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Thought the colours looked good. However, is the white background OK ?

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5DCMacroAsp.IF HSM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Nov 2012 - 2:51 PM
Focal Length:70mm
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/180sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Sweet anyone?
Username:Ploughman Ploughman
Uploaded:14 Nov 2012 - 10:00 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Nov 2012 - 5:49 AM

What a sweet photo ! Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 8:36 AM

Rather well done. Simple and well executed. You seem to like to try all sorts of subjects. A man after my own heart.

Paul

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iancrowson e2 Member 4209 forum postsiancrowson vcard United Kingdom128 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 8:47 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like this. As paul said well done. The white background is good.
In my view it would be better without the shadows. To achieve this a light box or white translucent back lit background would be used. Have some light from the top but not so much a s to create shadows. A light to the side could be added to show the glass off.
Interesting picture,
Ian

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 9:10 AM

Fruit pastilles, 'made to make your mouth water' well here they are well reproduced to do just that. A very competent image and I think I like the shadow here otherwise it may just seem a little bit too contrived. Good colour rendition and a nice mix of goodies.

Franki

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banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2797 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 1:10 PM

Its good practice to try some shots like this. Its worked out quite well, and it also prompts a couple of suggestions.

The sweets towards the bottom of the bowl are darker than the top, so uneven light. You can see this also on the white background, where the bottom is not quite white, while the top is. You can brighten the lower area; the sweets overall can be exposed a touch more, as its likely the metering system reduced exposure for the white background; for me, the shadow is a little strong, and can look better a little lighter.
Ian suggestion re adding a side light, or using a light box is worthwhile. You can buy a small light box quite cheaply, and use ordinary table lamps for lighting, - very good for small subjects like this.


Mod might be over done, but I think you will get the idea.



regards


Willie

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marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 - 9:21 PM

What a simple idea, not sure if the white background is quite right, perhaps a pastel shade would work better and not so harsh. That having been said its still a great image. Well done.

Mary

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Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41177 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2012 - 10:29 PM

The other thing, is that the light is very hard and directional...hence the shadows and hotspots. Try shooting the light through a large diffuser, or bouncing it off one, and also having white reflectors all round to bounce light into the shadows. The shutter speed would be slow if using constant/available light, but a tripod will sort that out, and a flash will freeze movement anyway. You have a lot of latitude with ISO as you only used 80, so could up it quite a bit from there if you find you need more exposure.

Nick

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