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Swirling Steam
Swirling Steam

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Challenge: Stock Photos: Cooking (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: my kitchen table, morning light
Date: Jan 9, 2009
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Black and White, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jan 9, 2009

No special lighting set up involved. I was at my kitchen table in front of a south facing window and I noticed the effect it had on the steam from my coffee. In my editing program I cropped, turned to black and white, unsharp mask slightly, added border. Thanks for any all critiques!

Place: 53 out of 91
Avg (all users): 5.2534
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 4.6818
Avg (non-participants): 5.3955
Views since voting: 639
Views during voting: 350
Votes: 221
Comments: 7
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/20/2009 07:44:02 PM
That is pretty cool looking! Nice capture of the individual steam droplets and it looks great in b/w. Just one negative aspect is the "thing" at the top of the steam. Looks like it might have been a drop of water on the lens or some weird-shaped lens flare.
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01/19/2009 05:15:22 PM
Well captured.
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01/18/2009 10:23:27 AM
a little flat in the tones...
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01/16/2009 03:02:29 AM
Hmm... I really like the concept (with the swirling steam in the swirling cup) and execution. I just kinda wish it wasn't so blown out on the right side. Seems to really throw off the balance of lights and darks.
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01/14/2009 03:38:11 PM
That mug makes a very cool subject, and the swirl of the steam looks great. I don't much care for whatever its sitting on though; It detracts from the rest of the picture, IMHO.
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01/14/2009 09:19:13 AM
More a photo of food than of cooking.
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01/14/2009 06:49:46 AM
I'm fascinated by that steam! It looks like it should be fake, but can't pinpoint anything that would back that up.

I think this image would have been very striking without the blown out right side and the reflections in the mug. The tonal balance on the left side is quite nice, and the composition is pleasing. I even like the faint *ting* star you got on the rim of the mug.
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