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A Glass of Wine with a Bottle to Go
A Glass of Wine with a Bottle to Go

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Single Light Source II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Honolulu apartment
Date: May 28, 2006
Aperture: f 29
ISO: ISO 100
Shutter: 30 seconds
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: May 29, 2006

I placed a bottle of Penfolds and a glass of wine on a black lacquer tray and set my camera on the self-timer setting with a 30 second exposure. While the self-timer was running I turned off the last light in the room and then flashed the scene as needed from a single vantage point using a flash attachment from an old minolta film camera I seldom use. The flash provided the only light and the rest of the 30 second exposure was in the dark. PP included levels, neat image, spot clean up mostly using a brush, resizing and USM.

Place: 111 out of 238
Avg (all users): 5.5697
Avg (commenters): 6.8889
Avg (participants): 5.4324
Avg (non-participants): 5.6271
Views since voting: 720
Views during voting: 307
Votes: 251
Comments: 18
Favorites: 0

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06/25/2006 06:47:31 AM
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first, the image is too dark, it looks like the bottle and glass is floating in the darkness.

the bottle needs some spotlight to show the edges of the bottle.
the image looks oversharpened, what I think is bubbles in the glass looks like floating dirt.

and I think the image is overprocessed, a big part of the glass is completely white, even if both the glass and wine is transparent.

and I think the composition is a bit off.. the bottleneck is lower than the base of the bottle, that makes the weight in the image very odd, like there is no gravity.

but it's still a good try, play more with the wine and glass and eventually you'll get a good picture.
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06/10/2006 04:41:46 PM
I like the composition with the wine glass in the top right and the bottle acroos at an angel, but it seems a tad unbalanced - maybe composing it so you could crop tighter on the left, or just not cropping so tight on the right may have helped

Technical stuff (exposure, dof,

lighting etc…)

I love how you've captured the glow on both the bottle and liquid in the glass, but the glass seems to have blown highlights. Also, I'm not sure I like how the bottle merges into the black b/g. I guess it was hard to get an even exposure with the single spotlight.
Focus is crisp

Meeting the challenge
Nice still life, fitting th challenge well.

Only thing I'd suggest changing is masking the red bottle top when you applied NeatImage, it just seems a bit too smooth/plastic-ey

My personal opinion
Ironic but the single light source limited the potential imho - could have been much better lit with a moving source, so you didnt get the extremes of lighting. I think the score was reasonably fair (although I wouldn't be particularly surprised if it had been higher)
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06/09/2006 11:07:03 PM
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Excellent composition! I especially like that you chose to work from the upper left down into the picture.
I LOVE the lighting! I particularly like how the bottle pratically disappears in parts, the "blown" bit of the glass where the edge disappears (yes, I do like "blown" bits in pictures sometimes), and the red and it's just-barely-there reflection.
Meets challenge
Definitely meets challenge, and then some.
My opinion
I really like this alot - probably my favorite of yours I've critiqued thus far, and in my humble not-all-that-photographically-educated opinion, this deserved a much higher score.
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06/09/2006 09:03:36 PM
hello again,

i didnt like the bright white on the rim of the glass. i was hoping for more of those subtle tones on both the glass and the bottle. i know it is overdone.....but.

with that, i love the composition. cropping the glass and bottle with the positions they hold is great. the colors work really well together to form a pleasing image.
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06/08/2006 07:46:52 PM
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Camera Work/Technical: No offense to any of your previous, but this your best technical shot, in my opinion. I like the crisp focus and the amazing detail you captured. The neat image was just a hair too much, giving some pixel distortion to parts of the wine bottle.

Lighting: I like it, but it's just a hair too harsh. Nice idea, and I think toning it down just a bit would have helped. The one area of the wine glass is too exposed. Outside of that, this is a fantastic capture.

Composition/Content: Really nice. The tight crop and composition that you created works very, very well for this subject. The wine bottle serves well to draw the eye in and up to the glass.

My Opinion: Your score suffered because of so many fantastic entries into this free-study type challenge. This is a terrific shot that would have scored much better had there not been so many other fantastic entries to compete against.

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06/08/2006 11:22:48 AM
Trading Post - I didnt vote in this challnege but would have given this a 6 I believe. My biggest complaint would be the intense brightness on the glass. The post processing may be a bit overdone but it has a cool effect overall. I liek the smoothness of the bottle and the light reflection of the neck adds a nice touch. AS well as the sunburst onthe base of the glass. I also like the setup and crop. An interesting shot and not a bad score overall. Good job.
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06/07/2006 11:01:40 PM
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I really like this compositions and the colors, even though the red is a little too "dense", whatever I mean by that! I like the sparkle on the glass.

The black is almost too black. I would like to see some shine and more of a reflection from the bottle. For some reason the black has a really "processed" appearance.

I really dig the texture in the wineglass.
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06/07/2006 09:22:01 PM
Trading post...
This is an excellent shot. I can even see the condensation on the bottle. The little sparkle on the wine glass is excellent. I'm really surprised that this didn't score higher. Maybe the part of the wine glass that seems to be blown out hurt you, but I actually like it in the picture. Good job!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/05/2006 07:29:04 PM
good composition
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06/05/2006 04:56:07 AM
i hope it does well, pretty creative lighting, kudos on good work, 10
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06/02/2006 10:09:12 PM
Nice lighting to highlight 2 items, wish the glass wasn't blown out (caused by a reflection?).
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06/02/2006 05:07:38 PM
Too bad about the hot spot, it's a great composition.
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06/02/2006 11:27:19 AM
the blown out highlight on the glass is distracting. great composition though
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06/02/2006 09:48:31 AM
Have studied this for a bit and have come to think that the bottle without the glass would have been stronger. The glas has blown out on the left and taken over your image whereas the bottle has some stunning features in the frosting and the green glow where the shape has focussed the light
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05/31/2006 06:58:40 PM
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05/31/2006 04:23:04 PM
Love the light in this.
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05/31/2006 11:42:15 AM
Good spark..
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05/31/2006 03:27:03 AM
I like the composition and the layout of the bottle and glass. The glimmering condensation makes this even more appealing. I can feel it's coolness. My only dislike is the harshness of the lighting on the glass
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