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Arturo Fuente Cigars
2nd PlaceArturo Fuente Cigars
timfythetoo


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Challenge: Product Shot (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Sep 5, 2008
Date Uploaded: Sep 5, 2008

We lost power yesterday afternoon and as of five am monday its still out. Once its back on I will edot my details. Aimees crackberry aint the easiest thing to use. TY all for the ribbon.

Still out of power but now I am hanging out at church while Aimee gets ready for work.

This is my friend Dave. Dave is willing to do most anything I ask. I saw the challenge and had no interest in it mainly because I don't enjoy non portrait type shots anymore. I dont enjoy shooting setup shots of items. And then I thought of a cigar shot. I didn't want to use me again and I wasn't sure how detailed I could get my idea anyways. I twisted Daves arm to allow me to shoot him puffing a cigar. Dave is a good sport.

Since everyone likes the lighting here is the setup. Shot in Daves garage with a decent amount of ambient light. The background is a sheet of black velvet draped over his SUV. 430ex off a silver umbrella almost directly in front of him but just slightly to his right. 580exII on camera as master only. Had him take a big mouth full and then slowly push it out. I use ETTL for all of my shots so I just let the flash do its thing. If you are interested in the camera settings you will have to wait til the power gets back on. I cant remember what they were. Though I do remember that the ISO was at 640 (I forgot to turn it back after doing some non flash test shots).

I didn't read the description til after I got home and edited this image. Let me just say thank you for the ribbon on a DNMC. I almost didnt enter it. This is an image I would expect to see in a magazine rather than an image I would expect to see in a catalog. I do like this image though and I am glad so many others did as well. TY!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 118
Avg (all users): 6.8239
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 6.5778
Avg (non-participants): 6.9211
Views since voting: 6490
Views during voting: 356
Votes: 159
Comments: 65
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09/21/2008 05:21:42 PM
Oh, I just saw "Lung Pollution" and I think you used NI several times on this too.
Thx
Debbi
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09/21/2008 05:08:51 PM
Did you smooth his skin at all? Looks almost creamy
Debbi
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09/19/2008 12:12:03 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
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09/17/2008 12:00:58 PM
Ribbon quality written all over this composition. Congrats!
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09/17/2008 11:55:42 AM
This photo was an obvious ribbon choice. Majority rules! That's why we have a democratic voting system. Cry babies, them.
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09/16/2008 08:27:54 AM
nice image, congrats!
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09/16/2008 01:16:50 AM
love the orson welles image
great copy
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09/15/2008 10:09:25 PM
2 ribbons in one week congrats on your wonderful images
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09/15/2008 07:46:57 PM
Wonderful lighting!!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon Tim!
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09/15/2008 06:36:41 PM
Congrats Tim! DNMC be hanged! ;)



Message edited by author 2008-09-15 23:13:01.
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09/15/2008 06:28:45 PM


Message edited by author 2008-09-15 18:59:55.
09/15/2008 03:32:24 PM
would be a great challenge SOUR GRAPES?
love it
you never saw the pict of ORSON?
maybe you never heard of him?
09/15/2008 03:21:20 PM
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Message edited by author 2008-09-15 15:30:33.
09/15/2008 03:15:09 PM


Message edited by author 2008-09-15 19:00:52.
09/15/2008 03:06:09 PM
Originally posted by tapcity:

this as a catalog pict i would reject out of hand
who is the subject?
a cigar?
ORSON WELLES?

this should be DQ
the rules are clear NO EXCEPTION

huh?
09/15/2008 03:04:43 PM
DNMC, probably. Still it's a damn fine looking photo.
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09/15/2008 02:54:06 PM
this as a catalog pict i would reject out of hand
who is the subject?
a cigar?
ORSON WELLES?

