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I thought these beer jugs would make an interesting image. Now not using my studio lights for some time I thought I could use some pratice. The main light came from portflash 340VM fired into a silver brolly on full power. To over exposed the brack ground I use my Sony flash set to 1/32th. The iso was 100 asa. The sony was set to to 125th and the F stop was 11. This is my first upload with the G lens. Thanks for looking.

Camera:Sony Apha 700
Lens:Sony G 70- 300
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:It Seemed Simple At The Time
Username:minicooper minicooper
Uploaded:6 Feb 2009 - 9:10 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Still life
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2009 - 1:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Good still lifes are not simple! You've done pretty well here but there are a couple of issues. Firstly some of the detail has been bleached out (overexposure) - this can, to a degree be pulled back by- for example - use of the shadows/highlight tool. Secondly the base on which the objects stand is often a bit of a problem - giving an unwanted line at the bottom of the picture. At the shooting stage this can be avoided by using a curved sheet of card or cloth so that the base and the background are the same. In post processing you can get rid of it by carefully selecting the area and removing it.

I've uploaded a mod which reflects my comments above. I hope it helps.

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whiteswan01
6 Feb 2009 - 2:43 PM

nice colours
Dawn

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GeorgeRusky
6 Feb 2009 - 8:40 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Hi Dennis
IMHO, the mugs are really interesting shot and it has the right to exist as is.
But...
as I understand, each shot has to include several elements one of which is the background.
Look at the works of grands of still-life images and you will definitely find the background.
Why?
I believe that the bg makes the main subject of the shot more seen and attention attractive.
Carefully chosen bg creates a nice fore and back ground combination.
Next, the bg makes the lines of the subject sharp and nicely contrasted, which makes the image richer.
And the last point, the frame.
I've noticed the still-life pictures are almost all are framed in nicely frames that create an additional charm of the pictures.
And the final note Smile
Dennis, I'm not a professional photographer, do not invest time in exploring PS or any other photo-changing software, so just wanted to share with you some of my amateurish ideas.
Cheers
George

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I_KNOOOW  5 Canada8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2009 - 4:58 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think that the power of the flash was set to high. most of the highlights are OE and the flash on the right removes to much of the detail from the edge of the mug. it also looks like you used the erase tool in post processing to remove all detail form the background this can be seen between the mugs. These mugs have some good potential to be an interesting shot, keep experimenting with your studio setup. You could also try adding interest to the picture by having the mugs in the environment they are intended for. I picture them sitting on the bar full with beer.

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