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Challenge: Absolut Advertisement II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: New Jersey
Date: Jun 20, 2011
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/40s
Galleries: Advertisement, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2011

This was one of the most fun challenges yet, and stretched my creative juices to the max. I'm not a drinker, but I do love the classic Absolut bottle shape. Coming up with a "new" ad idea was the hardest part.

I am totally humbled. This is a new PB for me, first score over 7, and my very first ribbon on DPC.

Wings were printed onto transparency film, cut out, and affixed to the bottles. Everything was placed on transluscent plastic and lit from the bottom and from behind using daylight balanced compact CFLs. The flying bottle was suspended by a very fine fishing monofilament. Post processing in Capture NX2 included tinting (gold) and blurring of the background, with selective exclusion of the bottles and wings. A little more blending minimized the remaining monofilament visibility. Then a few adjustments to even out the highlights and shadows a little to soften the look even more. THAT'S IT!!! ;-)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 62
Avg (all users): 7.4928
Avg (commenters): 8.7273
Avg (participants): 7.3333
Avg (non-participants): 7.5366
Views since voting: 4957
Views during voting: 485
Votes: 209
Comments: 39
Favorites: 9 (view)


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01/17/2016 10:57:36 PM
This is fantastic and I like the explanation of how you did it.
06/30/2011 09:38:41 PM
Congratulations on the ribbon - it's a beautiful image.
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06/29/2011 04:26:02 PM
Beautiful. Congrats!
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06/29/2011 02:55:35 PM
congrats, well deserved ribbon!
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06/29/2011 11:27:40 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon.
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06/29/2011 10:30:19 AM
Fantastic idea and execution. The pale gold tones and the soft focus effect work amazingly well. Congratulations on your absolutely deserved ribbon :-)
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06/29/2011 08:43:32 AM
I love Williams blue ribbon winner but I absolutely ;-) ADORE your image. It's so beautiful... excellent work. It's going right into my favourites.
Many congrats on your first ribbon and new PB, Mark.
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06/29/2011 08:35:13 AM
Well done, beautiful glow and idea.
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06/29/2011 07:28:00 AM
This too, is a wonderful image. Beautifully lit and staged.
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06/29/2011 06:22:41 AM
Got my highest vote....wonderful photo...wonderful bit
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06/29/2011 04:44:46 AM
congratulations...its fantastic.
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06/29/2011 01:17:48 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! A flawless shot and you earned a 10 and a fave from me. Congrats!
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06/29/2011 12:16:27 AM
Knew this was gonna ribbon! Grats!
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06/29/2011 12:12:56 AM
Congrats! This was one of my top scorers.
I'm glad this ended so high.
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06/29/2011 12:02:29 AM
Well done ! Congrats on your ribbon! Tell all, please. I'm amazed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2011 11:34:00 PM
Creative. the soft lighting works well.
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06/28/2011 11:10:50 PM
Ribbon for sure!
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06/28/2011 11:08:33 PM
I love the softness of this, as well as the placement of the bottles. This is so well executed. The bottles really appear to be floating in space. The idea is wonderful, execution wonderful. Very nice job.
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06/28/2011 08:58:57 PM
Perfection. I am astounded Absolut®ly.


I may or may not be voting, so please do not equate my comment with any score.
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06/28/2011 06:19:00 PM
This is pretty much flawless. It's a little cloying for my taste but I've little doubt it will ribbon.
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06/28/2011 01:00:23 PM
Nice idea and all.
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06/26/2011 04:25:40 PM
Very very cool. I have a few ideas on how this is done in Advanced editing, but I really hope you included a how-to in the photo notes.
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06/26/2011 01:37:45 PM
Awesome work. The lighting and concept are great, my only gripe is with the composition not being my favorite. 10 anyways, and a pick for a ribbon
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06/24/2011 07:00:34 PM
fantastic..one of my fav's
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06/24/2011 03:04:34 PM
I like the soft lighting, it definitely adds to the "heavenly effect". I also think it's cool that you have the one bottle thats "flying".
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06/24/2011 02:26:22 AM
Beautifully created.
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06/23/2011 06:55:25 PM
This was expertly executed. The post-process really adds to the softness of the idea. The curves of the bottle are accentuated and further softened. I also love the dynamic the hard edges of the wings added to the image. The image would have been a bit boring if the feathers were soft. Great coupling of yellow and blue also. My only complaint would be that there's a bit too much negative space on the bottom and left of the image. The centerpiece is in a bit of an awkward place. Perhaps a tighter crop would help.
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06/23/2011 06:29:59 PM
My pick for blue.
The mood, the lighting, the concept - they all work wonderfully well together. Excellent!
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06/22/2011 07:09:37 PM
Really cool. Original and creative, very nice
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06/22/2011 01:46:23 PM
This looks like it'll be a front pager, love it! Good luck.
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06/22/2011 10:45:43 AM
stunning, you should approach the company with this....
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06/22/2011 08:56:03 AM
This is soooooo cool! Are those glass wings? Would love to have some like that.
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06/22/2011 08:42:38 AM
Looks like a Mothers Against Drunk Driving ad- all you need is a set of car keys in the shot- well done- well executed- in fact- perfection! another good title might be "absolution"
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06/22/2011 07:47:15 AM
Great concept and execution!
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06/22/2011 04:43:20 AM
Clever. Congrats on the ribbon :D
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06/22/2011 01:50:05 AM
Idea is good, picture quality is good, what else to expect? definite 10.
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06/22/2011 01:35:06 AM
If this manages to pass validation, it will surely be in the top 3. A 9 from me, assuming you are within the rules and hats off to you!
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06/22/2011 12:52:09 AM
awesome, creatively brilliant, spot on
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06/22/2011 12:12:29 AM
My pick for blue (if I can't win). ;) 10
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