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Beer: Nothing smoother on a sunny day...!
Beer: Nothing smoother on a sunny day...!

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Challenge: Silky-Smooth (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Location: Shanghai, China
Date: May 14, 2007
Aperture: f/11.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/128
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Date Uploaded: May 14, 2007

Well it's getting hot around here and it just seemed that beer was a natural extension of smoothness... thouh I'd go for a Stella Artois over a Tsing Tao any day, but around here there ain't much selection to be had!

Studio photography:

# Vertical softbox on 800watt strobe placed behind the bottle at about 45 degrees.

# Blind on the right hand side of the camera to create black line on the left side of the bottle.

# Bottle standing on top of a can of spray paint (white cap) to avoid reflections of the table on the glass.

# Water droplets are from a bottle of studio glycerin.


# RAW file tweaking (levels/contrast/lightness/white balance) + convert to TIFF @ 300dpi

# Minor clean-up, pretty much straight from the camera.

# Levels, unsharp mask, a bit of burning to get more shadow on the droplets.

# size/save/quit

Place: 46 out of 144
Avg (all users): 5.7464
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2542
Avg (non-participants): 5.8778
Views since voting: 732
Views during voting: 376
Votes: 280
Comments: 9
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/22/2007 07:57:57 PM
Definitely understand the smoothness- but still missing the silky.
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05/21/2007 08:32:28 PM
Good lighting.
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05/20/2007 02:16:10 AM
I agree!! (7)
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05/18/2007 06:32:45 PM
Where do I get a sunny day?
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05/18/2007 02:41:11 PM
Love that green!
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05/18/2007 11:05:26 AM
i like the beer bottle and the fact that it is sweating makes it much more cool
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2007 02:58:58 PM
Very nice! The green of the bottle plays well against the white background. I also like the way the lighting is implemented.

The only suggestion I have is to give thought to filling the empty space on the bottle immediately below the sing tao lettering. A label of some sort or perhaps a quick spray or two from a water bottle?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/17/2007 10:32:40 AM
Love the colour and composition
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05/16/2007 10:06:50 PM
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