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A real taste of Missouri       ©2006 dougster
Panasonic DMC-FZ20       20th place, 57 points
1/160s, f2.8, ISO 80, 36mm, Normal Program, Center Weighted Average, flash
 
Post-Processing: Cropping, resizing, sharpening, and toning.       Extra Info: Some corks from one of the wine producing areas of the state of Missouri. This eastern part of Missouri is actually in the first recognized wine district in the United States - the Augusta appellation.
 
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dougster
Jul 18, 2006
    Sparkdog: Thanks for the comments. I assume you mean the lower right portion of the photo for the overexposure? Because I took the image at an angle (see the reply to wangi's comment) the right hand portion of the image is closer to the flash origin, thus the tendancy to be brighter. It could also be the difference in our monitor settings because it actually doesn't appear overexposed to me. But to each his own. Thanks again.

sparkdog
Jul 18, 2006
    I really like the composition of this photo and the way you approached the challenge topic, although it was just a bit overexposed for my personal taste. Nice photo.

Plebian
Jul 17, 2006
    dougster, Two Buck Chuck is the moniker given to Charles Shaw's wines from California. There's been a huge production of wines in California over the past decade or so and I believe is was Shaw that started undercutting the other producers with his $1.99 a bottle vinatages.

Recently, that past couple years, there's been a glut of cheap wines on the market. Dirt Cheap advertises one they affectionately call 'thirty dime wine for $2.99'.

Two Buck Chuck has pretty much become a generic term for cheap wines. A cheap wine is one thing but alot of these bottles are coming from wineries that once had a good name and a good wine. Not all are bad now but some taste worse than a gallon bottle of discounted aftershave.

Of the Missouri Wines I've had none have been cheap though some are nicely inexpensive.

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dougster
Jul 17, 2006
    Aha, wangi you've discovered some slight legerdemain on my part. The top cork is actually a cutout from a brochure on Missouri wines. Taken from that angle it almost, almost looks like part of the cork display, right? It was put in there mainly because the saying on it is kind of fun. Thanks for noticing.

wangi
Jul 17, 2006
    The visual trick of the top cork keeps getting me! It's part of the table I guess!

dougster
Jul 17, 2006
    Thanks to all of you for the compliments/suggestions. I'm still a bit puzzled over Plebian's comment about 'Two Buck Chuck', but I guess I'll figure it out someday.

hifi
Jul 17, 2006
    I really like the composition.

Plebian
Jul 16, 2006
    And some mighty fine wine at that! All four wineries shown are pretty close to me with St. James being the furthest at a two hr drive. Aside from the wine choice there's nothing superb about this shot. However, this is not a bad shot. It's well composed, good lighting, and strong colors. It lacks a dramatic flair though. That's all. Maybe of shot outside on a porch or table from a flatter angle with a Missouri sunset as a backdrop..? I like the shot and it's a good take on theme. Two Buck Chuck can take a flying... leap.

citymars
Jul 15, 2006
    A sensible collection of elements for the challenge, and I like being able to read the various corks, but there's so much empty space. I think a reworked composition would help fill the frame.
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