One BAD Apple

© Mary-Ella Bowles

One BAD Apple

Colette M. Metcalf Student 9/23/2003 7:53:04 AM

Cool image, Mary-Ella!! #61269

Brinn MacDougall 9/23/2003 8:05:06 AM

Nice one, Mary-Ella! That's one good looking "bad" apple... #209431

Patricia A. Kuniega 9/23/2003 8:22:23 AM

There's a show-off in every bunch! A very creative shot. Great job Mary-Ella! #209441

Leanne M.E. Boyd 9/23/2003 8:30:46 AM

Very creative and artisically put together shot, Mary-Ella!!! Excellent image!!! #209454

Roseann E. Dreasher 9/23/2003 9:01:43 AM

How fun! I love your lighting and composition..and that gold filigree apple is a nice touch! #209505

Charlene Bayerle 9/23/2003 9:13:07 AM

This is wonderful and so creative Mary-Ella!! Great job. #209525

Mary-Ella Bowles 9/23/2003 9:14:36 AM

Thanks all! I had fun with this one. The gold apple is one of my many "finds" at the local thrift stores. I'm always on the lookout for props for my photography, or stuff I can use in my mixed media art. Those stores can be dangerous!

Here's a question if anyone is reading this - at another site I just had someone comment that the apples looked soft focus - not crisp enough. I used a tripod and everything, and thought they were fine (maybe time to get my eyes checked? Opinions? #209529

K J. B 9/23/2003 9:27:00 AM

Very clever idea......great! #209548

Claudia Kuhn 9/23/2003 9:28:20 AM

I really like this Mary-Ella, the lighting and compositions are great.

I think that the apples are rounded that the parts that curve away just don't have as crisp an edge as something flat. Maybe the lighting also makes the edges look a bit softer, from the shadowing on the bottom part. Sometimes on other sites it seems that some are a bit overcritical! #209549

Darren Alexander 9/23/2003 9:33:32 AM

I know which one I *wouldn't * eat! :-)

Neat shot! #209557

Ellen Peach 9/23/2003 9:42:43 AM

Wonderful creativity, Mary-Ella....great shot! #209566

Murry Grigsby 9/23/2003 10:31:16 AM

Great imagination and execution,Mary-Ella. At 750x500 it's impossible to tell if anything is sharp or soft IMO. Did you lock the mirror-up and use a cable release (or self timer). Sometimes even on a tripod at certain shutter speeds you can get a bit of movement when the mirror slaps up--just a thought. Still an excellent image!! #209615

Judith G. Secco 9/23/2003 10:34:51 AM

No complaints here! Looks perfect to me. I love this!
Judy #209620

Theresa McCloskey 9/23/2003 10:50:57 AM

wonderful - very creative :-) #209646

Karen Engelbreth 9/23/2003 12:30:36 PM

This is wonderful and so creative Mary-Ella!! #209694

Kathleen Clemons 9/23/2003 12:59:05 PM

This is sooo creative, Mary-Ella! I just love the way your mind works! #209706

Sharon D. Waters 9/23/2003 3:02:40 PM

Very impressive!!! #209760

Barbara K. 9/23/2003 7:18:03 PM

How original and unique! Superb work here Mary Ella. #209918

Darren K. Fisher 9/23/2003 7:41:23 PM

Very creative and one outstanding image. #209932

Mary-Ella Bowles 9/23/2003 7:53:51 PM

Thanks everyone!! I truly appreciate your kind words and support. :-))))) #209942

Evy Johansen 9/23/2003 9:38:42 PM

WOW.... Mary-Ella! What a wonderful and creative idea!!! Great image!! #209999

Gabriela Cunha 9/24/2003 8:04:57 AM

GREAT!
:) gy #210378

Greg McCroskery 9/25/2003 5:58:26 AM

Mary Ella,
Great concept and excellent photo -- 'tack sharp'! The 'softness' issue has to do with a slight halo effect along the apple edges created by the high key background -- a common problem in portrait photography. Two possible solutions are to move the subjects further away from the background, or to place an arch shaped 'gobo' (shield) of black material over the subjects, but out of the frame. This dark material acts as subtractive lighting device for the subjects, but does not effect the background -- commercial photographers use this technique.
God Bless,
Greg #211187

