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Challenge: Free Study 2008-06 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 28-200 f/3.5 - 5.6 USM
Location: Studio
Date: Jun 21, 2008
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/40 sec
Galleries: Water, Studio
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2008

This took a LONG time to do. It was much harder than I had anticipated I expected a few hours of work could produce this image... I was wrong, WAY wrong!

Attempt 1: Set up placed in studio with two major problems, I couldn't place the lighting correctly, every time I adjusted it, it was either too dark, too off center, or I got a reflection of the light on the wine glass. In addition, I could not successfully tape the the multicolored backdrop to the carb board box I was using as a support, there would either be too many wrinkles in the paper, the paper was off center, it was sometimes taped crooked, and there was much difficulty in getting the colors to come out right with the white balances that were availiable on my camera.

Attempt 2: After resting for a while, I gave it another shot, this time discovering that wrapping the paper around the edges of the box would give a better result. But I still had the lighting problem.

Attempt 3: After reading some things online, I tried a different approach at lighting the shot. Instead of trying to light the wine glasses from in-front, why not light them by reflecting off the backdrop. Then I figured out that by reflecting the light, parts of the image were either too dark or to bright. So I tried raising the level of the lamp above the wine glasses, and moving them back so the lined up with my ruler marks. Success!


1. Rotate/Crop
2. Healing brush to clean up the little messy things.
3. Levels
4. Curves
5. Unsharp Mask
6. Hue/Saturation
7. Nois Reduction program (NeatImage)

Thanks for all the votes!

Place: 164 out of 473
Avg (all users): 5.9371
Avg (commenters): 6.5385
Avg (participants): 5.7358
Avg (non-participants): 6.5135
Views since voting: 721
Views during voting: 222
Votes: 143
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/07/2008 10:55:01 PM
They seem to be tilting to the right.
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07/05/2008 02:56:40 PM
oh no, the dpc wine glass refracted shot! but, this is done very well, and teh colors are beautiful and the glases are very clean and pretty.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/03/2008 03:37:20 AM
Nicely done: a very clean, great focus and well saturated colors.
I just bothers me a bit the water level is not the same on both glasses.
Viva Espana!
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07/02/2008 09:51:02 PM
great job
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07/02/2008 12:10:06 PM
Sharp focus, but this has been done too many times already.
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07/02/2008 10:46:13 AM
Great colours! A small bit tilted but still a great image. 8
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07/02/2008 10:24:51 AM
well taken.
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07/01/2008 10:07:17 PM
this could use a center composition
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2008 06:09:29 PM
the only thing I can critique here is that the glasses appear to be slightly tilted. Makes me want to tip my head to the right when I look at it. Otherwise I really do like it. Great colors, perfect lighting.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2008 10:09:32 AM
The 'problem' with an image like this is that because similar shots have been posted in challenges before they can lose a bit of their impact. I guess this is kinda unfair, because I know I have found myself in the position whereby I have taken a 'typical' image but when it has been the first time I personally have ever taken such a shot (I hope this makes sense). I am trying to mark this as 'fresh' and all I can say is that you did a great job and get a 9 from me
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07/01/2008 09:52:49 AM
Haven't seen one of these for a couple of challenges...this is a good one...nice and clear
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07/01/2008 08:57:43 AM
Beautiful...just wish the tops of the glasses was parallel to the top edge of the image.
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07/01/2008 01:01:39 AM
Subject: Wired? Tired? Expired!

But brilliantly executed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/01/2008 12:56:41 AM
I don't get the title within the context of the image.
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