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This was inspired by Pete's article recently on still life on the Photo Month calendar. I think there is room for improvement in the lighting to recover some of the shadows on the right of the lime (I'm reluctant to push the shadows slider any further as it may show up the faults in the background!) - and I think there may be a bit of over-exposure on the lime, but comments and criticisms are very welcome, as usual!
As 2013 approaches, a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have commented and spent time to push me in the right direction with my images during the past year. I hope my images have improved and, if so, it's down to you all, so many, many thanks for your time.
I hope you have a happy and healthy new year.
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Dec 2012 - 11:23 AM
Focal Length:38mm
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:0.8 secsec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Pattern
White Balance:Daylight
Title:Lime green
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:31 Dec 2012 - 10:56 AM
Tags:Forks, General, Lime, Reflections, Still life
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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8184 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 11:01 AM

A wonderful creation, Ann, and have a very happy and healthy New Year. Carol

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Trout_Man
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:02 AM

Well set up and captured, a very nice still life image :

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nonur
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:05 AM

Excellent work, Ann! Happy and peaceful New Year to you and yours!

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helenlinda
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:08 AM

Lovely set up Ann - and I hope you and yours have a Happy New Year too
Helen

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RonnieAG
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:11 AM

Looks good to me, Ann: the heavily shadowed side to the lime adds a wee bit mystery, so I'd be happy with the image just as it is.
Happy New Year to you and your's.
Ronnie.

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lonely_oryx
31 Dec 2012 - 11:15 AM

Well arranged

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barbarahirst
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:22 AM

looking good to me .....

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Joline
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:29 AM

What a great idea!
I like the lighting just as it is, the shadow side adds depth to the image. Very clever.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8661 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1184 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 11:35 AM

I think those shadows are just right. A good foil to the acid-green kick.
All the best to you both,
Moira

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rontear
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31 Dec 2012 - 11:43 AM

Reflective year AnneWink love the colour ! Have a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2013 !!!
Ron.

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pablophotographer

A common theme with a brand new colour twist. If I had shot this I would present it with a 90 degrees rotation.

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marktc
marktc Plus Member 460 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
31 Dec 2012 - 11:54 AM

A lovely image Ann, yes the shadows are a little deep, but it adds atmosphere and I like it very much! Happy New Year to you.

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SlowSong
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31 Dec 2012 - 12:22 PM

Very nice arrangement and love the rich colour of the lime.
Best wishes for 2013.
xxx

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EMJAYCEE
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31 Dec 2012 - 12:26 PM

Something to make us all think about experimenting with Still Life - this is an excellent example.
Hope 2013 brings you much happiness.
Joan.

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morpheus1955
31 Dec 2012 - 12:28 PM

Cracking shot Ann, looks spot on to me, great vibrant colour and I love the reflection, wishing you and your family a Happy, Peaceful and prosperous New Year to you and your family

Hugh

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woolybill1
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31 Dec 2012 - 12:32 PM

If there is any over-exposure on the lime, which I doubt, it is compensated for by the darker version in the reflection.
A lovely idea, well executed.
A wonderful New Year to you both!
Regards
Bill

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31 Dec 2012 - 12:33 PM

Works for me Ann, HNY to you,
Fred.

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andylea
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31 Dec 2012 - 12:37 PM

very clever and well thought out shot ann a happy new year to you and yours all the best for 2013 Wink
andy

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31 Dec 2012 - 1:15 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Very well done Ann. The lighting particularly on the lime looks very good although as I think you have already said the unlit side of the limes reflection could be a little lighter.
The composition is also good although if I had taken the shot I would probably have made the space top and bottom absolutely equal, but thats more personal taste more than criticism.
I have really enjoyed looking at your images during 2012 and look forward to what you come up with in 2013. Have a Happy New Year.
Derek

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AnnChown
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31 Dec 2012 - 1:26 PM

Thank you for your time and help during 2012 Derek - all the best to you and your family!

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Deep_Bhatia
31 Dec 2012 - 1:43 PM

Nicely arranged and captured. deep

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31 Dec 2012 - 1:46 PM

it looks good to me Ann. Happy new ear.

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NDODS
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31 Dec 2012 - 1:46 PM

A wonderfully creative and imaginative composition combining to complete contrasting objects into something quite special.

