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Challenge: Scents and Aromas (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Kitchen
Date: Nov 25, 2003
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60th
Galleries: Emotive, Action
Date Uploaded: Nov 25, 2003

The idea was to capture an aroma from the steam curling up from a cup of coffee.

Unfortunately, normal brewing did not generate enough steam. So I put it into a pan where I brought it to a hard boil on the stove, poured that into the pot then immediately poured again into the cup while snapping pictures. I probably did this 25 times and had great fun spilling coffee all over the place. :)

I used the built-in flash on the camera that I tilted sideways to minimize overexposure in the center and thought the blue background might look good for showing the steam.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 188
Avg (all users): 6.9511
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.9011
Avg (non-participants): 6.9851
Views since voting: 6956
Votes: 225
Comments: 41
Favorites: 9 (view)


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04/11/2007 01:52:20 PM
great capture.
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12/09/2003 11:30:12 PM
MMMMMMMMMMMM YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!
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12/09/2003 07:31:19 PM
Congrats for the excellent capture.

"I used the built-in flash on the camera that I tilted sideways to minimize overexposure in the center and thought the blue background might look good for showing the steam."

How did you manage to tilt sideways the built-in flash of an F717?
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12/09/2003 12:32:59 PM
Beautiful capture of the steam - thanks for sharing how you did it!
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12/09/2003 10:22:59 AM
Wow! Congrats! :-) Your green ribbon turned into yellow! :-) I enjoyed this shot a much, especially the shapes of steam. :-)
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12/09/2003 08:01:06 AM
This shot is awesome! Congrats, Steve!!!
<Soni is going upstairs to make coffee now>
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12/07/2003 05:58:32 PM
Well done Steve - just one more step and it'll be a Gif for you! ;)
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12/03/2003 03:23:08 PM
you did it again, great job Steve! :D
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12/03/2003 08:51:02 AM
I like this photo. It is very pretty.
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12/03/2003 02:31:44 AM
Way to go Steve, ya got yourself a green ribbon :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/02/2003 11:36:21 PM
I am sure this one is running for the blue. Wonderful realized. Good lights, good cropping and clear picture. The steam looks great. I can smell it. 10 and I wish ribbon!
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12/02/2003 10:17:15 PM
ONe of my Favorites in the Challenge-- It reallly conveys Smell!! I dig this shot-- 10
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12/02/2003 09:22:37 PM
Great capture of the steam!
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12/01/2003 03:12:13 PM
Great job of evoking the wonderful fresh-brewed scent.
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11/30/2003 04:22:06 PM
I love the swirls in the smoke, and the way you've captured this mid-pour. The ligting seems a bit harsh in that the glass reflects all sources.
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11/30/2003 04:10:14 PM
I figured that there would be lots of coffee shots, and must say that this is nice! Love the rich colors, and the lovely steam, I can just smell it! Hmm.. it's actually making me want a cup of coffee! Pleasing composition, good lighting, and you conveyed the challenge subject quite well.
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11/29/2003 06:46:52 PM
I love this photo, the colour, the ambiance, the steam, everything!
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11/29/2003 06:17:27 PM
Excellent shot here! I love the blue background, the steam and the crop. The upper left steam swirled so perfectly; it looks like a cinnamon roll! Really cool. Great job. I gave this a 10.
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11/29/2003 01:59:02 PM
ooo the steam looks so awesome! and the colors too!
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11/29/2003 09:31:22 AM
Great shot of the steam. A really outstanding photo.
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11/28/2003 11:51:35 PM
wow!!! out of all the coffe one, this one makes me want to wake up the most. i woud never think of shooting coffee in blue light but wow does it work for me.
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11/28/2003 08:50:15 PM
Very good depiction of your smell/odor. It certainly reminds me of morning. I am giving it a 9 because IMHO I think the stream of coffee could use some work as far as lighting is concerned. It is distracting to see the diamonds of white from the lighting source you have used. All in all a great photo though. 9
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11/28/2003 07:47:37 PM
Great capture of the steam of the aroma of coffee. Not sure about the blue. Nice focus. 7
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11/28/2003 07:26:26 PM
wow, I can smell the coffee!
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11/28/2003 06:34:00 PM
hot, black, and strong, just the way I like it
this meets the challenge and steamy effect is particularly nice
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11/28/2003 06:00:30 PM
Good job capturing my favorite beverage. Having all the steam makes it that much better a photo (aesthetically) too. I think it might have been good to have a bit more of the pot there, and maybe a cleaner background than this (I am not sure what the dark blue is here).
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11/28/2003 06:27:43 AM
Nice idea, very well executed. 8
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11/28/2003 12:01:32 AM
Great shot. I might have used a carafe without righting on the side. Still a 9
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11/27/2003 09:46:49 PM
Excellent picture. Just a bit overexposed in the flowing coffee. the background works very well and makes the rest stand out.
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11/27/2003 03:38:18 PM
Love how you managed to catch the steam from the coffee. How did you do that?? Hope it is in your photo description so I can read it when the challenge is closed.
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11/27/2003 09:47:27 AM
This aroma has definitely been caputured here. Great composition.
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11/27/2003 08:19:16 AM
Some of the shapes in the steam are lovely - I particularly like that little circular spiral towards the top left. Certainly conveys the smell of coffee to me. I like the choice of blue background.
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11/27/2003 03:11:16 AM
Some excellent bits but also some soft focus
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11/26/2003 04:26:46 PM
These clouds od steam are wonderful! The blue light is remisicent of morning, everthing is fresh including the coffee. The glare on the glass is a bit distracting, I like the little flare of light on the pouring coffee. a favorite. 9
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11/26/2003 03:34:26 PM
I like how this image captures all the scents and aroma's released when pouring the coffee. Very well done. Maybe a warm yellow/orange color instead of the blue would have given a better fit to the warmth of the coffee, but I must admit the blue is attractive as well. The purple glow of the coffee itself looks a bit strange, would have expected a bit more brown. Top 5 image for me.
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11/26/2003 03:16:30 PM
The best of the coffe shots in this challenge. I'm almost gagging just looking at the picture (Just means I don't like the smell of coffe). Well done.
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11/26/2003 02:56:06 PM
I love this 10 from me. Can't add much of a comment...other then WOW you got a good one here!! Congrats.
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11/26/2003 12:21:39 PM
I thought the shots that showed vapor or smoke were most effectinve in conveying the impression of aroma. Excellent choice for this challenge. Focus was great, and the blue backdrop effective in keeping the viewer homed in on the subject.
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11/26/2003 11:42:39 AM
Love the blue background and the wonderful swirls in the steam. Writing on the pot is a little distracting. Image is a little too compressed (distortions in the top left) Other than that, great image. Good luck!
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11/26/2003 07:16:53 AM
I had to go get a cup when I saw this photo. I me the challenge and I got the smell!! 8
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11/26/2003 12:19:37 AM
Now that's some steaming hot coffee. I really like the swirl of the one smoke curl near the top, it's kinda cute. Not a fan of the composition, tho. Why did you decide to crop the bottom of the glass or the coffee pot? The smoke is good, the background is good, the glass is sharp and clear with not too many light reflections, it's just the crop that doesnt do much for it.
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