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Bubble Bath

By SnappyViking
This shot was taken from a window display.
As with many of my past shots it was taken using XXX mode.
It was then digitally altered using Topaz software.

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27 Sep 2012 9:21PM
Some bubble bath - one would disappear in there! Grin Grin


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paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 8:10PM
An interesting image in it's way. I would crop the top to remove the taps and concentrate on the glass. Not sure what effect the software has had.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2007 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 9:39PM
Well seen and taken, David, it's a great subject which is intriguing, and those bubbles have wonderful highlights and reflections.
Including the taps was a good idea, they help the viewer to understand that these are bubbles and also serve to break up the monotony of the balls.
I think the image works, it's unusual and holds the viewer's attention, trying to figure out if the bubbles are real or not.
It has a happy and comforting feel simply because most people really enjoy a nice bubble bath.
I think your image would have benefited from being straight on the horizontal, and with the exclusion of the dark area at the top.
Your high ISO has given the picture a lot of noise, most strongly evident in the shadowed area where the taps are.
I wonder if you considered using flash for this, as you obviously wanted a bit more light, and it would also have given you stronger highlights on the bubbles. It might have had an adverse effect on them, but it would at least have been worth trying, then seeing which you preferred. Alternatively, you could have dialled in some positive exposure compensation.
It is hard to say if your editing has enhanced the image because we cannot see the original.
I have done a modification. Firstly, I used Perspective Correction to straighten the horizontal lines, which inevitably takes away some of the outside of the image, so I cropped the green bath edge away completely. I also removed the bit of tap peeping in at the top frame, and then cropped either side for symmetry. To me, this is an abstract style image, and lends itself to a symmetrical composition.
I ran Noise Removal over the image but didn't want to go too far for fear of losing detail on the bubbles. It would have been better to select the back area where the taps are and to that on its own, or more drastically than the rest.
I then gave it a slight adjustment in a quick photo fix option and sharpened.
28 Sep 2012 10:34PM
Your adjustments have definitely improved the image and your description of the process really helps my understanding of what and more importantly why you have done. I thought of using flash, but because it was taken through a shop window i was worried it would just flash back.

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