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Challenge: Summertime Meals III (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2015 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Autofocus Lens
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Jul 28, 2015
Aperture: f.5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 seconds
Date Uploaded: Jul 28, 2015

Ok so I've gone and titled this pic in all caps, spaced out, which I normally despise. Ah well.

Setup was in kitchen, using the flash bounced off of the white side of the reflector. Had to go that route as the ambient light I used most of the time was switching between sun and cloudy every few minutes, throwing the WB off.

Julienned carrots with a Veggetti, atop basic spring salad mix. Originially was going to leave the new potatoes whole, but they looked so clumpy that I smashed them instead. The steak is a local grass-fed one so much leaner than what most are used to. Melted some butter atop it for the sheen.

Sadly, when I bought the steak I didn't check the expiry date on it...so it was a little on the just-gone-off side when I cooked it. Ugh. But then, it was my fault for not having shot sooner. Still, it worked well as a model, though I didn't eat it afterwards like I usually do!

pp is basic snaffles stuff...brightness/contrast, vibrance/saturation, NIK noise reduction and a pass with the Colour Efex that looked least likely to muck up the colours, then resize, sharpen, and fade sharpen to 10% so it didn't look overdone.

Place: 15 out of 35
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/30/2015 09:45:22 AM
Absolutely delicious looking! :) You could try lighten this (try using a screen duplicate layer? say around 60% opacity...) and add more contrast to bring out the colours and give it that extra punch.
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