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Pasta salad
Pasta salad

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Challenge: Fill the Frame (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Bedroom
Date: Jul 27, 2003
Aperture: F2.2
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Abstract, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2003

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Place: 142 out of 142
Avg (all users): 3.6970
Avg (commenters): 3.7500
Avg (participants): 3.8140
Avg (non-participants): 3.4783
Views since voting: 1204
Votes: 132
Comments: 13
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08/10/2003 08:18:07 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club
By Inspzil

Composition - I'm not keen on this idea at all. I don't know why the picture is so dark and so small, and I don't care for the subject at all. It really lacks some visual appeal. I'm sure it tastes great, but unfortunately that doesn't appear to be adequately portrayed by this photograph. There isn't much for colors or anything to give it that little something it needs. Color would've been a good touch. I think the fact that its pasta salad is not helping it. The crap stuck to the noodles looks messy and does not make a noodle photogenic. Its also too dark for my tastes.

Technical - Not badly focused. I'm not sure how to frame this one to make it better. I think this would've definitely benefitted from going thru some major color adjustments to give it some sort of point of interest. I think you pretty much lost most of the voters confidence with very little color and being so dark.

Overall - I think a different subject would be the best way to improve this picture. It isn't really well taken and there isn't a unique camera angle or any other outstanding quality to set it apart from the rest of the field. Your score is pretty fair on this one, at least as I'm seeing it. It does nothing for visual or emotional appeal on the level that it needs to be. I'm not really sure what else to say now except good luck and take care - Bob
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/03/2003 06:40:32 PM
Good idea. Lighting and contrast could be improved.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2003 10:55:12 PM
Mmm, peas. A bit dark in the left hand corner.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/02/2003 07:24:54 PM
Focus seems to be too soft and the bottom left is a little dark.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2003 05:58:13 PM
The lighting and colr gets muddy along the left bottom corner. the focus is a little soft. Gut wise, the shot doesn't really grab me, the pastas color is kind of unappealing to me
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2003 02:23:13 PM
the dof looks like that of professional food product shots, but I think the lightign lets it down. it looks very dull and theres not much contrast at all. with a bit of extra light on this it could be a pretty good shot
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2003 01:44:46 PM
Too dark and rather soft. Try a tripod and longer exposure.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/01/2003 02:10:37 AM
two things that could really help your picture are: one, better lighting, and two a more interesting subject. the overall picture is a tad dark, but not so dark you can't tell what's going on. a little more lighting or a better lighting angle would bring out more detail in the pasta. as far as the subject, something with more color variation would be more eye catching and appealing to the viewer. there are some peas and corn in the shot, but really the corn is in the same general shade as the pasta and there aren't that many peas overall.

those are just some of the things i have learned over the couple of years on this site that have helped me take better pictures gradually over time.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2003 08:08:27 PM
Too dark. Nice idea, but not technically a good picture to look at.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/31/2003 02:55:15 PM
could have been intresting if the lighting had been played with more
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/29/2003 02:55:14 AM
Did you take a photo of your dinner before you ate it? :-) Also a good idea, maybe a bit too dark in the lower left hand corner tho.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/28/2003 12:26:29 PM
A little too dark.
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07/28/2003 02:48:03 AM
Shot's a bit too gloomy and lacks interest.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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