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Linguini Pescatore con Pomodoro e Gamberetti alla Ferruzzanata
Linguini Pescatore con Pomodoro e Gamberetti alla Ferruzzanata

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Challenge: Pasta (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Aug 30, 2009
Aperture: F2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Food and Drink, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2009

The Image: FINALLY A CHALLENGE IN MY HONOUR! :) Just kidding! I HAD to enter this, or my username is not ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' hotpasta !

I conceptualised, cooked and styled this image in about 30 minutes...was pretty happy with the end result. I used light coming in from french doors at our house, placing the food on the ground. My dog was hovering...

I used a reflector as well.

This time, I ate the food...mmmmmmm, nice!

EDIT: Very basic editing, levels, colour, gaussian blur, sharpening adjustment layers. All the usual stuff. I added my parent's home town in the name: Ferruzzano, Provincia di Reggio Calabria. They are on the Mediterranean coast by the sea, and so I am guessing there would have been a few meals like this, fresh from the fishing boats.

PREDICTION: I am going to guess there will be a lot of macro images of pasta. They're pretty popular. I am guessing 6.2345.

Place: 26 out of 70
Avg (all users): 6.0432
Avg (commenters): 7.3333
Avg (participants): 5.5128
Avg (non-participants): 6.2500
Views since voting: 1486
Views during voting: 295
Votes: 139
Comments: 19
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/10/2009 12:57:19 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

Your score guess was pretty close, but a 6.04 is still an excellent showing in a challenge. Since you admitted to complete conceptualization, design, and execution of this image, I suppose I can be a bit harder on you :)

First of all, the food looks tasty and well executed in that department :) Compositionally, I'm not a huge fan of the perspective. I'm sure there is a reason you chose it, but this view is rather flat and two-dimensional. The application of the gaussian blur also feels a little uncomfortable to me as well around the top edges of the image.

I think this image is very well done for the purpose of stock imagery. It would also make good menu or restaurant art.

I personally find it more difficult to critique an image in a challenge like this one simply because of the topic. Some topics allow the artist to express themselves a little more than others. This is more of a commercial art assignment rather than a simple artistic endeavor...

You did well though.. Keep up the good work!
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09/07/2009 05:24:35 PM
I expected top ten with this excellent image, however based on the comments you've surely scored with the DPC appetites.
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09/07/2009 02:50:58 AM
bonus points for cooking this yourself - I thought it was take out. :) This was the only one in the challenge that made me drool.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/06/2009 10:50:44 PM
nice set up....very colorful....makes me hungry
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09/06/2009 06:32:09 PM
The best I've seen today regarding the appropriate color of food, especially a combination of different colors. Well done ... and extremely appetizing.
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09/06/2009 05:06:07 PM
That looks delicious!

When I first saw this I wasn't sure about it, as the crust of the bread seemed a bit sharp and the blurring around the edge of the chopping board seemed too soft. But on second glance I think the two cause each other. i.e. it's only the sharpness on the bread that makes the board seem too soft and vice versa. On balance I think it looks about right.

The scene looks very natural, and not at all staged. Ironically I bet it takes real effort to make it seem so effortless lol.

The colurs are perfectly vibrant and not all over-saturated. In short, this is my favourite shot of the challenge so far. Oh go on, have a 10 ;-)

Edit: I was worried about submitting a "recipe" shot for this challenge. I came to the conclusion that pasta's one of those foods that doesn't photograph well, looking sometimes like it was sort of thrown on the plate. Your shot proved me wrong :-) That said, my shot does look thrown on the plate and is scoring accordingly. If you've got a moment, would you mind having a look at my shot when voting is finished and telling me what you think? I've got a lot to learn about food photography, although it is one of my favourite sort of shots. Thanks a lot :-)
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09/06/2009 03:24:53 PM
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09/06/2009 02:59:16 PM
This looks so yummy. Love the colors and the set-up. Why did you soften the edges? 7
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09/05/2009 08:03:57 PM
I think that there are a couple of problems. the first one is that loss focus on the tomatoes and the red peppers, the second one is the background.
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09/05/2009 11:42:01 AM
Cool top down view. This is cook book material.
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09/04/2009 04:56:31 PM
I have to stop voting here, I'm getting too hungry and this is the most appealing dish so far. Also a very appealing photo - well lit, well composed.
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09/03/2009 10:30:50 AM
excellent presentation looks delicious, good job
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09/03/2009 08:38:13 AM
Why didn't you get rid of the paper and plate it properly??? TOo bad. It could have been a nice image.
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09/01/2009 10:16:55 PM
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09/01/2009 04:49:46 PM
great use of colour and those prawns look so fresh!!! mmmmmmmmm yum!
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08/31/2009 08:37:46 AM
Yummy! An excellent food photo.
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08/31/2009 05:53:25 AM
brilliant and delicious 10
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08/31/2009 04:57:19 AM
mmmh...' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' hotpasta ? cookbook ready!
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08/31/2009 04:55:32 AM
So far this one has made me the hungriest!
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