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Tej


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Challenge: Recipe (Beverage) (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-70 / C-7000 Zoom
Location: New Delhi, India
Date: Jul 15, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/3
Galleries: Still Life, Water
Date Uploaded: Jul 15, 2008

Well, this is not really a beverage which requires recipe, but a seasoned chef could pass it on like a exotic drink :) Simple still water with clean chunks of ice.

This is last minute submission!

Post Challenge -

Thank you all for your comments and my first blue!

Here are the details on setup -

Some might be disappointed to know that there are some "fakes" in the photo. Firstly the ice is not real. Its plastic and taken from the packing of my wife's perfume :) That explains why the "ice" is so clear. Secondly, the background is also "fake". It's the screen saver on my laptop screen. The lighting is primarily from the screen itself.

I picked up my P&S for this shot as I was not able to do decent job with 100mm 2.8. I still need to practice on this lens :)

On processing side, its nothing special. Heavy cropping, played with levels and hue/sat. Heavy sharpening. Added border and neat image. The good thing about glass shots is that it gets much better after neat-image without risk of losing much details.

Here is the original -

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Honestly, I don't personally like the picture very much and find it creatively non-rewarding. I have done similar setup before and have scored high, so I did this again for the sake of score only. This image surely won't stay on my machine for long but will surely stay on DPC as a reminder of blue for myself :) Thanks again!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 111
Avg (all users): 7.3927
Avg (commenters): 7.8800
Avg (participants): 6.4737
Avg (non-participants): 7.5598
Views since voting: 6937
Views during voting: 476
Votes: 247
Comments: 62
Favorites: 7 (view)


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07/29/2008 09:18:35 PM
Visually i think it looks like animation. You creativeness in achieving the resulting image is quite wonderful.
It is sometimes tough for me to simplify things and just use what is around me, rather than thinking what i need to capture is out in the world. For that the ribon is well deserved.
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07/28/2008 05:40:53 PM
it's a nice photo, but a disappointing commentary on this site when you say "...I don't personally like the picture very much and find it creatively non-rewarding." i find that many of the photos on here fill that niche, and the photos that are creatively compelling are often not those that score well. (that's not to say i don't like 90% of the ribboning photos; i'm just saying in general, most people need to shoot differently for ribbon purposes than they would for purely aesthetic goals. sad.)

excellent photo, though. i find it not only technically sound, but visually pleasing. you sell yourself short, i think.
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07/28/2008 12:15:49 PM
I like the creative set-up here, definitely making use of scarce and simple materials (hacking the shot) to create something good.

excellent
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07/25/2008 11:05:23 PM
Congrats on a beautifully concieved and photographed shot.
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07/25/2008 05:52:44 PM
Very nice photograph!It really doesn`t get better.How did you get the blue into the ice ?Did you photograhp it in the desert?
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07/24/2008 01:08:36 PM
What a great shot, congrats
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07/24/2008 04:25:31 AM
You might not think this is a very creative photo, but I think it's actually quite inspiring. I racked my brain trying to come up with an elaborate idea for this shoot, and in the end shot nothing, whereas you went with something and returned a beautiful photo. That takes a lot of creativity. Well done on the ribbon.
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07/24/2008 12:52:50 AM
Its a really good photo for this challenge no doubt. But I like the honesty in your remarks the most
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07/23/2008 05:49:39 PM
I know how you got clear ice, but what the heck is the background? I actually thought it was bare skin? A leg or??
Debbi
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07/23/2008 05:07:54 PM
Originally posted by frisca:

i love this photo because the clarity of the ice and the backdrop make it look like an abstract woman's shapely torso. beautiful!

Hunh??? Oooookay... ;P

It's a very nice photo Tej. Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/23/2008 03:04:18 PM
i love this photo because the clarity of the ice and the backdrop make it look like an abstract woman's shapely torso. beautiful!
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07/23/2008 12:12:01 PM
Excellent, excellent, excellent! 2 questions....what the heck did you use as the backdrop? Also, where did you get ice that was that clean?
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07/23/2008 10:47:03 AM
Impossibly wonderful! Such a BLUE-deserving image. Congrats!
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07/23/2008 10:42:08 AM
I'm amazed with the clarity of the ice. Excellent shot and congrats.
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07/23/2008 09:58:19 AM
I never would have believed that a glass of water could look so exotic! Kudos! And congratulations on the ribbon!

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07/23/2008 09:42:36 AM
Success in life is Presentation and Perception, not really reality. - Just-A-Mister-E.
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07/23/2008 08:45:43 AM
"Delicious is a drink of cool water when you are thirsty." -- 1969 The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt. A nice photo.
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07/23/2008 07:45:00 AM
My favorite from the challenge. I am really glad to see it on the front page. Congrats on the blue!!
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07/23/2008 05:45:17 AM
Way to go... great score for the India team and a nice blue ribbon for you.
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07/23/2008 05:24:18 AM
the moment i saw the pic, i knew it going to be you.

