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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Orange Bubbles
Orange Bubbles
1/25 sec f/5.6 ISO 100
Nikkor 24-105mm @105mm

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    Fabulous color and closeup


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12/13/2010 8:42:24 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)


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12/13/2010 9:37:39 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ...!

UB.


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12/14/2010 2:36:42 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Great details and design Martin! Congratulations on your finalist!!


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12/14/2010 3:09:30 PM

 
Martin J. Wells  

Thanks guys, I actually took the photo to enter into the first competition in the photography society at my workplace.

To my surprise I won that competition so I was very happy. At the same time I entered here on betterphoto.com and forgot all about it until now.


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12/15/2010 7:54:46 AM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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Congratulations


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12/16/2010 5:41:20 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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Huge CONGRATZ on getting Golden, Martin. WTG!

UB.


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12/16/2010 9:36:25 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congratulations on your 2nd Place winner Martin!

jo ann c.


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12/17/2010 8:04:06 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win Martin, I'm very happy for you!


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12/21/2010 9:51:22 AM

 
Rosemary Sampson
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Great macro. Love the colors and detail. Well done!


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12/31/2010 6:44:08 AM

 
Martin J. Wells  

If anyone is wondering how to take such a shot I will explain in the following few posts.


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1/13/2011 4:04:06 AM

 
Martin J. Wells  

 
You need:

1) An orangae (obviously).
2) A container (preferably glass but I used a perspex water filter).
3) Soda water (enough to fill the container).
4) A Light Box with 3 moveable lights.
5) A sheet of glass on which you place the container.
6) Something to place the under the glass sheet to raise it off the ground (I used 3 cans of zero alcohol beer - I finally found a use for these!).
7) Something to attach the slice of orange to the side of the container (I used a clothes peg).
8) A tripod.
9) A long lense (or preferably a macro lense).
10) A green background (or if not you can apply a green tint in Photoshop/LightRoom afterwards like I did).

See the following photos:


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1/13/2011 4:14:30 AM

 
Martin J. Wells  

 
  Setup1
Setup1
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  Setup2
Setup2
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  Setup 3
Setup 3
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  Setup4
Setup4
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You need:

1) An orangae (obviously).
2) A container (preferably glass but I used a perspex water filter).
3) Soda water (enough to fill the container).
4) A Light Box with 3 moveable lights.
5) A sheet of glass on which you place the container.
6) Something to place the under the glass sheet to raise it off the ground (I used 3 cans of zero alcohol beer - I finally found a use for these!).
7) Something to attach the slice of orange to the side of the container (I used a clothes peg).
8) A tripod.
9) A long lense (or preferably a macro lense).
10) A green background (or if not you can apply a green tint in Photoshop/LightRoom afterwards like I did).

See the following photos:


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1/13/2011 4:15:35 AM

 
Martin J. Wells  

 
  Original Image
Original Image
Taken at 1/25th sec to see some movement of bubbles.

To get the DOF I was looking for f/5.6 at full zoom (105mm from about 1.5 meters from the subject.

I focused on the bubbles that stick to the bottom of the orange as they donīt move and it makes the orange in focus and the background out of focus.
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  Crop and Contrast
Crop and Contrast
I adjust the contrast (I played around with the s-curve until I was happy).

I also cropped the image.
© Martin J. Wells
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  Black Clipping
Black Clipping
I still wanted more punch so increased blackclipping slightly. This seemed to work well.
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  Apply green tint
Apply green tint
I applied a green tint which by default affects the greys only.
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  Final crop
Final crop
I decided to crop a little more to include more bubbles and make the orange take up approx 1/3 of the image for balance.
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The post processing steps are described in the folloing shots.

As you can see, to get the final image required a bit of work in Lightroom.


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1/13/2011 4:22:28 AM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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What an elaborate set-up and great explanation, Martin. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with many!

UB.


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1/28/2011 11:22:10 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Exceelnet, beautiful photo and superb explanation of setup! Thanks and congrats!


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1/28/2011 11:36:02 PM

 
Katarina Mansson
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Excellent, beautiful photo and superb explanation of setup! Thanks and congratulations on your winner!


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1/28/2011 11:36:26 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Katarina sums it up... The winning image is just terrific, but the details you provide sharing the setup are really something... Thank you for sharing your art with us, and your technique!
(If you have a moment, I'd love to hear more about your lights and light tent, which looks homemade---I have a 24" store-bought tent, but it is often too small for what I want to try to shoot now!)


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1/29/2011 5:18:56 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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Usman pointed me your way because he enjoyed both your result and your process so much. Thank you so much for the explanation and accompanying photos -- so glad you found a use for those cans of beer! The result is crisp and pleasing. Congratulations on your win in your workplace photo society as well as here at BP, Martin.


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1/29/2011 5:48:01 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Congratulations on your win, Martin! I loved reading the details of your setup and the shoot, and post processing! The green was an excellent choice in background color!


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1/29/2011 11:45:18 AM

 
Michele Peterson
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Thanks so much for so much detail and explanation. I love this shot,and the colors are wonderful!!


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1/29/2011 2:02:05 PM

 
Martin J. Wells  

Thanks again everybody. Regarding the homemade lightbox, I had no idea how big to make one so I went for too big rather than too small (110cm squared).

The downside is that the lights I bought (3 x 150W halogen) are not strong enough if used outside the tent, the upside is that there is enough room to put them inside and bounce the light and that works well.

Another downside is that I could not find a roll of white paper wide enough, the upside is that I can easily change for other color paper, christmas wrapping paper or whatever.

The walls are bed sheets that I cut up and stapled on and I deliberately left 3 walls open (bottom, back and front) this way I can change the background/floor color to suit the subject.

The paper holder at the back is a curtain rail and holders on which to suspend the roll.

I just screwed all the wood together using corner joining brackets which is sturgy enough.

I hope this is useful. Martin


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1/31/2011 6:16:25 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Perfect... thanks for the info!


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1/31/2011 6:18:43 AM

 
Karen E. Baumann
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Thank you, Martin! I am going to have my husband make one for me - I might try PVC for the supports, so it could be easily taken apart to be stored or moved. I like your ideas about the paper holder!!!
And, you reasoning behind leaving the three sides open, for change! Most helpful!!!!!


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1/31/2011 8:09:51 AM

 
Martin J. Wells  

There are some videos on youtube on how to make a lightbox. Perhaps these will give you some ideas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK4VVGWmMUs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ-Cevn8-l8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuF5G7Cu-gs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0GMClynaBA


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2/1/2011 6:01:42 AM

 
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