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New York Cheesecake With Fresh Raspberries
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Challenge: Desserts (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Date: Jul 15, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jul 16, 2012

Thanks everyone for all the great votes and comments. I'm really happy this did so well.

I'm not very good at doing studio shots so this one was definitely a challenge for me. I don't have studio lights and my hot shoe and pop up flash on my camera are broken so I had to rely on natural light.

My friend let me use this beautiful serving set which was handed down to him from his grandmother. The set up was taken on the dining room table next to a window. I'm also holding a shiny automobile sunscreen on the left side as a reflector.

I tried a few different compositions but liked this one the best. I also tried cropping it tighter but the shot seemed too crowded and lost much of that open, airiness that I liked. I wanted the shot to be more about an inviting dessert setting, rather than a single piece of cheesecake. The one thing I realized later was I forgot to include utensils, thankfully it didn't seem to bother anyone.

As for the cheesecake, I'm proud that I made it myself (and pretty much ate it myself, too.) :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 51
Avg (all users): 7.0917
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 6.9677
Avg (non-participants): 7.1348
Views since voting: 2296
Views during voting: 271
Votes: 120
Comments: 48
Favorites: 2 (view)


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07/27/2012 11:35:07 PM
Congrats man... nicely done :)
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07/27/2012 11:57:24 AM
Add baker to your resume. Looks divine. Congrats on the blue
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07/26/2012 09:53:42 PM
So so SOOOOOOOOO amazing! Congratulations!!!!!!
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07/26/2012 07:19:09 PM
mouthwatering beautiful. Congratulations on blue. :)
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07/26/2012 03:05:41 PM
Congrats on blue! I still think it looks like a perfect way to spend an afternoon... before having to spend the evening jogging. ;)
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07/25/2012 09:58:46 PM
Congrats on the well deserved blue! You've got to be a professional baker -- that cheesecake is perfect.
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07/25/2012 09:09:45 PM
Originally posted by Debbi:

How about sharing that recipe?


:)

For those interested, here's the recipe I followed. It was pretty easy to make actually. One step that's not in this recipe is when the baking is done, turn off the stove and leave the cheesecake in there for 4-5 hours, making sure to not open the oven door during the entire baking and cooling down process. Then refrigerate the cake overnight. Letting it cool down slowly will prevent the cheesecake from cracking. Enjoy :)

Message edited by author 2012-07-26 04:38:35.
07/25/2012 08:56:51 PM
How about sharing that recipe?
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07/25/2012 08:29:22 PM
..."ate it myself too" lol....great shot!
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07/25/2012 02:12:39 PM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

NEW YORK Cheesecake in Hawaii? C'mon, man! 'Grats on blue :-)


Hah
Well, recipe is courtesy of Carnegie Deli so it's as close as I can get.
07/25/2012 12:54:47 PM
NEW YORK Cheesecake in Hawaii? C'mon, man! 'Grats on blue :-)
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07/25/2012 11:47:17 AM
Congrats on a much deserved win. Now can I get the recipe so I can enjoy this? XD
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07/25/2012 11:32:39 AM
This just bites! Considering I love cheesecake and raspberries - two of my favorites. Great image & congrats on the blue!
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07/25/2012 10:52:42 AM
Congratulations on the image and the ribbon.
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07/25/2012 10:52:06 AM
Congrats with the home made cheesecake (and the blue ribbon)! Great composition with wonderful light. Nice choice of the serving and the table cloth.
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07/25/2012 09:56:51 AM
We both loved cheesecake! Nice job and congrats on the BLUE
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07/25/2012 09:04:05 AM
Wonderful!
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07/25/2012 08:22:51 AM
Congrats on the blue; well deserved. I now know why it appealled to me so much - I always love natural light and use it most of the time and with the same lens. And, the cheesecake is gorgeous; thought it was store bought.
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07/25/2012 08:09:33 AM
You mean cheesecake isn't a finger food??

Congrats on the blue!! And it is a gorgeous, gorgeous serving set! (I want the raspberries!!!)
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07/25/2012 04:55:30 AM
Really nice job bring out the textures of the cheesecake. Well done and grats on the blue.
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07/25/2012 01:58:29 AM
Yum!!
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07/25/2012 12:55:32 AM
the correct choice for blue. congrats!
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07/25/2012 12:09:49 AM
It's interesting to me... to find this here (DON'T GET ME WRONG! I'm self-evaluating)

Every time I view this, I find myself scrolling down ... unconsciously cropping off the top part... and wishing the left were cropped to compliment.

