January 06, 2009

DMBLGIT December 2008 Winners

Happy New Year 2009!! More creative works this year? I believe many of you have set goals to achieve. And I wish you all the best for it!

Difficult time for everyone to send in their entries for DMBLGIT December 2008 edition with many festive celebrations here and there to mark the end of 2008, I suppose, but 64 entries (Gallery is here) is a pretty good number. Judges (Thank you Alessandro, Bron, Melody, Peter and Sabra for your fair judging and time spending) had done their work, and I had done mine, so here we are.

Winners of Overall Categories
First Place

Gifts From The Kitchen
Bitter Peppermint Chocolate Biscuits
by Rita
Melbourne, Australia
Taken with Canon EOS 30D

Judges comments are "Well composed with a foreground, mid-ground and background. Beautifully exposed. The choice of primarily white props really puts the attention on the cookies. Nice choice of a tall element in the back to draw the eye back; the lighting that works really well here and the pink plate breaks up the whole white setting. It's quite busy but effective; Great styling with use of white china that contrasts with the dark chocolate;
I really like this image, from every aspect of scoring category, this wins all; one thing to acknowledge, I suppose, is that when you serve your tea, you are not going to include your cooling rack to the servery or dining table for your guests, are you? You can move some of the main properties for a tea set theme accordingly and remove the cooling rack to fill the frame

Second Place

Orange and Ricotta Hotcakes
Taste Buddies
by Syrie Wongkaew
Vancouver, Canada
Taken with Nikon D50

Judges comments are "Simple, effective and appetizing with some action to spice the things up, with constructive feedback that is to use a different focus point and DOF, to keep the syrup perfectly sharp, focused, and attention grabbing; The baby blue background really enhances the golden of the pancakes. The drizzling of the syrup gives it that extra "yum" factor;
I do like action shot like this on food as it gives different dimension of technical skill and your food styling. I agree with the judges to do sharper focus on the drizzling honey as it is the one which takes the action; the bowl on the background can be removed to avoid a distraction to the eyes focusing on the drizzled honey."

Third Place

Banana Pudding
Food is Love
by Sefa Firdaus

Judges comments are "Lovely tones on the food and a pretty unusual recipe. This food is pretty hard to shoot effectively but the results are good with constructive feedback that the using of tablecloth combined with the background is quite distracting colourwise; It's quite a tad soft, but very comforting image; The lighting works well in this scene and the pattern on the cloth breaks up the strong yellow of the banana pudding; The colours and light are great, and so are the bokeh, with constructive feedback: give more attention to the texture of the food, so people will know what it is without reading the title.
I agree with the above comments; another two cents from me is that I'd like to use plain dark cloth and diffuse the light a bit more to avoid hard bounce on the eyes; using another wider bowl can also be an option to give audience the look of your pudding and the creaminess of your custard."

Winners of Individual Categories

: "does the photo make us want to dive in and eat the food?" OH YEAH!!!

"Mushroom is quite a task to be captured and I think in this image, it's captured quite well. Perhaps, scattering chopped parsley or other herbs will enhance more appetizing point as well as aesthetic value, so we are convinced that this food is really delicious, like the judges said "you almost want to get a piece of bread and mop it all up";
I like the simplicity and the graphical nature. The plate was a good choice - adds a lot of interest while preserving the clean simplicity of the image. The food styling is great - and so hard with mushrooms. I like the light on them. The only thing I might have tweaked is change background texture or color to make the dish pop a bit more and emphasize the earthiness of it - but that's not a major point".
"The choice of property, the plate in this case, can also be reduced to smaller size, so it won't take whole frame up

: "does this photo catch your attention, the thing you haven't seen or done before?" ABSOLUTELY!

Tasty Palettes
by Suganya
United States
Taken with Canon 40D, 50mm f/1.8

"This image is scored high on originality category and I agree with some of the judges that " it is very artful photography, unique and arresting way to present a raw ingredient; love the BW and color choice, beautiful vantage pt and DOF, very nice and non-distracting way to incorporate a person;
"remember more food, less people? Now, this can be an example, that although it is included a person's hands, the main focus is still food without including too much of the person herself

: "does this photo well-composed?" CHECKED! "good food styling?" TICKED! "well-lit and focused?" PACKED!

Clementine Pork
by Marija
Belgrade, Serbia
Taken with Canon 350d, lens 18-55mm

"Almost every judge gives good score on this image and I agree with its edibility category. You can see the tenderness of the meat and the freshness of the orange segments. Nice colours combination of orange segments, dark meat and green chopped pistachio. Judges also comment on the light as it is lovely, although it can be captured a little bit closer. I agree about the light as it is not harsh although it bounces on the plate too. Well done!"

