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Seven Spirits
Seven Spirits
darnok


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Challenge: Lucky 7 II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: South Africa, Pretoria
Date: Jul 7, 2007
Aperture: 11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/320
Galleries: Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 7, 2007

Seven glasses filled with water. I could not find enough different glasses, so one sticks out a bit.

I like my backlit glass...

Lighting: A flash behind and below the glasses, firing into a blue wall. The aim with this image was to try get the light as soft as possible, therefore I could not have any direct light on the glasses. The flash was triggered by PC cord and not optically as I did not want to risk the built-in flash creating an ugly highlight on the glasses.

Post processing: RAW conversion. Noise Reduction. Cloned out the worst of the hundreds of dust specks and small scratches in the glasses, as well as toning down a smudge on the wall. Also had to clean up some noise left on the background after noise reduction.

I only noticed later that I had exceeded the sync speed of the camera, must have bumped the shutter speed dial. Fortunately the 1/250 rating is fairly conservative and the flash still syncs just fine at 1/320.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.9850
Avg (commenters): 8.0556
Avg (participants): 7.1207
Avg (non-participants): 6.9296
Views since voting: 2901
Views during voting: 366
Votes: 200
Comments: 32
Favorites: 12 (view)


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04/21/2008 11:52:15 AM
Great picture, love the soft light
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08/03/2007 02:19:34 PM
well i guess, you really improved on your first similar shot!

this is a flawless pic, should have ribboned!
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07/19/2007 10:36:12 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

Well again I get a shot from the top 5 of this challenge and again I don´t really know what to say, there is pretty much nothing I can critique on this shot. It´s well lit, crystal clear regarding contrast and sharpness, the strong color is very good and well it´s a prett good shot.

Only thing I can say is I have seen "it" (or very similar shots) before and I have a strong feeling I will see 10 or more like it in the Still Life challenge that is open for submission now. Needs something extra to really impress me, like a goldfish in each of the glasses or whatever. Again, very well done on the lighting, I know how hard it can be to light glass.

Kind regards from Iceland, Lárus.
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07/16/2007 10:48:57 AM
Very nicely done...congratulations on the HM!
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07/15/2007 08:11:18 AM
Cool shot m8! :)
The family has grown hehe.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/14/2007 11:24:16 PM
Love the lighting and staging of this shot - great job!
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07/14/2007 07:20:19 PM
I guess a ribbon for you...
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07/14/2007 12:55:08 PM
great shoot
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07/12/2007 08:41:08 PM
I like this crisp and clear image. Lovely lighting and I like the blue.
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07/12/2007 08:21:24 PM
Beautiful color, composition, and lighting!
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07/12/2007 08:35:27 AM
I love the color...
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07/11/2007 11:43:32 AM
ok
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07/11/2007 08:26:33 AM
I love the colours, and the edge of the paper in the RHS glass gives a nice curve.
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07/10/2007 04:35:22 PM
Superb!! Excellently done, very simple but very effective!
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07/10/2007 09:55:44 AM
Very nice
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07/10/2007 09:12:35 AM
Wonderful lighting study, and you did a great job with the placement of the glasses.
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07/09/2007 09:13:25 PM
Great lighting and comp.
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07/09/2007 12:34:37 AM
Great use of blue, very clean and simple like it 7/10
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07/08/2007 05:27:27 PM
lovely lighting and nice hues
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07/08/2007 05:14:05 PM
Nice color and great idea, looks wonderful.
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07/08/2007 02:37:54 PM
Ordinary glasses....extraordinary results!! The blues are just wonderful....makes the senses stir! *9*
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07/08/2007 11:47:40 AM
i think you have a winner in this one--the lighting is superb. nicely done, and an early congrats!
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07/08/2007 09:14:36 AM
Beautiful. Its difficult to gel 7 different shapes and sizes but your creation is great and so is the lighting
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07/08/2007 08:09:36 AM
I love the colors, well done
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07/08/2007 08:02:21 AM
Very nice. I love the colors.
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07/08/2007 07:26:37 AM
Beautiful shot!
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07/08/2007 06:59:29 AM
Nice one!!
Love these shots, Techo.
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07/08/2007 05:39:48 AM
Very nicely done. I need to get this technique down........8
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07/08/2007 03:28:54 AM
Very pretty tones and color!!
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07/08/2007 01:08:18 AM
Great use of colour, and good crisp focus in all the glasses.
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07/08/2007 01:07:08 AM
Very cool glasses. Love the lighting and the colors.
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07/08/2007 12:42:12 AM
Nice tones and elegant composition.
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