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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
1st PlaceChocolate Covered Strawberries
Maggye


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Challenge: Recipe (Food) IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS USM
Date: Jul 28, 2011
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2011

Thank you so much everybody for the comments and the votes. This was such an exciting week.

Thank you all for the comments that keep on coming. I have to say a lot of what I know about photography I've learned from this site. I have made some great friends and there are a lot of great photographers (here on DPC) whose work is a great inspiration.***********************************

Recipe
Ingredients
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well
Directions
Put the semisweet and milk chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the milk chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 41
Avg (all users): 8.0530
Avg (commenters): 8.4615
Avg (participants): 7.6800
Avg (non-participants): 8.1402
Views since voting: 4524
Views during voting: 334
Votes: 132
Comments: 59
Favorites: 6 (view)


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08/22/2011 10:23:45 AM
Huge congrats on your first of many ribbons! Great work!
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08/11/2011 10:15:43 PM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon. Lovely, yummy shot.
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08/11/2011 07:05:17 AM
Very nice photo!
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08/09/2011 08:05:17 PM
I'm about 5 weeks behind on my congrats, and trying to catch up.

Congrats on the blue!! This is mouthwatering! :)
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08/07/2011 11:36:00 AM
YUM...YUM...YUM!!!! My only 10 in this challenge.

Congrats on your BLUE ribbon...this image is pure bliss...;-)

Message edited by author 2011-08-07 11:37:24.
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08/07/2011 10:42:29 AM
Wow! Amazing clarity, fantastic colors and very yummy subject... Excellent work.
Many congrats on your Blue and new PB.
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08/06/2011 02:15:30 PM
CONGRATS on your PB and BLUE!! Superb image!
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08/06/2011 12:08:40 PM
Wow, what a score!! Congrats, Maggye, on both a new PB and first ribbon. Of course, beating that PB might take a while, LOL.

I'm actually rather amazed nobody commented on the slight leftward tilt...
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08/05/2011 08:18:40 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon and PB score! This was my top pic (I actually voted for a change), although I must admit my choice was based not only on the excellent execution of the image but also on the subject of the image; I've got a soft spot for chocolate ;-)
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08/05/2011 07:36:36 PM
WoW..I knew this was the winner..congrats Maggie.
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08/05/2011 07:05:02 PM
Awesome photo, really great results!
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08/05/2011 06:21:56 PM
Super congrats on the 8+ blue!
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08/05/2011 05:21:47 PM
Oh Maggye! This is WAY too well done. I think I just gained a pound just looking at it... *Sigh*
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08/05/2011 11:45:49 AM
Originally posted by blindjustice:

Your not getting that at IHOP! fantastic shot- good lighting and all- but you won based upon sheer desirability of the food, and the steam from the coffee. was that a matchstick in the coffee cup? super work, congrats!


The steam was hot (really hot) water (had to be since my house wasn't that cold), which I would pour in the cup and then take as many shots as I could and then reapeat until I had a good amount of pictures to choose from.
08/05/2011 08:37:24 AM
Your not getting that at IHOP! fantastic shot- good lighting and all- but you won based upon sheer desirability of the food, and the steam from the coffee. was that a matchstick in the coffee cup? super work, congrats!
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08/05/2011 04:35:03 AM
WOW Maggye!
that's an awesome shot and an awesome score! a big congrats.
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08/05/2011 03:28:07 AM
Congratulations,smashin' shot.
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08/05/2011 02:53:40 AM
What a score! Congrats on your deserved blue!
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08/05/2011 02:34:27 AM
Congrats with your well deserved blue ribbon!
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08/05/2011 02:03:06 AM
Super congratulations Maggye - it's an amazing photo & a well deserved ribbon!
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08/05/2011 01:55:24 AM
8.0+ and your first ribbon. Awesome! Congrats!!
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08/05/2011 01:30:07 AM
Congrats on the blue and for breaking the 8 barrier.
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08/05/2011 01:29:59 AM
Excellent! Perfect! Appetizing! CONGRATS!!
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08/05/2011 12:31:14 AM
WOW!! Congrats on the first ribbon!! And with such an incredible score of 8.053! (makes me want have some strawberries :)
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08/05/2011 12:24:04 AM
Congrats, thought it would ribbon.
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08/05/2011 12:06:45 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.. Well done and one of my favs in the challenge.
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08/05/2011 12:01:36 AM
Ha ! I called it at 14 minutes after voting started !
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/04/2011 07:29:59 PM
Nice work!
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08/04/2011 05:31:06 PM
If I could vote, you would have a ten for this! From the color of the fruit to the steam rising, it is perfect in my eyes.
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08/04/2011 03:58:12 PM
God yes! If I could have voted, I would have given it a 10. Yummy

