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Botanical # 04
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Copyright: Ian Barredo (tracer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Experimental
Camera: Nikon D-80, Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 XR Di, Hoya 62mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Vandana's Favorites I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-09 11:07
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Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 68
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Hi TL Folks!
I recently found a very useful tool in making still lifes..with black glass.

Setup was taken on Sigma EF 500 set to wireless i-TTL slave flash placed on the lower left of the image and bounced on a white reflector ,flash head angled and built in flash set to commander mode -2 E.V for frontal fill in.
And to add more effect, i used a polarizer not to eliminate reflections but rather enhance the reflections to the maximum possible. i call it "reverse-polarizing" =)
The lens was angled at a 45 degree POV, i noticed i got the most reflection on the glass. Your ceiling must not have any hanging objects otherwise it would reflect on the photo.
Placement and angle of flash head varies the effects also. I opted for this one. I used a yellow rose since it reflects more light, i had less success with red ones, as usual deep reds screws up the metering.
And lastly i added the water to have that "bathtub/bathroom" effect.

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  • Noslo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 70 N: 117] (920)
  • [2007-04-09 11:13]
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Well done. this is a great looking still life. Well lit, and well composed. BTW, when you use a polarizer it will remove reflections, but not enhance them. When set the way you have used the polarizer, the polarization effect is zero. The polarizer was acting more like a neutral density filter at this point.

beautiful presentation here ian :)
this givs me new ideas to continue another series of photos i hav in mind :)
the light and mood are excellent here
well done


hi ian, the black glass with the polarizer worked very well, great shot with nice clarity and color, good job, thanks scott

Wow! You are right! It was in my intention to find a some large black ceramic plaque to do tricks like that... But i realised that a good black glass have powerful result! That's wonderful! The water is great with the rose, but the progressive light catch on the surface is excellent!

Excellent compo and details, I like the contrast between the black wet table and the intense yellow roses. Interesting light, very nice colors.



snap, though I like your treatment better I will take note of your technique. my table is out side and you can get some interesting sky reflections in it.

Ganda ng experiment mo! lufet! That is a very useful note! masubukan nga... san kaya may black glass? hehe

Stunning work my friend. Hats off to you for a wonderful image. Well done

Very good work with the glass and the water.
Very clear shot.
The colour of the rose is so good.Just stands so well in Your compo.
Very good light as well.
Great job!
thanks for sharing.

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  • deains Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 33 N: 1169] (5051)
  • [2007-04-09 15:57]

Very good & looks like you know your lighting well! The water really adds to it! Don

lovely dramatic effect, the black glass is a great tip thanx Joke

i really like what you did here, ian. husay. the addition of the water made it more interesting. galing ng reflections sa tubig. salamat sa picture at notes.


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  • BMYNBR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 2 N: 130] (1410)
  • [2007-04-09 18:50]


Hello Ian, this is very nice experiment. Beautiful results, and very creative shot. TFS


Wonderful capture...

i love the way the black reflective surface goes along with water drops...


Wow! Always wanted to have a set up like this... black glass lng gali katapat

hi ian,
good use of glass and arrangment is nice. a little dark on the bud itself though. a reflector might help to fill it in. good note too. :)

Hi Ian,
Very crisp shot! Water stands out sharply. Nice use of light. Nice job.
*** Ursula ***

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  • gnc Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 730 W: 10 N: 104] (1449)
  • [2007-04-10 0:08]

Excellent realization!


Ang Lupeet mo men... galing nito thanks for the notes.


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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-04-10 1:22]

Great comp nice lighting

Wow! Another masterpiece from the still life guru.

I love everything in this photo, even the smallest droplet :)

Grabe na gid praktisanay ta da ya. Next tym I'll try my luck on black glass, but just dont know where to find them yet.

Excellent work my friend. Keep it up!

Excellent note too

Ang galing naman nito Ian. So well focused, the yellow rose and the water. Thanks for describing your lighting technique. A high quality image, Danilo

Hi Ian,

Beautiful studio look, is wonderful this pic. So much the details of the water spread in the ground and the robbed rose, it is fantastic. great shot with nice clarity and color.


very beautiful other way to make a picture of a flower
very original
i like it Ian

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2007-04-10 16:15]

Hello Ian,
great composition on this one, I love the nice lighting and the fabulous details. Great dark BG that shows of the yellow rose so well.

Beautiful golden color on the rose and great idea for contrast. I love the water droplets and the separate rose petals. Nice composition. :)

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  • lion Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 549 W: 64 N: 24] (5600)
  • [2007-04-11 16:02]

This is wonderful idea with great effect and sharphness.
Well done!!

This is just wonderful. Very good set up with the black glass and water drops. Well done.

Hi Ian,
Excellent, another one from your amazing creative works.


This is just awesome, Ian! Great composition, lovely yellow color and nice background. Love the splash of water - it's very eye catching. Excellent sharpness and contrast. Great work.
TFS (",)

It's really so creative....I found your artworks and experiments are very effective. You're not afraid in trying all the medias that you have around you. Cool!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2007-08-30 14:12]

What a real beauty, Ian. Ok, I'd probably crop some more from top to lose the "stray leaf". But otherwise no remarks... I especially like the deep colours in the rose and the patterns made by the water.
Thanks for the extensive technical note too.
Well done, TFS.

A really good idea to use the black glasses as a background! the light and its use are perfect! And the yellow flower is powerfull
Excellent Shot!!! Congrats!!!
TFS, Carine

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