Dare to Be Different

© Nikki McDonald

Dare to Be Different

Nikki McDonald level-classic 3/2/2012 10:53:03 AM

So sorry -- I had increased the blue on the front apple and the more I looked at it, the less I liked it. I'm happier now.

Many thanks to Chris, Jeff, Bob, Karen, Antonio, Mel, and Dave for the wonderful comments.

Christopher J. Budny
Wow, even on my cruddy work monitor, this just pops with color...!
3/2/2012 5:46:16 AM

Jeff W. Robinson
Outstanding setup and capture - Very Nice work Nikki!
3/2/2012 6:20:31 AM

Bob Cournoyer
Love the comp/reflections....great idea.. :-)
3/2/2012 8:18:36 AM

Karen E. Baumann
Yum!!! Hope they taste as good as they look! Love the bright shiny colors and light on this comp!
3/2/2012 8:37:01 AM

Antonio Amen
Very good, well done. About frames I agree with you, but I also use it this time because I had the same thought as you.
Have a nice day.
3/2/2012 9:18:30 AM

Crisp and Delicious NiK!
Outstanding Still Life!
3/2/2012 10:09:40 AM

Dave Montero
Beautiful still life Nikki!
3/2/2012 10:15:45 AM

Terry Cervi level-classic 3/2/2012 11:09:18 AM

What about apple pie? What a beautiful still, Nikki! #10018052

Joy Rector 3/2/2012 12:32:48 PM

love this shot #10018167

Neal D. Hatcher level-classic 3/2/2012 1:32:59 PM

Fantastic close up #10018260

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic 3/2/2012 2:19:57 PM

This is a dandy! I expect we'll be seeing it again! Good luck, Nikki!! #10018338

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 3/2/2012 3:09:49 PM

A Beauty!
Hope we see it again!
~♥~Lisa #10018414

Gord MacEachern level-classic 3/2/2012 3:16:30 PM

Wonderful still life here Nikki, beautifully captured and presented!!
Nice that you can eat the props when you are done shooting them, lol.. #10018424

JudyAnn Rector level-classic 3/2/2012 3:54:21 PM

Very beautiful, Nikki. #10018469

Michele Peterson level-classic 3/2/2012 4:08:49 PM

I just love it, Nikki! Beautiful pops of color everywhere, nicely lit and composed!! #10018488

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 3/2/2012 4:56:50 PM

Beautiful still life Nikki, love the contrast between the apples #10018543

David Phalen level-classic 3/2/2012 5:15:01 PM

An outstanding still life with excellent light, colors, reflections and clarity!! #10018565

Maria Coulson 3/2/2012 8:09:11 PM

Perfect! I'll be over for the cake, LOL. #10018718

Ellen Hodges level-classic 3/2/2012 8:48:11 PM

Love those beautiful shiny apples, capture to perfection, Nikki!!! #10018735

John Rivera level-classic 3/3/2012 6:34:54 AM

Beautiful capture! #10019314

Terry A. Stoa level-classic 3/3/2012 7:54:27 AM

Very nice, Nikki. I like the colors, reflections, sharpness (as crisp as the apples must be), and the warm tones of the bowl and table/surface. #10019429

Carol Eade level-classic 3/3/2012 9:47:22 AM

Beautiful still life! #10019615

Leslie McLain level-classic 3/3/2012 2:38:40 PM

Loved your whole apple series, Nikki. Beautiful still life and light. #10020175

Lucy Abrao level-classic 3/3/2012 6:45:12 PM

This is pleasing to look at, Nikki. Very nice composition.
Lucy #10020501

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 3/3/2012 8:41:30 PM

The lighting and composition is excellent Niki. When is dessert served? #10020653

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 3/5/2012 7:54:25 AM

For me, it's the highly polished finish of the table that makes the fruit and bowl pop. It's a wonderful image. #10022905

