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Stockpot and stock cubes
Stockpot and stock cubes

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Challenge: Stock Photos: Cooking (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2009 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Location: La Studio des Snaffles
Date: Jan 10, 2009
Aperture: f4
ISO: 1/25
Shutter: 200
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 12, 2009

Self-explanatory....a big ol' stockpot and stock cubes, shot and pp'd as though I were going to submit it for stock. Originally wanted to use stainless steel stockpot but couldn't figure out how to shoot it without getting tons of reflections in its surface.

Shot in lightbox with the $2 light on the left and a small fluorescent on the left. Camera on tripod.

pp: RAW conversion, crop, curves, shadow/highlight, clone, hue/saturation, red filter, resize, unsharp mask, sharpen edges, save for web

Place: 60 out of 91
Avg (all users): 5.0932
Avg (commenters): 5.3750
Avg (participants): 4.5745
Avg (non-participants): 5.2222
Views since voting: 787
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 236
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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01/26/2009 05:01:25 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Sorry you didn't score a bit higher with this image.

I thought it was quite an amusing take on the challenge topic, but sadly it didn't really meet the challenge in as far as showing the art of cooking. Yes, it is definitely cooking related and yes, it is definitely a stock photo, but somehow it missed something along the way. I wonder if you had put the stockpot on the stove with a wooden spoon or something it may have conveyed the theme a bit better.

Technically I believe there are also some issues with the lighting (some burnt out bits on the rim etc) and also as PGerst mentions, the processing is a bit clumsy (not that I could have done any better mind you!) There are quite a lot of jaggies around the edges which may have resulted from the sharpen edge process.

Overall, I felt this was a great idea, but could have been improved a bit both technically and compositionally.

Hope this was in someway helpful.

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01/22/2009 11:44:16 AM
Fun play on the word 'stock'. I like the red and gold colors and the composition. I'd like to see some color and texture added to the background, because this looks too much like a cut and paste job.
(edited for typos.)

Message edited by author 2009-01-22 11:47:03.
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01/21/2009 09:17:49 AM
Except for the edges of the pot that blended in with the background, I thought this was a pretty good stock shot. Plus it made me laugh with everything being "stock" hehe. Those seem like cooking items to me!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/19/2009 04:46:15 PM
Yes, all very stock ;-)
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01/18/2009 10:23:06 AM
the pot should have been on a stove...
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01/17/2009 01:01:21 PM
Hey..I have excactly the same pot in my kitchen.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/17/2009 02:12:46 AM
so simple but so good!
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01/15/2009 11:28:32 AM
Nice and clean, if a bit uninteresting.
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01/14/2009 09:51:28 PM
The main issue I have with this is that it seems clear that the background was selected and either deleted or pushed. The edges of the left handle are way to noticeable.
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01/14/2009 05:59:18 PM
simple, straight forward and neatly done
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01/14/2009 09:13:32 AM
The pot is nicely captured, but it is lacking something.
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