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Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue

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Challenge: Product Shot II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Home Studio
Date: Mar 18, 2010
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2010

As can be seen in a product catalog, on packaging etc
Lit with 1 softbox at 11 pm behind subject, softbox was gridded with a tree branch to create some shadow effects, 1 reflector for fill right in front of subject and 1 snooted strobe to highlight the brand name on the front of the bowl. Mini mirror to add some specular highlights on the berries.

Place: 13 out of 124
Avg (all users): 6.5845
Avg (commenters): 7.5455
Avg (participants): 6.4375
Avg (non-participants): 6.6596
Views since voting: 1485
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 142
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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04/04/2010 04:52:55 AM
Thanks I had helpful hands of 3 kiddo's and Mommy to clean this one up!
03/31/2010 11:00:26 PM
Greetings from the critique club!

First of all, thank you so much for including your lighting setup. It really helps us understand what you were trying to do when we do our critiques for these types of images and helps other learn as well.

In terms of the lighting it does look a little too bright in the top left and on the upper left edge of the bowl. It almost looks like that light (the soft box if I am reading your setup correctly) was a bit brighter than the light with the snoot. I'd be curious to see what this looks like shot without the softbox. Otherwise, the lighting is pretty good.

The focus for this image might be a little soft. Or at the very least there might not be enough DOF. (I think that might be it) Composition is ok and you have your elements positioned in a pleasing way. Maybe getting a little lower would add more emphasis to the brand name on the bowl. Then again getting lower would necessitate increasing your DOF even more I think.

For the challenge? Terrific choice of subject. The textures and the colors you presented really sold the viewers and made them want to be person getting that chocolate covered strawberry out of the bowl. At the end of the day, in my opinion, that was the most important goal and you suceeded at it.

Congratulations on your personal best and I hope you didn't get too full "cleaning up your set". :)
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03/30/2010 11:07:21 PM
thanks everybody!
03/30/2010 07:11:16 AM
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03/29/2010 12:54:34 PM
nice finish, I had just recently ate this chocolate for the first time..YUM...YUM!!! Nice shot
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03/29/2010 11:18:40 AM
Congrats on a new PB Chef!
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03/29/2010 08:50:20 AM
I wonder why it didn't finish higher, had this pegged for a HM.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/28/2010 04:57:10 PM
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03/27/2010 02:09:46 PM
Did you use the semi-sweet for your fondue? Mine didn't work with the dark chocolate--it was more like ganache! I tried the same idea with the same chocolate last night! But they didn't have nice looking strawberries at my store, so it kind of looked like a sick radish or turnip! [thumb]862267[/thumb]

Nicely done! (voting later)
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03/26/2010 02:05:42 PM
Nice concept and the lighting is done well.
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03/25/2010 07:01:14 PM
Great setup and lighting.
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03/25/2010 08:18:17 AM
I spontaneously start drooling at the look of these nice strawberries, juicy kiwi and the 70% :)
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03/24/2010 07:00:49 PM
that makes me hungry
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03/24/2010 06:26:58 PM
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03/23/2010 08:32:26 PM
really good food shot - very appetizing
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03/22/2010 06:48:29 AM
Great setup and brilliant lighting on the chocolate. The lighting doesn't work so well on the fruit though (looks a little dull).
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03/22/2010 06:10:26 AM
very very well done.
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03/22/2010 04:44:12 AM
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