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Panini and a coffee anyone?
Panini and a coffee anyone?

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Challenge: Stock Photos: Cooking (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Vancouver, BC.
Date: Jan 7, 2009
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 30
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2009

A shot of lunch the other day (it was delicious). Used 2 small strobes to illuminate the sandwich. One fired through an umbrella over top and slightly to camera left, another bounced off of ceiling/right wall for fill.

Place: 26 out of 91
Avg (all users): 5.8559
Avg (commenters): 6.8462
Avg (participants): 5.7391
Avg (non-participants): 5.8852
Views since voting: 957
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 229
Comments: 14
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01/26/2009 02:59:38 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

First of all welcome to DPC and congratulations on achieving such a good score for your first challenge.

First of all, I think the composition is good, although as others have mentioned, the fork is a little bit distracting and is probably superfluous. Your choice of DOF works well here too as does the lighting. I am not 100% sold on the wooden table as a background, I think it makes the colours of the actually food look a little bit drab.

The other thing from my perspective, is that I do not really think this image meets the challenge topic. The challenge was to create an image that portrayed the art of cooking and this does not do that in my opinion. I think it is excellent for a stock photo portraying food, but not for cooking. Maybe I am too pedantic, but if I was a magazine editor who was looking to buy a cooking shot, this would certainly not be it. Thus, I think you would have scored much higher in a stock food challenge.

Hopefully this is helpful in some way.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 11:44:00 PM
Wonderful. Love the cop and dof.
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01/19/2009 04:50:20 PM
I'll have some... Looks tasty.
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01/19/2009 05:30:53 AM
I like that the photo doesn't seem as setup as some of the others. I think you could have come up with a more creative title though.

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01/18/2009 10:21:00 AM
good set up...if the coffee cup was in focus it would have been better for me...
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01/17/2009 02:14:48 AM
one of the best in challenge. good luck!
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01/15/2009 11:41:12 AM
Nicely done. But the cup is unnecessary and makes this more artistic than shot.
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01/15/2009 07:28:40 AM
DOF is tremendous :-) Looks great.

The only thing is the OOF grain of the wood is causing an odd effect at the top of the shot behind the plate.

Still 8 from me.
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01/14/2009 09:52:21 PM
This is a good idea - I think the table color is a bit distracting. With a neutral table I bet the rest of the photo would POP!
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01/14/2009 07:22:35 PM
good picture. Not sure about the fork there.
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01/14/2009 04:25:29 PM
The fork seems a bit odd in front of something I would pick up, but otherwise great.
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01/14/2009 04:07:52 PM
That looks delicious! I think the wood surface everything's sitting on adds a lot to this picture, too. Gives the picture sort of a warm cafe feeling. Very nice.
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01/14/2009 09:19:27 AM
More a photo of food than of cooking.
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01/14/2009 05:26:01 AM
yes please! looks great. I would have liked the salad to be just slightly more in focus
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