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marble cocktail

marble cocktail
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Copyright: Fabio Sachs (Fabio) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 25 W: 3 N: 36] (337)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1990
Categories: Experimental
Camera: Sinar 4 x 5
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 12:53
Viewed: 2963
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was one of my first attempts at studio photography. I did it out of sheer pleasure and to learn more about shooting glass and tranparencies.
I had a white background and placed the subject quite far from it so I wouldn´t have too much light bouncing back at it. But still the contours were too blurry and bright at first, because of the light returning from the BG.
I then placed some black surfaces on both sides of the subject and slightly behind it, just close enough as to produce the desired black contour effect but still outside of the picture frame. It took quite some time to fine-tune this!
Then I also covered the background with black wherever it couldn´t be seen in the frame to reduce even more the returning light.
Background had almost 2 f-stops more light than the subject.
Another time consuming task here was calibrating the BG light so we wouldn´t see a line between the table-top edge and the background. The water underneath the marbles on the table helped with this, too. (Actually it was glycerine instead of water, because it lasts longer and unchanged under heat.)
Marbles were kept in place with Blue-tack because the table surface was slightly bent down at the back, also to reduce the chances I ended up with an edge.
I did all of the fine-tuning with the glass full of regular water and then replaced it with sparkling water just before shooting.
I used a Sinar 4X5 and this is a scan from the transparency itself. I scanned it on my flatbed scanner, with no special equipment for scanning transparencies. So, you can imagine the original quality and sharpness is a lot higher than this...
Finally, I thought it would be nice to frame this one for TL.

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To Ania_Madina: You got it all right!Fabio 1 07-20 14:32
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asymetry to a tee - good work

I think the frame close space of your photo and i don't like it becouse bubles suggest open spaces, getting free. But photo by itself is well done and i think using black surfaces is interesting idea and new for me so thank you for your note! Composition is very correct. Seems it's quite technical photo - I don't mind becouse it's your first time in studio so I hope you'll develope fast to show such good techical photo but with important meaning! :-))) TFS

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  • baran Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 13] (803)
  • [2006-07-20 14:23]

nice shot...good composition..

Beautiful composition and colours, i like it.

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  • luisa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 355 W: 0 N: 73] (1408)
  • [2006-07-20 20:09]

Gosto muito das cores e da sensação refrescante da foto! Parabéns! Luísa

Very good lighting and reflex. Good composition with simple but effective subject.



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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2006-07-26 23:52]

All your work and experimentation really paid off! I like the glassy look of the whole image, almost as if it were being seen through another layer of unseen crystal. Love the bubbles, too. Your frame helps hold the image together so it doesn't float away:) Excellent!!!

hahaha. original, funny & BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED. Bravo. janos

Hello Fabio,

Great idea and a very good composition. The bubbles become excellent companions to the marbles. There is a question of subtle light which I like very much.


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