Message edited by author 2011-08-05 00:02:13.
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08/04/2011 12:16:24 PM
Beautiful. I like how you've captured the steam from the mug.
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08/04/2011 12:31:18 AM
Beautiful photo, yummy food.
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08/03/2011 09:50:41 AM
Oh the work that went in to this. Color is fabulous...sharp, and steaming coffee? Making assumptions that it's not tea or cocoa. Very well done...I love it.
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08/03/2011 06:37:01 AM
Amazing clarity and colour balance. Best so far. (ETA - been through them all now - still the best)
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08/03/2011 05:37:53 AM
very nice composition and lighting, it also looks yummy!
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08/02/2011 11:25:39 PM
Steam makes the image. The spoon might be better out of the picture.
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08/02/2011 05:02:20 PM
The light on the right needs to be diffused where it hits the berries. The lighting on the strawberry on the left is much more attractive. The difficulty with this might be not enough light on the white cup but if you were to block the light being used on the right so that it hits mostly just the cup and then add a more diffused light or bounce some light back in on the berries on the right it just migh work. it looks very yummy though.
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08/02/2011 02:35:41 PM
The colors are clear and lovely and the composition appeals to me greatly.
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08/02/2011 10:38:27 AM
Cracker of a shot,near the top in my opinion.
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07/31/2011 07:06:09 PM
I wanna eat it..............
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07/31/2011 01:46:15 PM
Those look soooooooo good! Good shot, very well composed.
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07/31/2011 07:02:33 AM
Very nicely done. Great colours, lighting and textures. My only minor complaint would be that the cup is slightly out of focus, in which I mean it's neither properly in focus as a foreground element, or properly out of focus as a background element.

Other than that, really like it, and could well imagine it in a food magazine or advertising brochure. 9.
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07/30/2011 05:32:38 PM
MMMMmmmm those strawberries look absolutely delicious! The chocolate coating is more of a art design making it almost too good to eat...almost;-) And it's not just strawberries but some rasberries and blackberries dipped in chocolate by the looks of it. Nicely presented with a dainty plate that helps make the chocolate drenched strawberries fill the screen. Nicely paired with a cup of coffee or perhaps tea - the invoked idea of an afternoon snack. Lighting is fabulous showcasing all the tasty details and the vibrant reds of strawberries. Love the steam coming from the cup which is a nice attention to detail. This is a wonderful visual treat - a great big 10.
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07/30/2011 12:51:27 PM
lovely lighting
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07/30/2011 05:07:34 AM
If you made these...will you marry me :) If you brought these...will you marry me :) If your a guy...we must have similar taste, disregard the proposal.

Great photo.
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07/29/2011 07:11:19 PM
This looks divine; what delectable sweets for a beautiful photograph.
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07/29/2011 03:36:52 PM
I love the textures of the berries, lighting, and steam. You have nice silhouettes and the colors go well with rich but fruity and elegant.
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07/29/2011 03:15:32 PM
skip the strawberries -- it looks like there's a blackberry and raspberry back there.... I'll take those! 8
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07/29/2011 11:55:36 AM
oooooo yum, 10
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07/29/2011 10:41:12 AM
ok ok, i know its only breakfast time where i am, but im sure its time for desert somewhere else in the world!
Favorite picture so far.
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07/29/2011 10:26:00 AM
Absolutely gorgeous and mouth watering. A well done photo.
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07/29/2011 09:02:44 AM
There is something so wrong about that third "strawberry"! LOL
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07/29/2011 07:10:54 AM
Lovely clean image with a pleasantly simple presentation. I may have blurred the steam a bit to make it less grainy and may have toned down the brightness of it (can steam be that bright?). But that is just a tiny nit pick. Bumping up.
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07/29/2011 07:04:16 AM
That is just sheer gormandize, nice shot.
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07/29/2011 04:20:30 AM
well arranged; had preferred a little less DOF; overall a bit on the orange side; the steam looks fake. Still one of the best in the challenge
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07/29/2011 12:50:25 AM
Delicious! 8
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07/29/2011 12:50:05 AM
I can almost taste those
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07/29/2011 12:44:57 AM
Pro shot, nice. 9
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07/29/2011 12:14:13 AM
I'd say this is the winner.
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