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My Roll Call Challenge

By rowarrior
Okay, this was the best of a very bad bunch that I tried to take for my Roll Call Challenge. I was trying to get a shot of some fruit in some fizzy water, but it was a bit of a disaster lighting wise (actually the choice of fruit turned out not to be the best either, but really, I was thinking of prospective breakfast too lol)

So for next time I learned:-

- My light box doesn't have continuous light covering its whole surface, so it doesn't work for back lighting

- There isn't enough sunlight in winter to rely on natural light from the window even with a reflector

- Using your flash, even with a diffuser, will give flash lights on the glass of the container

- Your fizzy water needs to be clear (mine was actually slightly tinted I think because it was flavoured)

- Raspberries do not work! the bubbles obscure the fruit

- Strawberries aren't a great choice either!

- Any of the fruit out the top of the water will be out of focus if the fruit in the water is in focus


Next time I'll try orange/lemon slices, and will try some daylight lamps too (can't afford/haven't got room for anything else) but I'm open for any other improvement suggestions!

Tags: Fruit Close-up and macro Roll call

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Comments


Costy 12 483 6 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 12:43AM
Ok Katy... seeing as we did the same challenge and Im up watching the Superbowl! I will comment Smile

This is a great attempt and a very orignal angle to have shot from. I like the whole floating thing and it was something I didnt try. The only thing wrong with in my opinion is the lighting and you have identified this already. When I did mine I used a desk lamp and it helped.

I like the bubbles and in the end actually decided I didnt want to shoot with bubbles but you have made them work well.

It's interesting comparing your strawberry with my disastorous strawberry! lol

Well done chick! You tried something new for the challenge and got results! You have learnt and hopefully will take what you learn each week into the next Smile

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Carabosse 16 41.3k 270 England
4 Feb 2008 1:27AM
I've uploaded a modification for you - needed to be brightened a bit etc.
looboss 13 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 1:53AM
Great try! At least the bubbles are sharp Smile
have you tried lemonade? Wink
canadamon 11 4 Canada
4 Feb 2008 3:32AM
Cool challenge and it is different, nice.
Damon
BEVZED 12 1.1k United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 10:34AM
Happy Birthday toooo Yooooou Smile
WelshKiwi 11 3.2k 2 Wales
4 Feb 2008 10:47AM
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday dear KT
Happy Birthday to you Smile Smile Smile

Oops just seen you have uploaded to critique Gallery so I had better do this properly.

I like the bubbles, and they are sharp. Maybe you could lighten the image a tad. And for next time like you said use Oranges and Lemons, I think the strawberry got lost in the bubble too. But I really like the idea and can see what you wanted to do, so in my world, thats a pass and a great image.

Lee Smile
alansnap 15 577 26 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2008 2:19PM
And it's Hippo Bathday from me too of course. It was a bright day like this the day you were born, but much colder! It would have been a wonderful day even if it had been sheeting down. Smile

Sorry I didn't think of it when we were talking last night - the old film man getting in the way here. You can of course use any directional light and set the white balance to cope. I suggest that you try a couple of those wee desk lights you have. Set up the light so you haven't any nasty reflections and use a dark (velvet or other non reflecting) background. Once you see the lights are OK drop the fruit into the water and capture the result. Oh dear - do I hear that I shouldn't have been so lazy. Promise I'll give it a go next weekend and post the result.

Yer oul' man

PS What were you doing up at that time. What would your mother say ZZZZ I suspect.
rowarrior 11 4.4k 9 Scotland
5 Feb 2008 11:10PM
Thanks for all the comments guys, and Carabosse, thanks for the Mod, improved the disaster to more of a minor accident lol
csurry 17 9.2k 92
6 Feb 2008 8:42PM
Katy did you see the link I posted on Costy's shot - I think you would get a lot as well from looking at Rob's portfolio. There is an explanation of his set up on one shot as well.
rowarrior 11 4.4k 9 Scotland
7 Feb 2008 5:46PM

Quote:Katy did you see the link I posted on Costy's shot - I think you would get a lot as well from looking at Rob's portfolio. There is an explanation of his set up on one shot as well.


Thanks, I'll check it out
12 Feb 2008 4:48PM
looks great wouldnt mind trying something myself like it have done a mod hope you like it was good practice in a new technique i learned think it turned out well

catch ya laters and if you want to play at any point with my studio lights let me know stuart
rowarrior 11 4.4k 9 Scotland
12 Feb 2008 8:53PM

Quote:Looks great wouldnt mind trying something myself like it have done a mod hope you like it was good practice in a new technique i learned think it turned out well

catch ya laters and if you want to play at any point with my studio lights let me know stuart



Thanks Stuart, may take you up on that some time Smile
18 Feb 2008 11:48AM
Hi Katy

Only saw another one take up the challenge but must say I like your version. Do you think thin cross sections of whatever fruit (preferably not the tropical ones ---pawpaw, coconuts, guava, dragon fruit --- as we have in Oz) would do the trick?

What's the equipment hire situation in Scotland?

Take care,
Mac
kaybee 15 6.8k 26 Scotland
15 Mar 2008 10:40AM
Small ball bearing for weight

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