Congratulations for blue ribbon Tej.
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07/23/2008 05:13:46 AM
THAT'S MY MAN!
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07/23/2008 03:22:30 AM
Chaa gaye tussi ji..Balle ooye..
Three Cheers for India..
Congrats..
Lovely Pic.. :) :) :) :)
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07/23/2008 03:21:38 AM
Beautiful colours and composition! Congrats on the blue!!!!
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07/23/2008 02:33:31 AM
daarji bahut bahut badhaiyaan aapko.
go go team India ...
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07/23/2008 02:27:46 AM
Gr8 Tej!
First ribbon for team India, that too a blue.......!!!!
Thank you and congratulations.
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07/23/2008 02:22:28 AM
well done,congratulations
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07/23/2008 01:44:59 AM
woohoo team india rocks.. congrats my friend.
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07/23/2008 01:16:23 AM
Congratulations on 1st place, well done!
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07/23/2008 12:49:04 AM
congrats on ur blue!
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07/23/2008 12:36:12 AM
Big congratulations on your Blue. Super image, great colours and lighting. Love the clarity.
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07/23/2008 12:29:53 AM
I tried this but my ice was cloudy. How did you get it so clear?

Great lighting in this. Love the way the blue slices the orange tones. Congrats on the blue ribbon.
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07/23/2008 12:22:26 AM
Lovley shot.. well deserved ribbon.. congrats... ** Wonder who could give a "1" to this lovely shot... **
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07/23/2008 12:18:12 AM
Congratulations! Well deserved.
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07/23/2008 12:09:42 AM
Bravo! Congratulations & Cheers for Team India!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/22/2008 11:24:55 PM
Very original. Nice work!
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07/22/2008 11:13:36 PM
Nice image, colors are good. 8
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07/22/2008 10:17:21 PM
It pops!
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07/22/2008 06:42:05 PM
Very clean stylised image.
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07/22/2008 06:31:51 PM
Very nicely executed with a spot on focus and clarity.
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07/21/2008 10:56:54 AM
One of my favorites in the challenge. Beautiful.

Coming back to bump it up. Awesome work.
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07/20/2008 05:26:31 PM
First look is amazing, however scrolling down to see the whole image disappoints viewer with the cropped bottom. The drink's shadow went nowhere due to the crop. However lighting is superb and i give an extra point for that as well as to the overall concept.
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07/20/2008 02:01:33 PM
wow
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07/20/2008 02:57:19 AM
wow look at those colors and curvy ice. great shot, curious what an unedited version would look like
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07/19/2008 08:03:06 PM
Great tones, colors nice and smooth. I predict at least a top 10 for this. I do see some visible JPEG compression artifacts, however. With a file size of 115k, you still had a little headroom for a lower compression factor.
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07/19/2008 07:47:21 PM
Beautifully abstract. Congrats! This will score high. Can't wait to read about the processing. A nine for you and my pick of the challenge.
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07/19/2008 03:35:18 PM
Very nice and abstract.
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07/19/2008 02:40:41 PM
over processed, but unfortunately I like it.
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07/18/2008 07:21:07 PM
Nicely done and is interesting for a glass of ice.
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07/18/2008 03:19:07 AM
wow...superb abstract look...super clarity 8
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07/18/2008 12:23:21 AM
Looks like a glass sculpture, it's so neat and smooth.
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07/17/2008 03:31:46 PM
awesome, this is probably gonna ribbon. love the different shapes and colors reflected. good luck
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07/17/2008 10:17:34 AM
Beautiful smoothness of the ice cubes. Really striking. For me, the blue in the upper right distracts from the shot.
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07/17/2008 12:15:24 AM
Looks like something from Dali. I love it.
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07/16/2008 11:33:26 AM
This one really works for me, love the refractions in the ice.
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07/16/2008 08:27:24 AM
Beautiful shot! I like the shapes,color & bold framing too. Best of luck!
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07/16/2008 07:45:34 AM
Love the clarity
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07/16/2008 03:27:45 AM
Love the image, but do not like the border.....
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07/16/2008 03:05:47 AM
WOW!
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07/16/2008 12:49:43 AM
definately a ribbon IMO... love it!!
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07/16/2008 12:36:30 AM
Amazing shot... very sharp and neat... i love the way you have set your background up to give the desert feel... hope this does well in this challenge...
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07/16/2008 12:35:14 AM
WOW..u deserve a 10 buddyy..
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07/16/2008 12:14:48 AM
Well what can I say for this shot. Very beautiful, very eye catching, very smooth and crisp. I love it. The background flow, color choices, just about everything in this shot is simple and beautiful. Good luck! High score from me.
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