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fine wine

By rochellek
i set this up on my kitchen table using homemade reflectors (silver foil on cardboard) and an off camera flash. i blocked the light with a big cardboard. any criticism welcome!

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2011 8:19AM
Nothing to criticise, this is lovely.

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2011 11:48AM
A bit under lit. A good idea, but needs some back lighting to lift the glass and possibly a background light to lift the bottle. Why ISO500 - I assume you used a tripod - you should. Thus the lowest possible ISO always for quality.

CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2011 12:03PM
This is a good effort and I like the composition although the set up looks too close at the top and bottom of the frame. You have avoided getting strong specular highlights on the glasses but they look a little on the dull side, so you may have blocked too much light with your big cardboard. it would be good if you could get some more light into the foreground as well so we can see that the bottle and glasses are resting on something.

Best wishes

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
30 Nov 2011 11:33PM
Not an easy shot to take, - and youve done quite well.

Ive loaded a mod, and will speak to it in the commentary.

Some suggestions already made should be noted, - especially to use the lowest ISO (200 on the Nikon) and though it means a slower shutter speed, - use a tripod.

The shot is underexposed a little. One thing to remember about shooting glass, - especially what appears to be crystal, - the viewer (and the brain) expects bright and sparkly, and when dull is seen, it looks wrong. So dont be afraid to use a little more light and experiment.

One point to note is that if you dont sharpen you re sized image before you upload it, - it will not only appear soft/less sharp, BUT contrast and brightness drop off.

The composition needs space cropped from the left, and canvas added to the top to allow the bottle to be on a vertical third, but not too close to the top edge. This ia easily done in shots like this where the new canvas you add is just filled with the background colour.

You may have reduced light a little too much with the cards as Catherine mentions.

Mod loaded as an example.

Hope this is helpful,


7 Dec 2011 1:13AM
Thank You everyone!
i do hear all your comments...taken to heart!
thanks again

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