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Pepper and Salt for Silke

Pepper and Salt for Silke
Photo Information
Copyright: Vandana Bajikar (vandana2923) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2465 W: 125 N: 5702] (22207)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-23
Categories: Food
Camera: Nikon D40X dSLR, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM, UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Century Club (more than 100 points), Silver Tulip Award, Dedications to TL members, Lens Lover's Award, My Photos >= 100 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-03 14:07
Viewed: 2556
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 154
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Treklens this is a photo .. dedicated to our active
'Silke' (The Lady of the lens)

Silke is devoted in her photo hobby, recently she had an 'up boost' in learning more in the Photo Shop skill as we very clearly can see in her work the last months.

From my own experience i can add, Silke is a warm and open person, as I had the pleasure meeting her in December 2006 together with Lucbus and JohnTulip.

So Silke here we have my 'Peppers ' for you!
Infact Silke .. it is your fantastic: Apples and pears' that inspired me to come with the peppers
Let me explain. See your photo work as food.

Sometimes the taste can be a little dull / tasteless..
Then we have to add 'Salt and Pepper.

Well Silke your food (photo work) is excellent
and if there are days that you need stronger arms,
here are my Peppers and you come up with the salt.

Thanks for being such a good promoter and friend.
Hug Vandana

Tech talk:
ISO 200
F/ 5.6
Speed 1/40 secs
Natural light from window, and used my wide angle lens to shoot this. Only from the distance of 10 inches :-)
Black cloth as BG. Refined the BG afterwards to take out the black pixlation. Curves adjustment. This is my first photo from D40X camera.

Hope you like the result.


PS: Silke, its my pleasure to share that my this photo has been published on Sigma USA Corporation booklet.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston Churchill

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ioana_tm: Hellovandana2923 5 03-14 07:42
To JohnTulip: First one.Janone 2 03-05 13:27
To boomcat: Hello Terryvandana2923 1 03-04 06:38
To Silke: I'm glad you liked itvandana2923 1 03-03 16:22
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(I hope Jonone won't mind I am first here)
Excellent photo Vandana
Perfect PP and razor sharp!
Yes I agree what you write about Silke!!
She has grown ! The next line is for you both:

Practice does not make perfect but a perfect practice makes perfect.

Compliments dear Vandana and Silke :-)


hi vandana, wonderful colors, details and dof, a really pro looking image, well done and nice notes to silke,

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2008-03-03 14:14]

Hi Vandana
I cant find superlatives enought to tell you how much I like this one. Superb composition, the light, the colors together whit a amazing sharpness makes your creation perfect. Big Big compliments and Chosen Favorite.
Regards and best wishes from

Hi Vandana,
Excellent crisp and clear colours, great framing.
Your new buddy is doing good, even like his owner!

N.B. Congratas with the choice of Sigma which chose your great picture!

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  • henkv (35)
  • [2008-03-03 14:22]

I can not say much more than WOW...

Hi Vandana,
precisly and very nice!
Great natural colours and light effect!
Modern frame and whole compo, excellent done!



an excellent dedication to Silke.. a good and effective composition with something coloured (that looks) in moviment.. as i imagine Silke's mind is.. a brillant mind(excuse my bravery Silke)!.. good PP job.. BG is made so well and it exalts the compo!! i like this kind of changes from TL members.. sometime, an occasion to be everyone more close.. thanks for sharing..
ciao Marco

Hello Vandana

A superb still life shot here, nicely angled POV with superb colour and detail. nice lighting and the framing enhances the shot perfectly

TFS regards Helen

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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2008-03-03 14:37]

Hi Vandana,

Great crisp sharp saturated with fine colors shot of...food! You sure know how to shoot and present this. Great work.

Best regards,


HI Vandana, the composition and the placement of the peppers are very well done! The colours are so vibrant against that black bg.
Very well done, sharp.
A great image.
Congrats for your new cam :)


Excellent capture.
Excellent lighting, sharpness and details.
And congratulations on the publication.

Hi Vandana,

It's a superb product photography . . it's about food . . about ingredients that presented beautifully . .
I like the composition . .
And the way you framed it . .
Well done


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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-03-03 16:03]

Dear Vandana,
Very artistic picture. Very good PP is work. The picture has wonderful colours. The black background is good. Very beautiful. Good sharp photo. TFS. Congratulations.
Be good !

Hi Vandana :)

This is a beautiful creative shot ! Excellent composition. Good choice for the black BG. Your frame is original . Well done.



