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Originally I was trying to get a of the cream running out of the egg but give up with this instead.

Camera:olympus 20
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:36 days till the end of the cream egg season
Username:nineteen68 nineteen68
Uploaded:2 Mar 2010 - 6:12 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Still life
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DrGrafenberg
DrGrafenberg e2 Member 434 forum postsDrGrafenberg vcard
2 Mar 2010 - 7:40 AM

Eggcellent!

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2010 - 9:15 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The exposure's spot on, I like the setting you've chosen and, though some may complain about the central omposition, I think it suits the mostly symmetrical subject. My only complaint is that this isn't quite sharp from the front to the back of the egg. Software sharpening (USM, radius .8 strength 80) helps a bit, especially around the `shell' of the egg but, ultimately, software can't recover detail that was never there and getting the focus just right is the only way.

(By the way, it's `Creme Egg' since there's no actual cream in them.)

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clicknimagine
clicknimagine e2 Member 5221 forum postsclicknimagine vcard 88 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2010 - 10:52 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

it is a beautiful still life shot, as you have wanted critique, i am giving you some points hereunder:-

1. to me, the light is not sufficient here, if possible, place another light from the left side too,

2. apparently, some noise is visible in the image and it may be the result of higher iso number your camera has employed to compensate for the insufficient light as said in point 1,

3. the white balance is not perfect, you can correct it in the digital darkroom, but try to correct it in camera first, your camera may have an one touch manual white balance( if it is E20 ), for this purpose, better to check your camera manuals,

4. for still life shots, to me, whether your subject is central or not, it does not matter,

5. place the camera on a tripod or on some sturdy place to get better sharpness, in camera first,

wish you best of luck for your future works...

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DRicherby
DRicherby e2 Member 6269 forum postsDRicherby vcard United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2010 - 11:18 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

The white balance looks fine to me — the plate isn't quite pure white but I'd describe it as `slightly warm' rather than having the wrong white balance. There is, however, a bit of a yellow area on the rim of the plate, to the left of the egg which is, I think, a reflection of something and could be toned down a bit in editing.

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TP
TP e2 Member 457 forum postsTP vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Mar 2010 - 10:29 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I found this a bit too dark so i added a brightness layer mask, and masked out the creme egg so it was only applied to the background, and i tweaked the whit balance a bit but i dont think it made too much difference

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2 Mar 2010 - 11:23 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I just had to click on this image because i adore cream eggs Smile

Overall its a really pleasing image, it stands out from a lot of still life images, which are not my thing to be honest, but the subject matter here really intrigued me, well worth a closer inspection.

The trouble with capturing anything so small up close is where to set your point of focus. Ideally it should be on the point closest to the lens, i think in this image the POF is on the rim of the chocolate shell on the right hand side of the image, this has rendered the flowing cream near the camera really out of focus.

I do think more light would have worked too because the inside of the egg is in shadow, even if you had a little bit of light inside the egg, it would life the image a little. Maybe by placing a reflector close to the egg above it, but even better how about a light? That way you would get more sexy looking shiney bits on the flowing cream.

I think the issue with sharpness is due to focusing in the wrong place. The shallow depth of field is perfect though, just in the wrong place.

Got any spare eggs? Your making me want one now lol

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sparklep
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5 Mar 2010 - 2:49 PM

I am on a diet and this is so unfair to click on a lovely open cream egg which now makes me want one so bad. Thanks.

Seriously really great shot.

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nineteen68
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5 Mar 2010 - 5:19 PM

Thanks for all the feedback, it really helps. If I can deal with the points in order. I called it @Cream Egg@ as it was on a cream plate, so it was a play on words(sorry). I was trying to blur the background and I agree I got the place wrong (oops). I shot this on my kitchen table with an a1 white sheet behind, windows were to the right, so there was lots of natural light. I didn't think about the left hand but I may try it again this weekend with a reflector on the left hand side. I'm currently using this image as my wallpaper on pc at work & I've been wanting to lick the screen all week.

Thanks again for all the feedback, I really appreciate it.

Lee

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nineteen68
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5 Mar 2010 - 5:20 PM

Thanks TP for the improved image, it is much better, thanks

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