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Challenge: Product Shot (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: My kitchen
Date: Sep 1, 2008
Aperture: f14
ISO: 500
Shutter: 1/125 s
Galleries: Still Life, Water
Date Uploaded: Sep 7, 2008

I definitely wanted to photograph something in a glass bottle for this challenge . Had a look in my husbands side of the bathroom cabinet looking for his bottle of Obsession (Calvin Klein) and found this half full bottle of Boss Number One. I loved the colour of the cologne and the shape of the bottle but I thought (because of the bottle being half full) I would only do some test shots to check out the lighting. If it looked good I would buy a new, full bottle and use that for the challenge shot.
Well, to cut a long story short, the half full bottle looked so good I started looking for ways to accentuate the two halves. I sprayed water drops on the empty half, then on the full half but kept the rest dry. Nothing really worked for me. Then I got so fed up with spraying and drying, I sprayed the sheet of glass the bottle was standing on, turned the bottle on its side and sprayed the bottom (full) half. I liked what I saw, so I also put a drop of orange coloured water on the spray nozzle of the bottle.
I have no idea how this will do. Many voters may not like the full/empty look of it… A worrying week begins…

Post challenge:
Fantastic!! Thanks for the wonderful ribbon!! I was so worried about no one liking the one side empty/one side full look. Instead I got quite a few comments about not liking the image being rotated. When I was post processing, the idea of NOT rotating never occurred to me. I always go with my gut feeling and my gut definitely said “rotate” ;-) Thanks again, you guys.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 118
Avg (all users): 6.8851
Avg (commenters): 7.8261
Avg (participants): 6.3333
Avg (non-participants): 7.1262
Views since voting: 8453
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 148
Comments: 73
Favorites: 12 (view)


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12/22/2008 11:37:56 AM
WOW!
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09/20/2008 07:29:17 PM
YAY! GO IRENE!
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09/20/2008 09:15:05 AM
Congrats! A great shot (even if initially intriguing!)
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09/19/2008 07:34:52 AM
This was my pick for the blue in this challenge, twice on the front page again congratulations!
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09/18/2008 03:30:03 AM
Great shot! On the side like you did it communicates an invisible force that draws the cologne to whatever is on the side. Just like any other force creates an opposite one, the cologne also pulls the thing on the side to it.

- I would have loved if the thing on the side would have been the naked skin of a beautiful woman. Isn't that what colognes are for? :)
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09/17/2008 04:43:00 AM
love your imagination
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09/16/2008 07:35:03 PM
oh brother. :-)
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09/16/2008 11:05:00 AM
Originally posted by timfythetoo:

Well done Irene. I just cant seem to quite nudge you out of your seat. ;)

Thank goodness for that ;-)
09/16/2008 08:29:36 AM
Nice shot!! Wat to go, congrats!
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09/16/2008 05:37:28 AM
Well done Irene. I just cant seem to quite nudge you out of your seat. ;)
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09/16/2008 12:41:08 AM
It's really creative. My favorite shot.
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09/15/2008 11:04:39 PM
Congratulations Irene, it was my favourite image and has a great impact. You should offer it to Boss!
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09/15/2008 10:07:20 PM
Irene you continue to amaze me I think I should just give up your work is far superior to mine
Congrats on your blue ribbon
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09/15/2008 09:50:38 PM
Awesome as usual.....creative, well executed.....yadda, yadda.....8>) Congrats, dear lady!
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09/15/2008 07:45:26 PM
Beautiful lighting and composition!!! Congrats Irene (((hugs)))
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09/15/2008 07:30:36 PM
I totally agree with 1m1A you are the greatest, I'll be the first in line when your photo school opens.
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09/15/2008 04:00:49 PM
Congrats again Irene!

I love the colored spray-tube in the empty side of the bottle.

One small piece of critique: the O of the brand "BOSS" isn't visible enough for me. For an ad-shot like this (used as a real ad) I think that would be better.

But who gives a .... ;)
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09/15/2008 01:41:52 PM
I am continually in awe of your photos! And I really appreciate the descriptions that you take the time to write. That way maybe your talent will rub off just a little on us mortals.
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09/15/2008 12:58:38 PM
Another fantastic set-up shot. The addition of the drop shows your attention to detail. I can't help feeling, however, that it seems to lean to the right. I don't know why, but perhaps I should lay off the beer for a day or two.
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09/15/2008 11:44:05 AM
Originally posted by Melethia:

Very nifty approach, Irene, and executed to perfection, as always! Should you wish to quit your day job, I suspect you'd be a very sought after commercial photographer.

Thanks, Deb. I wouldn't mind giving it a try if I could afford it. Just a bit worried that, if I did it for a living, I wouldn't have any more ideas...hmmm
09/15/2008 11:36:38 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Irene. Execution is perfect.
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09/15/2008 10:53:25 AM
Congrats, Irene. This is a very cool shot.
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09/15/2008 10:32:09 AM
Very nifty approach, Irene, and executed to perfection, as always! Should you wish to quit your day job, I suspect you'd be a very sought after commercial photographer.
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09/15/2008 10:13:20 AM
ich muss gestehen, diesmal hätte ich nicht erkannt, dass dieses Foto von Dir ist :-)
Congratulations for another great shot and another ribbon!
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09/15/2008 09:49:57 AM
Slogan:"With Hugo Boss, you can always be an optimist. The bottle is half FULL." This was one that cought my eye, I like the spray on one side.
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09/15/2008 09:13:10 AM
Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon win Irene, wonderful idea and presentation.
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09/15/2008 09:12:41 AM
I think this is a fantastic image, really enhanced by the rotation (took me a couple of secs to work out it was rotated!)