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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-03-03 16:58]

So natural the colors,& no overexposure on the highlights
it really has a 3D look,quite detailed & sharp.Thanks for the notes on your set up.


Hi Vandana,
Great work! You've made me hungry, lol!! You've captured crisp images, colors and a fantastic presentation, well done!

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2008-03-03 19:50]

Hi Vandana,

John has said it...

All the best.


I think this is really very nice work Vandana.
Great composition, a very good DOF and very colorful.
Lovely job!


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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-03-03 21:58]

WOW! Excellent capture.
Excellent sharpness and details.
Very nice tribute to Silke
(I like her work!)
This is Televison advertising stuff :-)
Winks ;-)

Hi Vandana,
What a great still life study.Very colorful image.TFS.


Hi Vandana,
Nice arrangement of those things..i like the colors here..
Original light!..Ohh!!its fantastic..Beautiful!!Really...
Good shot and well framed my friend..
Excellent done!...:)


Thanks for your critique on my "Brunei Army" picture...;])

Wow, congratulations with this beautiful result, Vandana.
One of the best 'stil lives' ever seen.
Beautiful! Very well done job.!
Regards from Jan
sorry, again I,m not the first one.hahahahahahahahahaahahaah
De Laatse zullen de eerste zijn.!
Say hello to John.!

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-03-04 3:12]

Vibrant colors, great clarity and special black bg
Well done, Vandana

Beautiful compo, framing and intense colors, pleasantly contrasting with the black BG.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-03-04 4:16]
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My goodness! I simply cannot believe my eyes!
That is just the sweetest thing, my friend!!

I love the four colour combination here and the bowl is the perfect addition the the composition
Great BG, of course, and as always your exploded (out-of-bounds) frame is perfect
Thanks a million!!

Hello vandana,

i relly like the photo, excllent contrast with a great bg colors pov well done

TFS kyle

Hi Vandana,
Nice colorful shot with a very good light. I liked to see the sharpness and clarity of this shot. Your PP presentation is great, too.

Expertly captured Vandana,
the light is well managed.
Everything is lit excactly where it needs ot be,
Great black BG and presentation.
Excellent work.
- Vincent

beautiful shot of this veggies.. my fav. to cook is the red one.. stunning macro with lovely frame.. another great one, Vandana.. :)

regards, terry

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-03-04 8:01]

hi Vandana

Beautiful shot of ordinary raw food. I like the different colors of the pepper. Good capture and well presented in pp work.

TFS, bill

Hi Vandana ,
Beautifull clear shot and most of all a nice tribute to Silke who did a very good job with is food serie . Nice framing and presentation .

Hi Vandana,
Beautiful colourful composition...
Presantation is excellent. TFS.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Vandana,
Excellent idea and colours, beautiful shadows.
great gift and beautiful composition.
Well done.TFS.

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  • BenF Gold Star Critiquer [C: 261 W: 0 N: 352] (3060)
  • [2008-03-04 13:14]

Hi Vandana,
Very beautiful and colorful shot.
Fantastic framework.
Well done,

Hi Vandana
This photo is full of creativity. I love it for its sharpness, for the brightness of its colors, for its artistic border and for the note that explains everything.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-03-04 19:26]

Hello Vandana, very good composition with these colorful vegetables, well composed, great technique and perfect presentation, well done, thanks!


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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2008-03-04 19:54]

Can I have one???
Very nice Vandana - you made that in good shape and kind of artistic look.

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2008-03-04 22:15]

Hi Vandana,
Wow- how'd you do this? Wonderful color and display. LOVE IT Julie

Hi Vandana,

Excellent still life photo! The colours and lihgt are fantastic, the peppers look perfect real, also the POV is very good. Excellent presented as well. Congratulation for this one and for the other photo, published on Sigma.

Best regards,

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-03-05 1:05]

Excellent piece of work and a wonderful dedication to Silke,

well done,
ps.I'll be back with points

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-03-05 1:06]

Hi Vandana,
what a beautiful shot.Great contrast between black,red,yellow and green.Congratulations.Necla.:)later.

Hi Vandana,
A masterpiece or a Vandana Classic work.
Simple, imaginative, creative work.
Brillant colors, good sharpneess and wonderful composition
Selahattin E

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-03-05 1:44]

Hi Vandana

In Australia, these are calloed capsicums, but Americans call them red & green peppers. Good colour, sharpness & graphism. Tfs!

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-03-05 1:51]

nice colors
good capture

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-03-05 3:11]

What a lovley tribute and posting for Silke, Vandana. Silke can inspire many with her helpful teachings. Love how crisp the colour is with no over exposure and the out of frame is so perfect. Wonderful , crisp still life.

