Last edited by BIG JOE; January 15th, 2008 at 12:18 AM.
Broadway Glass - Long Beach, California
Out for a walk
Last edited by Rink Dawg; January 13th, 2008 at 10:54 PM.
"Crystal Heart" taken in front of a mirror with blurred relfection @ f/10, 1.6 sec, ISO 100, and illuminated with a small LED flashlight from underneath.
Last edited by FBJ; January 13th, 2008 at 09:52 PM. Reason: Added title.
HAH!! I like the interpretation! Nothing says "glass" like...uh...well...a sign that says "glass!"
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
The sign is made of glass.
Phillip Glass wasn't playing this week so it had to do.
bottom of a beer mug with an image of Dark Side of the Moon reflected through the cuts and groves...
Canon Powershot A75 on auto with no flash at 1/8 and f-something. on a tripod too.
cropped closeup of lava lamp, backlit with a "white" LED flashlight.
Canon PowerShot A75, 1/8 sec at f4.5, ISO 100, on tripod.
zoomed closeup of a semi-frosted beermug, backlit with the lava lamp, sans the LED flashlight.
1/3 sec at f4.5, ISO unknown, on tripod.
#2 and #3 are not my best works as I would have redone the whole set up after viewing the results on the computer, but the batteries had gone kaput on me, including the backups.
my biggest beef with the point-n-shoot cameras are their unreliable auto-focus operation. this is why I want a DSLR, dammit! I'll get one someday soon!
Last edited by BeerMan; January 21st, 2008 at 05:45 PM.
I BELIEVE I'll have another beer!
Subject - Glass ball with bubbles, lit from below using an ordinary table lamp.
Took my kids to see their grandparents today. They had a window just shatter in their family room last night. It's one of those dual pane windows and the exterior portion is the part that broke. The thing stayed in place not a piece of glass came out. Anyway, I just happened to have my camera, we were on the way to go to lunch so I didn't have time to do much set up. I just pointed the camera at it and fired off a few captures. Here's one, no big deal but I thought I'd try to add to my challenge entry.
My Dad has a koi pond in the backyard so a few year back he install a koi themed stained glass window to the entry way. I was there today so I took a few photos. The circles are suppose to be bubbles. I never noticed before but it you look through the bubbles everything on the other side of the door is upside down.
Not the best, but I felt guilty about my lack of participation.
Last edited by PuckHead27; January 20th, 2008 at 01:51 AM.
great posts everyone!
I really like beerman and BigJoe's pics
Alright, here is my first attempt:
I was doing this while waiting (all day) for the phone guy, so I had to do it with what I had around. I would have liked to have black acrylic under things instead of the clear that I had, as well as a black piece of foam core instead of the gray I had going on, but I still learned a LOT, so it is all good.
I believe these are all taken 1/100th at f/14, ISO 100, Canon 5D + 135 f/2.0L, tripod. Lighting for all of them is pretty much the same, AB800s shooting through umbrellas left and right, slightly behind the subject, EX580 either right up against the foam core background (to get some fall off), or in the case of the Blue Moon bottle, under the frosted acrylic.
While it was a learning experience, I am not very happy with the images, for instance, I find the reflection of the umbrella so recognizable as to be distracting, so I think I'm going to try shooting through the umbrella and then a shower curtain or bed sheet to soften that reflection a bit. I also think in the case of the bottles, I need a reflector or another flash in front to make the labels more readable. I'll have to keep trying throughout the week.
This glass has milliseconds to live:
Two flash fires, one glass breaking:
Hey buddy, what's with the axe?
It's uhhh, a bottle opener:
And just to show you that I did stick with the thread rules and have alcohol involved in the shoot, I did do red wine, but I just didn't get any that really worked:
You can see these were the last of the night, and are very noisy because I had to push them so much.
Last edited by VF; January 21st, 2008 at 08:33 AM. Reason: Added new pics
OK, now that I have my pictures in, I can comment on others. Just remember I'm only one guy who can't get his own glass images looking right, so take my comments for what you will
FBJ: That sucks about the glasses! But it did make for some cool images! I also like some of the stuff you have on flickr which isn't here (some of the tube shots) I also very much like the lighting you have going on in the broken gauge shot, very nice!
Deuce: Nice first work. My comment on this image though is that I have a hard time focusing on the subject. I think that part of it is that the window and the reflection of the window on the table is the brightest things in frame. I think what is odd is that because the background is partially there, it is more distracting because you are trying to figure out what is going on, so I think I would like the background to be more there, with more emphasis on the bowl, or get rid of the background completely.
\_==o IxxI: Very creative interpretation of glass, I like it. Like others have said if you could have everything besides what is in the glasses blurred, it would be a stronger shot. I see that you already where shooting f/2.8, I wonder if getting the glasses closer to the camera might help you get more of this effect?
nocturn: I really like the use of the best buy bag as a gel. F/32, goddamn! But the results you get from it are great Love the crescent moon shot.
PuckMonkey: Absolutely love Love Letters to Tonga #1 and #2! (They are all good) 2 seconds hand held?! Do you have no pulse? Very impressive. That bottle really lights well from the bottom. Very cool idea with the laser painting.
Watti: The skyscrapers really really nicely show the qualities of glass, I really like the second one that shows all the irregularity going on. The chess shot is also very nice, although I feel that the piece in the background (the queen or the king, please excuse my ignorance) is not quite plumb.
KOD: I like the boosted contrast one as well, and I would be interested to see Glenn's suggestion of a gray scale version. The red lamp is interesting, what is it?
Big Joe: Really like the candy dish image! Very cool. With the beer stein, I like the luminance of the beer itself, but the glass of the stein doesn't have much definition. Perhaps if you had some light colored panels to place on either side of the stein out of frame so it had something to reflect, it might give the glass a bit more depth.
Rinkrat: Very cheeky! I like the brake lights going through your first frame.
KBM: I like this, I think you could push your contrast quite a bit and get some really dark blacks and bring your highlights up a bit, which I think would help this pop even more.
BeerMan: Cool use of an album as your background
PuckHead27: Very interesting subject. My only comment would be that it has a very strong color cast, which I'm not sure if you where going for something like that, but for me it makes it feel like the white balance is off. I don't know what your workflow is, if you are brining it in with something like photoshop or lightroom, it is pretty easy to tweak the color. If you are just bringing it in from camera, try setting the camera from auto white balance to tungsten or sodium vapor.
Again, like I said, it's not like I am kick ass at doing this, so my comments don't carry much weight at all, so please feel free to ignore them if you wish.
Great shots all! Thanks Glenn for setting this all up and moderating.