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blood orange splashing by dkraner blood orange splashing by dkraner
see the tutorial right here: [link]

critical comments are recommended.

btw: my heart gallery: [link]
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Critique by lewicka Apr 4, 2009, 4:24:08 AM
I do not know exactly should I write about your photoshop skills or your photographic skills here, as I also checked out your tutorial, where I could see the original image. The final image is a nice one, it doesn't have much impact, cause such shots had been done so many times before, but it is always good to exercise. While I like the over saturated orange/red tint, I am getting distracted by the burnt out yellow on the left side (that was later darkened? and looks desaturated now, which doesn't make much sense with the over saturated orange). Also the bubbles on the top (specially top right) are so weakly defined you could easily removed them or enhanced them a bit more.

The original image shows your weakest point - lighting. The reflection was probably hardest to remove, next time use a big sheet of black paper with a hole cut for the lens to remove the reflection. Also you can use some tin foil under the water tank (plus on the side - if you have light coming just from one side) to reflect light back to the subject, that should give you more bubble definition.

Also now I can see that the weakly defined drops in the final image are the ones that seem to be on the glass itself from previous shots, maybe using a rug between each shot would help with that :)

Overall it is a nice try on this ever popular subject, and it shows you can frame and use your shutter speeds correctly. And that you are trying to give this shot a bit more meaning (vide heart). I would say - keep trying and exercising, that is what makes us good photographers.
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coexist8888 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Love the colors.....
wtrw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Good one..!!

Cyber8 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
Refreshing!! XD
Rainbow826 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
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oO-Rein-Oo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Photographer
Amazing shot!
sn4rk Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
looks really awsome. especially these great looking reflection on the water surface and the heart shape bubble makes it stand out. :)
how did u do the lighting without creating reflections on the glass?
dkraner Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
well, that's a good question... i use two different external flashes from the side. the camera-flash is unused ;-)
ach, ich sah soeben, dass wir eig. ja nachbarn sind eddy, grüsse nach deutschland :P
sn4rk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
hm, hört sich nach einem studio an. machst du professionel fotos oder nur als hobby?
einen gruß zurück in die schweiz ^^
dkraner Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
kleines studio ja, ist aber nur ein hobby ;-)
sn4rk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
klein aber fein. tolle aufnahmen auf jeden fall :)
Morraha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
OH OH OH!!! I love the bubbles inside the heart!!! That's so neat!
dkraner Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
yea, it's fun ;-)
Morraha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
OH! Wow that was fast :P

How did you do the bubbles?
dkraner Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
oh, the bubbles, they have been there... i did throw the orange into the water, thats all ;-) (i guess, they could not leak for 1 second)
Morraha Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
I haven't seen them hanging out in the little heart shape before. Great capture! I love your fruit heart shots.
chainx789 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
another love n orange style...
good work :)
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Camera Data

Shutter Speed
1/100 second
Focal Length
30 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 29, 2009, 10:43:12 AM