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Happy Christmas to you all!
SaraR


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Challenge: Pattern II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenge entries
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Home, York, England
Date: Dec 26, 2006
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 0.80 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Dec 26, 2006

Wine glass filled with Pinot Grigio sparkelling white wine, placed in front of a dark purple box. Lights turned out at night, only lighting is from a mini maglight torch (a christmas resent - yay!)placed directly above the glass and angled downwards and slightly towards the camera.

Post processing carried out in Elements 4:
- levels adjustment to even out dark background
- slight increase of contrast
- resize canvas to add border
- resize image for DPC
- USM @ 75/0.7/1
- save for web

Statistics
Place: 125 out of 250
Avg (all users): 5.4155
Avg (commenters): 5.8750
Avg (participants): 5.0370
Avg (non-participants): 5.6377
Views since voting: 723
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 219
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0


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11/19/2012 06:59:48 AM
Oooh, purdy!
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01/09/2007 05:34:26 PM
Critique Club Critique
by karmat

My initial response is that this is a very well focused, sharp picture, but that it feels just a touch "off" for my for some reason.

Compositionally, I usually like the awkward not quite in/not quite out framing like this. In this picture, though, it is a bit too awkward and seems out of balance. Maybe if it were in the left side of the frame it would seem more balanced. maybe. Your background is very nice and clean, so I'm wondering if this wouldn't be a good shot to have a lot more negative space in and just have the glass in one of the lower corners. (I'm gonna contradict myself in just a minute).

Technically, The focus is great. The bottom of the glass is blurred, and that is okay, because it forces the viewer to look at the pattern on the glass. The pattern itself is "cut" by the beverage, so I'm wondering if it would be better to have an empty glass, or fill it up to above the pattern.

About the challenge. This was a good entry for pattern, I think. It is not contrived, as many entries can be, but is an existing pattern that you were able to photograph, and photograph well. It definitely meets the challenge, in that regards. However (and this contradicts my earlier suggestion), I'm thinking seeing more of the pattern would be more effective. If you could play around with different compositions, it may have changed some.

Overall, a very nice shot. I think if more of the pattern could have been seen, it *might* have scored higher. If this were an "elegance" or "glassware" challenge, this would have been at the top of the list, I think.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.
karmat
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/02/2007 11:49:16 AM
Thanks for participating
12/28/2006 06:48:19 PM
I do not like the crop very much, think that would better if it is through the middle of the glass
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2006 06:00:31 PM
Beautiful, but I wish I could've seen more of the glass.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2006 03:52:11 PM
I like the effect of the border.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/28/2006 02:04:49 PM
Wow...This would make such a nice program cover for weddings, don't you think?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/27/2006 07:40:49 PM
I think the crop is slightly off. A wider glass and you could have cropped it right down the center of the glass. The crop now is just slight bothersome having that space on the bottom right. You have a nice amount of light and the black background works very well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
12/27/2006 01:46:53 AM
Happy Holidays - 7
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12/27/2006 01:23:40 AM
did you have the drink before or after you took the shot ...
just joking ...
love the colours and the msg ..
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