Sabrina Ryan level-classic 9/27/2012 6:06:41 AM

Wonderful color, composition and detail, Michelle! Yum #1488795

Bojan Bencic level-classic 9/27/2012 7:36:26 AM

Fantastic photo, Michelle. Great light and textures. #10343494

Tiia Vissak level-classic 9/27/2012 8:06:03 AM

a cool still life! #10343518

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 9/27/2012 8:39:52 AM

SUCH a beautiful full frame image, Michelle. I've never tasted an artichoke that I liked. Maybe you would like to share your recipe?? #10343565

Kathy Reeves level-classic 9/27/2012 9:48:21 AM

Love this one, Michelle. Full frame and the texture and color are excellent! #10343624

Mike Clime level-classic 9/27/2012 11:15:10 AM

Excellent capture, comp and details! Don't think I've ever had them. #10343674

Anita Hogue level-classic 9/27/2012 1:24:07 PM

Yum for me too! Love your composition! #10343850

Barbara Waldoch level-classic 9/27/2012 4:01:48 PM

They look great, Michelle! #10344054

Tammy Espino 9/27/2012 4:16:23 PM

I'll take some with spinich in a dip form!! :) Great capture!! #10344079

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 9/27/2012 5:43:07 PM

Great textures and color Michelle #10344184

Ann Coates level-classic 9/27/2012 8:58:33 PM

I have never tried an artichoke before. They look interesting. This is a fantastic shot with a lovely frame. #10344312

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 9/27/2012 10:19:39 PM

Beautiful comp and edits, Michelle!! Only recently discovered that the stem is edible too...mayo, Ranch dressing, garlic butter or plain, I love them all!! #10344337

Mary K. Robison level-classic 9/28/2012 12:54:17 AM

This is a work of art, Michelle. Lovely light, composition, and framing. #10344420

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 9/28/2012 4:19:44 AM

What a beautiful image! Any homage to Half Moon Bay has to be a great one! #10344556

PATRICIA A. CASEY level-classic 9/28/2012 7:14:33 AM

Yummmmmy! Love them too Michelle....This is a beautiful I wish we had a market with these in them....guess we'll have to wait until next year - Frozen are never the same! Maybe from California?!? hmmmmmm gotta go shopping bye for now! #10344809

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 9/28/2012 8:35:28 AM

I love the slight changes in the colors, so slight, yet gives beautiful color balance to the picture. The details and finish used along with that bold frame make the look so special. A creative presentation, beautifully done my friend. #10344926

Emile Abbott level-classic 9/28/2012 1:22:33 PM

Had some for breakfast this AM but had to come from a jar! Looks yummy Michelle. #10345225

Nina Shields level-classic 9/28/2012 2:03:41 PM

Michelle, wonderful frame filling image, rich in detailing and tone; well done! #10345288

Jeffrey R. Bange level-classic 9/28/2012 7:25:15 PM

Great still life Michelle, brings back a lot of fond memories of my mother who absolutely loved artichokes. #10345658

Nadia Paul level-classic 9/28/2012 10:10:48 PM

Beautiful comp, colour and details Michelle - they do look yummy! #10345817

Kathy Salerni level-classic 9/30/2012 11:14:16 AM

Love your comp, color and details, Michelle! I love them stuffed with Italian breadcrumbs and grated cheese with some EVOO drizzled on top! #10347597

Christopher Budny level-classic 10/1/2012 5:02:25 AM

That is a mouth-watering image, Michelle! #10348611

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic 10/28/2012 9:28:50 PM

Wonderful full frame image Michelle. Love the variety in the composition. Congrats on this finalist image and good luck in the next round. #10388854

Deborah C. Lewinson level-classic 10/28/2012 10:36:11 PM

Well designed and enticing image, Michelle!

Congrats on your finalist!
Debby #10388958

Joannie M. Bertucci level-classic 10/29/2012 12:04:42 AM

Michelle, congrats on your "veggie" finalist! :-) #10389119

Cindy Bendush level-classic 10/29/2012 12:43:30 AM

Congratulations on your finalist Michelle! #10389199

Connie J. Bagot level-classic 10/29/2012 3:25:57 AM

Congratulations Michelle---beautiful finalist! #10389409

Nadia Paul level-classic 10/29/2012 3:56:58 AM

Congrats on your wonderful finalist Michelle! #10389477

Marilyn Cornwell level-classic 10/29/2012 4:11:58 AM

Congratulations on this wonderful Finalist! A fabulous image, Michelle! #10389532

John Rivera level-classic 10/29/2012 5:34:31 AM

Congratulations Michelle on this great finalist! #10389773

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 10/29/2012 5:51:00 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle. Good luck in the next round. #10389833