Yes indeed Vandana, it is as you said and you really spiced up the picture with all those wonderful colours - looks also great on a dinner plate mixed in with other ingredients - and wonderful textures.

A lovely dedication!


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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-03-05 3:58]

Hello Vandana,
Fantastic colours capture.
My regards jmb

Hi Vandana,
Very beautiful composition,fantastic colors,light...congratulatoion.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-03-05 5:54]

Hi Vandana...
Beautiful composition.!!!
Amazing catch, amazing effect, nice point of view...
Great natural colours and light effect!
Well done.
Best regards,

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-03-05 6:26]

Very nice gesture to dedicate to Silke.
Lovely composition very sharp.
Would make a great photo for a food magazine.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-03-05 8:04]

Merhaba myfriend Dear Vandana..
Good composition. Very well captured and pov...bravo..selamlar...

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-03-05 8:06]

Very good and sharp commercial photo!

Hi Vandana,

Excellent still life, great lighting, very sharp, creative PP work and nicely presented.
TFS,Hugs from both of us,

P.S. See you again end of March.

Hi Vandana,
Perfect compo...Wonderful colours and details.Congrats!!!
Best Wishes,

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  • starky Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 320 W: 2 N: 40] (2945)
  • [2008-03-05 11:06]

Hi Vandana.Nice composition and beautiful clean picture with wonderful colours and sharpnes.
Best regards, Bosko.

Hi Vandana, splendid colorful composition with beautiful vegetables, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, elegant presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-03-05 13:26]

Hello Vandana
This is a wonderful idea for our Lady of the Lens.... the photo is wonderful I really admire how you do the into the frame!
and I must congratulate you on your photo being published! That photo is amazing as well...


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-03-05 13:37]

Hi Vandana, nice composition, contrast of colours and light. I like the framing too.
Ciao, cinzia

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-03-05 19:54]

Congrats on the D40X
Great DOF resulted in sharp image front to back - Natural light was the perfect choice. Like the way they are falling out of the bowl.


Hi Vandana

Classic is all I can say about this beauty ;)

Thank you

Hi dear friend,
nice gift for a dear friend.
I like very much the idea and framing style.
The colors and light are great too.
My screen is a little too bright and I can see some trails
on the left side of the frame. Any PP work in there?
Best wishes,
:) soon

Hello my dear friend,

Fantastic photograph and frame! Wonderful colors! Delicious theme! Excellent gift!
Congratulations! TFS

on thursday

Hello Vandana. Excellent composition with detailed HPP of a fine craftsman. Nice color and well managed light and shadow. Well done for pleasant framing. Regards. Jusni

Hello Vandana

Hummm adore these bell peppers in everything in my lunch.
I like the red more, the other ones we here use to decorate the plates.
A beautiful shot and very clean.
Great natural colours and light effect!


Hi, vandabna!

Wooonderful composition, with perfect colours, saturation and sharpness. Excellent!


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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-03-06 23:46]

Ohh Van so nice!
Fantastic, a HalMark card!

It´s a perfect composition with a rigor at all aspects. It´s a perfect photo to a real Lady. Lady Silke.

My best regards

Hellow Vandana a super photo with your new camera. Love the colors, very well presented too! Peppers & onions an addition to a lot of my cooking. :} Don

Bonjour Vandana,
What a great composition!! wow! Belle nature morte,
et présentation, very well taken picture and great colors and sharp picture , Excellent POV. and details,
very well done.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-03-08 10:48]

Hi Vandana

Nice still life image. Good DOF, excellent sharpness and well composed. The lighting is excellent



Good morning Vandana, the ideal is really great, it works fantastic, the idea to use this way of frame and the black background.

Hi Vandana,
Nice shot,
Very detailed and nicely focused and composed,
I love the colours of the photo,
Good frame and note,

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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-03-09 10:56]

Wonderful presentation beautiful colors and WOW! They look so tasty. Love the framing. TFS

Hello Vandana,
Impressive texture in the peppers!
This is a beautiful still life, nicely arranged and captured with great details...
A well composed presentation, and the colour palette is very attractive!
Pablo -

Hi Vandana,

Great shot,the colours are really amazing and the PP is top class.


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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-04-12 12:58]

The picture has wonderful colours. The black background is good. Beautiful sharp photo. TFS.

I guess this photo is about as near to perfect as I have ever seen and definately dedicated to a sweetheart of a lady! Really nice rich colors!! Superb in everyway Vandana!
B-) B-)

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