this should be DQ
the rules are clear NO EXCEPTION

Message edited by author 2008-09-15 14:56:54.
09/15/2008 02:14:20 PM
This one is really an amazing shot in all respects. Great pose and an incredible lighting. Keeping the "meeting-the-challenge" part apart, this is definitely my fav. Great work!
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09/15/2008 01:20:36 PM
Not so sure this is DNMC. I could picture this in "Cigar Aficionado". It has a real glossy magazine feel to it, very pro looking.
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09/15/2008 01:17:24 PM
Hey, this is pretty damn good for a ribbon, but what really impresses me is the DNMC part. What better rebellion against bad challenge descriptions then to ignore them and get ribbons anyway? You're like the Fidel Castro of DPC! Here, have another cigar!
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09/15/2008 12:02:16 PM
closer up showing more product and less model would have met the challenge better IMHO,great shot tho...congrats
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09/15/2008 11:44:50 AM
Oh yes. This is good! Congratulations!
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09/15/2008 11:26:34 AM
Congrats on the ribbon Tim. Very good job with the lighting!!
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09/15/2008 10:55:21 AM
Congrats, Tim. Good lighting, for sure. Congrats to Dave, too! :)
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09/15/2008 10:29:30 AM
You did it, give that man a cigar!
Oh, he's already got one. I think a closup crop the the cigar, would've worked, "Too".
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09/15/2008 09:31:19 AM
Congrats Tim on your ribbon love the lighting and mood on this wonderful image.
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09/15/2008 09:14:12 AM
Congratulations Tim on your Red Ribbon, great lighting and composition.
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09/15/2008 07:57:26 AM
Hey man congrats on another ribbon.
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09/15/2008 07:31:11 AM
I enjoy Arturo Fuente Cigars :)
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09/15/2008 07:20:19 AM
This was my favorite in the challenge...just the sense of mood and feeling gives it more than a product shot..it's almost like the opening of a movie trailer.
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09/15/2008 06:54:17 AM
Excellent Lighting Tim, Congrats on the Ribbon!!!
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09/15/2008 05:19:06 AM
Come on Tim you know the rules.. puff puff pass.
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09/15/2008 03:42:27 AM
Tim, excellent lighting. Congrates
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09/15/2008 02:22:09 AM
Beautiful image, cannot see how this in any way could deserve two 1's!

P.S - as Yul Bynner said - Don't Smoke!
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09/15/2008 02:14:52 AM
How did you manage to have Jack Bauer as a model?? :)
Nice shot, man.
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09/15/2008 01:51:28 AM
Hey Tim, you know this is not good for your health man...love the lighting in this...you are way ahead of me now, don't think I will be catching up any time soon...Enzo
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09/15/2008 01:25:16 AM
Congrats Tim!! Really wonderful lighting
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09/15/2008 12:45:42 AM
Beautiful lighting. Very effective shot, Tim. Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/15/2008 12:43:05 AM
Well done Tim, and your portraits are growing in stature each and everyday you do them..... I always get so much pleasure out of your images, as many of them are so 'emotive', and so you.
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09/15/2008 12:36:59 AM
Congrats! Everything works well in the image, and I just love the lighting.
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09/15/2008 12:30:50 AM
As always Timfy...you got a knack. Congrats!
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09/15/2008 12:29:11 AM
I like the lighting on this as well as the candy cig one. Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/15/2008 12:19:58 AM
Two second commercial?! Congrats again.
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09/15/2008 12:14:42 AM
i KMNEW IT! CONGRATS
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2008 11:59:23 PM
lovely
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09/14/2008 10:20:58 PM
lighting is very nice
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09/14/2008 07:18:24 AM
Wonderful lighting.
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09/14/2008 01:56:19 AM
great lighting... like the smoke formations
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09/12/2008 08:51:47 PM
It's like an advertisement: a good one! It's not like a Product in a catalog. I'm not fighting it anymore: 10
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09/12/2008 07:16:54 PM
First impression was wow! But inspection of the smoke coming out of the mouth is bothersome - just something weird about it. Other than that, one of my top choices!
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09/12/2008 12:31:51 AM
Very smooth, literally. ;) I would say the product id is a little elusive, although I'm sure a cigar afficionado would recognize the label instantly. Nice lighting. As it relates to a portrait shot, I would suggest a bit of back lighting to separate the man's shoulder from the BG.
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09/11/2008 07:33:47 PM
amazing smoke cature
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09/11/2008 10:31:25 AM
well done on the lighting!
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09/10/2008 09:56:19 PM
I like the square crop. Lighting is perfect too.
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09/09/2008 05:35:43 PM
Very nicely shot.
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09/09/2008 02:38:57 PM
Nice lighting and composition!
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09/09/2008 09:28:49 AM
I don't much like that one curl of smoke on his lip but otherwise, this looks fabulous.
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09/09/2008 12:43:15 AM
i have a hankering on who this is, but i'll wait till challenge is over to see if my predictions are correct, beautiful lighting, the smoke is curled perfectly, and the colors all work well together, nicely done
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09/08/2008 11:47:04 PM
Just a point of interest for you, in Australia you are not alowed to advertise cigaretts/cigars. Good lighting
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09/08/2008 08:09:52 PM
One of my ribbon pix for this challenge. Wouldn't change a thing
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09/08/2008 07:35:19 PM
Aficionado could use this the coloring is wonderful and love your lighting.
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09/08/2008 10:24:48 AM
Nice mood! I like the presentation. 9 for me
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09/08/2008 08:00:45 AM
very well done..good lighting, good sense of mood
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09/08/2008 01:26:15 AM
Love the smoke and lighting
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09/08/2008 12:25:48 AM
Beautiful, beautiful shot. Makes a non-smoker want to smoke cigars ;) 10
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