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Challenge: Celebration II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Jan 3, 2012
Aperture: 32
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.6
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2012

A few days before the 4th of July, I found a package of 30 sparklers for $2. My intention was to use a few for the 4th and the rest for photos. Turns out we didn't use any for the 4th, so they are all for photos (yay!). I used up a few here and there just playing around, and then forgot about them. Then comes this challenge. While putting away some stuff in my photo cabinet, I noticed the remaining packs and suddenly I knew what part of my entry would be. I also figured I wanted to do something with champagne. And then, by stroke of luck, this tutorial was posted: http://www.learnmyshot.com/How-to-Photograph-a-Glass-of-Champagne-with-Sparklers

That gave me great tips on shutter speed, aperture, and especially the use of Ginger Ale. So I bought a bottle of Canada Dry and went to work. My setup included:
* Two pieces of 2x4 taped together with a small hill drilled in it. This acted as the stand for the sparkler
* Two boards taped to 2x4s to act as tilted ramps for the glasses. I then taped the glasses to the boards
* I setup a piece of black plastic behind the scene to eliminate the wall reflection
* Two lights, one on each side of the scene behind white sheets used for diffusion
* Poured the ginger ale in the glasses, which promptly condensed. I should really use warm soda so I could have gotten better bubbles, since I had to wait for the condensation to clear to get a nice clean shot
* Lit the sparkler and took my photos.

I really like how this turned out. There are small things I would change such as the reflections in the glass and more bubbles in the ginger ale. Hopefully voters will forgive me for those two flaws.

Post processing:
* Crop
* White balance
* Increase exposure, black point, and brightness
* Increase contrast
* Increase saturation with lower vibrancy
* Retouched out part of the sparkler stem and some background noise
* Topaz DeNoise
* S-curve
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 40
Avg (all users): 6.9431
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 6.2500
Avg (non-participants): 7.0777
Views since voting: 3292
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 123
Comments: 26
Favorites: 1 (view)


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11/26/2012 05:49:56 PM
Great picture, great idea, awesome reflections, nice symmetry. (I'm kinda freaking out about what's gonna happen on 11/28 though. What if there is no time for celebration? What if Bieber will really kill us with his voice? Hahahah.) Back to the picture, congrats on the ribbon. Definitely deserved!
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01/14/2012 11:35:57 AM
Nice work,Congratulations.
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01/13/2012 08:56:22 PM
Wonderfully festive! Congrats on winning the Red!
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01/13/2012 05:50:17 PM
Wonderful shot, Mike! Very well done and ribbon-worthy. Great way to start the Noo Year!
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01/13/2012 03:21:15 PM
I liked this one alot too! Congratulations & HAPPY NEW YEAR! What a great way to begin :)
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01/13/2012 11:28:00 AM
Excellent positioning of the sparklers and the overall use of frame. Love the shot!
Congrats on the ribbon!!!
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01/13/2012 02:33:56 AM
EXCELLENT WELL DONE ON THE RED FROM SHEZ
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01/13/2012 01:58:41 AM
Lovely shot, Mike. Congrats
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01/13/2012 12:45:50 AM
Congrats on the red Mike. Great job! (Thanks for the setup details)
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01/13/2012 12:39:19 AM
Congrats on your image, Mike! May this the the first of many for the year!
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01/13/2012 12:25:44 AM
Congratulations on a fine image Mike! Apparently fire brings in the votes ;)
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01/13/2012 12:21:41 AM
Congratulations. Excellent work.
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01/13/2012 12:21:31 AM
THis had ribbon written all over it the instant I saw it. Guaranteed to p[lease the DPC crowd for sure. Super well-made. Congrats in the red!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2012 11:41:33 PM
Great control of the distance between the subjects in order to generate the proper image through the liquid while maintaining correct perspective for the contact point.
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01/12/2012 06:39:07 PM
Great idea, beautiful concept however i think the execution lets the image down a little, still a great photo. 8
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01/12/2012 01:00:55 AM
The reflection of the fireworks in the glasses really makes this image. Great idea and nicely done. On a personal note I would love to see this in b&w. I know it would result in a lower vote but it is something I think may have created something really interesting for me.
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01/10/2012 07:10:53 AM
I like this shot, nice and simple, good composition, I like the reflections and the overall golden tone. Nice work.
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01/09/2012 12:58:57 PM
I,m in heaven.
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01/08/2012 08:30:20 PM
really clever,the glasses were angled prior to photo.
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01/08/2012 08:03:16 PM
That is just smashing!!!! Great timeing and capture!!
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01/08/2012 06:22:37 AM
I'm sure I'll see a lot of wine glass shots in this challenge, but I'm not sure I'll see another one better before I get done voting! Well done.
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01/07/2012 04:44:58 PM
Clear winner of the challenge...not even close.
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01/07/2012 02:35:09 PM
Cute and well done! Did you try a deeper DOF to get the sparkler in focus too?
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01/07/2012 12:43:45 PM
Top3
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01/07/2012 11:33:35 AM
Great symmetry - needs no title the image says it all.
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01/06/2012 03:37:00 AM
nice idea but the drink looks like some form of green insipid pond water from here, sparkler is not centred which i find really annoying
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