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Old May 31, 2004, 4:48 PM   #1
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This is a story of attempting to find out solutions to problems of the kind :
  • How do I freeze a cherry keeeping it exactly in the middle of the ice cube ? [/*]
  • I'd like to shoot at it on a black mirror surface like a black dish. Since I have noblack disheswhat can I use ? [/*]
  • What light should I use then ? [/*]
  • I would not like the black mirror part to reflect anything else bu the frozen cherry. [/*]
  • I need to control water drop. [/*]
  • Ahh : This ice cube is drifting backwards , must stop it !!!!
and this is the result :



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- distortspherize (-3) to correct horizon barrel effect

- dominant color correction

- automatic contrast

- manual level adjustment

- dodge tool brush on stem as well as saturation sponge brush

- some sharp tool brush strokes on shining parts

- clone stamp of a bad reflection on the cherry ( my kitchen lamp )

- clone stamp of some imperfections and dust on the surface

- clone stamp of some reflected paper folds (not all though:this is my main regret )



Extra : A Frozen Cherry- Behind The Scenes

I tought it would have been intersting to know what was happening behind the scenes of this shot so I took some other shots in the meanwhile.



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Old May 31, 2004, 4:50 PM   #2
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Very nice! I'm glad you showed us your "behind the scenes" shots! :-)
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Old May 31, 2004, 5:12 PM   #3
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Sergio, I give you an A+ for problem solving....

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Old May 31, 2004, 6:20 PM   #4
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Great job!

Did you, by any chance, take a series of photos while the ice was melting, perhaps getting a shot where it looked like the cherry was about to step out of the ice?

Your rubberband solution is similar to keeping a wick centered when making candles.

Black reflective surface: one piece of clear glass with black cloth or paper placed beneath it. As a matter of fact, knowing the kinds of photos you like to take, I suggest getting a piece of window glass that you save for just this sort of picture. I have a piece that's 3 feet square that I salvaged from a window that was being replaced. A singleitem placed on black glass is quite dramatic, but with a small supply of cloth or paper in different colors, a variety of stark and startling pictures can result.
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Old May 31, 2004, 10:26 PM   #5
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I don't want to be a copy-cat here, but I like this too much to say. The frozen cherry with the puddle of water is a gallery shot. If that shot were done in utter black space I could say that I knew a famous artist! I could also say that it's time for me to go to bed, but where would be the fun in that.
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Old May 31, 2004, 10:40 PM   #6
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Bravo! *Standing Applause!*

That's soooo creative! *steals mind and runs off*
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Old Jun 1, 2004, 3:44 AM   #7
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Fabulous! Everything is so right. I hope you don't mind if I steal your idea and give it a go on my own at some point. :-)
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Nice one sergio, you really put the effort in to get a good shot. :-)
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Old Jun 1, 2004, 6:08 AM   #9
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This ranks right up there...great creative process, great results.....I'm glad you're here to share this kind of process and your talent.
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Old Jun 1, 2004, 6:18 AM   #10
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Thank you all !

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Did you, by any chance, take a series of photos while the ice was melting, perhaps getting a shot where it looked like the cherry was about to step out of the ice?
Well, I wanted to do that but the ice melt downat the base of the cube ( I guess the cookers under the glass were still a little bit hot by that time !).

So, nothing very intersting to shoot at but something very temptive to eat ( I think I remember this kind of thingscan befound in some cocktails ).

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Black reflective surface: one piece of clear glass with black cloth or paper placed beneath it. As a matter of fact, knowing the kinds of photos you like to take, I suggest getting a piece of window glass that you save for just this sort of picture. I have a piece that's 3 feet square that I salvaged from a window that was being replaced. A singleitem placed on black glass is quite dramatic, but with a small supply of cloth or paper in different colors, a variety of stark and startling pictures can result.
Uhh, that's really cool , thanx a lot !

My dining room table is made up of two sliding glasses one on top of the other so that you can double its length when needed.

It's perfectfor placinga coloured paper between the two !

The only doubt I have is that the lower surface of the glass is acidified :I'll have to check !

BTW, do u know which wood this table ismade up of ? Cherry wood , of course ;-)
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