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French Apple Pie a la Mode
French Apple Pie a la Mode

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Challenge: Shallow DOF (Advanced Editing I)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Location: My basement
Date: Feb 8, 2004
Aperture: 1.4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2004

When I saw the challenge theme, I immediately thought of "food", because a lot of recipe book photos and menu pictures are shot with extremely shallow depth-of-field. I got the idea of "apple pie a la mode" for the "Things That Go Together" challenge, and it kind of stuck with me... unfortunately.

Even though I created "fake" ice cream (made of light corn syrup, vegetable shortening and powdered sugar, then tinted to look like french vanilla), the pie was "real", and it was very difficult to keep from "oozing" out of shape.

Not expecting a ribbon because it probably doesn't have any "wow" factor, but I did spend a lot of time on this challenge...

Note: the shallow DOF is "from the camera", there was no post-shot blurring or manipulation.

Place: 99 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.3866
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.2252
Avg (non-participants): 5.6024
Views since voting: 5354
Votes: 194
Comments: 14
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02/16/2004 05:10:47 PM
I gave your shot a 5.

To me the major draw back is the tilt. Yes, many cookbooks have tilted images, but this feels as if the pie will slide off the table. It is not an enhancement to the image.

The pie itself is not that attractive. Too much crumb topping not enough apples and the ice cream should have a little melt to it so it looks real. There are too many crumbs on the plate.

If your going to tilt the entire scene it should be done so it shows more of the pie. More of a looking down slightly from an angle. This is shot straight on which makes the tilt even more noticeable. Also changing your angle should help eliminate what looks like blur on the top of the icecream. All of the food should be in focus, or only a very specific area if you are going for extreme shortened DOF.

Bring the entire image closer to the edge and closer to the viewer.
The apples in the background are good, no need for the out of focus cinnamon in the foreground, it's just a distraction on the checked tablecloth.

Food styling and photography may be one of the hardest techniques to perfect.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/13/2004 10:50:07 PM
Great, I'm hungry now.
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02/13/2004 03:49:01 PM
Yummy, and a nice change Fits the challenge well Great focus
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02/12/2004 02:53:47 PM
This Picture makes me feel at home.
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02/12/2004 10:49:02 AM
Looks tasty.
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02/12/2004 09:34:19 AM
Nice concept here. I find the line of light in the foreground distracting.
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02/11/2004 02:30:44 PM
The shallow DOF sets the pie off from the background nicely.
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02/10/2004 07:33:30 PM
Table cloth is distracting to me.
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02/10/2004 10:00:08 AM
highlights interferring for me
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02/10/2004 08:23:13 AM
MmmmmMMm! Looks good! Neat idea or should I say... delicious idea! Well done. Good luck!
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02/09/2004 11:09:07 PM
Tilted to the left.
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02/09/2004 01:11:57 PM
Cruel....!! Looks so good, yum.
Not crazy for the tilt on this one but everything else is very nice. Good entry.
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02/09/2004 12:32:20 PM
Nicely composed - plate is not level and that detracts a bit
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02/09/2004 07:16:19 AM
nice. You need that ice cream in focus though for maximum effect. Still very tasty!
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