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Challenge: Blue II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: Jan 30, 2006
Aperture: f/3.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/8s
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 30, 2006

My second submission from my kitchen. My first submission with the brand new, just delivered today Nilkon D50.

I used 2 clip lights, one reflected off the blue wall and one reflected off a piece of white foamboard set up behind and to the left of the camera to light the front of the bottle.

I hope people don't think I used vignetting on this, but it's a chance I'll have to take. It's all lighting. (Actually with the resubmit the vignetting has gone away. Hurray!)

Editing: Photo Filter (cooling 82), Levels, Shadows/Highlights, Add Noise, Straighten Tool, Crop, NeatImage, Resize, Unsharp Mask, Save for Web.

Resubmitted: More Blue, Less Cyan. Nasty Posterization is gone.

Place: 270 out of 446
Avg (all users): 4.8712
Avg (commenters): 5.1111
Avg (participants): 4.8559
Avg (non-participants): 4.8852
Views since voting: 932
Views during voting: 296
Votes: 233
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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02/09/2006 02:00:18 AM
I found your photo in DrAchoo's thread. I did not read the comments before, I just add a few small issues, maybe they help.

Alltogether a nice shot with only little things that could be done different, I like the shades of blue and the reflection very much. I usually try to avoid plane compositions in one level. I would move either the bottle or the glass a little bit more to the front to give it an essence of depth. A little backlightin would make the wine beautiful transparent, and I also would bring them more to the front in hope of KO-ing the edge of the table and wash the background all together and make the label readable on the bottle. The cleaniness of the glass is another little issue: if you look at it hard, you can see the splash of pouring the wine in. Be more careful, the glass has to be chrystal clear.

Just small things that may improve this one. I hope it helps.

Message edited by author 2006-02-09 02:05:33.
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02/08/2006 07:28:00 PM
The composition is nice. I think I'd prefer just a bit tighter on the crop. The biggest problem is the blue hue makes the wine look very dark and unappealing. In the end, I just don't think it's a good combo, unless you could have backlit the glass with its own light source to bring out some true red.

EDIT: I came back to say the gradient is pretty sweet. I forgot to mention that. I like it. As far as the unexciting mentioned in other comments, well, I looked at it as a product shot. It doesn't have a lot of emotion to it, but it's a nice enough composition for a wine picture.

Message edited by author 2006-02-08 19:29:34.
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02/08/2006 07:45:03 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Aesthetic: As most of the comments suggest - this is not a very "interesting" photo. Not that the subject is not interesting per se, but handling of subject could have been much better to make it impactful.

Technical: No major issues here. Focus is sharp. Maybe spot metering mode would have been helpful in some way. Also shallow depth of field is good in cases where all you need from "background" is smooth color.

Challenge: Though I feel blue background is good enough reason for it to fit the challenge, but somehow I'm not able to focus on the blue. Maybe smaller subject, at the thirds, would have been better.

Conclusion: Oveall an average composition. Since the image is well exposed it has lot of potential to be played with in post processing which could have enhanced otherwise "common" subject. I did not voted for this challenge, but with so many other good submissions this might have suffered a bit of "relative" score syndrome.

I'm by no means expert in area of photography. My comments are purely based on my limited understanding of technology and art behind digital photography. Apart from doing detailed evaluation of your submission, my intent is to learn different styles of photography by critically evaluating selective submissions. If you've got any questions about this critique, please feel free to contact me via email or PM.

Wish you a great day!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2006 08:59:27 AM
Well the light meter should be focused on the subject.
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02/07/2006 08:55:44 AM
The picture is not interesting.
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02/06/2006 04:27:26 AM
Cold blue doesn't work with warm red. I think. 5.
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02/04/2006 05:33:47 PM
A pretty studio setup as far as lighting - may want to put the wine bottle and glass on a different line (ie one more forward than the other instead of in the same plane) and crop a little tighter on the right and the top.
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02/03/2006 11:40:45 AM
I like this picture a lot, but it seems like the focus is on the Wine bottle and glass.
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02/02/2006 09:49:28 AM
i like the simplicity!
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02/02/2006 02:43:36 AM
I think it needs to have more blue. Maybe a blue object, not just a blue background.
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02/01/2006 03:44:37 PM
Give me some!!!
02/01/2006 08:50:37 AM
Love the shot. Simple - great lighting - on challenge subject - 10
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02/01/2006 02:59:11 AM
Strange topic for a blue challenge, Blue Nun may have worked better...

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