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Simply Luscious (some assembly required)

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Challenge: Desserts (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4.0L MF
Location: Harwich Port, MA
Date: Jul 17, 2012
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/320
Date Uploaded: Jul 17, 2012


Place: 31 out of 51
Avg (all users): 5.3534
Avg (commenters): 6.6000
Avg (participants): 4.9677
Avg (non-participants): 5.4941
Views since voting: 263
Views during voting: 247
Votes: 116
Comments: 17
Favorites: 0

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07/25/2012 04:14:36 AM
I want to eat that immediately.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/24/2012 09:21:13 PM
Cube it up, and let's eat. Fantastic warmth and smooth detail.
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07/24/2012 03:36:25 PM
Love the clarity and color of this.
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07/24/2012 10:01:05 AM
Great image. Perfectly balanced.
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07/23/2012 05:07:14 PM
You did a nice job of lighting the fruit to capture the texture and color variation. The most interest part is in the center and if you zoomed in close to that it seems like it would greatly increase the impact.
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07/22/2012 08:57:29 AM
One for the top ten in my view.
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07/22/2012 06:23:05 AM
Nice detailed, but very centered. Not sure what you did with the colors, but I'm not getting hungry with this one.
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07/21/2012 09:59:21 PM
reminds me more of horticulture than dessert, but i like the texture and colors especially towards the bottom of the image
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07/21/2012 06:40:23 PM
That looks anything but Luscious to me, the processing and lighting make it appear like it is well past its prime so I will pass on this dessert....4
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07/20/2012 08:41:34 AM
Cantaloupe? wouldn't immediately pick this as a dessert in the traditional sense. That being said it is sweet so it dmc. That aside, I'm really loving the textures here. The lighting is nice and the muted tones are very pleasing to the eye. This shot would definitely look good blown up hanging on a wall imo. (bumping to an 8)
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07/20/2012 07:06:36 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 piece of artwork! Good luck with the DNMC crowd, though. I would probably even out the background, either dodging the right or burning the left; the imbalance is a notable distraction from an otherwise lovely image.
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07/19/2012 04:48:53 PM
a lovely melon :) the seeds really stand out.
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07/19/2012 09:28:16 AM
Love the fact it's not an actual dessert, at least not in the traditional North American sense. Not really a fan of the title, but I never take points away because of that (although it may add to the score). I like the dark, somewhat grungy processing done to the cantaloupe as opposed to making it bright and cheery. This is something if there were a series of them, I could see some people hanging them in their kitchens.
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07/18/2012 11:11:29 PM
I think the heavier grain detracts from the photo and seems to have drained color from the capture. the melon looks to ave begun to go bad.
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07/18/2012 02:20:15 PM
Voted much earlier coming back to comment.

Cantaloupe is definately sweet and tasty. The shot holds potential to be very appealing to the eye if a few things were done differently. First you have great detail in the melon and the dark backdrop really allows the color to pop off the page. The drawback to the very detailed flesh of the cantaloupe is that the high contrast to bring out those details 'over-ccoks' the melon making it look dark and burned. I think if you pull back a bit on the detail, the melon would look more bright and appear fresh and juicy. My other recommendation (imho) in improving the visual appeal is to change up the angle to create a composition that in dynamic rather than static. What I mean by that is the the overhead looking down does add any 'hook' for the eye to linger longer and study the image. A suggestion is cutting the melon into a few easier to eat slices that are posed in an interesting arrangement which would give the eye more to look at rather than one large chunk.
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07/18/2012 01:34:35 PM
I like this! It appears to be smiling.
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07/18/2012 08:14:28 AM
Fruit? Yes! Dessert? It's a stretch. POV? Could have been a little more dynamic. Lighting/Clarity? Beautifully shot.
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