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The Reconstructed Pear
2nd PlaceThe Reconstructed Pear
VitaminB


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Black and White Still Life (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Date: Aug 13, 2010
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Aug 13, 2010

Woohoo... A ribbon :)

Didnt think I would have a chance when the challenge was announced. The credit for the idea is not mine, however. I had seen a photo that used the pins in this manner. Unfortunately, I dont remember where I saw the photo, so I cannot give proper credit to the original artist.

My photo is an HDR created from a single RAW file, and then edited in Photoshop.

Edit: Huge thanks to timmi for getting me the link to the original:
Wintermoon @ Toronto Photo Club
Wintermoon is George Rustchev, from Bulgaria. He has a portfolio at photo.net:
George Rustchev

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Colour version - only cropped and sharpened
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Statistics
Place: 2 out of 151
Avg (all users): 6.8160
Avg (commenters): 8.0588
Avg (participants): 6.5797
Avg (non-participants): 7.1071
Views since voting: 5864
Views during voting: 320
Votes: 125
Comments: 56
Favorites: 32 (view)


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07/22/2011 09:43:31 AM
This is a very cool idea that you improved upon. I guess not everyone finds the abnormally portrayed to be intriguing... whomever gave you a 1 on this is just mad their cat-nose photo didn't win the last open challenge so I wouldn't take it personally :) Great camera too (the D200).

Great Bouquet - check
razor sharpness (literally) - check
creativity - check
strangeness - check

Yours is better than the one on the Toronto Photo club site by far.

Great work!
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08/29/2010 08:28:01 AM
That is such a cool image and concept - it looks like the pear has been riveted together - and the processing finishes it perfectly.

Congrats on the well deserved ribbon.
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08/27/2010 09:19:52 AM
Very nicely done. I especially like the feel the pins add to the image. I could easily see this image as an art print, as it is an image that one would not tire of seeing. Would love to see this on a gallery wall as a large art print. This is where the impact would be felt. Congrats on a very well deserved ribbon.
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08/26/2010 02:12:46 AM
Wow, Best I have seen in a long time, thanks
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08/25/2010 08:47:42 PM
Congrats Brad! Great idea!
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08/25/2010 01:37:58 PM
Great photo, great concept and really good of you not to fall into the temptation of calling this 'Frankin-pear'
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08/25/2010 10:11:28 AM
Nice little bump. :)
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08/25/2010 10:05:15 AM
You're 2nd now!!
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08/24/2010 09:35:03 PM
Dude! Nice....gotta love the dedication on the set up. 'grats on a great image.
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08/24/2010 08:24:28 PM
Love the textured bokeh, congrats!<I don't think Lydia needs any ribbon winning tips!>
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08/24/2010 07:18:03 AM
I thought this would be blue for sure :)
Congrats :)
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08/24/2010 05:09:21 AM
this is great, this is a great looking image
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08/23/2010 09:41:48 PM
Originally posted by LydiaToo:

I really like this. How long did it take you?

Congrats on your ribbon and a beautiful image.


Thanks.

It took me about 20 minutes to put all the pins in, and about 5 minutes to set up the light tent to get the best shadows. In hindsight, I should have put the light tent up first, to ensure the pear didn't get too brown, but I had intended this pear as a trial only. But, after putting the time in, I decided to shoot this one right away.
08/23/2010 09:34:13 PM
I really like this. How long did it take you?

Congrats on your ribbon and a beautiful image.
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08/23/2010 06:43:43 PM
oh...I meant to put this in my previous comment. Is it possible to see the color version w/o editing? Just curious about the monochrome conversion.
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08/23/2010 04:28:04 PM
woot woot .. one for Canada :)
Congratulation Brad, a very well deserved one :) Cheers buddy,
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08/23/2010 03:48:42 PM
Originally posted by Jac:

Frankenpear. Very very cool. Well photographed too with the shallow dof being utilized to enhance the frankenpear in the background. Keep your original file because this should win a ribbon and I don't want to see it get DQed. :)


Ha! Now if I could only predict the next five minutes of my life.....

Congrats on a great idea, even though it wasn't yours originally. Well done. I think this should have blued.

