Orange Bubbles

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Orange Bubbles

The Judges at BetterPhoto.com 12/13/2010 8:42:24 PM

Fabulous color and closeup #1335487

Nancyj Hovey 12/13/2010 9:37:39 PM

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o) #9100605

Usman M. Bajwa 12/14/2010 2:36:42 AM

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

UB. #9101110

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 12/14/2010 3:09:30 PM

Great details and design Martin! Congratulations on your finalist!! #9103217

Martin J. Wells 12/15/2010 7:54:46 AM

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. #9105316

Nancyj Hovey 12/16/2010 5:41:20 AM

Congratulations #9108680

Usman M. Bajwa 12/16/2010 9:36:25 AM

Huge CONGRATZ on getting Golden, Martin. WTG!

UB. #9109182

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/17/2010 8:04:06 AM

Congratulations on your 2nd Place winner Martin!

jo ann c. #9111119

Donna LaMattino Pagakis 12/21/2010 9:51:22 AM

Congratulations on your win Martin, I'm very happy for you! #9118185

Rosemary Sampson 12/31/2010 6:44:08 AM

Great macro. Love the colors and detail. Well done! #9134824

Martin J. Wells 1/13/2011 4:04:06 AM

If anyone is wondering how to take such a shot I will explain in the following few posts. #9159731

Martin J. Wells 1/13/2011 4:14:30 AM

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: #9159760

Martin J. Wells 1/13/2011 4:15:35 AM

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: #9159762

Martin J. Wells 1/13/2011 4:22:28 AM

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. #9159776

Usman M. Bajwa 1/28/2011 11:22:10 PM

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

UB. #9200056

Katarina Mansson 1/28/2011 11:36:02 PM

Exceelnet, beautiful photo and superb explanation of setup! Thanks and congrats! #9200058

Katarina Mansson 1/28/2011 11:36:26 PM

Excellent, beautiful photo and superb explanation of setup! Thanks and congratulations on your winner! #9200059

Christopher J. Budny 1/29/2011 5:18:56 AM

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!) #9200262

Nikki McDonald 1/29/2011 5:48:01 AM

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. #9200289

Karen E. Baumann 1/29/2011 11:45:18 AM

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! #9200893

Michele Peterson 1/29/2011 2:02:05 PM

Thanks so much for so much detail and explanation. I love this shot,and the colors are wonderful!! #9201056

Martin J. Wells 1/31/2011 6:16:25 AM

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 #9203609

Christopher J. Budny 1/31/2011 6:18:43 AM

Perfect... thanks for the info! #9203610

Karen E. Baumann 1/31/2011 8:09:51 AM

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!!!!! #9203835

Martin J. Wells 2/1/2011 6:01:42 AM

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 #9205532


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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner


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