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Wine is A Gracious Creature
Wine is A Gracious Creature
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Challenge: Still Life (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D60
Location: Basement of Home Calgary Alberta Canada
Date: Nov 1, 2003
Aperture: f13
ISO: 100
Shutter: 125
Galleries: Still Life, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Nov 2, 2003

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Statistics
Place: 10 out of 326
Avg (all users): 6.5339
Avg (commenters): 8.0385
Avg (participants): 6.5441
Avg (non-participants): 6.5200
Views since voting: 2179
Votes: 236
Comments: 31
Favorites: 2 (view)


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11/17/2003 06:19:22 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

I have to say that this shot was one of my favorites…a classic still life image. There’s obviously a lot of attention to detail in this image, from the beautiful rich, burgundy background to the (what appears to be) authentic wine cask the subjects are sitting on. The highlights in the stem of the glass are wonderful, they make it stand out so strongly against the dark background.

The only thing I could possibly critique in this shot is the fact that the highlights on the bottle and glass seem ever so slightly hot, but not to the point of being blown out. I realize that when dealing with glass, slight hotspots are impossible to overcome but that’s about all I can see that is remotely distracting (to me). Some may feel the corkscrew shouldn’t be cropped, but I feel it works well as it is.

This is a fantastic shot that in my opinion, deserved a higher placing.
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11/12/2003 11:44:15 AM
Well, this one should have won a ribbon as far as I'm concerned. It was certainly better then mine. You got robbed!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/11/2003 11:11:42 PM
Very Classic looking Still-- nice and clean-- 9
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11/11/2003 06:33:19 PM
Nice warm tones. Good light control, with a pleasing composition.
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11/11/2003 04:54:46 PM
Nice complimentary background both in terms of surface and backdrop. Lighting strong but resulting highlight shapes work reasonable well. Would prefer corkscrew not to be cropped.
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11/11/2003 01:49:23 PM
Now this is a still life photo exactly as I would have expected it. This is amazing, a wonderful set up. I can also see that you have done this kind of stuff before, the lighting is perfect. No reflections or blow outs at all. This has been done professionally, good on you and congrats on a top placing!
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11/11/2003 11:04:37 AM
It's a nice arrangement and a pretty wood-grain table. I would have liked to have seen the translucence of the wine in the bottle and glass - that's one of the beautiful things about colored liquid. Perhaps a second light behind the setup would have brought this out.
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11/11/2003 07:42:27 AM
nice composition and lighting! is this the pic that got the brochure comment? ;o)

I think you did a great job. looks very professionnal
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11/11/2003 03:05:27 AM
I rescind my comments, but not my opinions. This looks like a catalog ad for a bottle of Shiraz. It's a great wine. But I would focus more on what this subject can do for you in terms of design than in terms of eloquence. Red wine always looks good with musty, weathered wood. If you were to focus on, say, the wine glass, crafting a mood with your lighting, taking a unique angle, I'd say you'd improve in terms of design. Right now, there are no elements of design, only elements of marketing.
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11/10/2003 02:50:27 PM
this is a great photo only one wee thing is the corkstrew being cut off and a touch sharper 8/10 - just copied this a using microsoft photo editor and sharpered it by 1 makes it a better photo
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11/10/2003 12:23:38 PM
It's so hard to compete against you guys with your fancy set ups, studios and lighting. Great picture, looks like something right out of a procut catalog.
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11/09/2003 11:29:33 PM
Simple effective arrangement, though showing the removed cork would have been a nice touch. The reflection of the photographer in the glass is a bit distracting.
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11/09/2003 09:21:05 PM
nicely done... perfect
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11/09/2003 09:03:02 PM
Very Nice
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11/09/2003 11:51:26 AM
The lighting and the composition are superb - but it feels a little crooked. Still, though - a 9
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11/08/2003 06:53:56 PM
the cork screw could go and be replaced by the cork. I like the abstract in the wine glass VERY MUCH it looks like wine being poured. Very nice effect.
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11/08/2003 01:08:02 PM
Excellent. Classic still life with great lighting, white balance, texture and subject.
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11/08/2003 02:27:04 AM
this is a beautiful picture, the subtle lighting is perfect to accent this shot,has an old world feel
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11/07/2003 01:54:00 PM
One of the best so far, nice work.
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11/07/2003 04:14:08 AM
Nice classic composition, good background and colors, IMO the side light is a bit too harsh, resulting in too contrasted reflections .
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11/06/2003 08:06:13 PM
Excellent picture, good composition, very well balanced.I like the use of lights and I like the old wood against the shiny glass and metal. 10.
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11/06/2003 11:26:04 AM
excellent excellent excellent....... Looks straight out of a magazine.. 10+ The left side of the glass is a bit weird with the reflections, but that's a major pain to get perfect..
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11/06/2003 05:17:01 AM
Very nicely done - the lighting is excellent. Not sure about the reflection in the glass...., perhaps it detracts a bit. 9
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11/05/2003 04:29:27 PM
Beautifully composed, elegantly lit! Great work all around. - My first 10 of the challenge.
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11/05/2003 02:55:33 PM
Nice simple still life. The wood barrel is a nice touch. Lighting is well done.
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11/05/2003 01:55:28 PM
A good combination of warm colors in this traditional setup. A bit too many reflections, especially the one in the glass. Some black sheets could have prevented this.
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11/05/2003 01:14:21 PM
Pretty reflection and lit. Sale this photo to RIDDOCH! If you don´t do.
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11/05/2003 11:39:44 AM
lovely...the glares, imo really help the photo because of their tones....8
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11/05/2003 04:10:39 AM
Crystal clear, very striking photo indeed. Composition is excellent, as is the lighting. Great work.
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11/05/2003 12:24:29 AM
Nice background, wonderful tones, the lighting is good, no obviously bad reflections. The barrel, I think, as a table top goes well with the rest of the theme. Only negative is the crop of the corkscrew. Nice classic still life.
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11/05/2003 12:21:33 AM
very nice work with the lighting here...
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