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Mediterranean food anyone ?
1st PlaceMediterranean food anyone ?
Tom_Robbrecht


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Challenge: Recipe (Food) II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: Dilbeek, my improvised studio attic
Date: Jan 7, 2006
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 7, 2006

I never had as much fun preparing a shot for a challenge than I had with this one. I had this image in mind the moment I saw the challenge description.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this image will be received by voters. Admitted, I'm a sucker for clichés.
Never did any food shots before though.

Ingredients for the picture :
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-One large north facing skylight window.
-One overcast day.
-One large piece of foamcore.
-Fresh produce, spices and kitchen utensils.

How to make :
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-Place foamcore under skylight.
-Arrange produce, spices and utensils on foamcore.
-Position camera above foamcore and compose the picture, taking care to keep the lens axis perpendicular to foamcore plane.
-Set desired aperture and spot meter a midtone.
-Set shutter speed.
-Shoot a proof image and adjust shutter speed using histogram reading.
-Shoot final image.
-Load image into Photoshop, crop, adjust curves slightly, adjust hue & sat, apply usm, resize, add border and save for web @ 150k max.
-Upload to dpchallenge, enter details and wait for voting to start.

Ingredients for meal :
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2 sweet paprika's (the long variety), 1 yellow paprika, 4 mushrooms, 2 carrots, 3 unions, 2 garlic cloves, 3 tomatoes, fresh basil, bay leaves, thyme, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, spirelli tricolore.

How to make :
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-Dice the unions and garlic and cook slowly in olive oil over low heat in deep pan until soft and golden.
-Dice the other veggies and add them to the pan.
-Add spices to taste, be sure to add enough cayenne pepper, it's a spicy dish. You could also use jalaneño peppers but I have trouble finding those in Belgium.
-Cover and let simmer over low heat for at least 45mins.
-Boil the spirelli 'al dente' and drain.
-Serve sprirelli with sauce and top with grated parmesan or grana padano cheese.

Oooooh how I love this kinda food. Very low on cholesterol and rich in fibers and vitamins !
Yummy !

Finally, my wine recommendations :
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-Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva 1998 (ES)
-Monteregio Riserva - Castellani 1997 (IT)
-Jacobs Creek Merlot 2003 (AU)
-Ironstone Merlot 1998 (USA - Ca)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 110
Avg (all users): 7.2659
Avg (commenters): 8.2222
Avg (participants): 6.8361
Avg (non-participants): 7.3630
Views since voting: 10987
Views during voting: 671
Votes: 331
Comments: 85
Favorites: 22 (view)


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07/21/2006 08:04:38 AM
brilliant shot tom and masterful composition.

i'd give you a 10 just for mentioning jacob's creek ... a very, very nice drop! :)
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01/21/2006 10:40:10 PM
This would be a great poster. I would hang it in my kitchen anyday. Well done! Congrats!!
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01/21/2006 11:07:06 AM
what an incredible detail for relatively small picture...
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01/20/2006 02:24:31 PM
This is an excellent shot. I love the white background. Very clean! Congrats.
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01/19/2006 03:44:24 AM
Jacobs Creek Merlot is a fine drop!
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01/19/2006 01:40:28 AM
Could be a cook book cover! Congratulations! Sent it to Martha Stewart!

Message edited by author 2006-01-19 01:41:07.
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01/18/2006 07:13:41 PM
Fabulous photo, and so well laid out. The color and lighting are fantastic.

Congrats on your ribbon !
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01/18/2006 11:19:10 AM
Amazing description! Reads like a good story! Excellent work photographing food.....not everyone can get an image this good without a lot of learning and mistakes.

Congratulations on your blue ribbon...it is all truly wonderful!
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01/18/2006 11:18:07 AM
So great to see this here - Big Congrats on your ribbon!!
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01/18/2006 10:44:56 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon!
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01/18/2006 10:14:25 AM
Its really amazing how such a great picture has 1 vote a 2. hmm,
Great Job,
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01/18/2006 10:10:12 AM
well deseved win and congrats on being #1 in the ribbon chase so far in 2006. Keep up the great work.
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01/18/2006 10:01:27 AM
Looks so fresh and wonderful, congratulations, a favorite during voting.
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01/18/2006 09:23:52 AM
Nice shot, well laid out. Should offer it as a print.
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01/18/2006 08:51:58 AM
This really does look like one of those posters you'd buy to hang in the kitchen. Well done!!
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01/18/2006 08:22:51 AM
Great win. loved this shot. Congrats.
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01/18/2006 06:49:49 AM
Are you going to offer it as a print?
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01/18/2006 05:14:11 AM
Couldn't find fault. Well done
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01/18/2006 02:38:30 AM
very beautiful
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01/18/2006 12:41:15 AM
Congratulations on the Blue - I thought that it would end up somewhere there.

