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Reticello (a blown glass technique)
Reticello (a blown glass technique)

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Challenge: Pattern (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Location: Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Seattle, WA, USA
Date: Dec 27, 2005
Aperture: f22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2 minutes
Date Uploaded: Dec 28, 2005

A piece made at the Seattle Glassblowing Studio, and a nice example of this amazingly cool technique. I thought it would make for a good submission here.

Exposure was 2 minutes, illuminated primarily by a mini-mag flashlight, in order to try to get good lighting angles.

Colors tweaked, and cropping done, using iPhoto -- because I was running out of time (though with the server outage... who knows.)

Place: 34 out of 240
Avg (all users): 6.0456
Avg (commenters): 6.7778
Avg (participants): 5.7315
Avg (non-participants): 6.2161
Views since voting: 1910
Views during voting: 470
Votes: 307
Comments: 14
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/07/2006 05:56:21 PM
Very useful feedback, Neil. Thanks!

I did actually try to minimize blow-out, and would have done so given a bit more time to spend -- perhaps I'll re-shoot at some point, and see what I can come up with... Because of the shape of the piece, it was hard to not have _something_ be blown out -- but hard doesn't mean impossible, so I may well try again. :-)

Anyway, again, thanks!
01/07/2006 12:38:19 PM
*Hi From the Critique Club*

This strikes me as a nice piece to photograph to suit this challenge. You have chosen it well. The main distraction for me when I immediately look at this photo is the blown out highlights at the top centre and right and it begs the question of whether you needed to crop it a bit more or not. Then again, cropping the top out may of reduced the impact of the photo by removing the top curve of the subject. Perhaps even if you had of tried some different angles with the light so that it wasn't so much directly on the glass it may of helped reduce it slightly but that would also come down to the surroundings.

Some people aren't great fans of borders. I myself don't mind them when subtley done and I think just having a slim border around this would of helped complete this photo and maybe even tidied up the overall look of it.

Overall, you have captured the challenge topic well and used a fantastic subject. It would of been very easy just to hit this photo with a standard flash and a much shorter exposure but trying with a long exposure using the small light was a great way to try something different. Despite the blow outs the voters definately looked beyond it and scored this photo very well. Congratulations on the result.

Neil :)
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01/04/2006 04:46:05 AM
Well, 34th, and/or rating over 6, I guess isn't _so_ bad. ;-)

Guess I should have done something about the blow-out... I knew it was there, though it was difficult to manage with the way I lit it... But I'm sure I could have figured out something, and/or cropped it out, or some such something.

Thanks all for your comments.

Message edited by author 2006-01-04 04:46:44.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/03/2006 10:42:08 PM
Makes me Diiiizzzy
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01/03/2006 09:30:12 PM
I really like this one - it feels like there is movement in the picture
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01/03/2006 12:14:36 PM
Wow, very interesting! Love the lines and the way they twist. Nice shot. The only thing that bothers me is the blown area at the top.
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12/31/2005 04:54:05 PM
The light burst on the right disturbs me smoehow. But it is a great idea. one of the top 5 in this challenge to me. 9.
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12/31/2005 01:54:46 PM
Excellent pattern.
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12/30/2005 06:15:19 PM
This is amazing. Abstract and beautiful!
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12/30/2005 06:35:54 AM
Simple yet so effective, great patterns....................
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12/28/2005 09:07:52 PM
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12/28/2005 08:49:03 PM
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12/28/2005 12:39:50 PM
Trippy...and well done. 7

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12/28/2005 10:20:19 AM
I like the pattern, a touch washed out to the top right and a bit blotchy here and there. However, I realize this is a basic challenge and I myself could not remove a small blotch from my own. (6)
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