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ON THE ROCKS
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Challenge: Absolut Advertisement II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-500D Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Location: yaphank NY
Date: Jun 20, 2011
Aperture: 1/40
ISO: 800
Shutter: f4.5
Galleries: Black and White, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2011

I remembered I had saved an Absoult Raspberri bottle and stashed it in the closet. I didn't like the red bottle so i covered it up with some glass beads bought at Michaels Arts and Crafts and glued them individually to the bottle. I added a black piece of cardboard for the background and set up a couple extra black and clear beads around the bottle to make it look like ice. Had a lot of trouble with lighting. I took over 100 shots, edited a couple and picked this one out. I used desaturate, sharpen, brightness and contrast tools, resized and added a border.

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07/05/2011 09:10:57 AM
Hi Michelle, welcome to the Critique Zone!

First off, this is a great idea and I am very impressed by the dedication you put into realising your vision. Hopefully you still have the bottle because I think you could re-shoot this (if only for your own pleasure).

Technical: Your aperture is pretty wide for a shot of this nature, and the edges of the bottle are consequently a little fuzzy. I'd have used your 18-55 kit lens instead, set to about f7.1 and done it all with a tripod and delay / remote - that way you get a really sharp image, which this concept demands. The kit lens can be very good, so don't listen to all of the naysayers and stories. With a tripod, you can drop the ISO and use whatever shutter you need - it's still life, it's not going anywhere!

PP: You noted that you desaturated and used brightness / contrast - these are pretty blunt instruments. Have a look at the curves and b/w conversion tools in the lessons on DPC for some ideas on how to retain more control - there is some great knowledge in there. Also worth knowing that re-sizing can destroy sharpness, I always re-sharpen after re-sizing, just a little bot less so it doesn't look crazy.

Artistic: This shot starts from a great point: the glitter and glow, the contrast and lighting are really smart. I think that the perspective could be more interesting though - maybe offset, maybe looking up at the bottle? Something a little more unusual than the every day perspective we might see from our own eyes. Also, on DPC people are really picky and the dented cap is an issue for an 'ad' challenge where the bottle should be new.

I think that with a slight re-framing, this shot could be a killer, although the beads don't look like ice so I would have gone with 'abolut gem' or some such. You clearly have a great eye for the unusual, and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Happy hunting,

Frank.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/24/2011 04:37:52 PM
Lighting is very harsh on some of the 'rocks' but I like the very dark background. Image looks a tad washed out. I also can't help but notice some sort of dent? on the bottle cap.
I would've liked to see more rocks on the 'floor' so to speak.
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06/23/2011 10:13:08 PM
I see your idea and I think you made a nice attempt at it, but your composition needs work. The bottle is almost perfectly in the middle of the frame and it doesn't draw much interest. I like how you merged the "rocks" on the bottle and on the table. Perhaps if you used actual rocks it would have been better. These glass beads are curved and pleasant. It creates a calming photograph which I don't think is appropriate for vodka...which for me at least evokes more edge (hence real rocks). The concept is there, just needs a little more time. I see the dedication in the image though.
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06/22/2011 09:00:52 AM
Cute and clever.
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