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Copyright: BK koh (wenqing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1494 W: 102 N: 2012] (11873)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-15
Categories: Food
Camera: Nikon D2X, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 XR Di
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): *Beautiful Flowers 2*, Vandana's Favorites I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 11:48
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
more testing and playing with the lighting setup :)
i got my backdrop today, so i thought i try it out...
this is a hand painted canvas backdrop from India, 5ft X 7ft, not quite enough for full lenght portrait...but a good start for me :) this was brought here by a fren's customer :)
i bought two of these, the other is brown colored with slightly different patterns :)

i like this result with the backdrop :) it givs a nice contrast to the subject and the hand painted patterns looks very natural and pleasing under the lights :)

slight crop
minor levels adjustments
slight increase in contrast
burn tool shadows for the corners

ps: i don't drink :) the wine belongs to my brother, the flower belongs to my mum :)
i'm still learning how to control the reflection off the shiny subject :)

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Hi Koh,
beautiful composition! Very good use of light. Nice details and colours. The orchid looks great! Congrats!

Kindly regards,

Hi Bk, superb still nature, so sharp, well saturated, great placement of each object making this image very pleasing to look at.

great bg, with textures.

Take care, Yan :)

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  • Ratna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 68 N: 204] (1231)
  • [2007-03-15 11:54]

Good commercial shot :) all has been nicely set. I like the backdrop, good texture, nice blue colour and very effective. bravo

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  • Danert Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 453 W: 53 N: 924] (4587)
  • [2007-03-15 12:11]

Hi BK,
This is a nice studio job . Very nice composition and backdrop . Looks like a professional pub . Good job again .

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  • Elenka Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 39 W: 0 N: 18] (3362)
  • [2007-03-15 12:13]

A good photo for wine advertising or similar :)


A very good test with the new backdrop...it does contrast very nice with the objects. The reflections are fine with me BK, but I can understand if you think you need to control it better. A very nice product shot, composed very nice. TFS


hello my friend!
excellent composition and great shot, i like it.

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  • salmi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 5 N: 428] (4755)
  • [2007-03-15 12:59]

Excelent composition, light and colors. Very clear details and good contrast. I like it very much!

good composition and strong especially with the blue, should think it is not an easy colour to use. How did you difuse the lighting, if not, perhaps try bouncing it off the ceiling or wall or placing white or grey card near to the subject.of course you could always clone it out in pp.

Maybe i can give you an input :
if we want to shot the glasses object like bottle, we should use 3 flash in 3 point,
1st lighting on the top of object, and 2 lighting beside the object (right and left)
use white acrylics to get the sotf lighting but the acrylics have to be easy to move and not to close with the flash, so you can control the reflection and lines lighting from the flash on the glasses of object,
and also give the acrylic on top of object so you can control reflection on the top of the object, or if you not use acrylics u can use Styrofoam fo bounce the lighting to get the line and reflection.

have a nice try.

again, your lenswork is flawless, perfect controlled. great clarity on the wine bottles.ready to go for big players commercial shot.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2007-03-15 15:18]

Hi Koh.
Outstanding composition. Very clear and very effective. Great!
Best of Luck.
Janek J-23

Hi BK,
Very nice shot, few reflections on bottles,
well done, congrats...

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  • Hitbit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 417 W: 159 N: 451] (5918)
  • [2007-03-15 16:46]

Well done Koh great lighting I would change the background to an even color now it istrcts fro the subject. The color I like though.

grtz Pim

Hi BK.
Very nice photo,superb light,colours and composition.Well done my friend.
Best Regards

* Piotr *

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-03-15 17:39]

Nice still life shot. The background sets it off nicely so it was a good acquisition. Sharp shot with good lighting.



p.s. pour me a glass of the white :)

Very inviting shot Koh, great idea to use some Aussie vine in your shot.. you have managed the reflection off the bottle very well, I tried similar shots without satisfactory results.. well done


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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2007-03-15 17:56]

Lovely shot BK, perfect texture and lighting.
Very professional looking picture.

Hello BK!
Very nice composition with wonderful colours and great clarity!
Nice point of view!
Excellent done!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-03-16 6:44]

Wonderful shot Koh, love the colours here, strong contrast, clean lines and soooooo sharp, great lighting, wonderful arrangement and presentation, it is like looking at an ads... I hope they pay you well..:D Thanks for sharing


A very nice picture Koh! Great colors and a lovely sharp image.
Fun to see the lights reflecting in the bottles here... Maybe you can use some kind of "bouncer" to stop the reflections though. In fact, if you realy want it perfect, they should not show.
I know that sometimes they use some kind of paper for it...

I love the pleasant colors and the contrasts are great.

Well done!

Hi BK,

This is really great!! A very professional work!!!
I really like the lighting and sharp details!!

Very very well done and keep playing... :))

I love the blue here! Incredible deep colors! Nice tones and sharpness! LOVE your backdrop..I need it for my walls!

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  • tfebbo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 11 N: 240] (1086)
  • [2007-03-16 11:28]

Hi BK,
What a beautifully backdrop you've got there. Such a brilliant blue that you've captured with your new light set-up. Nice composition, but the background and the way you've captured the textures of the painting is stunning. Cheers, Todd

Hi Koh,

Very nice still life, the lay out is well thought and pleasing, the lighting very good and your new backdrop is very nice.
Great job!!

