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Chocolate Tuxedo Cake
Chocolate Tuxedo Cake
vawendy


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Challenge: Desserts (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2012 Challenge shots
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Jul 17, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2012

I have a tendency to just take closeups of things, so I wanted to try to at least change it up a little.

I really like shots where the subject is on the edge of the frame and partially cut off, but I never think of doing it. So that was my first goal.

I also like negative space, and rarely do that, so that was my second goal.

But just the dessert and the negative space just didn't feel right on this one. So I brought in the fork!

It was a lot more difficult that I expected. I tried the fork in many different places and different angles, and this was actually the only one that felt right. Turning the fork upside down seemed to make it flow better.

What a fun challenge! What an incredible amount of comments! I'm sorry to see this one come to an end.

Thanks, everyone!!

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 51
Avg (all users): 6.8067
Avg (commenters): 7.6087
Avg (participants): 6.4000
Avg (non-participants): 6.9438
Views since voting: 1728
Views during voting: 281
Votes: 119
Comments: 29
Favorites: 0


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07/27/2012 12:02:13 PM
Yummmmmm. Congrats on the HM, Wendy
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07/25/2012 12:57:12 PM
I like this a lot Wendy. Seems more human to me than some of the others. Congrats on the HM!
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07/25/2012 10:57:30 AM
Congrats,I told you it was the perfect crop.
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07/25/2012 09:57:50 AM
Delicious! Congrats on the HM
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07/25/2012 06:39:07 AM
Looks dangerously delicious. Congrats on another great finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2012 11:41:50 PM
Delectable dessert, lovely shot.
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07/24/2012 09:34:44 PM
You know how to position that fork.
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07/24/2012 08:31:28 PM
Nicely done; love the high key.
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07/24/2012 01:55:04 PM
Interesting. You have competing subject in this photo, but it somehow works well.
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07/24/2012 09:49:27 AM
Excellent.
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07/23/2012 04:28:45 PM
This is a very good entry. I love how the fork leads the eye into the dessert and the color of the plate is only slightly darker than the background so as not to distract from the main subject. The cropping choice is excellent and the little extra space at the top gives room for the converging lines of the rolls to lead away.
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07/23/2012 11:53:11 AM
my top pick for the challenge with a 9, i think its wendy's judging by the fork and the style, id like just a little more contrast between the plate and the background and the top white layer and the yellower sponge above it. nice composition although the fork steals a lot of the cakes thunder....
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07/22/2012 08:51:30 AM
Not sure the right hand side should have been cropped off.
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07/22/2012 07:40:25 AM
Nice work with the light. The cake and chocolate looks great!
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07/21/2012 10:04:22 PM
i like the dessert, and the gloss. its a bit bright on my screen though.
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07/21/2012 11:17:22 AM
Wow! great photograph!
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07/21/2012 02:18:05 AM
Lovely image! Something is missing for me so, bot sure what it is. The plate is too washed out in my opinion, but still wonderful image! 8
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07/20/2012 07:09:08 PM
Yum!! I like the composition too.
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07/20/2012 05:00:31 PM
Very well done, 9. Missed perfection by just a little detail: the fork 's end is just a tad too much out of focus
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07/20/2012 11:49:53 AM
This might be my favorite. I love the cropping, the focus, and the balance. I *might* like to see more color, but then again, it seems to be holding its own just fine.
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07/20/2012 09:09:48 AM
nice shot overall, did a good job making the cake look apetizing.
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07/20/2012 07:06:43 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?

Nice idea and subject, all well-shot. Just not too sure about the composition.
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07/19/2012 01:48:26 PM
great positioning, makes me want to see more- lovely
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07/19/2012 12:00:13 PM
Voted earlier coming back to comment.

The cake does look tasty:-) I like how you placed the fork on the diagonal to act as a path that the eye travels along to arrive at the cake. The tradeoff is that we only see 1/2 of this sweet treat leaving us craving more (both a plus and minus). In a way, the main subject of the shot is the fork with the cake becoming the supporting cast. I am craving to see more of that cake the more I look at this shot. The plain white backdrop allows the cake to stand out visually but the minus is that if gives off a feeling/mood of being stark and cold. On the PC it looks fine but on the laptop where the screen is brighter the defining edges of the square cake slice where the vanilla portion and especially the white cream filling gets lost and 'blends' into the white BG. It is a good shot but I feel a background with a warm color tones would complement the cake and create a mood that is both warm and inviting thereby further increasing the visual appeal of the photo. Another suggestion is if you want to keep the white backdrop then a way to make sure those edges of the cake don't get lost is to 'gently' take some of the chocolate frosting and lightly brush it onto the edge of the cake (the suggestion is to do it in real life before snapping the shot - not something in photoshop:-) ) But don't overdo it - it should look as natural as the slight brown (graham cracker crust?) of the edge that is just below the the chocolate filling on the bottom layer.
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07/19/2012 09:34:35 AM
#4
This has to be 21_F.gif vawendy.
Putting this higher than the rest of the dessert entries simply because someone decided centering the dessert wasn't necessary.
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07/18/2012 11:37:07 PM
the cake is beautiful but, on my monitor at least, the detail seems to be lost by fill lighting. This would be spectacular against a light brown , orange, ecru or green backing.
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07/18/2012 09:25:30 PM
Perfect!

Voted earlier, just commenting now :)
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07/18/2012 09:06:41 AM
Beautiful image, love the elegance of the fork.
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07/18/2012 12:14:38 AM
How marvelous that the fork is upside down! Brilliant take on it all!


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