please pick one, 4 images, I'm not sure

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dougf8

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 12:30
Just want to know which is your favourite, thanks

1: cheese



2: mixed: bulgarian carrot, pinocchio's nose, hungarian black, cherry bomb, aji crystal



3: hungarian black



4: pinocchio's nose and cherry bomb


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philstaff

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 12:34
Number two for me more variety of col in this photo than the others and looks sharper.
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Thordell

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 13:14
Oh dear, I can't choose between 1 and 3 - will come back after lunch and see if my hunger is effecting my choice.
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matwhittington

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 16:13
For me it had to be one of the chilli shots, and the colours in number 2 edge it for me. Wouldn't look out of place in a cookbook...

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Anvh

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 16:31
I wonder if the photos look better with the stem pointing up instead of down, with photo 2 & 3.
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dougf8

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 17:41
Looking like 2 then.

The cutting marks are a deliberate component. No 1. is messy as it crispy melted cheese.

Thanks all. I might re-shoot and try with slightly better light, outside, stems up and have a try with different backgrounds.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 17:44
One and four for me, Doug. Stefan's orientation suggestion has some merit, I think. I like the fine control of exposure: those highlights must have been hell to preserve.

Oh, I've just seen the camera you used...
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simonkit

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 17:54
No 2 for me, I prefer the contrasting colours

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dougf8

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 18:10
bwlchmawr wrote:
One and four for me, Doug. Stefan's orientation suggestion has some merit, I think. I like the fine control of exposure: those highlights must have been hell to preserve.

Oh, I've just seen the camera you used...

Andrew, funny you should say that, I had the camera on a tripod over the subject and because of the dark background I was hunting for the grey card I picked up and never needed, till now. Kicked myself for selling the Sekonic, I never really needed till now. Couldn't find said grey card so used a blue cloth I guessed was about 18%. Then gave up on that and set it to M, and twiddled until what I saw in preview matched what was below me. Put 2/3 bracket on and I'll play with the RAW output later.
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thoughton

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 22:46
2 here as well. 4 isn't bad either. I don't like 3, the reflections somehow make it look a bit out of focus even though it isn't. 1 is technically good, but the subject is a bit unappealing

dougf8

Link Posted 18/07/2010 - 22:57
Tim, thanks. you're right about 3, it is perfectly in focus but the angle of the surface is deceptive. I think some tinkering with that one is in order. I thought the black on black/grey might work but perhaps that one needs full on daylight rather than the incidental side light.

What's wrong with cheese? I know what you mean though. I'm looking at the monthly comp in the Guardian and this month its texture. Mmmmmm toasted cheese. ( my contri http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougstevenson/sets/72157624527072982/ )

In the end I bottled the chilli shot but I'll be doing these again with everyone's comments in mind.

Thanks
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lidy

Link Posted 19/07/2010 - 21:49
I prefer #4 because of the strong colours: red, green, black. I'd replace the cuttingboard for something really black and maybe shiny so that the chillies'reflection is there as well and yes, have another look at the arrangement. Well, don't mind me - can't do any better than you.
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