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Mango Kebab
Mango Kebab

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Challenge: Desserts (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Lens: Canon 250D 58mm Close Up Lens
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Date: Jul 11, 2012
Aperture: 8.00
ISO: 80
Shutter: 5 seconds
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2012

Mango with a big chocolate chip ...

-Tripod, timer, manual mode
-FL 79.2mm (35mm EQ) plus 250D Close-up lens
-Clone out small specular reflections and scratches
-RGB Curve
-Desaturated and adjusted toothpick through mask
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied twice)
-USM at 66%/0.6 dia/TH = 5 (applied twice) through mask to chip
-SaveAs JPEG at quality 9/10 = 253KB

File: Kebab_IMG_1392-DPC9

Place: 47 out of 51
Avg (all users): 4.6983
Avg (commenters): 5.0000
Avg (participants): 4.1667
Avg (non-participants): 4.8837
Views since voting: 233
Views during voting: 245
Votes: 116
Comments: 5
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/23/2012 05:41:28 PM
I don't know if it's because of the quality of the light coming off the glass on the plate, but it looks like you selected the background separately and did some processing on it that left the edges between your dessert and background looking unreal (that "shopped" look). It looks like the hole for the skewer was created by melting, and there's a blob of chocolate just below where the skewer comes through that ends up being distracting. I don't feel like there's enough texture captured in the mango, and a different combination of viewing and lighting angles might have worked better.
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07/22/2012 06:14:05 AM
Nice contrast with the blue background.
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07/20/2012 02:22:56 PM
The yelow-on-blue made the difference for me. Like the composition too.
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07/20/2012 12:55:57 PM
I like the blue and yellow contrast. The color balance makes the chocolate a little too yellow to be appetizing though. I like the close crop and the composition, but think it could have been even closer for more interest. I also wish the focal distance was far enough to blur out the scratches on the plate.
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07/20/2012 07:13:59 AM
This is a tough challenge to vote. I'm torn between "what are you trying to do here" and "what do I expect here". Further complicating matters is the question "what would I do here".

What I would expect would be a technically strong piece of eye-candy that would present the dessert in a way that I would want to at least sample it, if not order it. Along these lines I'm looking at technicals: backgrounds, distracting elements, exposure, sharpness. I'm also looking for creativity, imagination, and originality, which can make up for less than perfect technicals.

So, where does this leave me with your image?

Nice idea, but needs work. As is, this is more about the toothpick than the dessert. Even without the toothpick, the lighting is a bit too harsh, robbing the mango of the detail it needs to bring out the texture needed to balance against the deep blue bowl. It's just not that pleasing visually.
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