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Challenge: Jewelry Advertisement (Advanced Editing IV*)
Collection: Challenges 2005
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: living room
Date: Apr 20, 2005
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Macro, Studio
Date Uploaded: Apr 20, 2005

canon 50mm 1.8 + 20mm kenko extension tube
420ex flash bounce in umbrella
rings and kiss completely surrounded in white paper (and i still got a reflection)

rotated
cropped
adjusted levels, colors, contrast
resized
sharpened subject, blurred dead space
added text

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.5873
Avg (commenters): 8.1644
Avg (participants): 7.3762
Avg (non-participants): 7.7285
Views since voting: 20378
Views during voting: 512
Votes: 252
Comments: 123
Favorites: 32 (view)


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12/03/2005 09:19:42 PM
Incredible shot. It must have taken a while to hide the camera as well as the light sources. Beautiful shot!
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07/04/2005 05:46:55 PM
Mt two favorite thimgs, Diamonds and Chocolate....fairly new to the site(at least actively) and just saw this. It iscreative and beautiful.
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05/06/2005 10:07:14 AM
I thought this was a turd.
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05/05/2005 12:34:27 PM
Pros may spray shellac on food products. Might lessen need to edit. I've never tried it as I'm no pro. Congrats on a great concept and nice result.
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05/05/2005 08:08:00 AM
Beautiful photograph. Congrats!
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05/04/2005 07:39:48 PM
great photograph
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05/03/2005 11:52:56 PM
If only all men thought like this, I'd be one happy lady!! Excellent job!!!
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05/03/2005 05:40:00 PM
Brilliant job - congrats! :-)
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05/03/2005 11:35:36 AM
congratulations on a great crystal clear image!
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05/03/2005 02:50:07 AM
Thanks for the kiss... lovely work...
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05/03/2005 12:21:57 AM
Congrats on the blue! This was a great shot, well deserving of it's first place finish! Nicely done!!
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05/02/2005 06:42:37 PM
Beautiful!
Congrats on your first blue.
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05/02/2005 04:30:00 PM
congrats - a fine photo. and reflections are a pain sometimes...

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05/02/2005 02:39:32 PM
Congratulations for clinching the blue with this outstanding composition and expert workmanship.
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05/02/2005 01:16:13 PM
Congrats on the blue. Hershey kisses are so good too.
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05/02/2005 11:50:59 AM
congratulations on your blue! Very creative!
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05/02/2005 11:41:00 AM
Great composition, simple and effective. well deserved ribbon.
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05/02/2005 09:49:09 AM
This is an excellent shot. Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon!
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05/02/2005 09:41:22 AM
Congratulations on your blue with just a fantastic and creative entry!
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05/02/2005 09:30:39 AM
Congrats!!! This was my fav... of course, anything with chocolate gets my attention =) Very creative, great job!
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05/02/2005 09:09:48 AM
Great fun and super idea here! Congratulations!
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05/02/2005 08:58:45 AM
Horrible typography, but great photo. :)
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05/02/2005 08:30:56 AM
Well deserved!
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05/02/2005 07:56:37 AM
Hey hey Kris!!! Congrats!!! Well deserved! Clever and funny!! :-)
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05/02/2005 07:55:27 AM
Congratulations ! I knew you would do well with this !
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05/02/2005 07:42:29 AM
oh by the way ... this puts me with the highest score with the most popular lens on the site ... wooohooo!

