Tea time at work

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Title     Tea time at work
Photographer     bego/Tonæi (79) Send mail to this user
Portfolio     Abstract
Categories     Product
Lens     24-105mm
Camera     Canon EOS 5D mark III
Content advisory     G (general audiences)
Submitted     December 14, 2012 2:57:14 PM CST
Views     432
Rating     4 Thumb-up

While heaving break at work, decided to make my self a small studio...used A4 paper for background, two desk lamps and two small flashlights, couple of books as tripod ... small studio for big fun, it made my day!


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Thumb-up    from jkjond/John (8,538) Send mail to this user on December 15, 2012 3:34:32 AM CST (3)

Looking good, and its fun working with makeshift setups.

Composition - I don't find it balances, way too much space left nd bottom - commenting as a designer, it looks as though those spaces have been left for the advert type to be dropped in, as a photographer it looks like you've read too many photography articles saying a subject can't be centred. The problem with the excess space at the bottom is that it emphasizes the tightness at the top making the spoon appear cropped. Close out the dead space in the shot and the spoon will appear just right.

Lighting, as mentioned already, is too bright. Details are blown which need to be there - mainly the thread on the label. The two biscuits on the table, something not quite working there, possibly the lean out to the left.

If you're working on a ship with the engines rumbling a tripod is unlikely to help steady a shot. Your greatest friend would be flashes, which would give a very brief burst of light that should freeze the vibrations effectively. A couple of low power units and the odd relector card would be all you need for a small setup such as this.

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Thumb-up    from otherjpt/Jim (3,275) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 5:25:48 PM CST (4) Early critique

Very creative idea. Seems like focus is soft rather than a blur. Closing down the fstop would give you better DOF. Colours and lighting are good. Composition could be improved with more above and less below the cup but very good effort. Take more breaks and send more. Don't think a tripod would have made any difference since it too would pick up vibrations from the ship. JimT

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Thumb-up    from ssal/Alex (39,060) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 5:25:20 PM CST (2) Early critique

I think you'd captured a nice tea/movement here. But I don't like the bright blown out background.

I particularly don't like the teabag label there.

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Thumb-up    from olmosfamily/Enrique (43,641) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 3:31:29 PM CST (4) Early critique

Composition, colours and lighting are all good but there is a blur throughout the image which does detract from the overall quality. Cheers, Rick.

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From bego/Tonæi (79) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 3:53:00 PM CST

Thanks Rick!...Reasons why the picture is blur are: it was taken on board a tanker that is vibrating, used books to support camera, spoon I am moving under low light. As much I tried to make it sharp, I found this blur effect also interesting, ...will try with tripod next time. Thanks once again for comment!



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From dickm865/Richard (2,948) Send mail to this user on December 14, 2012 6:11:49 PM CST

You are on your way to something good. Maybe some light into the tea cup would reproduce the clarity of teh tea that otherwise looks like pudding.


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