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Estd 1824. Aged 12 Years in oak casks. Exquisitely smooth.
Estd 1824. Aged 12 Years in oak casks. Exquisitely smooth.

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Challenge: Something Old II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z10
Location: Bedroom, Milton Keynes, UK
Date: Apr 18, 2006
Aperture: f 3.2
ISO: 64
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Apr 18, 2006

I've gone for a soft, brochure look. I think it's about 80% there. Do you agree? Please leave me some constructive feedback.

In Photoshop:
Colourised the whole image with a Hue/Sat adjustment layer.
Burned the Hue/Sat layer in some areas to show the bottle green colour through.
Burned some of the label at the top of the bottle neck to give a slight low-key look to the top of the neck.
Applied Lens Blur filter to soften background.

I'm sure this won't place very high, because on suject. I expect old people will be the main suject for the ribbon winners. I hope to do better than my current best finish of 83rd - top 50 would be nice!

Place: 284 out of 402
Avg (all users): 4.7868
Avg (commenters): 3.5000
Avg (participants): 4.6923
Avg (non-participants): 4.8679
Views since voting: 1207
Views during voting: 249
Votes: 197
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/22/2006 08:27:33 AM
Thanks Eileen, I think you are one of the few that got what I was aiming for. However, I used PS CS to burn through my adjustment layer to show the bottle green through.

This turned out to be my lowest rated entry EVER! Ah Well, I'll try harder next time.
04/26/2006 05:36:00 PM
I think this is a nice product shot and showing the year at the bottom was a nice touch. Some issues with the white and green reflection on the bottle neck which can be cloned out in PS and I would have preferred a little more detail in the dark areas. But I like the overall soft effect you chose. I gave it a 6.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/21/2006 05:01:17 AM
I don't like the red color cast - could be fixed with quite many tools in Photoshop etc, such as using the levels tool and move the sliders for the green and blue channels to the left. It would have been nice had there been slightly more space above the bottle.

I think it would also have made for a much nicer image had you poured a bit of the wine in a wineglass and placed it in front and to the left or right of the bottle. The photo is a bit uninteresting as it is and it's often better to have a bit of a space to the sides for vertical subjects.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
04/19/2006 12:46:12 PM
Ahhhhh....Good Scotch!

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