(i better enjoy it now, i'm sure it won't be there long)

:)
05/02/2005 07:42:04 AM
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought this one would win blue :)
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05/02/2005 07:26:10 AM
congrats..now if you are done with the chocolate kiss email it over
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05/02/2005 06:21:27 AM
awesome ... thanks everyone :)
05/02/2005 05:40:09 AM
congrats on the blue!!
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05/02/2005 05:36:20 AM
Originally posted by BradP:

Congrats on your first Blue Kris!
(even though I see a lot of brown there - LOL)
The detail & clarity is superb here.

dittos, that! awesome job. a 'sweet' improvement over my 2nd challenge entry, to say the least!
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05/02/2005 05:32:42 AM
Very nice shot, those stones just jump off that piece of chocolate. And what a perfect combo...diamonds and chocolate. Bet you got lots of high votes from the ladies. Excellent combimation of subjects, and well composed. Congrats!!!!
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05/02/2005 02:39:55 AM
Congrats on your first Blue Kris!
(even though I see a lot of brown there - LOL)
The detail & clarity is superb here.
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05/02/2005 02:29:49 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue.
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05/02/2005 02:14:09 AM
Congrats!!! This is a great shot and very deserving of the blue!!!
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05/02/2005 01:38:22 AM
You met the challenge of smooth white gold and soft bumpy chocolate. Blending them right together and do it well.
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05/02/2005 01:22:55 AM
Way to go Kris!
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05/02/2005 01:12:43 AM
Congratulations! Fantastic detail and very creative. I love this shot.
It must be because I love chocolate and I've got the exact wedding band. :D Seriously, a very excellent capture.
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05/02/2005 12:40:53 AM
This was my top pick. Great shot and better that it didn't melt -)
Congrats on the blue.
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05/02/2005 12:08:58 AM
Congrat's Kris! Those are great looking rings and a great shot of them too.
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05/02/2005 12:06:07 AM
Congratz mate! This shot was in my top5, i'm very glad you won!! Nice work!
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05/02/2005 12:04:26 AM
yay for you! Goregous jewellery by the way :)
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05/02/2005 12:01:36 AM
Hey, ya' finally got your blue! Congrats, Hopper!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2005 11:53:12 PM
Love this image. The clarity of the diamonds is wonderful. There is a halo around the image that is somewhat distracting.
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05/01/2005 11:08:51 PM
Outstanding....gotta be one of the top ten!
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05/01/2005 09:35:45 PM
Winner. 10.
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05/01/2005 07:49:14 PM
Original and extremely well photographed. My favorite of the challenge. Great job!
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05/01/2005 05:53:10 PM
great concept, great execution ... best presentation within this challenge of hard
to render metal and gems .. lighting just about perfect
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05/01/2005 10:52:08 AM
Great close up shot and wonderful lighting. This should fair quite well, so good luck.
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05/01/2005 04:19:43 AM
The detail in this shot is amazing and you did an outstanding job with the setup and lighting. Very nicely done!
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04/30/2005 07:58:50 PM
great idea and well presented . 7
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04/30/2005 07:33:42 PM
Nice one! ;-) Compositionally I think it would work better for me with just one of the rings.
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04/30/2005 02:20:39 PM
The best photo of diamonds in the challenge! Great concept, my only suggestion is that the chocolate kiss doesn't look like chocolate, and is rather un appealing. The rings are the subject of the photo and are displayed in a way that makes me want to buy them!
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04/30/2005 09:20:42 AM
Very well done good comp.
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04/30/2005 06:39:23 AM
Just WOW ! The clarity, logo, lighting...everything is perfect ! 10
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04/30/2005 02:12:40 AM
