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Gold, by Torrente
2nd PlaceGold, by Torrente

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Challenge: Scents and Aromas (Classic Editing)
Collection: product/still life
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Denmark
Date: Nov 21, 2003
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2 s
Galleries: Still Life, Advertisement
Date Uploaded: Nov 21, 2003

An empty bottle of perfume, the small hose inside of the bottle was removed because it looks better without.

A frosted glass table with semi-transparent oven paper on top of the glass and moving upwards at the back, over a white wall, to create a seamless view.

Autumn leaves sprayed with gold paint.

A ordinary table light underneath (IKEA) creates the yellow glow and the light area at the back.

A small torchlight from the right shining on the leaves in front, shielded by a white piece of paper (flag) so the light does not hit the bottle and does not cause reflections.

Another small torchlight shining on a piece of crumpled goldpaper, which is moved to the left to create the illusion of a scent coming out of the bottle.

Unfortunately my best shot of the scent (this one) did not include the full bottle. So I decided to crop a bit further.

Image had levels and curves applied, then resized, 1 pixel black border, and then saved for the web.

Place: 2 out of 188
Avg (all users): 7.0256
Avg (commenters): 8.4000
Avg (participants): 6.9195
Avg (non-participants): 7.0884
Views since voting: 5182
Votes: 234
Comments: 44
Favorites: 13 (view)

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12/09/2003 06:35:13 AM
Absolutely superb work. The effort you put into lighting this scene has paid off immensely. Well done.
12/07/2003 06:48:05 AM
12/05/2003 02:21:29 PM
As a newbie, I didn't vote on this photo as I hadn't a clue how it was done and thought surely it would be disqualified, LOL! But I loved it immediately - nice work and really gives us newbies something for which we can aspire!
12/04/2003 05:05:51 AM
Bravo! Biliana
12/03/2003 10:28:14 PM
A wonderful feat! Nicely done and congratulations on the ribbon!
12/03/2003 02:08:21 PM
Sounds like this shot was quite the chore. Congratulations for accomplishing such a fine imagine and getting a ribbon.
12/03/2003 01:50:31 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, I like this photo a much! :-)
12/03/2003 09:40:56 AM
i didn't vote on this challenge, but this is really really well-done. and i really enjoyed the description of the photo explaining the setup. _very_ helpful.
12/03/2003 09:16:44 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon!!!
12/03/2003 09:02:55 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon, a very nice image.
12/03/2003 07:56:31 AM
awesome, willem. the most brilliant part are the 'scent lines' :) . congratulations!
12/03/2003 01:02:59 AM
One of my 10's, congratulations
So creative!
And thank you for the explanation, and your secrets to a ribbon winner
12/03/2003 12:10:36 AM
Wow, I never saw this one when voting (just got my DSL yesterday)but would definately scored it well. Nice job. And ya got a full house of ribbons now on your profile. Looks nice ;-)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2003 11:44:47 PM
One of the best around. Running for the ribbon I am sure. very interesting effect created with lights. If I could not see the name anywhere, gold was the word that it would occured in my mind seeing this photo. !0 and congratulations.
12/02/2003 10:18:09 PM
WOW-- its a winner--- nice job
12/02/2003 02:39:52 PM
Lovely shot..... not sure what you have done with the yellow streaks of light but it looks good and adds a sense of movement and flow to the image.
12/02/2003 09:14:39 AM
Very interesting effects. I hope you'll share how it was done after the challenge is over.
12/02/2003 08:39:27 AM
Wow - very nicely done! Love the lighting, composition, color... excellent!
12/01/2003 11:32:41 AM
11/30/2003 09:24:56 PM
Beautiful work...excellent colors and the "vapors" are outstinding!
11/30/2003 08:45:18 PM
Please be the winner! I love it a lot.:) there is just a tiny little thing that you could fix in PS. The word De in L'or DE torrente is little fogy . (10)
11/30/2003 10:13:12 AM
Not sure how you did this but it is a gorgeous photo.
11/29/2003 07:23:05 PM
10+. What else can be said about this beautiful photo!?
11/29/2003 06:31:58 PM
I really like this shot. The yellow-gold color is warm and gives this image of french perfume (or french named at least) a nice feeling. I like the gold leaves for added detail. I'm not sure what that is in the upper left (I see this has been validated). It sort of looks cool but I keep dwelling on it because I can't figure out what it is or why it's there - it's really distracting me because of that. It was obviously added for a reason and I'll try to remember to check back after the contest to see exactly what you did! Nice job on this. I gave this a 9.
11/28/2003 08:01:59 PM
Love the yellow/gold/orange colors. Light is great. DOF is good. Image is sharp. I like the way you created the illusion of smell. 7
11/28/2003 02:16:13 PM
I like how you created the scent waves with light, good idea
11/28/2003 06:32:06 AM
Wow. Great work here. You'll get to explain how you've done that.
11/27/2003 08:05:06 PM
It's beautiful.
Trying to get an idea of how it was done. Lit from below and behind with flashes and a flashlight for the traces? How did you get an exposure long enough for the traces to be done? Slow shutter and the flash was delayed?
11/27/2003 03:37:04 PM
Love the colours & composition
Looks very professional
11/27/2003 01:51:54 PM
Great commercial! Worthy of Elle.
11/27/2003 09:00:58 AM
Oooh is this a double exposure? With one exposure capturing the bottle and leaves and the other adding moving lights infront of a dark background? However you've done it it's quite quirky!
11/27/2003 01:34:52 AM
DOF a bit of a problem but otherwise a fine image
11/26/2003 06:21:33 PM
great image, I want to know how you did the smoke effect
11/26/2003 03:54:33 PM
Great composition with those leaves that come back in the bottle and the waves of scent. Wonderful colors and excellent job on the edgeless background.

I wonder how you got the waves like that, it lookes like streaks of light in a multiple exposure or something like that. Or did you add it by hand during a long exposure? I should comment a lot more, this kind of wondering sparkles a lot of new ideas. :)
11/26/2003 03:47:55 PM
intriguing effect on the upper left. Works well as a scent, the gold color goes well with the name of the parfume. The leaves at the bottom reflect the leaves on the bottle. Perhaps it is a bit busy, my eye wanders not knowing what to focus on. Maybe less leaves?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
11/26/2003 03:30:21 PM
Good idea - well executed! ;) M.
11/26/2003 03:20:41 PM
I don't know how you got the gold fumes wafting away from the bottle, but great job. One of the better perfume bottle shots.
11/26/2003 02:24:45 PM
Nice! Looks like an advertisement. No real complaints. =)
11/26/2003 01:35:19 PM
Looks like an advertising shot! High praise. The light trick is great, the background and lighting are perfect, and the color is gorgeous. Nice job.
11/26/2003 05:49:30 AM
Looks like an advertising shot, (which is a compliment, BTW!); everything about it is stunning. Very visually appealing, and I have nothing to offer you but praise. Quite lovely.
11/26/2003 02:36:52 AM
This definitely has the WOW factor! Sensational, has to be in the running for a ribbon. No idea how you did the effect top left but it is great.
11/26/2003 01:52:59 AM
Very good.
11/26/2003 01:41:57 AM
Great job. Wonderful lighting and is that hair?? Fantastic.
11/26/2003 12:15:50 AM
Super. Love the lighting here and the clean focus on the bottle. Nice going. I hope you do well in the challenge.

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