Kara L. Hendricks level-classic 3/5/2012 9:41:20 AM

Datha made a great choice for the homepage this week! Way to go Nikki! #10023076

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 3/6/2012 6:08:27 PM

Love this apple still Nikki! It is so crisp and clean, and Congrats on the POTW! #10025818

Sherran Andersen level-classic 3/9/2012 8:55:31 PM

Congrats on the EP... love the colours. #10031195

Pat Abbott 5/1/2012 8:11:05 PM

Wonderful colors and light! Congrats on your finalist! #10116879

JO ANN CLEVELAND 5/1/2012 8:22:43 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Nikki!

jo ann c. #10116960

Maria Coulson 5/2/2012 12:09:25 AM

Nikki, you planned it well. Congratulations and good luck. #10117412

Stefania Barbier level-classic 5/2/2012 12:10:41 AM

congratulations on another wonderful finalist, Nikki!!! #10117416

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 5/2/2012 5:59:40 AM

Congratulations on another wonderful finalist Nikki. #10118159

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 5/2/2012 7:36:24 AM

Great presentation, Nikki. Huge CONGRATZ to both your Finalists, expect to see this again!!!

UB. #10118550

Michelle L. Frick 5/2/2012 8:31:54 AM

Beautiful composition and light Nikki! Congratulations! #10118766

Dominick M. Dimacale level-classic 5/2/2012 9:44:51 AM

Congratulations Nikki!

Dominick #10118963

Michele Peterson level-classic 5/2/2012 10:26:56 AM

Congratulations, Nikki! So happy to see this get a finalist!! #10119042

Mitch Spence level-classic 5/2/2012 10:38:40 AM

Nikki, this is a beautiful still life with great appeal. Congratulations. #10119079

Val Feldman level-classic 5/2/2012 11:05:24 AM

"It's always about the light"...and this is a textbook example of doing it right...along with beautiful bursts of crisp color and detail. Much carefully executed and well-thought out work here, Nikki - you are a perfectionist! Congratulations! Hope we see it again! #10119116

Lucy Abrao level-classic 5/2/2012 11:53:30 AM

Congratulations, Nikki. I am so glad to see this made the finalist...best to you at the next level.
Lucy #10119207

Julianne Bradford level-classic 5/2/2012 12:33:57 PM

A huge congratulations on this terrific finalist Nikki! #10119267

Lydia Williams level-classic 5/2/2012 1:44:31 PM

Congratulations on your awesome finalists, Nikki...Way to go! Well done! #10119384

Susan M. Campbell level-classic 5/2/2012 2:34:36 PM

So nicely executed. A beautiful shot. Congrats!! #10119482

Patti Coblentz level-classic 5/2/2012 4:01:04 PM

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist, Nikki!! #10119589

Neal D. Hatcher level-classic 5/2/2012 5:43:43 PM


Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 5/2/2012 8:03:37 PM

congrats Nikki! #10120109

Carol L. Fowler 5/2/2012 8:21:17 PM

Congrats!!! #10120160

Rona L. Schwarz 5/2/2012 8:29:00 PM

How nice to see this one again, Nikki! Val is certainly right about you being a perfectionist - and it really pays off! Superb still life composition with marvelous light. Many congratulations on this well-deserved Finalist and good luck in the next round! #10120175

Kim Andelkovic level-classic 5/3/2012 2:43:12 AM

Congrats Nikki :-) #10120387

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 5/3/2012 3:54:56 PM

Congratulations NiK

Fabulous still life!
The details are nice a crisp!!! ;0) #10121454

Carol Eade level-classic 5/3/2012 5:39:42 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Nikki. #10121584

Jayne Martin level-classic 5/4/2012 12:38:57 AM

Finally!!!!! Nikki, I love this! Congrats on both your finalists!! Well deserved! #10121945

Jayne Martin level-classic 5/4/2012 12:41:51 AM

Sorry -- Nikki. This MUST be a win!! Just realized they haven't announced it yet! Congrats on finalists and winner... (Keeping fingers crossed)! #10121946

