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Three Pitchers
Three Pitchers

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Challenge: Backlighting III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED
Location: Wertingen, Germany
Date: Aug 21, 2007
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/5 sec
Galleries: Interior, Still Life
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2007

I had a lot of fun with this, but I need to learn to look at the images on my computer before I pull down my setup. Setup here was a tungsten bare bulb behind and below the pitchers, which were sitting on a table, and a ceiling light with some bulbs pulled about fifteen feet away to the front right. Camera sat on the table (oh the joys of my 18-55).


- Convert from raw (some pretty "extreme" playing with curves, white balance, exposure and other noodling)
- Crop
- Levels
- Smart sharpen
- Neat image
- Slight lowering of saturation (-10)
- Resize
- Border
- Save for web

I honestly don't expect this to do well (I probably lightened the pitchers too much in processing), but it's one of the few "setup" shots I've done that I like (though I haven't done that many setup shots as, as you can see, I don't have a studio or anything approaching it). Anyway, here it is!

Place: 52 out of 202
Avg (all users): 5.9713
Avg (commenters): 7.5714
Avg (participants): 5.8594
Avg (non-participants): 6.0207
Views since voting: 774
Views during voting: 293
Votes: 209
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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09/09/2007 01:28:08 PM
I love the simplicity of this picture. It's great how you can barely see where the table meets the background. Wonderful reflections!
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09/05/2007 12:14:40 PM
Love those reflections and the details! Would do very well as a stock photo I would think or and ad for a store. nice capture.
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08/31/2007 11:27:38 AM
Simple and clean. Nice composition.
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08/29/2007 01:26:13 AM
Very nice composition, Rob! I also like the colors. Congrats on a new personal top 5! My only issue is the bright blob on the leftmost pitcher. Were you using your on-camera flash?
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08/29/2007 12:43:23 AM
Lovely and clean. Has a very regal feel to it.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2007 07:52:51 PM
The lighting is superb, the reflection is great. I think you could do with a little less negative space on the right hand side of the photo.
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08/26/2007 09:14:17 AM
Simple but elegant. Great composition. Beautifully executed exposure. A classic!
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08/25/2007 03:13:45 PM
NIce arrangement and good use of fill light.
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08/23/2007 06:07:24 PM
one of the better still lifes in the challenge
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08/23/2007 12:25:32 PM
Four,...if you count the one you took! :} Excellent! :)
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08/22/2007 03:05:55 PM
bold use of empty space
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08/22/2007 11:24:11 AM
Nice image - Nice tones - A tad awkward on the composition for me.
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08/22/2007 10:40:23 AM
Simple and elegant!
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