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Mircea


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Challenge: Coffee Shop (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: My Room, Tokyo-Japan
Date: Oct 4, 2005
Aperture: F/9.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 10 sec
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: Oct 4, 2005

10 buks the coffee set.
2 bucks 1 liter of black coffee from the department store.
Slept 3 hours last night.
Took over 200 pictures and this was the last one. :)
I had the idea in mind for quite a while and I was waiting for a good suitable challenge.
Firstly my idea was to make the picture in the day time (better reflection) but my everyday work is taking all my time so I had no other way...:( But after all I think it has more "coffee shop" atmosphere...
NO SEPIA...this is the original color.
Big problem with the lights so I used 4 candles that lights the reflected picture.
The hand is mine. Wearing only underware and a white shirt and my best BOSS jacket only on right hand. LOL :)
The idea with the cigar came after shooting about 150 pictures. This morning my apartment still had a heavy tobacco smell.
:)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 154
Avg (all users): 7.0377
Avg (commenters): 8.7805
Avg (participants): 6.6711
Avg (non-participants): 7.1413
Views since voting: 11442
Views during voting: 571
Votes: 345
Comments: 80
Favorites: 39 (view)


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10/25/2005 01:53:48 AM
Originally posted by violeta:

Mircea? hmmm..romanian name.are you romanian?i am.

Yes indeed. It says 100% Romanian in my Birth Certificate though I don't look like my parents.
Thank you for your comment and Congratulations of having all your pics DQ! *wink*
10/21/2005 11:48:11 AM
Mircea? hmmm..romanian name.are you romanian?i am.
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10/18/2005 04:17:05 PM
lovely shot, but the wooden table bugs me,
i believe it would have been a better shot with a glass table on black wood
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10/18/2005 03:56:23 PM
Man, This is just amazing, among all the winners this week, I like yours the most :) It is just so creative, and creativity what makes it stand out among the rest,
Very well done my friend,
Cheers,
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10/18/2005 04:57:44 AM
THANK YOU so much for the wonderful comments. I would like to take some time and to respond to everybody.
Meantime, here is how I made the picture:

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tpoc, Steveinnz, holiday, jadin, shadow, Jutilda, samchad, Emmy, reeldeal4, Sherri1209, CalamitysMaster00, lagans, MPRPRO, OdysseyF22, philup, truth4848, PollyBean, 1olddawg, Keith Maniack, CeeDeez, joezl, ace flyman, kaidaehnke, jazzie, Larus, A1275, paul58, racb, twm122, Qart, KarenNfld, Studio18, saiphfire, fotodude, graphicfunk, nshapiro, goodman, naldslc, rikki11, pepitoid, elee3009, Tiberius, BrenB, lyta, Nazgul, RulerZigzag, hardwaybets, Michaels, roadrunner, Judi THANK YOU so much for your comments and for voting my picture.

bcoble LOL yes, I thought some people might think this way.

neophyteThank you for the compliment. I had to Google "Scalvert" and then I returned to this site. :) Yes, indeed a good compliment. Thank you!

echoman, Picture This, Troutbear, FleaNZ, Cyndane, eransh10, livitup, just-married please see the attached picture. This is how I made it. Thank you for your comments!

Longreach this is the nicest complimet I've ever received, Thank You!

DrAchoo :))) I thought about putting the girl upside down. Then I decided to post this one. Thank you for your comment!

BrenB, thank you for your comment. Yes, it is true, the lighting on the hand is a bit too much. Probably because of the long exposure. Unfortnately I've seen it the next morning. On the small display of the camera I couldn't tell. I could fix it immediately with PS or ACDSEE but I would have been DQ for spot editing.
I've been asked during the challenge to send the original picture.

alionic Thank you! :) Looking forward to go shooting together. It seems that the weather will be bad this weekend :(

CeeDeez I am glad to see you're interested how the picture was made. If I had someone to help it would have taken half the time. I had to do countless shots until I could manage to have the picture above perfectly reflected in the coffee. Being late and with the normal room light it was difficult to see the face reflected. Actually the face appeeard clearly only in a long exposure (10 sec).

eschelar To keep my hand still was tough. I had to keep it on the table but touching the table made the candles flickering and distort the coffee surface. Until everything retunred to normal and I was sitting on my knees under the tripod there was no one to click the camera button. HEEELP !!!!
:)))

henry_buckle Thank you for your comment. About the 1 and 5 of 2's and 10 of 3's...still a bad, bad world! :(

Can I use the same pic for Reflections Challenge ? LOOOL !!!

