This is my first post here, but I’d like to critique a couple people. Seeing some really impressive images so far. ^^
Really like your soft, almost impressionistic lighting, at2142. :D
I feel a little torn for where to look, though. Maybe if you added some bounce light to the chimney to lower that contrast? I really like looking at all the pots and pans.
@gyptiaedes: The lighting is very soft… but kinda too much. There’s not really a focal point, so I just wander around the image. Try some directional light, or maybe play with the camera angle a little, and shed some extra light onto something (maybe the stove at the end?), to solidify your composition. If you can, keep the overall softness, it’s very pleasant on the eyes.
@Borges: Try to pick some area / object(s) in the scene that you want to call especial attention to, and then play around with your lights. You have a very good lighting foundation, so you should only need to really play around with color, intensity, and so on. Try diming the lighting surrounding your area to pull it out, and / or brightening the lighting on the area.
I was a few hours too late in submitting for the ship… so I’ll have to try to post my final a day or two early for this one. ^^;
I am trying to go for more of the scene where Linguini and Colette are peeling potatos... so I need to darken the background and surroundings more to make the sunlight pop. Feedback please. :)