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Southern Comfort
Southern Comfort

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Challenge: Feast (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Sydney, Australia
Date: Nov 28, 2008
Aperture: f5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Nov 28, 2008

Well it's not Thanksgiving in Australia, but that's not to say we shouldn't give thanks, or eat some lovely comfort food.

This is inspired by my Gran's chicken fricassee. She married my Grandfather after the second world war and moved back to his hometown of Oakland, California with him. She learned many great American recipes during her time in the States, and this is one.

My current entry in the backlighting challenge is getting smashed, so hopefully I can redeem myself with this one.

Editing was:
Convert from raw
Straighten and crop
Hue/saturation adjustment layer
Dodge and burn
Save for web

Licence this image from Alamy

Place: 8 out of 39
Avg (all users): 5.9857
Avg (commenters): 6.9231
Avg (participants): 5.6087
Avg (non-participants): 6.0321
Views since voting: 1536
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 210
Comments: 17
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/11/2008 09:23:23 PM
It really looks tasty. Great shot!
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12/11/2008 04:24:29 PM
Congratulations on your top 10 finish. Excellent shot!
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12/11/2008 11:23:55 AM
by karmat

Very nicely done. This shot reminds me of one that would be found in a cooking magazine.

Compositionally, the main dish is centered, but because of the salad in the background, it doesn't feel as static as it would if it were "alone.' The background elements help to balance the composition. The crop you have used also works well. I tried to imagine it with more of the plate, but that would make the food smaller in the frame, and I think it would have less of an impact. If you tried to crop it more, it would start to feel a bit tight. You could use a round plate, but then I think you would lose that nice combination of tradition (the food) and the modern (chic plates). All that to say that I think it all works well. The only thing you may have been able to do, was photograph it more from an angle setting the composition on more of a diagonal between the corners of the plate and the salad in the background.

Technically, this is spot on, I think. The lighting is great. It gives the natural appearance of a plate on the table with light spilling in from the side. It has enough shadows to really show the textures and depth, but it is not so harsh to make it unappealing. The carrots and other greenery help to add some color contrast to a shot that would otherwise be kinda flat. Focus is good and the dof that is exhibited gives a good sense of depth to the shot.

Overall, very well done. I think I shall go fix me something to eat now. :)

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12/06/2008 12:42:46 AM
This is a beautiful shot. I love the light breaking through the mashies which is the best lit part of the dish. The bird...the star of the show deserves more light. Square plates are hard to photograph but a slight tilt of the camera can add some movement or a little extra dynamic to the food. Cheers! Great work.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/03/2008 04:51:02 PM
love the color and your comp.....10
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12/03/2008 10:33:29 AM
I think if you had has the plate in the foreground triangled and the plate in the back squared this would have really popped. I do like the softness of the mashed tatters against the hard lines of the carrots. Nicely shot though
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12/03/2008 09:01:47 AM
Composition seems a little too dead-on even for me. The plate is just too even with the edge of the image. Maybe a view from an angle would have worked better for me.
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12/01/2008 08:52:55 PM
great dof but the salad looks awfully far away (hehehe)
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11/30/2008 10:36:56 PM
Now that looks tasty. As for the picture, looks pretty good.
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11/29/2008 06:54:07 PM
YUM! That actually looks like a healthy thanksgiving feast!
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11/29/2008 06:36:12 PM
beautiful :)
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11/29/2008 05:27:38 PM
yummy...hungry now...8
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11/29/2008 10:58:43 AM
Lovely & appetizing. 7
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11/29/2008 03:25:36 AM
Might want to decide wheter you want the wine glass in the shot or not. Looks good!
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11/29/2008 02:47:56 AM
Great shot. This looks very appetizing. Could be in "Good Housekeeping" 8
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11/29/2008 12:34:58 AM
the wine glass in the background is pretty distracting, but i like the lettuce off to the side, makes a cool balance in the photo
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11/29/2008 12:27:12 AM
very yummy 9
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