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Honey I Burnt the Toast
Honey I Burnt the Toast
AlexSaberi


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Oops! II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Home
Date: Dec 27, 2005
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 500
Shutter: 20
Galleries: Humorous
Date Uploaded: Dec 27, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 5 out of 100
Avg (all users): 6.3081
Avg (commenters): 7.1852
Avg (participants): 6.4694
Avg (non-participants): 6.2869
Views since voting: 2983
Views during voting: 577
Votes: 422
Comments: 37
Favorites: 0


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AuthorThread
01/06/2006 10:56:19 PM
::: Critique Club :::

Hi, I am Kari and am fairly new to the critique club. It is awesome that your image in the top 10 .. congratulations.

Who would have thought burnt toast would get you that far!

First Impression - the most important one:
Me, like many others can smell the toast. That is a major plus, you have made people think and triggered their memory and pulled that smell. We all remember triggering our smoke alarms with this exact method.

Composition:
You have received a number of comments re cropping (plate colour), DOF and lighting. The following are my thoughts on this:

Cropping
You may be able to take this further out but I think it would it affect the effect of the image. With a darker plate underneath the toast may blend with the plate, but it could emphasis the smoke (the opps) ....

The smoke on the toast has also created a leading line for the eye, although it does get lost once it reaches the plate.

DOF .. I did find the DOF a minor issue, I would have like the image to have a larger depth of field to create a sharpness for the image. I don't think this can be achieved through computer sharpening.

Lighting .. I like it, and it does work for me.

Subject:
Lovely subject matter and one that everyone can relate to, very easily.

Technical (Colour and light):
The colour of the plate may heave helped emphasis the smoke and taken it further as a leading line, but the whiteness of the plate used works as I think this is what people expect to see.

To grow its vote?:
I think that this image did incredibly well in this challenge, against some rather stiff competition for the top 5.

Summary:
Great picture, really is something we all know, and I think that you really tapped into peoples memories wtih this one.

If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via the PM system.

Congratulations and well done.

Kari

Message edited by author 2006-01-07 00:49:05.
01/05/2006 12:27:28 PM
Congratulations on your top finish. Very creative.
01/04/2006 10:25:20 AM
Love that smoke.
01/04/2006 01:26:31 AM
Hey, I can almost smell that! Congratulations on your top five finish.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2006 11:34:35 PM
The smoldering toast is a classic oops. 10
01/03/2006 10:43:51 PM
Nice capture, I did not see the smoke on the first view.
01/03/2006 08:51:35 PM
A slightly bigger DOF here would of nailed this IMO. Well done though.
01/03/2006 01:49:35 PM
Did you use a lighter on the corner of the toast?
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01/03/2006 09:00:40 AM
This is great, Having seen the result, I would have tried again with the peice on the left in the foreground and the peice on the right slightly back to get the rest of that smoke.

Looks pretty good though.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2006 01:20:57 AM
Uh oh. Great photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/03/2006 12:54:19 AM
Cool.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2006 04:37:21 PM
Mmmm, burnt toast. Nice composition here. The focus and DOF is done nicely. IMHO using a darker plate and less lighting may have emphasized the smoke more? Nice shot nonetheless
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2006 01:53:24 PM
great detail
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/02/2006 01:30:44 PM
I like it.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/01/2006 08:28:59 PM
I think you got your desired effect. well done
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/31/2005 11:14:28 PM
I like the smoke rising from the toast itself - I can almost smell it. Good solid entry into the challenge and well executed. 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/31/2005 11:10:09 PM
Yep lol. shalow dof, a bit too much for me...unless you were trying to capture the smoke
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/31/2005 06:31:42 PM
The smoke really makes this picture. That must have been interesting to do! 7.

L8r,
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/31/2005 11:56:47 AM
crop is too tight for my taste
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/31/2005 04:40:12 AM
The smoke sets it off. Brings back memories, my dad always made his toast like that. On purpose! I say just eat charcoal. ;)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/30/2005 11:25:05 PM
been there, done that...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/30/2005 11:13:50 PM
Ssssmmmmooooookin! Just MASK your mistake! You didn't burn the toast! You just created Cajun Blackened Bread! Or maybe even European Pan Frumage!
Have no fear! The Spin Doctor is in!
Great Concept/ Composition/ Focus/ Simplification!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/30/2005 02:20:11 AM
I can smell the smoke!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 09:40:19 PM
awesome capture of smoke
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 09:15:49 PM
Best entry, in my book. Love the wisp of smoke and shallow DOF. 9
12/29/2005 08:07:18 PM
I like this. Coulda used a bit more DOF. The smoke is a great effect.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 05:28:51 PM
6 - Good set up. Criticism; perhaps a crop variation (depending what you had to work with of course), possibly a composition variation to allow the 'smoke' to be seen/come into play more and just a fraction sharper on the 'top toast', as the focus seems better on the bottom one, likely have made this even better in my opinion.
12/29/2005 02:59:01 PM
story of my life
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 11:05:47 AM
I like how you caught the smoke rising off of it, it brings the photo to life and gives it a sense of movement.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 08:59:59 AM
I love seeing the steam rise off the toast--very nice touch!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 12:45:42 AM
That really is burnt............Like the smoke coming off the toast.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/29/2005 12:34:06 AM
The waft of smoke is a nice touch -
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2005 01:35:45 PM
Yum! Smoke was great addition to the picture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2005 12:23:40 PM
ha ha ha ha- I can smell it from here. I'd like this with tons of negative space around it. Preferably black, so that the charred part kind of blends in. Nice focus and close up though.
12/28/2005 12:11:44 PM
this is a great picture
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2005 11:55:33 AM
Smoke is a definite plus ! Good job. "9"
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2005 09:36:30 AM
I like the smoke, it adds a lot
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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