Darren K. Fisher 9/26/2003 10:58:55 AM

Hey Mary Ella, about the softness of the image, I do not think it is the original image, im thinking if you had sharpened the image just a tad more it would have made it a bit more crisp, or it could be from the upload. #212684

Marjorie Y. 9/28/2003 7:10:19 PM

I don't see a problem with the clarity...you have a great vision with still life. It must have taken a while to find those perfect apples :) #215091

Louison Rousseau 9/30/2003 11:38:12 AM

What a wonderful set-up, Mary-Ella! To my eyes, the apples do seem a little soft, especially the "bad" one, but it's rather minor. The composition, lighting, set-up and colors more than make up for it. #217050

Kathleen Clemons 10/17/2003 2:59:35 AM

Another great month for you, Mary-Ella! Big congrats to you! #234730

Claudia Kuhn 10/17/2003 4:05:35 AM

Congratulations Mary-Ella!! #234886

Karen Engelbreth 10/17/2003 4:38:16 AM

congratulations Mary-Ella!! #234946

Colette M. Metcalf 10/17/2003 5:18:38 AM

Congrats, Mary-Ella!!! #235030

Darren K. Fisher 10/17/2003 6:13:23 AM

Way to go Mayr-Ella!!! #235170

Ed Isaacs 10/17/2003 6:21:20 AM

Congratulations, Mary-Ella. #235193

Murry Grigsby 10/17/2003 6:31:38 AM

Congrats on your creative finalist, Mary-Ella!! #235234

Sharon E. Lowe 10/17/2003 9:28:47 AM

Congrats and Good luck, Mary-Ella! Very creative! #235802

Darren Alexander 10/17/2003 9:46:20 AM

You go, girl! :-) #235852

Tim Chong 10/17/2003 11:40:47 AM

Congrats. I bet you a dozen apples that this will go into the next round. ;) #236049

Evy Johansen 10/17/2003 2:49:14 PM

Many congratulations and good luck with this great image, Mary-Ella! #236379

Gabriela Cunha 10/17/2003 4:34:09 PM

CONGRATS, Mary-Ella!
:) gy #236525

Doug Benner 10/17/2003 5:29:02 PM

Great job, Mary-Ella. This is a unique and elegant composition. #236631

Dan S. Coquia 10/17/2003 11:32:38 PM

Congratulations, Mary-Ella! #236943

Judith G. Secco 10/18/2003 2:13:28 PM

Congratulations on this very creative image.
Judy #237851

Susana Matos 10/19/2003 12:31:09 AM

Congrats and good luck,
Cheers from POrtugal, Su #238326

Andrew Biggs 10/27/2003 8:20:33 PM

I really love this shot. I love the off center of the "bad apple." It leaves us to puzzle (as if unknown) which of the apples is the bad one. #247587

Piper Lehman 11/10/2003 7:18:54 AM

Collette,
I just now saw this for the first time. What a great shot!

I disagree with the soft edge comment. This is perfect the way it is. If you got rid of the shadow areas, you would lose the depth and dimension of the apples against the white background. Nice lighting job! This isn't easy to do with all the potential reflection problems. Great work! #262974

Piper Lehman 11/10/2003 7:22:34 AM

OOPS! Sorry Mary Ella. I just scrolled up to get your name, and I saw Collette's on the left there. Sorry guys! #262980

Steve A. Stephens 12/16/2003 7:30:46 PM

Mary, Your shooting in digital on a canon camera..I have used canon for a number of yrs and the one thing I found out about canon is that their digital cameras are not tack sharp..you may have to go into photo shop and sharpen the shot up...I was at work for Boeing and we got Canon D60's...all of the shots required the shots to be sharpened...that is my guess...it's good...good lighting, comp..etc...but the digitals aren't tack sharp and it has something to do with the CCD they are using... #296717

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