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Challenge: Wine (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Date: Sep 18, 2011
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Sep 18, 2011

No not fake grapes, they actually came from my garden. I don't drink wine, I don't know anyone who does so this was the best I could come up with. As far as the lighting goes, I realize its not the best. Christophe suggested lighting it from the side, I tried it and the results were not good. Glass wear is hard the light reflects weird and you end up with weird shapes all over everything. This was actually lit from the side with a fill from the front, it seemed to be the best way to eliminate the weird reflections. Hats off to those who photograph wine glasses regularly and do it so well.

I didn't expect much from this entry so I am really happy with a top 20 score.

Place: 14 out of 128
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09/26/2011 05:21:16 PM
When I photograph glass I try not to light it up with a flash. I rather bounce light off a white background onto the glass. To light up the grapes use the light that is being bounced off the background and reflect it back to your grapes with foamboard or whatever you use. This light will be very diffused and will cast less shadows and highlights, perfect for grapes.

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09/26/2011 02:38:31 AM
Interesting lighting, Jenn. I can see this in b/w!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/25/2011 10:18:32 PM
Unusual light, but fresh. Bench needs a wipe ;)
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09/25/2011 09:53:18 PM
No. The grapes would not be in the glass at the beginning. It's a fake. No marks
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09/25/2011 04:56:14 AM
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09/24/2011 07:51:10 AM
I wish the light wasn't so direct. It looks like on-camera flash to me. I think the grapes and the leaves could have benefited from more directional lighting.
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09/23/2011 08:14:53 PM
nice high key shot- religious overtones, real wine grapes- well done.
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09/20/2011 05:24:38 PM
Nice still life. Well lit and beautifully arranged. It deserves a higher quality glass.
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09/19/2011 07:25:36 AM
Very nicely put together, love the colors and lighting and border, this is just different enough from the other wine glass and grape shots to stand out.
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