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Backlighting, Rule of Thirds, Stop Action
2nd PlaceBacklighting, Rule of Thirds, Stop Action

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Challenge: Three Techniques II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D3200
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR
Date: Mar 11, 2014
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2014

A drop of lemon.


- Main flash on the background
- Fill flash on the foreground to pop out the lemon a bit and ease the postprocessing,
- Camera on a tripod, remote in one hand, the lemon in the other, and ~150 exposures,
- Started with ices cubes, thinking that i was all out of lemons at home. Ice cubes tend to "sweat" the exterior of the glass and are kinda dull in color. I was so happy that i found the lemons :-)


- Most of it was done in Camera RAW:
* Lens corrections,
* Noise reduction,
* Crop and straighten,
* saturation on the yellows and oranges,
* clarity,
* whites to the max :-)
* adjustment brushes to emphasize the lemon, desaturate the rest and even out the background (and overexpose it a bit)
* Some spot removal (unnecessary drops here and there)

- Spot healing brush, resize and USM (with Fade) in PS, then Save for Web.

My first advanced editing submission. Did i got a bit carried away and overprocessed the image?

Place: 2 out of 90
Avg (all users): 6.7604
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.9464
Views since voting: 2016
Views during voting: 185
Votes: 96
Comments: 12
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/22/2014 12:18:48 PM
Originally posted by michelaudette:

I like but over processed a bit ;)

I looked like that to me also.
I should have reshot it with a bit more exposure on the background, but the "studio" (one corner of my living room) was all cleaned and mopped up when i realized it. It was also 3am :-)
03/22/2014 10:25:27 AM
I like but over processed a bit ;)
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03/19/2014 08:45:57 PM
Wow! What will happen in the next challenge!! Great shot and congrats on your first ribbon!
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03/19/2014 10:15:00 AM
Originally posted by Kroburg:

Two entries: one World's Tiniest Violin and a Red Ribbon. Not bad at all.

... and a highest rated photo taken with a Nikon D3200 :-)
03/19/2014 06:57:01 AM
Two entries: one World's Tiniest Violin and a Red Ribbon. Not bad at all. Congrats on this fine result, a smashing image!

Message edited by author 2014-03-19 07:00:33.
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03/19/2014 05:47:50 AM
My first ribbon, YEEEEEEE!

Thank you on your votes and comments.

@jomari: It was my first attempt at this kind of photography. It is not as difficult as it looks given you have patience for trial and error. There is an excellent video tutorial at gavtrain.com (//www.gavtrain.com/?p=3724). Equipment-wise it is not that demanding either. External flash, some sort of off-camera triggering capability, tripod and a remote. The remote is not mandatory, but it helps a lot. You can get away with the self timer, but it will require much more tries.

One thing i will definitely try in the future is to use sparkling mineral water. I expect some nice details details from the bubbles. And i should have boosted the background flash a bit more (about a stop)

Message edited by author 2015-02-13 18:37:15.
03/19/2014 03:21:00 AM
brilliant shot .. crisp and delicious .. congrats on the red . :)
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03/19/2014 03:12:58 AM
Congrats on the first ribbon, Damjanev!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/18/2014 11:54:06 PM
Beautifully done. I'm sure that isn't easy!
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03/18/2014 08:37:07 AM
My favorite beverage.... ahhhh......:-)
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03/15/2014 12:12:04 PM
Great concept. I love the yellow.
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03/12/2014 10:35:08 AM
Excellent! 9
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