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Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 12:53PM
Yummie, good enough to eat!
very sharp photo
like it.

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QuinnyA 8 59 Australia
28 Jun 2009 12:57PM
This is a really good image.

For me what it lacks the "subject WOW" 3 of the strawberries are great "Stand In's", but the Star on the fore left did not win any awards.

Juicy Strawberries is what I relate to and I think most people, so when they are cut in half juice is what we expect - add some drops - give it a squeeze - get the juices following - make my mouth water - then you have a WOW image.

If you can not taste it when you photograph it then it will not work.

Still a good image and worth a vote.
jimmypaton 9 19 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 1:08PM
nice sharp image
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
28 Jun 2009 3:30PM
Very sharp, nice detail and rich color
Picture_Newport 9 659 19 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:02PM
Nice choice of subject and that front straberry is pin sharp.

I like you lighting too, really bright and fresh which is in keeping with your subject. I like the little highlights captured on the top of strawberry.

Not too sure about the straberry cut in half, the lighting on the leaf is lovely, but there is no real interest in the smooth inner part of the strawberry in contrast with the textured outer part.

Nice vibrant colours too.

blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:52PM
Hmm I like the cut strawberry, the fleshiness is a nice contrast to the shiny dimples of the other strawberries. The lighting is good, especially the backlit leaves, and you have even caught the tiny tiny hairs on the strawberries.
It would be good if the corner top left was completely filled with red strawberry (I think there is a bit of leaf maybe?) but overall I think this is a good sharp image with lots of detail and lovely colour
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:53PM
Oh wow absolutely superb image wonderful detail and colours has made me hungry too yummy with cream
GazW 10 15 5 Wales
29 Jun 2009 6:27AM
Great subject and it's very well executed. The lighting is just right for most of the image giving attractive highlights and backlighting on the leaves, the depth of field is spot on with the rear strawberries just starting to fade out and the front strawberries and leaves are perfectly sharp.

The composition is good but the distracting gap in the top left and the lesser one in the top middle might have been avoided by a fractionally tighter crop.

The sliced fruit should work but, for some reason that I can't figure out, doesn't quite do so for me. I think it's because the angle of light on it has removed any shadows so that there's no texture on it though there is more in the large version. Andy's suggestion above of water or juice droplets might well work. Perhaps a very slight rotation of that fruit to catch more light would have worked but then you'd have to be careful with the dof !!

Anyway, I really like the image so please don't take the minor criticism the wrong way. As you said on my image - it's not easy this critiquing is it ? Smile

Les_G 10 148 4 Scotland
29 Jun 2009 9:10AM
Thanks for all the comments. Totally agree with them all. It has been really useful to hear what others think, and certainly prompted a rethink of the shot.

The water droplet on the sliced fruit is a particulary good idea.

Hopefully this critiquing will become easier as time goes on.....

crookymonsta Plus
10 837 10 England
29 Jun 2009 10:55AM
I have spent ages looking at this and it seems to me that the main light is coming from the left. I am wondering if it might have been better to have had the half strawberry on the RHS as the moisture on the cut surface may then have been more evident, always supposing it was freshly cut. I have done a couple of fruity images since this challenge and it is surprising how quickly it dries out.

Having said that, you have made the fruit look very appetising, with lovely detail and colours and overall the shot works well.

I am very nervous about giving critique, particularly on the technicalities and like you I am hoping that it will get easier.

tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2009 6:04PM
Hi Les
Sorry, a bit late adding my critique!
I fall into the camp of really liking the contrast between the two halves of the strawberry which are so very different to each other.
I agree with a couple of others - there are slight distractions top left and top middle, but a tiny crop on both sides would solve these.
Really like the backlight on the greenery and also the way it isolates the subjects from the background. Just wonder whether a reflector could have placed a little more light between the two halves and maybe added some catchlights on the juice that is there and that everyone is wanting to see!
My only other comment is that I think I'd prefer a little more DOF coming forward just to bring out some more of the excellent detail of the seeds on the right
But all minor points in a great image Smile

Fishnet 13 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2009 8:06AM
You can't go much wrong with strawberries can you? They are just by themselves, beautiful works of art.

I like the composition and the sliced one on the left contrasting with the seedy bodies of the others, I would like to see just a touch more light on the cut one, it feels like it's in shadow, and maybe some water glistening and dripping down it as it looks a bit dry and strawberries are juicy.

Hope that was OK Smile

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