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mtngal Apr 2, 2012 8:27 PM

Glass - Decanter Refraction
We were visiting family this weekend and I happened to notice the top to this decanter. I took a number of shots with various backgrounds, but ended up liking this one better than the others. Thought it worked well for this challenge.

It's my favorite from the weekend's shots.

bobbert Apr 2, 2012 9:30 PM

I love this one. I think I'd crop it to remove the distractions on the left though. It is a striking reflection!

mtngal Apr 2, 2012 11:22 PM

I thought about that, an did try it. However, I wanted to include as much as I could of the scene that was mirrored so left them in. Perhaps I got too tied up with trying to show both sides of the scene (and also had an idea of keeping the bottle out of the center, but that was only a secondary thought). What do others think?

ItDontMeanAThing Apr 3, 2012 1:55 AM

Showing both sides of the scene is what makes it work for me.

Think I would have tried it both with and without the chair that partially obscures the tree, assuming one could move the chair. Without the chair would be a clearer juxtaposition of the upright and inverted worlds -- but I kinda like the chair there because it makes the connection between upright and inverted less obvious. I'd remove the two pairs of two round yellowish reflections on the decanter near the bottom of the photo either through crop or clone.

mtngal Apr 3, 2012 6:10 AM

Good catch about the spot light reflection, I hadn't actually noticed them all that much (concentrating too much on the rest of it). Once you mentioned them they suddenly started bothering me!

saly Apr 3, 2012 6:16 AM

Good eye, mtngal. Nice shot, I like it.

Walter C Apr 3, 2012 11:41 AM

A good shot is one that makes you stop and think about it. This is one of those.

wave01 Apr 3, 2012 12:03 PM

nice catch i agree with walter c

mtngal Apr 3, 2012 1:29 PM

Thanks for the compliments. Guess I'll leave it alone once I've cloned out the lights at the bottom. The chairs are only movable in theory only - they weigh a ton, which is a good thing for patio furniture where strong winds are fairly common.

penolta Apr 4, 2012 11:43 AM

A different take on the water drop effect. Interesting.

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