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  #238 Things You Can See Through
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Bottles in Blue       ©2020 Maike13
Sony DSC-RX100M7       5th place, 126 points
1/30s, f2.8, ISO 100, 24mm, Normal Program, Average, flash
Post-Processing: Replaced the background behind the bottles and their shadows with a second shot of open water (on a separate layer). Multiplied bottle/shadows layer and background layer to get the background to show through the bottles. Merged layers. Duplicated the merged layers and used Color Burn to make the edges of the bottles more visible. Selectively adjusted exposure. Cloned out a few distracting details.       Extra Info: Combination of two shots:

1st shot: The plain glass bottles lit from behind with an off camera flash, casting shadows onto the white paper they were standing on.

2nd shot: Took a shot of an open stretch of water and used it to replace the original white background
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Jade O.
Nov 24, 2020
    Your outtakes make the end result you achieved here even more amazing.

Nov 24, 2020
    I loved this shot - had it at 2nd. Congratulations.

Nov 24, 2020
    Congrats, I really love those bottles and the light!

Nov 24, 2020
    I liked this, especially the dappled light. (Dappled is one of those lovely words that express what they describe so well). The water didn't bother me except that it made the perspective false. It made the bottles look as if they were tipped toward the viewer.

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Nov 23, 2020
    Having an idea of how you did this increases the interest to me! Bravo, I must give you a hand!!!

Nov 23, 2020
    Brilliantly done. The composition is thoughtfully done, with the smaller bottle offset to create a more pleasing shadow pattern. The use of the water as a backdrop really adds to the entire effect.

Nov 23, 2020
    well done and on theme and creative ... in my favorites.

Nov 22, 2020
    Great concept and execution -- like the light patterns projected through the bottles. Good composition, too.

Nov 21, 2020
    Jade: Interesting dilemma. Should personal likes/dislikes affect our judgement of the entries? I must confess in my case, and I suspect I'm not alone here, it probably does. Something I'll have to keep in mind in the future.

Jade O.
Nov 21, 2020
    While admire the technical explanation and the effectiveness of the end result, I just don't know if I like the image and yet it checks every box on my checklist of what makes a good photo good.

Nov 20, 2020
    ysal: Thanks. I thought the white background was a bit boring and it didn't really show off the lighter areas in the bottle shadows. So I wanted a background that was a bit darker, but with a bit of texture to it. I happened to have just taken the shot with the water included, so I used that. In hindsight I should have just said I replaced the white background with a blue background to forestall complaints that bottles don't sit on water :-).
Edited on Nov 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020
    Love the bottles and the shadows, great lighting. I didn't even realize the background was water until I read your Extra Info and honestly I don't know if that was necessary.

Nov 20, 2020
    jomari: I probably provided to much Extra Info :-). If I'd just said "replaced white background with blue background", no one wold probably have realized it was a stretch of water. I created several versions of this and went back and forwards on which to submit. I'll post a couple of others, including a white background version, in the outtakes.

Nov 20, 2020
    I like the layout. The water ripple effect is really good.

Nov 20, 2020
    I love the bottles, I love their shadows. I'm not sure that I like the water overlay. Bottles don't sit on water and it makes it a little uncomfortable. I think I'd prefer the plain white paper,

Nov 19, 2020
    a great piece of technical skill. great colours
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