I hope that you have a Happy New, and that you continued to upload many more great photographs

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Irishkate
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31 Dec 2012 - 2:04 PM

Great composition and you've made it your own!
How many entries can you put into that food competition?
I like the unique feel of this one.
I've always rated you as a good photographer and I'm sure like me you've learned lots from EPZ members.
All the best for 2013.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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EAS
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31 Dec 2012 - 2:04 PM

So artistic! Love the result of your experiment!

All my very best wishes to you and yours for 2013.

Ann

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Daisymaye
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31 Dec 2012 - 2:16 PM

Makes a most striking image. All the best in 2013........Sandy

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31 Dec 2012 - 2:52 PM

VERY well done Ann.

John Smile

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franken
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31 Dec 2012 - 3:13 PM

Different and excellent work Ann.

Have a great 2013!


Ken

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ChiliMan
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31 Dec 2012 - 3:54 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

What a brilliant idea! Beautifully done, Ann, and if you want to cast more light on the right hand side, use any piece of white paper/card to bounce the light there. Hold the card on the right and angle it till you get the illumination you want.

Here's me wishing you and yours a 2013 filled with light from all angles Wink

Andrew

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WhiteRose1
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31 Dec 2012 - 4:32 PM

Looks pretty good to me, Ann. You could always selectively lighten the reflected lime a touch then turn the image on its side and confuse the hell out of us all TongueGrinGrin

Have a great time tonight and all the best for the year to come.

Dave

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31 Dec 2012 - 4:47 PM

Cracking shot !!!....great idea, beautifully arranged & lit !!.....lovely quality in the minimalist style....top notch !!

Just try positioning a white card facing the subject on the RH side of the camera, just to 'lift' the shadows a smidgen.......

A lovely shot to finish the year off ........best wishes for the New Year Ann..............

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31 Dec 2012 - 4:54 PM

Stylish citrus shot. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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31 Dec 2012 - 4:57 PM

serious photography!

Happy New Year!

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stevesloan
31 Dec 2012 - 5:13 PM

This is a really beautiful and well worked shot, the shadows work fine for me. Have a great 2013! Steve

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31 Dec 2012 - 6:02 PM

Mate, this is just awesome! Simple, colourful and simetrical ! Smile
I would've liked to see some photoshop cleanup though for there are few spots on the forks that are a bit distracting.

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31 Dec 2012 - 6:25 PM

Now this is an excellent 'fringe' (read: alternative) still-life, Ann.
Beautifully simple and very effective.
I can see this enlarged and being even more impressive hanging on a wall.

Malc

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31 Dec 2012 - 7:14 PM

Nice composition & subject matter,love the reflections.
A couple of good ideas above for shoving a touch more light onto the dark side of things & the slightly overdone highlight on the Lime could easily be toned down a tad in your editing program...not too much though as you will lose the shape & form of the Lime.
Have a great New Year.

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31 Dec 2012 - 7:39 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A nice way to end the year Ann on a GEA.

Its very imaginative, - love the balancing on the forks. The baclground still has a few light bits, but its not bad.

The image is underexposed, likely due to the reflection from the skin and forks, so lifting exposure helps, and then using the shadow tool on the lower half solves the reflection issue.

Bright areas are completely normal on fruit skin, and you need to be careful not to eliminate too much of it.

I like Dereks suggestion, - its gives the shot symmetry, and thats what a shot like this needs.


Mod loaded with all this done, hope you like it, and all the best for 2013.



Regards



Willie

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31 Dec 2012 - 7:45 PM

Thanks Willie - all your points taken on board! Thanks - it looks good. I do struggle with getting the background completely black and its something I need to improve on. Happy 2013 and thanks again.
Ann

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31 Dec 2012 - 9:43 PM

Brilliant Ann,well done,Happy New Year..Lin

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31 Dec 2012 - 11:55 PM

and the very best light to you Ann.
A very juicy beauty today, well composed. Well beyond my scope Smile

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1 Jan 2013 - 8:51 AM

superb!

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BarbaraR
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1 Jan 2013 - 4:12 PM

Congrats, super, arty work.
Happy New Year to you too.

B. Smile

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Tibetan
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1 Jan 2013 - 5:09 PM

Simple but very effective love it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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wolfy
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2 Jan 2013 - 10:55 AM

Excellent work Ann and congrats on your awards! All the best for 2013 Smile

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4 Jan 2013 - 11:02 PM

A superb still life image Ann, this one looks very good to me, all the best to you in 2013, Ed

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