Love the equipment used on this one.
I like the lighting in the second version of your image of the glass decanters. It defines the edges of the glass better and makes them stand off the page. I didn't notice the umbrellas in the glass until you noticed them, but now that I see them, yeah. Maybe a snoot or a soft-box on those strobes next time?
The glass bottles are striking, but a little more illumination on the labels would be necessary (I'd imagine) for that "product photography" image type. What kind of surface are the Jones bottles sitting on? Did you spray the light table down with a fine mist of water or something?
Thanks for your compliments of the lighting on the aircraft gage. That took me about two dozen captures to get right. It's the speedlight off-camera and diffused with a piece of plain paper looped loosely around the head of the flash. The thing that made that image finally come together was the fact that I figured out what the source of a yellowish-orange shine from one of the broken pieces of glass was (it was the reflection of the incandescent bulbs of my ceiling fan). Once I turned those off, the next image was the last one I needed to shoot, and is also the one you see.
That chess-set shot is freakin NICE. I love the contrast of the clear/white-highlited chess pieces against the black background. Well done!
DIG the subject, but I'd have to echo ValleyFan in saying that an increase in contrast would do wonders for that photograph! Maybe even a slight bump in color saturation would help those bubbles stand out even further, as well.
why am I thinking alcohol will be a running theme in the photo comp?
Valley Fan, Dont sweat the umbrella. In shot 1, It lools like window mullions. In shot 2 its more pronounced but it still looks like a window.
As for the beer bottle photos, if you could a get somewhere between the 2, you'd be on it.
PS, Say "YES!" to high Stop settings! lol
The Jones bottles are sitting on a piece of (for some reason it was the only thing I had around, I guess some one was bullet proofing windows) 1" clear acrylic, which was all jacked up on one side from sitting on the shelf in my garage, so I sanded the bad side with a orbital sander which gave it the frosted appearance. For the Jones shots, I sprayed both the bottles and the acrylic with a misting bottle, which didn't do exactly what I wanted, which now that I think about it, I wanted something more like the beer ads on TV which have the ice particals slowly dripping down the sides.
First off a little about my experience, I basically have none. :dancing_cuke: LOL, I have to admit, I'm really a beginner at this. I just got the DSLR about a year or so ago and I haven't been practicing or "learning" as much as I should have been these past few months (I feel shame :taunt:). I don't have much in the way of equipment. Basically all I have is the camera, a couple lenses, a tripod and a monopod. I don't have any lighting other then the built in flash on the camera (Canon XTi), which is inadequate to say the least. I usually just shoot family, vacation type stuff so I'd probably be better off shooting something like a broken car windshield, a glass building or stained glass window on a church, something outdoorsy. Unfortunately, I'm also a lazy SOB so hunting that stuff down was not in the cards (although I have some time before this challenge ends so if something comes up?). I also figured I'd experiment with this and try to learn something in the process. :woot:
Now back to the photo...
I got that strong color cast because the background (the wall) I used is beige/taupe. I'm also lighting the ball using a small table lamp from below which probably adds to the yellowish glow. The room was dark other then the lamp, I used no other lighting in the room. I did try some shots using different colored objects in the background, but again I don't have much so it was basically just household items and they didn't work out that well IMO. As far as my workflow, heh, to be totally honest, I just uploaded the photo to my Smugmug account, made a copy, ran it through their "color effects" option, which just made it a little darker (the thumbnail is the original) and cropped it to show just the bubbles.
I was a bit apprehensive about doing this because I don't really understand half the stuff VF and FBJ talk about in the DSLR thread. That all just goes right over my head. ;), but I also want to learn how to make better use of my DSLR and all it's functions so I thought I give it a go. I'm probably not going to comment much on anyone else's photos right away. Hopefully down the line, when I feel more confident, I may start adding my :twocents:.
Thanks again for the input VF and thanks to FBJ for taking the initiative and starting this. :good:
If this response is inappropriate for the challenge thread, please feel free to move it to the current DSLR thread.
This sort of thing is just what you need to learn a bit and increase that experience level, man! Glad you're putting stuff up here!
As far as all the talk that's "over your head," in the DSLR forum, most of it's over my head, too! Just do what I do and ask for clarification or explanation! ValleyFan is GOOD at explaining **** to me both in Greek and in English!! ;)
I got all Roman Catholic on yo' asses and put up two new pics on my pic post. Check 'em out and let me know what you think!