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Techo


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Challenge: Morning II (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
Date: Aug 5, 2008
Aperture: f11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Studio, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Aug 5, 2008

Flash set to 1/8 power. My first challenge photo in which I've used a flash, be it a speed light or strobe. The shot not a totally unique idea but it's my chance to experiment with new lighting. I have it to test for a few more days. I was split between this shot and my outtake 708102.jpg. I liked the coffee beans. The one I posted was my last frame so I thought I should have a few shots without them. But I like the pour and top portion crop of this posted shot.

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Thanks everyone for your comments and warm congratulations :)

This was tricky to shoot. Heavy cream would immediately drop to the bottom and then settle over the top of the whole coffee. I wanted to capture that point of entry of the cream going into the hot coffee. For the last few takes I used half/half and milk. Since it was my first time using flashes it took longer than usual and problems with misfiring, wasted many cups to that. No big loss other than time, most of the coffee was not wasted.
This is a big 12oz-14oz mug of coffee. Took 6-8 fresh mugs with successful flash firing takes. Only for the outtake did I take a 2nd shot. Shot till I was out of beans and tired so what a good excuse to stop because once you want to get that shot you cant stop ;)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 155
Avg (all users): 7.1198
Avg (commenters): 8.4211
Avg (participants): 6.9111
Avg (non-participants): 7.1837
Views since voting: 3821
Views during voting: 359
Votes: 192
Comments: 40
Favorites: 14 (view)


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08/27/2008 01:18:17 PM
OMG, how in the world did I miss this fantastic piece! Would have been a sure 10 from me. Actually, it is better without the beans (stereotype). Excellent for your first time of strobing!
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08/24/2008 02:07:08 AM
Congrats! A shame that you missed your turn on the front page though :(
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08/23/2008 06:53:52 PM
Uhhhhh, I smell a third place ribbon in your future... Looks like the orig 3rd place entry has been removed for some reason..
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08/16/2008 06:10:43 AM
Congrats on the 4th place. Excellent shot!
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08/14/2008 12:07:28 PM
Well done! Congrats on a very high score and 4th place.
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08/13/2008 05:21:52 PM
Congratulations on the 4th place, very well done stock picture!
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08/13/2008 04:16:21 PM
Love the shot, lighting is perfect. Did you try any with the cup handle rotated clockwise? Would have been a cool shot for high contrast IV! :)
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08/13/2008 03:41:53 PM
stunning shot man! congrats
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08/13/2008 12:52:34 PM
Man o man, once again we are that || close to getting another ribbon. Great shot and a good score. Keep up the great work m8.
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08/13/2008 10:02:45 AM
Oh Techo! This is so awesome. So clean. So appealing. So You! Congratulations on an honorable mention!
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08/13/2008 08:19:05 AM
Great job, Techo! Congrats on the 4th!
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08/13/2008 07:21:45 AM
I LOVE your style of photography, it's always such a pleasure to look at. This is so great and you definitely entered the best one. Congrats on 4th place.
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08/13/2008 07:04:39 AM
But... but... it's not a landscape! What an embarrassment!

Seriously, this excellent. I love the framing and contrast. The outtake is good, but this was the one to pick. Congrats on the Top 5.
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08/13/2008 05:04:52 AM
well done and congrats on 4th

Message edited by author 2008-08-13 05:05:08.
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08/13/2008 04:53:44 AM
So the resident Polish non pole has just become a POLAK strong resilient talented, all the quality needed to be a Polish man.
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08/13/2008 01:10:11 AM
Congratulations on the HM!
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08/13/2008 12:48:23 AM
Great image Techo. Love the simplicity of your setup. Lighting was perfect. Top notch photo and well deserved 4th.
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08/13/2008 12:18:54 AM
Congrats on 4th place. Coffee has never looked so good!
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08/13/2008 12:11:36 AM
Nice 4th spot. Great job Techo.
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08/13/2008 12:08:05 AM
Look at you!!! Terrific finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/12/2008 11:31:12 PM
now who could this be? 9
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08/12/2008 10:08:09 PM
I love the simplicity and clarity of this image
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08/12/2008 04:20:47 PM
Nice
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08/12/2008 02:30:38 PM
Beautiful! I'll guess you had 2, maybe 3 frames before the cream destoryed the pic. Great lighting!
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08/12/2008 09:44:12 AM
Love the contrast very nice and crisp.
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08/12/2008 09:03:44 AM
like this one a great deal, great colours and pov :)
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08/12/2008 05:57:25 AM
Good Job. A 9 from me.
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08/11/2008 10:12:42 PM
Beautiful photo. Something from a magazine! 9
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08/11/2008 07:56:26 AM
Some more milk in the coffee would have given a better contrast.
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08/11/2008 12:30:47 AM
This is a wonderful shot top 10 for sure!
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08/10/2008 10:42:10 PM
veru well done!! beautiful compostion and perfect focus.
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08/09/2008 10:06:08 AM
Nicely done, I like the overhead view.
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08/08/2008 01:20:58 PM
I like this a lot. I dont know why, but I find the spoon placement a bit distracting. Maybe it's just me. 7
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08/08/2008 10:40:45 AM
Classic shot and perfect focus: 10
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08/07/2008 01:19:06 AM
Excellent! Nice composition,lighting. I think I am going to see this in top 5 images.
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08/06/2008 11:43:57 PM
Nice pov. Rich tones, bubbles distracting, perfect crop imo. Good luck on this morning brew.
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08/06/2008 11:55:08 AM
A lot of coffee shots, this one is my favourite as it works aesthetically as well as in terms of content/ challenge theme. I like the almost black and white nature of it, with that rich dark brown providing such subtle colour.
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08/06/2008 11:54:00 AM
Lovely.
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08/06/2008 04:48:53 AM
Very good. The annoying shadow on the left is my only remark, but it's still a great photo (9).
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08/06/2008 04:48:40 AM
Good use of shapes and symmetry as well as a great contrast between the colour of the coffee, the milk and the cup. Nice work.
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