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Challenge: Still Life With Motion (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: home
Date: Sep 23, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Sep 23, 2007

I wanted to create something odd but still look like a still life. I knew I wanted to use water for the motion part and use it to create some sort of tension. However, I ended up with something I didn't expect to create.

Materals:

- An old curtain used as a table cloth.
- An entertainment center used as a table.
- A brandy Snifter used for "wine glass" Umm thanks Timfy and eyewave for noticing that. :)
- grapes
- lots of towels for cleanup

Equipment used:

- two tripods
- one flash with sto-fen omnibounce
- two white boards
- one remote shutter
- one off camera hotshoe cord

Setup:

I didn't want to drag the dining room table into the bedroom where I wanted to shoot this (because it's darker there with less lights) so I just used the entertainment center that was already there. That worked out well as did using an old curtain for a table cloth. I put a small clamp under the table cloth so that the glass would remain tilted. I wanted it to look like it's falling off the table.

For the lighting I used my Sigma flash. It's on my second tripod and is placed above the glass. The tripod has an arm that extends out horizontally so it worked well for this. I don't have a remote trigger so I used my off camera shoe cord to attach the flash to my camera which is on another tripod. The cord isn't very long but for this it was sufficient. I setup the two white boards below the camera tripod so that it would provide some fill light on the table cloth hanging down from the table. It also served to give some edge fill light to the grapes.

So with one hand holding the remote and the other holding a bottle of water (sorry it's not wine) I started taking some shots while pouring the water into the glass. I took about 20 or so shots (cleaning up inbetween). Basically, I was looking to try and capture an interesting splash into the glass that made the tilted glass look like it's really going to fall. Instead I ended up with this illusion. I was going through the shots and saw this one. All that happened here is the camera caught me correcting the stream into the glass. It was pouring outside of the glass but since the camera is elevated it made it look like the two streams were one. When I saw that I knew I was pretty much done. Now just to edit so it look like a painting of sorts.

Editing steps:

- Raw conversion. Basic stuff mainly.
- PS Noise Reduction.
- Lucis Arts filter to bring out the details a little. Tone mapping would have worked here just as well.
- PS Noise Reduction. To clean up some of the noise the lucis arts filter created.
- Cloning and blurring to remove specks and clean up detail. This also gave the grapes a softer more painterly look.
- Dodge, burn. The usual.
- Curves to improve contrast.
- Color overlay on liquid to change it's color.
- Curves, auto color and photo filter to adjust overall color.
- Resized for web
- Convert to sRGB from adobeRGB
- Curves for final tweaking.
- Save for web

That's pretty much it.

*post*

Thanks for the votes, favs and comments. Winning the DPC blue and a Posthumous blue ribbon is a great honor.

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 99
Avg (all users): 7.3077
Avg (commenters): 8.2917
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Views since voting: 11875
Views during voting: 431
Votes: 182
Comments: 81
Favorites: 39 (view)


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10/15/2007 10:10:00 AM
great photographers comments and really fantastic photo

awesome, congratulations
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10/05/2007 06:04:04 PM
Thanks for the detailed explanation.... a great read! you really have a fantastic image here mate!
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10/03/2007 08:19:38 AM
Fantastic image, Richard. Love it.
Congrats for this wonderful shot & for the DOUBLE BLUE RIBBON
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10/02/2007 06:58:27 PM
Now thats what I call art.. fantastic image, nice to see a decent score getting the blue for a change, a lot of recent blue ribbons have been for images scoring below 7 (I am guilty as charged on that rap).

great score for a great image by a great photographer.. nice one!
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10/02/2007 06:23:24 PM
Congrats for another feather in your hat. I am truly amazed the way you are moving forward with your photography. You are one of many inspiring DPC members.
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10/02/2007 04:30:47 PM
OMG Richard! You've done it again. This is an amazing shot. Thanks for the tutorial.
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10/02/2007 11:40:39 AM
It always kills me to see votes of 123or 4 on an image like this. lol. What a spectacular image. Nice work and can't wait to see more. Cheers.
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10/02/2007 05:36:35 AM
this is amazing. those grapes - i cant get my eyes off them! i read your description and realized you did something to them, well, good work!