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 5/4/2012 8:13:54 PM

Congrats om this wonderful gold medal win Nikki. #10123442

Jean E. Hildebrant level-classic 5/4/2012 8:18:47 PM

Congrats to you, Nikki! Beautiful colors and great title too :D

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 5/4/2012 8:23:03 PM

Congratulations for the Win, Nikki - it was neat to watch the bits of tweaking that brought you to the final perfect version. It's one of my new favorites of yours. #10123479

Nikki McDonald level-classic 5/4/2012 8:26:35 PM

Thanks, everyone. And you're right, Kathy - the tweaking suggested by our friends in the FFFP Club here at BP can certainly take some credit for this win. Love those extra eyes!! #10123493

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 5/4/2012 8:31:46 PM

Congratulations, Nikki, great Gold.. :-) #10123504

Graham Robards level-classic 5/4/2012 8:39:13 PM

Congratulations Nikki!

Pat #10123524

Ann Coates level-classic 5/4/2012 8:39:39 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful Gold. #10123526

Memoriee G. Sconce 5/4/2012 9:27:34 PM

Congrats on this one. Beautiful tones and details.
Memoriee #10123570

Val Feldman level-classic 5/4/2012 10:27:13 PM

So happy to see this excellent capture with Gold attached. Congratulations, Nikki! #10123635

Stefania Barbier level-classic 5/4/2012 10:44:18 PM

It;s a beauty Nikki, congratulations! #10123652

Evy Johansen level-classic 5/4/2012 11:08:43 PM

Love it!! Simply beautiful, Nikki! Big congratulations on your win! #10123713

Katarina Mansson 5/4/2012 11:15:01 PM

Perfection, creativity and beauty - congratulations on your excellent winner Nikki! #10123730

Maria Coulson 5/4/2012 11:15:07 PM

WTG Nikki, huge congratulations!! #10123731

Mariann Kovats level-classic 5/5/2012 12:18:24 AM

Congrats Nikki on your fantastic winner! #10123813

Renee Doyle level-classic 5/5/2012 1:05:42 AM

Congratulations on this excellent winner Nikki!! #10123847

Mary K. Robison level-classic 5/5/2012 1:21:10 AM

So clever and creative, Nikki.
Congratulations on your well earned Gold Winner!

Inge Linden level-classic 5/5/2012 2:04:30 AM

Big congratulations on your win! #10123877

Dr Silly level-classic 5/5/2012 3:10:05 AM

Congratulations Nikki on your Gold. :O)

Christopher Budny level-classic 5/5/2012 4:58:48 AM

SO glad to see this get recognized; congratulations, Nikki!! #10124051

Leslie McLain level-classic 5/5/2012 5:22:21 AM

Congrats on a beautiful winner, Nikki. #10124099

Terry Cervi level-classic 5/5/2012 6:32:02 AM

Congrats on your beautiful win, Nikki! #10124215

Monnie Ryan 5/5/2012 6:53:02 AM

Congratulations on your win, Nikki - this is just outstanding! #10124277

Phyllis H. Burchett 5/5/2012 7:11:25 AM

Congrats Nikki on this fabulous winner! #10124361

Patti Coblentz level-classic 5/5/2012 7:14:12 AM

Congratulations on your superb winner, Nikki!!! #10124374

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 5/5/2012 8:16:48 AM

Congratulations on your well deserved second place GOLD!!!
I love the contrasting colors, and the crispness of this image!!! #10124498

Lindley Johnson level-classic 5/5/2012 9:18:33 AM

Simply beautiful still life, Nikki! Congratulations on your excellent winner. #10124663

Peggy Pfister level-classic 5/5/2012 9:23:33 AM

Beautiful, Nikki! Love the subtle reflections. Congrats on the win!! #10124684

Michele Peterson level-classic 5/5/2012 9:24:50 AM

Nikki, I am so glad for you that this got a gold win!! I love it! :-) Big congratulations!! #10124688

