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This still life was taken in natural light in the conservatory With a roll of white drawing paper as a back drop
The bottle are aluminium and from the states. I love the vivid colours and think they make a good image. Your thoughts and ideas good or bad please

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Apr 2012 - 11:22 AM
Focal Length:30mm
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:+1
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Bud
Username:delboy1145 delboy1145
Uploaded:17 Apr 2012 - 1:12 PM
Tags:Bottles, Close-up / macro, Drink, Still life
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MattB1987
MattB1987 e2 Member 2406 forum postsMattB1987 vcard England
17 Apr 2012 - 1:15 PM

Wow came out really nice with natural light! very nice
Matt

aeras
aeras  2 Cyprus6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2012 - 2:38 PM

Dave , the result is fine , the colors right . the composition balanced.
It would be interesting if you could manipulate the background color and luminous with a flash firing from below and behind the paper, so as to add more depth and 3d in your picture.
Of course given the natural light and simple set up the result could not be better !

Charles

delboy1145
17 Apr 2012 - 2:59 PM

Thanks Matt and aeras for your comments.
Aeras this is one of a set but because I'm not an E2 member any more I can't upload variance and the second image will probably give a better sense of scale and depth. But my aim was to shoot natural light rather than use the studio lights but your comments are noted
Dave

banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10777 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2779 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2012 - 6:06 PM

The bright colours are attractive.

Whats missing for me is shadows under the bottles, as they seem to be floating in the air. You can add shadows fairly easily, depending on your PS skill level by adding a blank layer, and drawing in spaes, filling with black, reducing opacity, adding gaussian blur. Ive done this in mod1, and Ive reduced the highlights a little to give more depth to the colours. Finally added a little lens glare to liven things up a little.

Another possibility is a three panel image, a triptych, and Ive loaded one example in mod 2.


Hope this is helpful,




regards



Willie

monkeytravels
monkeytravels e2 Member 3monkeytravels vcard Cyprus
17 Apr 2012 - 6:22 PM


Quote: Dave , the result is fine , the colors right . the composition balanced.
It would be interesting if you could manipulate the background color and luminous with a flash firing from below and behind the paper, so as to add more depth and 3d in your picture.
Of course given the natural light and simple set up the result could not be better !

Charles

fully agree with charles as for the nice result & would like to see some background light as well . well done in any case !

delboy1145
17 Apr 2012 - 7:03 PM

Thank gents for you comments and to Willie for the Mods I must admit the triptych adds a new dimension. The conservatory has a glass roof and white blinds to the windows. I set up a roll of paper as an infinity curve. The levels were altered to give a white back ground and that's about it I'll upload the other versions over the next two days and try taking the shots again but not sure about the back light as I really wanted to natural light only, may try a reflector to give it some depth and shadow. Seems like its work in progress.
Dave

paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 7:42 AM

The image is strong, but all three bottles have lost detail at the top due to over exposure in that area. You needed to burn in if the detail is still there, or reduce exposure and correct shadows later.

Paul

delboy1145
18 Apr 2012 - 8:27 AM

Thanks Paul I noticed this after I uploaded the image as I have another shot were I placed a white translucent over the bottles and that did the trick just uploaded the wrong image.

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41173 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 8:55 AM

As above, re the burnout on top of the bottles. If you use reflectors you can control the light spread, and the loss of the shadows seems the result of pushing the colour and contrast to whiten the background. By screening the light, you turn it into a large softbox which softens the shadows, or by doing this shot on a cloudy day, you get better modelling and it's easier to control contrast.

A couple of tiny things (which when you set up a still-life need to be tweaked and made perfect):
The left bottle needs a tiny rotation anticlockwise and the centre one needs a smaller turn clockwise.
Consider using a white reflector each side, 45 deg in front of the bottles to lessen the severity of the dark shadows between them.
Put the camera on a tripod and close the aperture down to f/8 for maximum lens sharpness.
Screen the main light or do this on an overcast day to lower the contrast, which you can then adjust in PS.

Nick

delboy1145
18 Apr 2012 - 9:30 AM

Thanks nick just uploaded#2, see what you mean about the rotation noted thanks
Dave

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