congrats on the ribbon :)

crayon
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10/01/2007 08:52:28 PM
Man those grapes look silky smooth, great work on this set up, and the quality is awesome! CONGRATS!
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10/01/2007 07:01:06 PM
Outstanding!! Blew me away in the voting stage... glad yours won!!!
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10/01/2007 06:52:48 PM
Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Way to go Yanko!! Congratulations!
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10/01/2007 06:25:41 PM
This was such a clear winner for me, I ended up looking at it numerous times. Really like the illusion but the processing really the clincher. Grats on a great image and multiple ribbons, well deserved.
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10/01/2007 04:36:40 PM
Outstanding effort, it really paid off. Very painterly, kinda Renaissance. :) Congratulations!
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10/01/2007 04:20:30 PM
DUDE!!!!! YIPPEE - the best actually won. (I'm doing a little dance now)
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10/01/2007 03:12:01 PM
Richard, congrats on the BLUE! Very, very cool photograph!
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10/01/2007 03:07:54 PM
Oh geez, it's times like I wish I could eat photographs.

Absolutely phenomenal.
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10/01/2007 12:22:44 PM
Congratulations on the BLUE!
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10/01/2007 11:02:29 AM
nice one. congratulations.
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10/01/2007 09:42:26 AM
Congratulations, Richard! I love it when such attention to detail and clever execution rewards one so beautifully! Thanks for letting us know who you accomplished this!
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10/01/2007 09:13:19 AM
Congratulations on your win, great image and idea, love the lighting and colors. :)
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10/01/2007 08:33:33 AM
What a rich, awesome image! Thanks ever so much for the wonderfully detailed description as well. Congrats on a well deserved ribbon!
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10/01/2007 07:50:01 AM
Beautiful shot and incredible setup. I love how it looks as if the wine is going through the cup and not really in it. Congrats on the Ribb.
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10/01/2007 07:17:22 AM
beautiful and cool.
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10/01/2007 06:06:53 AM
Incredible !
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10/01/2007 05:24:15 AM
Oh Ya!!!! Congrats Richard. Very clever indeed! Love the dramatic lighting as well.
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10/01/2007 04:53:23 AM
you can quit now ;-) nicely done, richard!
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10/01/2007 03:34:13 AM
Whoa, Yanko! What a shot and what a great finish! Congrats! I only wish you put more details in your notes. :P
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10/01/2007 03:24:48 AM
Great shot, Richard! Big congrats on the Blue.
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10/01/2007 03:07:04 AM
great shot, had a feeling this was you...
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10/01/2007 02:56:42 AM
Aaah, it is yours! It was one of my favorites in this challenge!
Big congrats on the blue, Richard!
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10/01/2007 02:48:32 AM
Congrats, Richard, a splendid illusion and a well deserved blue!
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10/01/2007 02:06:40 AM
Way to go Richard! I still think that stream of liquid trips my eyes out...
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10/01/2007 01:50:18 AM
What could I add! You hit your goal in rare form! An obvious Blue! Congratulations!
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10/01/2007 01:47:02 AM
Oh My...what a spectacular shot!!!!!!!! (Gosh...I think I had that waiter last night..hehe!) Congrats on a well-deserved BLUE!!! I'm so happy for you. :-)
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10/01/2007 01:44:58 AM
Very well done, my man. :-)
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10/01/2007 01:31:30 AM
ohhhh i get it, posthumous........... duh
congrats
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10/01/2007 01:21:06 AM
Originally posted by Fetor:

TUTORIAL!!!!


Well the last two I wrote and posted in the tips and tricks section didn't seem to generate much interest.

Making of Harvest

Post Processing of one of my photos

10/01/2007 01:10:37 AM
congratulations on this well deserved blue ribbon!!
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10/01/2007 01:09:34 AM
congrats! dont understand your comment tho, two blues with one entry?
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10/01/2007 01:05:28 AM
You really nailed this Richard...amazing image worthy of the blue...my fave in the comp...yes, we want a TUTORIAL!
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10/01/2007 01:04:22 AM
I'll go with Fetor: you owe us a tutorial. Great shot!
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10/01/2007 01:00:58 AM
TUTORIAL!!!!
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10/01/2007 12:48:00 AM
Congrats on the Blue!
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10/01/2007 12:35:00 AM
nice showing, well deserved blue
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10/01/2007 12:21:20 AM
Congratulations! This is outstanding! Glad you took the blue. :)