My thought - and others' too, from skimming the comments - was that this is reminescent of those postcards. You can find the kind I'm talking about on www.nouvellesimages.com if you dig around enough. They usually have a Frnech/English title.
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01/18/2006 12:37:29 AM
Well-deserved. Congrats.

Message edited by author 2006-01-18 00:39:23.
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01/18/2006 12:34:08 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon!
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01/18/2006 12:33:59 AM
Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon!
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01/18/2006 12:22:24 AM
What a set up. It is more a work of art. Congratulations on your BLUE!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 11:21:20 PM
oh - I like this one - and hope it does well - it's not like the others and has it's own originality - good idea laying everything out like this - the composition is very nice, great lighting, overall great quality - and I can see it as a print in a nice restaurant - good job :)
01/17/2006 08:38:47 PM
I really like this interpretation of this challenge. (And the image is nice, too. ;-)
01/17/2006 04:03:28 PM
looks like a poster....incredibly well laid out and lit perfectly...nice work...10
01/16/2006 10:22:39 PM
Nice photo. You laid out the ingredients very nicely to create a nice photo. The lighting is perfect and the backrouung and border really are a nice job.
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01/16/2006 06:09:46 PM
Very nice composition. Some folks will probably knock you for it not being a "recipe" but this is one exceptionally fine image. Technical quality is great and the white background with the colorful arrangement works very, very well.
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01/16/2006 04:17:17 PM
Beautiful layout, a very unique representation in this challenge full of delicious looking prepared dishes, 9
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01/16/2006 04:06:40 PM
Love this different arrangement on the challenge topic.
01/16/2006 02:48:12 PM
hey nice pic! nice idea! 10 good work!
01/16/2006 08:12:44 AM
Frame it and put it on your kitchen wall! Also, how was this lit? I just hope voters don't penalize you for not having an actual dish in the picture. Excellent photograph even if it doesn't exactly meet the challenge.
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01/15/2006 09:45:18 PM
This is wonderful. You should make it into a poster print for your kitchen!
01/15/2006 07:42:24 PM
So far, this image has the best detail and light that I have seen. Your textures show up very well, and the color is very good. 9
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01/15/2006 06:32:12 PM
Interesting Idea. Nice lighting and positing
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01/15/2006 04:17:30 PM
Beautiful setup! I love this one
01/15/2006 04:02:41 PM
Those are really big peppers!!!!! Great color, focus, clarity, spacing.
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01/15/2006 03:41:12 PM
Very nice photo and lighting, though the arrangement looks super-static. I think this will do very well. Good Luck!
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01/15/2006 11:45:01 AM
Clever idea. I like how neat and balanced this looks.
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01/15/2006 10:40:54 AM
Really love the arrangement, well thought out. I like how you included the seasoning and tools too. Great focus and very colorful. I don't usually like borders but it works well with this picture. Good luck
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01/15/2006 02:48:44 AM
Spectacular treatmetn of the ingredients. Composition and light is great as is the control of the flare off the board
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01/14/2006 10:43:50 PM
Very well photographed and also very well presented, and will be so hard to beat.....
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01/14/2006 01:49:49 PM
Very nicely done. Very pleasing composition and coloring. 9
01/14/2006 11:03:29 AM
At least different from all the others...
01/14/2006 08:41:58 AM
Attractive display, well shot
01/14/2006 01:59:57 AM
good idea
01/13/2006 10:23:57 PM
this reminds me of the covers of the chic cookbooks. Very nicely done.
01/13/2006 08:18:36 PM
a little busy but an awesome photo. I'll bet the larger copy is spectacular. nice white on white.
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01/13/2006 04:04:36 PM
Great shot!
01/13/2006 03:59:25 PM
Really supurb image in my opinion. Great lighting, nicely composed and great design. Good luck with this one, its the best image in this challenge for me!
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01/13/2006 09:24:01 AM
Very cool.
01/12/2006 08:25:36 PM