It seems ... "too big" for the subject... the composition, I mean.

I've studied it several times.

I congratulate you on your ribbon (wholeheartedly), but I'm trying to figure it out... I think I'm crazy.

Do you agree? Oh wait! Please... don't answer that.

I do love it that you ribboned... I just wonder about... me.

*sigh*

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07/25/2012 12:01:51 AM
Haha, Mark your good at food photography as well, very well done, and congrats on the bluey~
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2012 11:47:21 PM
MMMM mmmm, lovely comp. Bumping up!
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07/24/2012 09:17:27 PM
Good shot, but let me ask, who needs a plate?
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07/24/2012 08:30:58 PM
Beautifully photographed; dof if perfect as well as the light.
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07/24/2012 09:52:00 AM
Excellent. This is perfectly acceptable product-style photography, with a twist of vintage beauty.
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07/23/2012 04:29:20 PM
Nice lighting, focus and color balance. In judging this challenge I don't ask "Does this photo make me want to eat this?" -- I ask "Would I want to hang this on my wall?" This is good technically and might be a good photo for a foodie magazine, but it isn't that exciting for an artistic photo. I feel there are too many elements in the photograph (cheesecake and more cheesecake, a cup and another cup) and the background elements demand too much attention.
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07/23/2012 01:32:04 PM
Great use of the textures in the table cloth, raspberries, mint, dishes, and cheesecake. Well-lit, great exposure, and very pretty. I would have liked to see a much closer crop and a less static angle though. I really only look at about 30% of this image, dead center, bottom half.
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07/22/2012 05:34:55 PM
Mmmm...cheesecake!9
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07/22/2012 07:50:58 AM
Well presented and beautiful photographed!
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07/22/2012 03:54:29 AM
Lovely colours and composition.
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07/21/2012 06:41:25 PM
Nice setting, great use of DOF, makes me hungry....8
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07/21/2012 11:18:01 AM
Beautiful photograph! loved it!
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07/20/2012 07:08:16 PM
My favourite photo and my favourite dessert! Coincidence?
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07/20/2012 02:33:52 PM
Just perfect
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07/20/2012 08:27:28 AM
I love the lighting in this, it screams afternoon tea (coffee), maybe with a window open to let in a Summer breeze, listen to the birds, enjoy a quiet moment... and those raspberries look so nice and fresh, if I could reach down and snag one I would!
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07/20/2012 06:42:36 AM
This is a tough challenge to vote. I'm torn between "what are you trying to do here" and "what do I expect here". Further complicating matters is the question "what would I do here".

What I would expect would be a technically strong piece of eye-candy that would present the dessert in a way that I would want to at least sample it, if not order it. Along these lines I'm looking at technicals: backgrounds, distracting elements, exposure, sharpness. I'm also looking for creativity, imagination, and originality, which can make up for less than perfect technicals.

So, where does this leave me with your image?

Excellent work! Not only perfect on the technicals, it makes me want to sit down and ask for a fork. The rich detail, the composition - I can't say enough. I really love how light and airy this feels.
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07/19/2012 07:17:01 PM
I like the setup here the china compliments the texture of the dessert nicely and the use of rasberries and mint leaves adds just enough additional color to keep it from being to yellow. The positioning of the various elements here creates a nicely balanced shot all around.
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07/19/2012 03:57:17 PM
Awesome! So very elegant!
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07/19/2012 01:42:34 PM
this just invites me to sit down and enjoy - 10
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07/18/2012 11:39:30 PM
wicked nice use of pattern, love the doily, love the china pattern, the the super sharpness of the cake bringing up the texture and the bokeh style focal drop-off. can i have a piece of this 10
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07/18/2012 02:59:32 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

Lighting is excellent on this composition. The set-up of elements is light, bright, and airy making the dessert look inviting and tasty to eat. Details in the desserts and all the other afternoon teatime is what makes this an appealing image to both drink in and have a bite. Well done, I have no suggestion on how this image could be improved.
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07/18/2012 09:13:07 AM
Looks delicious... Very good image.
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07/18/2012 08:15:17 AM
Beautiful setup for the entire dessert experience.
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07/18/2012 01:17:04 AM
super
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07/18/2012 12:12:32 AM
LOVELY DOF!


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