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A Universe Inside My Glass
A Universe Inside My Glass

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Challenge: Black and White in Color (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm F4-5.6
Location: Girlfriend's Bedroom.
Date: Jul 25, 2006
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Date Uploaded: Jul 25, 2006

Crop, Contrast +5, Brightness +3, Burned a few borderline-blowout spots in the background, Sharpen filter, Resize, Save, Submit.

Place: 156 out of 263
Avg (all users): 4.9600
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 4.9670
Avg (non-participants): 4.9560
Views since voting: 767
Views during voting: 342
Votes: 250
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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08/05/2006 12:05:50 PM
It looks like mold on coffee, I didn't get that it was beer, I thought you were referring to the microcosms of micro organisms and that interpretation makes it quite unappealing. The large area of out of focus handle is perhaps necessary to identify it as a mug but contributes nothing to the composition but distraction. Perhaps a different angle would have worked better? The bright table (?) is also a distraction. Is this negative enough?
08/05/2006 12:04:08 PM
Since you called for constructive comments...

I find the reflections too harsh and the background very distracting. The main subject it supposed to be the foam in the glass but it's over powered by all the other elements. The glass handle being so prominent in the picture doesn't help either. Also it looks more like a "Oh look at that" snapshot kind of picture rater than a well thought out carefully taken picture.

I think the concept is excellent and could have done very well had just a bit more attention been paid to it's surrounding environment.

Edit: I said foam as if it was beer, the consensus seems to be it's mold - so foam, mold whatever - I was referring to the actual "cosmos"

Message edited by author 2006-08-05 12:10:40.
08/05/2006 12:01:43 PM
It looks like mold growing in the glass. Also, you have what appears to be your "univerise" in the upper part of the mug, but there are other things floating around. Would have been nicer without those in there. Also, there is a big glare on the handle of the glass. And the shinyness/blurriness of the table takes away from the shot.
08/05/2006 12:01:18 PM
My first reaction is that the composition is awkward and the tonal values are muddy. On second glance, I am distracted by the many specular reflections and distinctly put off by the foam circle in the glass, which looks like nothing so much as a growing colony of mold :-)

The OOF handle on the left is a real problem here. Besides being OOF, the cropping of it is so arbitrary, especially the truncated curve at the bottom. I'm not impressed with the tabletop material either, which looks downright bilious to me.

So my overall impression is distinctly "blecch", which I gather is what you're asking me to say :-) Be careful what you ask for!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2006 10:11:03 PM
to see the universe in a glass of beer... that is the job of the artist. a 9 for you.
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07/30/2006 09:41:32 PM
Best so far
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07/29/2006 04:33:55 PM
Nice capture.
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07/27/2006 11:31:53 PM
Eeeewwww!!!! LOL. Great shot and the perfect title.
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07/26/2006 05:24:26 PM
This is very interesting idea.
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