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Cheese for sale in the French region of Savoie

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I came across an outdoor market while walking in the french town of Tigne, in the French Alps. A vendor was selling these aged cheeses and i was having difficulty capturing the detail in the cheese as well as the atmosphere of this bustling market. What do you think?

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:18 Aug 2011 - 9:55 AM
Focal Length:40mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.6
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Cheese for sale in the French region of Savoie
Username:rochellek rochellek
Uploaded:19 Aug 2011 - 12:33 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Landscape / travel
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ams99
ams99 Junior Member 365 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 3:44 PM

Actually, i like the colours which gives an "olden day" look.

I can't work out whether or not i would prefer the background cheeses to be in focus with a deeper DoF ??

Like the image though. Good effort

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2011 - 8:23 PM

A closeup like this will give you the cheese textures, Rachel, but cannot depict the atmosphere of the bustling market at the same time. The colours and textures are good, but I would have expected the cheeses in the foreground to be in focus even if the background is not. One of the best focused elements is the sign, which I would have tried to avoid. Look for an area where there are several different shapes, sizes and colours of cheeses and, if possible, with no background showing. Decide on how many of the cheeses you want in focus and adjust your dof accordingly. Some tablecloth at the bottom would be ok because the colours are not competing with your subject. In this image, I'd like to have seen a bit more of the tablecloth at the bottom and less of the background at the top. I'm not even sure if the cheese slice does anything for the image. Perhaps if it were on the tablecloth in the front, with some little bits of cheese crumbs, it would look better. I know it's difficult because you can't ask the vendor to remove the black sign and reposition the slice, so finding the best composition requires a bit of thought.
Pamela.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 19 Aug 2011 - 8:26 PM

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rochellek
rochellek  4 United States
20 Aug 2011 - 10:58 PM

Thanks for your comments!
For me the sign adds to the picture but i hear what you're saying about the focus.
Yeah, i don't know how happy the vendor would've been if i started moving things around!Wink
anyway, thanks again!

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