>> Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Hosting DMBLGIT was really fun. Through 76 entries, not only I found some new blogs, but some new friends as well. Thanks to Andrew, the administrator of DMBLGIT, to give me this opportunity.
Before I reveal the winners of DMBLGIT February 2009 edition, I would like to apology for the delay as some judges were busy with their daily activities while me busy as student. But don't worry, our judges have done their best by spending their valuable times in analyzing all the entries. For it, let's give a big applause to our panel of judges: Andrew Barrow, Dwiana Porter, Helen, Sandra Avital and Thorsten Kraska. Words cannot be able to represent how I appreciate your hard work, judges. Kudos!
As you might have known that there are 6 winners in every edition, winner from Edibility, Originality and Aesthetics categories. From these, there are another three winners who has top overall scores in all three categories combined, called as Overall Winners.
Now, let me announce you the winner of DMBLGIT February 2009 edition:
@ Baking Obsession by Vera from Vancouver, Canada
taken with a Canon 400D
Everything in this shoot just so lovely. Well done styling and great lighting; Clean, simple and sharp. The composition is pleasant to the eye, the subject is original and the simple setting let the food speak for itself; Love the colors like a brown gradient with little notes of orange. Nice styling, elegant; Great presentation and food styling. The composition is easy, but it gives the attention to the styling here, which is important here.
Classic Puff Pastry
@ My Culina Sanctuarium by Dita from Kuwait
taken with a Canon EOS 350D
A lovely photo with a summery feel; Fresh and colorful fruits bring this shoot even more beautiful; The fruits are fresh, the plating is gorgeous. Everything screams "fresh" and "eat me!". Even if the back props are a bit blown out, this is completely forgotten because the food stand out so much. Great focus and DOF; Perfect light, focus, excellent composition, bright colors: the green paper surface is brilliant; This one is great. I like the strong backlight very much. Especially the colors are great and the fruit is standing out well. On a nitpicking point: I would have turned the plate a bit, so that the diagonal line would be more emphasized.
Overall Winner - Third Place:
Edibility Category Winner:
@ Our Family Favorite Recipes by Vania Samperuru from Mumbai, India
taken with a Canon 300D
Yummy looking food with unique looking bowl; The photo has a nice comfortable feeling. The warmer color setting is working here. Maybe I would have chosen a "not black" background to get a brighter overall impression. I would have preferred the front handle more on the left side. It is almost in front of the food and tending to be distracting.
Seared Duck Breast with Pomegranate Reduction
@ FotoCuisine.com by Christey Krause from Melbourne, Florida
taken with a Canon 10D 50mm macro f/2.8
Lovely range of colours, good positioning of props although the light highlights on the two glasses is off putting; The food styling is pretty as well as nice table arrangement; Very interesting color setting. I wished the focal plain would be more defined. Interesting cropping though.
Aesthetic Category Winner:
Roasted Garlic and Winter Squash Soup with Spicy Tomato Salsa
@ We [Heart] Food by Chris Duval from Seattle, WA
taken with a Canon Rebel XSi
Complicated dish pattern is not too distracting from the soup; Nice play with the color, the silver tint seems dull compared to a clean spoon. Beside that framing is good and the tones are very inviting; Lovely colors and tones; The colors and lighting are well done, the focal plain should be on the garnish in center of the soup though. Although a dominating plate, it makes a nice framing.
As the host, I have a privileged from Andrew to give award to the photo I like, so this is my choice:
Sour Cream-Hazelnut Bundt Cake
@ notes from my food diary by Eliza Adam from Oregon, US
taken with a Nikon D300, 60mm lens
I love the mood given by this photo while the composition and presentation are perfect. This photo also got into the big five in overall categories. So it really deserves the badge of host award.
Congratulation to all winners. Hope this win will motivate you to keep on producing beautiful food photos. Please check your email for the badges and be proud to display it on your blog.
Thanks to Matthew for designing those beautiful badges and to Shari for sending them my way (thanks a lot for answering all my questions).
I thank all the participants for sending me your entries. I apology if during my work as the host, I did some mistakes. Don't forget to send your best food photo of February 2009 as DMBLGIT March 2009 will be hosted by Nika Boyce of Nikas Culinaria.
Have a nice day everyone!