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Sinful Silky Smooth Chocolate with Ripe Strawberry
Sinful Silky Smooth Chocolate with Ripe Strawberry

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Ashville, Ohio
Date: May 14, 2007
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

Fixed a Chocolate ganache, poured on a plate, took the photo. Easy as that.

Raw conversion, levels, saturation, NI, sharpen, borders, save for web.

Post challenge: Thank you for all the comments and this was frustrating and fun to do. We had lots of chocolate to eat afterwards!!

Place: 19 out of 144
Avg (all users): 6.3509
Avg (commenters): 7.6250
Avg (participants): 6.0500
Avg (non-participants): 6.4311
Views since voting: 1879
Views during voting: 427
Votes: 285
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/25/2007 06:39:24 PM
Welcome from the critique club!

First of all, congrats on the top 20 placing!

Composition: Excellent composition. The placement of the strawberry in the frame moves the eye around the shot.

Color: Great colors that are well saturated.

Exposure and Lighting: Interesting lighting with few hotspots. Ideally I would go a with a bit smaller aperture (like f/4 maybe?) to get a little more of the chocolate in focus in front of the strawberry. The limited DOF does work well though for isolating the strawberry in the scene.

The border: Good use of a border to "contain" the shot. Its serves its purpose without being distracting

The challenge: Excellent choice of subject. Very unique and the shot really sells it.

Overall: Well done! Very little to do improve on this shot. As mentioned previously a slightly deeper DOF might help however that might be nitpicky.
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05/23/2007 12:17:36 AM
This is a tremendous image and I'm proud to say I was one of the folks to score it a 10! It gives the viewer plenty to think silky smooth about.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 05:36:37 PM
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05/22/2007 02:00:59 PM
Yum! This could be an advertisement!
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05/21/2007 08:29:21 PM
Excellent framing and image.
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05/20/2007 04:01:54 PM
Perfect image for this challenge.
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05/18/2007 09:49:20 PM
when did i start getting choosy about pics. Nice, but no!
05/18/2007 01:41:27 PM
nice color and lighting
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05/18/2007 12:05:48 PM
ooh chocolate! nice idea i havent seen any of this! good job i like this close up :)
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05/18/2007 11:14:43 AM
damn im hungry now send me somma dat
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05/18/2007 11:09:31 AM
that looks so good!it is very crisp and the colors are very vibrant!love it!9
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05/18/2007 08:20:54 AM
To me this photo cries out for sharp focus from front to back - something it lacks. I love the idea and the composition though. The use of flash adds some nice texture to the strawberry, but it also left reflections throughout the image which distract from the overall photo.

I think you have a winner here, but it just needs some retooling - shoot with a tripod and no flash perhaps in a well lit area? Use a bounce flash?
05/16/2007 06:14:42 PM
Great picture.. One of my favorites.
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05/16/2007 05:18:07 PM
ohhh baby! love this shot! great texture and dof. 9
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05/16/2007 03:51:52 PM
Oh that looks delicious. =)
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05/16/2007 12:25:08 PM
Nice shot of chocolate. My mouth is watering.
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05/16/2007 11:53:01 AM
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05/16/2007 12:50:52 AM
oooohhhh!!! strawberries and chocolate! good choice!
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