You really should try to sell it to them!
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09/15/2008 09:04:38 AM
I'm amazed at your ability to do this week after week. Loved this one during voting. Congrats.
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09/15/2008 07:54:56 AM
Another wonderful photo. Well done for orginally just testing the lighting. Never know what you're going to get huh.

My favorite quote from your details is:

Originally posted by IreneM:

I have no idea how this will do. Many voters may not like the full/empty look of it… A worrying week begins…


You're so good you could shoot a couple pieces of paper and win a ribbon...oh wait you did 708895.jpg ;)
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09/15/2008 07:36:36 AM
Stunning and Creative. Congratulations Irene.
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09/15/2008 07:19:20 AM
Congratulations Irene! This was just the most creative idea.
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09/15/2008 06:53:06 AM
Another Great Shot Irene!!! A Big Congrats on the Blue :)
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09/15/2008 05:18:43 AM
Ooooops, there goes another one :D
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09/15/2008 05:13:21 AM
YOu should be a professional. Big ;-Þ. Congratulations on yet another Blue.
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09/15/2008 02:32:53 AM
Iren, I am sure BOSS company would love to have this shot,
Give it a go and contact them :)
I would buy this perfum just because of the picture :)
Very well done,
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09/15/2008 01:50:40 AM
YOU CAN'T LOSE EVEN AT 6.8851! What an amazing photographer you are, and if I am not mistaken, you'll get another one in the NUMBERS challenge...Irenechallenge rocks!
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09/15/2008 01:41:52 AM
Congratulations BOSS lady :) Especially love the clarity
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09/15/2008 01:39:23 AM
unbelieveable....maybe we should call the site NoOneCanChallengeIrene.com?

ETA this shot is totally "boss"!

Message edited by author 2008-09-15 01:40:41.
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09/15/2008 01:20:40 AM
Another blue. You go girl!
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09/15/2008 12:35:46 AM
My goodness, you're good, Irene.
Do you need a new update button yet?
:-))
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09/15/2008 12:35:06 AM
Congratulations on another blue ribbon! A lovely image, quirky and original. Well done!
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09/15/2008 12:31:28 AM
F A N T A S T I C, and so so pleased this one got the BLUE.....
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09/15/2008 12:29:57 AM
Very lovely Irene! Congrats!
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09/15/2008 12:03:18 AM
Kudo's Irene!!! heck of a brilliant shot. Congrats!!
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09/15/2008 12:02:44 AM
Irene the Ribbon Machine! Congrats!
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09/15/2008 12:01:57 AM
what a lovely ribbon you have:)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2008 11:56:51 PM
My favorite of the challenge. It's interesting and very well executed.
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09/14/2008 11:56:03 PM
ooo thats really cool. good job!
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09/14/2008 10:36:52 PM
good executed photo, imho it would hardly appear like this in a catalog, since it does not depict the actual look of the product.
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09/14/2008 07:33:34 AM
Perfection.
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09/13/2008 07:09:30 PM
This would be good if you removed all of the spray mechanism and the tube below the cap.
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09/11/2008 06:08:04 PM
excellent...I would guess this is 21_F.gif IreneM, and if it's not, that's a huge compliment to you
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09/11/2008 06:02:40 PM
I definitely prefer this not rotated. It's a great photo, the water drops and colours are wonderful. But I really am not fond of the rotation.
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09/11/2008 04:49:45 AM
I had to look very long to figure how you did it. Brilliant :)
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09/10/2008 03:30:27 PM
super cool idea!
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09/09/2008 08:28:19 PM
21_F.gif IreneM?, really nice shot, love the colors, lighting, and idea, very nicely done, I'm thinking Irene, but if not, take it as a huge compliment.
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09/09/2008 06:27:33 PM
Very nice shot. I love the use of the rotation. Great lines.
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09/09/2008 05:13:19 PM
The is a great picture, looks just like one I would find in a catalog. I wish that the sprayer was shifted down into the liquid so that it wasn't all by itself.
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09/09/2008 04:56:47 PM
Fit Challenge Criteria: 2/2
Contrast/Color: 2/2
Composition: 1/2
Photo Quality: 2/2
My Subjective Affinity: 1/2

Nice work. I'm not sure how I feel about rotating the photo, but it seems to work all right. I like the setup and limited DOF the best.
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09/09/2008 02:29:58 PM
Great capture, I like it more without the rotation, but that's just me
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09/09/2008 09:58:34 AM
Looks amazing, very effective.
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09/09/2008 09:22:33 AM
I love the use of your rotation so the bottle appears to be sitting up against a wall.
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09/09/2008 08:46:50 AM
wonderful shot!
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09/09/2008 02:40:08 AM
interesting idea, but I do not care for the rotation of the image.
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09/08/2008 09:23:45 PM
Very well executed.
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09/08/2008 02:52:13 PM
Hi Irene!
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09/08/2008 01:13:18 PM
Very well done....I like the lighting and the unusual presentation. 9
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09/08/2008 10:57:35 AM
I can truly see this in a magazine ad.
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09/08/2008 10:18:37 AM
had preferred this not to be rotated. other than that very good shot
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09/08/2008 12:51:18 AM
Colors are an attention grabber for sure! Nicely done
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09/08/2008 12:48:50 AM
Boss lady, Irene strikes again!
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09/08/2008 12:46:45 AM
Hi Irene
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09/08/2008 12:33:04 AM
This is my favourite shot, gorgeous lighting and great idea
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