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Stuffed Tomato dish
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I am by no means an expert with food photography but i am an expert with eating food so I'm going to jump straight into what I think is wrong and what I think can be improved but this will only be my opinion.
First of all, when I look at this shot it doesn't make me feel that I want to eat the tomato or even go home and cook it so I have to ask why. I think because the shot is almost too close, the lighting was too harsh and makes the tomato look oversharpened and not so appetising. Of course you may well have over sharpened the shot as well. Also I can't see the other half of the dish as it is way too blurred so there is also a depth of field issue here. I have no idea what you used for lighting but you need to soften that lighting using a soft box or a reflector style device with a light diffuser.
Unfortunately you have removed the exif data from this image making it hard to critique the problem but I would assume that you have used too wide an aperture coupled with a short subject distance which has caused the over blurred half of the dish. I would suggest getting tripod and getting your shot to around f/11 or even f/16 at this close distance to get more detail in the background. It isn't like you have to worry about background intrusion with the black backdrop. This leads me to my other gripes, the edges of the dish are too clinical which makes the shot look 'cut out' and 'dropped in' to the black background. Also the angle of the plate isn't very natural and could do with being a bit flatter.
Now as I said at the start, I'm no food photographer but if I were taking a shot of a dish like this I would include some restaraunt surroundings in a subdued manner or at least a set table blurred out in the background a bit like THIS SHOT I attempted a few months ago for a party. I just hope that you aren't taking these for those pictures that they stick in front of some restaraunts to show off the food they make, I always move on to the next restaraunt when i see those. Overall, if your finished shot doesn't make people want to eat the product then it has failed in its purpose I guess, keep going and keep asking people what they think and you should get there eventually.
Hope this helps
Totally yummy shot, hungry now.
Critique - mmm - maybe it needs a parsley leaf or something on the tomato to bring the greens of the backgroud into the shot, also to make it look fresher still. That black in the middle of the stuffing catches your eye, but it not appealing in itself. It should be less prominent.
Also where the sauce touches the tomato there is a indistinct globule or two (of mushy rice?) that i don't think adds to the look.
The top right of the tomato looks cut out a bit sharply as the red transitions into the black.
But still a great shot and i'd vote on it if i could.
Ok...here's my two cents. It's too tightly cropped on the right and on top.
The surface on which the plate sits, no need to turn it black. Leave it in. If it's too messy or noisy, select and blur it.
The light on the tomato...ah...tricky...since the tomato is shinyish, there's bound to be those whitey bits. Did you use flash? Was this handheld or tripoded?
I don't know much about this but those are the things I can think of. Hope it helps.
Good shot, by the way, and the sight is making me peckish...which is saying something
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