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Brandy Glass

By DPS65
Crystal brandy glass with slighty cloudy liquid illuminated by a green laser. Shot on 8 second exposure at f18. Unsharp mask added after resize for submission.

Tags: Still life Glass Green Specialist and abstract Close-up and macro Laser Brandy Landscape and travel Night and low light

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Tooth 15 5.8k 227 Ireland
17 Jan 2011 10:33AM
I really like this, a lovely effect and the colour is crisp and clear and beautiful. It works well set against the black backdrop. Just a couple of tiny niggles...

I think it's personal taste really - I think there could be more of a suggestion of the stem than there is here - maybe some more detail can be pulled out from the original. I still mean to keep it subtle, but just the eway it is it's hidden a bit too much for me.

Secondly, it appears to be slightly off level - if you take a line between the exteremities of the curved rim left and right it dips to the right very slightly. This may seem very hair-splitting, but I think the subject - cut crystal and lasers - evokes precision and meticulousness..

Just my thoughs that I hpe may be helpful, but as I say, great work and really not a lot wrong IMO


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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4094 Canada
17 Jan 2011 2:15PM
Different and unusual, - especially a gree liquid in a Brandy glass!

I agree with Tooth re the stem - it appears to be floating.

One other point of agreement is the it not level, a slight tilt to the right. maybe its because were both Irish and this might be Waterford Crystal!

Ive straightened in a mod, - brought out what little of the base I could and sharpened a little more to add some more sparkle.

Hope this helps,


DPS65 10 1 1 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2011 2:33PM
Stephen and Willie, many thanks for your constructive comments, I can see what you mean in both comments (and agree), it is at a slight angle and the base would be better stronger. Willie, you mod looks good so thanks for that. I did shoot a few of these with varying amount of light, the base was more visible on some but the green had burnt out too much for the shot to be any good. I think I will be trying this again as I like the way the effect is taking shape, maybe two lasers would help? I know what I will try next - a whiskey glass and a spot of Tullamore Dew....

thanks again for your comments and mod, I appreciate the help.
Grampy 10 507 71 England
18 Jan 2011 6:46AM
I agree with the others and here's a tip from my old days of shooting glass on black, myself and many other photographers used white poster paint to paint the back edge of the base and other edges, that we would like to bring out, the same technique is used for car bonnets and roofs against a black background, only a very fine line of course and poster paint as it's very easy to adjust with a bit of spit and a finger.
The same can be used for many subjects of different colors on different backgrounds , any still life photographer will have a poster paint kit in his cupboard.
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2011 11:47AM
Yes, all said. You needed a dark grey background of another light round 3/4 behind set at low power to put a bit of shine into the glass. Otherwise, very nice.


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