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After an idea popped up my mind last night, I used my Sunday afternoon (weather wasn't good anyway) to play around with this idea. So that's what it turned into...



For anybody who wonders, it's a German chocolate bar and "Erdbeer mit Pfeffer" translates into "strawberry with pepper". It was baught in a chocolate museum in Cologne, where they have all kinds of freaky chocolate varieties.

Any feedback and comments are very welcome...

Andreas







Feb 12, 2006 at 05:22 PM
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Wow! Great shot, Andreas! That's a sure-fire finalist!
Best,
Endre



Feb 12, 2006 at 06:09 PM
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Andreas,

If Hachez hasn't contacted you already, they should do so as soon as they discover your entry. This would be an eye-catching product shot, and I agree with Endre; it is most definitely a contender in this week's assignment.

Robert



Feb 12, 2006 at 10:37 PM
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A stunning shot and wonderfully lit


Feb 12, 2006 at 11:30 PM
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A beautiful photo. I love the blue lit smoke for background. A winner of a shot.

Tynorth



Feb 13, 2006 at 01:06 AM
 

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Great picture Andreas, really beautiful to look at with the sharp smoke against the black background and the excellent composition. Very nice…


Feb 13, 2006 at 08:30 PM
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Thank you very much Endre, Robert, Mike, Ty and John for your kind comments. I had much fun playing around with this setup and it makes me very happy, that you like the result!

@Robert: Hachez hasn't contacted me yet, but I wouldn't say no, if they would call...

Andreas



Feb 13, 2006 at 11:28 PM
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Excellent lighting and composition!

Is this a single shot, or were the two elements combined in PhotoShop?



Feb 14, 2006 at 01:06 AM
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Forrest Egan wrote:
Is this a single shot, or were the two elements combined in PhotoShop?


Forrest, thank you for your kind comment.

Here's some background information regarding my picture. I taped the chocolate bar to a board of wood and angled it into the desired position. Behind the chocolate bar I placed a flash on the table facing upwards to light up the smoke (bundled light with tin foil). The whole setup was in front of a black backdrop. On the camera was another flash (45 degrees/catchlight card). I started to experiment with exposure and the incents which I used to create the smoke. I waved the incents behind the cocolate bar while I was triggering the cable release. After about 120 snaps I was getting close to what I wanted in one shot (exposure/smoke). But then the batteries of my main flash started to die on me. Amongst the last pictures, I had one perfectly exposed chocolate bar shot and one fairly underexposed chocolate bar shot (dead main flash) with perfectly exposed smoke behind it. So the main setup was never moved, and it all took place like it looks in the picture. I was going for that one shot which has it all. But after hooking up the battery charger I started to look what I got and combined those two "failed" shots into one which is the picture I posted.

Huh, ended up to be a somewhat lengthy explanation...



Feb 14, 2006 at 02:24 PM





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