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Challenge: Asia (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
Location: Newcastle, Australia
Date: Dec 28, 2008
Aperture: f10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2008

I spent more time on this challenge than any other so far. I have soooo many outtakes it's crazy! I shot sushi, dried soba, cooked soba, soy sauce, and finally this salmon sashimi, which I was most happy with in the end. I just hope that westerners' aversion to raw fish doesn't hurt my score.

I went searching my parents' place for a leaf to set onto the plate to tie the dish into the background, and the only thing I could find was this young leaf off a zucchini (courgette) plant. It was a bit spiky, but it was the closest thing I could find to shiso leaves, which is what I had visualised.

I lit this with a shoot through umbrella and my SB-600 behind the subject, and slightly camera left. I had a large silver reflector in front of the plate for fill at camera right.

I really like this in the end, and I hope it does well. More food for my profile page? I hope so!

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Place: 21 out of 106
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Avg (commenters): 6.8333
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Votes: 167
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01/12/2009 04:58:01 PM
Clean, neat in composition, basically fantastic! Well done!

I'd probably want seconds though if I ate this, if you know what I mean ;-)
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01/03/2009 04:34:31 AM
This is a great photo. Its a picture of plated food that doesnt make me feel like I'm deciding what to order for lunch. The chopsticks going off to the right also makes the eye wander around the image so that I didnt just keep staring at the delicious looking sashimi =)
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12/31/2008 04:40:37 PM
good idea...could submit this to a cookbook...
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12/31/2008 03:54:50 AM
Very nice and simple shot. Definitely appealed to me
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12/30/2008 08:53:54 PM
Lovely tones, shapes, and textures. A tad flat though.
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12/30/2008 04:01:57 PM
Nicely composed, uncluttered, good colours. But I don't like the way the chopsticks break out of the frame.
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12/29/2008 06:50:30 PM
good food shot.
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12/29/2008 12:41:56 AM
If the chopsticks had been all in the picture i would've done better. Still nice though 6
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