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On the Rocks?
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yanko


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Misunderstanding (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Date: Feb 17, 2008
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 8 seconds
Galleries: Still Life, Studio
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2008

Thanks guys. I only entered because I heard through the grapevine that Jorge (i.e. 21.gif De Sousa) might enter this challenge so that got me motivated. Instead I find out he didn't enter (lucky me) but Scalvert did so that makes up for it. :)

Anyway, as for the shot, it's basically a reshoot of this which I did a while back for Refraction of Light challenge. In that one I used a light to create the rocks but it didn't do as well, so I tried a more literal approach this time.

As for the setup it's pretty straight forward. I used a flashlight to paint the light (i.e. long exposure with the flashlight snooted to prevent unwanted light spill/reflections). The liquid is just apple juice. As for the PP I did the usual (i.e. some smoothing, dodge/burn, etc). I also converted the RAW using tungsten white balance to give it that blue hue.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 75
Avg (all users): 7.1841
Avg (commenters): 8.6452
Avg (participants): 7.1707
Avg (non-participants): 7.1875
Views since voting: 8258
Views during voting: 526
Votes: 201
Comments: 79
Favorites: 12 (view)


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03/01/2008 07:07:43 PM
You know, I actually thought this might be De Sousa when I first saw it. :) Really nice shot and interpretation of the challenge - I especially like the softness of the surrounding blue (I guess that is due to the "smoothing" you mention?). Thanks for describing your technique!
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02/29/2008 03:19:37 PM
Nice image
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02/28/2008 06:25:23 PM
Originally posted by Debbi:

Was this done in a completely dark room?
Debbi


Yes. I prefocused the shot and then turned out the lights.
02/28/2008 01:51:21 PM
Was this done in a completely dark room?
Debbi
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02/27/2008 04:10:48 AM
Originally posted by paha_l:

why long shutter?


Because it's shot in a dark room with just a flash light.
02/27/2008 02:33:07 AM
why long shutter?
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02/26/2008 05:59:42 PM
Nice one matey! Havent been entering/voting but still checking back on the results, was well pleased to see you back up at top.. kudos!!
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02/26/2008 04:33:04 PM
its' shots like this that piss me off at myself since i have the exact same body and lens and can't replicate this :D do you possibly have a setup shot of this? very curious to see how this was achieved.

great work as usual bud, truly an inspiration
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02/26/2008 03:44:00 PM
Smooth, very smoooth. Congrats!
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02/25/2008 08:35:36 PM
Yeh, failed the entry for this challenge cause my "Very Special" model failed the session shot. I'm sure I would be loosing against this perfect shot even if I could shot my idea. A blue shot usually win the blue ribbon. My shot was projected to be warm brown :(
Congrats Mr. Toro, you already show us that you can win as many times as you want.
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02/25/2008 08:13:40 PM
great shot! I love the blues and yellows together. Congrats!
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02/25/2008 05:06:34 PM
Nice play on words, beautiful image and congrats on the blue!
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02/25/2008 04:02:14 PM
I've always wanted to shoot good glass pictures but i've never been able to. Someone's gonna have to post a tutorial one day ;)
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02/25/2008 02:50:09 PM
Great pic Richard, congrats on your blue!
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02/25/2008 02:49:23 PM
Congrats on a solid concept executed well!
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02/25/2008 01:42:49 PM
I've been Yanko'd! Hehe... this one certainly stood out from the pack. Very clean, graphic and a good concept. How can you go wrong? The smoothness looked like noise reduction gone wild, but it makes sense if you painted with light. Still, I thought at best this would score a 6.5... ;-P
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02/25/2008 12:20:11 PM
well done/congratulations
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02/25/2008 11:56:02 AM
Great control of your environment!!! Beautiful pic. Congrats!!
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02/25/2008 11:10:22 AM
1... there is a "1" for this photo... It's driving me crazy... I want to know, really really know why, and who. Just once, to know why. It's like someone just clicking randomly to voting, or loosing his or her mind.

ARGH...

This is a very NICE PHOTO. Say otherwise, you are nutz.