very original. what did u use as a surface?
01/12/2006 06:21:41 PM
Beautiful. This would make a lovely kitchen poster. 8
01/12/2006 01:34:22 PM
Nice one, one of my favs in this competitition.
Very neat and well lit up !
A sure contender CONGRATS
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01/12/2006 01:29:25 PM
I really like this shot, at work I showed it to a collegue who said ïts like a calander shot"... I think that is a cool way of looking at it. It is crisp and clean and works.
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01/12/2006 01:01:20 PM
This remind me of one of those posters with a hundred different kinds of chili peppers on them. I like it very much, although I'm not sure I like the way the utensils fit in. I think I would have preferred more food!
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01/12/2006 12:54:23 PM
cool poster shot.
01/12/2006 11:31:02 AM
i love this, it stands out so much from the crowd and is really well taken (I can really appreciate you lighting, since i find it so hard!). Excellent job, I expect it to score highly
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01/12/2006 02:00:17 AM
WOW...superbly arragenged. Good composition too. Regards,
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01/12/2006 12:44:13 AM
This is one of the few images in these two challenges that I think a stroke/border works for. Nice image. The colors seem to be weighted to the right side. Switch the spatula with the yellow pepper & tomatoes. My eye keeps going to the yellow...
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01/11/2006 07:14:09 PM
Excellent layout, this would make a great poster for the kitchen.
01/11/2006 05:39:51 PM
Good setup!
01/11/2006 04:36:58 PM
Reminds me of the poster in my kitchen :)
01/11/2006 03:29:06 PM
This is my favorite so far!
01/11/2006 03:18:05 PM
Very professional - reminiscent of many postcards and posters I have seen along similar lines. (I'm not saying that's a bad thing, I don't think everything under the sun has to be a unique new idea in order to be appealing). I think you've made a great job - lighting works, clean background works and layout works very well.
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01/11/2006 02:00:23 PM
Nice idea, sharpness, and colors. Less rectilinear arrangement would probably be better.
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01/11/2006 01:53:56 PM
Great shot; no shadows, perfect alignment of the subjects, a presentation of things that look as though they actually lead to a real recipe. It looks like it belongs in a commercial or something.
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01/11/2006 01:19:30 PM
very nice, but almost too organized
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01/11/2006 01:04:43 PM
Fantastic, this is just the sort of thing I like. I wish I had a whole cookbook like this!
01/11/2006 11:19:40 AM
So simple and so beautiful !! Love it. Voted 9
01/11/2006 08:26:29 AM
One has to wonder how much time was spent picking "pretty veggies" in the produce section for this shot! Good job, nice compositional set up. Bumping.
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01/11/2006 08:11:07 AM
Very nicely done. Good, clean layout makes for a simple but striking photo.
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01/11/2006 08:06:45 AM
oooh, I use a lot of these ingredients. I will be looking forward to finding out your recipe. OH...and photo looks fabulous too! I love how evenly spaced out they are and the colors just make it pop. Good job!
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01/11/2006 05:52:07 AM
excellent, congratz on your ribbon :-)
01/11/2006 03:37:40 AM
Really good one
01/11/2006 03:37:13 AM
common! some meat for me! anyway, very good manner to present the new cusine style
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01/11/2006 02:06:25 AM
Very cool! Looks like a poster! Nice take on the challenge!
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01/11/2006 01:53:41 AM
This is an awesome image, great details and lighting, very professional, 10
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01/11/2006 01:42:48 AM
Lighting? Everytime I do this i get orange glow. I never get the white white you're getting. Set up?
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01/11/2006 01:06:27 AM
yes! i love mediterranean food. : ) i like this shot.
01/11/2006 12:50:06 AM
My early pic for front page. I cant believe no one else had this idea. I know I sure didn't. Love the layout and good luck.
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01/11/2006 12:36:48 AM
excellent a winner and maybe a ribbon!
01/11/2006 12:19:19 AM
I like the layout of this one...keeps your eyes busy!
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01/11/2006 12:15:30 AM
Beautifully composed and lit! Great colours, so sharp.
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