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"Berry Smooth"
"Berry Smooth"
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Challenge: Textures II (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Home
Date: Feb 13, 2004
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2004

Texture does not necessarily mean rough, and I thought it personally more of a challenge to stay away from a rough texture and try to present smooth. Being the chocoholic I am, the use of chocolate came to mind. The smooth, creamy texture of melted chocolate wasn't easy to photograph! And there is one small white spot on the far left side of the chocolate that I can't clone out here, but will after the challenge. I'm not sure what it is.

First I had to decide how to present it and came up with the strawberry idea...also some interesting texture. Then I had to decide how to present the strawberry, as I really didn't want fingers in the photo. Didn't want it in a dish either, so I ended up with an inverted wineglass being used as a pedestal.

The chocolate was melted milk chocolate chips with added paraffin for flow.

I wanted a smooth, silky background so I bought a 1/2 yard of blue satin fabric. Lighting was a combination of lamps. It was a challenge trying to get enough light on the berry and chocolate wiithout blowing out the shine on the fabric. Still could've used more light on the subject. Time to invest in some lights.

Cropped and levels tweaked in Picture It.

Statistics
Place: 84 out of 406
Avg (all users): 5.7321
Avg (commenters): 6.1000
Avg (participants): 5.5471
Avg (non-participants): 6.0632
Views since voting: 1220
Votes: 265
Comments: 33
Favorites: 0


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03/15/2004 10:06:37 AM
This looks like your background is in focus and your forground is out focus. Try messing with your f-stop. Great idea though.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2004 09:19:50 PM
Yum! Looks good enough to eat!
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02/24/2004 06:18:54 PM
Beautiful shot. My only suggestion would be a faster shutter speed if possible to better catch the smoothness of the pouring chocolate.
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02/24/2004 02:10:35 PM
yummy!
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02/24/2004 07:51:05 AM
nice colors.
Harm
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02/24/2004 12:32:26 AM
Very nice setup, interesting composition. A bit of blown highlight on the juice/syrup... but it doesn't really bother me that much.
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02/23/2004 11:44:47 PM
Nice imaginative shot and I like your composition, your colors really are nice. well done shot. By the way I hope that chocolate is not spilling on your carpet, good luck on getting it out. Ciao, Gallatin
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02/22/2004 10:06:57 PM
Oh yes, chocolate and strawberry--two of my favorite textures. Very good job.
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02/22/2004 09:48:03 PM
blue is distracting to beautiful warm red color of berry. White would be more appealing as backdrop...white matte board works best!
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02/22/2004 10:50:12 AM
This makes me hungry. mmmmmm
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02/22/2004 07:21:09 AM
Very nice! This is the best strawberry I have seen so far.
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02/21/2004 07:38:10 AM
I want to eat this.
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02/21/2004 06:36:34 AM
I think this would really benefit from the subject being dead center in the frame, each side an even distance from the edges of the picture.
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02/20/2004 08:10:56 PM
Yummy yummy!!!! I'd like one of those..... Great idea, nice composition and great show of texture for the four elements.
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02/20/2004 04:43:36 PM
Interesting shot with nice composition and contrasting colors. The chocolate is blurry (not sure that works) and the dying leaves makes the strawberry a bit unappetizing.
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02/20/2004 01:49:21 PM
Not focused. nice idea though.
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02/20/2004 11:19:19 AM
nice contrasting textures.
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02/20/2004 07:31:17 AM
If you could have found a Strawberry whit fresher leafs this photo would be close to perfeckt. The whole thing would grab me straight away but like that it kills this exotic flavor over the photo.
I have seen many strawberrys in this theme but this is the best so far.
It just hurts a littel too see a symbol failure like that destroying the vipes in a perfeckt photo like that. 7
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02/19/2004 11:50:59 PM
Berry nice. It's a shame you didn't have a fresher berry (not that it doesn't have its own texture).
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02/19/2004 09:06:40 PM
yum! smooth texture captured in your stop action pour. blue background doesn't compiment colors - suggest you use lighting more to pull subject from the background
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02/19/2004 08:46:10 PM
Well, you have the chocolate vote, of course. Nicely, composed, photographed, with great colors. And you undoubtedly had a feast later (and with the rejects) 8
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02/19/2004 08:19:14 PM
Great shot, maybe a little too much background.
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02/19/2004 11:35:20 AM
Texture on the focused area of the cloth distracts a bit. But looks like a delicious photo
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02/19/2004 10:42:16 AM
lighting is distracting
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02/18/2004 03:23:49 PM
Okay, now I'm hungry, and I don't even like strawberries. Great color capture on this! The blue background really gives it a hint of elegance. Black might be nice too, but it may have made it too dark.
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02/18/2004 02:59:04 PM
Pretty nice... one thing that bothers me though, the border isn't equally long to each side. 7
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02/18/2004 12:54:32 PM
Very nice mixture of textures. Too bad that lighting hot spot is on the chocolate. It's still an 8 in my voting.
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02/18/2004 07:05:33 AM
Great idea. The texture on the background is distracting from the action in the front.
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02/18/2004 06:58:17 AM
There is at least texture here - though let down by a weak and disorganised picture: the shape of that spill of chocolate, the cropping, the munber of elements to take the eye.
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02/18/2004 04:47:31 AM
great unique idea. Shame you can see the pour at the top.
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02/18/2004 02:44:54 AM
nice color and very sharp image....
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02/18/2004 01:42:02 AM
the chocolate should have been topped in motion. the berry has dried out leves
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02/18/2004 12:33:54 AM
Great colors in this shot. just seems to be a little blur on the liquid. (6)
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