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Top Shelf Margarita
Top Shelf Margarita

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Challenge: Recipe (Beverage) (Basic Editing)
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Location: Home
Date: Jul 13, 2008
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 8
Galleries: Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Jul 13, 2008

Set up against a black background and used off-camera lighting with a long shutter speed and manually fired flash. Post processed in Aperture 2.0 by adjusting levels, low tonal width, high tonal width, and mid contrast. Also sharpened, reduced noise, adjusted vibrancy and contrast.

Ingredients and Preparation:
1.) 2 oz. Patron Silver tequila
2.) 1 oz. Gran Gala orange liquer
3.) 2 oz. Lime juice
4.) Lime slice
5.) Kosher salt

Combine 2 oz. Patron, 1 oz. Gran Gala, and 2 oz. of fresh squeezed lime juice in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into salt rimmed glass with ice. Garnish with lime slice.

Place: 47 out of 111
Avg (all users): 5.6481
Avg (commenters): 6.1250
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Avg (non-participants): 5.7150
Views since voting: 848
Views during voting: 372
Votes: 233
Comments: 9
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07/23/2008 12:09:23 AM
Thanks for all of the comments everyone! I am pretty pleased with the results. As always after I entered the photo I thought of different things I should have done or could have done. This image was several firsts for me. It was the first challenge in over a year that I've entered, the first challenge I've entered with my new Lumix camera, and the first time I had ever used Aperture instead of photoshop as I recently switched to a Mac. I see lots of things I could have done differently with my setup and my editing techniques thanks to the comments as well as playing around with Aperture some more since the entry.

Thanks again for all the comments!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2008 11:29:14 PM
I will have one.........Cheers!
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07/22/2008 12:59:55 PM
Nicely composed and I like the black background. Quite a lot of reflections around though which could use some control.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2008 07:46:57 PM
Not sure about the tilt, but I like the colors and textures
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2008 01:13:08 PM
to slick 7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/19/2008 12:26:25 AM
i like the sharpness and composition. seems a bit too contrasty though
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/17/2008 11:18:25 PM
Finally, an intriguing composition. I like the light on the glass, the Patron bottle seems to be suffering with that reflection. The main subject could be sharper (by DPC standards), but still works. Good job.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/17/2008 04:33:27 PM
looks a little lacking in quality probalby due to too much cropping, but other then that, i like the tilt
07/17/2008 12:05:58 PM
I really like Patron Silver but I find it better for sipping, I've never heard of Gran Gan but guess its alot like cointreau so either would be better than triple sec. Out of all the Tequillas in my extensive collection, I find Sauza Conmemorativo the best for mixing but then again I rant. Great photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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