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Honey and Herbal Tea
Honey and Herbal Tea

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Letter H (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Date: Jan 25, 2013
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250
Date Uploaded: Jan 25, 2013

A lot of work went into getting this just right. First I bought a new mug that I thought looked cool. Then I had to come up with the set, which was hobbled together from a picture frame, styrofoam, duct tape, and black paper.

Then the lighting. It took probably 2 hours to get the light I wanted. I ended up with a flash from the left, gelled green, and pointed to the background. There was a flag on this flash to keep it from lighting the glass (other than reflection off the background). A second flash was used as the key light, and this is what really took a long time, as I wanted something to provide nice light with little reflections. Having a flash with a soft box pointed at the ceiling finally worked out. This flash was also gelled green, so make sure the scene had the green I wanted. Finally, a reflector was held to the right of the scene to get a bit more light on the glass.

Then the scene was boring, it was missing something. I tried to pour water, but that wasn't great. I eventually thought about the honey, and then tried a number of times to get a shot with the honey in a nice manner.

The end result is something I am extremely happy about.

[Feb. 4th, 2013 05:09:57 PM]

Hmmm, I expected this would do much better. Currently sitting at just a 5.7 with over 100 votes, so it's not going to change drastically. I wonder why such a low score.

Place: 38 out of 109
Avg (all users): 5.7132
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.5283
Avg (non-participants): 5.8421
Views since voting: 219
Views during voting: 230
Votes: 129
Comments: 3
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/05/2013 11:11:35 PM
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01/30/2013 01:20:52 PM
Nice job on this I really like the background color it goes well
with the honey & tea color.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/30/2013 03:32:32 AM
Had wished for a wider crop including the opening of the honey bottle. Other than that very well done, good lighting and focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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