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Challenge: Got Milk? (Classic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7
Location: Haddonfield, NJ
Date: Jan 18, 2003
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/20
Galleries: Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Jan 19, 2003

I was out at a coffee shop and as soon as the waitress set this in front of me, I knew it was my entry for the week.

Place: 32 out of 59
Avg (all users): 5.2990
Avg (commenters): 5.7143
Avg (participants): 5.0769
Avg (non-participants): 5.5556
Views since voting: 1228
Votes: 97
Comments: 16
Favorites: 0

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01/31/2003 10:59:18 AM
Critique Club Critique

(1) COMPOSITION (CONTENT) I find the layout of this photograph to be very strong. You can almost never go wrong by getting as close as possible. This allows little details to be seen that normally would be invisible to the eye.

(2) BACKGROUND There is not much background in this photograph. I like how the left side is more brightly lit and the right side falls into shadows, give more depth to the photograph. There is such a small amount of background that it almosst fails to be a part of the picture.

(3) CAMERA WORK ,TECHNICAL Exposure is very well done. Your exposure keeps the whites very crisp without losing any of the detail in the whipped cream. The shallow DoF tends to focus the eye directly on the mound of whipped cream in the center of the cup. I am wondering if you tried this also with a deep DoF and chose this one for that reason. I would be curious to see it both ways.

(4) DIGITAL PROCESSING ,TECHNICAL Your post processing is very good. Saturation is good, cropping is perfect.

(5)MEETING THE CHALLENGE This photo does a very good job of meeting the challenge. This is the sort of photograph that would look very nice hung on the wall of a coffeeshop.

(6) MY OPINION ON THE PHOTO The subject here is nice. The way you executed it is very good. Unfortunately it has very little "wow" appeal. It does not hold my attention for long enough to see past the first impression.
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01/27/2003 12:18:39 AM
This ranked far too low!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/25/2003 01:04:06 AM
Yummmy, You can make me hot cocoa anytime.
hmmmm....now what did I do with that chocolate?
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01/24/2003 06:22:41 PM
Definetely gets the taste beds working! Focus doesn't seem quite sharp enough on the top of the cream, the use of DOF is good however.
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01/24/2003 05:29:20 PM
wonderful idea for photo and fits challenge...focus looks a bit blurry to me.
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01/24/2003 01:03:40 AM
a smaller apature setting and perhaps tripod would help clear the shot up and increase the depth of focus
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01/23/2003 12:05:39 PM
This is very pleasant. I like the curly patterns in the cream and the chocolatey froth around the outside. The cropping is maybe a tiny bit too close. The shallow DOF is great, bringing the focus to the upper mound of cream. Nice work.
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01/23/2003 04:47:34 AM
Looks good, yummy. Focus seems just a bit soft. A little powdered chocolate or cinamon on top might have really given it some oomph.
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01/22/2003 03:13:02 PM
Crème with an è. (I occasionally still get mixed up with accents after forty five years of practice)
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01/22/2003 07:03:39 AM
That looks YUMMY....IMO though it is a little soft, but overall a great shot. GL
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01/20/2003 10:17:34 PM
I love the crop and angle on this, but the focus is a little soft around the edges for my taste, I think.
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01/20/2003 10:50:50 AM
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01/20/2003 10:46:45 AM
I'm putting on weight looking at this. Yum. Light is a little weak and gives this an odd hue.
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01/20/2003 04:35:13 AM
This could stand to be just a little clearer. The lighting is odd, but I like how the left background is brown and the right side is black. - Inspzil
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01/20/2003 12:48:01 AM
Nice shot.
01/20/2003 12:31:52 AM
I really like the close-in crop, and even the lighting is good. I'd like to see just a touch more overall sharpness, though, I think. But it's the most appetizing shot I've seen so far.
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