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10/01/2007 12:14:53 AM
Congrats, Yanko. :)
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10/01/2007 12:14:13 AM
Hey congrats Richard....job well done.
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10/01/2007 12:13:14 AM
Nice man yours was my fave of the challenge! Congrats!
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10/01/2007 12:12:30 AM
Grats on the blue! What do you mean two blues? Can't wait to read the notes.
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10/01/2007 12:10:45 AM
wonderful job. congratulations on the twin blue ribbons - a great achievement.
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10/01/2007 12:09:54 AM
Excellent photo. So glad you won the blue. Congrats!
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10/01/2007 12:05:11 AM
Awesome! =)
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10/01/2007 12:03:43 AM
Knew this would win the blue. Well done!
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10/01/2007 12:03:36 AM
well deserved ribbon! Congrats!
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10/01/2007 12:02:48 AM
Congratulations on the DUAL BLUE!

I see you've received the prestigious Blue PostHumous award along with the popular choice award - WELL DONE and certainly WELL DESERVED!
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10/01/2007 12:02:32 AM
Congrats on a well-deserved blue, Richard! Now put in comments on how you did it, and kindly include lighting and processing. Definitely the best image in this challenge, in my opinion.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/30/2007 11:17:17 PM
Did you cut a slit in the glass? However you did it, this is the best image in the challenge!
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09/30/2007 10:13:55 PM
very well done! If I had to quibble over something I would suggest a little more on the left... might improve this great shot.
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09/30/2007 09:29:43 PM
A beautiful and magical photo. Love the lighting and color tones. I hope this ribbons!
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09/30/2007 04:58:12 PM
great concept but i don't understand why you had to process it so much in photoshop. those that like digital art will love this as it is beautiful, but i wish you entered a less processed version. I would have given it a 10, but instead I'm giving you a 7.

Message edited by author 2007-10-01 00:01:47.
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09/28/2007 06:59:22 PM
An astonishing photograph. "I hardly can believe it's real," as the poet says. I simply must give this the Posthumous Blue Ribbon.

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09/28/2007 05:34:44 PM
wonderful - 10
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09/28/2007 12:14:07 AM
Like the deep colors. looks tasty.
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09/27/2007 06:24:40 PM
Very interesting! Ther grapes look as if they've had too much neat image applied and the wine looks like it is going through the glass which makes it strange yet intriguing at the same time.
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09/27/2007 03:23:06 PM
i really like the editing done to this photo. It makes it look very soft and unrealistic. ahnd the timing is amazing. Great job!
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09/26/2007 07:43:02 PM
What a tremendous photo. I love the soft look of the grapes, I love that the glass is about to fall! I just love this photo! 10
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09/26/2007 08:45:32 AM
great idea!
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09/25/2007 02:23:41 PM
excellent composition, wonderful processing (the image seems to glow) and great title!
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09/25/2007 02:11:38 PM
Lovely still life. Is there a hole in the glass or how is the wine moving through the glass?
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09/25/2007 05:21:26 AM
looks like the wine is pouring through the glass - strange... crop at left is a bit tight. good setup (except for the glass, which is for brandy not for wine), very good lighting and processing, though the grapes are a bit soft. I'd guess this is Marac's work?
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09/24/2007 10:12:44 PM
nice idea, well composed, good choice of colors, love the processing
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09/24/2007 09:44:03 PM
Very impressive -- and it's not easy to figure out how you pulled it off, either! I would expect this will finish very high.
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09/24/2007 09:18:32 PM
very nice colors!
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09/24/2007 05:59:33 PM
great processing and comp. Lighting is awesome too. Something doesn't look right about the pouring liquid.
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09/24/2007 12:33:10 PM
woah! this is the best one
10
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09/24/2007 10:27:28 AM
Negligent perhaps, but anyone who can pour wine right through a piece of glass has a talent which must be acknowledged.
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09/24/2007 03:15:05 AM
beautiful!
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09/24/2007 01:06:53 AM
I don't get the stream of wine, if that what its supposed to be.
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09/24/2007 01:00:49 AM
wow...looks like a painting! love the edit on the grapes, and how many wine glasses did you break??? well done 9
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09/24/2007 12:36:03 AM
Great job well done psart 8
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09/24/2007 12:18:54 AM
Man, that looks like a painting. Very cool. Just went through them all. This is a true stand out. Love the color palette too. You get my only 10. TA DA
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