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Tea Stained

By mellyleth  
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.

Tags: Specialist and abstract

Voters: dzeykey, clairabella, jacquienewsham and 47 more

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dzeykey 15 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 8:52AM
Nice colour composition and lighting. Well done.
24 Aug 2005 8:58AM
great image,love the composition and lighting.
click samantha
rletham 17 890 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 9:13AM
BarbaraB 15 53 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 9:37AM it very much!
Pricey Plus
15 290 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 9:38AM
Very simplistic and eye-catching!
Sezz 16 619 15 England
24 Aug 2005 9:52AM
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
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
24 Aug 2005 10:08AM
fantastic colour, composition and crop. great shot
nigelsharman 18 30 England
24 Aug 2005 10:14AM
Super lighting and I would guess that this isn't easy to the shape and form.

User_Removed 16 4.3k 2 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 10:55AM
Now this is really impressive.
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 11:20AM
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.
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 11:45AM
Cracking abstract with wonderful tones and lighting Mel.

sze4j 17 56 Singapore
24 Aug 2005 12:14PM
mmmm...another nice one Mel! love the shape of the handle... Smile

yes, i think ribena would work better... Smile
jany 17 94 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 12:15PM
Shaun_W 16 102
24 Aug 2005 12:39PM
Lovely shot and a good composition. The lighting is just right.

MarkyMarc 16 498 Canada
24 Aug 2005 12:40PM
Great shot, I like the nice even highlight down the handle as well as the rich colour of the tea.

mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 12:42PM
Thanks a lot folks, glad you like it.

Ribena - good idea that Sze, maybe I'll try that next time!
Gary_Williams 17 38 3 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 1:14PM
Strong shot, well taken.
akh Plus
17 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 1:29PM
Excellent is the only thing I can say.
conrad 16 10.9k 116
24 Aug 2005 1:42PM
Very strong composition. High impact. And lovely, subtle lighting. Excellent editing, too! (Just saw the original.)

mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 2:01PM
Thanks chaps - it got me using my PS skills, always good practice!
shitzkit 17 147 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 5:08PM
fantastic shot
flowerted 16 105 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2005 11:29PM
nice abstract RC well deserved
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 12:39AM
Cheers and thanks for the RC Ted :o)
TeresaH 16 1.1k United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 3:42AM
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.

mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 4:23AM
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)
suleesia 16 176 Malaysia
25 Aug 2005 7:34AM
brilliant! excellent work.
blindingphil 16 25 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 1:24PM
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...


mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2005 10:51PM
Thank you guys! :o)
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
26 Aug 2005 9:23AM
You did a great job bringing out the colours from the original. Professional job I think.
U4eA 16 475 England
26 Aug 2005 9:52AM
Has an almost iconic feel to really well.

mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2005 1:14PM
Thanks guys :o)
27 Aug 2005 10:04AM
Superb lighting. Love it!
steve neil 16 597 Australia
27 Aug 2005 3:17PM
Lovely abstract and colours Mel Smile As I scrolled down I thought the image looked even better with the top cropped! SmileSmile
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2005 4:40AM
Thanks you Angi and Steve for your kind comments.

Thanks too Pete for the HC!!!
Nic_WA 16 179 2 Australia
30 Aug 2005 10:15PM
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.
mellyleth 17 212 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2005 12:52AM
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.
DannyD 16 9
2 Sep 2005 8:33AM
Morpyre Plus
16 1.6k 8 Wales
3 Sep 2005 7:13AM
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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