Message edited by author 2006-04-03 01:24:48.
10/16/2005 09:29:27 PM
A big congratulations on your first ribbon. I love the hue and clarity of this shot. And all your effort (and lack of sleep) certainly paid off.

Judi
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10/15/2005 05:54:41 AM
thank you so much for taking the time to show us how you did this... i would not like to attempt this at all, as i don't think anyone could do better than this... congratulations on the blue... so very well deserved..keep up the 'playing'.. i love ideas like this.....
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10/14/2005 01:09:48 PM
Bravo, Mircea!
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10/13/2005 08:36:22 PM
In one singular word...superb! Congrats!
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10/12/2005 11:49:03 PM


Message edited by author 2005-10-18 04:58:12.
10/12/2005 06:12:22 PM
great photo. That hard effort and little bit of sleep paid off afterall. This is a masterpiece.
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10/12/2005 05:36:58 PM
I am so glad this won, it was the only 10 I gave. :)
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10/12/2005 11:12:15 AM
Schmik, congrats on the ribbon. I have no idea how somebody scored it a 1?
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10/12/2005 10:19:43 AM
Totally amazed how crisp your hand looks having sat for 10 seconds.
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10/12/2005 09:44:39 AM
cool pic, congrats on the ribbon:)
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10/12/2005 09:00:18 AM
Yes, I agree - this is well deserved. What a great idea well executed. Much success.
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10/12/2005 08:50:31 AM
Congratulations on a well deserved blue with this clever Coffee Shop shot! Would be cool to see the whole set-up... where the "face" was positioned in relation to the lightning etc... and maybe the underware part too! Glad to see your efforts paid off in capturing the Blue!
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10/12/2005 07:13:57 AM
Congrats Mircea on a well deserved blue. Awesome shot.
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10/12/2005 07:00:18 AM
Congrats!
Is this the 4th Romanian ribbon???
Felicitari!
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10/12/2005 06:01:27 AM
Awesome shot. Congratulations on the blue ribbon!!!
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10/12/2005 06:01:26 AM
Congratulations for an ingenious idea and for the ribbon of course! Certainly took the hum-drum out of coffee shop with that emotive reflection. Makes all the difference.
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10/12/2005 04:38:27 AM
Well done on your BLUE !! You deserve it well. Pacat ca n-am votat sa-ti dau un 10 pe care-l meriti.
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10/12/2005 02:56:34 AM
congrats on your blue for such a very ingenious entry!
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10/12/2005 02:33:32 AM
Well well well, looks like Ill be going out shooting with a ribbon winner...BLUE at that..

This shot truely rocks congrats, mail me soon and we can arrange a day then you can teach me how to win a ribbon
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10/12/2005 01:30:13 AM


Message edited by author 2005-10-12 23:49:47.
10/12/2005 01:22:31 AM
Congrats on your blue, well done!
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10/12/2005 01:22:16 AM
congratulations! thought this was graphic funk :D
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10/12/2005 12:41:25 AM
Clever and very well done! Congratulations!
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10/12/2005 12:40:36 AM
I haven't given many 10's, but this was one of them. I really felt that this would do well. Very nicely done! Congratulations!
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10/12/2005 12:12:35 AM
congrats on a well-deserved win! gorgeous, rich shot...
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10/12/2005 12:10:43 AM
Congratulations on your blue with this java beauty.
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10/12/2005 12:10:28 AM
Congratulations!!!
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10/12/2005 12:08:06 AM
Very well done. How'd you get the reflection in the coffee without getting your own reflection?
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10/12/2005 12:06:16 AM
way to go on the blue...

i cheeped out and didn't vote this challenge but i looked and this was my call for the winner...splended job
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/11/2005 11:34:29 AM
Very nice capture of reflection in coffee. Two very minor comments - lighting seems a bit odd and I would have preferred more than one light source or reflectors to get the sides a bit and color is a bit on the warm side for me... hand seems unnaturally orange and white elements also have orange tinge. Overall very good, though.
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10/11/2005 11:03:07 AM
Excellent shot.
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10/11/2005 08:19:26 AM
Nice, creative, 10!
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10/10/2005 10:09:55 PM
Very stylish shot, one of the best here by far! 10
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10/10/2005 01:02:45 PM
What to say, except INCREDIBLE! The color, focus, lighting, props, everything is just perfect. I can't find a single thing I would change with this picture. Great job!

