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Wine time.

By dusfim
Hi to all,
Hope all Ok during this difficult time. The situation In Malta regarding Covid at the moment is bit stable. Yesterday reported around 68 infected but last week we got high numbers such as 400. More restrictions was made. Such as bars, restaurant's, and non useful things such as clothing etc.

I have tried another still life subject with lighting. Placed on a reflecting glass and with back lighting.

Apologize for my delay to upload and answer back.
Take care and stay safe.
Regards
Mario

Tags: Still life Still life photography

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dusfim 10 Malta
29 Mar 2021 11:03AM
Uploaded:29 Mar 2021 9:16AM
Camera:Nikon D7000
Lens:18-250 mm f/3.5-6.3
Shutter Speed:1/20s
Aperture:f/16.0
ISO:320
Focal Length:75.0 mm
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clicknimagine Plus
11 796 104 India
29 Mar 2021 11:53AM
Light and tones are superb, beautiful reflection too...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2021 12:31PM
Not my territory, but I really like this Mario. Cutting through reflections is always tricky but I think you have got the proportions right, with the dominant shapes complete and the 'horizon' on the lower third.

My only query concerns that horizon, I wonder if you have adjusted it? I would expect it to appear curved through the bowl of the glass lying on its side, particularly towards the base of the bowl, whereas here the line is straight but oddly broken. (I've been experimenting with a wine glass here to check the effect...) I'm curious about that...
Moira
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2021 1:22PM
Hello again, Mario.

I am very impressed with this, the overlaps, the laid-down glass, the colour of the liquid, and the little bit of liquid left in the laid-down glass. Your chosen lighting hasn't introduced any strong highlights on the glass. Sometimes a bit of sparkle is nice, but not too much - it's a personal choice.

Although I usually like to see a bit more of reflections, this looks ok to me.
The rugged "horizon" line is also intriguing me, as it does Moira, but I have zoomed in to have a closer look at it and am fairly convinced that it's just the glass that is distorting the line. However, your confirmation would be appreciated.

I have done a modification. The above-mentioned line needs straightening and, after I had done that, I lost a bit of canvas from the bottom of the frame. That was annoying because I already felt that a bit more room at the bottom would look better, and now I had even less. Cloning in a bit more would be a major job because of all the detail on the bottom frame edge. So I have left it like that.

I then added a bit of canvas to the top in order to put that line exactly on a thirds line. My next efforts are purely suggestions. I lifted the shadows and added some colour saturation to give a glow to the liquid. With Levels I brightened it a bit, then sharpened slightly.

Pamela.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
29 Mar 2021 1:29PM
Hi Mario, I am pleased to hear things are getting better with you.

This is a nice arrangement, showing a good L shape in your composition.
Good subjects which link together well both in shape and use.
Glass is a wonderful thing to work with but you do need to watch out for the distortion, it does need to be there to look realistic.

A few things do bother me, the thin black shape at the very bottom of the frame, the very yellow colour throughout and the fuzzy edges to some of the glasses, perhaps you removed something there ?

One thing you need to be aware of is the reflective base needs to be spotless, no dust or fingermarks, so this could do with tidying up a little in that respect.

I did do a mod...
Reduced the yellow the bg.
removed a few of the dust marks on the reflective surface.
Cropped away the dark line at the very bottom.
Used a levels layer just to brighten the frame up a little.
Removed some of the light halo around your subjects, they could well be sharpening artefacts.
Converted to sRGB as this was AdobeRGB.

I do like the drop of wine you have left in the glass and it's reflection, little things like that add so much to an image.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
29 Mar 2021 2:05PM
I think this is quite beautiful. I even see things in it. Which I know is not what you're going for. But just look at that turned over bottom glass and see the beautiful lips and chin. Open mouth with nice teeth. I probably shouldn't have even commented here.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4227 Canada
29 Mar 2021 2:05PM
This is a good shot Mario.

A little brighter as the mods show wont hurt.


Regards


Willie
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2021 2:37PM

Quote:The rugged "horizon" line is also intriguing me, as it does Moira, but I have zoomed in to have a closer look at it and am fairly convinced that it's just the glass that is distorting the line.

I found that I could replicate that effect with cheap glasses - we tend to use the four-for-99p sort because they have a limited life expectancy in our house... But I couldn't replicate the lack of curve in the line behind the glass.

Quote:But just look at that turned over bottom glass and see the beautiful lips and chin. Open mouth with nice teeth.

I hadn't spotted that, now that Sandy has mentioned it I cannot take my eyes off it!
dusfim 10 Malta
29 Mar 2021 2:54PM
Hi all,

Regarding the horizon line there was no adjustments but I understand your explanation.

About the fuzzy edges on the glasses if not mistaken and forgetting due of the effects of age 66 next month, nothing was done. Only on the edges of the bottle neck I made some adjustments. I just add two black boards on each side of the arrangement.
Can I suggest one thing even for ePHOTOzine management. Could it be done a talk and we can share screen to help by showing how you do your mods. They are really made professional.

Thanks for your constructive critique. Stay safe and take care.

Regards
Mario

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1832 England
29 Mar 2021 3:40PM
Hi, Mario -

I really like this, too. Everything is working beautifully, and the relationship between the glasses is perfect. As Willie says, maybe a little brighter, but this is possibly your best shot yet.

I suspect that the management (please note, none of the Critique Team are management here - we're all volunteers) won't be able to provide video of editing: I know the sort of thing you mean, the kind of stuff that is on YouTube, but that requires more computer technology than any of us have (otherwise we'd be stars on YouTube, of course!) What you're suggesting is, I'm sure, available from some people on the web, but not from us.

To do that sort of thing requires time to plan and set up a demonstration, and it also requires skill in presenting things - none of this is in the skillset for Critique Team members. The other vital factor is that such online tuition is, I am fairly sure, quite expensive, especially if it's based on an individual submitted photograph. A quick search suggests a cost of around 60 Euros per hour.

But maybe there are EPZ members who can offer that sort of thing. I shall try to find out.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 761 England
29 Mar 2021 4:53PM
This is very good Mario, and while I like the extra zing of Janet's mod for example I also like the muted contrast look of your original, and would have voted if this was in the main Gallery.

Live, or recorded, demos are a nice idea but as the Critique Team are volunteers it would be difficult timewise.
It's ten years since I regularly hosted webinars covering the use of different software, in a corpoprate environment, not so much hard as intensive work especially keeping track of questions and chat from several dozen attendees while keping the session rolling along.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2211 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2021 6:48PM

Quote:Could it be done a talk and we can share screen to help by showing how you do your mods.

We would also need go be using the same editing software as the person uploading the picture. That could prove to be a stumbling block. We don't all use Photoshop.
dusfim 10 Malta
30 Mar 2021 4:58PM
Thanks to all for your feedback much appreciated.

Regards
Mario

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