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Chocolate Heaven
Chocolate Heaven

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Challenge: My Drug (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Date: Mar 17, 2012
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/25
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2012


Place: 91 out of 102
Avg (all users): 5.0508
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.0000
Avg (non-participants): 5.0870
Views since voting: 433
Views during voting: 217
Votes: 118
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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05/22/2012 09:05:53 AM
The background was my main gripe with this. I don't like the shadow on the left and the bottle in the middle. So a 5 from me.
04/27/2012 02:06:11 AM
I gave you 5 for this, but I think I hovered between 4 and 5 before clicking. I quite like the limited range of colour but the main aspect that failed to grab me was the composition. You could have had all that chocolate, but more compactly and artistically arranged. It is just too spread out and scattered. I agree with others that the vignette did not help.
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04/23/2012 11:44:09 AM
Mostly, the tones and colors are quite monotonous, and the composition is too cluttered. Perhaps half as many objects, but more varied (dark/milk/white chocolate...?) and for sure a different surface/bg. The white vignette further dilutes the already flat tones. I think this could also have worked as a macro.
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04/23/2012 11:43:09 AM
I saw your post in the threads on this image. While I like the concept of the shot, there are several things about the image that really go against a good score. First, the image does not have good control of focus. The front edge of the crunchy candy bar in the right center is not in focus and this gives the impression the entire image is out of focus. Second, the choice of white vingette does not work as it has hard edges and is actually drawing our eyes away from the subject. Third, the image is cluttered with too much stuff. I understand that you want to speak to how chocolate is your 'drug' but the cocoa powder just looks messy and the composition with so many objects looks messy. Fourth, the line in the top third of the image seems to cut the scene in two (angling the shot more to have only the table as the background may have helped you. But to be honest, the choice of wood grain as the background gives this even more of a feeling of 'snapshot'.

I didn't vote, but had I, I would likely have given it no more than 4 because of the topics above.

For these type shots - staged 'studio' work - the image has to be perfectly lit, perfectly composed, and perfectly processed just to get you to 6.
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04/23/2012 11:21:29 AM
I did not vote in this one (during my break from the site). However, the white vignette does not work for me and draws me out of the photo. In addtion, there appears to be too much going on that does not add anything to the photo (here's some chocolate, oh look what's that, oh more choclate and over there is some more chocolate...). A close up of one piece of chocolate dropping into melted chocolate (ala a commercial) might have had more impact.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/23/2012 03:46:08 PM
Hehe, I especially like that you included chocolate milk.
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03/22/2012 06:07:03 PM
Yummy. Nice shot. Would have liked to had seen it a little sharper.
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