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Challenge: Bokeh III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: at home
Date: Oct 24, 2006
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Still Life, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2006

So much wrong with this. Needs spot editing, better lighting not to mention a bottle that isn't so scruffed up. I tried to remove the back label which really messes everything up but that sucker wouldn't come off. I would have tried to soak it in hot water but this is a last minute shot for the MS Tourney. With four hundred plus entries already I'll be very lucky to crack the top 100.


Really simple. I used one 1 jar of clear and blue tinted marbles for the background. Two work lights was used to light the marbles. I set those up on each side of the subject facing the marbles at about a 45 degree angle. The subject's main light comes from a handheld flashlight which is shone through the bottle from behind. All lights were diffused using styrofoam and plastic bags.

*Post Processing*

- Raw conversion
- Neatimage
- Shadow/Highlights
- Color Balance
- Hue Saturation
- Curves
- Crop Resize
- Smart Sharpen
- Border
- Save for web

Place: 220 out of 440
Avg (all users): 5.1536
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.2059
Avg (non-participants): 5.0992
Views since voting: 711
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 267
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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11/01/2006 03:44:56 AM
Thanks for the comments. The only thing I really don't agree with is the comments on the horizon. I tilted it on purpose so that the label would have a bit more presence in the shot. Now that may not have worked but it being tilted didn't make the subject feel unbalanced or create a distraction, IMO so I don't understand why that is an issue. The scratches most definitely are. Unfortunately, can't do anything about that even though it's a new bottle and I had three of them all the same way. Too bad this wasn't advance editing!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/27/2006 06:12:26 PM
The range of colors for the brokeh are just lovely. I hope you explain how you did this!
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10/26/2006 08:32:58 AM
The bokeh's wonderful but I'm not keen on the bottle as a main subject. The left hand side of the bottle looks very scratched and imperfect. I also feel that with the bottle been so predominant, not enough of the bokeh can be seen. However, your image meets the challenge and the lighting's good.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
10/25/2006 04:16:03 PM
nice.. the back label disturbs me a little
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10/25/2006 02:09:01 PM
your horizon isn't straight...
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10/25/2006 12:34:03 PM
Nice classic bokeh circles, very pretty indeed, not showing the "rim" that usually suggests a poor quality lens. The light is very soft and lovely as well. I have to mention the not altogether thrilling subject of the soap bottle though. :) I would have also preferred it in frame at right, and more vertically positioned - that is, the bottle's edge lined up perfectly with the image border. Would have been more visually effective for me. Bokeh is great though.
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10/25/2006 12:12:35 PM
I love this shot, I'll tell ya...the colors, the lighting, the iridescence, the bokeh circles in backround...very inviting and one of my Top Picks! (9)
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