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  • Ty Nant by MacroMeister

    Quote:Don't knowhowyou did it but I'm seriously impressed.

    I'll tell you how I did it - it's seriously easy. Tied the bottom of the bottle (taped it) to a piece of twine, and tied it to a horizontal bar so the bottle is now hanging upside down and empty. Placed a bucket underneath on the floor. Set up the camera on a tripod and set the studio flash up. It was on low power to get a short duration flash to freeze the action. Then filled the bottle by holding it the right way up. Got my assistant (wife) to put her hand over the opening of the bottle and hold it upside-down. At my command she took her hand away, and I fired the camera and lights. The water glugged out and the camera recorded it.

    Of course, it didn't look like it does here, as the bottle was upside-down in the shot - so I just rotated the shot 90 deg in Photoshop to give the impression that the water was being ejected side-ways. The camera never lies... not!Grin
    • 22 Nov 2012 3:52AM
  • More 4 by derekhansen

    I do wish you hadn't posted this. I too have a 5DM2, but my main general lens is the 24-105L. I've been thinking about getting the 17-40 to do shots like this, and now I'm probably going to have to take the plunge and risk the break-up of the beautiful relationship with my wife. Does that make you feel guilty? WinkWinkWink

    Sorry... WOW! Great shot!

    How close were you to the rail?
    • 21 Nov 2012 10:36PM
  • S_Olivia and Fire's Secret by Dave_Collier

    An excellent shot in many ways. beautifully captured. The left thigh of the lady kneeling goes behind the legs of the other lady. Then her foot suddenly reappears, and it looks slightly disconnected. An excellent shot though.
    • 21 Nov 2012 10:22PM
  • Clematis stamens by RuthyJ

    Lush. And actually quite different. Voted.
    • 21 Nov 2012 9:58PM
  • Bath time at Bloody Foreland by liteman

    The Welsh do this too (litter the countryside with old baths). I don't know why. Maybe it's a Celtic thing?

    The bath makes a fascinating foreground object for a landscape. Is that dirty water in there, or is it the blood of EU funding officials? Wink

    Voted! (No, I didn't, it's disabled)
    • 21 Nov 2012 7:17PM
  • A gentle walk by gary_d

    Do you know, this looks even better in BW. I think it's the sort of shot that naturally suits BW. Have you tried it?

    Excellent composition, and the man/dog perfectly positioned. Very nice - but better in BW?
    • 21 Nov 2012 7:06PM
  • The Wicker Man by mrswoolybill

    I don't see Christopher Lee anywhere!

    I think this one of your better shots, Moira. Your more artistic and nuanced side has obviously comes to the fore here. I'm forced to vote (argh!) but partly for the 'trial and error' metering method - it shows a contempt for technology in the pursuit of art.

    Voted (as the say on FLICKR)

    • 21 Nov 2012 6:54PM
  • The Trouble With Me by vasile_covaciu

    Totally Baccanalian! Is this a new take on Adam and Eve? Yes, I voted - it's definitely worth it, and more.
    • 21 Nov 2012 6:44PM
  • Runners by BigE

    Impressive. I'm giving this a UA for two reasons.

    1. You have tried to do something different, visually, and I think it has worked very well.
    2. It's emotional. I used to do a lot of hill-running myself, and so this type of shot has lot of associations for me. Photography is not just about pixels, it's also about appeal and connection with the viewer.

    • 21 Nov 2012 6:37PM
  • Quiraing by wolfy

    B*****y ace. Well worth a vote.
    • 20 Nov 2012 10:24PM
  • *m*u*m*m*y* by gaborfoto

    Well you have that one wrapped up. Interesting shot and very unusual. A vote, I think.
    • 20 Nov 2012 10:21PM
  • A king's Ransome - the power of the internet! by MacroMeister

    Quote:The routing of the tube to the gauge catches my eye. There WAS a time when people cared about their work.. Fine picture

    LOL! Well, at least everyone here cares about their photography!Grin Thank you for the comment.
    • 20 Nov 2012 10:19PM
  • Urban Street Fighter by GFJ

    I really like this. It's so different. Love the pose, and also the shopping trollies in the background. Good mono conversion. A vote for the photographer, and a UA for the model having the nerve to pose like that in a carpark.
    • 20 Nov 2012 5:42PM
  • One... by Scottishlandscapes

    Quote:This is brilliant. I just wish I could vote.

