Sunday, August 20, 2006

Liquid Gold

I am going to take a small departure from the usual after-assignment discussion for the water shot.

What follows is a group of ten photos from the assignments. Your job is to decide whether the photo was taken by a pro or an amateur.

And this is not a knock on the professionals' pictures, either. All of these photos could easily have graced the pages of a magazine. My point is to show you all how you have progressed as a group.

To learn which is which, click on the photo to get to its Flickr page.










































































































































































Okay. You get my point?

Now, here's what some of the other guys did:












































































































































































I specifically let the photos do the talking here. And the point I am trying to make is that, with some training and a modicum of lighting gear, you can get professional results. Especially when you are lighting something on a containable scale, such as a bottle of water.

There is some amazing progress being made within the group, and I hope you are as impressed with yourselves as I am with you.

If you would, please take a moment to click on your favorite photo and leave a comment on the Flickr page.

And to you wallflowers out there:

You can either be a watcher of a participant. But life is not a dress rehearsal. You only go around once. There are still two more assignments to go.

The next assignment will be a little more challenging - and on a larger scale. But you still won't have to scrounge a model for this one.

And the final assignment brings together many of the concepts we have been learning throughout this process.

With a little twist or two.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous koen said...

well done, everybody!

August 21, 2006 5:23 AM  
Blogger SciPug said...

Only two more assignments! Then what happens?

August 21, 2006 2:31 PM  
Blogger Dave New said...

Advanced training?

August 21, 2006 5:02 PM  
Anonymous LGZ said...

Thanks for your kind comments David. The bottle itself made a nice light modifier.

August 22, 2006 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

David,
Are we getting anymore feedback from you for the water assignment? After all the hard work we put in it I feel we deserve more than just a general "excellent job"comment. Can you tell us who submitted the best photo, the most interesting? Maybe a constructive critique or two.
This would give us more incentive for the next assignment. Thanks.

August 22, 2006 8:02 PM  
Blogger David said...

@Tom-

With this assignment having such a tightly constrained subject matter, I wanted to throw a big pile of what I considered the best pictures up in one place for people to see the differences in how the subject was handled.

There were so many strong entries, and so many similar ones, I was very reluctant to single out one image.

But if you put a gun to my head, I would have to say that the Voss photo (last one in the post) was just killer.

It's the one I most wish I had taken, which is the way I usually pick a fave.

-D

August 22, 2006 10:15 PM  

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