!! that's awsome! great job!
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11/07/2007 01:26:12 PM
Very good! A great take on the challenge
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11/07/2007 12:17:26 PM
like this composition. good lighting and very nice clarity! - should be a high scorer! good luck!
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11/07/2007 10:53:18 AM
very very cool. a bit much noise though... high ISO? every tried Noise Ninja or something like that?
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11/07/2007 09:27:02 AM
Very cool! Nice execution!
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11/07/2007 09:15:38 AM
I like this.. no doubt about the subject and it's got great sharpness and color.
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11/07/2007 07:46:02 AM
Clean, balanced, great color, good use of negative space. This is on eof my top picks for the challenge. Good luck!
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11/07/2007 06:59:53 AM
love the fire underneath
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11/07/2007 05:50:55 AM
best of the pure popcorn pictures this round. it simply says it all. good colors and light, good composition 8

After the round, bit disappointed that its a copy. Well done, but still a copy, would have voted lower knowing that.

Message edited by author 2007-11-14 05:54:50.
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11/07/2007 04:51:35 AM
one of the better ones...nice
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11/07/2007 03:22:33 AM
nice !
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11/07/2007 12:52:48 AM
i like how its on the burner! very neat
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11/07/2007 12:36:11 AM
neat idea...
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11/07/2007 12:36:09 AM
Nice catch!
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