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Bud

By delboy1145
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

Tags: Still life Bottles Drink Close-up and macro

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MattB1987 4 455 England
17 Apr 2012 1:15PM
Wow came out really nice with natural light! very nice
Matt

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aeras 4 6 Cyprus
17 Apr 2012 2:38PM
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 8 29 8 England
17 Apr 2012 2:59PM
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 Plus
12 1.4k 3464 Canada
17 Apr 2012 6:06PM
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

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 8 29 8 England
17 Apr 2012 7:03PM
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 8 114 1034 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 7:42AM
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 8 29 8 England
18 Apr 2012 8:27AM
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 6 1.5k 219 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 8:55AM
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 8 29 8 England
18 Apr 2012 9:30AM
Thanks nick just uploaded#2, see what you mean about the rotation noted thanks
Dave

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