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  #74 The kitchen
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UFO - Unknown Flying Onion...       ©2010 Franz07
Panasonic DMC-LX3       3rd place, 150 points
1/125s, f2.5, ISO 80, 24mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Cloned out some edge seams in the background, raised brightness and saturation a little bit, finally downsized and sharpened a bit       Extra Info: At first I planned to take a very close macro shot of the onion and the blade. This one was just a test-shot in the beginning. But when I saw how nicely the whole object stood out from the background - looking like a flying saucer - I could not resist to make it my main entry.
Hope you believe in UFOs!
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Feb 11, 2010
    Franz- Fabulous finish. Well deserved for your great work. Re my suggested title - my wife had a better one "I will make you cry before I die !" LOL

Jade O.
Feb 10, 2010
    Wow two top finishes! Another great double!

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Feb 10, 2010
    Thanks for your nice comments!
Yes Lo, "hovering" is the perfect word for what I saw in this shot! I wish I even had put some small support under the board to show it "levitating".
LaRee, the apple picture is great! Don't worry, I'm very happy you like my shot too. The lighting is done by daylight from behind me and two small halogen lamps behind the background.
Raf, thanks. I liked that is fits so well together.
Michael, ouch... LOL! Thanks for your nice words.

Feb 10, 2010
    Onion awaiting execution springs to mind LOL I like the gentle colours and the tinted light in the background. Excellent composition. In my tt.

Feb 10, 2010
    Yep lovely. The elements work so well together and nothing distracts.

Feb 9, 2010
    If it weren't for that flashy apple and kiwi this would be my #1 instead of #2. Very well done. I am interested to know how you lit this.

Feb 9, 2010
    You're right - it does look like it's hovering in space and I love the glow behind the handles of the cutting tool. It's a beautifully clean shot

Feb 9, 2010
    Oh, hey Billy. Forgot to answer your question, sorry. The halo behind the blade grippers came from two small lamps that stood behind the cloth of the background.
I'm in a "high-key-mood" at this winter-time... :-)

Feb 9, 2010
    Una, Alberto and Billy, thank you very much for your nice comments!
I'm always looking forward to read your thoughts about my pics. Very appreciated!
Billy, it makes me really proud, that you read a personal style out of my pictures - thanks a lot for that! I often think we have a very similar taste.

Alby, LOL!!! I didn't even think about that! Ha ha ha...!!! Oh, shame on me! :-D :-D
I always thought I wouldn't be so ignorant... LOL! ...can't stop laughing!!!
Edited on Feb 10, 2010

Feb 9, 2010
    Looks just perfect! High in my favourites.

Feb 9, 2010
    ...Here onions are landing...And then You cut them!!??:-))))
...Tears are the price you pay for the crime! :-)
...Great caption...And very original too!

Feb 8, 2010
    A great LOL!!! for your caption/title :-D :-D :-D yes, a nice "home flying saucer" :-) :-) :-)
Very creative image, fits the theme very well, I also like the lighting, especially that colourful halo behind the blade grippers (how did you do that? with a torch, maybe?). A great example of how to make a powerful image from such common subjects... will be high in my TT for sure, great job!!
P.S. I'm missing many times lately my self-game of finding the photographer behinf the pic... but can't resist :-) the lighting quality, creative mind and that extra LOL factor, call for... Franz? :-)

Feb 8, 2010
    Wow, Jussi! Thank you very much. I'm happy you like it!
Jade, you may be right. But somehow it looks 3-dimensional to me. That would work even better, if the floor was completely invisible - next time I'll try harder.
Rino, thanks a lot. I'm amazed what you got out of the original!
Inspired by your idea I will also try what it looks like even softer and in something like a high-key-mode. ...the macros on the blades where all consciously overexposed.

Old Finn
Feb 8, 2010
    Sharp, nice colours, good composition. My first choice.

Jade O.
Feb 7, 2010
    A well photographed object though it takes some imagination to see more.

Feb 7, 2010
    I like this composition.
A little soft and closed in the shadows for my taste. But nothing that cannot be solved with a little PP.
My version here:
In my high TT.
Good luck!
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