Message edited by author 2010-08-23 16:02:41.
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08/23/2010 02:10:00 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. I have to say that I actually prefer your version over the original.
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08/23/2010 12:07:47 PM
Woot! Huge congrats on the ribbon, Brad! This pear looks like something Edward Scissorhands would snack on :-)
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08/23/2010 12:06:01 PM
Congrats ! I love it !
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08/23/2010 11:49:38 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!
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08/23/2010 08:39:52 AM
Outstanding. I love your approach. The tones are perfect. Congratulations on your ribbon!!
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08/23/2010 08:24:19 AM
Nice work Brad!!! Congrats on the ribbon.
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08/23/2010 06:27:51 AM
The idea of this image comes from here: //torontophotoclub.ca/showpic.php?gal=14&id=144

Your representation is pretty good too. Love it B&W. Congrats on ribbon.
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08/23/2010 05:44:38 AM
Great idea well done
congrats
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08/23/2010 03:51:11 AM
Simple and beautiful. Job well done!
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08/23/2010 02:55:00 AM
I love this image, SO glad it ribboned. Many congrats!
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08/23/2010 02:49:16 AM
Congrats Mr Vitamin!
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08/23/2010 02:26:46 AM
Marvelous! So glad this ribboned. I love the Frankenstein Pear!
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08/23/2010 02:18:33 AM
Brilliant! The idea may not have been yours, but the execution was. Congrats!
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08/23/2010 01:53:40 AM
Really well done...love the gritty graininess...congrats
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08/23/2010 12:30:08 AM
Totally deserved that ribbon. Nice going! Got a 9 from me.
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08/23/2010 12:04:37 AM
Congrats on a job well done!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2010 08:27:22 PM
this is a great execution...very well done
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08/22/2010 06:21:06 PM
Cannot tell if this is a real pear; if so, you did a lot of work. Nice image.
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08/21/2010 05:35:08 AM
I like how you use one art form to represent another. Both are pungently delicious.
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08/20/2010 05:01:02 PM
could this possibly be aimee again or an homage to her shot? regardless, the idea is original and the processing and lighting are fantastic 8
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08/20/2010 03:45:38 PM
The pear is actually quite cool for a subject, but the backdrop on which it's sitting, is very distracting that I think it hurts the picture. 5
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08/20/2010 12:52:25 AM
Fabulous! Really love the textures, DOF and design.
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08/17/2010 10:02:23 PM
Podium quality shot. Well done!
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08/17/2010 10:35:57 AM
Let's add to your totals, shall we? :D - No Vote
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08/17/2010 08:18:26 AM
Nice composition and processing. I love the textures.
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08/16/2010 10:53:57 PM
i cant imagine the time you spent on this, it's totally awesome! i dont know why but it made me smile as soon as i saw it. great work, my first 10

Back to add this to my favs
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08/16/2010 10:38:01 PM
top 10
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08/16/2010 09:18:01 PM
You get my 1st vote of this challenge...7 for interesting look and good photography
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08/16/2010 07:32:33 PM
Frankenpear. Very very cool. Well photographed too with the shallow dof being utilized to enhance the frankenpear in the background. Keep your original file because this should win a ribbon and I don't want to see it get DQed. :)
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08/16/2010 03:09:49 PM
This is magnificent. I am in awe at your imagination, the craftsmanship, the lighting, the processing. The quality of this image is top notch. Front page in my book.
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08/16/2010 02:30:49 PM
Extremely creative. Great textures. Excellent.
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08/16/2010 10:17:26 AM
This looks really cool. It's one of my favorites in the challenge for sure. The backdrop surface is cool too. Good luck! (not voting, but adding to favs. :-)
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08/16/2010 09:16:30 AM
Very well done - my favorite of this challenge!
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08/16/2010 09:16:11 AM
That's cool.
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08/16/2010 08:28:59 AM
the pear is fantastic, but the background is too distracting and diverts attention away.
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08/16/2010 07:41:17 AM
My only ten. I gave no nines.

For me, the Blue by some distance.
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08/16/2010 02:19:19 AM
Wonderful creativity. Super cool image.
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08/16/2010 01:01:50 AM
Imagination at work
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08/16/2010 12:31:42 AM
Thank you for a fruit shot with some unique creativity in it. My own entry is shamed. I'll be expecting to see this at or near the top of the challenge.
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