the text seems kiddish... remember.. school kids dont buy diamonds.. only professionals do. your text should have said... "give her your best".
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04/29/2005 11:08:28 PM
This looks perfectly delicious and perfectly professional. 10.
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04/29/2005 08:21:31 PM
Great Image very clear
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04/29/2005 03:56:02 PM
A contender for a ribbon for sure, wonderful clarity.
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04/29/2005 01:37:25 PM
Professional Looking
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04/29/2005 01:34:07 PM
Needs some warmer lighting IMO. Lovely composition and concept.
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04/29/2005 06:59:13 AM
GREAT SHOT! the colors are great! No glaring light but everything is very well lit up. The chocolate kiss is a great addition. I see this at the top! 10
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04/29/2005 06:33:25 AM
great pic - took a little time to realise what the brown thing was :)
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04/29/2005 02:07:37 AM
Great clarity and sharpness. It looks a little too close up for me, but an original idea!
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04/29/2005 01:07:35 AM
I think you have got the most (best) detail of the jewelry of the entire bunch here. Very nice sharp shot. Simple and effective. Nice lighting and just that itty bitty reflection on the upper right of the lower ring. Great shot.
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04/28/2005 10:17:38 PM
Excelletn capture of the silver, one of the best I have seen!
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04/28/2005 04:24:46 PM
excellent shot
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04/28/2005 03:23:30 PM
nice sharp focusing, great job.
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04/28/2005 02:48:29 PM
This chocolate is kinda gross. But great image.
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04/28/2005 11:26:41 AM
IMO this is a nice shot very sharp and in focus the lighting is well but i wish there werent shadows in the rings but thats ok i like chocolate kisses so that makes up for it- 10
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04/28/2005 11:05:15 AM
Super clarity here, and I like the composition and idea. Super use of depth of field to add mystique. 9
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04/28/2005 09:43:08 AM
nice job and very cute too
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04/28/2005 08:22:16 AM
That's have to be the best diamond shot in this challenge. I like the lighting, the fact that I can actually see the diamond facets and not just a big flash. Good composition also and I like the combination you made here. However, the choice of font could have been better. 9
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04/28/2005 01:20:58 AM
I really like this picture and the idea. The combination of all the elements make for a brilliant idea. Very well executed.
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04/27/2005 09:29:30 PM
one of my favorites so far. 8.
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04/27/2005 03:00:15 PM
Wow them rings look expensive. I like everything except that brown thing you`ve put them on.8
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04/27/2005 02:00:51 PM
Very creative and very well captured to meet the challenge. You get the extra points for cool composition and text. Bumping up.
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04/27/2005 12:08:58 PM
Ah, yes...chocolate! This is fun. Great detail and clarity. Some reflections on the outside of the rings I'm curious about, but can't define. I think those are going to drop this down a couple notches, but should still reach top 20. Good job.
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04/27/2005 11:24:47 AM
This is one of my favorites for this challenge. Great job! I gave it a 10.
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04/27/2005 08:38:21 AM
A hug and a kiss bundled together. Nice idea. Beautifully lit, crisply focused. Nice.
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04/27/2005 02:38:37 AM
beautiful picture! very clever.
not so sure about the typography, though.
(7)
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04/26/2005 06:46:54 PM
I really like the idea here, its very original and crisp.(Incredible photo!) Presentation of the rings is from a great angle. But, the text needs different palcement and a different font. Maybe a larger size too. But this is one of the best in the comp! (my Opinion with the usual disclaimers)
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04/26/2005 05:52:07 PM
definatly a high-placer

