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Ribbons of Indulgance
Ribbons of Indulgance

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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Sigma 24-135mm f/2.8-4.5 Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Studio Missouri USA
Date: May 14, 2007
Aperture: 1/100
ISO: 100
Shutter: 160
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

In the studio - the key light was back and to the right with a gold reflector directly to the left. My sister held a tub of melted chocolate chips and pored it on the chocolate bar. It took a couple of tries but I came close to what I had envisioned. We had a good time eating the chocolate when we were done!

Place: 47 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.7319
Avg (commenters): 5.7273
Avg (participants): 5.3333
Avg (non-participants): 5.8426
Views since voting: 878
Views during voting: 393
Votes: 276
Comments: 13
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05/23/2007 01:53:33 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Andrea,

Congratulations on a very good execution of a very difficult concept. I've learnt from my own experience just how difficult it is to photograph brown chocolate in an attractive fashion. I think you have doen a superb job of getting your lighting just right on the folds of molten chocolate - they look beautifully silky-smooth - this is what your image is about, and is why it did as well as it did. The excessive blow-out on the pouring chocolate however looks harsh; and with this challenge harsh is bad. Likewise the wrapper, especially the gold, is harsh, and detracts from the smoothness. It could be argued that it provides the a contrast to emphasise the smooth, but I think that could have been achieved with less wrapper. One idea might have been to have a white background to brighten the image up - brown on black leaves little scope for your subject to stand out.

It is my hope that these insights are helpful and constructive. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique. And please remember to mark it "Helpful" if you found it so. Good luck with future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 08:37:13 PM
Nice and simple.
05/22/2007 05:24:10 PM
05/22/2007 03:10:53 PM
Nice shot but the spelling of the title is disappointing
05/21/2007 02:11:35 PM
Conceptually nice but it would have been better if the background is white because dark background is killing the concept, I guess.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/21/2007 02:23:44 AM
Nice job on this. I would like to see a tighter crop on the actual chocolate without the wrapper in the image (or perhaps just a slight edge of the wrapper showing). 8
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/19/2007 04:34:13 AM
05/18/2007 09:41:33 PM
a good close up...of what???
05/17/2007 04:19:20 PM
oh yummy, please tell us how to get a shot like this! 8
05/16/2007 02:48:39 PM
05/16/2007 10:19:45 AM
yummy yum yum! nice, wish there was less paper in foreground..distracts from the yummy chocolate & smooth appeal
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/16/2007 01:40:06 AM
There is a chocolate image.
05/16/2007 12:18:16 AM
now that's a very good way to make a candy bar even better! Dove no less!

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