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Unbottled Essence
Unbottled Essence

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Challenge: Burst of Color (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: studio (apartment)
Date: Jan 7, 2006
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 20s
Galleries: Abstract, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2006

The green light is a glow stick wrapped in a sheet of notebook paper (it was too bright when uncovered). The blue light is from an LED.

I'd have liked to make the outline of the bottle a little more distinct; I'm afraid that it's a little too abstract to be easily recognisable. I have mixed feelings about the appearance of the escaping essence. I'd like it to look more whispy and less striated. I have a few versions where the essence looks as I'd like it to, but the brightness of the bottle overpowered the essence. I hope to re-shoot this while subduing the brightness of both of my lightsources before the submission deadline.

Focal length: 24mm

Editing steps:
Levels (gamma 0.75, white point to 190)
Hue / Saturation (r: -100, m:-100, c:[hue-75, sat+100], ygb: unchanged)
spot edit (my sensor is evidently very dirty)
USM (radius 2.0)

Place: 103 out of 244
Avg (all users): 5.5443
Avg (commenters): 6.2000
Avg (participants): 5.2037
Avg (non-participants): 5.8295
Views since voting: 822
Views during voting: 369
Votes: 237
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/15/2006 07:35:06 PM
Nice concept. I would have shot this lower down to get the bottle base at camera level, so the table doesn't distract, which makes it look a little staged and studio-conscious. The gini idea also suggests that it needs context to further enhance the effect, such as an exotic bedroom/parlour.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/14/2006 03:01:11 PM
An interesting effect but the blown out white center and the general lightness of the green color limits its 'burst' impact. Not a very wow photo, which is even more essential than usual in this challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/14/2006 08:51:02 AM
clever again - good visual impact
01/13/2006 07:16:47 PM
Nice Image.
01/13/2006 01:21:05 PM
Great use of lighting here
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/12/2006 06:07:24 PM
Good burst of color, but it seems too much of a set up shot to be "mystical". However, it also looks like you spent some time on this image. props for that.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2006 11:47:44 PM
very cool, hope you told us how you did it
01/09/2006 10:20:13 PM
Cool photo. The highlights in the green are a bit overblown, but I like the bottle.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/09/2006 10:16:47 PM
Nice shot. I'll be curious to read how you did this.
01/09/2006 12:11:52 AM
Very cool. Different. How did you do it?

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