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Darkened Salmon on Israelien Couscou
Darkened Salmon on Israelien Couscou
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Challenge: Recipe (Food) II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: My Kitchen!
Date: Jan 8, 2006
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 250
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2006

This is a personal project i've been 'harvesting' for a few months already, so obviously, seeing that dpc.com featured such a challenge, i had to jump on it and try my luck ;)

I have a very good friend who's an amazing cook, and currently stuying in this crazy world of cooking, and has been for the past few years. He's one of the best 'youngsters' out there.

Anyhow, i asked is help, which he granted with an amazing pleasure. being very talented in the plate presentation, he did a series of different plates, entrées, main dishs and deserts and i picked this one as my final submission. Lets just say it was hard not to eat it while taking pictures :)

This is basically a an oiled up piece of salmon, cooked in a plate over fire, with some good spices (cajun and paprica mixed up). Putting lots of the spice on one side of the fish, you then put it directly in the cooking plate, at high, without any butter/oil or cooking helpers. you want the spices to burn, which gives this fish its amazing colour. You let it there for about 4 mins, until about half the fish is cooked. Then put it in the oven at broil for another 4 mins, so that the rest of the fish quickly cooks. Rest on a few spoons of Israelien Couscous (white little balls)and vegetables. Sprinkle some herbs and salad on top, with a good mango sauce, and you are ready to serve. This plate is so easy to do, its a crime.

Editing wise: Lots of RAW tweaks - colours, vigneting, lighting, and temperature.

In photoshop: Level, Curves, Contrast, HUEs, Lightness, Saturations. Crop and angle for effect, image sizing (640 height...) and then some sharpness adjustments.

Voilà!

I hope this entry does honor to my friend, who did an amazing job with this and was nice enought to take 2 whole evenings for preparations, cookings and to teach me how to make those plates!

Enjoy and thanks for voting!

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 110
Avg (all users): 6.4646
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.2813
Avg (non-participants): 6.5096
Views since voting: 1928
Views during voting: 489
Votes: 325
Comments: 35
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2006 09:33:06 PM
Nice arrangement, colors, sharpness, and composition. A touch more saturation might help. Looks tasty, and hope it does well.
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01/17/2006 07:49:50 PM
Great presentation!

It would be interesting to see this with a wider crop and softer lighting, especially on the left piece of salmon.
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01/17/2006 03:47:57 PM
great lighting, focus and DOF
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01/17/2006 02:07:00 PM
Great shot. Interesting to crop it tight, ephasizing the food - very clever! Food looks fantastic as well!
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01/17/2006 12:51:44 PM
Great mix of color. This one really pops.
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01/17/2006 10:21:37 AM
Vibrant palette, green on the veggies on the dish matches blurred background, nice touch.
Very crisp and well coordianted colors- down to me sauce melting down in the meet- bravo. Too much empty space at the bottom of the image disturbs the composition slightly- maybe a blurred foreground element, a leaf or fruits off focus would bring the the whole ssetting together? Great photo, bravo!
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01/17/2006 07:06:24 AM
Great depth of colours - I expect to see this in my local mediteranian restaurant window any day now
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01/16/2006 10:30:25 PM
Yum. I really can't wait to get this recipe. technically a great photo. I just think the crop on the side is a little to tight, but overall a nice picture
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01/16/2006 07:13:14 PM
Good composition and excellent use of DOF. The meal is the center of focus. USM, however, is slightly overdone and the light a tad bit harsh.
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01/16/2006 02:50:36 PM
Looks very appealing - nice colours - good comp.
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01/15/2006 10:03:01 PM
very nice! commercial quality photo - ready for the magazine
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01/15/2006 09:44:31 PM
Amazing
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01/15/2006 07:58:22 PM
great shot...food magazine quality
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01/15/2006 04:30:14 PM
Details a bit blow out on the left side. Nice color contrast.
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01/15/2006 04:21:49 PM
This looks tasty, good colors but the light is to strong on the salmon on the left. The vegetables are looking great though.
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01/15/2006 11:14:48 AM
Voting in this challenge is making me hungry!

Wonderful shot. Maybe lose the lint between the white lines - lower left. Otherwise, great! (Rhymes with '8')
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01/15/2006 11:11:48 AM
Vert nice, Love the colors here. The spot on the left chunk of meat is a bit washed but good composition.
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01/14/2006 10:49:11 PM
This looks not only interesting, but also well presented, and very well photographed.....
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01/14/2006 04:33:11 PM
Great arrangement, table setting and background. The lighting is a bit harsh though.
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01/14/2006 03:18:20 PM
Slightly oversaturated? But very good! Would have preferred a plain table cloth- this is slightly distracting. 6
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01/14/2006 02:37:36 PM
Very nice shot. Nice variety of colour, nice perspective, and great lighting.
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01/13/2006 11:47:47 PM
Nicely done. I would liked to have seen this without the plate cut off.
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01/13/2006 03:59:37 PM
This would be a great photo for a restaurant!
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01/13/2006 12:09:35 PM
Good potential, sharpen more, blown out highlights..6
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01/13/2006 09:24:40 AM
Nice colors. This one made me hungry, cause I like fish...
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01/12/2006 06:22:55 PM
Straight out of a cookbook. A couple of white spots are a tiny bit overexposed, but really beautiful work!
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01/12/2006 10:58:14 AM
I'm not a fan of the crop....but it looks delicious.
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01/11/2006 11:30:23 PM
Are you sure you didn't just go to a restaurant and order that? Amazing presentation, and the photograph looks good enough to eat (sorry, but thepun was absolutely necessary).
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01/11/2006 08:37:47 AM
I like the presentation. Lighting is a little harsh.
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01/11/2006 08:11:26 AM
Beautifully styled and really delicious looking. Wishing for less harsh lighting. Good job! Bumping up.
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01/11/2006 06:54:04 AM
Nice vibrant colors. Only thing I see is that it's a bit blown on the one piece of salmon. Great DOF also.
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01/11/2006 06:06:39 AM
Its nice and all, but I somehow dont like the appeal. Its too much "not meant for eating".
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01/11/2006 03:09:41 AM
Blew out your highlights. Soften your lighting and shoot a longer exposure. Though, oh yeah, I'd eat this.8
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01/11/2006 01:52:45 AM
Nicely plated entree', however, blown highlights really hurt.
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01/11/2006 01:31:46 AM
Ok come on down to my dorm room and start cookin ;) Seriously you have no idea the poor excuses for food we have to eat here... Good dof, some minor artifacts on the table cloth... difficult to fix in basic so hm...
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