Beautiful work! Great set up and love the color/ details. TFS

Superb still capture. you are right, this back drop makes it look good.And the result is amazing. Good work on the lights. You testing have paid off. Good job.

Hi Bk,
Wow, Shardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon are my lovely wines.
It's looks as good commercial shot with beautiful composition.

Good work

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-03-17 12:46]

Great piece of work, my friend !
Superb lighting.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-03-17 13:04]


And Australian wine as well! Good asymmetrical relationship between the 2 bottles. Wonderful colour & sharpness in this superb still life. Tfs!

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-03-18 8:07]

Hi BK ;)
beautiful creation...my compliments,
J ;)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 0 N: 697] (2745)
  • [2007-03-18 15:22]

Hi Koh,

What a very beautiful composition. I like the blue background, great light and details. Sharpness is excellent.
Well done!

Greetings, Nel

And it's not bad wine :) I enjoy so muchThe background... The color is a pleasure!
Light bring interested finish to the bottle. So the plant behind... I'm between the fact it bring a touch of classy element style and to say... It's Artificial!! Lol! But it doesn't matter... It's an observation that so much rich place have artificial plant... But nothings like natural... And the wine inside is of a good natural :)

This looks very professional for the exception of seeing you or the setup (can't really tell) in two bottle reflections.

Lovely...all the elements of romantic mood are present here. Beautiful composition, clors and sharpness. Great Koh, adding to my favorites. :-) Vandana


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-03-19 8:38]

Hi BK,
great still life, the set up with the blue BG looks wonderful. Lighting is splendid and the colors came out excellent. Very nice sharp photo.

a very nice idea to take a pic of those bottles of wine ! i like the colours of the bg very much ! also well placed the beautiful flower



beautfull compo..

very nice I like it lighting.

well done.



J'habite un pays de vigne et de vin. Belle publicité.
Bonne journée.

Hi BK, excellent still life. i liked your BG a lot. how many strobes here? and you got the best lens that Tammy has ever manufactured.=)

Hi BK,
Excellent Wines and Orchid composition my friend.
I like your excellent blue bg,lighting,composition,creativity,focus,note,frame,pov and sharpness.Well Done.TFS

WOW I LOVE THIS!!! The thumbnail didn't do it justice at all, this photo is amazing! Love the blue back drop and the still life looks amazing...TFS Donna:o)

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Spoiled Dog! (10) " :o)

Hello Koh,
This is a pleasant still life, well arranged!
Excellent definition of course, great colours & details...
Well composed image, pleasing to look at!
Pablo -

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-04-15 9:37]

Lovely set-up for this composition, Koh. The subject is to my liking, but you approached the "product" with an original view. Would look nice in a commercial ad. It's a very nice backdrop indeed. Control of the light would be easier if you used light of one or two softboxes and some reflectors, I guess.
Anyway, very well done. TFS

Hi Koh
Very special effect with the blue backdrop. Nice crisp focus, I could read the small writing. Composition and colours are very well done. I've been experimenting a bit myself but with black backgrounds. Reflection are fun to play with and a ongoing learning process. Good job.


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  • Kicki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 0 N: 53] (1189)
  • [2007-05-04 4:03]

Excellent composition with perfect sharpness and vivid colours!

:) tomorrow

Great work of lighting.

Excellent compo and colors. Superb blue.



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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2007-06-12 14:56]

Absolutely stunning presentation Koh,very good P.R Photo.

Interesting composition - good idea and colours:)

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-08-30 14:24]

Beautiful shot BK. Great back drop too & very well composed! Do you know what ever happened to Chin (gancs67)? I loved her work & she has not posted since late 2006. Don

very nice composition. I like this shot very much.very sharp and nice light. Hope I can shoot like this really great shot


Beautiful colors, clear, sharp, well arranged in the frame :)

I like it for the composition and strong colours.
I didn't pay attention to the reflections as they were not prominent.
Here's a tip: when photographing automobiles indoors, reflections can be very annoying, so some photographers will illuminate the car using polarized lamp, then affix a polarizer to the lens to reduce glare considerably.
In television work, an anti-glare powder is sprinkled on shiny surfaces for the same reason.
Good luck in your studio work.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2007-11-12 22:08]

Hi Koh, Good to see some Aussie wines on display here. The composition is excellent with the curvature of the bottles very real. TFS. Murray.

Seems to be an ad for the vineyard :D well done, great composition, the background color is beautiful


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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-08-20 10:41]

Dear BK,
What a wonderful,great composition.
Have ageat week

very good composition and colours, very good advices of members I shall take for me too.Pinot and Chardonnay are french cepage I'm proud of.In french we say "it's the cherry on the cake"
best regards

I think it is more Industrial and Aderstisementry photogrsph.You have perfect lighting with great arrangmentry and beautiful colors and details in this subject.The idea of putting flower & Butterflu is a perfect & Clever idea.

I don't drink too , Because I hate its taste and smel"against everybody around me:)",but anyway: CHEERS.

Excellent still life photography. Good light and presentation.

  • Fortuna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 3811 W: 2520 N: 16] (72)
  • [2010-03-07 6:48]

Hello BK,

Excellent shot, wonderful composition!
Perfect lighting and very beautiful colors.
Congratulations and TFS

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