And the diamonds on that ring would make any rappers gold teeth fall out.
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04/26/2005 04:06:22 PM
Not sure advertiserswould go for this cheeky approach but fantastic capture of the rocks.
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04/26/2005 03:57:55 PM
Brilliant! in every sence of the word! The Blue without a doubt!
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04/26/2005 02:58:55 PM
I think I'd rather have seen the kiss still wrapped with gold jewelry...or even the white...or maybe do some photoshopping on the kiss, and add some sparkle to the ring.

Overall, good tag line, very original.
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04/26/2005 01:50:05 PM
Beautiful composition and lighting combined with an original approach. Well done.
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04/26/2005 01:15:14 PM
excellent work. should be a ribbon winner Great detail on the rings, i know that it is very hard to show diamonds and still capture the details. Needless to say a 10.
IMHO it should ribbon.
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04/26/2005 12:41:31 PM
This is a perfect ad! As professional as any jewelry ad I've seen. What a great job you did!!!! I'm picking this for a ribbon . . . blue :) 10
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04/26/2005 11:39:29 AM
so sharp, one of my favorites
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04/26/2005 10:04:32 AM
Beautiful shot, I like the contrast of the colors, colors give this a wonderful tone.
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04/25/2005 10:19:55 PM
great photo! nice and sharp. Contrast over the kiss is great.. and a sense of humor :)
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04/25/2005 09:20:48 PM
If you would have gotten the chocolate wet, it would have looked better, shinier. I like the concept.
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04/25/2005 09:09:18 PM
good focus... it might be my imagination, but did you do any editing around the tip of the kiss? it looks like there is a dark "halo" on the top and right sides
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04/25/2005 08:52:43 PM
LOL - Great composition and superb imaging quality.
Whatever lens/camera was used here did a very nice job!
The text/font used and the actualwords seem a bit cheesy in a way. (8)
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04/25/2005 07:03:27 PM
Very professional lighting! Great photography. The processing left a slight halo around the kiss and rings which is slightly distracting, which considering this is supposed to be an ad, may be more of a factor than in other challenges. This is clearly one of the stronger entries though. 8
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04/25/2005 06:55:59 PM
ok dilema which would i want more....terricfic idea and a gorgeous picture.....

"8"
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04/25/2005 05:48:04 PM
Funny idea. Nice details. Uninspiring lighting. Font could use a better selection to complement the design of this image. Good luck!
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04/25/2005 05:30:30 PM
beautiful clarity in this image great work
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04/25/2005 03:57:51 PM
Very nice. I like everything you've done here. exposure is perfect. reflections and contrast are great. composition is great. text choice is perfect. the only 10 i've given so far
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04/25/2005 03:12:44 PM
How about pick one?
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04/25/2005 01:47:48 PM
Nice sharpness on the stones, and they have a nice glitter as well..

Great overall composition as well, I think this would work great in an AD. One of my fav. in this challenge. Good Luck :)
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04/25/2005 01:37:26 PM
Give her the kiss and I'll take the rings ! Wow !! I love your idea and the way you achieved it. Superb.

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04/25/2005 01:21:17 PM
One of the top photos. Top 10 I'm sure.
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04/25/2005 12:15:03 PM
really like this idea!!! Very fresh and original.
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04/25/2005 12:14:46 PM
Wonderful close-up, great clarity.
Dual purpose ad - makes the chocolate look so much more special *g*
The lighting is great, so is the composition and the text. Well done. 8
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04/25/2005 12:07:14 PM
excellent, one of the best in the challenge.
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04/25/2005 11:03:50 AM
Lovely design and idea. Very nicely pulled off. I gave it an 8.
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04/25/2005 10:33:07 AM
speaks well
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04/25/2005 10:08:25 AM
mmm...my favorite things :)
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04/25/2005 10:03:16 AM
One word..WOW!!!! the most professional presentation I have seen. Best of luck and I hope it is the Blue on;-)
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04/25/2005 09:27:42 AM
nice image - great focus. IMO, a bit more light on the diamonds would have helped, and perhaps given them the bit of sparkle they lack, and there is some slight haloing around some the edges - eg the very tip of the the kiss and the bottom left and mid right of the kiss as well. Otherwise, great job. - 8
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04/25/2005 09:02:24 AM
great close up.
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04/25/2005 08:50:56 AM
Nice clear shot of the stones, best one for me 10
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04/25/2005 08:45:47 AM
very nice
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04/25/2005 08:01:35 AM
another one of my top picks...good focus,lighting,and detail...good luck
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04/25/2005 04:13:06 AM
very good image, not sure the brown holder is the best color but overall excellent 8
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04/25/2005 02:41:32 AM
GREAT job!!! perhaps little more sparkle to stones..overall nice...9
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04/25/2005 02:25:08 AM
Wonderfull. The Gems look great.
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04/25/2005 02:03:03 AM
Great shot. Only thing I would change is to use one of the chocolates that still has the swirly / droop down thing at the tip and shine it up with some oil or something. Great job though!
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04/25/2005 01:19:06 AM
I like this a lot one of my favorites nice work !!
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04/25/2005 12:47:29 AM
the choc looks really dry..would like to see it more moist..but love everything else (good font choice too!) 9
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04/25/2005 12:28:13 AM
Fantastic. Eye catching shot and your light is really nice.9
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