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Rivals Face Off
Rivals Face Off

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Challenge: Enemies (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: My Dining Room Table
Date: Jun 2, 2009
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20
Date Uploaded: Jun 2, 2009

Attempting to mimic the face off style photos prior to boxing matches (but with soda cans). Shot in a dark room on a glass table. Light pointed towards the ground so as not to get too much harsh light on the cans themselves. Had to darken the photo a bit to completely black out the wall/door behind the cans. Unsharp mask to sharpen the water droplets and product logos. Unfortunately the reflection is not super sharp since the light rays bent going through the thick glass tabletop.

Place: 41 out of 56
Avg (all users): 4.6900
Avg (commenters): 5.2727
Avg (participants): 4.8065
Avg (non-participants): 4.6686
Views since voting: 595
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 200
Comments: 13
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06/15/2009 01:27:25 PM
greetings from the critique club!

i think this is a good idea for the challenge. what killed you here is lighting.

because you're dividing the user's attention to two subjects, you needed to have two light sources that made each subject pop. like, for instance, if you had a boxing ring kind of feel, a spot on each can separated by some black space would have done it. if you were going for a head-to-head kind of thing, you could light it with one really tight light that showed parts of each can basically posed against each other.

in an image this dark, i don't think the reflections would have had any impact. it seemed like you were investing a lot in that effect when it really seems incidental.

good luck in future challenges!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/09/2009 10:26:18 PM
Pretty dark, but I'm sure that's already been mentioned.
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06/08/2009 11:16:45 PM
Like the idea, love the reflection, needs more light
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06/08/2009 07:58:51 PM
great! Such a commercial view
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06/06/2009 04:27:43 PM
LOL - they sure are rival companies! I wish the photo was a little brighter, but I do like how you captured the reflection. Good job!
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06/06/2009 04:56:50 AM
The idea is great, but I don't know you made it too dark
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06/05/2009 12:17:28 PM
Way to dark.
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06/04/2009 05:36:34 PM
IMO, better lighting would have improved this pic. Its very dark on my screen. But I like the concept.
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06/04/2009 02:32:19 PM
I like the idea, but I think some better lighting could bring this out of the woodwork more.
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06/04/2009 12:05:59 AM
This photo is too dark, though the water on the cans is a nice effect.
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06/03/2009 06:00:55 PM
This is a really good take on the challenge and one that hadn't crossed my mind before.
Great work
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06/03/2009 01:05:00 PM
great idea, seems much too dark.
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06/03/2009 07:44:17 AM
Great concepet; picture seems a little dark, though.
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