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Absolut Luminescence

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Challenge: Absolut Advertisement II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: 2011 Challenges
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Jun 21, 2011
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 15 seconds
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2011

Whew! What a shoot...

Once I decided on the concept, all I had to do was get the right bottle (thanks to Cheryl, owner of The Brigadoon, the only fine restaurant around that uses Absolut) and stuff it full of these funky little Garden Stones from the dollar store. I had three bags of them, figured they would be enough...

Uhmm, nope. And as they had been a spring item and it's now summer, the store no longer carried them :-/ So I had to devise a shim in the back of the bottle, then stuff in the stones down the front to get the effect I wanted. Filling the bottle with water helped as water magnifies, and the curve of the bottle helped with that aspect too.

The shoot itself was easy enough. I shot in the Closet of Doom and on a black cloth-covered table. Camera on tripod with mirror lockup, charged up the rocks with a floodlight, then just played with the exposure.

The fun part were the various shims I used. First time I used a clear plastic bag filled with water. Problem is, it was too easy for rocks to get behind it and go to waste. Then I emptied out the bottle, filled it about 1/3 full of ice chunks and water and left it on its back in the freezer. The ice shim worked great, but it's summertime and I was shooting upstairs. So sadly the ice didn't last that long, I didn't give it enough time to form more than just a thick crust as opposed to a solid block.

Ah well live and learn...next time...

pp: RAW-TIFF conversion, straighten, crop, brightness/contrast, vibrance, saturation, clone out some dark areas in bottle and escapee bits of rock, resize, sharpen, save for web. Eh wala.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/28/2011 05:54:01 PM
Unusual Lighting and color, compared to rest of the pics in the challenge. High points for originality there. I like the concept and goes well with the title. The only thing mildly distracting is the loss of detail just below the logo and just above the large ABSOLUT print. Seems like a blown out portion recovered?
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06/26/2011 04:07:52 PM
This is a cool photo, although I don't know about the use of an advertisement. I would think a company would be leery of showing off their product as radioactive.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/24/2011 03:23:54 PM
I'm curious as to what is inside this bottle! The image is cool, but a bit to vague.. Like it needs to have something else to make the image stand out... i don't know..
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06/22/2011 08:52:16 AM
That's cool.........what's the bottle filled with?
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