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Romantic Evening
Romantic Evening

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Challenge: Still Life III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
Location: My dining room
Date: Jul 23, 2007
Aperture: F4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4
Galleries: Still Life
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2007

Well, here is my third entry.

This would be my very first attempt at Still Life photography. Something that after spending about 3 hours snapping photos constantly and changing settings, I now know it takes a lot of patience and skill to setup and complete it. Something I know I would still have to work on...lol. After about 190 odd out-take photos, I narrowed it down to the one I submitted.

All feedback is welcomed, it helps me learn.

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Not whole lot of editing went into it. Was kind of happy with it. :)

Place: 116 out of 233
Avg (all users): 5.2965
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 5.1746
Avg (non-participants): 5.3670
Views since voting: 737
Views during voting: 220
Votes: 172
Comments: 4
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08/07/2007 10:38:56 AM
Greetings from the critique club :)

I don´t really have too much to say about this image but I´ll do my best. First of all, I would have voted this shot a 5, means to me personally it´s not a bad photo but not good either. It definately meets the challenge, no question.

It´s just very hard to light glass, I have tried it and usually I think it works best if you try to put your lighting somewhere to the sides or way up or way down, as far away from the camera as you can get while still lighting the front side of the subject. You also have to be real careful about what is in the vicinity, cause when you shoot stuff like a wine bottle, or stuff that is curved i´ll pretty much show everything that is around it, like it does with those flower shaped lights (wich I actually like though). You essentially have to "package" the subject in, using white and black cards and just leave holes for the lighting and camera. That or get a lightbox :)

Having a candle in there makes it even trickier to light, you have to find out what setting works for the candle, so it doesn´t blow out as it did in this photo and then set the rest of the lighting to work around that, that´s pretty much the only way to do it if you want the candlelight to show well.

As for the rest, it´s all pretty well done, image seems clear and in focus, I don´t mind that the rose in the lower left corner is out of focus. You still should USM after resizing, not before, it´s generally the last thing you should do in the post processing phase. The white balance is a bit too warm for my taste but I am also glad it´s not neutral as it would lose that warm lighting from the candle so somewhere in between would have appealed more to me.

Kind regards from Iceland, Lárus.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/31/2007 11:34:00 AM
I would have removed the 4th rose so that the stem is not orphaned. As well I would have like to see some wine in the glasses. The lighting is nice and really reflects the mood of a romantic evening.
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07/29/2007 12:39:06 PM
the top lights reflecting on the bottle are somewhat annoying
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07/25/2007 06:12:24 AM
Would have been perfect if the glasses where filled up and the bottle open
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