P.S. Please tell us how this was done after the challenge is over. :)
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10/10/2005 09:15:37 AM
This is such a creative idea and very nicely excuted. The composition is nice and the clarity just make me keep coming back to this image.
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10/10/2005 02:21:21 AM
Very creative...
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10/09/2005 11:27:14 PM
I like it. Nice contrast, sharpness, & color.
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10/09/2005 01:40:43 PM
This is just fantastic. What a fabulous idea! Good composition, nice setting of mood, I think this could be a winner. Great work. (10)
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10/08/2005 01:27:36 PM
Wow, at first I didn´t notice the face in the coffee, I just clicked on "6" and went on to the next image but I felt I missed something so I came back and there it was and it really makes this image "pop". Bumped up to 8 and well if the WB wasn´t so yellowish and the lighting a bit softer I might very well have given this a 10... Nice work, hope most people noticed the face in the coffee, I have a feeling this might not score so well if they don´t notice it...
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10/08/2005 12:29:44 PM
Cool - interesting and unique concept.
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10/08/2005 08:57:30 AM
I love the lighting!
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10/08/2005 12:33:24 AM
Excellent shot, I would like to know how did you made the image reflection in the coffee?
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10/07/2005 06:56:26 PM
Color reflections takes over the top.............10
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10/07/2005 01:13:22 PM
Curious as to how you did this.. were you holding a picture over the cup? :)
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10/07/2005 07:44:41 AM
One of my top picks. I wish the lighting on the hand would have been a little softer, but great shot none the less.
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10/07/2005 03:09:58 AM
Well done, lighting is great and the composition is very well done. Look forward to finding out how you did it :)
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10/07/2005 12:09:07 AM
Bumping to a 10 because that reflection is just tripping me out. It should be upside down so either the image is flipped or the girl is upside down (or you cheated, but I won't assume that). But neither of those make sense to me. The girl upside down would be very difficult.

UPDATE: OK, I think I figured it out... :)

Ok, here's my guess (is this the longest comment ever?). The image is upside down. The girl is on the same side as the arm, but the arm is provided by another person. Dang, I don't think that's right either...
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10/06/2005 10:30:16 PM
Very cleverly done. Nice composition, nice lighting. One of my favs so far.
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10/06/2005 08:17:09 PM
very cool!! creative and well executed!
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10/06/2005 07:05:42 PM
Ooohhhh...... Goood one. I like it. Great idea and very, very well executed. I like the color palate, too. GREAT job. My pick for a ribbon.
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10/06/2005 03:02:34 PM
FANTASTIC. Excellent lighitng, great composition, my only question how in the hell did you get this shot. 10
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10/06/2005 11:05:22 AM
Great idea and very well layed out. Lighting contrats and colors are all very good Really like the reflection in the cupExcellent idea! '10'
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10/06/2005 07:57:22 AM
Original, I like it!
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10/06/2005 06:52:25 AM
The contradiction, the possible stories emerging from the image and the clarity of the photo - all attracted, and held my attention for a lot longer than most other images in the challenge.
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10/06/2005 03:38:39 AM
Like the idea of using a face in there.
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10/06/2005 01:19:37 AM
good, 10
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10/06/2005 01:13:31 AM
Clever idea. I like it. Look forward to hearing about the set up for this one. I imagine countless shots while holding a photo in one hand and a camera in the other trying to line it up, just so :) You got it "just so". Great photo,
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10/06/2005 01:11:51 AM
how did you do that??
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10/05/2005 11:36:23 PM
This looks like a Scalvert. (One of the best compliments I can give)
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10/05/2005 11:09:29 PM
Very cool. 10 Only suggestion, a black border might look nice.
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10/05/2005 10:04:48 PM
Nice. I think the lady need to shave her arms! LOL
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10/05/2005 09:21:29 PM
Not in NYC. But very creative great that's what I'm taken bout!
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10/05/2005 09:04:01 PM
different
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10/05/2005 04:34:43 PM
this is the only 10 I gave... the reflection is beautiful and the lighting is so vivid. I really like the crisp feel... great work.
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10/05/2005 03:38:05 PM
Beautiful. Well done
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10/05/2005 02:28:25 PM
good stuff. Deep rich colors and creative idea. I am interested to see how you did it.
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10/05/2005 12:47:22 PM
great idea! love it, hope you win a ribbon
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10/05/2005 11:34:00 AM
Truly beautiful
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10/05/2005 11:18:08 AM
HEE HEE Clever.
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10/05/2005 09:35:38 AM
i like the idea. nice warm tones too.
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10/05/2005 05:46:51 AM
Very original, nicely done. 10
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10/05/2005 03:24:14 AM
Fantastic idea and wonderful colors
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10/05/2005 01:00:23 AM
Well done
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10/05/2005 12:56:39 AM
love this...quite classy composition. lovely rich browns.
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