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Bread and Wine
Bread and Wine

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Giving Thanks (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400
Location: home
Date: Nov 28, 2003
Aperture: f/5.1
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/8
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Nov 27, 2003

Food and drink, obviously; but the Christian iconography is not by accident. I hoped also that the broken bread would somehow suggest the feeding of more than one - i.e. family, or friends, or partners - despite the single wine glass (but hey, the sacrifices demanded by composition).

I feel I should add that I am not a religious person - in fact am a committed atheist. This is not however an attempt to make any kind of comment.

Place: 5 out of 56
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Avg (commenters): 7.0000
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Avg (non-participants): 6.8831
Views since voting: 33908
Votes: 121
Comments: 24
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/11/2003 11:24:23 PM
Greetings from the critique club

This is technically a good shot. It's just not, well, exciting.

Focus and lighting are good. Composition good, I might suggest cropping up to the top of the cutting board. Loose the dark edge.

A little light, reflected or otherwise, on the center of the bread would help bring out more detail there.

Additional light on the wine, either from behind or above could also make that look more interesting. Now it's just dark, not inviting.

The backdrop is too many shades of red/orange. If that was a more uniform red w/dark shadows I think it may help.

I hope this helps, and of course, it is just my opinion.

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12/06/2003 02:33:41 AM
I certainly hope you will be gratefull that I spared you from the worst possible ranking.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/05/2003 08:01:30 PM
As symbolism this isn't strong enough for me, but it's a good, competent shot, well lit but just a bit dull really. Had this been in a dinner situation with people socialsing and benefiting from it then it would be more potent I feel.
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12/04/2003 07:23:53 PM
Very nice interpretation of the challenge. Lighting, color and composition are well done. It looks like some details are lost on the right side where the folds of the velvet made it look like it was the edge of the cloth. 8
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12/04/2003 05:01:32 PM
Me too!
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12/02/2003 09:27:28 PM
Nice composition and lighting, except that I'd like to see the glass highlights stand out better.
12/01/2003 09:27:39 AM
Nice still life. dof right on.
11/30/2003 11:35:57 PM
excellent still life... some creatively placed flash light behind that glass of wine coule possibly make it glow in the glass nicely :)
11/30/2003 08:56:54 AM
good subject. Nice red drape in the background. The red wine is a little lost against all the red tho'. I'd crop the bottom edge of the cutting board and on the right just loose the bright line in the cloth. The lighting in a bit flat - more from the left or a white board to bounce the light back better?
11/30/2003 12:51:59 AM
Lovely studio shot. I can't think of a thing to change. A little less lighting might create more of a mood, but I like it the way it is. Nice work.
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11/29/2003 08:37:17 PM
Nicely done, good lighting.
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11/29/2003 01:19:24 PM
You mean bread and water didnít you?;) Just joking. Perfect photograph as far as Iím concerned. Hope you place in the top three.
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11/29/2003 12:58:56 PM
I don't drink wine, but I do love your shot anyway! It may be just a tad dark, but the simplicity of the composition and the direction of the shadows works very well. The background serves the shot well, too.
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11/29/2003 12:30:57 PM
nice setup. could do with being sharpened a little i think, but very nice anyway. 9
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11/29/2003 11:15:09 AM
Bad Points: Dull lifeless subject, area on the right distratcting (end of curtain? or just dark?)
Good Points: well exposed, pretty well composed apart from the right side, nice lights.
Overall Score: 5
11/29/2003 10:15:48 AM
nice still life a little dark on the left and it possibly might have done well with a crop on the right but overall nice composition and textures
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11/29/2003 10:07:19 AM
Atkins diet here......but, your bread & wine looks good enough to eat & drink! nice photo
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11/29/2003 09:13:17 AM
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11/29/2003 05:38:29 AM
Very nicely constructed still life. You have done a very good job with the lighting, backround and placement of the subjects.
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11/29/2003 05:16:23 AM
Simply a beautiful photo. I absolutely love the colour co-ordination here and the lighting. The image is not too busy with objects filling the frame. Overall a lovely image that certainly portrays a message. Well done and GL in this weeks challenge.
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11/29/2003 04:45:53 AM
Wonderful.... so simple,yet so complete... I just love the composition and the theme. Not too sure about the shadows though... Maybe a bit harsh. But I would still give it a 10. I wish it ribbon!
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11/29/2003 12:50:27 AM
The velvet red drape is awesome here. I think the light could of been dimmed a hair, but this is still very good. Pleasant to look at.
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11/29/2003 12:48:34 AM
Nice shot. An 8
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11/29/2003 12:22:23 AM
Religious connotations, or just happy to have a simple meal??? Either way, this is an excellent still life. Great lighting, composition, and I like what you did with the folds in the background. Good luck in the challenge! JD
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