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Following on from the wine glass, here is a shot I did using a glass cup and more fruit flavoured tea. I learned a valuable lesson from this one. Fruit flavoured tea is far from clear and there were so many bits showing in the liquid that it spoilt the image. So I had to do some selective gaussian blurring to get rid of them. Next time, I will use something clearer, like grape or cranberry juice perhaps.

If anyone's interested, I will upload the original in the mod section, so you can see what I mean :o)

Again, lit with snoot at the right hand side, using the wall as a backdrop.

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:28-135mm Sigma
Title:Tea Stained
Username:mellyleth mellyleth
Uploaded:24 Aug 2005 - 8:46 AM
Tags:Specialist / abstract
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dzeykey
dzeykey  9 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 8:52 AM

Nice colour composition and lighting. Well done.

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jacquienewsham
24 Aug 2005 - 8:58 AM

great image,love the composition and lighting.
click samantha

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rletham
rletham  10890 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 9:13 AM

Char-Lady-tastic

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BarbaraB
BarbaraB  953 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 9:37 AM

Lovely...like it very much!

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Pricey
Pricey  933 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2005 - 9:38 AM

Very simplistic and eye-catching!
Nice....

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2005 - 9:52 AM

Well done, great shot, good lighting. You did well to finish with this lovely clear image after seeing what you had to do to the original. Good work!

Sez Smile

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
24 Aug 2005 - 10:08 AM

fantastic colour, composition and crop. great shot

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nigelsharman
24 Aug 2005 - 10:14 AM

Super lighting and I would guess that this isn't easy to light..love the shape and form.

Nigel.

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aftertherain
24 Aug 2005 - 10:55 AM

Now this is really impressive.
Merl.

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 11:20 AM

Thanks all, much appreciated. The lighting wasn't too difficult actually. I blacked out the windows with black cloth to stop unwanted reflections and put the honeycomb part on the snoot, then shone the light onto the wall, which then bounced back onto the subject to light it and gave the gradation in tones.

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tull
tull  11181 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 11:45 AM

Cracking abstract with wonderful tones and lighting Mel.

Mark.

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sze4j
sze4j  1056 forum posts Singapore
24 Aug 2005 - 12:14 PM

mmmm...another nice one Mel! love the shape of the handle... Smile

yes, i think ribena would work better... Smile

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jany
jany  1194 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 12:15 PM

Briiliant!!
jany

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Shaun_W
Shaun_W  9102 forum posts
24 Aug 2005 - 12:39 PM

Lovely shot and a good composition. The lighting is just right.

Shaun

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MarkyMarc
MarkyMarc  9498 forum posts Canada
24 Aug 2005 - 12:40 PM

Great shot, I like the nice even highlight down the handle as well as the rich colour of the tea.

Marc

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 12:42 PM

Thanks a lot folks, glad you like it.

Ribena - good idea that Sze, maybe I'll try that next time!

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Gary_Williams
24 Aug 2005 - 1:14 PM

Strong shot, well taken.

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akh e2 Member 101149 forum postsakh vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2005 - 1:29 PM

Excellent is the only thing I can say.
Tony

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
24 Aug 2005 - 1:42 PM

Very strong composition. High impact. And lovely, subtle lighting. Excellent editing, too! (Just saw the original.)

Conrad

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 2:01 PM

Thanks chaps - it got me using my PS skills, always good practice!

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shitzkit
shitzkit  10147 forum posts
24 Aug 2005 - 5:08 PM

fantastic shot

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flowerted e2 Member 10105 forum postsflowerted vcard United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 - 11:29 PM

nice abstract RC well deserved
ted

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 - 12:39 AM

Cheers and thanks for the RC Ted :o)

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TeresaH
TeresaH  91116 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 - 3:42 AM

Can't notice any bumps or lumps, what about red wine?

Anyway, like what you have done here Melanie, the light and the shape works for me.

Teresa

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 - 4:23 AM

Thanks Teresa - I think that red wine may have given me the same problem. These things look clear until you put them under the microscope, so to speak. Also, I'm a teetotaller so there was no wine around the house! :o)

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suleesia
suleesia  10176 forum posts Malaysia
25 Aug 2005 - 7:34 AM

brilliant! excellent work.

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blindingphil
25 Aug 2005 - 1:24 PM

WOW!!! Okay, I've never seen your portfolio before, and I'm sorry I've missed it! These are fabulous - you have a great feel for light and composition.

I've replied to your post on my abstract 3 by the way...

Click!

Phil.

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mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 - 10:51 PM

Thank you guys! :o)

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PatrickSmith
26 Aug 2005 - 9:23 AM

You did a great job bringing out the colours from the original. Professional job I think.
Patrick

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U4eA  10475 forum posts England
26 Aug 2005 - 9:52 AM

Has an almost iconic feel to it..works really well.

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mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Aug 2005 - 1:14 PM

Thanks guys :o)

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funkymarmalade
27 Aug 2005 - 10:04 AM

Superb lighting. Love it!
Angi
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steve neil
steve neil  10597 forum posts Australia
27 Aug 2005 - 3:17 PM

Lovely abstract and colours Mel Smile As I scrolled down I thought the image looked even better with the top cropped! SmileSmile

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Aug 2005 - 4:40 AM

Thanks you Angi and Steve for your kind comments.

Thanks too Pete for the HC!!!

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  10179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2005 - 10:15 PM

Love it just as it is ... but went back up to see what Steve Neil meant - turns it into a very different but equally good image with the top cropped.
Nic

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mellyleth
mellyleth  10212 forum posts United Kingdom
31 Aug 2005 - 12:52 AM

Thanks Nic - I agree, it still looks good with the top cropped. I hadn't thought about that at the time. I do however like that bit of space at the top.

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DannyD
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2 Sep 2005 - 8:33 AM

luvley

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Morpyre
Morpyre e2 Member 101622 forum postsMorpyre vcard Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2005 - 7:13 AM

GREAT - simple lines, great composition, fine exposure and lighting

i want to do images like this but need a better setup so i have better lighting and backdrops

keep up the great work

peter "morpyre" turner

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