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Challenge: Technology (Classic Editing)
Collection: Challenge Entries
Camera: Canon PowerShot S40
Location: UK
Date: Nov 16, 2002
Aperture: F3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 4/10ths sec
Galleries: Humorous, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Nov 17, 2002

Focus tweaked, levels adjusted, bread cut... :o)

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 179
Avg (all users): 6.6127
Avg (commenters): 8.2903
Avg (participants): 6.5669
Avg (non-participants): 6.6497
Views since voting: 6099
Votes: 284
Comments: 37
Favorites: 2 (view)


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04/08/2004 02:46:48 PM
And let us not even neglect the insinuation that oft times cutting edge technology tends to be rather crummy....

=)
11/25/2002 05:31:00 AM
I'm now so glad that I decided to go with this idea and not the other one I had :o) I'm shocked that I placed so high, the best I've ever done by a long long way (my previous best was last week's macro challenge, a 6.201)... and thanks for all the great comments - nearly as many on a photo as we used to get back in the early days of DPC!

First, I'm sure you'd all like to see what the original looked like:

//www.manic.nu/dpc/31/bread-orig.jpg

My (basic) setup is clear in the original - it was lit by merely the room spotlights (hence the double shadows), since my desklamp is too bright for a large scene. I cropped it down the way I did after doing several wider crops, and I decided that the main focus was too much on the rest of the loaf and not on the PCB, hence I made the tighter crop. The bread was sliced with a real breadknife, the slices wedged into position, and the PCB was (carefully) shoved into a half-cut slice.

The lighting seems harsh because I had to adjust the levels such that the white was clean, and not the murk that it originally was. The background is white and not blue (as suggested) because I have nothing to create a blue background with - really!

The title was always going to be a toss-up between what it is and 'The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread' (thanks PTL, I did realise it!), but I decided to go for the shorter one in the end... plus someone else did the 'Best Thing Since...' title :o)

To get the 'null' background, what I did was have a white-sh background originally, then through adjusting the levels made the highlights much brighter, which creates the clean background. However, care is needed to not blow out the details on the subject itself.

As for /why/ I chose this subject, well, I just really loved this challenge, and it gave me so many ideas that I could pick and choose the one I liked, and my sense of humour has always been one of the driving forces behind my photos... and I just so happened to have a new loaf (thanks to my parents) and an ancient ISA soundcard lying around. Oh yeah, the irony of this photo is that the soundcard isnt cutting edge any more ;o)

If there are any more questions about this, please PM me.

Message edited by author 2002-12-14 14:29:13.
11/25/2002 04:38:00 AM
Well done Manic. You've officially placed higher than me in a challenge, so I can't feel like I've got one up on you anymore. I never did feel that way anyway. Very nice pic, you deserve it for all the hard work you put into this and the other challenges. - Inspzil
 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/23/2002 10:18:00 PM
interesting concept, and I like how there is motion implied. wondering if this should be flipped horizontally.. can't decide. would have to see it both ways... anyway.. that's probably subjective anyhow. good work.
11/23/2002 07:34:00 PM
Very original, very good composition, light and color. Good luck.
11/23/2002 12:54:00 AM
nice visual pun... good photo too. i suspect you will do well in this challenge, good luck! (9) ~mcmurma
11/23/2002 12:11:00 AM
I know nothing about photography but I really like me your photo.
11/22/2002 09:06:00 AM
Nicely taken - well lit - sharp and good colour.
Amusing and interesting visually too...
8, Kavey
11/21/2002 07:50:00 PM
Very creative. Nie and crisp. Good work. Jacko 9
11/21/2002 09:59:00 AM
Not just another cliched pic. Congrats on taking your time to think about this one.
11/20/2002 11:52:00 PM
Very simple, and perfectly executed, a 10!
11/20/2002 09:04:00 PM
great shot and subject matter
11/20/2002 08:48:00 PM
Love it! Thanks for the laugh. Really a nice photo too, lighting & composition wise. There really is an afterlife for the motherboard.
11/20/2002 07:35:00 PM
So that's what it means.... Nice pic. 9
11/20/2002 03:41:00 PM
Except for the stark background, this is a GREAT photo! And a wonderful idea! Very creative! (My thought was Ants and Electrons, but I skipped this week)
9 Swash (with a background, it was a 10!)
11/20/2002 03:07:00 AM
Great idea, I just wish you would've included the front left corner of the cutting board, but great shot. 8
11/20/2002 12:05:00 AM
Interesting idea, well executed, Also great lighting. You're so clever to thinki of this. Anyway, good luck in the challenge. 8 Grayce
11/19/2002 06:40:00 PM
Very, very creative idea. Great composition and focus.
11/19/2002 03:39:00 PM
Very creative
11/19/2002 12:57:00 PM
Who nees a knife when you have that? =-) Great photo, I can't see anything major that is wrong with it. 9 erin_m02
11/19/2002 09:56:00 AM
nice combination of ideas and concepts, clean composition.
11/19/2002 02:27:00 AM
Bad title. Should have been something like....Computers are the greatest thing since sliced bread". Technically that is about all I can find wrong with this photo. I love the humore first and almost as important as the rest. But the color, crop job, light, subject, composition are right on! One question....may I have a slice of that bread? I give you an 8 for it. PTL Looked at it again and again and believe it is a 10. Great job.
11/18/2002 08:50:00 PM
Love this photo, great.
11/18/2002 08:47:00 PM
Creative, but cheesy
11/18/2002 07:22:00 PM
I really liked this image. Excellent carry through of concept. Great lighting. Well done!!!...Bullwinkle
11/18/2002 07:13:00 PM
Fun shot. Congrats. Creative work. Justine.
11/18/2002 01:19:00 PM
Good colors, but the background is a little bright. Interesting photo
11/18/2002 12:48:00 PM
hahaha... creative!
11/18/2002 09:57:00 AM
Cute idea. :) Nice focusing job too. (8)
11/18/2002 08:59:00 AM
Nice visual pun.
11/18/2002 06:37:00 AM
Excellent idea. One of my (few) favourites of the week.
11/18/2002 05:16:00 AM
Good use of a cliche here. Nothing wrong with a little tongue and cheek once in awhile. Good Luck - Inspzil
11/18/2002 04:58:00 AM
LOL!! Excellent. Wish I'd thought of it.
11/18/2002 04:45:00 AM
A good concept well executed.
11/18/2002 01:48:00 AM
Great shoot. harsh Lighting But great shoot. What do you think of a Light Blue background?
11/18/2002 01:02:00 AM
Great lighting, Awesome concept, Overall good photograph. The pure white background does this picture wonders.
11/18/2002 12:58:00 AM
please submit to the how'd they do that section how you take these photos with 'no' background. its a great shot and i'd like to learn how to do something like this.


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