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    Very nice pics guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post



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    That's so good it makes me hate you. :D

    What lens is that? Is that a crop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    I didn't know we could use a piety filter! Nice capture of the stained glass.
    Thanks. I'm not especially happy with it because I wasn't able to get the shot of that panel (the only panel of stained glass in the whole place, believe it or not) I wanted to. They wouldn't let me up into the loft where I could get close, so the only view I had was from the complete opposite end of the church. I couldn't even see the entire panel, so that's a crop for detail. Anyhow, that's done with the 70-200 and the 2x teleconverter at f/10. I was absolutely astonished at how sharp that image is.

    Quote Originally Posted by rinkrat View Post
    Obligitory glass shot.
    And a good one, at that. Rich colors! I like the softness of the images beyond the focal plane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    ...2 seconds hand held?! Do you have no pulse?...
    Good catch, ValleyFan. I shake like a coke fiend, so it was definitely not handheld. I was trying different angles freehand and forgot that I locked in for the actual shot. I'm already finding myself wishing I'd taken notes on some things as I experiment since I seem to be forgetting more than I remember.

    OK, trying to keep up here.

    FBJ:
    The highball/lens shot is so clean and I love the composition. The only thing wrong with the shot is the amount of Glenfiddich in the glass is painfully inadequate. What lens did you use?

    The autopilot pic is nice. My favorite. Great composition. This pic tells a dozen different stories without forcing anything. The twisted angle and the busted instrument glass, while in the blurred background the horizon still reads level. Intended or not, the image is telling a story.

    Goblets. Again, nicely composed. Makes me feel ashamed of not having more color in my shots.

    Stained glass. Again, **** you and your colorful world.

    Deuce:
    Great subject, but show me more. There looks to be all sorts of holes and crevices for light do go in and out of. And don't be afraid to go in tight and experiment with angles. Just don't treat it like some people seem to treat their heirloom cut-crystal goblets.

    \_==o IxxI:
    Thought the same thing as Glenn when I first saw it. Maybe moving further away from the monitor then going longer on the lens would give you the space to get the distance blur.

    nocturn:

    Love the creativity here on both of these. Really nice shots.

    Watti:
    Great set of pics. I actually like the noise in the first pic. Looks like cross-processed film grain.

    kingofdodgers:
    The contrast bump made a big difference. On the far-right third of the higher contrast shot, there's is some really interesting color and light distortion happening. I'd experiment with that further.

    BIG JOE:
    You nailed the candy dish. Great image. Try the beer shot again at a lower ISO (100?) and a slower shutter speed (2-4 seconds?) . That should reduce the noise and give you a crisper background.

    rinkrat:
    Tell Broadway Glass that Christmas ended like three weeks ago. I like the tail light trail on the first shot. Was that intended on a happy accident? Would be neat to get one going across the entire frame.

    KBM:
    Nicely lit. And the blurred reflection compliments the focus area well. Let's see more.

    Beerman:
    SWEET! Period.

    PuckHead27:
    Very cool image. Good subject. I'm going to assume (maybe incorrectly) that you used auto-focus on this shot. If you did, you may want to try going manual to get a tighter focus on the bubbles instead of the outer glass. If you didn't use auto-focus here, simply reply to this post by saying "WRONG!!"

    ValleyFan:
    The guy has lights and shoots clean as a whistle. This is "raising the bar" stuff, VF. Great shots. The only thing that I have - and it's not so so much as a critique as it is maybe a question - is about the light box horizon on the Full Moon pics. I had a similar set-up with my vodka bottle and the horizon always seemed to cut through the subject in a way that never seemed to work. Is there a school of thought here that you are working with? A "rule of fifths" or something like that for dealing with where to have the light fall off? Am I making any sense?



    Again, thanks Glenn for putting this together. Having a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    That's so good it makes me hate you. :D

    What lens is that? Is that a crop?
    Thanks. :P Yeah, I had to crop to get the composition I wanted. My lens (18-55 f/3.5-5.6) couldn't go as tight as I needed it to, so I had to cut off the fat in post.

    I'm in the process of creating a very expensive wish list, and on that list is a lens or two that would not have given me any grief about getting in tight. I forgot how addictive this stuff can get.
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    DAMN, dudes! Some amazing images so far, and a GREAT idea to do this, FBJ. Props!

    Greetings! I'm a newcomer to the LGK photo culture, but bought my first DSLR in early December--an Olympus E-510 w/ 2 lens kit along with a SWEET macro and some other bits and pieces--so I'm hoping to join you all and contribute images soon. I loved film photography and darkroom work, but it's been YEARS since I've done any serious shooting and I'm still screwing around and getting acquainted with the new camera and boning up on what I've forgotten. But ****! Seriously, I'm extremely impressed and can't wait to see more from you all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post

    FBJ:
    The highball/lens shot is so clean and I love the composition. The only thing wrong with the shot is the amount of Glenfiddich in the glass is painfully inadequate. What lens did you use?

    Again, thanks Glenn for putting this together. Having a blast.
    Heh. "Painfully inadequate," eh? There's about a finger's worth in there!

    I guess that stems from the fact that it was taken at 10am. Besides, I'm a freakin' lightweight to begin with, and sure as hell wasn't going to just throw it out after the shot! I had to exercise some moderation!

    That image was shot with the 50mm f/1.4D lens. It's a GREAT prime lens (I didn't like it at first, but now I love it), but unfortunately for you it isn't internal-focus so it won't work on the D40.

    And you're welcome, though there's a couple others that helped me hash out the details of the Challenge. As a first-attempt, I think it's going okay. But I'll definitely want suggestions as to how to improve the way things run if we all decide to go forward and do more of these things. So if anyone's got any suggestions, send me a PM.

    Glad we've got so many having fun with this!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PuckMonkey View Post
    ValleyFan:
    The guy has lights and shoots clean as a whistle. This is "raising the bar" stuff, VF. Great shots. The only thing that I have - and it's not so so much as a critique as it is maybe a question - is about the light box horizon on the Full Moon pics. I had a similar set-up with my vodka bottle and the horizon always seemed to cut through the subject in a way that never seemed to work. Is there a school of thought here that you are working with? A "rule of fifths" or something like that for dealing with where to have the light fall off? Am I making any sense?
    Hey thanks! As for where the horizon falls, you can clearly see it in the bud vases cutting through the middle of them, but it seemed to add a little info about the shape of the glass so I didn't really think about it. With the bottles, especially the Full Moon because the acrylic was back lit, I found it more distracting, so you notice it falls behind the label, or in the case of the Jones bottle, the rear bottle is placed close enough to the back edge that it doesn't show the horizon.

    Is that what you where asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ValleyFan View Post
    Hey thanks! As for where the horizon falls, you can clearly see it in the bud vases cutting through the middle of them, but it seemed to add a little info about the shape of the glass so I didn't really think about it. With the bottles, especially the Full Moon because the acrylic was back lit, I found it more distracting, so you notice it falls behind the label, or in the case of the Jones bottle, the rear bottle is placed close enough to the back edge that it doesn't show the horizon.

    Is that what you where asking?
    What would prevent that? A curved panel behind it ("infinite wall" I think they're called)?
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    Great Thread....mega props to FBJ for getting it started.

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