Message edited by author 2008-02-25 11:11:31.
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02/25/2008 09:37:31 AM
What a beautiful photo! Congratulations Richard!
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02/25/2008 08:44:58 AM
this was a real standout during voting - nice light.
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02/25/2008 07:53:11 AM
Congratulations, great idea and beautifully done.
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02/25/2008 07:46:38 AM
congrats on the ribbon this was my fav shot
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02/25/2008 07:21:33 AM
I was wondering how you did the lighting on this - thanks for the explanation in comments. Great angle, colors, depth. Definitely a well-deserved blue.
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02/25/2008 07:08:32 AM
WAY TO GO MAN. Good job.
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02/25/2008 06:17:15 AM
Congrats, great one. Like your sense of humor.
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02/25/2008 04:49:47 AM
Oh yeah!! Congrats on the ribbon!!
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02/25/2008 04:46:32 AM
So does this make you a Ribbon Hog yet? :) Way to go & congrats, yankoooo.
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02/25/2008 03:46:45 AM
nice one Yanko- how is it that I can recognise winners--but never win myself??, hehehe, congrats on the blue ;-)
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02/25/2008 03:05:45 AM
Congrats Richard, very well deserved ribbon for a neat shot. Very interesting lighting, have to try that.
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02/25/2008 02:26:54 AM
Congrats on the blue and thank you very kindly for the explanation on the lighting and processing. I've always wondered how to get glass shots without significant reflections - I shall have to give this a try.
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02/25/2008 02:21:24 AM
Nice and smooooothe Richard...great to see you get a blue
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02/25/2008 01:13:10 AM
Classic DPC image and classic Yanko touch. Congrats!
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02/25/2008 01:01:26 AM
glad you got this blue off your chest before the tourny starts
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02/25/2008 12:52:14 AM
Very great indeed, just picked as a favorite today, the tones, smooth colors go well with such subjects, congratulations!
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02/25/2008 12:45:12 AM
WTG, Richard!! Very cool shot. Big congrats on your blue.
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02/25/2008 12:42:11 AM
Simply beautiful...well done.
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02/25/2008 12:26:26 AM
congrats! i personally enjoyed this one!
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02/25/2008 12:20:22 AM
wonderful image congrats on the ribbon
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02/25/2008 12:14:09 AM
Gratz on the ribbon man. One of my favorites in the challenge. :)
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02/25/2008 12:08:45 AM
congrats yet again on another blue
this was the best one
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02/25/2008 12:08:38 AM
Beautiful shot! Congrats on the blue!
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02/25/2008 12:06:22 AM
Nice shot! Congrats on the blue!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/24/2008 07:35:35 PM
Such a cool image, makes me want to drink.
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02/24/2008 07:08:42 PM
I like the lighting and the color. I keep going back and forth on the angle. My initial thought was I didn't like it but it's kind of grown on me.
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02/24/2008 09:29:05 AM
Just excellent lighting and exposure on this shot. The overall softness and tilt works well too. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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02/23/2008 05:09:23 AM
beautiful shot- the winner for me, love the colours, lighting, composition, everything is great- 10
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02/22/2008 10:35:00 PM
Wow. Very smooth and crystal clear.
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02/22/2008 08:46:34 PM
Good imagination/nice shot
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02/22/2008 08:11:45 PM
Great picture! really sharp and well lit. Nice take on the challenge as well
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02/22/2008 12:05:55 PM
The clear winner!!! This is beautifully done!
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02/22/2008 01:57:15 AM
I hope this ribbons because its my top pick of the challenge. The processing is so smooth. Bumping to a 10.
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02/21/2008 03:27:43 PM
Perfect. It is indeed on the rocks. Ha-ha-ha
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02/20/2008 05:06:09 PM
lol nice idea and very well composed.
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02/20/2008 01:23:49 PM
Oh wow, very strong entry!! Best in fact, love the concept, love the lighting... some1 brought this up the: tilt thing... I don't like it but I'm not mean won't be knocking off points because this is a perfect shot and the tilt goes down to personal taste =]
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02/19/2008 10:19:06 PM
Probably the best shot of this competition. Very very impressive photo. A+
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02/19/2008 09:52:09 PM
Best picture and concept I've seen so far.
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02/19/2008 09:27:14 PM
great shot, great concept, lighting is great- 9
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02/19/2008 02:23:15 PM
very crisp, clean shot
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02/19/2008 01:28:22 PM
The first image to vote on and I'm sure it can't be beaten by the rest: 10
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02/19/2008 12:13:17 PM
Very cool background. It really looks like a stock image.
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02/19/2008 11:41:45 AM
awesome, great idea for the challenge
8
edit:
my top pick for the challenge
10
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02/19/2008 07:10:08 AM
The classic!
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02/19/2008 01:37:40 AM
Very nice shot. I like the light breading around the glass.
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02/19/2008 12:23:46 AM
Great image
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02/18/2008 09:40:46 PM
this is the clear ribbon winner for this challenge. well done.
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02/18/2008 09:39:47 PM
I want to love this photo -- the angle is great -- but if this angle were real, the liquid in the glass would still be level. So the result just ends up magnifying the editing job!
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02/18/2008 09:13:06 PM
The idea is great and the photo is artistically done.
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02/18/2008 09:05:53 PM
Superb...: )
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02/18/2008 08:03:37 PM
Ha, beautiful lighting and colors, looks refreshing nice work, 8.
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02/18/2008 05:56:55 PM
LOL, nice composition
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02/18/2008 05:17:43 PM
perhaps a few more rocks would have worked a bit better, otherwise a good submission
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02/18/2008 04:37:27 PM
well done! 10
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02/18/2008 04:07:22 PM
Great colors and depth of field.
cheers,
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02/18/2008 02:16:13 PM
"concrete thinking", great shot
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02/18/2008 10:36:09 AM
Someday, I just gotta learn how to do lighting this perfect! Bravo on the shot...and the rocks!
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02/18/2008 09:58:02 AM
Simply perfect! This should be on the cover of "How to shoot stock photos."

Congrats in advance on your Blue! :-)
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02/18/2008 08:31:28 AM
After my own heart! :} Been There! Done That! :)
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02/18/2008 12:30:31 AM
:)
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