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Challenge: Desserts (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: Friends kitchen
Date: Jul 17, 2012
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2012

taken during a shoot for a friend today, came on here for first time in over a year and saw this challenge to so i figured WHY NOT! :)

shot all natural light. edited in photoshop. resized in lightroom.

Place: 13 out of 51
Avg (all users): 6.0593
Avg (commenters): 6.5909
Avg (participants): 5.3333
Avg (non-participants): 6.3068
Views since voting: 590
Views during voting: 736
Votes: 118
Comments: 27
Favorites: 0

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07/30/2012 07:48:11 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

To begin, welcome back to DPC from your hiatus! You came back in fine style! ;)

Technical: Your photograph is remarkably well lit for being natural lighting. I never would have guessed without your comment saying otherwise. Your focus, exposure, depth of field are all spot on. Her skin looks natural and has an appealing glow to it.

Your only real problem is what others have mentioned in their comments. The left side of the counter-top(?) edge is distracting. As well as the dark shadow behind the model, also on the left side. Moving the model to the right so that she is looking into the negative space could also have helped, but I'd have to see both versions to be sure. Had you somehow removed or hid the floor and shadow from the camera (or showed both sides of the floor for balance) there would be no technical flaws I can see.

While I can see the point of some commenters on your models shoes and eye make-up, I'm not sure I agree. I think in the end it's all personal preference, those elements do not bother me one bit.

Artistic: This is probably your photographs strongest element. You chose a unique way to portray this challenge. It was a risk of sorts but I think it was well received. You captured a beautiful photo of a beautiful woman. It is also tasteful and does not reveal too much, but leaves plenty for the imagination.

It's possible some may have voted it down because the main subject is not a dessert, unless you count the model, which I believe was your intent. I believe you succeeded but some people may have disagreed and voted accordingly. That said I'm sure others voted you higher for thinking out of the box, so in the end this would have balanced out.

Challenge: I think you nailed the challenge albeit in a non-traditional way. Like I said this could have affected your score in either direction depending on the voter.

Conclusion: Outside of fixing the left-side floor and shadow, or experimenting more with the negative space, your photograph has nothing that needs changing. But even if you fixed those elements I'm not sure you could have scored much higher than what you did. Based on the 12 entries above yours the voters wanted a more traditional approach.

I think this a great first entry after your absence and I hope you continue to enter. I wouldn't complain if you continued to use this model! ;)

Side note, best comment: "nice cup cake" :D

Message edited by author 2012-07-30 21:18:19.
07/25/2012 03:13:03 AM
I'm glad this image is here and actually surprised that it scored over 6, seeing how it was judged by the competition shooting cakes in little plates over and over again. I like that it FEELS like an outtake of a shoot, like a short break with a - dessert. Good job.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2012 09:26:40 PM
Beautiful girl, sexy pose. When though, did eye makeup become so complicated?
07/24/2012 08:41:04 PM
Woo woo. How about a closeup. 6
07/24/2012 08:35:35 PM
Nice lighting and idea. The table corner in the bottom left is a bit distracting and it seems she should have more space on the left. Still lovely.
07/24/2012 12:04:38 PM
You model is good and quite lovely, but your setup is bothering me a bit -- the bright spot on the right, the white backdrop not coming down to meet the white floor, plus giving it the feel that your horizon is tilted (or at least the backdrop) distracts from the shot. The rest is lovely. Probably would have been an 8 if the floor and the backdrop lighting/setup was right. 6 as is. (sorry...)
07/24/2012 10:04:37 AM
The shoes and the outfit kind of kill the scene for me, but it's definitely well executed technically.
07/24/2012 06:57:31 AM
trying to woo the crowd with a sweet girl ;p
lucky it's a nice photo!
07/23/2012 10:05:54 PM
I'll be honest. I had to try extra hard to be fair in this one. Generally if i don't think about it, i have a tendency to vote higher when there's pretty girls in a picture. (hey, at least i m honest) Still, stepping back from that, I think this picture has plenty of merit. I wish the bottom left was a bit more seamless because my eyes draw to that break in the glossy edge of the floor material.

Other than that, i like the touch on the nails, nice expression, pose, makeup etc. Job well done.
07/23/2012 04:29:13 PM
The cupcake frosting is too close to the color of the skin and it takes a while to see that it's there (and not just because of the pretty model!) Since the model is looking to our left, all the space on the right is unneeded and the bright white spots there are a little distracting. Good focus and lighting.
07/23/2012 03:43:11 PM
Like this shot very much, it's really original and completely different from the other submissions. Great!
07/22/2012 08:56:50 AM
Has a very oldie look perhaps that is the point.
07/22/2012 06:55:52 AM
The colors are fitting very well here, except for the white bar on the bottom of the photo.
07/21/2012 03:33:07 PM
oh no, not suggestive at all :-) nice work, Leroy!
07/20/2012 03:35:17 PM
Your focus is well placed, but I would have moved her to the right in the frame to give her room to look into. Then it would probably be more obvious the distracting bottom left corner would need to be straightened out.
07/20/2012 07:55:03 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?

Personally, I would have gone with a square crop, removing the wasted space from the right and left, focusing the viewers attention in on the dessert.
07/19/2012 09:24:48 AM
Assuming this is SamanthaT.
Getting my sole top vote. When I first saw desserts, I tried to convince my wife to do something similar but it wasn't going to happen. Therefore I was delighted when I saw this. I might have posed slightly more provocatively, but that's only because I like pushing the boundaries on things like this. Even losing the undies while keeping this pose would have been a little sexier.
07/18/2012 11:20:59 PM
Great Idea, I'm surprised there were not more of this type. The only thing I would have possibly done differently would be to have her giving the dead into the camera seductive stare. Very nice as is though 8
07/18/2012 01:22:29 PM
I like the model's pose - especially her seeming unawareness that the photo is being taken.

I had trouble with the background, though. It appears that she is lying on a table with a partially drawn projection screen behind her. Very distracting.
07/18/2012 12:26:11 PM
Yowsa. Way to 'spice' it up!
07/18/2012 12:21:15 PM
A tighter crop would improve this image a lot. As it is now, the model is looking off to the left, so everything to the right of her eyes almost falls out of frame as being insignificant, which it probably shouldn't be. At least giving more space for her to be looking and less empty space on the other side of her might balance it out a lot. Still, good exposure, editing is well-done, colors pretty well balanced, and great focus.
07/18/2012 11:54:45 AM
great lighting, not enjoying the composition. still a 7 from me.
07/18/2012 09:45:00 AM
Excellent. 10
07/18/2012 08:05:48 AM
Clever (not one bit obscure - regardless of how the viewer interprets the image! lolllllll)
07/18/2012 07:42:22 AM
nice cup cake
07/18/2012 01:31:08 AM
This is great, however, i dont feel that the focus of the capture is really on the dessert here haha
07/18/2012 12:13:28 AM
The composition seems off a bit... need less on the right and more on the left, but I don't think the male voters will notice at all! :D

Lovely lighting!

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