So, this is New Year and we're celebrating this event with spreading the joy of awards, like Andrew said. And, I am allowed to pick another photo that I like, so I choose this one:

Chocolate Walnut Torte
Passionate about Baking
by Deeba
North India
Taken with Canon G9

"Why I like this photo? It is not easy to capture chocolate cake because of its dark colour, especially, when you shoot with minimal gadgets. You need to make use of your minimalism with different angles. In this photo, the interesting part of the cake is the cracked surface which makes pattern of itself is quite pleasing, and I think the trick to do the aerial shot will do. However, it is unnecessary to include more cutlery (in this case: forks) when the cake is for one serving, unless the other portion of the cake is included. A note for technical point is to play around with lighting, so your photo will have dimension of bright and dark, not totally flat, or tweak a bit with brightness and contrast. By the way, this image is scored high on edibility alone, so it deserves the pick."

Congratulations to all of you and your pretty images!

Many thanks to the judges and to you who had sent us your entries. Shall be there any photos that you've sent but I've never received, I apologize.

I hope from this event, we will be able to learn from each other and improve ourselves and skills till we share the joy in food photography, while making more friends and networking. Winners or not, trust me, you're all winning something from this. Please, don't hesitate to keep sending your photos to the next DMBLGIT event, will be hosted by Zorra of Kochtopf.

Thank you Andrew for trusting me doing this and thank you for your patience over all the troubles I included you in.

For all the winners, please feel free to pick your badge, and wear it proudly on your blog :)

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Mira Assjarif said...

Congraaatz... My fave photos masuk semua jadi winner. Mba Rita dan Mba Sefa selamat yaaa.. ^_^

Passionate About Baking said...

Thanks a million AB. I feel faint though, coz I never thought in a million years that I would be able to display the badge. YAY!! I FEEL GOOD! Have a wonderful 2009, & thanks for hosting DMBLGIT!! Cheers

Peter G said...

A truly wonderful host! I was happy to be part of the team! Cheers Arfi!

The Food Traveller said...

I feel honored! It was not the easiest of the photos and normally my style of simplicity to the bone around the dish I cook is not appealing for DMBLGIT.
Now ... how do I get one of those ribbons on my blog !!!

Aparna said...

Absolutely lovely pictures, no wonder they won.
Congratulations to the winners.
If only I could............? :(

And A very Happy 2009 to you and family, Arfi.

Lien said...

Wonderful pictures!! Congrats to the winners!

Ivy said...

Congrats to the winners. Stunning photos.

Navita said...

Gosh Arfi...wish i cud ve participated too :)

great job!

Sunshinemom said...

Beautiful pictures! I follow this closely - hopefully taking in some pointers:) Congratulations - Winners! Happy 2009 to you, Arfi!

sefa firdaus said...
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sefa firdaus said...

Congrats to all winners.
I thank all judges for choosing my photo. It really an honor to be one of the winner.

Mbak Arfi, thanks for hosting and the feedback.

Happy new year 2009!

Marija said...

Thank you, I am so honored!

rita bellnad said...

Thanks to all the judges who have chosen me to be one of the winners.

Arfi, that the most beautiful round up I've ever seen. Thanks
btw ambil bagdenya warna yang apa?
*polos bin culun*

Erica from Cooking for Seven said...

Congrats to the winners! It's easy to see why they won. Thanks for posting the critique from the judges - very helpful.

yohana said...

mbak arfi, hasil kerja yang sangat...sangat....keren. selamat ya....

Vij said...

Congrats to winners! amazing pics!

Jeanne said...

What wonderful pictures - well done to all the winners, and to the judges - they must have had a tough job! And thanks of course to a wonderful host :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

happy New Year Arfi. Congratulations to all the winners. You people rock with your pics and recipes.

SweetSensation said...

congratulations to all the winners! the photos are wonderful :)

NĂºria said...

Congratulation to the winners!!!! Fantastic and delicious photos :D. Congratulations to the host! You did a wonderful job Arfi!

"I think this was the start of a great friendship... "

He, he, I'll be back :D

Suganya said...

What a way to start the new year. Thank you Arfi and all the judges. I am both thrilled and honored.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Congratulations to all of the winners! Their photos are just beautiful.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Congratulations to the winners!! :)
Arfi, answering your question about angelica... the one I bought actually did not taste like anything, just sweet, but it supposed to have very fragrant a little bit spicy flavour, very hard to describe.
Have a good day, Margot