    You could give a UA?
    • 20 Nov 2012 12:39PM
  • Your Nothing But An Hound Dog by fotosphere

    Have a vote for being barking mad to take this! Nice dogs!
    • 19 Nov 2012 11:14PM
  • DARK SHADOWS by aliphoto

    Yes, like this one. Quite film-noir in effect. i do like unusual portraits, so a vote I think.
    • 19 Nov 2012 11:12PM
  • Street view by jakrabbit

    very good composition. I don't normally like HDR, but this is a very good one. So I voted.
    • 19 Nov 2012 11:10PM
  • Lighthouse by Graham_H

    It's a very good geometric composition with all those railings and boards. I think it looks better with the lampost cropped though. Well spotted. Voted.
    • 19 Nov 2012 7:15PM
  • Reflecting the Reflection by JohnChambersPhotography

    I do a lot of these, and I always flip them, for the same reasons as Moira. This is a good example, and I like the way it's been done, as well as the imagination that has gone into it - so I'll vote.
    • 19 Nov 2012 7:06PM
  • Alabaster white by KennyP

    I like this very much. It has good clean simple lines. I'm always impressed by the way arms can give a lot of structure when well placed, as here. Bill Brandt did that famous shot of the girl with the arm Brandt shot. Nowt wrong with your confidence from where I stand. Voted - for a good overall shot.
    • 19 Nov 2012 5:15PM
  • Nuthatch on Stick by teocali

    Lovely pose (how obliging of him). I like the bright bokeh backdrop. Worth a vote.
    • 19 Nov 2012 4:53PM
  • twelve; margeaux by aleci

    I have just looked at this series of your for the first time, and I must say I am very impressed. I don't normally appreciate portraits very much, although I do like the more artistic ones, which I think yours are. I like the timeless quality of them, the shallow DOF which really brings out the face detail, and the great conversions to mono. I'm surprised you get so few votes and comments.

    Voted. And a UA also. Well deserved, in my opinion.
    • 19 Nov 2012 4:44PM
  • Bonnie in the Autumn 2012 by PhotoGem

    Important things first... lovely dog!

    Yes, the white balance looks out - although I may have gone to far the other way (see mod). I thought the fence intrusive so I cropped some of it out of the frame. I also cloned out that fence clamp which was quite eye-catching. I think a different background may have improved the shot, but nothing 'busy'.

    Lovely dog.Grin
    • 19 Nov 2012 3:47PM
  • Kinnordy Crows by MalcolmM

    Lovely shot. I like the way the tree and bird silhouettes are of a different tone so they don't get blurred together. Well captured!
    • 19 Nov 2012 12:36PM
  • Cassie Jade by BarrieSpence

    After 40 years of bad living my skin is nothing like this! You have captured her very well. I must admit you are pretty darn good with the lighting. A little more cropped off the top also looks good.
    • 19 Nov 2012 12:26PM
  • Haltwhistle Burn. by danbrann

    Very nicely handled, and a very pleasing image. I know how hard it is to get milky water like that without the whites blowing out.
    • 19 Nov 2012 10:00AM
  • warriors by luckybry

    WOW! That's an awful lot of bling!Wink

    Good shot though...Wink
    • 19 Nov 2012 9:58AM
  • A broken watch by SH87


    I do a lot of shots like this (take a look at my website website link for ideas on how you can creatively use light) Although the composition is critical, the lighting is a very important element in this type of shot. With a portrait, or landscape there are lots of different elements to inform the viewer. But with object shots such as this you need to use lighting to add character and dimension to the subject.

    I did a mod for you. The white balance seemed a little off to me, so I cooled it. And I boosted the exposure on the watch face and tried to reduce that glare at the top. As Frank said, there are different ways of lighting, and a softbox is probably one of the best. You want to diffuse (it means just spreading it out) the light if you can, which is what a softbox does. If you are on a budget (and who isn't post-2008?) using a small thin white sheet, between the flashgun and subject will do a good job of diffusion. But if you do that you will need to boost the flash output slightly to allow for loss of light through the diffuser. Otherwise you will be back to an under-exposure situation.

    Good attempt though for your first try. Keep it up (it's not as easy as it looks). If you want any specific advice at any time feel free to PM me.

    • 19 Nov 2012 9:52AM
  • Fractalius chive by MacroMeister

    From your 'about' page...

    Quote:Welcome to my page - I do not use photoshop as I prefer real life situations = a real moment in time captured and saved for my own enjoyment !

    Quote:You inspire me to get photoshop - but I will need a teacher as I am a bit technologically disadvantaged Smile

    LOL! I'll count that as a win for me then, shall I? Wink

    Seriously, Photoshop is a great tool for processing. I have CS6, but the basic version Elements 11 is about 70 and will cover all your needs. You can use plugins such as Fractalius that I used for this shot with Elements. Fractalius was 30. If you want Photoshop training, and you are in a remote location, or don't have local classes then is really good for on-line training for Photoshop, understanding photography, and lots more. About 15 a month (no contract)
    • 19 Nov 2012 9:28AM
  • The Riverside revisited by mrswoolybill

    The problem with this time of year is that there are a lot of autumn scene images posted on all forums, and although it might be wrong, we tend to expect an autumn scene to be really warm. Here is an example of one of my favourite shots (not my shot) of autumn autumn shot. I suspect that the reason it's so popular (248 favourites) is as much about the warmth of the colours as it is about the prettiness of the view. Perhaps it's something in our DNA? Winter is coming, and we want to see the warmth in autumn as we don't want to think about the cold to come. At least not until we get those pretty snow scenes for Xmas.

    I think your mono version here is better than the colour. It's a good conversion, with a good range of tones. Albert said "Autumn is all about colour" and it is, but we have imaginations, and mono can work just as well.
    • 19 Nov 2012 8:26AM