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July 16, 2013
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Canon EOS 1100D
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Jul 16, 2013, 12:42:46 PM
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The Taste Of Vacation by Isalovesphotography The Taste Of Vacation by Isalovesphotography
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What an interesting photo we have here. And it made me hungry!
This could easily go as commercial for a restaurant or anything food related.
I saw the rest of your still life photos and I was amazed by skills you have. I just can't find something bad!

And yes, you are getting better. That's how doing art works - you get better with ever new peice you make. :)

Now back to this shot.
On the technical side I can't find anything bad. It's well composed, exposed, focused and balanced. (again!)
I like how colors are not hard and lightning gives nice outdoors feeling. It also remined me of Italy (maybe because of the spaghetti) and of crackers I love to eat.

Keep up the good work :hug:
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ValerioBulla Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am Italian and I approve the content of this photo :D
Composition is great, it really brings out the best of the food!
Color could be better though, there's a yellow overcast that makes the food less attractive somehow.
Also, the foreground is too dark, I usually use a reflector (a piece of paper or aluminium foil :D ) to bring some light into shadow areas, like the tomato and basil. This is also good to get some reflections off surfaces, which really helps bring your subjects to life. Did you shoot this with flash light bounced off a wall/ceiling?
Lastly, I simply love the DOF in this picture, it's just SO good.
Isalovesphotography Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you! :blush:
yellow overcast? :dead: didn't notice!
well, i have a reflector, but i am too lazy to use it :D and i am not a master of food photography nor of light yet :shrug:
and no, i didn't use a flash at all :)
ValerioBulla Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Uhm I'm lazy as well, I know what you mean :D
Sometimes I start shooting trying to use less equip and accessories, only to end up wasting more time and taking the final picture with everything I own on the table :D
I really like this photo, I've always been attracted to food photography :)

By the way, you should start a 365 project! It's amazing how much it will help you improve your skills and bring out the best of your creativity.
This is what it did for me in just 3 months:…
Isalovesphotography Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

wow, that's much improvement! well, i've already thought about that many times... but i do not know if i'll have enough time... could you tell me a bit more about those projects? :)
ValerioBulla Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
a 365 project is a commitment to yourself: to shoot at least 1 photo a day, for a whole year.
It's a personal project, so there are no rules except the fundamental "1 photo per day".
You could publish them here on DA, create a blog for your project, or just store them in your hard drive and don't let them online.
It's your choice really, although I find that any form of online sharing really helps you meeting that deadline every day.

It does take some time. Some days you'll probably have literally no time to shoot. But it's ok as long as you keep going.
The fact is, this kind of project will naturally force you to gain experience, which is a big part of learning just about everything.
You'll be amazed at how it will improve your basic skills (composition, exposure, lighting, focusing...), your photographic eye, the knowledge of your own equipment, and so much more.

If you can afford it (time-wise), give it a try. As long as you love shooting, you have nothing to lose :)

Sadly I had to stop midway (around 220/365) for both work and personal issues. But even so, I learned so much from it that could never regret doing it :)
Isalovesphotography Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
but could i maybe do one photo per week? or maybe shot on a daily basis but upload one per week?
ValerioBulla Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You can basically do anything you like, it's your project :D
Tthe point is to define a rule, stick to it no matter what, and grab some nice experience along the way.

You could just do one photo per week (project 52) and still get great results. You won't improve as fast, but the constant experience will build up.
You could even shoot every day and upload once a month. You should try to find a schedule that fits your daily routine.

If you have a friend that's into photography and is also intrigued, you could even try to embark on this project together, and decide to alternate so that you only have to shoot every 2 days and still both end up with a year worth of experience.

But most importantly, have fun :D
Isalovesphotography Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
mh, i really like the idea :nod:
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:clap: You can smell the scent of basil!
Isalovesphotography Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yummy :D thanks :)
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