Ellen Hodges level-classic 10/29/2012 6:31:34 AM

Huge congrats and very best luck, Michelle!! Fantastic finalist!!! #10389999

frank w. degenhardt level-classic 10/29/2012 7:04:36 AM

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist my friend. #10390126

Mitch Spence level-classic 10/29/2012 8:27:36 AM

Been a long time since I've eaten one of these, but you make my mouth water for one here, Michelle. Congratulations on the finalist. #10390431

Phyllis Burchett level-classic 10/29/2012 8:53:02 AM

Wonderful Michelle, congrats! #10390599

Val Feldman level-classic 10/29/2012 9:44:25 AM

I love 'em, too and coincidentally, first learned how much I did in a restaurant in SF (altho, Half Moon Bay would've been even nicer!) Excellent presentation of these little beauties just waiting for garlic and butter! Congrats on an outstanding (and delicious looking) Finalist! #10390842

Steve D. Hinkle level-classic 10/29/2012 10:19:41 AM

Hi Michelle - a big congrats! on your finalist award, well deserved, wishing you the best!
Steve #10391012

Nancy L. Green level-classic 10/29/2012 10:49:10 AM

CONGRATULATIONS Michelle on your wonderful finalist!!! <>< #10391151

PATRICIA A. CASEY level-classic 10/29/2012 11:10:53 AM

Congratulations on Finalist for this Yummy image Michelle....all the very best in the next round....then we can all sit around and eat these wonderful goodies! Cheers #10391235

Carol L. Fowler level-classic 10/29/2012 11:58:50 AM

Congrats! Beautiful Finalist! #10391553

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 10/29/2012 12:20:10 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Michelle!

jo ann c. #10391667

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 10/29/2012 1:34:40 PM

Love the comp, and thee subject. Yes they are yummy! Congratulations on your Finalist Michelle! #10392007

Emile Abbott level-classic 10/29/2012 1:40:46 PM

Congratulations again Michelle on another great finalist. #10392039

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic 10/29/2012 2:35:40 PM

on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #10392287

Douglas Perry level-classic 10/29/2012 2:42:33 PM

Congrats! #10392320

Laura E. Swan level-classic 10/29/2012 2:42:46 PM

We don't get good artichokes up here where I am. They are shipped too far and for too long. The leaves are loose, not tight as they should be...I tried to make them a few weeks ago. They never did boil to soft. :( I used to steam them in California with good results. I just can't remember for how long, and if they can toughen if over steamed....? :D

These look delicious and so do the asparagus! :P

-Laura :D #10392321

Lydia Williams level-classic 10/29/2012 4:36:21 PM

Fantastic finalist, Michelle. Congratulations on your finalist award! #10392757

Carla Capra level-classic 10/29/2012 4:55:53 PM

Just lov'n this one.
Congrats. #10392867

Tammy Espino 10/29/2012 4:57:38 PM

Congrats again, Michelle! #10392876

Jeffrey R. Bange level-classic 10/29/2012 5:22:20 PM

Congratulations Michelle on your finalist photo and best of luck in the next round. #10393016

Renee Doyle level-classic 10/29/2012 7:06:38 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Michelle! #10393349

Guy D. Biechele level-classic 10/29/2012 8:32:30 PM

Beautifully composed and presented! Looks like a winner to me. Congratulations, Michelle! #10393524

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic 10/30/2012 7:31:07 AM

I'm glad to see this beauty again, Michelle. Congratulations! #10394303

Ann H. Belus level-classic 10/30/2012 8:27:05 AM

Congratulations, Michelle! Good luck in the next round! #10394392

Bogdan Paluch 10/30/2012 3:13:29 PM

Excellent! #10395435

MELODIE C. ROBERTS level-classic 10/31/2012 2:51:18 PM

Congratulations Mickey!!

A great finalist!!
I LOVE artichokes too!!! ;0) #10397848

Neal D. Hatcher level-classic 10/31/2012 4:58:51 PM


Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic 11/3/2012 4:42:09 PM

Congratulations Michelle on a fantastic finalist. #10402781

Merna L. Nobile level-classic 11/13/2012 10:34:07 AM

Receiving an award from Better Photo is just like unwrapping a gift, the thrill is always the same! It is also exciting to be able to send my personal congratulations to each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing the gold though out the galleries. Merna #10417226

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What can I say? I have loved steamed artichokes ever since someone taught me how to eat them in San Francisco about 15 years ago. Actually, it was Half Moon Bay, at a restaurant adjacent to an artichoke field. It's never been QUITE THAT GOOD since!

This was shot at a Farmers' Market in Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) Pennsylvania after the Germantown Photo Shoot last June.


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/25 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1000, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 65.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 9/27/2012 5:59:39 AM Photo Contest Finalist

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