David Phalen level-classic 5/5/2012 9:32:05 AM

BIG Congrats on a fabulous Winner!! #10124707

Lydia Williams level-classic 5/5/2012 9:40:30 AM

Congratulations, Nikki! Magnificent! #10124721

Carol Quina level-classic 5/5/2012 10:26:37 AM

Congratulations Nikki on this wonderul WINNER! Don't you love it when a plan comes together! #10124805

Karen Celella level-classic 5/5/2012 10:59:11 AM

Oh, I'm so thrilled to see this with the gold, Nikki! Congratulations! #10124857

Carla Capra level-classic 5/5/2012 11:19:44 AM

Great image, Congratulations. #10124920

Ellen Hodges level-classic 5/5/2012 11:30:18 AM

Huge congrats on a gorgeous winner, Nikki!! #10124936

Rona L. Schwarz 5/5/2012 3:23:54 PM

WTG, Nikki! I, too, am just thrilled to see this bit of green with GOLD! Wonderful winner - CONGRATULATIONS! #10125191

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 5/5/2012 6:11:25 PM

WTG on this fantastic winner, Nikki! :-) k #10125348

Neal D. Hatcher level-classic 5/5/2012 6:23:54 PM

Congratulations on your Gold #10125368

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic 5/5/2012 7:47:47 PM

Wow Nikki...this is beautiful. Congrats on your win! #10125474

Susan K. Snow level-classic 5/6/2012 4:59:44 AM

Nikki, this is beautiful. It looks like you painted with light, in actual time and in Photoshop. And, of course, your composition, sharpness and clarity, colors and tonality are right on.

This is job well done and worthy of your gold medal win. #10125800

Carol Eade level-classic 5/6/2012 7:17:36 AM

Beautiful winner, Nikki, congratulations! #10125944

Mitch Spence level-classic 5/6/2012 10:48:31 AM

The concept is so nice, Nikki. And you got it absolutely right in all regards. Congratulations. #10126233

Theresa Marie Jones level-classic 5/6/2012 12:43:21 PM

A+ Great job! Congratulations! #10126329

Mike Clime level-classic 5/6/2012 1:06:46 PM

Congratulations on your winner, Nikki! #10126384

Ken Smith level-classic 5/6/2012 6:17:57 PM

Excellent, Nikki...glad to see this bring home the gold for you. Congrats to you!! #10126821

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 5/6/2012 10:47:40 PM

So happy to see this with a gold badge, Nikki ;)

UB. #10127041

Dayna Cain level-classic 5/7/2012 12:34:18 PM

I agree with Usman, I am so happy to see this with the gold! Congrats Nikki! #10127847

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 5/7/2012 5:44:11 PM


Congratulations on your Outstanding Win NiK!! #10128174

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 5/7/2012 10:28:55 PM

Beautiful still life...congratulations on your Win!! #10128601

JO ANN CLEVELAND 5/8/2012 1:40:32 PM

Ohhhh! I loved this, finalist AND NOW the GOLD! So well deserved Nikki!

jo ann c, #10129602

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic 5/10/2012 2:33:08 PM

The lighting is perfect, Nikki. Huge congrats on this superb winner. #10132686

Merna L. Nobile 5/11/2012 3:06:51 PM

Well here we are, through thick and thin. It is a joy to be able to be supportive and to congratulate each other for another month of magnificent photographs during May, 2012. I send all of you my very best, Merna Nobile

David M. Montero 5/12/2012 5:08:11 PM

Congratulations on scoring gold with this splendid capture Nikki! #10135018

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One of two apple images you will see from me this month -- the other has many green apples and a single red plus some other surprises. Did two shoots, Tuesday and Wednesday, and edited some each day plus a bit yesterday and this morning -- all to get a total of four images. Today I'm making apple cake and apple sauce.
Category: Monthly Theme (Green with Envy)

Exif: F Number: 16, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 401606/1000000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100,100, FocalLength: 70.00 mm, Model: DSLR-A350

Uploaded on 3/2/2012 10:49:16 AM

BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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