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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Botany (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Maryland, USA
Date: Aug 9, 2004
Aperture: f13.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.0 sec
Galleries: Still Life, Floral
Date Uploaded: Aug 9, 2004

This is one of my favorites that I have ever taken, and it all came together by chance. I had several ideas for this challenge but as I started setting this up it just clicked.
We had just bought some fresh Basil to cook with I, and I thought that the plant looked great. So I ran through the house looking for something else to compliment the basil and I found this bubble vase.

Lighting setup:

Pretty simple setup as some have guessed.
It's sitting on top of a frosted glass table. Behind it is a yellow piece of foam core proped up.
I used a 60w clamp on lamp under the table to underlight it. This provided most of the visible light.
But I still wanted a bit more light on the leaves.
So I took another 60w clamp on light and used a custom snoot that I made for the light and aimed at the leaves. It was hard to place the light because of the reflections in the vase, and I didnt want to have to clone them out.

Image was processed in C1 since I shoot RAW, where I adjusted levels and most importantly what made this image was contrast. I increased the contrast to make the gradient stand out.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 215
Avg (all users): 7.0275
Avg (commenters): 8.2941
Avg (participants): 6.8667
Avg (non-participants): 7.3387
Views since voting: 7313
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 182
Comments: 44
Favorites: 36 (view)


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11/05/2004 12:04:52 PM
It's simple but it's really beutiful.
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08/28/2004 11:31:47 PM
VERY VERY nice dont get why you didnt get first.

So did you end up cooking it? LoL
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08/25/2004 09:41:00 PM
Congratulations! I love it!
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08/24/2004 09:18:32 PM
congrats - i have looked at this one a few times, and like it quite alot.
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08/24/2004 08:58:44 PM
i like the color and the idea. a real photography stands out. its true that sometime you just need to click your camera then you will be surprised for the good shot you haave.... hopefully I can get one good shot too that everybody likes
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08/23/2004 01:28:58 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! I think this shot definitly deserved a top 3 spot.
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08/23/2004 01:27:36 PM
Congrats on the ribbon. A simple but stunning image. I had it pegged for first.
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08/23/2004 09:28:55 AM
Way to go!
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08/23/2004 09:26:11 AM
This is an awesome photo... terrific work and congrats on your ribbon!!
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08/23/2004 07:31:30 AM
Thanks everyone, I love this image, it's one my shots I am very proud of and Im glad everyone else has enjoyed it. There was so many great shots this challenge.
08/23/2004 06:31:49 AM
I really like this one, great job
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08/23/2004 02:46:19 AM
Congrats on teh Yellow John!

Wonderful to share the platform with you on this challenge.

Very Well Done!!
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08/23/2004 01:48:40 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Your image was one of my top votes! Your lighting was so eye catching - and the picture is so nice and sharp and very inviting! Love it! Way to go!
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08/23/2004 12:56:07 AM
This is so awesome - I loved it the momment I saw it. Congrats AGAIN!
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08/23/2004 12:51:57 AM
wow, beautiful shot John. Keep rakin' em in!
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08/23/2004 12:38:14 AM
Congrats on another yellow! Nice job...
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08/23/2004 12:20:51 AM
Awesome composition. Study in lighting!
Congratulations on your ribbon.
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08/23/2004 12:08:35 AM
Smokeditor ! You scored....and what a lovely tabletop comp.
CONGRATULATIONS...you are the man.
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08/23/2004 12:07:05 AM
Congratulations on another one!

Message edited by author 2004-08-23 00:07:32.
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08/23/2004 12:07:01 AM
Congrats on your ribbon...it's a beautiful shot!!!! :o)
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08/23/2004 12:05:33 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. A truly stunning image!
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08/23/2004 12:03:08 AM
Congratilations on ribbon!!! Very nice!
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08/23/2004 12:01:29 AM
well done!
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08/23/2004 12:00:52 AM
a well deserved ribbon!! congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/22/2004 08:00:53 PM
Good idea. Nice title. Fantastic lighting.
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08/22/2004 12:30:22 PM
Very well lit!

Nice and sharp flooring, and glass is well defined. Subject a little bland for me, but the lighting and composition make it a lot more pleasing to look at.

Good work!
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08/21/2004 03:56:58 PM
This is a true piece of art and subtle creation. Couldn't be improved upon at all. Sheer perfection. Congrats!
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08/20/2004 08:05:11 PM
The lighting here is stunning and has turned what might be a very ordinary pic into something special. Love it.
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08/20/2004 04:20:04 PM
My first time voting in a few months! :)

beautiful lighting. good composition too, right down to the choice of vase shape.
I think the 'wow' factor for me is mostly in the warm glow that reflects the feeling one gets when there is something alive and green around them.
technically good as well.

;)
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08/20/2004 12:25:30 PM
I love the lighting on this one, how did you get it? It looks like it's underlit through the white surface? Great choice of background color, this is really striking!
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08/19/2004 05:08:40 PM
Great lighting, nice work
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08/18/2004 11:00:49 PM
Just a little bit to tight framing on the right site, but I like the tones and the idea, maybe a centered version would have been the thing for this!?
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08/17/2004 09:34:54 PM
A perfect 10!
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08/17/2004 03:24:38 PM
I love the choice of colors in this image, and overall the simplicity. You've chosen a strong subject and successfully eliminated anything distracting from the image. Well done!
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08/17/2004 12:23:14 PM
NIIICCCCE!!!!!!!! I just don't know what else to say. This is a great shot. The light, the composition, the colors, just everything is AWESOME. If this doesn't win so help me.... Ok maybe that's a little drastic, but I am pulling for this shot to take it all.
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08/17/2004 09:55:30 AM
clever use of light, find the offset image mildly disturbing but interesting... maybe I just like being disturbed.
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08/16/2004 10:55:51 PM
Love your lighting here - how it is dark at the top and gradually increases to get to the bright light at the base! I love how the vase and the plant sit in the frame. This one is really nice.
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08/16/2004 09:41:33 PM
My hat is off. I aspire to be able to create photographs like this. You are a genius. Composition, lighting, crop, this has everything going for it.
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08/16/2004 07:48:09 PM
WOW Lighting and sharpness!
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08/16/2004 07:18:22 PM
Beautiful image. I love every thing about it and hope you ribbon.
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08/16/2004 06:47:50 PM
nice lighting and reflection in the glass, very moody..
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08/16/2004 05:40:48 PM
The mood created by the lighting and colors makes this image an outstanding one. It's well done art and goes into my favorites now. 10
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08/16/2004 05:13:47 PM
The lighting on this is very dramatic. Very nice shot. Top ten!
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08/16/2004 12:44:03 PM
Wonderful subject - nice setup and exposure. Compositionally - I think it is MUCH stronger as a square image by cropping from the top. The banding in the golden /brown areas is unfortunate.
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